AUSTIN, Texas – Boosted by Jack Moss’s cycle and Dylan Rock’s grand slam, the Texas A&M Aggies surpassed No. 8 Texas Longhorns, 12-9, in front of 7,990 people Tuesday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Texas A&M (15-9) made seven extra-base hits, including three doubles and three home runs. Rock crushed a grand slam in the fourth inning to give Maroon & White an 8-4 lead.
Moss’s cycle is the first at Texas A&M since February 2018, when Zach DeLoach and Chris Andrittsos did the work three days apart. Moss hit 5-for-5 with two runs and five RBIs. He was alone in the first and fourth innings, breaking a two-run home run in the third and roped a double in the sixth. He released a triple in the eighth to seal the cycle.
Rock is 3-for-4 with three runs, a double, a home run and a career-high five RBI.
Kaler was productive on the leadoff spot, hitting 1-for-3 on two walks and three runs. Austin Bost hit the Aggies ’third dinger of the game in the eighth inning.
The Aggies were tight on the night, hitting 8-for-17 (.471) with two outs, 8-for-21 (.381) with runners on and 4-of-7 (.571) with runners on scoring position.
Texas A&M sent six pitchers to the mound in a staff day. Rawley Hector (1-0) got the win in 3.0 innings of work, allowing three runs on five hits and one walk while striking two. Micah Dallas closed out the game, worked into the ninth inning, yielded a run on one hit and a walk while striking two.
It marked the Aggies ’third straight win in the series against rival Texas (19-8).
TOP AGGIE PERFORMERS
Jack Moss-5-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1HR, 5 RBI
Dylan Rock-3-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 5 RBI
Kole Kaler-1-for-3, 3 R, 2 BB
T1 | Kole Kaler drew a five-pitch walk to start the frame and scored when Dylan Rock threaded a double down the leftfield line. Jack Moss knocked Rock with a single to rightfield. A&M 2, UT 0
B1 | Eric Kennedy sang back to the mound to start the frame and Douglas Hodo followed with a bunt single. Ivan Melendez roped a single through the right side, knocking on Kennedy. After loading the bases with an infield single, Melendez scored on an A&M catcher error trying to complete a 1-2-3 double play with a Silas Ardoin chopper on the mound. A&M 2, UT 2
B2 | Mitchell Daly hit the leadoff double at the leftfield line and an Aggie shortstop error put the runners in first and second. Kennedy hit a deep fly ball into centerfield to put runners in the corners and Hodo smeared Daly with a sacrifice fly. UT 3, A&M 2
T3 | On an out, Rock was hit by a pitch and Moss was followed by an opposite field home run to the leftfield. A&M 4, UT 3
B3 | Stehly started the inning with one to leftfield and Trey Faltine was hit by a pitch with one outside. After a wild pitch pushed both runners into the scoring position, Skyler Messinger coated Stehly with an infield single. A&M 4, UT 4
T4 | Logan Britt punched a two-out single on the left side and Chanden Scamardo and Kole Kaler were both given five-pitch walks to fill the bags with Ags. Rock fell behind 0-2, took two balls and then hit a 2-2 offer on the leftfield wall for a grand slam. A&M 8, UT 4
B5 | Ardoin bounced a leadoff single on the leftfield and Faltine followed with a home run on the leftfield. A&M 8, UT 6.
T6 | In two outs, Kaler and Rock were the only ones to put runners in the corners. Moss pushed Kaler across with a double to rightfield. A&M 9, UT 6
T8 | Scamardo made a leadoff walk and was replaced at first base by pinch-runner Jordan Thompson. With two outs, Moss tripled to complete the cycle and Austin Bost hammered a 2-2 pitch to left-center. A&M 12, UT 6
B8 | Daly was single on the right side and Dylan Campbell deposited a pinch-hit double down the leftfield line to put the two runners in scoring position. Kennedy drove Daly with a grounder toward second base and Hodo pushed Campbell across with a sac fly toward centerfield. A&M 12, UT 8
B9 | Faltine had a one-out solo home run. A&M 12, UT 9
The Aggies were back in action on Friday when Maroon & White began a three -game series against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The series will begin with a tournament at 6:32 pm followed by games on Saturday at 4:02 pm and Sunday at 1:02 pm