Texas A&M Vs. Texas Tech Baseball: Aggies Take 2 Of 3 From Red Raiders

The Ags will face off with Texas Tech in A&M's final home series in the Big 12, with ground to make up in the conference title race.

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Texas A&M Baseball 2012 Regional Projections 2012: Aggies Likely To Host

The Aggies are currently ranked tenth by Baseball America with a 34-14 record and are tied for second in the Big 12 at 13-8 with Texas and Oklahoma State. Going into this past weekend's series with Texas Tech (A&M won 2 of 3), most publications had the gents from College Station pegged as a regional host.

SEBaseball.com has them hosting Arkansas, Sam Houston State, and Rhode Island.

The noted college baseball enthusiasts at ESPN (haloljkno) also have Arkansas traveling to College Station, along with USC and Manhattan.

College Baseball Daily isn't sold on A&M just yet, as they have the Aggies traveling to Rice with Sam Houston State and Stony Brook.

A&M will host The Fightin' Tony Gwynns of San Diego State (22-27) this weekend, play Texas State next Tuesday, and travel to Stillwater to face OSU May 17th.

The Aggies can and should sweep SDSU and TSU, and need to beat Oklahoma State next weekend to lock up a host.

Why is that, you ask?

Well, Texas closes out the regular season against Baylor, which most likely will be a series loss. That means A&M-OSU will be for second place in the conference. The Aggies have a better record and RPI (according to Warren Nolan) than Texas and Oklahoma State, but a series loss could give the host to someone outside the conference (probably an SEC team).

Despite the series being only their third jaunt outside the Lonestar State this season, I think the Aggies win 2 and play at home in June.

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Texas A&M vs Texas Tech Baseball Series Review: Aggies Take 2 of 3 Against Red Raiders

Friday and Saturday wins against Texas Tech in College Station this weekend leave the Aggies 13-8 and tied for second in Big 12 play with Texas.

The ninth-ranked Aggies (34-14 overall) beat the Red Raiders (27-24, 6-15) 4-2 on Friday as Aggie starter Michael Wacha (7-0) struck out nine in seven innings, while giving up eight hits and walking one. Wacha also became just the third pitcher in Aggie history to throw 300-career strikeouts, joining Jeff Granger and Casey Fossum. Right fielder Tyler Naquin and DH Matt Juengel both tripled in the game, with Naquin's coming in the the first to score one, while Juengel's notched an RBI in the eighth. John Neely (3-6) took the loss for Tech.

On Saturday A&M starting pitcher Ross Stripling (8-2) wasn't to be outdone, as he threw eight complete innings with thirteen strikeouts and four hits on his way to also join the 300 K club in a 7-2 win. The A&M offense took to the air, as Aggie first baseman Jacob House hit homers in the first and fifth, while CF Krey Bratsen and LF Brandon Wood added one a piece in the second and fourth, respectively. Rusty Shellhorn (5-3) was the losing pitcher for Tech.

The seventh-place Red Raiders avoided the sweep, though, by coming alive in the top of the twelfth to outlast the Aggies 8-4. A Jacob House sac fly in the bottom of the ninth scored Scott House to tie the game at 4-4 in a contest that saw seven lead changes. After two innings of scoreless baseball the Tech bats got woken up with a Stephen Hagen home run and a Scott LeJeune 3 RBI double.

The Aggies next host San Diego State at 6:35 on Friday at Olsen Field in a non-conference series before facing Oklahoma State in Stillwater May 17th to finish the regular season.

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Texas A&M Vs. Tech: Aggies Fall To Red Raiders 8-4 In 12 Innings

Texas A&M won the series two games to one against Texas Tech, but they fell in Sunday's finale 8-4 in 12 innings of play. Texas Tech led 4-2 heading after the top of the eighth inning and Texas A&M was able to score a run in the eighth and ninth inning. In the eight it was Jacob House who hit a RBI double and then in the ninth he hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at four runs to send the game in extra innings.

The game went scoreless for three innings, but in the top of the 12 is when Texas Tech blew open the game by scoring four runs which came off of Kyle Martin. Martin had pitched the prior four innings and gave up no runs, but he was given the loss by allowing four runs.

The tie was broken by Stephen Hagen who hit a solo shot to put Texas Tech up 5-4 and then a barrage of hits off of Martin which allowed Texas Tech to score three more runs.

Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress talked about the loss:

"It was a hard-fought game and obviously a disappointing loss," Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress said. "We came all the way back in the ninth to tie the game, but just couldn't get a big hit to win the game ... I thought Texas Tech played really well today, give them all the credit"

The loss for Texas A&M drops them to a three-way tie for second place in Big 12 play with Oklahoma State and Texas with a record of 13-8.

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Texas A&M Vs. Texas Tech: Aggies Win Game 2, 7-2

The Texas A&M Aggies were able to keep their Big 12 title hopes alive Saturday with a 7-2 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Aggies need to sweep their three-game weekend series if they hope to stay alive for a conference title before moving on to the SEC next season. They are now a Sunday win away from doing so.

Ross Stripling pitched a gem, giving up two runs, just one earned, and four hits in eight innings pitched. He struck out 13 during the game, giving closer Corey Ross just one inning to finished off the Red Raiders. Ross gave up just one hit and no runs.

The Aggies took a 4-1 lead after two innings after Rusty Shellhorn gave up four runs on homers by Jacob House and Krey Bratsen. Shellhorn was pulled after giving up a third home run, a solo shot by Brandon Wood, in the fourth inning. House hit his second home run of the game in the fifth inning off of Brennan Stewart to cap all scoring. The Red Raiders scored on a Bo Altobelli single in the first and a Stephen Hagen sac fly in the fourth.

Game 3 will take place tomorrow, Sunday, at 1:05 CT.

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Texas A&M Vs. Texas Tech: Aggies Open Weekend Series With 4-2 Win

In order for the Texas A&M Aggies to keep their hopes of a staying alive in the Big 12 Conference standings, the team was going to need to sweep the Texas Tech Red Raiders this weekend. On Friday night, they got the weekend off on the right foot by defeating Texas Tech, 4-2 in the opening game of the weekend set.

Michael Wacha pitched seven innings on Friday night and registed his seventh win of the season, improving his record to 7-0. He allowed two earned runs on eight hits, striking out nine and walking one. John Neely was pinned with the loss, allowing two earned runs on five hits in 5.1 innings pitched. He is now 3-6 on the season.

Tyler Naquin, the Big 12's leading hitter, went two-for-four on the evening and knocked in two of the Aggies four runs. He improved his batting average to .397 on the season.

The two teams will go back at it tomorrow for game two.

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Texas A&M Vs. Texas Tech Baseball: Series Preview, TV Info And More

The Ags will face off with Texas Tech in A&M's final home series in the Big 12, with ground to make up in the conference title race.

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