The Texas A&M Aggies put up a run in the bottom of the ninth to topple the Brown Bears, 3-2, Sunday morning on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park in a resumption of Saturday’s game two.
Picking up action in the top of the ninth on Sunday, Corbin Martin mowed down the middle of the Brown order with a fly out and two strikeouts.
The Maroon and White came up in the home half of the ninth and made quick work of the Bears. Joel Davis started the rally with a single through the left side of the infield. Cole Bedford put down a sacrifice bunt to push Davis into scoring position. Blake Kopetsky was intentionally walked and Walker Pennington was unintentionally walked to load the bases. Austin Homan fell behind the count 0-2, fouled a pitch off and then took four straight balls to push the winning run across.
On Saturday, the Aggies pounced on the Bears for two runs in the home half of the first. With one out, Logan Foster drew a five-pitch walk and Braden Shewmake slapped a single to centerfield. Davis was hit by a pitch to fill the bags with Ags and Texas A&M’s first run crossed when Brown starting pitcher Reid Anderson committed a balk. Cole Bedford plated the second run with a groundout to second to staking the Aggies to a 2-0 lead.
The Bears found a snack in the picnic basket in the fourth inning when Josh Huntley hammered a first-pitch offering from Stephen Kolek down the leftfield line for a solo home run, halving the A&M advantage.
Brown tied the game in the top of the fifth. With one out, Rob Henry poked a single to rightfield and with two outs he came around for the equalizer when Grigo gapped a double to left-center.
Both starting pitchers put in a strong performance. Texas A&M’s Stephen Kolek worked 7.0 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out three. Brown’s Anderson pitched 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Martin (2-2) earned the win, retiring all six batters he faced, including three strikeouts.
J.J. Sliepka (0-1) was saddled with the loss. He allowed one run on one hit and three walks while striking out two in 2.0 innings.
The finale of the series started at 12:02 p.m.