GRANVILLE \u2014 Fordham left fielder Jake Baker became an unfortunate ball magnet in the top of the fifth inning.\r\n\r\nOn one swing, he fouled a ball off the ground near home plate. It bounced straight back at him and grazed his cheek. Baker stepped out of the box for a minute to make sure everything was OK \u2014 which it was.\r\n\r\nThen on the very next pitch, Nick Snyder hit Baker in the face. This time he was not OK as blood dribbled down his chin. Baker sat on the ground for several minutes as Fordham\u2019s trainer checked on him, then was pulled from the game to an ovation from the Monongalia County Ballpark crowd.\r\n\r\nSeveral Mountaineers gave Baker fist-bumps as he made his way to the clubhouse over the right-field wall.\r\n\r\n<strong>Scully calls Rams<\/strong>\r\n\r\nVin Scully has made some of the most famous calls in baseball history. On Friday, the retired Dodgers broadcaster made a call to his old team.\r\n\r\nScully, a 1949 Fordham graduate, phoned in to wish the Rams good luck before their first-round game against West Virginia.\r\n\r\nScully actually played two seasons at Fordham, including a game against Yale and future president George H.W. Bush. He went on to call Dodgers games for 66 years, moving west with the team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. He retired from the broadcast booth after the 2016 season.\r\n\r\n<strong>Drought snapped<\/strong>\r\n\r\nHeading into the ninth inning of Friday\u2019s first-round game against Duke, Texas A&M had scored one run in its previous 26 innings. Mentally, the Aggies were poised to be in the worst possible scenario for a team heading into the loser\u2019s bracket.\r\n\r\nBut the Aggies snapped out of their hitting malaise, scoring four runs and bringing the tying run to the plate in their 8-5 loss to Duke. Though they would have obviously preferred a win, the productive ninth provided some hope for A&M moving forward.\r\n\r\n\u201cI definitely think it\u2019s a shot of confidence for our offense,\u201d said first baseman Hunter Coleman. \u201cWe\u2019ve been struggling a little bit. To kind of just go in and take something from them and give us a little momentum going into tomorrow when our backs are against the wall, I think it\u2019s definitely going to help.\u201d\r\n\r\n<strong>Closers gotta close<\/strong>\r\n\r\nDuke closer Thomas Girard came into regionals with a sterling 1.44 ERA and was a perfect 9-for-9 in save situations.\r\n\r\nWhich is exactly why it ended up being an issue that he entered the game with an 8-1 lead.\r\n\r\n\u201cI guarantee if that\u2019s a close ballgame, he doesn\u2019t do that. He hasn\u2019t done that all year,\u201d said Duke coach Chris Pollard. \u201cClosers are closers for a reason. They smell the finish line. When they\u2019ve got that big game, sometimes it\u2019s easy to pull up and coast across the finish line.\u201d\r\n\r\nPollard said he won\u2019t hesitate to go back to Girard the rest of the tournament.\r\n\r\n\u201cIf we\u2019re in this spot [Saturday], he\u2019s going right back out there,\u201d Pollard said.\r\n\r\nSophomore lefty Matt Dockman came in to record the final two outs on groundouts to help the Blue Devils advance to today\u2019s winner\u2019s bracket semifinals.\r\n\r\n<strong>One bad inning<\/strong>\r\n\r\nOn Monday, Texas A&M starter John Doxakis will likely hear his name selected in the first round of the MLB Draft or in the compensation picks that precede the second round.\r\n\r\nFor six innings during Friday\u2019s 8-5 loss against Duke, the 6-foot-4 lefty looked every bit the part.\r\n\r\nThrough the first three innings, he allowed just one hit and struck out six.\r\n\r\n\u201cHe\u2019s one of the best arms in the country,\u201d Duke coach Chris Pollard said.\r\n\r\nOver his final three innings, Doxakis allowed just one hit and struck out two more.\r\n\r\nBut in the fourth, Duke scored three runs on Erikson Nichols\u2019 three-run home run and then added one more after Chris Crabtree doubled and scored on RJ Schreck\u2019s fielder\u2019s choice.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt was just one of those innings where I kind of got away from the scouting report we had,\u201d Doxakis said. \u201cYou can\u2019t leave mistakes over the plate or else they\u2019re going to punish it. That\u2019s all that happened (in) that inning. They put some really good swings on some balls and knocked them around the park.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn all, Doxakis allowed six hits and four runs over his seven innings. He walked none and fanned nine.