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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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