COLLEGE STATION, Texas —
Terre Haute’s A.J. Reed and Kentucky baseball teammate Max Kuhn each had four hits and a home run to lead the No. 19-ranked Wildcats to a series-clinching 11-4 win at Southeastern Conference foe Texas A&M on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in front of 5,311 fans at Blue Bell Park.
Kentucky (26-13, 9-8 SEC) clinched the series victory at Texas A&M with the win, a day after posting a 6-3 victory in the opener Friday night.
Reed’s roundtripper was his nation-leading 15th of the season. He finished 4 for 6 with a double off the right-field wall and four runs batted in. Kuhn went 4 for 6 with a two-run homer in the ninth and doubles down the left-and right-field lines.
For the season, Reed is hitting .375 (54 for 144) with 11 doubles, one triple, 15 homers and 52 RBI while owning a .778 slugging percentage and a .494 on-base mark.
Texas A&M is now 23-17 and 7-10 respectively.
The series will conclude at 1:05 p.m. EDT today at Blue Bell Park.
In other college baseball Saturday:
• Rose swept — At Art Nehf Field, Earlham relied on two strong complete-game pitching performances to top Rose-Hulman 2-1 and 3-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.
Matt Brankle tossed a four-hitter with nine strikeouts in the opener for the Quakers and Zach Lee scattered seven hits with three strikeouts in the nightcap.
Rose also had strong pitching performances in the doubleheader. Karson Nixon allowed just two runs in eight innings in the opener and Andrew Stull tossed six innings and held Earlham to three runs in the nightcap.
Two senior relief pitchers also made their presence felt during the final home contests of the season. Michael Bush tossed a scoreless ninth in Game 1 and senior Kevin Farley threw three scoreless frames in the second game.
Earlham scored twice in the first inning in Game 1, then held on for the 2-1 win. Ryan McCray had an RBI single and Ted Williams brought home the second run on an RBI groundout later in the inning.
Rose-Hulman scored once on a double by sophomore Kody Alayon and an RBI groundout by senior Andrew Benitez. Alayon led the Game 1 offense with two hits, while Benitez and senior Hank Akard had one hit each.
In the nightcap, Earlham scored three times in the fifth inning to turn a 1-0 deficit into an eventual 3-1 win. Ted Williams had two hits and one RBI to lead a balanced Quaker offensive attack.
Nevin Fansher had two hits and scored once, while Alayon had a double and an RBI to lead the Rose offense.
The Engineers also celebrated Senior Day for five members of the squad at Saturday’s games. Honorees included Akard, Benitez, Bush, Farley and pitcher Chris Erickson.
Rose-Hulman (17-12 overall, 11-7 HCAC) will return to action Tuesday at Anderson. Earlham improved to 18-13 and 10-8 respectively.
• Sycamores fare well — At Columbus, Ohio, Indiana State sophomore Katie Wise and senior Mary Theisen won their events, as the Sycamores wrapped up Day 2 competition in the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Ohio State University.
“We had several good performances today,” said ISU women’s coach Angela Martin. “Mary and Katie got big wins and continue to be consistent with their performances. We had great performances across the board for our team and now we’ll gear up for the Drake Relays next weekend.”
Wise kept her perfect outdoor season alive in the 100-meter dash as she sprinted home for a big win in 11.52 seconds. She also ran a key leg of the 4 x 100-meter relay squad that placed second overall in a time of 46.20. Demetra Camble, Alethia Marrero and Chidera Obasih joined her on the relay team. Camble placed 11th in the 100 in 11.95. Marrero went on to place second in the 400 hurdles in a time of 59.93.
Theisen kept up an outstanding season in the shot put, winning with a toss of 53 feet, 3 inches. Theisen came back in the hammer throw to place fifth with a throw of 187-9. Senior Chris Fields placed 11th in a very competitive field in the hammer throw with a throw of 196-0. He also placed 11th in the shot put with a toss of 55-10 1/4.
Junior Byron Ferrell cleared 16-6 3/4 to place third in the pole vault. Freshman Devyn Mikell had a big jump of 23 feet 00.50 inches to place fourth in the long jump. Senior Lauren Rice had a huge personal best in the pole vault to place fourth as she cleared 12-7 1/2.
“Byron had a good clearance with the winds blowing him around,” ISU men’s coach John McNichols said. “Devyn also had a good day, as he is nearing closer to the jumps he had indoor.”
Junior Carmelia Stewart ran a 13.71 in the 100 hurdles to place fourth overall.
Sophomore Adarius Washington led the Sycamores hurdlers, as he placed third overall in a time of 14.16. Senior Max Tuttle placed ninth overall in a time of 14.66 before running 52.38 to place fifth in the 400 hurdles. Juniors Arqeil Shaw and Ray Skamay placed 13th (54.52) and 14th (54.57) respectively.
“Adarius ran a great lifetime best,” commented McNichols. “Tuttle was working on a new step pattern and the winds made that a little difficult, but he handled well to ran a great time.”
Kevin Piraino led the team in the 400, placing fourth in 48.50. Freshman David Timlin placed second in the 800 in a time of 1:51.15 out of the slow heat.
“Timlin ran a very competitive time,” McNichols said. “That ranks among our best in school history and will put him near the top of the conference.”
Freshman LeVisa Evans and sophomore Ioanna Koltsidou each cleared 5-5 to place sixth and eighth respectively.
The men’s 4 x 400 relay team of Shaw, Piraino, Timlin and Tuttle combined to run 3:13.87 and place fifth overall.
“We used this weekend to finalize our Drake Relays roster [for next weekend],” said McNichols. “The athletes that won’t compete at Drake next weekend will go to Eastern Illinois on Tuesday to compete.”
• Rose men win — At the William Welch Track Complex. with three first-place finishes, the Rose-Hulman men’s team captured the 12-team Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet team title with 159 total points Friday.
The Engineers edged second-place Washington (St. Louis) (136 points). Greenville was third (127), Wabash placed fourth (97) and Illinois Wesleyan (65) was fifth.
On the women’s side, RHIT finished ninth in the 12-team field with 26.50 points. Illinois Wesleyan captured the women’s team title with 204.33 points, Washington was second (162.33) and Greenville (88.33) placed third.
Rose-Hulman freshman Charles Spaeth helped the Engineers sweep the men’s shot put event, as he won with a throw of 48 feet, 2 feet. Classmate Andrew Okruch placed second (46-5) and senior Andy Hunkeler was third (46-4.25) in the event.
Junior Stuart West held off teammate and runner-up Nathan Catt in the men’s 1,500 meters, as West finished with a time of 4:00.07 and Catt was clocked in at 4:00.87.
The RHIT men’s 4x400 relay team capped the evening with the Engineers’ third title, as the squad of Isaiah Smith, Tyler Duffy, Brendon Mattiuz and Blake Schulthies finished first with a time of 3:21.19.
Austin Schulthies earned the Engineers’ third second-place finish, as his throw of 167-8 earned him runner up in the men’s javelin.
Third-place finishes for the RHIT men included Hunkeler in the hammer throw (160-7), Blake Schulthies and Nathan Green in the pole vault (14-6), David Shumate and Vashon Solomon in the high jump (6-0), Charles Statler in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:33.09) and Blake Schulthies in the 110 hurdles (15.57).
Sophomore Addie Johnson highlighted the women’s performances with her second-place and school-record finish in the 400 hurdles, as she clocked in with a time of 1:06.52. Johnson’s time broke her previous school record set earlier this season by about a second.
Junior Anna Taylor took third in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 12:22.66 — a career best that ranks second in school history — and sophomore Lucinda Combs placed fourth in the women’s javelin with a throw of 107-11, which ranks fourth-best in RHIT program history.
Freshman Ava Paruleski ounded out the women’s top placers with her tied for fifth finish in the high jump, where she cleared 4-11 ∏.
The Engineers’ next stop is the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference outdoor championships April 25-26 at Defiance, Ohio.
• Engineers sweep — At Cincinnati, Rose-Hulman earned a doubleheader sweep at Mount St. Joseph to move closer to earning its first bid to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament since 2008 with 5-2 and 5-1 victories Saturday.
Rose now needs one victory over Manchester in next Saturday’s Senior Day doubleheader to qualify for the four-team conference tournament set for May 2-3. Other scenarios exist that could secure the bid prior to next weekend’s play.
Junior Carly Heibel and sophomore Taylor Lockhart tossed complete games in the circle to lead the pitching and defensive effort Saturday.
In the opener, sophomore Marissa Stout blasted a three-run homer in the first inning to propel the offensive effort. Freshmen Ellissa Eckert and Janel Lake added two hits each for Rose-Hulman’s 10-hit attack.
In the nightcap, Rose scored twice in the second inning and three times in the fourth to earn a 5-1 victory. Junior Jessica Ahlborn slapped a double among three hits with one RBI and Stout added a double and two more runs batted in to propel the offense.
Rose-Hulman (15-11 overall, 9-5 HCAC) will travel to Greenville for a non-conference matchup Tuesday. Mount St. Joseph dropped to 5-19 and 2-8 respectively.
• IU-Southeast 6, Rose-Hulman 3 — At New Albany, NAIA foe Indiana University-Southeast won four singles matches and a pair of doubles contests to top Rose-Hulman on Saturday afternoon.
Freshman Brandon Benedict and freshman Georges Adam earned victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots for the Engineers and also combined for a win at the No. 1 doubles position.
Rose (6-7) will travel to Brescia for another non-conference matchup Monday afternoon. IU-Southeast improved to 7-6.
IU-Southeast 6, Rose-Hulman 3
Singles — Brandon Benedict (RH) def. John James 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 1-0 (10-8); Georges Adam (RH) def. Trent Wallace 6-3, 6-4; Shane Burke (IU-SE) def. Matthew Conrad 6-1, 6-2; Bryson Mills (IU-SE) def. Nate Moore 6-0, 6-3; Alex Martin (IU-SE) def. Zach Rothenberg 6-1, 6-1; Justin Batliner (IU-SE) def. Joe Kendall 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles — Benedict-Adam (RH) def. James-Wallace 8-5; Burke-Batliner (IU-SE) def. Conrad-Moore 8-4; Martin-Mills (IU-SE) def. Erin Miller-Ray Montgomery 8-6.
• Short posts win — At Bloomington Speedway, Brady Short won the feature for sprints Friday.
Other feature winners were Tyler Cain in super stocks, Brad Barrow in modifieds, holding off Kenny Carmichael Jr. and Sr. as they finished second and third, and Luke Bland in hornets.
Full results were not available.
Heat winners — Kent Christian (B-main), Casey Shuman, Dakota Jackson, Nick Bilbee.
Feature — Brady Short, Bilbee, Shuman, Jackson, Seth Parker, Chris Babcock, Jordan Kinser, Ethan Barrow, Jeff Bland, Carson Short, Ethan Fleetwood, Bub Cummings, Nick Johnson, Brad Cummings, Shelby VanGilder.