COLLEGE STATION, Texas – No. 14 Texas A&M out-hit No. 15 Oklahoma State and Ben Feltner went 3-for-5 with a single, double, and triple on Saturday afternoon, but it was not enough as the Cowboys defeated the Aggies, 6-4, at Olsen Field.
The Aggies rallied to tie the game three times, but a pair of ninth inning runs, courtesy of a Keanon Simon double off A&M closer Kyle Thebeau (2-3), was the difference.
“We just didn’t do enough in any area of the game today to win it,” A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “In the ninth, we walked the leadoff batter and were behind in the count a lot and they made us pay for it.”
With the loss, A&M dropped to 32-9 overall and 9-7 in Big 12 Conference play, while Oklahoma State improved to 30-10 and 9-5. The series rubber match is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Olsen Field.
The Cowboys took the lead in the top of the second with a pair of runs off A&M starter David Newmann. Newmann issued a lead walk to Corey Brown, who stole second. After a strikeout, Kendall Horner doubled in a run and was later thrown out trying to score on a single by Ryan Flavell. Flavell later scored on a single to left Ty Wright.
A&M scored a run in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 2-1. Kyle Colligan doubled to start the inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Josh Stinson.
The Aggies tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with a sacrifice fly by Blake Stouffer that scored Feltner, who tripled with one out. It was the 50th RBI of the season by Stouffer.
OSU regained the lead in the top of the sixth with an unearned run. Matt Mangini singled to start the inning, moved to second on a groundout, and to third on a foul out. Mangini scored when Jordy Mercer reached on a throwing error by third baseman Brodie Greene.
Feltner delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh off Cowboys’ closer Justin Friend to tie the game. Friend replaced starter Oliver Odle after Parker Dalton belted a one-out double left.
Tyler Mach gave the Cowboys the lead again in the top of the eighth with a lead off home run. The long ball was the 10th of the year for Mach and chased A&M reliever Clayton Ehlert form the game.
Ehlert threw five-plus solid inning out of the bullpen, allowing two runs – one earned – on three hits. Ehlert entered in the third, replacing Newmann who was lifted after two-complete innings in his shortest outing of the year.
Greene tied the game at four in the bottom of the eighth with a two-out RBI single that plated pinch runner Brian Ruggiano.
Oklahoma State regained the lead again courtesy of a two-out, two-RBI double off A&M closer Kyle Thebeau (2-3) in the top of the ninth.
Friend (5-2), despite having troubles in the seventh and eighth, retired the side in order in the ninth to earn the win.
Odle threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. He struck out six and walked one.
OSU – 020 001 012 – 6 8 0
A&M – 010 010 110 – 4 11 1
OSU: Odle, Friend (7) and Flavell; A&M: Newmann, Ehlert (3), Rivers (8), Thebeau (9) and C. Stinson.
E – A&M: Greene (5)
SB – OSU: Wright (3), Brown (15)
2B – OSU: Simon (12), Horner (3); A&M: Feltner (9), Colligan (6), Dalton (7)
3B – A&M: Feltner (1)
HR – OSU: Mach (10)
Win – Friend (5-2) Loss – Thebeau (2-3) Save – none
T – 2:56
A – 4,792