“I’m grateful that we played well this week,” said A&M head coach Rob Childress at a Zoom conference on Thursday. “Neither of them was easy and that makes us a better team.”
Ray Alejo’s two-part single from A&M Senior in their eighth game against Incarnate Word on Wednesday night broke a 4-4 draw. A&M had stranded 12 runners through seven innings.
“That was a big win for us,” said senior infielder Bryce Blaum. “This 10-game homestand is going to be really big. We have the potential to be 14-4 after that homestand and we firmly believe we can get there. “
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A&M must hit better than .246.
“We have to be more consistent offensively,” said Childress. “That doesn’t mean you have to score every inning, it means that you have traffic on the bases and the pitcher on the track.”
Alejo’s hit was encouraging. He’d been out with an optimized Achilles tendon, and his return to the line-up is another bat that won senior Will Frizzell (.368, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs), junior Austin Bost (.360) and Blaum (.300) added.
Childress thought the Aggies played more loosely at Round Rock, and it showed. A&M scored 21 goals in a 12-4 win over Baylor and an 8-1 win over Oklahoma. Against Incarnate Word some tightness returned as the Aggies had nine hits and 12 walks but couldn’t deliver any other big hits than singles with base load from sophomore Logan Britt and Alejo. Even so, a couple of hard-hit balls, Incarnate Word, did well support Childress’ belief that the hits are coming.