Sooners Fall to A&M in Series Opener

COLLEGE STATION, Texas –The No. 17 Sooners fell to 27-11 overall and 6-8 in Big 12 play after suffering a 6-2 loss at Texas A&M on Friday.

The Aggies (22-14-1, 7-8-1) have won six of the last seven series openers in the all-time series with OU, but the Sooners have rallied in four of those situations to win the final two games.

The decisive blow on Friday was delivered in the seventh inning by Texas A&M's Caleb Shofner, who deposited the first offering from reliever Jeremy Erben over the fence in left field. The three-run homer put Texas A&M ahead 6-2 just two innings after OU cut the lead down to one.

"We have two outs there and we go to the bullpen, and we just leave a first-pitch slider over the plate," said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway. "It's not that it's a bad pitch. They jumped on it. Those things happen in baseball. It's unfortunate, on our side, that it came down to one pitch. I really would have liked our chances, going into the eighth inning and being down by one."

Shofner's home run put a damper on J.R. Robinson's first career start on Friday night. The senior left-hander lasted 6 2/3 innings and surrendered five of the six runs on the night off eight hits and four walks. Robinson (1-3) also struck out four.

"He pitched well and I knew he would. He's a senior and he accepted the challenge," said Golloway on Robinson.

For Texas A&M, Barrett Loux (6-2) struck out10 batters in the start and walked just one batter while allowing two runs, one earned, off four hits.

"He really is good. Give Loux and A&M credit tonight. They did what they had to do to win," added Golloway. "I thought we played well defensively and on the mound. But we didn't attack offensively tonight."

OU's first run was scored on a passed ball in the fifth inning. After Texas A&M took a 3-0 lead in the fourth, the Sooners' offense started a two-out rally and cut the lead down to one.

Ricky Eisenberg sparked the rally in the fifth with a triple to the gap in left center, his second of the year, and later scored on the passed ball. That same mistake by catcher Kevin Gonzalez advanced Caleb Bushyhead, who was hit by a pitch after the extra-base hit by Eisenberg. Bushyhead later scored on Danny Black's RBI single.

Garrett Buechele extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single up the middle in the top of the fourth. It marked the second double-digit hitting streak of Buechele's career, ranking second behind his career-best 15-game streak in 2009.

Game two is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday's finale will also be televised on Fox College Sports at 1 p.m.

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