FRISCO — After opening the season with nine straight wins, the Texas A&M baseball team saw its winning streak snapped on Friday by Louisiana Tech.
On Saturday, the Aggies got back to building the foundation for another streak.
Ninth-ranked A&M banged a pair of home runs on its way to a 5-4 win over Baylor at the Frisco College Baseball Classic at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The Aggies (10-1) picked up a bit of payback on their old conference rivals, after Baylor defeated the Aggies on a walkoff grand slam in the Houston College Classic last year.
The Bears trailed 5-2 entering the ninth, but looked to create some more heroics when Josh Bissonette – an unlikely home-run hitter – pounded a two-run home run over the left-field fence.
Baylor kept the inning going with a Richard Cunningham single and a Tucker Johnson walk, but the Bears ran out of rallies. Shea Langeliers eventually grounded out for the final out.
Baylor (3-5) had its chances, as has been the case in recent games. But the Bears left a parade of baserunners waiting and wishing, 17 in all, to be exact. And both times in the first eight innings Baylor managed to push across a run, A&M had a two-run answer in the bottom of the inning.
The game was scoreless until the third, when Cole Bedford smacked a solo home run off BU sophomore starter Hayden Kettler over the left-field wall.
The Bears came back to tie the game in the fifth. Nick Loftin and Andy Thomas walked on a total of eight pitches, two of nine free passes issued by Aggie pitchers in the game. Then Davis Wendzel punched a double down the right-field line, sending Loftin plateward to make the score 1-1.
A&M responded in the bottom of the inning, plating a pair of runs on two walks, two hits and a passed ball.
Two innings later, a similar situation played out. After the Bears loaded the bases on an Aggie error and singles from Thomas and Loftin. Then the Bears plated one run when Josh Bissonette grounded into a double play.
But Baylor couldn’t get any more out of that initial bases-loaded, no-out situation. And, again, the Aggies responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
Kettler took the loss, giving up five runs and seven hits in 6.1 innings. The right-hander struck out five and walked four.
The Bears will look to try to salvage a win out of the weekend when they face Louisiana Tech (7-4) at 3 p.m. Sunday.