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

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
Texas A&M infielder Trinity Cannon (6) reacts during Texas A&M’s game against Texas at the Austin Super Regional at Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin, Texas, on Friday, May 24, 2024. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
Aggies a win away from Women’s College World Series after 6-5 victory over Longhorns
Luke White, Sports Editor • May 24, 2024

Texas A&M softball experienced every inch of the pendulum of emotions in its NCAA Super Regional matchup with Texas on Friday, May 24, but...

Texas A&M utility Gavin Grahovac (9) throws the ball during A&Ms game against Georgia on Friday, April 26, 2024, at Olsen Field. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
Southern slugfest
May 23, 2024
Texas A&M pitcher Evan Aschenbeck (53) reacts after throwing the final strike out during Texas A&M’s game against Mississippi State on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Olsen Field. (Chris Swann/ The Battalion)
Down but not out
May 23, 2024
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

A&M punches back in late innings to calm Louisiana

Photo by Robert O’Brien

A trio of Aggies celebrate their victory over Oral Roberts at Olsen Field on Friday, June 3, 2022.

After every run scored, the Texas A&M baseball team eats a pringle to celebrate. On Saturday, June 4, those pringles had some spice to them.

Just like all spicy food, the kick of heat doesn’t hit right away, but when it does — watch out. As for A&M baseball, its late inning comeback packed some heat as well.

The Aggies stole some classic Cajun spice as they escaped the fire of the Ragin’ Cajuns, 9-6, to advance to 2-0 in the College Station Regional. Saturday’s nightcap totaled for a combined 31 hits, 17 from the Aggies and 14 from the Ragin’ Cajuns. 

“The game itself, that’s been our season,” A&M head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “It’s not the prettiest thing but it’s competitive. At the end of the day, I wish everybody in the ballpark could spend two minutes of their life with these kids. It’s an honor to be with them everyday.”

Through the top of the first inning, the Aggies wasted no time scoring runs. Sophomore second baseman Ryan Targac and junior right fielder Brett Minnich each cranked two-RBI singles to right field, giving the Aggies a 4-0 lead. Louisiana righty Jacob Schultz faced seven batters, allowing five hits. 

The Ragin’ Cajuns took matters into their own hands in the first and second to cut the lead to one. A&M sophomore starting pitcher Nathan Dettmer performed subpar in the first two innings, allowing six hits on 10 batters faced. 

Louisiana challenged Dettmer on the mound. The Ragin’ Cajuns took a 5-4 lead in the third with sophomore Carson Roccaforte stealing home. Roccaforte is a former high school teammate of A&M junior designated hitter Austin Bost and the nephew of A&M men’s basketball assistant coach Steve Roccaforte. 

After a solid defensive performance in the bottom of the fifth, the Aggies were not able to translate that momentum to offense. The Aggies stranded 10 total runners on Saturday and went scoreless from the second to sixth innings. 

Despite A&M’s four errors, the Aggies fought back with some spice. An RBI double from senior catcher Troy Claunch barely stayed in the ballpark and Minnich followed with a single to score the tying run. 

“That’s what we’ve been doing and what we’ve done all season,” Claunch said. “We continue to trust in our process and know the hits are going to come.”

In the seventh, Bost clutched the lead with a two-run bomb launched to the student recreation center. Senior lefty Jacob Palisch and freshman righty Brad Rudis finished the night on the mound leaving Louisiana scoreless late.

“The whole audience was crazy tonight. That’s the loudest I’ve heard Blue Bell Park since I’ve been here,” Bost said about the attendance of 6,675. “It was a lot of fun. This offense is relentless, and I’m proud of how we played tonight.” 

Senior shortstop Kole Kaler finished off the night adding some insurance with his third homer of the season to up the score to 9-6.

“They came up with the big hits, and they’re a good offense. That’s a good ballclub over there,” Louisiana head coach and former A&M assistant coach Matt Deggs said.

The Aggies will face the winner of TCU and Louisiana tomorrow at 7 p.m at Blue Bell Park. The Horned Frog and Ragin’ Cajun matchup will take place at 1 p.m. A&M’s starting pitcher on Sunday is undetermined.

“I’m glad we won but we haven’t won the regional. We have a lot of rest to get and a lot of baseball left to play,” Schlossnagle said.

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
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 *