canada africa partner reservation Tigers take series as No. 1 Aggies drop second straight 6-4 decision

Tigers take series as No. 1 Aggies drop second straight 6-4 decision

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Game #47: Louisiana State 6, No. 1 Texas A&M 4
Facts: Texas A&M (39-8, 15-8), Louisiana State (31-17, 9-14)
WP: Christian Little (2-0)
LP: Shane Sdao (3-1)
To rescue: Gavin Guidry (2)
Box score


BATON ROUGE, La. — Same song, different verse.

The final score was the same as the first.

On a Saturday night in Louisiana, No. 1 Texas A&M dropped another 6-4 decision to the LSU Tigers at Alex Box Stadium.

Like Friday’s 6-4 loss, the Aggies were plagued by free bases and defensive errors.

But Saturday saw their offense falter tremendously.

“Everyone’s talking about, ‘Well, there’s probably going to be a weekend where things don’t go our way,’” A&M skipper Jim Schlossnagle said after the game. “Yes. It will happen. The most important thing is that we play well tomorrow. That’s part of it.”

“Any team in this league can win a league title, so it’s just a matter of who plays the best on the day.”

A statistically powerful Aggie offense has been neutralized by the Purple & Gold offense pumpers.

On Saturday, starter Luke Holman and right-handed reliever Christian Little scored a whopping 16 punchouts.

After A&M’s three-spot in the first inning, that duo kept the Aggies in check.

“We’ve had a good season. We’ll continue to have a great season, but we won’t be perfect. We care about every game, but nothing has changed. We’re preparing the same way.” “

– A&M head coach Jim Schlossnagle

“Their pitchers are good,” Schlossnagle said. “They’re good pitchers. They haven’t reached their capabilities so far, at least in terms of numbers, but they executed pitches — and hard pitches.”

No situation was more frustrating for the Maroon & White than a bases-loaded scenario in the fourth inning with no one out. Even after consecutive walks, Holman responded emphatically by striking out the next three Aggies he faced on just nine pitches.

The LSU starter fanned a total of 10 over five innings.

Behind Holman, Little mixed a high-90s fastball with a mid-80s offspeed pitch to keep A&M off balance until the ninth.

“They just executed pitches when they needed to,” Jace LaViolette said. “Just putting the ball where it needed to be and making it difficult for us.

“It happens. It’s baseball. People don’t understand that, but I think we’ll be fine. We’ll be fine.”

Ali Camarillo’s leadoff single in the fourth inning remained the final Aggie hit until Ted Burton’s pinch-hit knock opened the final frame.

In between that time, the Ags were nursing self-inflicted wounds.

After Justin Lamkin allowed four straight hits with two outs in the third – including long balls from Tommy White and Jared Jones – Shane Sdao kept the game tied at 3-3 until the seventh.

Kelii Horvath, TexAgs

With a single in the fourth inning, Ali Camarillo extended his streak of reaching base safely to 33 games.

That’s when A&M’s left-handed reliever ran out of gas.

“What happened was I just got a little tired,” Sdao admitted. “It’s the first time I’ve sweated in a long time. I felt like I was sweating a lot tonight.”

He walked nine-hitter Alex Milazzo to start the inning.

With one out, the reliable Evan Aschenbeck came in and promptly grounded out.

But the uncharacteristic nature of the weekend continued when an Aschenbeck wild pitch snuck past Jackson Appel to give LSU the lead.

In the symmetry of Friday’s ballgame, the Tigers once again never relinquished the advantage.

Instead, A&M gifted them a pair of unearned insurance markers an inning later on a Travis Chestnut error.

“We had a good season. We’re going to continue to have a great season, but we won’t be perfect,” Schlossnagle said. “We care about every match, but nothing has changed. We prepare the same way.”

Still, just like a night ago, A&M had its chance in the ninth.

Braden Montgomery was even in scoring position for the potential tying run with two outs.

But Appel’s hard-hit catch fell into the glove of center fielder Paxton Kling and sent a raucous crowd of 11,751 home happy.

“They just made pitches when they needed to. They just put the ball where it needed to be and made it difficult for us.”

– A&M BY Jace LaViolette

“Look what we did the last two days,” Schlossnagle said. “We delivered a great starting signal in both games. That says a lot about our team. I am proud of our team.”

A&M is indeed facing setbacks for the first time.

It’s the nation’s top-ranked team’s first loss in the series since a mid-March trip to Gainesville.

It’s also the first time the Aggies have lost consecutive games all year.

Furthermore, key contributors Ted Burton and possibly Gavin Grahovac appear to be playing at less than 100 percent.

Still, the 12th Man can take comfort in the following:

“If you lose back-to-back games in June, your season is over,” Schlossnagle said. “We didn’t design adversity; setbacks happen.

“If we want to believe in the word ‘good’, we have to put it into practice. I already know how our team will react, whether we win tomorrow or not.”

The answer begins Sunday when the series ends at 1:00 PM CT.