Ags Salvage 7-1 Ho-Hummer Over No. 2 Horns

One day after Texas captured its 72nd conference championship in program history, the No. 2 Longhorns dropped a 7-1 decision to No. 15 Texas A&M at Olsen Field Sunday. Four words: it just doesn't matter. At least not as far as UT's conference standings and Big 12 seedings go.

Head coach Augie Garrido expressed displeasure in the team's lethargic Sunday performance, but even before the final out was recorded, top-seeded Texas was on tap to face eighth-seeded Nebraska in the Big 12 Tournament Wednesday, 8 p.m. CDT at the Ballpark at Arlington. The Horns finished the regular season at 48-11, 19-7 in Big 12 while A&M enters post-season play at 39-17, 14-12 in Big 12 action.

Although post-season selections will not be announced until Memorial Day, you can rest assured that Texas will host a NCAA Regional Tournament while the Aggies desperately needed to salvage a win in the three-game series to state their case for a host site. It ain't gonna happen, Ags. Texas, Rice, Oklahoma (not to mention Texas Tech and Arkansas) have stronger resumes than the fifth-place Farmers, and the selection committee will be reluctant to overload a tri-state region with that many venues. The Aggies will likely reach the all-important 40th win later this week in Arlington but short of a tourney sweep to a title, look for A&M to hit the road as either a No. 2 or a No. 3 seed in their respective region.

Erik Schindewolf homered in the bottom of the first off starter Justin Simmons, followed by Austin Boggs' one-out triple and Cory Patton's RBI double that spotted the Farmers a 2-0 lead. Aggie starter Kyle Marlatt allowed just walks during the first three frames before Curtis Thigpen broke up the no-hit bid with his two-out double into right field. Simmons settled down and sat down nine of 10 batters as the game moved into the fifth.

Michael Hollimon began the top of the six with a base hit to right field but Marlatt forced an infield groundout sandwiched between a pair of strikeouts. The Aggies registered their first base hit since the first inning with Cliff Pennington's infield single in the home half of the frame. Koby Mavroulis' two-run double and John Infante's two-out single pushed the A&M lead to 5-0.

Texas loaded the bases with one out in the seventh on three walks before Robby Hudson delivered an RBI single to make it 5-1. In what was probably the turning point in this one, Hollimon, with the bases still juiced, blistered a line drive that was ticketed for center field but a leaping Pennington made the defensive play of the game when he snagged the ball and turned the double-play to end the frame.

Boggs' two-hit RBI up the middle got the score back for the home team. The Aggies added another run with an unearned score in the bottom of the eighth via and error and Craig Stinson's RBI double.

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