The Texas A&M baseball team improved to 2-0 in regional play with a win on Saturday night, defeating Wake Forest by a 22-2 margin at Olsen Field in College Station. The 22 runs are the most scored by the Aggies this season.
An offensive explosion led by Boomer White put the Aggies one win away from a trip to the Super Regionals. Texas A&M will face the winner of Wake Forest-Minnesota at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday. A loss results in a winner-take-all matchup on Monday evening.
Here are three quick takeaways from the victory.
Boomer’s big night
White was responsible for several sets of spikes touching home plate on Saturday night. He broke the game open in the second inning with a towering three-run blast to left field, pushing the lead to 6-1 and registering three of his four RBI. When his hits stayed inside the ballpark, he still found his way around the basepaths en route to scoring four runs.
In the top of the seventh, the Aggies pulled White after a walk in favor of a pinch-runner. A white-hot bat during the season, particularly in SEC play, the A&M third baseman continues to flirt with a .400 batting average. After his 3-for-4 night with two walks, he sits at .397.
When it rained, Aggies scored
In the second inning, the Aggies were up to bat as rain began to pour in College Station.
With the rain, so came runs.
First baseman Hunter Melton got the rally started for A&M with a single up the middle. Austin Homan‘s bat stayed hot for the Aggies, slapping a ball down the left field line on a hit-and-run and putting runners at second and third for J.B. Moss. Moss loaded the bases by being hit with a pitch before Nick Banks pushed the Aggie lead to 3-1 with a double of his own.
White’s home run doubled the score to 6-1 and completed the scoring in a five-run fifth for the Maroon and White. The rain ceased shortly after the completion of the frame, but the scoring continued.
Plenty of insurance allows Hill to chill
The Aggies scored runs in bunches, allowing for starting pitcher Brigham Hill to work without too much concern for the scoreboard.
Hill registered strikes 65 times on 111 total pitches across six innings of work, allowing five hits and two runs in the process. After giving up a solo shot in the first inning, the sophomore found his groove in the second inning with two of his 10 total strikeouts.
With Wake Forest threatening in the third, Hill induced a grounder to third base allowing White to step on the bag before firing across the diamond for an inning-ending double play.