Mitchell Kilkenny, Texas A&M

Texas A&M’s Bullpen Saves The Day

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — No unit Texas A&M possesses has endured as much criticism this season as the bullpen, and for good reason. The Aggies were one of the nation’s hottest teams entering the Shriners College Classic, but the bullpen didn’t take care of business against TCU and Baylor, and thus set the tone for a season, so far, that has been filled with ups and downs.

Perhaps this unit is ready to set a different tone for the second half of the season.

After dropping the series opener to No. 11 Auburn on Friday behind a stud performance from AU righthander Casey Mize, the Aggies entered Saturday in a must-win situation with righthander Keegan Thompson, who entered the contest with a 0.70 ERA in 38.2 innings, on the mound for the Tigers. Combine that with an inconsistent start from A&M righty Corbin Martin and you seemed to have a recipe for disaster for the Aggies.

That was until the often-embattled A&M bullpen rose to the occasion in a 6-3 victory.

“I feel like the bullpen has done a pretty good job the past couple of weeks,” Texas A&M coach Rob Childress said. “We put Corbin Martin back into the rotation and put Mitchell Kilkenny on the back-end of the bullpen. He was eager to go back there. Cason Sherrod also has come on and Kaylor Chafin has been a mainstay for us. I feel like the bullpen has helped us out in a big way the past couple of days.”

Indeed, it has.


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