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Aggies Outscore Oklahoma In Slugfest
May 22, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY No. 6 seed Texas A&M outlasted second-seeded Oklahoma, 17-15, in the eighth game of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, a four-hour contest on Friday night at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.

The Aggies and the Sooners combined for 31 hits over eight and a half innings of play, with the two teams utilizing 11 pitchers.

Alex Wilson (6-6) earned the win for TAMU in relief of starter Brooks Raley, striking out six and walking two over five innings of work. OU’s Jeremy Erben took the loss by facing just two batters in the fifth inning, falling to 0-1 on the year.

A&M’s Joe Patterson had a stellar night at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI. His teammate Brett Parsons was 3-for-5 with five RBI and one run of his own.

For the Sooners, J.T. Wise starred with a 3-for-4 night, scoring three times and stacking up four RBI.

Oklahoma jumped on the board early with six runs on six hits in the first inning, sparked by a single from Bryant Hernandez, a double from J.T. Wise and an infield single by Aaron Baker. Garrett Buechele putted a single through the left side to score Wise and advance Baker to third, where he crossed the plate on a single by Casey Johnson. Trey Sperring homered into the left field bullpen to bring across another two runs.

In the bottom of the first, Texas A&M responded with five runs on three hits, opening with three straight walks to load the bases. Patterson singled to right to bring in two runs, after which Tyson Seng replaced Sooner starter Michael Rocha. Kevin Gonzalez then singled through the right side to scored Anders, and Parsons had a two RBI single to plate Gonzalez and Patterson, cinching the OU lead to 6-5 after a first inning that lasted nearly one hour.

The top of the second saw Oklahoma bring Jamie Johnson across on a Hernandez to right center. After Wise doubled off the right field wall at the 325 sign, Aaron Baker lined a hit to short rise to score Wise and push the lead to 8-5. A&M added one run in both the bottom of the second and third innings to make it 8-7.

Heading into the heart of the fourth inning, the Sooners relied on another double by Wise for two runs from Hernandez and Matt Harughty. The Aggies then chalked up a run in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI grounder from Parsons to score Shofner from third.

Texas A&M made considerable damage with a four-run showing in the bottom of the sixth. Anders drew a leadoff walk, and Kyle Colligan was hit by pitch to put two on for Patterson, who doubled to right center to score Anders and advance Colligan to third. Gonzalez chipped in a double to score Colligan, leaving two runners in scoring position with no outs for Shofner. He then reached on a fielder’s choice to bring Patterson across and put the Aggies up 11-10. Parsons doubled down the right field line to score Shofner before the inning ended at 12-10.

TAMU added another run in the seventh, as Colligan scored from third on a balk. In the eighth, the Aggies totaled four more runs with Shofner scoring on a double by Parsons. Brodie Greene then sent a triple to center to pull Parsons around the bases. With Greene on third, Raley doubled down the line for an RBI ground-rule double. Anders singled through the right side to score Raley, extending the lead to 17-10.

Texas A&M needed just three outs to finish the game, but Oklahoma would not go down quietly, scoring five runs on two hits. With one out, Wise walked and Baker struck out swinging, but both advanced on a wild pitch. Wise then moved to third on another wild pitch, and Caleb Bushyhead walked. Casey Johnson was hit by a pitch to bring in Wise, and Ross Hubbard drew a walk to score Baker.

With one out and the bases loaded, Chris Ellison doubled down the leftfield line to clear the bases and tighten the score to 17-15. With two runners on and the go-ahead run at the plate, Harughty grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the game.

Oklahoma faces No. 3 Missouri at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the final day of pool play action, while Texas A&M will see Texas Tech at 7:30 p.m.

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