Sunday, March 17, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS-----Texas A&M completed a three-game sweep of visiting Georgia Sunday at Blue Bell Park.
The Aggies (14-7, 3-0 SEC) scored in each of the first three frames to cruise past the Bulldogs 11-4 in front of a crowd of 4,385. After being held to two runs in the series, Georgia (8-12, 0-3 SEC) got a pair of first-inning runs courtesy of a two-out, two-run single from sophomore Jared Walsh. Seniors Curt Powell and Kyle Famer were on base after back-to-back singles and moved up on a Texas A&M error. However, the Aggies responded in the first with a four-run outburst of their own off sophomore Luke Crumley.
Third baseman Blake Alleman tied the game with a two-run home run, his first of the year. First baseman Cole Lankford made it 3-2 with his first home run, and then a two-out RBI-single from Jonathon Maroney capped the outburst. The Aggies entered Sunday with just three home runs on the season. Texas A&M added single runs in the second and third to build a 6-2 advantage. Crumley was lifted after two innings, allowing five runs on seven hits as his record dropped to 1-3. Texas A&M scored three more runs in the fifth and two in the seventh.
Walsh, Powell, Farmer and freshman Zach Bowers finished with two hits apiece as the Bulldogs were held in check after the first until the eighth. Senior Brett DeLoach provided the lone blemish on the Aggies bullpen when he smashed a two-run home run with two outs in that frame. It was his third home run of the year and made it 11-4. Matt Kent evened his record to 1-1 picking up a win in relief.
“I don’t feel as bad today as I did Saturday because I know who we are now and have figured out what’s best for this team,” said Bulldog coach David Perno. “We’re going to have to grind it out, and I know some good days are ahead of us. The guys need a day off, revisit our goals and try for a fresh start as we’re coming home for our next SEC series. Luke (Crumley) is in a bad place right now like some of our hitters, but we’ve seen him perform, and we’ll find a role for him because he can help us.”
Georgia returns to Foley Field Tuesday when it plays host to Furman at 5 p.m.