No. 6 Texas A&M baseball team doubles up Mississippi State to take Game 1 of SEC series

After losing its first conference series of the season last weekend in Gainesville, the Texas A&M baseball team has gotten its second of the year off to a good start.

The No. 6 Aggies (20-2, 2-2 SEC) scored 5 runs in the fifth inning on Thursday night at Blue Bell Park to double up Mississippi State (16-7, 2-2) by a final score of 6-3. Texas A&M rallied on Wednesday with 5 runs in the eighth frame to defeat Prairie View A&M.

Gavin Grahovac had himself a career day, smashing two home runs to left field, propelling the Aggies to victory. The freshman third baseman led off the game with a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning to give Texas A&M an early advantage. Then with the game tied 2-2 in the fifth, he crushed a grand slam to reclaim the lead for good.

Junior Braden Montgomery returned to right field on Thursday night after starting on the bump Wednesday. He was the other Aggie with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.

Left-handed pitcher Ryan Prager (5-0) continued to dominate and earned the win. The redshirt sophomore tossed 6.1 innings and allowed 4 hits, 2 unearned runs and 1 walk with 8 strikeouts on 91 pitches. Senior LHP Evan Aschenbeck picked up his third save by pitching the final 1.1 frames.

On what will be an extremely busy Friday for Texas A&M Athletics with both basketball teams competing in March Madness against Nebraska, the baseball team hosts the Bulldogs at 6 p.m. for Game 2 at Olsen Field.

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