No. 4 Texas A&M baseball team loses its first SEC series of the season at No. 8 Florida after 17-0 start

After starting the 2024 season unbeaten after 17 games, the Texas A&M baseball team has lost two of its last three contests and dropped the first SEC series of the season at Florida this weekend in Gainesville.

The No. 8 Gators (12-7, 1-2) defeated the No. 4 Aggies (18-2, 1-2) by a final score of 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at Condron Ballpark. Florida ended Texas A&M’s undefeated streak on Friday night with an 8-6 win. The Aggies bounced back for a 10-6 victory on Saturday.

Texas A&M struck first in the series finale, scoring an unearned run in the top of the first inning. Graduate student outfielder Hayden Schott reached base after a throwing error by sophomore second baseman Cade Kurland to score sophomore OF Jace LaViolette, who has now reached safely in all 20 games. The Gators responded in the bottom of the second frame and tied the conference matchup.

Junior OF Braden Montgomery reclaimed the advantage for the Aggies in the fifth with a solo shot to left field, which was his second homer of the weekend and ninth of the campaign. Florida hit a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game again and added a 2-run jack in the eighth to ultimately win 4-2.

Texas A&M has now lost three consecutive series against the Gators. The Aggies are 2-2 versus ranked opposition, including their blowout of Texas in Austin on March 5.

Sophomore left-handed pitcher Justin Lamkin started on the bump and tossed the first 4.2 frames and allowed 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks & 2 hit by pitch with 5 strikeouts on 88 pitches. Senior sidewinding righty Brock Peery threw the next two innings for a new season-best without allowing a hit with 1 K on 23 pitches. Junior RHP Josh Stewart (1-1) took the loss after recording only 1 out and giving up 2 hits & 1 run on 7 pitches.

Florida junior RHP Brandon Neely (1-0) earned his first win after tossing the seventh & eight innings in relief, allowing 2 walks & 1 HBP with 4 punchouts on 41 pitches. Freshman RHP Luke McNeillie (1) got the save after pitching a scoreless ninth giving up 1 hit with 1 strikeout on 17 pitches.

Texas A&M begins an eight-game homestand at Blue Bell Park on Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Prairie View A&M.

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