Texas A&M Baseball: Aggies sweep Long Beach State with a bang

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Texas A&M Baseball improved to 16-1 with a sweep of Long Beach State at Olsen Field. They outscored the Dirtbags 27-3 in the series.

A huge weekend for No. 8 Texas A&M Baseball turned into an easy rout as the Aggies swept by Long Beach State over the weekend. The Aggies claimed three straight victories over the Dirtbags and improved to 16-1 overall and 14-0 at Olsen Field.

Logan Foster and Braden Shewmake continue to dominate at the plate as the Aggie pitching staff continue to shred opposing lineups. Let’s not sell the importance of this weekend short, Long Beach State won the Austin Regional last year and hosted a Super Regional. Given that, Texas A&M outscored the Dirtbags by a combined 27-3 this weekend as SEC Play begins next weekend.

This was a phenomenal performance by the Aggie club on all sides of the ball.

Game 1: Texas A&M defeats Long Beach State 3-1

Stephen Kolek had a phenomenal performance Friday evening as Texas A&M rallied late to claim the first victory of the series. Kolek pitched 7.1 innings allowing one early run on only five hits.

Nolan Hoffman recorded his second save of the year and continues to have a strong 2018 season, closing out the final 1.2 innings allowing only one hit and striking out three. I have been really impressed with Hoffman’s early season performances as he is emerging as our No. 1 relief option.

Michael Helman and Braden Shewmake recorded back-to-back RBI hits in the bottom of the seventh inning to push the Aggies ahead 2-1. Logan Foster followed up the next inning with a bomb to left-center giving Texas A&M a 3-1 lead. Surprisingly, these were the only hits for Shewmake, Foster and Helman for the evening but they came up clutch when needed. Friday was easily the toughest game for the Aggies but they managed a late rally to seal the 3-1 win.