Ag Hardballers Make Quick Work Of Sooners

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Texas A&M completed its third consecutive Big 12 series sweep on Sunday as the 8th-ranked Aggies run-ruled Oklahoma, 12-2, in seven innings before 4,301 fans at Olsen Field.

A&M improved to 30-6 on the year and 12-3 in league play while winning its 13th straight game. The Sooners fell to 22-13-1 and 3-8-1. The Aggies matched a school record with their ninth Big 12 win in a row and became the first A&M team since 1991 to sweep three straight conference series.

“You couldn’t ask for more out of this series,” A&M coach Rob Childress said. “I can’t say enough about the three starts we got this weekend. To be where we are is great. We can enjoy this today, and we’ll focus on Tuesday (Rice) tomorrow.”

The game was scoreless entering the bottom of the third, where the Aggies used five hits, three stolen bases and a squeeze bunt to take a 4-0 lead.

With runners at second and third and one out, Dane Carter laid down a suicide squeeze bunt. As pitcher C.J. Blue went to first to retire Carter, Kyle Colligan scored easily from third. Blake Stouffer kept coming from second base on the play, Sooner first baseman Jarrod Freeman’s throw sailed past the catcher to allow the Aggie second baseman to score as well.

Jose Duran then singled and stole second. The next batter, Darby Brown, chopped one to the right of the mound and beat the pitcher to the bag for an infield single. Duran scored from second on the play to make the score 3-0. Brian Ruggiano would add an RBI single to left to push the fourth run across.

OU got on the board in the fourth on an RBI single by Jamie Johnson, but the Aggies got the run right back in the bottom half of the inning when Ben Feltner, who led off the frame with a triple, scored on an infield groundout by Kevin Gonzalez.

After the Sooners scored another single run in the fifth, A&M would tack on four more in the fifth to open up a 9-2 lead. Luke Anders, Ruggiano, Colligan and Stouffer all drove in runs in the inning.

The Aggies then invoked the run rule in the seventh on a two-out, three-run double by Duran to left center field that made the score 12-2.

Eight of A&M’s nine starters recorded a hit in the game, while six of those eight had at least two. Colligan’s 3-for-4 effort and a 3-for-5, 3 RBI day by Duran headlined the offensive attack.

Catcher J.T. Wise was the only Oklahoma player with multiple hits as he went 2-for-3 on the afternoon.

Clayton Ehlert tossed A&M’s first complete game of the year as he improved to 5-2. The sophomore went seven innings, allowing eight hits, two runs (one earned) while striking out three. He did not walk a batter.

C.J. Blue (6-1) suffered the loss, allowing 10 hits and seven runs (four earned) over 4 1/3 while walking one and striking out two.

Texas A&M will return to action on Tuesday when the Aggies host 7th-ranked Rice (27-10) at Olsen Field in a rematch of last year’s NCAA Houston Super Regional. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 888-99-AGGIE or logging on to aggieathletics.com.

Kids 12 and under can receive free admission with a paid adult through the “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” promotion. There is a limit of four kids per adult and all seats are general admission.

“I think it’ll be a great game,” Childress said. “They’ve got a good team and good program and are winning their league as well. It ought to be a great crowd and hopefully it’ll be a lot of fun.”

TEXAS A&M POSTGAME NOTES:

• Texas A&M has swept three straight conference series for the first time in Big 12 history and the first time since 1991…the Aggies swept Rice in Houston, Texas at Olsen Field and TCU in Fort Worth in April of that year.

• Texas A&M has won nine consecutive Big 12 games for only the second time in school history (1997).

• A&M’s nine-game Big 12 win streak matches a school record (set in 1997).

• The Aggies notched their 30th win of the season and improved their record to 30-6…it marked the fastest to 30 wins by an A&M team since 1993 (30-3).

• Clayton Ehlert tossed the Aggies’ first complete game of the season…Ehlert has won five of his last six starts.

• Texas A&M swept Oklahoma for the first time ever…it was just the second sweep in series history, as OU took three from the Aggies in College Station in 2000.

• The series between A&M and OU is now tied, 29-29…the Aggies lead, 23-20, since the inception of the Big 12 in 1997.

• Game-time temperature was 67 degrees with clear skies and winds blowing in from left field at 17 miles per hour.



 
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