June 4, 2010
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battle, A&M wins war
By Christina De Nicola
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
International’s Garrett Wittels (left) stepped to the plate in
the sixth inning 0 for 2 with his 54-game hitting streak on the
With a 3-0 count, Wittels got the green light and
lined a shot over the second baseman’s glove and to the right
field wall for his 20th double of the season.
The base hit extended his hit streak to 55 games,
which is just three behind Robin Ventura’s record set in 1987.
“I looked down at Coach [Turtle] Thomas and he
gave me the green light and we were down 8-1 at the time,”
Wittels said. “It was a good pitch to hit, fastball away, and I
was able to put a hit on the barrel.”
But it was all Texas A&M as the Aggies scored in
every inning but the second in a 17-3 rout of the Golden
Panthers Friday afternoon in game one of the Coral Gables
Regional at the University of Miami’s Alex Rodriguez Park at
Mark Light Field.
Barret Loux (11-2), Texas
A&M’s ace, pitched eight innings and allowed three runs on six
hits with 10 strikeouts.
“He settled in and was very good,” head coach Rob
Childress said. “We’re able to save the rest of our pitching
staff for the rest of the weekend.”
Every Aggie batter collected at least one hit. As
a team, Texas A&M, the Big 12 Tournament champions, tallied 20.
Hitters one and two– Joaquin Hinojosa and Tyler
Naquin- collected three hits apiece to pace the Aggies
“Be aggressive,” Hinojosa said. “That was my job
to start it off good and try to get on base.”
Initially, it looked as though FIU (36-24), the
Sun Belt Tournament champions, would ride the momentum of a
strong hometown following.
Pablo Bermudez and TJ Shantz started the game
with back-to-back singles. After Wittels flied out to shallow
right field, Jeremy Patton produced a sacrifice fly to right to
give the Golden Panthers an early 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, cleanup hitter Joe
Patterson, who drove in three runs and scored three times, hit
his eighth home run of the year, a two-run shot. The Aggies
knocked five homers in the game.
“I had a good day today, but today’s over so we
need to come out tomorrow. We were struggling there until we
learned to take it game-by-game,” Patterson said. “After a
certain amount we were just trying to keep having good at-bats
back-to-back and just trying to stay hot.”
A four-run fourth broke the game wide open at
For the fourth straight inning the leadoff man
got on base for the Aggies when Andrew Collazo, the ninth
batter, singled. With one out Naquin bunted for a hit and Brodie
Greene followed with an RBI double.
With runners at second and third and one out,
Patterson hit a sacrifice fly and Matt Juengel blasted a two-run
homer to left-center, his 10th long ball of the year.
“It was not a good game for us,” Thomas said. “We
talked about all week breaking through that pressure barrier
that goes into another round. We honestly went out tight.”
The losing pitcher was R.J. Fondon, who dropped
to 5-4 after giving up four runs on five hits in just two
innings of work. Six Golden Panthers pitchers saw action in
(photo courtesy of FIU Media