The Aggies achieved four runs in the top of the 7th inning to remove a 2-1 Florida State guide, and themselves a 3-run pillow as they succeeded the first game of the Tallahassee Super Regional 6-2. The Aggies achieved one more run in the 8th inning to provide them their last border of success.
Coach Childress had an precise synopsis of the game: “We played well on both sides and the two starting pitchers did as good a job as you could ask them to do. (Matt) Junegel hits a mistake in the first inning to give us a lead and allows us to relax a little. Ross (Stripling) weathered the storm in the first inning and only gave up one run, I thought that was huge. After that he settled down and did a nice job. He gave up a home run to (Jayce) Boyd in the bottom of the sixth and we came right back in the seventh inning. We went probably 10-11-12 at bats and didn’t have good at bat against (Sean) Gilmartin and just like that in the top of the seventh we string about six quality at bats in a row together, score four runs and the bullpen does a nice job for us.”
So it was pleasant to see the Aggies go out there and beat one of the finest pitchers in the country and as Gilmartin was the 28th pick of the 2011 MLB draft. With the exemption of the home run he gave up to Juengel in the first inning, Gilmartin was leading for the six innings before the Aggies got to him in the seventh. I can observe why the Atlanta Braves desire him in their association.
Ross Stripling had one more firm outing for the Aggies giving up 2 received runs on 7 strikes over 6 innings whereas striking out 8. The triumph moves Stripling to 14-2 on the year. Kyle Martin pitched a scoreless 8th inning, and Nick Fleece blocked out the game by receiving the final three outs in the ninth.
The Aggies play FSU in Game 2 at 3 PM Sunday on ESPNU. A triumph Sunday or Monday will offer the Aggies their first journey to the College World Series since 1999.