Frisco Dispatches: A&M Finishes StrongNotebook
FRISCO, Texas – The final day of the Frisco College Classic didn’t exactly bring much drama, as Texas A&M easily took care of California and Baylor cruised past Louisiana Tech. For the tournament, both A&M and Louisiana Tech went 2-1 while Cal and Baylor both finished 1-2.
Texas A&M Puts It All Together
The Aggies put together an impressive team performance on Sunday. Shortstop Braden Shewmake had been quiet through the first two games but went 3-5 with a big two-run single in fourth. Chris Andritsos was 0-6 in the first two games but drove in three against Cal. Leftfielder Logan Foster hit two doubles and drove in a run of his own on Sunday. In the eighth, freshman phenom Zach DeLoach added a two-run double for good measure.
“They have a great staff, but our coaches nailed into our head to stick to our approach and don’t let anybody that we are facing change what we do,” Shewmake said. “I think we did a good job today of staying in the big part of the field, and if something showed up inside, we just reacted to it. We didn’t try to do too much, didn’t try to get big and hit home runs. We hit a lot of line drives today, so it was a great offensive day.”
Junior righty Mitchell Kilkenny struck out two in the first inning before Cal’s Jonah Davis launched his second opposite home run of the weekend out to left to give the Bears an early 2-0 advantage. After that long ball, Kilkenny settled in and pretty much shut down the talented Cal lineup.
“He gave up the lead early with the two run homer, but he didn’t flinch,” Childress said. “He just kept coming and got us through seven. It was probably the most important start of the year for us as a team.”
A seven inning, seven strikeout, two-run performance was the third in series of great starts for Kilkenny. He went 6.1 innings with seven strikeouts and just two runs opening weekend against Rhode Island. Last weekend against Cornell, Kilkenny went 6.1 innings again, this time striking out eight and allowing no runs on one hit. Both great starts, but Cal’s offense is a whole different animal.
“He’s as dependable as anybody on our staff,” Childress said. “The thing that I see most out of Mitchell this year is his competitive spirit is as good as its been. He’s always gone out and thrown it over the plate with really good stuff, but he’s very determined and that’s the thing that has taken him to another level.”