No. 4 Aggies set to face No. 22 Sooners
Published: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 22:07
The No. 4 Texas A&M baseball team has won its last two games as they prepare for a three- game Big 12 Conference series against No.22 Oklahoma this Thursday at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
With lighting crashing and a heavy downpour of rain Tuesday night, the Aggies’ game against UTSA was delayed in the seventh inning for 1:33 due to inclement weather. The Aggies held the lead, 4–3, at the time of the delay, and would be awarded the victory.
“We were very fortunate to win the game tonight,” Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “I definitely don't think we deserved to win. We weren't ready to play tonight and that falls solely on me. I can promise you we'll be ready to play on Thursday night against Oklahoma.”
The Aggies improved to 23-6 on the season after beating the Roadrunners Tuesday night, winning its second consecutive game.
Junior right fielder Tyler Naquin hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to put the maroon and white ahead moments before the delay, after the Aggies struggled on the mound and to pull away from the visiting Roadrunners.
Freshman Gandy Stubblefield made his second pitching start for the Aggies, but the Lufkin native only lasted four innings, allowing four hits and one run on the evening.
The Aggies would use six pitchers to put the Roadrunners away. Sophomore Parker Ray (1-0) got the win after recording the final three outs of the contest in the top of the seventh inning.
Oklahoma (18-11, 4-5 Big 12) is coming to Aggieland with a new top 25 ranking, after winning seven of its last nine games. The Sooners are coming off a 2-1 series win over Big 12 Conference foe Kansas State.
The Aggies and Sooners met last season in Norman for a three-game series, where the Sooners narrowly won the series opener, 1–0, but the Aggies would claim the series winning the next two games in an 11–1 and 5–2 contests.
The pitching matchup for Thursday night’s game is projected to be righty junior Michael Wacha (4-0, 2.72 ERA) for A&M, against Oklahoma’s lefty Jordan John (4-4, 2.72 ERA).
Senior righty Ross Stripling should get the nod Friday evening against Oklahoma’s lefty Dillon Overton (4-0, 3.54 ERA), and sophomore righty Rafael Pineda (4-0, 1.84 ERA) should go against the Sooner’s righty Jonathan Gray (2-3, 5.26 ERA) Saturday afternoon.
Two big bats to watch for in this series are A&M’s Naquin, and Oklahoma’s freshman Brian Brightwell. Naquin is lugging a team-high .423 batting average this season, with two home runs. Brightwell has six hits in four starts, with a .444 batting average.
The Aggies have not lost a conference series this season (2-0), and they will look to improve their record this week starting on Thursday.
First pitch Thursday night is set for 6:35 p.m., and will be televised by Cox Sports TV. Friday night’s first pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m., and Saturday afternoon’s series finale at 3:30 p.m. will be televised by ESPNU.