By Robert H. Kelly
Whether it was early season mistakes, the hot Aggie bats in the sixth inning, or their outstanding pitching, the Houston Cougars could not stay with Texas A&M University, as the Aggies defeated Houston by the score of 3-2 in day two action at the Houston College Classic.
Houston (2-1) got on the scoreboard first with a solo home run by infielder Felix Fanaselle in the first inning on the first pitch from Aggie right-hander Kyle Thebeau
The Aggies came back in the third when outfielder Ben Feltner scored from third off a sacrifice fly by catcher Craig Stinson to tie the score at one all.
Texas A&M then exploded after two outs in the sixth inning, when Darby Brown was sent to the plate to pinch hit for Spencer Jackson. Brown singled to the left side on a 2-1 pitch, followed by a line drive to left field by catcher Josh Stinson. Stinson was safe at first with Brown advancing to second.
Cougars pitcher Donnie Joseph opened the door further for the Aggies, allowing both Brown and Stinson to advance on a wild pitch.
The Cougars fate was sealed when infielder Brody Greene singled to right field, allowing both Brown and Stinson to score.
Later in the inning, the Cougars caught Greene trying to steal third, but the damage was done. The Aggie went up 3-1 and kept the lead until the end.
Infielder Jimmy Cesario came back in the top of the eighth inning with a solo shot to right field to take the score to 3-2.
The winning pitcher was Jordan Chambliss who pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing 1 earned run on one hit, with six strikeouts and an ERA of 1.80.
John Touchton was credited with the loss; pitching 2 1/3 innings and allowing two earned runs on three hits, with two strikeouts, one walk and an REA of 6.00.
The Cougars (2-1) will take on Arizona State at 11:00am on Sunday in their final game of the Houston College Classic. Texas A&M (2-1) will face Rice in the 6:00pm game on Sunday.