Texas A&M baseball breaks Arkansas's season-long streak in dramatic extra-innings win

Texas A&M baseball started off an all-important series with maybe their most impressive win of the season.
April 19, 2024; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Texas A&M players celebrate a grand slam homer by Caden
April 19, 2024; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Texas A&M players celebrate a grand slam homer by Caden / Gary Cosby Jr.-Tuscaloosa News / USA

Texas A&M baseball exhibits championship DNA in pitching duel with Arkansas; Breaks Hogs’ impressive season-long streak

Texas A&M baseball is facing their toughest challenge of the season this weekend. The SEC West-leading Arkansas Razorbacks are in town to face the Aggies, and they bring their stellar cadre of arms in tow.

Chief among these pitching phenoms is Hagen Smith, a premier starter in the SEC and the country. Smith is the name to know on this Arkansas team, and is projected to be one of the top picks in the upcoming MLB draft.

Smith has been absolute nails this year, mowing down talented hitters left and right. It has been the practice of this entire Arkansas team, to be fair—their pitching has been some of the best in the nation throughout the entire season.

Smith has been so impressive, in fact, that the Hogs came into last night’s game without having lost a single contest in which he has been the starting pitcher. That streak ended in the early morning hours at the hands of Texas A&M baseball.

It almost didn’t happen, to be fair. To even get to extra innings, both Jace LaViolette and Caden Sorrel had to pull off some impressive outfield robberies, keeping the score at 0-0. With their notable plays, Evan Aschenbeck, the top closer for this Texas A&M baseball team (and probably in the entire country) did the rest to keep the Hogs off the board after SP Ryan Prager had gone strike for strike with Smith earlier in the game.

The Aggies are now up 1-0 in a series that they need to win in order to have a shot at the SEC West title. Game 2 is today, and if the Aggies can pull this one off against a much more vulnerable starter than Smith, they’ll be sitting in a very favorable spot.