Texas A&M moves to 25-1 in San Antonio

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Coming off of a loss at Alabama to put the longest win streak in SEC history to an end, #3 ranked Texas A&M got right back to work with a huge first inning at Nelson Wolff Stadium in San Antonio, sending 11 batters to the plate in a 25 minute first inning that saw six runs on seven hits.

UTSA starting pitcher Boone Mokry was pulled with no outs and five runs on the board in that first inning, with Logan Onda continuing from there. After a huge offensive production, the Aggies were slowed down in the second and third innings, producing one hit and striking out three times.

The Roadrunners looked like they might get on the board in the second as a C.J. Pickering single immediately sent him to third on a Geonte Jackson double to left. UTSA instead left those two on base. Leadoff hitter Kevin Markham walked to start the UTSA third but was quickly picked off, and the Roadrunners wouldn't see another baserunner until Markham got the sixth inning started.

Turner Larkins, who suffered the loss at Alabama, averaged just over 11 pitches per inning thanks to speedy fourth and fifth frames by UTSA. The fourth inning was a defensive gem for the Aggies, with Nick Banks making a diving catch toward the line in right and left fielder Logan Taylor reaching full extension to make the third out on a tremendous dive toward the gap.

UTSA managed to get A&M on four 1-2-3 innings with their second such inning coming in the fourth, initiated by catcher John Bormann's pickoff of Blake Allemand at first. The call immediately drew head coach Rob Childress out of the dugout to question first base umpire Rodger Claycomb, who then consulted with the rest of the umpire crew, with no change made to the call. Ryne Birk and Mitchell Nau ended that frame with two strikeouts.

Texas A&M made it a 10-run game in the fifth with Banks and Taylor reaching base for third baseman Ronnie Gideon's fourth home run of the season. Seven hitter Hunter Melton immediately doubled off the left center wall and later scored. Catcher Michael Barash would come in to score on a Patrick McLendon pinch hit single in the sixth to put the Aggies up 11-0.

UTSA got on the board with a 2-2 count and 2 outs in the ninth thanks to a Grant Gibbs pinch hit single to drive in left fielder Matt Hilston, who reached on a walk and advanced to second via defensive indifference.

After a nearly three hour game, Texas A&M's Larkins had the win to move to 3-1, with Mokry heading to a 1-1 record.

Texas A&M's next action is an SEC matchup at home against Missouri, while UTSA is again in non-conference play tomorrow hosting University of the Incarnate Word before heading into a Conference USA matchup against Florida Atlantic.