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Big sixth inning propels No. 23 Texas A&M past UTSA on Tuesday

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 04/06/2010
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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by Matt Simon, Texas A&M Athletics


Freshman Ryan Dalton launched his team-leading seventh home run of the season in Tuesday's fifth inning.
COLLEGE STATION — Brodie Greene went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and led No. 23 Texas A&M to a 14-5 win against UTSA on Tuesday evening before 3,068 fans at Olsen Field.

Greene delivered the knockout blow in the decisive seven-run sixth inning with a long three-run home run to left.

The win pushed Texas A&M to 19-8-1 on the season, while the Roadrunners fell to 12-15 overall.

The teams traded runs in the first, as junior right fielder Tyler Carpenter continued his sizzling play from the lead-off spot when he capped off a 10-pitch at-bat with a solo home run to left. Joe Patterson delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom half to tie the game.

A&M scored three in the third to take the lead for good and chase junior left-handed starter Justin Martinez from the contest.

Adam Smith began the panel with a bomb to right center, his second of the year, to give the Aggies the lead. Caleb Shofner went on to add a run-scoring single later in the frame and Gregg Alcazar followed one batter later with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center to make it 4-1.

Freshman Ryan Dalton and senior Jeff Taliaferro added solo blasts in the fifth to cut the lead to one. The long ball was Dalton's team-leading seventh of the year and Taliaferro left the park for the fifth time this spring.

Three consecutive singles to start the sixth extended the Texas A&M advantage to 5-3 and, after two more runs scored on an error and a wild pitch, Greene blasted his three-run shot to make the score 10-3. The Aggies added another on a double play to complete the seven-run outburst.

Greene and Hinojosa tacked on RBI singles in a three-run seventh to push the lead to 14-3.

A&M, which pounded out 14 hits, was led by Greene's four hits and quartet of runs scored and RBIs.

Shane Minks (1-0) picked up the victory in relief for the Aggies after allowing two hits and a pair of walks in 1.2 shutout innings.

Meanwhile, Martinez (0-1) was saddled with the loss after giving up four runs and five hits and a walk in his 2.1 frames.

UTSA begins a four-game home stand and returns to Southland Conference action on Friday night when it hosts Stephen F. Austin (17-9, 7-4 SLC). First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. at the Bird Bath.

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