COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 5 Texas A&M baseball team concluded a rainy weekend series with No. 11 Cal State Fullerton on Sunday afternoon as the Aggies dropped a 4-3 decision to the Titans on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
"We were very fortunate to be in both games with the way we played defense and allowed them to have extra at-bats every inning," Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress said. "Cal State Fullerton is not going to go away. They have a lot of tradition over there and have 15 young guys on the team so they're growing too. It was a big weekend for them as well, and they played better than we did. We've got to get better defensively."
The Aggies (13-3) jumped out to an early lead during Sunday afternoon's rubber match of the three-game series, scoring three runs in home half of the second inning. Senior first baseman Jacob House kicked off the inning with a double down the right field line and was quickly joined on base by freshman designated hitter Chance Bolcerek who singled.
Sophomores Jace Statum and Troy Stein got the Aggies on the board as they each contributed RBI ground outs before senior second baseman Scott Arthur drove home another run with a looping RBI single to right field.
Cal State Fullerton (10-5) equalized the score during top of the fourth as centerfielder Michael Lorenzen notched a RBI double before designated hitter Matt Chapman tied the game with a two-run homer off A&M starter Rafael Pineda.
Pineda pitched into the sixth inning and got a no-decision during his fourth start of the season, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out three.
The Aggies were unable to score after getting a base runner to second in the eighth inning, allowing the Titans to find the game winner in the top of the ninth when pinch hitter Anthony Hutton drove home a run with a ground out off A&M reliever Kyle Martin (1-2).
Lorenzen moved from center field to the mound in the top of the ninth, keeping the Aggies off the scoreboard for his sixth save of the year.
An interesting note that came out of the weekend and speaks volumes to the historical success of the Texas A&M baseball program was that it marked the first time the Aggies have lost two of three games during a non-conference, weekend home series since 1995 against Cal State Northridge.
"This weekend is not going to define us," Childress added. "We've got to continue to grow and improve as a team. That will start tomorrow at practice."Texas A&M baseball is back in action this week when it hosts Texas-Pan American in a two-game series on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.