Round Rock Classic Day 2: McKenzie Leads Baylor Offense and Texas A&M Aggie-nizes Sooners
It was a good day to have a good day for Baylor and Texas A&M, with both teams winning rather decisive victories against their opponents- 12-6 for the Bears over Auburn, and 8-1 for the Aggies over Oklahoma.
Jared McKenzie led the offense for Baylor, going three-for-five en route to two home runs and three RBIs, including a solo home run in the first to kick off the scoring for the Bears. He followed that up with another home run in the third, to score Antonio Valdez. Next, Andy Thomas scored on a Davion Downey double play, and Kyle Nevin on an RBI single by Valdez. In the bottom of the inning, Kason Howell put Auburn on the board with an RBI single that scored Tyler Miller.
Baylor then tacked on four more runs in the fifth; McKenzie scored on a passed ball on an Estaban Cardoza strikeout, Thomas and Pineda scored on a Downey RBI single, and Downey then scored on a Valdez RBI single three batters later. Auburn followed that up with a run of their own in the fifth, when Brody Moore scored on a Steven Williams RBI double.
Baylor's final runs came in the sixth. A Cardoza RBI single to left scored Estaban and Pineda, and three batters later Nevin singled in Cardoza. Miller provided some late-game theatrics for the Tigers, with a solo home run in the eighth and a two-RBI single in the ninth to score John Schenker and Brayton Brown. Howell provided the final scoring for the Tigers with an RBI single to score Miller.
Texas A&M 8, Oklahoma 1
It was a quiet day for the Sooner offense, as Texas A&M held them to just one run on five hits.
All but one of the Aggies' eight runs were scored in the bottom of the first. After a Bryan Sturges sacrifice fly scored Bryce Blaum, Austin Bost singled in Brett Minnich. Zane Schmidt then scored Will Frizzell with a single to left, and Logan Britt cleared the bases with a three-RBI bomb to score Schmidt and Bost. In his second at-bat of the game, Blaum scored Harrison with a single up the middle. Final scoring for the Aggies came via a Schmidt RBI triple to left in the fourth to score Bost. Oklahoma's only run came in the sixth when Conor McKenna scored on a fielder's choice by Breydon Daniel.
The story of the night was Texas A&M pitching. Starter Bryce Miller threw five innings of shutout, one-hit baseball with three walks, and five strikeouts. Alex Magers went two and a third, allowing one earned run on four hits and a strikeout, while Joseph Menefee threw an almost perfect one and two-thirds, giving up just a walk on five strikeouts.
W: Bryce Miller(1-0)
L: Dalton Fowler (1-1)