Texas A&M Baseball: Aggies avoid sweep vs. Florida behind Hunter Coleman’s moon shot

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Game 2: Florida defeats Texas A&M 6-1 (Full Box)

As bad as Friday night went, I would argue that Saturday was even worse as the Gators dominated the Aggies 6-1. As a team, Texas A&M went 3-for-29 from the plate, scoring only a single run due to a wild pitch. The Ags were held hitless over the first four innings and didn’t even get a runner on base until the fifth. Absolutely nothing was generated offensively; Texas A&M failed to produce an extra base hit 18 innings into this series.

On the mound, John Doxakis was charged with his third loss of the year in a less than stellar performance. Doxakis gave up four runs on three hits in five innings. Doxakis was also charged with four walks and five strikeouts. Asa Lacy was better in relief, managing to limit the Gators to two runs on two hits in four innings.

Game 3: Texas A&M defeats Florida 7-3 (Full Box)

Things finally got back on track Sunday afternoon as Texas A&M salvaged a 7-3 win over the defending national champions. Four Aggies managed multiple hits and Hunter Coleman led the way at the plate. Coleman went 2-for-4 with an RBI as he hit a monster whammy down the left field line. Cole Bedford also had a massive home run down the right field line in the bottom of the sixth.

Stephen Kolek continues to flourish in his Sunday starting role as he put on the clutch performance Texas A&M had to have. After giving up a run in each of the first three innings, Kolek settled down and didn’t surrender a run over his last 3.2 innings, giving Texas A&M a chance to get back into the game.

Kolek picked up his fifth win of the year and struck out five Gators along the way. Nolan Hoffman earned his 10th save of the year in relief, putting together 2.1 solid innings in which he allowed no runs and just two hits.

Was this the weekend Texas A&M was hoping for? Not at all. Elite pitching absolutely suffocated the Aggies early in this series. Did the Aggies hosting chances take a significant blow? Yes however, they are not done. Texas A&M has six conference games remaining, including three on the road in Arkansas. Personally, I think the Aggies need to go 4-2 at minimum to keep any chance of hosting alive.

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Texas A&M gets a few days off before returning to action on Friday, May 11th at Arkansas.