March 15, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Third-ranked Texas A&M used a pair of three-run innings to rally past fifth-ranked Baylor and pulled away late for a 13-7 victory in Sunday afternoon’s middle game of the teams’ three-game Big 12 Conference series. Texas A&M (13-4, 2-0) clinched the series against Baylor (10-4, 0-2), which has lost two straight for the first time this season.
Adam Hornung’s fifth-inning leadoff homer pushed Baylor’s lead to 4-2, but Texas A&M rallied for three runs on three hits in the bottom of the inning and never trailed again. Kyle Colligan doubled to lead off the inning and scored when Brooks Raley followed with an RBI single. That drove Baylor starter Aaron Miller from the game, and the next four Aggie batters reached safely off reliever Craig Fritsch. Caleb Shofner was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score the tying run, and Nick Fleece followed with an RBI groundout to give the Aggies a 5-4 lead.
Texas A&M pushed its lead to 8-4 with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth. Nick Anders led off with a home run. Raley added an RBI double and later scored on Luke Anders’ sacrifice fly. The Aggies pulled away with a five-spot in the bottom of the eighth, keyed by a three-run Kevin Gonzalez homer. Baylor plated three runs on three hits and a walk in the top of the ninth to cap the scoring.
Alex Wilson (2-2) earned the victory for Texas A&M. He allowed four runs on five hits and no walks with eight strikeouts over 6.1 innings. Wilson worked ahead in the count most of the day, getting a first-pitch strike over on 19 of 24 batters faced and each of the last nine.
Miller started on the mound for the Bears but did not factor in the decision; he allowed three runs on five hits and three walks with a career-high eight strikeouts. Fritsch (1-2) took the loss, allowing four runs on three hits, a walk and two hit batsmen over 1.0 inning.
Shaver Hansen’s two-run homer in the top of the first gave Baylor the game’s first lead. Texas A&M tied the game in the third on Nick Anders’ leadoff homer and Greene’s RBI single. Dustin Dickerson doubled to lead off the fourth and later scored on Miller’s sacrifice fly.
Hansen and Hornung both had two-hit, two-RBI days, while Miller produced three RBI. Joey Hainsfurther and Hansen scored twice each.
Greene was one of five Aggies with multiple-hit games, going 4-for-5 on the afternoon.
Baylor and Texas A&M conclude the series Monday at Baylor Ballpark with a 6:30 p.m. CDT first pitch. The Bears send right-hander Shawn Tolleson (0-0, 4.97 ERA) to the mound, while the Aggies counter with right-hander Barret Loux (0-0, 4.11 ERA).
NOTES: Texas A&M leads the all-time series 147-113-1, including a 72-35-1 advantage at College Station. The Aggies have won six straight meetings and nine of 10 since the start of the 2007 season. … Texas A&M has clinched its third straight series against Baylor. It marks the first time the Aggies have won three straight series against the Bears since the 1994 through 1996 seasons. … Baylor holds a 20-18 edge in Big 12 regular-season meetings. … Baylor is 24-26 against Texas A&M during head coach Steve Smith’s tenure. … Miller extended his career-long hitting streak to 10 games with a ninth-inning, two-run single. He also has reached safely in each game this season. … Hansen, Hornung and Lucas Hileman all extended hitting streaks to three games, while Raynor Campbell (four games) and Brooks Pinckard (three games) both saw hitting streaks end.