Aggies Win Series Opener Against Sooners, 7-3

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NORMAN, OK --David Newmann threw 6 1/3 solid innings and Kyle Nicholson did not allow a run in 2 2/3 innings of relief Friday night to lead No. 8 Texas A&M past Oklahoma, 7-3, at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Newmann (4-0) allowed three runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking three. Nicholson allowed just two hits, struck out two and did not surrender a free pass to finish the game.

“We competed hard tonight and it is always tough to win any Big 12 game on the road,” A&M head coach Rob Childress. “We didn’t swing the bats extremely well tonight, but we got big hits when we needed them.”

Oklahoma pitchers combined to strike out 16 A&M hitters on the night, including 12 by starter Stephen Porlier (4-1). Porlier shouldered the loss, allowing seven runs – five earned – on nine hits.

With the win, the Aggies improved to 22-3 overall and to 3-1 in Big 12 play. The Sooners dropped to 18-7 and 0-1. The series resumes Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Sooners took the early lead in the bottom of the second courtesy of a solo home run by Joe Dunigan. It was Dunigan’s fifth of the year and the first allowed by A&M starter David Newmann all season.

A&M designated hitter Luke Anders answered with a solo homer in the top of the third. For Anders, it was the second long ball of the season.

The Aggies took the lead in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs off Porlier. Ben Feltner drew a leadoff walk, stole second, and scored on a double to left center Blake Stouffer. Craig Stinson grounded out to second to successfully move Stouffer to third and Darby Brown followed with an RBI single to center to make the score 3-1.

Aaron Reza drove in a run with a ground out in the fifth to cut the A&M lead to 3-2.

The Aggies extended their lead to 7-2 with two-run homers in the sixth and seventh innings.

With two outs and nobody on in the sixth, Sooner right fielder Devin Shepherd dropped a fly ball off the bat of Brown to extend the inning. Kyle Colligan immediately followed with his second home run of the season.

In the seventh, Brandon Hicks lined a home run down the line in left. The homer was the third of the year for Hicks and it also scored Parker Dalton, who singled earlier in the inning.

With runners on first and second and one out in the seventh, Nicholson replaced Newmann. After a wild pitch advance both runners, Aljay Davis scored on another RBI groundout by Reza.

Feltner doubled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

A&M – 001 202 200 – 7 10 3
OKLA – 010 010 100 – 3 7 2

A&M: Newmann, Nicholson (7) and C. Stinson; OKLA: Porlier, Mottern (8) and Williams.

E – A&M: Stouffer (4), Brown (4), Newmann (2); OKLA: Shepherd 2 (2)

2B – A&M: Feltner (6), Stouffer (9); OKLA: Hughes (2), Williams (6)

HR – A&M: Hicks (3), Colligan (2), Anders (2); OKLA: Dunigan (5)

Win – Newmann (4-0) Loss – Porlier (4-1) Save – none

T – 2:53

A – 975