Werner’s bat stays hot in Texas A&M Baseball Team’s 5-3 win over Fordham | Baseball
The Aggies had nine hits. Junior designated hitter Taylor Smith and catcher Troy Claunch, an Oregon State graduate transfer, each had two hits as A&M’s 4-7, seven combined hitters to go 7-for-14 with three RBIs, three extra hits and four runs.
Claunch and Hogan, who are among 21 newcomers to Aggie’s revamped squad, each had a goof.
With two outs in the eighth, Hogan relieved Menefee, who hit a batter and walked a batter into the frame, but left on a high by forcing Jack Harnisch out after falling 3-0 in the count. . Hogan did his job as a pitcher by having the next batter return a grounder to him on the mound, but he failed as a fielder. Thinking there were less than two outs, Hogan ran towards the runner between third base and home plate, and his throw was errant, allowing two runs to score.
“The mental error there in the eighth, crazy things like that happen in baseball,” Schlossnagle said. “I don’t really have any practice for that.”
Hogan retired the next batter to escape the inning with A&M still leading 5-3.
In the seventh, Claunch hit a two-out single, pushing junior Brett Minnich up to second. Minnich also had a single. Fordham easily got Claunch out, but the first baseman dropped the ball and Minnich ran to third.