A&M Slaps Raiders 8-6

COLLEGE STATION, Texas--No. 17 Texas A&M scored three runs in the last four innings to edge <b>No. 22 Tech</b> 8-6 in the second game of a doubleheader on Friday at Olsen Field.<p> <br>

Tech (13-6, 0-2) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Aggies rallied in the bottom half of the inning on a three-run home run by Neal Stephenson.

Tech tied the game in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly by Austin Cranford that plated Jon Slack who drew a one-out walk earlier in the inning.

A&M (12-4, 2-0) retook the lead in the bottom of the second scoring two runs on three hits and a fielding error by Tech first baseman Bryon Smith.

Tech traded barbs with the Aggies in the top of the third, scoring three runs on four hits and two A&M defensive miscues.

Joel Buchenauer delivered the biggest hit of the inning with a two-RBI single up the middle to put the Raiders in the lead.

Texas A&M scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth on back-to-back RBI singles by David Evans and Tim Petru giving the Aggies a 7-6 lead.

Logan Kensing earned the win for Texas A&M and improved to 1-0 on the year, while Dusty Buck (1-1) took the loss for Tech.

Tech will try to avoid an A&M sweep tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the final game of the series.

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