AUSTIN – The Aggies have done their part to set up a reunion with an old foe at Disch-Falk Field.
No. 3 seed Texas A&M defeated No. 2 seed Indiana 10-3 in the opening game of an NCAA Tournament regional, helping set the stage for a probable A&M-Texas showdown at 6 p.m. Saturday on the Longhorns’ home field.
The top-seeded and heavily-favored Longhorns take on fourth-seeded Texas Southern at 8 p.m. Friday at Disch-Falk, with the winner facing A&M and the loser playing an elimination game against Indiana earlier Saturday.
Lefthander John Doxakis (8-5), a former Lamar High standout, turned in perhaps his most memorable showing as an Aggie, in striking out a dozen and allowing a lone hit over six innings, in averaging two strikeouts per inning.
The game was scoreless through three innings, before the Aggies put it out of reach in the fourth, all with two outs. Logan Foster singled to right with runners on first and second, and Zach DeLoach slid under the tag at home for the Aggies’ first run.
The gates opened in a big way shortly after for A&M, when Will Frizzell drilled a double off the left-field wall, scoring two more. Later in the inning, DeLoach doubled over the head of scrambling center fielder Logan Kaletha, scoring three more.
By the time the blades of UT’s fabled artificial field had settled in the fourth, the Aggies led 7-0 and never glanced back. Indiana recorded its first hit in the bottom of the fourth – after A&M scored its seven runs – and the Hoosiers finished with five hits off of Doxakis (one) and relievers Stephen Kolek (two in two innings) and Christian Roa (two in the final inning).
DeLoach and Foster each collected three hits and DeLoach led the way with three RBIs for the Aggies, who are playing some of their best baseball of the season when it counts most. After faltering down the stretch of the regular season against SEC competition, they finished 3-1 in the SEC Tournament last week in Hoover, Ala.