April 22, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Oklahoma State dropped its series opener against Texas A&M Friday night at Olsen Field as the sixth-ranked Aggies knocked off the 15th-ranked Cowboys, 11-2.
The Cowboys managed just four hits against Texas A&M ace John Stilson, who tossed a complete game and struck out a career-high 12 to improve to 4-1 on the season.
With the loss, OSU fell to 28-10 on the year, including a 10-6 mark in Big 12 Conference play, while TAMU improved to 12-4 in the league and 27-11 overall.
Mike Strong suffered his first loss of the season for the Cowboys. The senior southpaw allowed five runs on six hits and lasted just 3.2 innings to fall to 3-1 on the season.
OSU’s only runs came in the ninth on a two-RBI double by Jared Womack. Hunter Bailey led off the inning with a single, and an error by TAMU first baseman Steve Martin with two outs kept the inning alive for Womack, who drilled an extra-base hit over the head of Aggie center fielder Krey Bratsen to bring home a pair of unearned runs.
TAMU got on the scoreboard in its first at bat, tallying an unearned run. Tyler Naquin led off the bottom of the first with a single and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and a passed ball. He would score on an RBI groundout by Jacob House to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead.
The Aggies extended their lead in the second. Back-to-back singles by Adam Smith and Kevin Gonzalez put runners on first and third, and Kenny Jackson made the score 2-0 with a sacrifice fly.
Following Jackson’s RBI, two-straight walks loaded the bases with one out for Naquin, who collected the second sacrifice fly of the inning to give TAMU a 3-0 advantage before an RBI single by Bratsen pushed the lead to four. The Cowboys finally got out of the inning on a diving catch in right field by Devin Shines, a highlight-reel play that saved at least one run.
In the third, TAMU continued its barrage of sacrifice flies, this time getting one from Gonzalez to go up 5-0. Smith, who had singled and stolen second and third base, scored on the play.
Stilson carried a perfect game into the fifth inning before Ginther collected a two-out single up the middle to give the Cowboys their first base runner.
Already in command, TAMU added four more runs in the fifth, the big blow coming on Charlie Curl’s bases-loaded double down the left field line, a hit that cleared the bases and gave the Aggies a 9-0 advantage.
The two teams return to action Saturday at 2:05 p.m.