April 17, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Baylor's Logan Verrett pitched a complete game and allowed only a pair of unearned runs, but it wasn't enough as No. 5 Texas A&M came from behind to win the "Battle of the Brazos" with a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at Olsen Field.
For the second straight season, the series was decided with a 2-1 final score in the finale, but this time Texas A&M came out on top. Baylor won the last two games of the series in 2010 to take the series, including a 2-1 victory in Sunday's game.
Verrett (3-4) became the first Baylor pitcher to take a loss in a complete game since Kendal Volz did so on April 24, 2009 against Oklahoma. He allowed two runs - both unearned - on six hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in 8.0 innings.
"I think he did a good job of throwing a lot of first pitch strikes," head coach Steve Smith said. "He had them very conscious of sliders and the only thing they were really able to do was to just manufacture runs with help. They wouldn`t have scored without the error and they wouldn`t have scored without a passed ball."
That would prove to be the only run allowed by Texas A&M (26-10, 11-4 Big 12) starting pitcher Ross Stripling (7-2), who held the Bears to four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in a complete game.
Landis Ware hit a one-out ground-run double in the second, but he was doubled off on Lawton Langford's line drive, and Stripling allowed only one more hit in the game - a two-out double to Brooks Pinckard in the eighth.
Verrett made the run stand up until stretch time, but a one-out error in the seventh put the tying run on second base. One out later, Kevin Gonzalez hit what looked like a routine fly ball to center field, but a 20 miles-per-hour wind carried the ball over Brooks Pinckard's head for a RBI triple to tie the game at 1-1.
Verrett stranded Gonzalez at third, but the Aggies took advantage of a passed ball to score manufacture another unearned run in the eighth. Tyler Naquin led off with a single, moved to second on a passed ball, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored the winning run on Jacob House's sacrifice fly.
"I thought we played well in all three games, but especially here," Verrett said. "This is a tough place to play. They had some big crowds both yesterday and today. I think we can take out of this series that we are playing good baseball now."
Vick, Max Muncy, Ware and Pinckard had the only hits for the Bears, while Krey Bratsen and House had two hits apiece for Texas A&M.
Baylor returns to action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when it hosts UNLV at Baylor Ballpark to begin a four-game homestand. The Bears return to Big 12 play when they host Missouri for a three-game series Thursday through Saturday.