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Jim Schlossnagle
Logan Britt
Nathan Dettmer
Texas A&M Baseball

Lack of timely hitting plagues Aggies in series-opening loss to Penn, 2-1

February 25, 2022
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Game #5: Penn 2, Texas A&M 1
Records: Texas A&M (4-1, 0-0), Penn (1-0, 0-0)
WP: Owen Coady (1-0)
LP: Jacob Palisch (0-1)
Box Score


Cold weather, colder bats.

A complete lack of timely hitting plagued Texas A&M on Friday afternoon as the Aggies fell to Penn in the series opener, 2-1. Fighting temperatures in the 30s, A&M was 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded ten total baserunners.

"Three things can happen in a game: You can pitch, play defense and get timely hits," Texas A&M head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. "For the most part, we played good defense on a tough day, but we didn't get a timely hit."

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Kalae Harrison had the Aggies’ lone RBI on the day with a fourth-inning single that scored Logan Britt.

After the visiting Quakers took a 2-1 lead in the eighth, the Aggies had a prime chance to tie or take the lead following an Austin Bost single and a Troy Claunch double.

However, Penn's Owen Coady struckout Ryan Targac and Logan Britt to end the Aggie threat.

"We had an opportunity to put a ball in play, potentially score a run, and it just didn't happen," Schlossnagle said.

Coady worked 4.1 scoreless innings and struckout eight Aggies to earn the win.

"In the backhalf of the game, our at-bats were very poor, and you have to give credit to that lefty," Schlossnagle said.

A&M squandered chances earlier in the ballgame as well.

The Aggies left the bases loaded in the second but were unable to score. In the fifth, Bost grounded into a doubleplay that stranded Kole Kaler at third.

Texas A&M was 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position with less than two outs.

"There's three ways to win a ballgame: Defense, throwing strikes and timely hitting," Britt said. "We only threw strikes today."

A complete lack of run support meant Nathan Dettmer's quality start went by the wayside. The right-handed allowed just one unearned run and struckout four in six innings of work but was saddled with a no-decision.

"Three things can happen in a game: You can pitch, play defense and get timely hits. For the most part, we played good defense on a tough day, but we didn't get a timely hit."
- A&M coach Jim Schlossnagle

"Those runs will come," Dettmer said of his offense. "I trust my hitters, and I know what they got. They're better than that."

The lone run against Dettmer scored in the third following a two-out error by Kaler and a double by Wyatt Henseler.

"He gave us a chance to win the ballgame," Schlossnagle said of Dettmer.

Kalae Harrison drove home Britt in the fourth to tie the game, but the Aggies never took the lead.

With the score knotted 1-1 in the eighth, reliever Jacob Palisch allowed a leadoff single to Jackson Appel. After a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, Cole Palis flared a single to right that could have been caught by a diving Brett Minnich, allowing to Appel score.

"It's way more about how we respond to this than what happened today," Schlossnagle said.

Texas A&M and Penn are scheduled to return to Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park on Saturday for a 2 p.m. start, weather permitting.

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Lack of timely hitting plagues Aggies in series-opening loss to Penn, 2-1

2,589 Views | 3 Replies | Last: 2 yr ago by TheChameleon
TheChameleon
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Oof. This one shouldn't have happened. Penn's pitchers had better stuff than anything Fordham threw out there but one run at home against an Ivy League school is tough to stomach. Missed Werner out there.

The defense was very poor. Miscues led to both Penn runs. The error at 3rd and Minnich should've caught the fly to right... Hit him right in the glove on the dive. Pitching was solid, I liked that Dettmer mixed in more changeups. Needs to get more swings and misses overall though... Is he a Friday type guy in SEC play? I do really like his strike throwing ability. Palisch should have a good year, needs to locate a bit better but he's going to be a great addition.
Sandman98
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You're not wrong but 12k's is really the only story in this game. Infield errors happen especially in the cold. The other team can't make many errors if 44% of your outs aren't put in play. It happens.
TheChameleon
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For sure the K's hurt. Definitely helps to make a team like Penn see if they can field the ball consistently. I'm sure we'll play cleaner today and be extra motivated offensively to get that taste out of their mouth. Let's take two!
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