HOUSTON — Krey Bratsen had four hits and drove in a run as Texas A&M pounded out 16 hits and eliminated George Mason with a 7-3 win in the Houston regional Saturday.
Logan Nottebrok and Troy Stein each had two hits and two RBIs, and Ryne Birk drove in two for Texas A&M (34-25). All three hitters drove in runs as part of the Aggies’ three-run first.
Stein increased Texas A&M’s lead to 4-0 in the third with an RBI double, and Nottebrok made it 5-2 with an RBI single in the seventh as the Aggies advanced to another elimination game Sunday against the Rice-Texas loser.
Corey Ray (6-0) threw 3.2 innings of relief for the win.
Chris Cook had four hits and drove in a run for the Patriots (34-22), who had 14 hits but left 14 on base. Anthony Montefusco (9-4) took the loss.
Blake Allemand went 3-for-5 with one double and one run. Cole Lankford, Logan Nottebrok and Troy Stein each added two hits. Stein extended his season-long hit streak to eight games.
The Aggies pounced on the Patriots for three runs in the top of the first inning. Allemand sparked the outburst, driving a double to right field. Ryne Birk singled through the right side of the infield to score Allemand.
Nottebrok and Stein each drove in a run, giving the Aggies a 3-0 lead.
Texas A&M added a run in the third when Banks hit a fielder’s choice grounder, stole second and came around to score when Stein drove a double to the left-field wall.
The Patriots scored once in the first and mounted another rally in the bottom of the fifth when Cook singled to bring home Gum and cut the A&M lead to 4-2.
But the Aggies added three runs in the top of the seventh and cruised from there.
Texas A&M plays at 3 p.m. Sunday against the loser of the Rice-Texas game, which was delayed Saturday night because of rain.