Eight-run Eighth Inning Dooms Aggies

Texas A&M Press Release

By: Thomas Dick

AUBURN, Alabama – The Aggies relinquished the lead in the eighth inning as the No. 14 Auburn Tigers put up eight runs in the frame to defeat No. 6 Texas A&M, 11-5, Saturday afternoon at Plainsman Park.

The victory clinched the series for Auburn. Texas A&M dropped to 16-4 overall and 0-2 in the SEC. Auburn improved to 19-1 overall and 2-0 in the SEC.

The Aggies were led at the plate by Michael Helman, who hit 3-for-5 with one double, one run and two RBI. Helman pushed his hit streak to 13 games. Braden Shewmake was 2-for-3 with one triple, one run and one RBI.

Aggie starter John Doxakis labored through 5.0 innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out one.


T1 | Zach DeLoach doubled to the gap in left-center and Helman doubled down the leftfield line as the Aggies drew first blood. A&M 1, AUB 0.

T5 | With one out, Helman bounced a ball off the glove of the Auburn third baseman making a stab down the line for a leadoff single. Shewmake followed by rattling a triple in the corner down the rightfield line to plate Helman and he came around to score when Andritsos punched a single into shallow leftfield. A&M 3, AUB 0.

B5 | Jay Estes drew a five-pitch walk to start the frame and Will Holland followed by depositing a first-pitch offering over the rightfield fence. A&M 3, AUB 2.

T6 | With two outs, George Janca singled through the right side and DeLoach drew a four-pitch walk. Helman knocked in Janca with a single to centerfield. Shewmake appeared to plate DeLoach with a single through the right side, but the play was reviewed and the run was wiped off the board. A&M 4, AUB 2.

B6 | Brendan Venter gapped a single to left-center to start the inning and drive John Doxakis from the contest. Josh Anthony doubled down the rightfield line to put two runners in scoring position. Brett Wright appeared to knock in two runs with a double of his own down the other line, but Anthony didn’t touch home. Nolan Hoffman and Chandler Jozwiak finished off the frame on the mound. A&M 4, AUB 3.

B8 | Venter slipped a single through the left side and a misplayed bunt down the rightfield line by Josh Anthony resulted in a single putting runners on the corners with no outs. Brett Wright was hit by a pitch and a single by Estes gave Auburn it’s first lead of the game, 5-4. Jeremy Johnson was hit by a pitch with bases loaded, Steven Williams hit a grand slam and Wright doubled down the rightfield line to cap off the scoring. AUB 11, A&M 4.

T9 | With two outs, Logan Foster drew a walk, moved to second on defensive indifference and scored on a throwing error by the Auburn third baseman. AUB 11, A&M 5.


The Aggies look to stave off the series sweep Sunday at 1 p.m.

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