COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — The Texas A&M Aggies suffered their first loss of the 2019 campaign, falling 7-2 to the UIC Flames Sunday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
Jonathan Childress (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Aggies. He allowed three run, two earned, on four hit while fanning two over 5.0-plus innings of work. For the first time in 2019, the A&M bullpen was unable to stem the tide, allowing four runs, three earned, in their four innings of work.
Offensively for Texas A&M (7-1), Bryce Blaum went 2-for-4 with one run, a led off home run and one RBI.
The Flames’ Joey Fredrickson (1-0) earned the win, working 8.0 innings yielding two runs on five hits while striking out one.
The Aggies face the Houston Baptist Huskies in a midweek matchup Tuesday with first pitch at 6:32 p.m.
B1 | The Aggies didn’t take long to put a run on the board, Blaum hit a solo blast down the left field line on the fourth pitch of the game. A&M 1, UIC 0.
B3 | Condel reached first on a lined infield single to short and advanced to second on a ground out by Blaum. Hoehner plated Condel on a two-out single to center field. A&M 2, UIC 0.
T6 | Ryan Hampe reach first on a fielding error by TAMU’s first baseman on an infield pop up and came in to score a RBI double to left center gap by Sean Dee. Scott Ota followed hitting the a two-run home run down the right field line, to take the lead. UIC 3, A&M 2.
T7 | Dominic Smith singled down the third base line and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Dee. Chris Papapietro laced a RBI single up the middle, plating Smith. UIC 4, A&M 2.
T8 | Ota started things off for the Flames, dribbling a single through the left side of the infield. Matt Bottcher laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Ota to second. Thomas Smart knocked in Ota on a RBI double down the right field line. UIC 5, A&M 2.
T9 | Sean Dee drew a one-out walk and came in to score on a double down the left field line by Ota. Bottcher reached first on a muffed ball by TAMU’s pitcher, and Ota came in to score on the play. UIC 7, A&M 2.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Freshman LHP Jonathan Childress
On what pitches were working for him best today…
“A little bit of everything. My location was a lot better than what it has been recently. I was throwing everything for a strike and being confident with what had going.”
On his pitch that was hit for a home run…
“We were trying to go with a fast ball inside, and I left it up a little bit.”
Junior C Mikey Hoehner
On what was working for Jonathan Childress today…
“He had all the stuff today. He had his fastball, his curveball, and his changeup. When a guy has got command of all three pitches, he’s going to be pretty dangerous. Unfortunately, he made two bad pitches and they took advantage of those pitches and you can’t do anything about it. But besides those two pitches, he pitched a hell of a game.”
On what the mound visit before the home run was like…
“Well they had the nine hole up and we kind of wanted to attack him early, because I don’t think he had been hitting very good this series. We attacked him, he made a good swing on it; he [hit] a double. Then the next pitch, the guy put it over the fence. Both of those guys kind of struggled throughout the series and they made two really good swings there, so you couldn’t do anything about that. But, it happens and that’s baseball.”
On Jonathan Childress…
“That guy is extremely special. If we can get him like he was in the first five innings he’s going to be pretty dangerous this year.”