Sooners Outlast Aggies in Norman

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NORMAN, Okla. – A two-out RBI single to center by Aaron Baker scored Joe Dunigan in the bottom of the 11th to give No. 20 Oklahoma a 8-7 win over No. 8 Texas A&M at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

With the loss, A&M dropped to 22-5 overall and to 3-3 in Big 12 play. OU improved to 20-7 and 2-1. It is the first time this year the Aggies have lost two-straight games.

A&M led 7-3 heading to the bottom of the eighth and A&M starter Kyle Nicholson was lifted with one out and runners on second and third. Reliever Jason Meyer allowed a two-RBI single to Baker and later a two-RBI single to Aaron Ivey to tie the game, 7-7.

Nicholson lasted 7 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on six hits. Kirkland Rivers (1-2) suffered the loss.

The Aggies could not get the big hit off OU closer Garrett Richards (1-0), but had a chance in the top of the 10th. With the bases loaded and one out, Josh Stinson grounded into a double play on the 11th pitch of his at bat to end the inning and the threat.

Brandon Hicks gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead when he led off the game with a home run to left center. It was the third homer of the year for Hicks.

A&M stretched its lead to 4-0 in the top of the second. Darby Brown doubled and moved to third on a flyball to right by Craig Stinson. Luke Anders then double to score Brown and Spencer Jackson walked. Parker Dalton singled to plate Anders and move Jackson to third. Jackson later scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Hicks.

After Anders’ double, Oklahoma starting pitcher Joseph Hughes was lifted in favor of Brad Burns. Hughes, who was battling illness, lasted just 1 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs on three hits.

Oklahoma got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Dunigan started the inning with a single and Devin Shepherd followed with an infield single. Dungan moved to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jackson Williams.

Dunigan belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to cut the A&M lead to 4-3.

Dalton led off the A&M half of the seventh with his second home run of the year. Hicks then singled to right, stole second, and scored on a one-out single by Blake Stouffer to increase the A&M lead to 6-3.

Luke Anders slammed his third home run of the year and second of the weekend in the eighth to earn the Aggies a 7-3 lead.

The Aggies return to action Tuesday when they host TCU. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Olsen Field. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since they played in 1996, the final year of the Southwest Conference.