COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Brandon Hicks went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and Kyle Nicholson threw 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief Friday night to lead No. 19 Texas A&M past No. 9 Oregon State, 5-2, in first-day action of the 2007 Domino’s Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic at Olsen Field.
Nicholson allowed just one hit and did not walk a man to earn his first save of the year. He struck out two Beaver hitters.
“That is the kind of game we are going to have to look forward to every Friday night,” A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “There was great pitching and great defense and the team that makes the fewest mistakes wins. We overcame a few mistakes tonight and came through with some clutch hits.”
With the win, the Aggies ran their win streak to 12 games and improved to 13-1 overall. The Beavers dropped to 11-3.
The Aggies jumped out to a 3-0 lead off OSU starter Joe Patterson with two runs in the first and one more in the second. Craig Stinson drove in a run with a single and Josey Parker drove in another with a fielder’s choice in the first.
Stinson delivered again in the second with a two-out single to score Hicks.
OSU answered with an unearned run in the top of the third off A&M starting pitcher David Newmann. After a lead walk to Mitch Canham, Lonnie Lennett reached first and Canham moved to third when Newmann threw wildly to first on a sacrifice bunt. Canham later scored on a groundout by Chris Hopkins.
Oregon State cut the A&M lead to 3-2 in the top of the fifth. Newmann surrendered his first hit, a lead double to Dale Solomon, who scored on a single to left by Canham.
With one out in the sixth, Darwin Barney doubled and moved to third on a sharp single to left by Braden Wells. Nicholson then replaced Newmann and enticed Mike Lissman to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Newmann (2-0) lasted 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs – one earned – on four hits. He struck out six and walked two.
After back-to-back one-out singles by Parker Dalton and Hicks, Blake Kietzman replaced Patterson on the mound.
Dalton and Hicks executed a double to steal, before Kietzman fanned Ben Feltner for the second out of the inning. The next batter, Blake Stouffer, drew a walk. Ball four was in the dirt and caromed to the backstop, allowing Dalton to score and Hicks to move to third. Stouffer and Hicks then perfectly executed a double steal to make the score, 5-2.
Patterson (2-1) lasted 5 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on nine hits. He fanned six and walked one.
In the first game of the day, Saint Louis (1-6) scored three runs in the top of the 11th to defeat New Mexico (6-9), 5-2.
The tournament continues on Saturday. Oregon State plays New Mexico at 12:30 p.m. followed by Texas A&M and Saint Louis at 6:30 p.m.
OSU – 001 010 000 – 2 5 1
A&M – 210 002 00x – 5 10 1
OSU: Paterson, Keitzman (6), Sogard (8), McCormick (8) and Canham; A&M: Newmann, Nicholson (6) and C. Stinson.
E – OSU: Barney (6); A&M: Newmann (1)
2B – OSU: Barney (8), Solomon (2); A&M: Feltner (2)
SB – OSU: Lechelt (4); A&M: Hicks 2 (11), Stouffer (8), Dalton (4)
Win: Newmann (2-0), Loss: Paterson (2-1), Save: Nicholson (1)
T – 2:52
A – 4,550