COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies blanked the Georgia Bulldogs, 5-0, thanks to stellar pitching Friday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
The combo of Brigham Hill (4-0) and Andrew Vinson stymied the Bulldog offense keeping them off the scoreboard and holding them to just three hits.
Hill got the start and worked 6.1 innings, keeping his career record as an Aggie perfect at 5-0. He left runners on the corners in the seventh when he was relieved by Vinson. The senior sent down the Bulldogs in the seventh with a pop up and a strikeout. He finished the game on the mound to pick up his first save of the season on 2.2 innings scoreless frames, including two strikeouts.
Neither team could scratch a run out in the first three innings. The Aggies couldn’t do anything with their first four baserunners off Bulldogs starter Robert Tyler (3-2).
The Maroon and White were the first on the board with a big fourth inning. Hunter Melton started the inning with a double just inside the left field line. Ryne Birk pushed Melton to third before Michael Barash plated him with a single. Consecutive walks issued to Walker Pennington and Joel Davis loaded the bases for Austin Homan. With a 2-1 count, Homan smacked a single through the right side to give A&M a 3-0 lead 3-0 after four innings.
The Aggies tagged on their fourth and fifth runs in the sixth and seventh. Pennington registered his first homer as an Aggie with a sky-high solo shot to left and Melton made it 5-0 with a sac fly in the seventh.
The Bulldogs (17-14, 4-6) were sent home after Vinson closed out the ballgame working around a couple baserunners in the ninth. The victory brought an end to the Aggie four-game skid.
The win marked the first conference shutout at Blue Bell Park since the renovation prior to the 2012 season. It was the Aggies sixth shutout on the season, but first since March 5 against Yale. A&M moves to 7-0 all-time with Hill as the starter.
Transfers led the way for A&M on the day. Barash had a two-hit performance with a run and an RBI. Boomer White found his way on base in 3-of-5 plate appearances with a hit, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Homan reached base twice and drove in a couple, while Pennington had the only homer on the game.
The squads returns to action Saturday for game two of the series at Blue Bell Park. First pitch is slated for 1:04 p.m.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Rob Childress
On hitting against Robert Tyler…
“I think in the first three innings we did a really good job taking 52 pitches and making him work. He got some balls up over the plate and we did a good job of capitalizing on his free baserunners.”
On the win…
“We needed that win to get the taste out of our mouth we’ve had for the past week. It’s feels good, but we have to get back after tomorrow. Georgia’s a good team and they’ve been playing well lately. They’ll be throwing a tough lefty tomorrow so we’ll have our work cut out for us.”
Sophomore pitcher Brigham Hill
On his start…
“I was trying to pump strikes and get us off to a good start and let the defense do the work. I wasn’t sharp early, getting behind in the count a couple of times, but then I was able to settle in.”
Senior catcher Michael Barash
On Brigham Hill…
“Brigham was really, really good. He kept the ball down. Early in the game he was up in the zone, but we had a little talk and I told him to relax. When he’s on, he’s going to be tough to hit. He changes speed and he dominated with his fastball.
On hitting against Robert Tyler…
“He has a really firm fastball. So you have to get going early. Trust your swing and trust your preparation. Hats off to our entire offense. We stripped him down in those first three innings, making throw over 50 pitches. That’s awesome and set things up for the middle of the game.”