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Friday March 9, 2007No. 9 Texas A&M Takes Opener Over Baseball

College Station, TX

A three-run sixth inning snapped a 1-1 stalemate and the pitching of junior David Newmann lifted No. 9 Texas A&M (16-2) to a 7-1 victory over Florida (9-8) on Friday night in front of 3,165 fans at Olsen Field. Newmann (3-0) notched his first career complete game by scattering five hits, set a personal best with nine strikeouts and retired 15 of the final 16 Gator batters he faced. A two-run triple by junior Blake Stouffer gave the Aggies the lead and the hosts tacked on three more runs in the eighth to finalize the scoring.

 

The Gators grabbed a quick 1-0 advantage in the first on senior Austin Pride’s (Longwood, Fla.) grounder that scored junior Jon Townsend (London, Ky.). Townsend and freshman Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.) had opened the game with consecutive singles off Newmann and advanced on senior Matt LaPorta’s (Port Charlotte, Fla.) fly ball to the warning track in right field. UF’s bid for a second run was denied on a great defensive play by Aggie senior second baseman Parker Dalton, who threw out junior Dustin Bamberg (Winter Haven, Fla.) from the outfield grass to end the frame as Figueroa was coming home.

 

The Aggies evened the game in the third on a one-out triple to straightaway center field by Dalton. Junior Bryan Augenstein (Sebastian, Fla.) faced the minimum of six batters through two frames before issuing a leadoff walk to senior Josh Stinson. Dalton’s first three-bagger of the campaign was his fourth RBI.  

 

Limited to one hit through five innings, A&M totaled five hits and plated three runs in the sixth to seize a 4-1 lead. Dalton began the stanza with a single up the middle and junior Ben Feltner punched a one-out single into shallow left field to give the hosts a pair of runners aboard. Stouffer, who entered the game with a .418 average, ripped a two-run triple down the right-field line to put the Aggies on top. After Auguenstein had senior Craig Stinson fly out to left, junior Darby Brown drove in his teammate with an RBI single for a three-run lead. Sophomore Luke Anders delivered a pinch-hit single and a passed ball left A&M with two runners in scoring position. The right-hander prevented further trouble by having Josh Stinson ground out.    

 

Texas A&M added three insurance runs in the eighth to build a 7-1 lead. Feltner opened the stanza with an infield hit and swiped his 14th base in 14 attempts before Stouffer earned a free pass. Augenstein notched his fifth strikeout of the night by punching out Craig Stinson and was replaced by senior David Hurst (Jacksonville, Fla.). Over 7.1 innings, Augenstein (2-3) yielded seven hits and six runs and issued two walks. The Aggies executed a double steal for runners on second and third and Hurst uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Feltner to score. Brown collected his second RBI single of the night, stole second and junior Daman Aaron drew a walk from Hurst to keep the Aggies in business with one down. Josh Stinson’s base-knock into left scored Brown and chased Hurst, who did not record an out. Sophomore Patrick Keating (Harrisburg, Ill.) threw one pitch and it resulted in sophomore Kyle Colligan grounding into an inning-ending double play.

 

Texas A&M held a 9-5 advantage in hits, as the trio of Feltner (2-for-4, two runs, two stolen bases), Brown (2-for-4, two RBI) and Dalton (2-for-3) had multiple-hit outings. Townsend went 2-for-4 to lead the Gators, while sophomore Avery Barnes’ (High Springs, Fla.) career-best seven-game hitting streak ended with a 0-for-3 performance. Sophomore LHP Stephen Locke (Tampa, Fla.) (2-1, 3.54) will pitch for Florida in tomorrow’s second game at 3 p.m. against Aggie sophomore RHP Kyle Thebeau (1-0, 3.52). The game will be carried live on Cox Sports.

 

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