A&M wins game three versus OU, completes sweep
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 22:07
The fourth ranked Aggies completed the three game sweep against the 22nd ranked Oklahoma Sooners by the final score of 5-3.
“I told our guys it’s not how you start, its how you finish,” Head Coach Rob Childress said. “Obviously, in today's game that was definitely the case.”
Oklahoma opened up the scoring in the top of the second inning when A&M redshirt sophomore Rafael Pineda issued a leadoff walk to Hunter Lockwood who would then advance to second on a balk by Pineda. Oklahoma’s Brian Brightwell hit an RBI double to right center field putting up the Sooners 1-0.
In the bottom half of the inning however the Aggies would answer back to tie the game 1-1. The Aggies got the run by A&M first baseman Jacob House starting the inning with a leadoff single up the middle of the infield. After the bases were loaded with one out, A&M third baseman Blake Alleman came through with a sacrifice fly to left field bringing House to score.
The Sooners would strike in the next inning putting a two spot on the scoreboard off of Pineda to take a 3-1 lead.
As many times during this season, the Aggies have the determination, the grit, to come back from any deficit.
Aggie shortstop Mikey Reynolds walked and then scored when A&M All-American right fielder Tyler Naquin hit an RBI single up the middle chipping the lead down 3-2.
It wasn’t until the bottom of the fifth inning that the Aggies would seize control of the game.
Pineda would then continue to put up zeros on the score board as he pitched 5.1 innings allowing five hits, three runs with two of them earned. From there, A&M reliever Estevan Uriegas came into the game finishing up the inning. The key play of the game came when A&M’s designated hitter Matt Juengel hit a two RBI double down the left field line Aggie catcher Troy Stein then brought home another run when he hit a sacrifice fly to left field with the Aggies now up 5-3.
One of the unheard success stories this season is how strong the Aggie bullpen has been as the unit came up big once again in relief of Pineda. After Uriegas stepped in, A&M relievers Jason Freeman and Kyle Martin stepped in and shut the door down against the Sooners. Combined on the day, the Aggie bullpen pitched 3.2 innings allowing just three hits, one walk, striking out three while preserving the win for Pineda (5-0).
“The Bullpen is great. We have one of the best bullpens in the nation and to give them the ball, they’re confident there and we know they will get the job done,” Pineda said.
The Aggies (26-6, 7-2 Big 12), who wear their camouflage jerseys when seeking a series sweep, completed that feat by sweeping the Sooners (18-14, 4-8 Big 12). The win extended the Aggies’ current winning streak to five, while they have won 12 of their past 13 games.
"It's always fun to come out wearing the camo and trying to get the sweep," House said.
The Aggie baseball team will be back on the field Tuesday afternoon facing the Mavericks of UT-Arlington (20-12) who are 3-0 against Big 12 opponents Texas, Oklahoma, and Baylor. The first pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.