Friday, April 29, 2011

Mizzou Baseball Game Day: Texas A&M Aggies

■ From the Cheap Seats:
  • I have a hard time seeing the Aggie Baseball Team losing any game this year in which they score 5 runs. Their starting pitching is that dominant. (

  • The game was marred by Oklahoma State pitchers throwing at our hitters; apparently, Rob Childress called a double steal on OSU when we were up big in the 6th inning. If this is true, it is one of the first things Childress has done in a long time that I approve of. OSU shortstop Hunter Bailey was ejected in the bottom of the 8th inning, and Aggie shortstop Brandon Wood was hit by a pitch, then came home on a Tyler Naguin triple. Wood was then ejected from the game. (
Bearkats rally to beat Aggies (
The game just wouldn't let Mark Johnson leave.

In his final regular season game at Olsen Field, the two teams Johnson has coached for the last 26 years needed 12 innings to decide a winner. It had a fairy-tale ending for Johnson as his Sam Houston State Bearkats defeated No. 8 Texas A&M 8-5.

"We haven't beaten the Aggies, so it's nice to have a win here," said Johnson, whose jersey No. 7 was unveiled before the game in the right field corner opposite former A&M coach Tom Chandler's number. "The fans were very nice to me tonight. Tom Chandler's in another category for me. If my name's up there with his, that's pretty high cotton for me."

Sunday's Winners and Losers (College Baseball Today, 4/24)
It was a showdown weekend in College Station and the Maroon crew came through big time. The Aggies were a model of efficiency, striking out 24 Oklahoma State batters, walking just two and giving up only 19 hits in 36 innings. Today, A&M completed the sweep with an 8-1 rout.

Aggies beat OSU to take sole possession of Big 12 lead (
Texas A&M was essentially snatching runs on the basepaths Saturday, so it was only appropriate that the Aggies took away three runs to end the ballgame with a 5-1 win over Oklahoma State at Olsen Field.

With two outs and two on, Brandon Wood sprinted to the left-field foul pole and without slowing down put a foot up on the padding of the fence and reached over to steal a home run from Devin Shines.

Wood hit the ground, looked down in his glove and then took off again, this time to the infield to celebrate a second straight win over OSU and sole possession of first place in the Big 12.

No. 9 A&M moved to 28-11 overall and 13-4 in the Big 12, one-half game ahead of Texas, which lost 4-2 at Kansas on Saturday. No. 20 OSU fell to 28-11 and 10-7.

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