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A&M Eliminated from SEC Tournament with 4-0 Loss to Arkansas

May 20, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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HOOVER, Alabama – The Texas A&M Aggies were unable to conjure up the big hits and dropped a 4-0 decision to the Arkansas Razorbacks at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium as the Maroon and White were eliminated from the 2014 SEC Tournament.

The Aggies got the leadoff man aboard in the second, fourth and seventh innings and had base runners in eight of the nine innings, but were unable to push runs across, getting shutout for just the second time this season against SEC opposition.

The Razorbacks drew first blood in the bottom of the second inning when Eric Fisher punched a 2-1 offering over the fence down the rightfield line for a leadoff home run and a 1-0 lead.

Arkansas (36-21) added insurance runs in the seventh inning. With one out, Tyler Spoon drew a walk from Aggie starter Daniel Mengden and Bobby Wernes snaked a single through the right side of the infield to put runners on the corners. Alex Gosser slapped a single to rightfield to plate Spoon and Mengden hit Michael Bernal with a pitch to load the bases with one out.

The Razorback rally continued with Matt Kent in to relieve Mengden. Eagan, the first batter Kent faced, put his knee into a pitch and was granted first base, driving in a run. Kent got Joe Serrano to line out to rightfield for the second out, but issued a walk to Andrew Benintendi, to score Gosser for the 4-0 lead.

Mengden (4-8) was saddled with the loss, yielding four runs on five hits and one walk while striking out one over 6.1 innings.

Trey Killian (4-8) earned the win for Arkansas. He worked 6.0 scoreless innings, scattering four hits and two walks while striking out four. Zach Jackson worked around three hits to pitch 3.0 blank frames, striking out four to pick up his second save of the season.

The Aggie outhit the Razorbacks 7-6, but fell victim to eight strikeouts and stranded eight runners. Blake Allemand, Krey Bratsen and Troy Stein logged two hits apiece for the Aggies.

Fisher was the lone Arkansas batter to log multiple hits going 2-for-4 with one home run, one run and one RBI.

The Aggies now await word on an NCAA Division I Championship bid with regional announcements slated for an ESPNU selection show on Monday, May 26 at 11 am CT.

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