COLLEGE STATION -- Luke Anders singled through the right side to score Darby Brown from second in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday to earn No. 14 Texas A&M a 8-7 win over No. 26 Nebraska at Olsen Field.
With the series win, A&M improved to 25-6 overall and to 5-4 in Big 12 Conference play. Nebraska dropped to 16-11 and 3-6.
“We have had some ups and downs the last couple weeks,” A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “I told the team this morning that April was going to be our month. We have to find a way to get on a roll.”
Kyle Nicholson (7-1) pitched three shutout innings of relief to record the win. He earned the save in Saturday’s 8-5 Texas A&M victory.
The game was played under protest by Nebraska. In the top of the second with runners on first and second and no outs, Jeff Tezak was hit in the back of the neck by a pickoff attempt from A&M starting pitcher Scott Migl. Tezak was tagged out while lying on the ground next to second base.
Big 12 crew chief and Sunday’s first base umpire Chris Coskey cited Rule 6, Section 5-d of the NCAA 2007 Official Rules and Interpretations Book following the game, “Time shall be called by the umpire and play is suspended when an umpire or player is injured, except that if the injury occurs during a live ball, time shall not be called until further advance or put out is possible.”
Brandon Hicks gave the Aggies the lead in the bottom of third with a solo home run off Nebraska starter Johnny Dorn.
The Huskers responded with three runs in the top of the fourth. With two outs and Tezak on third, Mitch Abeita singled to score a run and moved to third on a double by DJ Belfonte. Both runners scored when Ryan Wehrle reached on a fielding error by third baseman Blake Stouffer.
One-out singles by Darby Brown and Craig Stinson in the bottom of the fourth set the stage for a towering three-run homer to center by Anders. It was the fifth of the year for Anders and regained the lead for A&M, 4-3.
The Aggies took a two-run lead in the bottom of the fifth when Ben Feltner, who walked with one out and stole second and third, scored on a sacrifice fly by Darby Brown.
Nebraska tied the game in the sixth with a pair of runs off A&M reliever Jason Meyer. Andy Gerch started the inning with his second home run of the year and Bryce Nimmo later scored on a fielder’s choice by Wehrle.
A&M regained the lead again in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI single by Hicks that scored Dalton. Dalton drew a two-out walk and stole second.
It was Nebraska’s turn to take the lead in the top of the seventh. A two-RBI single by Abeita did the damage and made the score, 7-6.
Kyle Colligan hit his fifth home run of the year in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, 7-7.
Aggie starting pitcher Scott Migl lasted four-complete innings and allowed three runs – one earned – on six hits.
Dorn pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out three.
The Aggies return to action Tuesday when they face Texas State. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas.
NEB – 000 302 200 – 7 13 1
A&M – 001 311 101 – 8 11 2
NEB: Dorn, Wertz (5), Weber (7), Herr (8) and Albeita; A&M: Migl, Meyer (5), Renfro (6), Rivers (6), Nicholson (7) and C. Stinson.
E – NEB: Gerch (2); A&M: Hicks (12), Stouffer (8)
SB – NEB: Wehrle (2); A&M: Feltner 2 (21)
2B – NEB: Belfonte (6); A&M: C. Stinson (8)
HR – NEB: Gerch (2); A&M: Hicks (6), Colligan (5), Anders (5)
Win – Nicholson (7-1) Loss – Herr (2-3) Save – none
T – 3:16
A – 4,060