A&M puts away OU in game two, 5-2
Published: Saturday, April 7, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 20:07
The No. 4 Aggie baseball team used great starting pitching by Ross Stripling and timely hitting as the Aggies beat the No. 22 Oklahoma Sooners by a final of 5-2.
“Ross had a great performance,” head coach Rob Childress said. “They had him wobbling there in the fourth inning with runners on second and third but he was able to pitch out of that jam. From that point on he didn't allow another hit and was dominant.”
Stripling was superb as he threw a complete game, eight strikeout performance while not issuing a walk. Using different speeds to keep the hitters’ timing off, Stripling ran into trouble in the fourth inning as his changeup wasn’t effective and the Sooners would take advantage. Oklahoma’s Garret Carey came through for the Sooners as he hit an RBI single to left field driving home Tanner Toal. Two hitters later, Eric Ross hit a flare just over A&M shortstop Mikey Reynolds scoring another run making the score 2-0 in favor of the Sooners.
It seemed for a while that that would be enough run support for Oklahoma’s starting pitcher Dillon Overton who started the game by throwing 4 2/3 innings of no hit ball. It wasn’t until there were those two outs in the fifth inning that A&M catcher Troy Stein put an end to the no. Blake Alleman followed with a hard groundball down the middle of the infield. Stein would then score on a wild pitch by Overton putting the Aggies on the scoreboard, still down 2-1.
No matter how many runs the Aggies find themselves down by, the resolve and determination that stems from the leadership of Coach Childress seems to find its way to induce a comeback.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, A&M left fielder Brandon Wood led off the inning with a double sparking a signature A&M comeback effort. Stein would then advance Wood to third on a sacrifice bunt in where Stein found himself safe at first with no outs. Wood laid motionless after a collision with Oklahoma third baseman Carey but then would remain in the game. Alleman, a freshman, showed a maturity of a senior by coming through with an RBI double to right center field. A&M second baseman Scott Arthur would then put the Aggies up 3-2 with a sacrifice fly.
“[Wood] is fine, he just got a stinger in his neck, but he’s fine,” Coach Childress said.
Fireworks went on display in the eighth inning when A&M designated hitter Matt Juengel hit a 422 foot, three run moon shot over the left field wall giving A&M a 5-2 lead.
Stripling (5-1) finished what he started, finishing the game up with a perfect top of the ninth inning, shutting the door and giving the Aggies their 11th win in their past 12 games.
Next up for the Aggies (25-6, 6-2 Big 12) will be the series finale versus Oklahoma (18-13, 4-7 Big 12) in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPNU. The first pitch is set to be thrown at 3:30 p.m. at Blue Bell Park as the Aggies hand the ball to pitcher Rafael Pineda (4-0, 1.84 ERA). Oklahoma will counter with right hander Jonathan Grey (2-3, 5.26 ERA).