COLLEGE STATION - The No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies took the middle game, 5-2, against the No. 16 Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday night to even the series.
Corbin Martin (6-3) weaved one of the best works of his career. He notched a career-high 12 strikeouts, allowing two runs on eight hits and one walk over 8.0 innings.
With the win Texas A&M improved to 36-19 on the season and 16-13 in SEC play. The victory guaranteed the Aggies a winning record in league action for the third consecutive season.
Arkansas (38-15, 17-11 SEC) opened the scoring with one run in the third inning when Eric Cole gapped a leadoff double to right-center and Jared Gates bounced a single up the middle. A&M avoided further damage escaping the inning with the bases full of Razorbacks. Arkansas ended up loading the bases with a single by Jax Biggers and a walk issued to Luke Bonfield, but Martin got Grant Koch to line out to centerfield to end the frame.
The Aggies answered back and then some in the home half of the third off previously unbeaten Razorback starter Dominic Taccolini (4-1). George Janca and Nick Choruby reached on singles before Cole Bedford tied the game on a sac fly. After the Hogs walked Braden Shewmake, Hunter Coleman made them pay blasting a three-run dinger to center. Coleman’s fourth homer of the season put the Aggies up 4-1.
Arkansas pushed one more across in the seventh on a double that just stayed fair down the left field line off the bat of Chad Spanberger. Martin limited them again getting his 10th strikeout of the game to end the threat.
Again, the Aggies answered the Hogs with a one-frame in the bottom half. Janca led the frame with a double and came around to score when Cole Bedford blasted a ball of the Arkansas first baseman with the infield drawn in.
Cason Sherrod came into the game for the ninth and closed the door on the Aggie victory. His perfect frame earned him his third save of the season.
On senior night, outgoing Aggie Blake Kopetsky went 2-for-4 while fellow seniors Walker Pennington and Choruby both came through with a base knock.
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