Gonzaga baseball beats No. 20/22 Texas A&M 6-4
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Gonzaga baseball sprinted out to a 6-0 lead and held on in a 6-4 win over No. 20/22 Texas A&M in the series opener on Friday night in College Station, Texas.
The win is Gonzaga’s (5-6) third in a row and all have come against Top 25 opponents, while Texas A&M’s (13-3) loss snapped a five-game win streak. GU defeated then-No. 23 Southern Miss in a doubleheader last weekend.
“That was a huge win against an elite opponent in a very elite atmosphere,” head coach Mark Machtolf said. “Our offense did a great job being ready to go from the first pitch, and our pitchers showed great resolve and composure throughout the game.”
Gonzaga starter Casey Legumina turned in another solid performance on the mound, going 5.0 shutout innings while allowing just four hits with five strikeouts and just one walk. Alek Jacob picked up his third save of the season with 3.0 innings of work.
At the plate, Gonzaga put runners on base all night, pounding out 12 hits. Austin Pinorini was the star of the night, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Josh Bristyan added two RBI singles and Guthrie Morrison scored twice.
Facing Texas A&M starter John Doxakis, who had allowed just one earned run in three starts this season, the Zags got on the bats with four hits and two runs in the top of the first inning. Troy Johnston knocked home one with a bloop single, and then Bristyan punched a single through the right side to score another.
After Legumina cruised through his first two innings, GU got another RBI single from Bristyan in the third inning for a 3-0 lead.
Gonzaga then added to its lead in the sixth with back-to-back run-scoring doubles. First, Ernie Yake brought home Isaac Barrera, then Austin Pinorini scored both Yake and Guthrie Morrison to push the lead to 6-0.
Texas A&M responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth against GU reliever Taylor Davis and two more in the eighth against Alek Jacob.
Jacob returned for the ninth and shut the door on his three-inning outing to get the save.
Gonzaga stranded 11 runners on base, but A&M left 13 on base.
The Zags and Aggies will play the second of a three game series on Saturday in College Station, Texas, at Noon PT/2 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on SEC Network + and online on WatchESPN.