UT-A&M: Texas Ties It

By Glenn Tanner - May 18, 2007

At the stretch, Texas has tied it 4-4. The Longhorns have knocked out the Aggies' biggest strength (Kyle Nicholson) and are into the Aggies' weakness (their bullpen).

Trailing 4-1, Texas plated a run in the sixth, but great Aggie defense kept a crooked number from going on the scoreboard. With Jordan Danks on third and Chance Wheeless on first and one out, Brad Suttle cranked a double to the wall in left-center. Danks scored, but Wheeless was cut down at the plate thanks to a beautiful relay between CF Kyle Colligan and SS Brandon Hicks. Hicks' perfect throw to the plate beat Wheeless by a couple of feet. Then with two out and Suttle on second, Russell Moldenhauer smashed a grounder right up the middle, but Kyle Nicholson went down like a hockey goalie on the mound, blocked it, retrieved the ball, and threw to first to end the inning.

Longhorn starter James Russell escaped damage in the bottom of the inning. A&M had two men on with one out, but two fly outs ended the inning.

In the 7th, Nick Peoples doubled with one out, and scored when Chais Fuller kept fouling off pitches until he got one he liked and lined it for a double. That was it for Nicholson, and Kirkland Rivers came in to replace him. Rivers got a strikeout for the second out, but Jordan Danks lined a single to left to tie it.

James Russell obviously doesn't have his best stuff -- he has only one strikeout, but the Aggies keep flying the ball into the air, frequently foul. Texas recorded six foul-outs in the first four innings, and right fielder Kyle Russell has five putouts himself.

Nicholson's final line -- 6.1 innings, 6 hits, 4 earned runs, 2 walks, 5 K's, and over 100 pitches.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 09:38 PM on May 18, 2007

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