COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Plowboys put up a pair of four-run frames and pounded out 15 hits to post a 10-3 win over the Farmers in Game One of the Texas A&M Baseball Maroon & White Series on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park on Wednesday afternoon.
The Plowboys offense was led by Logan Taylor and Mitchell Nau who logged three hits apiece. Taylor went 3-for-4 with one run, one double and two RBI. Nau hit 3-for-4 with one RBI. Blake Allemand, Jace Statum and Ronnie Gideon all logged two hits.
Parker Ray picked up the win on the mound, allowing two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out four over 4.0 innings. Mark Ecker and Ryan Hendrix each worked one inning of scoreless relief.
Cole Lankford was the lone Farmer to register multiple hits. He went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI.
Farmers drew blood early in the contest, scoring in the top of the first inning. JB Moss drew a one-out walk and stole second base and scored when Lankford laced a single.
The Plowboys evened the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Jonathan Moroney singled to rightfield. With two outs, Ronnie Gideon singled to centerfield to put runners on the corners. After Gideon stole second base a wild pitch allowed Moroney to score the equalizer.
A four-run frame blew the game open for the Plowboys in the bottom of the third. Allemand, Statum and Taylor each logged doubles to start the inning with the latter two each driving in one run. G.R. Hinsley knocked Taylor home with a single to rightfield to inflate the Plowboys cushion to 4-1. They capped off the scoring when Nick Banks plated Hinsley with an infield single.
The Farmers trimmed the lead to 5-2 in the top of the fourth. Lankford singled up the middle to start the inning, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Logan Nottebrok roped a double to the left centerfield gap.
The Plowboys reclaimed a four-run lead in the home half of the fourth. Statum hit a leadoff single up the middle. A groundout by Taylor and a fly out by Hinsley moved Statum to third and he scored on a single to leftfield by Nau for the 6-2 lead.
The Farmers cut the margin to 6-3 in the top of the fifth. Patrick McLendon blooped a leadoff single to leftfield, moved to second on a groundout by Ryne Birk and scored when Moss doubled to the wall in right centerfield.
The Plowboys completed their cavalcade of runs with four in the bottom of the fifth. The frame featured RBI singles by Allemand and Taylor.
The Farmers and Plowboys meet in Game Two of the series on Thursday at 3 pm.
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Head Coach Rob Childress
On today’s performance: “The entire Plowboy lineup had a wonderful day today. Mitchell Nau had three hits. Nick Choruby was on base three times. But 1 through 9, they were outstanding. They were hard to put away and had competitive at-bats. Parker Ray got them going on the mound with four very good innings.”