UT-A&M: Aggies lose control, game

By Glenn Tanner - May 18, 2007

Texas took advantage of Aggie wildness to plate two runs in the ninth inning and pull out a 6-4 victory in front of 7,224 at Olsen Field. The Longhorns' only hit in the ninth was an infield single, but they capitalized on three walks and two wild pitches to bust open game one of the series.

First, a bizarre ending to the bottom of the eighth... Texas brought in closer Randy Boone to start the inning, and he was immediately greeted by a single from Craig Stinson. Stinson moved to third on a couple of groundouts. 9-hole hitter Parker Dalton had a chance to be a hero, but with two strikes, he actually swung at a pitch that hit him in the arm. The ball bounced to the backstop, Stinson crossed the plate, and Dalton ran to first, but the home plate umpire correctly called him out -- strikeout and dead ball. Guess Dalton was sitting on the deuce...

Nick Peoples opened the Texas ninth with an infield single, stole second, and went to third when the throw skipped into center. With the infield in, A&M closer Kyle Thebeau got a groundout, but then lost his control. He walked #9 hitter Travis Tucker, then uncorked a wild pitch that scored Peoples, and Tucker ended up on third. He walked Jordan Danks, who advanced to second on another wild pitch, and then with first base open issued an intentional pass to Kyle Russell. With the bases loaded and one out, Chance Wheeless lofted a long fly into foul territory in left. Ben Feltner chose to catch the ball instead of letting it drop for a strike, and Tucker tagged up and scored easily to make it 6-4.

Boone retired the first two hitters in the bottom of the ninth, but decided to make it interesting by walking Blake Stouffer. Aggie cleanup hitter Luke Anders, who had homered in the third, came up as the potential tying run, but Boone fanned him on a 2-2 slider.

Nick Peoples was the offensive star for Texas, with three of the Horns' nine hits, and two runs scored. Jordan Danks contributed two hits. The Aggies also had nine hits, with Anders, Stouffer, and Craig Stinson picking up two each.

Boone was credited with the win in relief. He pitched two scoreless innings, allowed only one hit, and struck out three. Thebeau takes the loss -- 1.1 innings, 1 hit, 2 runs, 3 walks, and two wild pitches.

And just to show their love, much of the A&M student section remained after the game to scream and pound on their seats when Texas sang "The Eyes of Texas."

The series now moves to Austin for games Saturday and Sunday. A Longhorn win would give them the Big 12 championship.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 10:56 PM on May 18, 2007

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