COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Krey Bratsen’s run-scoring, 10th-inning single provided Texas A&M with a 2-1 walk-off victory over Georgia on Saturday in front of a season-high 6,112 fans at Blue Bell Park.
Both starting pitchers posted career-highs in innings pitched but neither factored in the decision. Aggies right-hander Daniel Mengden tossed eight innings and allowed one run on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Georgia junior left-hander Patrick Boling struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings Saturday. He allowed one run and had two walks.
The Aggies (13-7, 2-0 SEC) took a 1-0 lead with a two-out, run-scoring single by Blake Allemand in the third. Jace Statum reached on a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on Allemand’s base hit.
Georgia (8-11, 0-2 SEC) was held hitless until two outs in the fourth. Senior shortstop Kyle Farmer and sophomore centerfielder Hunter Cole registered back-to-back singles. Then freshman first baseman Daniel Nichols was retired on a flyout.
The Bulldogs broke through in the fifth. Senior Brett DeLoach reached on a pop up to shortstop that Mikey Reynolds lost in the wind and was ruled a single. Then with one out, freshman designated hitter Jess Posey smashed an RBI-double to right as DeLoach raced home. Mengden came back to strike out the next two hitters to give him six at that point.
In the 10th, Statum drew another leadoff walk, this time from sophomore Jared Walsh. Reynolds bunted him to second and then Bratesen followed with the game-winner. Texas A&M closer Jason Jester (2-0) notched the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Walsh tok the loss to fall to 1-2.
“We’re better than this offensively, and it’s disappointing we couldn’t support the tremendous job our pitchers did today starting with Patrick Boling,” Georgia coach David Perno said in a news release. “He’s been really good his last few outings, and he’s gotten no support and no wins out of it. Jarrett Brown and Jared Walsh did a good job, too.
The series concludes today with first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m. on Fox Southwest. Sophomore right-hander Luke Crumley (1-2, 6.91 ERA) will start for the Bulldogs while the Aggies counter with sophomore right-hander Jason Freeman (1-0, 1.80 ERA).