For the second straight day a Texas A&M baseball starter carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning.
The Aggies came out of both with losses.
A&M could offer no run support for junior starter John Doxakis Thursday in a 1-0 elimination loss to Ole Miss in the SEC Tournament.
The Aggie ace carried a no-hitter through eight innings, breaking the SEC Tournament record by a single pitcher set the day prior by teammate Chris Weber. The freshman’s no-hit bid lasted 7 1/3 innings before giving up a single to Georgia’s Randon Jernigan in the eighth.
Despite an active no-hitter, head coach Rob Childress elected to go to the bullpen to start the ninth, sending Bryce Miller to the mound. The first batter he faced, Rebel left fielder Thomas Dillard, singled to left to end the bid.
“When he came out, we knew we might be able to take advantage of one of the guys they brought in,” Ole Miss first baseman Cole Zaboski told the SEC Network.
After collecting an out, Childress called to the pen for lefty Chandler Jozwiak, who began his outing with a balk that send Dillard to second. Two batters later, Zabowski doubled to right, scoring the lone run of the game.
In his eight innings of work, Doxakis (7-3) struck out 10, walked four and hit one batter, throwing 99 pitches. In his 14 previous starts, Doxakis hit the century mark seven times, including his last four starts.
“He was at 100 pitches,” Childress said of the decision to go to the pen. “He did more than we needed to – asked him to do – just like he has done all year long. He’s going to be on the mound for us in eight days as well and that’s where the decision was made.”
After whizzing through the first seven innings of the game, allowing just one runner past first, Doxakis labored through the eighth. A leadoff walk and a stolen base gave the Rebels (35-24) a scoring threat with no outs in the top of the eighth. However, Doxakis followed the free pass by striking out the side to end the threat.
A&M’s offense moved a runner to third twice in the game, but couldn’t push him across in either situation.
Ole Miss starter Doug Nikhazy (7-3) picks up the win, allowing three of the Aggies four hits. Miller (4-2) was saddled with the loss.
The Aggies (37-21-1) return to College Station to wait until Monday’s 11 a.m. selection show for their placement in the NCAA Tournament, which could result in a top-16 seed and a chance to host a regional at Blue Bell Park. A&M entered the tournament No. 14 in RPI, but as of the end of Thursday’s game, had dropped to No. 16.