Freshman catcher Mitchell Nau drove in four runs during his first career start
Sunday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park as the No. 4 Texas A&M
baseball team clinched the series win over Holy Cross with a 8-2 victory.
was real proud of our team today," Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress said.
"Rafael got it back together and had a great start. Offensively, I was real
proud of some freshman that got into the game today and I thought they played
well. Blake Allemand, Chance Bolcerek, and Mitchell Nau all did a fantastic job
today, as well as the freshman on the mound. We had five or six freshman in the
game today and I thought they did a pretty great job."
not scoring in the first inning for the first time this season, the Aggies fell
behind in the top of second when Holy Cross left fielder Chris Sintetos
connected on a towering two-run home run off A&M starter Rafael Pineda.
the long ball, Pineda (2-0) settled down to turn his second straight quality start
by throwing seven strong innings. The right-hander was charged with just the
two runs on five hits, while walking one and striking out eight in his second
falling behind the Aggie bats responded in the home half of the second by
putting up five runs, the most in a single inning this season.
left fielder Brandon Wood started the frame with a walk on a full-count pitch
and was quickly joined on base by Bolcerek, who singled to right field. Nau
initiated the scoring as he doubled off the wall in right center to drive in
both runners, narrowly missing his first home run of the year by a matter of
just a few feet.
felt good getting the nod; to be a part of the team and help us win," Nau said.
"Coach Childress came out with a great game plan and I think the scoreboard
says it all. Pineda threw a great game. He left one ball up and got punished
for it, but other than that he threw a near perfect game."
centerfielder Krey Bratsen was hit by a pitch in the next at bat after Nau's
double and Allemand joined him on base with a bunt single to load the bases for
shortstop Mikey Reynolds, who drew a walk to plate another run.
free pass chased Holy Cross starter Nate Walker (0-1), who lasted only one
inning and was tagged with five earned runs.
sac fly by All-American Tyler Naquin and an RBI single from third baseman Matt Juengel
made it 5-2 Aggies after two innings of play.
added sac flies in the third and eighth innings sandwiched around an RBI safety
squeeze executed at the plate in the seventh by Juengel.
(Nau) had a great fall for us," Childress added. "He hasn't felt right with his
swing, but I think today showed what he can do. We've been able to get him into
the game, but we haven't been able to get him a start. I thought he did an
excellent job both at the plate and behind the plate defensively."
relievers Jason Freeman and Corey Ray kept the Crusaders off the scoreboard in
the eighth and ninth innings to preserve the victory.
Aggies are back in action this week as they host Northwestern State in a
two-game mid-week series. Game times are set for 6:35 p.m. Tuesday and 3:05