In the first game, Ross Stripling held the Waves to two runs on eight hits and one walk in a complete game effort — the fourth consecutive complete game by the Aggies starters.
Texas A&M took the 9-2 win by getting single runs in the second, third and fourth innings and then blowing the game open with four runs against Pepperdine starter Scott Frazier in the sixth inning. The big blow came from shortstop Mikey Reynolds (pictured above), who drove in a pair with an RBI triple. Reynolds was one of four Aggies with two hits in the opener.
Sam Meyer had two hits, including his third homer of the season, and Zach Vincej was a perfect 3-for-3 for the Waves, but they were the only hitters to get much of anything off Stripling.
The series finale followed the script of the first two games with Pepperdine hanging around until Texas A&M blew the game open with a big inning. Except it was four innings in a row in Saturday’s second game.
Pepperdine took an early 1-0 lead on an Aaron Brown RBI single, but Texas A&M immediately responded with a Reynolds RBI single and an RBI double by Jacob House.
The Waves manufactured a run in the fifth inning, tying a game when Zach Vincej hit a sac fly to score Floyd Given, but again the Aggies had an immediate response.
On the second pitch of the inning, House launched a fastball up and over the right-centerfield wall. Texas A&M added another run on a sac fly later in the inning to make it 4-2. The Aggies added eight more runs the next three innings, scoring at least two runs in each frame.
Despite ending Texas A&M’s streak of complete games, Rafael Pineda picked up the win with 5 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits. Reynolds was the catalyst for the Aggies, knocking four hits and scoring a pair of runs. Matt Juengel and Blake Allemand both had three hits and scored a run.
For Pepperdine, Joe Sever had three hits and three RBI in the second game. Aaron Brown also had a multi-hit game for the Waves.
Check out the full photo gallery from both games of the Pepperdine/Texas A&M Saturday doubleheader below: