The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Northgate district right adjacent to the Texas A&M campus houses a street of bars and other restaurants.  
Programs look to combat drunk driving
Alexia Serrata, JOUR 203 contributor • May 10, 2024
The Aggies react after clinching the national championship after Texas A&M’s win against Georgia at the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship Game in Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Sunday, May 19, 2024. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
Aggies ace it, Bulldogs face it
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • May 20, 2024

The No. 13 Texas A&M women's tennis team took on No. 7 Georgia and served up a score of 4-1 to clinch its newest title: NCAA Champions.  The...

Beekeeper Shelby Dittman scoops bees back into their hive during a visit on Friday, April 5, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
Bee-hind the scenes
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • May 1, 2024

The speakers turn on. Static clicks. And a voice reads “Your starting lineup for the Texas A&M Aggies is …” Spectators hear that...

Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
'I was terrified'
April 25, 2024
Scenes from 74
Scenes from '74
April 25, 2024
Farewell from the graduating Battalion staff of 2024
Farewell from the graduating Battalion staff of 2024
The BattalionMay 4, 2024

Giving out shutouts and shutdowns

No. 3 A&M baseball beats No. 6 Vanderbilt 9-0 to secure another conference series win
Photo by CJ Smith
Junior INF Ali Camarillo (2) reacts after sliding into second base during A&M’s games against Vanderbilt on Friday, April 12, 2024, at Olsen Field. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)

On paper, the No. 6 Vanderbilt Commodores were supposed to be the toughest test yet for No. 3 Texas A&M baseball. Yet, in Round 1 on April 12, the Maroon and White gave the sold out crowd plenty to cheer about with a run-rule win.

Putting its foot on the gas, A&M authored a similar chapter with a 9-0 win in Game 2 to the delight of 8,075 people, the largest crowd since Olsen Field’s 2012 renovation and sixth-largest in program history.

Though the big scorers have been star duo sophomore CF Jace LaViolette and junior RF Braden Montgomery, senior 2B Travis Chestnut stamped his name in the scoring books with his first homer of the season, spearing the ball to left field.

Chestnut’s score came at the bottom of the fourth, and by then, it was already 7-0, as the Aggies stunned the Commodores right off the bat.

With elite bullpen play so far in the season, and off the cusp of a dominant performance by redshirt sophomore LHP Ryan Prager, junior RHP Tanner Jones continued the pitching campaign with a 1-2-3 frame to open up the game.

In a sign for things to come, freshman 3B Gavin Grahovac knocked down his 12th homer in front of the 12th Man.

Unfortunately for junior LHP Carter Holton, A&M’s wheeling and dealing was just getting started. Senior C Jackson Appel continued the early onslaught with an RBI single, hitting to center field as LaViolette came home. With the bases loaded, Holton walked junior SS Ali Camarillo as Montgomery scored and right after, freshman LF Caden Sorrell’s sac fly with throwing errors scored the Aggies two more runs.

Though the next two innings were quiet, the Aggies resurged behind Chestnut’s homer. Just before Horton’s night was done, Appel scored his second RBI of the night, singling again to center field to widen the gap to give Horton his first loss of the season.

The change to sophomore RHP David Horn Jr. did little to slow down A&M’s momentum as Sorrell scored on a wild pitch after Horn Jr. loaded up the bases by hitting Sorrell, walking Chestnut and sending Grahovac to first after a fielding error.

In a rare game where the junior didn’t have to hit homers, Montgomery managed to tack on an RBI single after a ground out as Chestnut scored.

On the mound, Jones earned his third win of the season. In 7.1 innings, the righty let up six hits, one walk and five strikeouts before senior LHP Evan Aschenbeck came in as relief. Wrapping up the final inning, the southpaw gave the Commodores no chance as he finished the game with a 1-2-3 frame.

With the series win in hand, A&M will host Vanderbilt for a third time to finish off the series on Sunday, April 14.

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
About the Contributor
Justin Chen
Justin Chen, Sports Writer
Justin Chen is a journalism senior minoring in sport management and communication. Justin has covered football, men's basketball, volleyball, baseball and swim & dive. Justin also writes feature NBA pieces and covered the Miami Heat for Sir Charles In Charge. When not writing, he likes to frequent the gym, support Arsenal and watch anime.
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *