The Texas A&M baseball team started regional play with a win on Friday night, claiming a 4-2 victory over Binghamton at Olsen Field in College Station.
Jonathan Moroney paced the Aggie offense with three hits while senior pitcher Kyle Simonds held the Bearcats to four hits and two runs (one earned) across 5 1/3 innings. Here are three quick takeaways from the Texas A&M victory.
Moroney’s no phony
His bat hasn’t been among the hottest in the Aggies lineup this season, but it has been on fire as of late. Moroney got regional play started with a 3-for-3 evening that included two RBI and two runs scored as well as a walk for good measure.
The offense didn’t stop with him. A&M had 10 total hits in the victory, with Michael Barash and Austin Homan claiming two apiece. Both J.B. Moss and Ryne Birk earned two walks on the evening.
Benefiting from Bearcat blunders
When playoff baseball arrives, even the smallest of mistakes can determine the outcome of a game. Binghamton’s starting pitcher Mike Bunal left a hanging breaking ball over the plate, which Moroney sent over the center field wall for a 2-0 A&M advantage.
Following the Aggies DH clearing the bases, Hunter Melton was then hit by a pitch to earn a free trip to first. He would later score on a throwing error on a Nick Banks ground ball to push the A&M lead to 3-0.
Binghamton had errors on the base paths as well. They tested the arm of Banks early in the game, where the right fielder used his cannon arm to cut down a runner 20 feet of home plate for his seventh outfield assist of the season.
Keeping them in the box
In the fifth inning, Simonds allowed back-to-back batters to reach via hit by pitch. He was able to record the first out of the inning via strikeout, but was chased from the game in favor of A&M reliever Andrew Vinson.
In 2 2/3 innings of work, Vinson sat down six batters with a strike three call, preventing the Bearcats from getting anything going in the game.
Texas A&M closer Mark Ecker closed out the game with a strikeout in the ninth inning to earn the save. The Aggies face off with Wake Forest tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 8 p.m. The loser of that game will play against Minnesota to earn their way back to play for the regional championship in the double elimination tournament.