April 9, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - A two-out error in the sixth inning led to three unearned runs that proved to be the difference as 23rd-ranked Texas A&M knocked off Baylor, 4-3, on Friday night at Olsen Field.
Baylor (17-11, 3-5 Big 12) had a 2-1 lead with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, but Brandon Wood drew a walk and came all the way around to score from first base when Adam Smith's grounder to Landis Ware was thrown away.
Brodie Greene hit the next pitch over the scoreboard in left-center to give Texas A&M (20-8-1, 6-3-1 Big 12) the lead for good.
The Aggies took an early lead 1-0 against Baylor starter Shawn Tolleson when Kenny Jackson's RBI single brought in Smith in the bottom of the first. Tolleson bounced back to get out of a bases-loaded jam.
The Bears tied it up in the third when Logan Vick singled and came around to score on Brooks Pinckard's RBI double off the wall in left-center field, and Baylor took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Vick brought in Gregg Glime with a double that landed just fair down the line in left.
Tolleson worked his way out of trouble all night, stranding nine baserunners through the first five innings, but the Aggies didn't get to him until the two-out error in the sixth.
Tolleson (1-4) took the loss despite allowing just one earned run in 6.0 innings - an outing that tied his longest of the season. All four of his losses on the season have been as a result of at least three unearned runs.
Texas A&M starter Barrett Loux (5-2) got the win after allowing two runs on four hits in 6.1 innings of work. He turned the ball over to John Stilson after allowing a one-out walk to Tyler Collins in the seventh.
Stilson issued a two-out walk to pinch hitter Cal Towey, putting the potential tying run on base, but Vick was retired for the first time in four trips to the plate with a strikeout that ended the inning.
Tolleson went back to out to work the seventh, but turned the game over to Craig Fritsch after walking Jackson leading off the inning.
Jackson was thrown out attempting to steal on Fritsch's first pitch, and after a hit batter and a walk, Fritsch escaped the inning with a flyout and a groundout.
The Bears got a rally going in the eighth when Pinckard led off with a double and scored on Joey Hainsfurther's RBI single to cut the deficit to 4-3. Max Muncy drew a one-out walk to put the potential tying run in scoring position, but Jon Ringenberg grounded into an inning-ending double play on Stilson's 3-2 pitch.
Stilson struck out all three Baylor batters in the ninth on called third strikes to end the game and notch his fifth save of the season.
All six Baylor hits came from the top of the order as Vick, Pinckard and Hainsfurther had two hits apiece. Joe Patterson had the only multi-hit game for the Aggies, and Greene's home run proved to be the game-winner.
The Battle of the Brazos resumes at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Baylor Ballpark. Logan Verrett (3-2) is expected to start for Baylor against the Aggies' Ross Stripling (3-1). The series finale is at 2 p.m. Sunday.