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Aggies Cut Down Prairie View A&M, 8-2

April 08, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies put Prairie View A&M out to pasture, 8-2, on Tuesday evening at Blue Bell Park. The Aggies improve to 20-14 on the season while the Panthers saw their ledger fall to 12-16.

Jason Freeman (1-0) picked up the win after throwing 5.0 innings of scoreless relief, allowing only two base-runners after entering the game in the second inning. The junior struck out four en route to his first victory of the season. Logan Taylor paced the offense, going 3-for-5 with four RBI and a two run dinger.

The Panthers clawed out two runs in the top of the first after getting five of the first six batters on base against A&M starter Matt Kent. Robert Cossey led off the frame with a single up the middle and stole second on the following pitch. Jeff Sealy reached first with one out before an error at third by Ronnie Gideon allowed Cossey to score. Greg Salcido then drove Kent’s full-count offering back through the middle to give the Panthers a two-run advantage.

The Aggies were able to roar back, scoring three runs off Prairie View starter Pedro Maldonado in the bottom of the third to claim the lead for the first time on the evening. Blake Allemand laced a one-out double just past the glove of the first basemen into the right field corner and Logan Taylor dropped a single into shallow right-center to give A&M the first run. Cole Lankford then followed up with a two-run blast to the visitor’s bullpen in right field for his third home run of the season.

A&M tacked on a run in the bottom of the fourth, doing all its damage with two outs in the frame. Krey Bratsen singled up the middle and stole second before Allemand drew a seven-pitch walk to push Maldonado from the game. Taylor would follow with a single through the right side off Sean Hollis to score Bratsen from second.

The Maroon and White were aided by a walk and an error in the fifth to add a pair of runs. Hunter Melton led off the inning with a single through the left side and Nick Banks followed with a six-pitch walk. Logan Nottebrok laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position before Stein grounded out to shortstop to score Melton. Gideon reached on an error by the third basemen that allowed Banks to score, giving the Aggies a four run advantage.

Allemand drew a walk to start the sixth and Taylor launched his first big fly of the season down the line in left to add an additional two runs for A&M.

Ryan Hendrix, AJ Minter and Corey Ray each pitched an inning of scoreless relief and combined to allow one base-runner.

The Aggies will be in action again this weekend when they travel to Nashville, Tenn., to take on the seventh-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores in an SEC series beginning on Friday. To learn more about the baseball team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @Aggie_Baseball on Twitter.

Texas A&M Head Coach Rob Childress
Opening Statement…
“I thought we played really well tonight. We didn’t get off to a great start, but I thought our bullpen was fantastic, starting with Jason Freeman. The guys behind him were really sharp. I thought we were great offensively after the first time through. We made an adjustment and really got after their starter. We continued to score there in the middle innings. We played well all the way around. I’m just really proud of our guys.”

On the slow start…
“We didn’t have a very good start on the mound. Everything was up and out over the plate. Once we went to the bullpen we were able to settle everything down. We were ready to play; we just didn’t have a very good start.”

On Jason Freeman’s performance…
“It was huge. We had to have a stop. With the way these bats are, if you’re down 2-0, you’ve got to come back and answer right away. Jason gave us a stop and allowed us to get through the lineup and make an adjustment to their guy. We really got after him. Jason was definitely the hero today.”

On building momentum going into the Vanderbilt series…
“We needed that. We need to continue to do well offensively going into Vanderbilt’s pitching staff. We’re looking forward to that challenge. I think we’re going to play well on the road this weekend.”


Sophomore shortstop Logan Taylor
On picking up four RBI…
“Blake did a great job of getting on base. Their pitcher left the ball out over the plate and I was able to put a couple good swings on it. I felt like we kept a great approach all night.”

On the pressure going into Vanderbilt…
“I don’t think there’s any pressure on us at all. I feel like as long as we keep our approach the same at the plate and everyone does their part, we’re going to be fine.”

Junior pitcher Jason Freeman
On entering the game in the second inning…
“I knew there was a lot of baseball left. We got back in the dugout after that first inning and there wasn’t any panic. I knew it was my job to get it over the plate and the guys behind me would make plays.”

On his performance…
“I feel really well about my outing. I threw mainly fastballs and changeups. My slider wasn’t working as well so we primarily went with the fastball.

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