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Stubblefield Baffles Huskies for First Career Win

February 25, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 18 Texas A&M Aggies pounded out four runs in the second inning en route to a 5-1 victory over the Houston Baptist Huskies in front of 3,569 fans Tuesday night on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. The Aggies improve to 7-1 while the Huskies drop to 6-2.

Freshman Tyler Stubblefield baffled the Huskies offense for much of the night, setting a career high with nine strikeouts on the way to his first victory in Maroon and White. Logan Taylor went 3-for-4 at the plate to pace the A&M offense.

The Aggies struck early against the Huskies, staking Stubblefield a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the first. JB Moss reached base after the catcher failed to field his popped up bunt attempt. After Moss advanced to second on a groundout, Logan Nottebrok drove a ball to the gap in right centerfield for his 10th RBI of the season.

A&M added to the lead in the bottom of the second, plating four runs on three hits to jump ahead 5-0. A Taylor single, sandwiched between Ronnie Gideon and Jace Statum being hit by pitch loaded the bases for the Aggies with no outs. Moss singled through the left side of the infield to drive in Gideon. Nottebrok drew a one-out walk with the bases loaded to give him his second RBI of the night. Hunter Melton pushed across another run for A&M with his single to right-center, scoring Statum. Cole Lankford capped the scoring in the frame with a sacrifice fly to left.

Making his second midweek start on the season, Stubblefield (1-0) earned his first victory at A&M, scattering three hits, two walks and one unearned run over 6.1 innings, his longest career outing.

The Huskies chipped away at the Aggies lead in the top of the seventh. Zach Nehrir beat out an infield single before stealing second. Mike Chamberlain drew a walk to chase Stubblefield from the game. Jason Freeman forced Samm Wiggins to fly out to right. HBU plated a run when Jordan McCoy reached on a throwing error by Taylor at shortstop. Andrew Vinson earned a strikeout to get A&M out of trouble.

Houston Baptist threatened again in the eighth. Thomas Clay led off with a walk and C.J. Jarvis sprayed a hit to right field to put two on with no outs. Vinson induced a popup to center before Taylor and Blake Allemand combined for a 6-4-3 double play to get A&M out of the inning.

Ryan Hendrix pitched a perfect ninth inning, highlighted by Statum’s diving catch in left for the first out of the frame.

Ross Kennell (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Huskies. He yielded five runs, four earned, on six hits and four walks while striking out two over 5.1 innings.

The Huskies managed just four hits on the evening and added three walks and had two runners reach base on errors.

The A&M baseball team will be in action again this weekend when it travels to Fresno, Calif., for a three-game series with the Fresno State Bulldogs. To learn more about the baseball team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @Aggie_Baseball on Twitter.


Texas A&M Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Rob Childress
Opening statement
“I thought we played well. It all started for us on the mound. Tyler Stubblefield was fantastic. He has been every time we’ve run him out there. From an offensive standpoint, we started pretty fast. There guy settled in and did a real nice job. Our bullpen did a great job as well. I thought we played pretty good defense, less a mistake or two.”

On the offense…
“I think Coach Sawyers does an amazing job. We might’ve lost a little bit of our focus in the middle innings, but I thought for the most part we were as good as we’ve been all year. We continue to make opponents come and take 27 outs from us.”

On Tyler Stubblefield’s performance on the mound…
“He’s throwing three pitches for a strike. He’s got an outstanding fastball that really gets on you. He’s touching 90 and 91. The ball explodes out of his hand. He’s got a good feel for his change and his slider. He threw all three of those when he needed to. Houston Baptist’s offense came in hitting .327 so I think he did an incredible job.”


Tyler Stubblefield
On earning his first victory…
“I just go do what Coach Childress tells me to do. I have a great defense behind me. They give me the confidence to do what I do on the mound. I know that if I do mess up or they do put it in play, they have my back.”

On what was working for him…
“My fastball was really working. All I know is to grip the ball and throw hard. My changeup, slider and curveball were all working for me.”


Hunter Melton
On scoring runs early in games…
“It’s been great scoring runs early. Everybody on the team has been swinging the bat well. The guys on the mound allow us to come and hit with confidence. It all starts with them on the mound.”

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