OSU-A&M: Running Wild

By Glenn Tanner - March 02, 2007

After six innings here at Olsen Field, Texas A&M is still holding off Oregon State 5-2, thanks partly to a productive and coordinated running game.

5-9-1 for the Aggies and 2-4-1 for the Beavers.

Oregon State broke up the no-hitter in the fifth. Dale Soloman led off the inning with a long drive that the A&M right-fielder lost in the wind or in the lights, or bugs got in his eyes or something, because he ran towards center and the ball landed on the warning track behind him for a double. Mitch Canham followed with a sharp single to make it 3-2.

The Beavers threatened again in the sixth, putting runners at the corners with one out. But Kyle Nicholson was fetched from the Aggie bullpen and shut down the threat with a 4-6-3 double play. Newmann's final line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. Another nice effort for a guy who spent the last two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The Aggies also knocked OSU starter Joe Paterson out of the game in the sixth. Blake Keitzman came into almost the same situation as Nicholson -- two on and one out -- but wasn't quite as effective. After a double steal moved both runners into scoring position, Keitzman got a strikeout, but then allowed a run on a wild pitch, and a second run came home on a successful first-and-third double steal. Yep, that's four steals in the inning.

Paterson struck out six in 5.1 innings, but allowed nine hits and was charged with all five runs.

I mentioned earlier in the year that at 209 pages, the Texas Longhorn media guide has to be the largest in the country. Well, if it is, it's a tie. A&M's media guide is also 209 pages. Something tells me that NCAA regulations on media guide length are the only thing keeping these two rivals from engaging in a media-guide-length war that would result in me needing a wheelbarrow to carry them around. With a less illustrious history than Texas, A&M is already stretching the length with fluff such as a two-page picture of the admin building and a full page feature on the A&M Career Services, but I think the Aggies could rise to the challenge. Might I suggest full-page profiles of each Diamond Darling?

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 09:51 PM on March 02, 2007

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