Big XII Baseball Tournament - Day 2

Here is a recap of all of the action from Day 2 of the Big XII Baseball Tournament at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

#5 Texas 15
#1 Texas A&M 9

The No. 24 Texas Longhorns jumped out to a 12-run lead and held off the No. 13 Texas A&M Aggies comeback bid to post a 15-9 win at Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship baseball action Thursday afternoon at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.

Both squads got their offenses rolling, combining for 29 hits. Texas, who had 17 hits, was paced by Brandon Belt who went 4-for-5 with two runs, one double, one home run and four RBI. David Hernandez went 2-for-3 with two runs, one home run and three RBI. Jordan Danks went 3-for-4 with three runs, one triple and two RBI.

Dane Carter led Texas A&M's offense going 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI. Nick Fleece went 2-for-5 with two runs, one home run and three RBI. Kyle Colligan, Jose Duran and Kevin Gonzalez each added two hits.

Texas (35-20) pounced on the Aggies for seven runs in the bottom half of the first inning. Michael Torres singled through the right side, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single to rightfield by Danks. Preston Clark walked and Kyle Russell tripled to the gap in left centerfield to inflate the cushion to 3-0. Russell Moldenhauer grounded out to second base, pushing Russell across for the fourth run. Belt and Cameron Rupp singled to reignite the rally and Hernandez hit a home run into the Longhorns' bullpen behind the leftfield fence to stake the Horns to a 7-0 run.

The Longhorns tacked on three more runs in the second inning. With one out, Danks tripled to leftfield and scored when Clark singled through the right side of a drawn-in infield. Russell walked and Moldenhauer grounded into a fielder's choice to put runners at the corners with two outs. Belt gave the Horns a double-digit lead with a double down the rightfield line.

The Longhorns extended their lead to 12-0 in the third inning. Hernandez drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a fly out and scored on a single to centerfield by Danks. A wild pitch and throwing error put Danks on third and he scored on another wild pitch.

Texas A&M (42-16) rallied for six runs in the visitor half of the sixth inning to cut the Horns lead in half. Carter and Colligan hit back-to-back singles and Duran hit the third consecutive single to plate Carter. A Luke Anders ground out pushed runners to third and second and an ensuing error allowed Brian Ruggiano to reach base safely and plated Colligan while advancing Duran to third. Fleece hit an RBI single to leftfield plating Duran, cutting Texas' lead to 12-3. The rally continued as Hernandez committed two errors on a play platting Ruggiano and putting runners on the corners. The six-run spurt was capped by an RBI single by Gonzalez and an RBI fielder's choice grounder by Carter.

Belt hit a two-run home run over the fence in leftfield in the bottom of the sixth giving the Horns a 14-6 lead.

The Aggies trimmed two runs off the UT advantage in the seventh when Ruggiano reached on a single to leftfield and Fleece hit a moon shot off the parking structure in leftfield to clip the Texas lead to 14-8.

Both teams scored in the eighth inning with Duran hitting a sacrifice fly to plate Brodie Greene for the Aggies and Rupp hitting an RBI single to drive in Moldenhauer who reached on a leadoff double.

Austin Wood (5-3) earned the win for Texas allowing six runs, three earned on seven hits while striking out three over 5.1 innings.

Brooks Raley (6-2) was saddled with the loss for Texas A&M, yielding 10 runs on nine hits and two walks over 1.2 innings.

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#8 Oklahoma 4
#4 Missouri 3

The Oklahoma Sooners won their third straight game over a top ten team on Thursday and topped No. 9 Missouri, 4-3, on Jamie Johnson's walk-off, two-run double to center field in the bottom of the ninth in front of 6,087 fans at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.

Chase Anderson followed up Sunday's win over Oklahoma State with another stellar relief outing as he improved to 5-3 after 4 1/3 innings of scoreless work. The hurler allowed one hit and struck out four batters to move OU one game closer to reaching the conference title game.

Oklahoma (34-23-1) improved to 2-0 in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship's pool play, while Missouri (1-1) fell to 38-18 overall.

Aaron Baker began the ninth inning with a single through the right side of the infield and Doug Buser pinch ran and moved to second base on Bryant Hernandez's sacrifice bunt. With the game-tying run in scoring position and pinch hitter Spencer Selby at the plate, Missouri committed its fourth error of the game. Greg Folgia fumbled Selby's grounder at second base to keep the inning alive and that brought Jamie Johnson to the plate. The sophomore right fielder drove the ball deep to center field to bring home the game-tying and go-ahead runs.

Johnson led all Sooners with three RBIs in the game and joined Baker and Hernandez with two-hit performances against Aaron Crow, the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year. Crow lasted to the seventh inning with two runs allowed, one earned, off six hits. Ryan Allen relieved Crow for 2/3 of an inning and Kyle Gibson (9-2) gave up the final two hits and runs in the ninth.

Missouri jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning and took advantage of two walks by OU starter Ryan Duke and an error on catcher J.T. Wise. Greg Folgia, who walked to lead off the frame, scored the game's first run after moving to third base on a throwing error on Wise. Folgia came around to score on Jacob Priday's fielder's choice.

OU countered in the bottom of the second inning and tied the game after Bryant Hernandez brought home Jarod Freeman on a fielder's choice.

In the top of the third, Missouri regained the one-run advantage as Priday struck again with a RBI single to plate Folgia from second base.

Priday drove in his third run of the game on a hard-hit single up the middle that ended the night for Duke. The freshman had four strikeouts but allowed three runs, two earned, off five hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings pitched.

The Sooners narrowed the gap in the bottom of the fifth as Jamie Johnson singled in Bryant Hernandez, who doubled with one out earlier in the frame and brought the game within one run at 3-2.

The Sooners conclude pool play on Saturday at 9 a.m. against No. 5 seeded Texas. The Longhorns (1-1) lost the opener, 3-2, to Missouri on Wednesday in extra innings and defeated Texas A&M, 15-9, earlier on Thursday.


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