COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Texas A&M saw its six-game win streak come to an end on Sunday afternoon as the 22nd-ranked Aggies fell to Texas Tech, 9-3, before 4,447 fans at Olsen Field.
The loss dropped A&M to 15-4 overall and 2-1 in Big 12 play. The Red Raiders, who avoided a series sweep with the victory, improved to 9-8 and 1-2.
Texas Tech scored five two-out runs over the first three innings and eventually built an 8-0 lead, then was able to shut down a few potential big innings for the Aggies late in the contest.
“Our pitching performance was the most disappointing thing about today,” A&M coach Rob Childress said. “Six of the nine runs we gave up were with two outs. We weren’t able to finish an inning. Offensively, we had our chances there in the sixth and seventh inning to get a big hit and get back in to the game, but we didn’t get it done.”
The Raiders jumped on Aggie starter Scott Migl (1-1) for a pair of runs in the top of the first. With runners at the corners and one out, a single by left fielder Doug Thennis followed by a Monk Kreder double gave Tech an early 2-0 lead.
After a pair of flashy defensive plays by A&M third baseman Dane Carter in the third left Tech with two outs and nobody on, the Raiders rallied for three to extend their lead to 5-0.
Right fielder Roger Kieschnick, who had been held hitless so far in the series, blooped a single to center and came home on a double to the right center field gap by Thennis. Carson Middleton entered in relief of Migl and, after a walk and hit batter loaded the bases, designated hitter James Leverton flared a two-run single over the head of second baseman Blake Stouffer. Middleton then got second baseman Willie Rueda to ground out to second to end the rally.
Tech first baseman Jason Seefeld drove in a run for the Red Raiders with a fourth-inning double.. Kieschnick then added to the lead in the sixth with his league-leading eighth home run of the year, a two-run shot to right, that made the score 8-1.
A&M would push its first run across with one out in the sixth. After center fielder Kyle Colligan doubled off the top of the wall in left, right fielder Brooks Raley drove him home with a single to center. The Aggies then loaded the bases but were not able to score again.
With the bases loaded and one out in the seventh, Brooks Raley’s fielder’s choice ground ball to second scored Darby Brown to make the score 8-2. Dane Carter followed with a deep fly ball to right that was caught at the fence by Kieschnick.
Migl, who suffered his first loss of the year, lasted 2 2/3 innings and gave up five hits, four runs (all earned) while walking two and striking out two.
Tech starter Chad Bettis (3-0) picked up the win, allowing seven hits and two runs over 6 1/3 innings.
“It’s disappointing that we didn’t sweep this series,” Childress said. “We’re not trying to finish in the middle of the pack, we want to win the league. And if you’ve got a chance to sweep somebody, you’ve got to go do it. You don’t have many opportunities to sweep a team in Big 12 play. You’ve got to have a much better performance on the mound than we got today, that’s the bottom line.”
Texas A&M closes out its 20-game, season-opening homestand on Tuesday when the Aggies host Texas-Arlington (6-12) at Olsen Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and the game will air locally on WTAW-AM 1620. Kids 12 and under can receive free admission with a paid adult to Tuesday’s game against the Mavericks. There is a limit of four kids per adult and all seats are general admission.
After playing UTA, the Aggies will embark on a seven-game road swing that includes conference series at Oklahoma State and Kansas, as well as a mid-week game against Texas-San Antonio.