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Aggies Stomp Cowboys in Series Opener

Stilson throws a complete game gem, Ags win 11-2.

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No. 6 Texas A&M started off their critical series with the 15th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys on the right note Friday night, with a resounding 11-2 win.

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Oklahome State came into the series only a game behind the Aggies for second place in the Big 12 standings, and brought with them one of the nation's top offenses, sporting a .303 team batting average. None of those numbers seemed to matter much to Aggie pitcher John Stilson, who had one of his best outings of the season, shutting down the vaunted Cowboy lineup. Stilson allowed only four hits and two runs, neither of which were earned, while striking out 12, and didn't allow an Oklahoma State base-runner to reach second base until the eighth inning.

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The Aggie bats also showed up in a big way, as they built an early 5-0 lead in the first three innings, before blowing the game wide open with a four-run fifth. Aggie second baseman Charlie Curl drove in three runs on a bases loaded double in the fifth, Centerfielder Krey Bratson went 3-4 with two RBI's and RF Tyler Naquin had two hits and an RBI.

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The victory improved Stilson's record to 4-1 and the Aggies move to 12-4 in conference play. The series will continue with the second game, Saturday at 2 p.m CT.

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