By Wendell Barnhouse | firstname.lastname@example.org
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Don’t say that there wasn’t anything at stake when Texas A&M and Texas hooked up in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship Saturday. A game in this rivalry always means something.
The Aggies came into the game assured of their spot in Sunday’s 1 p.m. title game. The matchup with Baylor was assured after Friday’s games. All four of Saturday’s games were insignificant in terms of deciding anything important.
But Texas A&M remembered its three-game series with UT. The Longhorns swept the Aggies, winning the last two games by a combined 22-0 while holding A&M to five total hits.
So, yeah, it meant something. Particularly considering that the Longhorns’ starter was Cole Green, the Big 12 Conference’s pitcher of the year.
By the end of the second inning, A&M had six runs and six hits (plus a walk) in 14 at bats. When Green started against the Aggies on April 17, he limited them to one hit and three walks while facing 29 hitters in UT’s 14-0 romp.
“When we faced him last time he had both sides of the plate working for him, so we just got up on top of the plate and went up there expecting a hit every time,” said A&M shortstop Brodie Greene, who went 4-for-5. “A swinging bat is dangerous, so it worked out for us.”
Green (10-1) was gone after four innings and suffered his first loss. Brandon Workman, his replacement, was greeted by Matt Juengel’s second homer that gave the Aggies an 8-1 lead through five innings.
Texas made it 8-3 in the fifth on a two-run bomb to center by Russell Moldenhauer. The Longhorns loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth but a nifty 5-2-3 double play and a ground out made it a dry sixth inning for the regular-season champs.
In three games at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, A&M has totaled 35 hits and 25 runs while limiting three opponents to seven runs on 19 hits. The victory gave A&M a 3-0 record in its pool – the first time the Aggies have accomplished an undefeated lap in the pool.