The Kerrville Times from Kerrville, Texas on May 28, 1989 · Page 14
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The Kerrville Times from Kerrville, Texas · Page 14

Kerrville, Texas
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Sunday, May 28, 1989
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14A Sunday, May 28, 1989 Kerrville Daily Times Sports NCAA CENTRAL TOURNEY Aggie bats brutal in 25-4 victory COLLEGE STATION (AP) — Brigham Young coach Gary Pullins has a warning for Texas A&M coach Mark Johnson. If the Aggies continue playing as they have in the NCAA Central Regional baseball playoffs, they're likely to end up as national champions. "If they get to Omaha with the same enthusiasm they've shown here, they are destined to be national champions," Pullins said Friday. "They've got everything it takes." The Aggies got a season-high 24 hits and usedan 11-run second inning for a 25-4 victory Friday that eliminated Brigham Young from the playoffs. The Aggies, who have scored 48 runs and 40 hits in two Central Region games, will play South Alabama in today's winners' bracket game. In other games Friday, Nevada-Las Vegas benefited from an NCAA record-tying nine Jackson State errors for a 13-2 victory that eliminated the Jaguars and South Alabama rallied for four seventh inning runs to beat Louisiana State 6-4. Pullins does have a small doubt about the Aggies chances at next week's College World Series in Omaha, Neb. "You have to wonder, as well as they are playing, what would happen if they got into a tight game right now," Pullins said. "Everything has been going so well for them, you wonder how they would react." The Aggies haven't been tested in the Central Region. The Aggies have scored 83 runs in five tournament games this post-season. They scored 35 runs in three games to win the Southwest Conference tournament last week and they have 48 runs in the Central Region. A&M's 24-hit attack was a season high, breaking their 23-hit total against Texas Tech in the regular season. Mike Easley's three-run triple fueled A&M's 11-run second inning against the Cougars Friday. The Aggies, who scored 14 runs in the fifth inning to beat Jackson State 23-3 Thursday night, broke open the game early against Cougar starter Darin Kracl, 7-5. After Eric Albright flew out to start the second inning, the next 12 Aggie batters reached base before Trey Witte and Kirk Thompson struck out. In addition to Easley's triple, Chuck Knoblauch had a two-run single and Jim Neumann drove in two runs with a single and double in the second inning. Kracl yielded a single to John Byington and walked Albright and Andy Duke before leaving the game. Easley welcomed re- liever Mike Switzer to the game with his three-run triple. Tim Herrmann, 6-0, got the pitching victory and his first college hit when he singled to left field in the eighth inning. Knoblauch isn't worried about a power failure in the Aggies' offensive machinery. "We've had our backs to the wall before, "he said. "We've got a good all-around team. We're not just hitters, we play good defense and we've got good pitching." Nevada-Las Vegas scored 10 unearned runs against Jackson State's porous defense. First baseman Anthony Brown and shortstop DeJuan Patterson each had three errors. Jackson State tied Clemson in 1954 and Penn State in 1955 for the most team errors in a playoff game. Jackson State committed 14 errors in the two tournament games. • "It was embarrassing, last night too," Jackson State coach Robert Braddy said. "If we played good defense last night (Thursday) we would have taken 11 runs off the board." LSU took a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning but South Alabama tied it on a rlouble by Bob Filotei and an ^iror by third baseman Phil Espinosa. Robby Robertson's single to center field scored the go-ahead run. South Alabama coach Steve Kittrell praised his team's defensive effort. The Jaguars didn't commit an error while LSU had six. 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