Texas Ousts Aggies; In Big 12 Tourney Championship

The No. 9 Texas (42-17) baseball team dealt No. 8 Texas A&M (43-17) a double-dose of misery Saturday in posting back-to-back wins over the Aggies in the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City.  The pair of wins puts Texas in the conference tournament championship game Sunday against Baylor and likely cemented Disch-Falk Field as a host site in the opening round of the NCAA Regional next weekend.

The championship game is slated for 1 p.m. (CST) and will be televised regionally by Fox Sports Net.

Freshman pitcher Sam LeCure, in his first action since April, tossed his first career complete game and senior Dustin Majewski posted his first career multiple-home run outing while matching a career-best five RBI that helped post a 13-4 shellacking, eliminating the Farmers from the tourney.

LeCure held the Aggies to eight hits over nine innings while fanning a career-best five. He silenced Aggie batters during the final four frames by retiring 11 in a row at one point en route to earning his fourth victory and Texas' third complete-game effort. Meanwhile, five different Horns tallied multiple-hits in a 13-hit barrage. Majewski, who had the Big 12’s hottest bat all season, went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBI. Seth Johnston set a career-high for hits with three while scoring two runs.

The Aggies took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning on the heels of a hit batter and three consecutive one-out singles. But Texas blew the game open in the bottom of that same inning by sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs on six hits to claim a 7-2 advantage. The Horns tacked on four more scores in the third behind RBI hits from Curtis Thigpen, Quintanilla and Majewski that made it an 11-2 ballgame. 

A&M responded with a pair of scores in the fifth to pull within 11-4, but Texas added an unearned score via an error and a sacrifice fly from Joe Ferin in the seventh and a solo home run from Majewski in the eighth to build a 13-4 lead.

The stage for the second semifinal game was dramatically set earlier in the day when Texas scored three runs in the top of the ninth to overcome a 7-6 deficit and earn a 9-7 victory. In that one, Eric Sultemeier plated the winning run, scoring Omar Quintanilla and Majewski with a base hit to left before Seth Johnston added a two-out, RBI-single to give UT a 9-7 lead, besting the Aggies' previously unbeatable closer Scott Beerer

Pitcher J. Brent Cox was credited with the win after allowing two hits during 2-1/3 innings of work while reliever Huston Street came on in the ninth and notched his 10th save of the season.

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