Aggies Rally for 17-15 Win Over OU

The Texas Aggie baseball team survived a 6-run first inning and a 5-run ninth inning to remain alive in the Big 12 Tournament with the marathon 17-15 victory. Brett Parsons came off the bench to collect three hits and five RBI's to pace the 19 hit offensive attack

In a marathon game that lasted four hours with 32 runs scored on 31 hits, the Texas A&M baseball team ended a four game losing streak and remain alive in the 2009 Big 12 Conference Tournament.

The Aggies still do not control their own destiny and must hope for the Sooners to quickly turn around and beat the Missouri Tigers Saturday afternoon to set-up a showdown against Texas Tech Saturday night. First pitch is tentatively scheduled for 7:30.

Friday's game a little bit of everything as No. 1 starter Brooks Raley struggled with his control. Add in two misplays by the defense including a missed infield pop-up and the Sooners raced out to a 6-0 lead before the Aggies ever came to bat.

However, Sooner starting pitcher Mike Rocha also had his troubles finding the strike zone, walking the bases loaded and giving up RBI singles to Joe Patterson. With the bases still loaded and the No. 9 hitter Scott Arthur due up, Coach Rob Childress rolled the dice and pinch hit little used sophomore transfer Brett Parsons who drove in two runs to round out the five-run first inning for the Aggies.

The Aggies finally took the lead in the sixth inning with a four-run outburst with three doubles in the frame by Joe Patterson, Kevin Gonzalez, and Brett Parsons to make it 12-10 Aggies.

A&M stretched that lead to 17-10 in the eighth inning in part to Brett Parsons' second double and fifth RBI of the game. The four insurance runs proved critical as Texas A&M closer Nick Fleece couldn't find the strike zone and allowed seven straight Sooners to reach base safely.

With the tying runners on base and the Aggies lnging to a 17-15 lead, veteran Travis Starling came in and promptly coaxed a game-ending ground ball double play to seal the win.

Freshman Ross Hales will take the hill on Saturday against Texas Tech hurler Miles Morgan with a 2-5 record and a 8.16 ERA.


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