Texas A&M Baseball: Aggies plummet in polls after UGA series loss

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Texas A&M Baseball (21-8) dropped in the rankings after a 2-2 week. After three consecutive SEC series losses, the Aggies need to win one now.

In the midweek contest, Texas A&M beat the guys from Corpus Christi 5-3. The Aggies jumped out to a 5-1 lead before the Islanders scratched across two runs over the final six innings. Chandler Jozwiak got the start and pitched three innings before Rob Childress went bullpen by committee. Mason Cole, Asa Lacy, Jason Ruffcorn, Cason Sherrod and Nolan Hoffman pitched the final six innings. Lacy got his first win of the season while Hoffman picked up save No. 4.

At the plate, the Aggies could only muster seven hits which would ultimately provide a preview for the weekend series at Georgia. Four of the seven hits were extra base hits with Braden Shewake delivering the game’s only home run in the first. That gave A&M a 2-0 lead which they would not relinquish.

In the conference series the Aggies traveled to face conference leader Georgia. The series got off on a bad note for the Aggies, the pitching once again could not hold the lead. Stephen Kolek got the start, but gave up seven runs all earned in 4+ innings. Kaylor Chafin and Ruffcorn came in relief but could not keep the Bulldogs from scoring. The Aggies entered the fourth up 2-0, but found themselves down 11-4 heading to the seventh. Michael Helman, Cole Bedford and Shewmake were the only A&M hitters to have more than one hit. Bedford finished the scoring with a solo blast (11-5) in the eighth.

In the second game, the offense did not show up to help starter John Doxakis. Doxakis pitched well only giving up three earned runs through six innings. Sherrod pitched the final two innings, but the problem was the Aggie offense only had five base runners all day. Chris Andritsos and Shewmake got the only hits, Hunter Coleman walked twice and Allonte Wingate drew a hit by pitch. Georgia would take the series with a 3-0 win.

In the Sunday contest, A&M starter Mitchell Kilkenny got back to himself after his struggle against Ole Miss. He pitched 6+ innings only giving up three hits. Hoffman came in and pitched the rest of the way only giving up an additional two hits. The Aggie offense got going right away scoring twice in the first and twice in the fourth to give Kilkenny and Hoffman all the support they needed. The 5-0 win moves the Aggies to 3-6 in conference play. With the LSU Tigers coming to Blue Bell Park this weekend, A&M is approaching a must sweep to get back in the race, at the very least a series win is needed.

In the Perfect Game/Rawlings and Coaches polls, the Aggies dropped to No. 19. In the Baseball America poll, A&M dropped to No. 23.

In the D1Baseball and Collegiate Baseball polls, the Aggies dropped out.

The NCBWA poll has yet to be released, but expect A&M to drop out of the Top 20. The Aggies were No. 16 in the poll last week.

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