May 22, 2008
AT&T Bricktown Ballpark - The No. 24 Texas Longhorns jumped out to a 12-run lead and held off the No. 13 Texas A&M Aggies comeback bid to post a 15-9 win at Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship baseball action Thursday afternoon at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.
Both squads got their offenses rolling, combining for 29 hits. Texas, who had 17 hits, was paced by Brandon Belt who went 4-for-5 with two runs, one double, one home run and four RBI. David Hernandez went 2-for-3 with two runs, one home run and three RBI. Jordan Danks went 3-for-4 with three runs, one triple and two RBI.
Dane Carter led Texas A&M's offense going 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI. Nick Fleece went 2-for-5 with two runs, one home run and three RBI. Kyle Colligan, Jose Duran and Kevin Gonzalez each added two hits.
Texas (35-20) pounced on the Aggies for seven runs in the bottom half of the first inning. Michael Torres singled through the right side, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single to rightfield by Danks. Preston Clark walked and Kyle Russell tripled to the gap in left centerfield to inflate the cushion to 3-0. Russell Moldenhauer grounded out to second base, pushing Russell across for the fourth run. Belt and Cameron Rupp singled to reignite the rally and Hernandez hit a home run into the Longhorns' bullpen behind the leftfield fence to stake the Horns to a 7-0 run.
The Longhorns tacked on three more runs in the second inning. With one out, Danks tripled to leftfield and scored when Clark singled through the right side of a drawn-in infield. Russell walked and Moldenhauer grounded into a fielder's choice to put runners at the corners with two outs. Belt gave the Horns a double-digit lead with a double down the rightfield line.
The Longhorns extended their lead to 12-0 in the third inning. Hernandez drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a fly out and scored on a single to centerfield by Danks. A wild pitch and throwing error put Danks on third and he scored on another wild pitch.
Texas A&M (42-16) rallied for six runs in the visitor half of the sixth inning to cut the Horns lead in half. Carter and Colligan hit back-to-back singles and Duran hit the third consecutive single to plate Carter. A Luke Anders ground out pushed runners to third and second and an ensuing error allowed Brian Ruggiano to reach base safely and plated Colligan while advancing Duran to third. Fleece hit an RBI single to leftfield plating Duran, cutting Texas' lead to 12-3. The rally continued as Hernandez committed two errors on a play platting Ruggiano and putting runners on the corners. The six-run spurt was capped by an RBI single by Gonzalez and an RBI fielder's choice grounder by Carter.
Belt hit a two-run home run over the fence in leftfield in the bottom of the sixth giving the Horns a 14-6 lead.
The Aggies trimmed two runs off the UT advantage in the seventh when Ruggiano reached on a single to leftfield and Fleece hit a moon shot off the parking structure in leftfield to clip the Texas lead to 14-8.
Both teams scored in the eighth inning with Duran hitting a sacrifice fly to plate Brodie Greene for the Aggies and Rupp hitting an RBI single to drive in Moldenhauer who reached on a leadoff double.
Austin Wood (5-3) earned the win for Texas allowing six runs, three earned on seven hits while striking out three over 5.1 innings.
Brooks Raley (6-2) was saddled with the loss for Texas A&M, yielding 10 runs on nine hits and two walks over 1.2 innings.