BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies dropped its SEC opener on Friday night at Olsen Field on Blue Bell Park, 9-0, to No. 1 LSU.
The Tigers (17-1, 1-0 SEC) staked themselves to a 4-0 lead through the first three frames and got a brilliant start from ace Paul Skenes to win their 12th game in a row on the year. Skenes won his fifth game in five starts for LSU, striking out 11 Aggies (13-5, 0-1 SEC) in 6.1 shutout innings without walking a batter.
Texas A&M starter Nathan Dettmer logged 6.0 innings as well, striking out five, but fell to 1-2 on the year with the loss. Christian Little picked up his second save of the year for LSU by retiring the final four batters of the game.
The Aggies’ put together threats in both the first and sixth innings, but stranded runners in scoring position. The final threat came in the eighth with a pair of walks to Max Kaufer and Hunter Haas putting multiple runners on the bases for the first time in the game against reliever Nate Ackenhausen, but Little came in to end the rally and the Tigers responded with five runs in the top of the ninth to put the game away.
TOP AGGIE PERFORMERS
Hunter Haas – 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
Shane Sdao – 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K
T1| LSU 2, TAMU 0
With an out, back-to-back singles hit by Tre’ Morgan and Dylan Crews but the Tigers on the corners. Gavin Dugas hit a sacrifice fly to plate Morgan and advance Crews to third. Josh Pearson singled up the middle to bring Crews home.
T3| LSU 4, TAMU 0
With no outs, Morgan singled and Crews doubled. On a wild pitch Morgan scored and Crews advanced to third. Tommy white singled through the left side plating Crews.
T9| LSU 9, TAMU 0
With no outs, bases loaded on a Paxton Kling double, Morgan hit-by-pitch and a Crews walk. White singled to score two and to put LSU on the corners. Gavin Dugas was hit by a pitch to reload the bases and Josh Pearson walked allowing Crews to walk home. Jared Jones hit a sacrifice fly to plate pinch runner Nippolt and Alex Milazzo came in as a pinch hitter, grounding out to short stop and score the last Tiger of the night.
Texas A&M returns to Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park tomorrow in attempt to knot the series with LSU, Saturday at 2 p.m.
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