Horns Take Series By Run-Ruling Ags In 7

Texas settled into a No. 3 position in the Big 12 on Sunday afternoon after closing out the Lone Star Showdown in strong fashion with an 11-1 victory over Texas A&M.

After holding on for a 2-1 win over the Aggies on Saturday to tie the regular season’s final weekend at a game a piece, the Horns (43-12, 16-10) came out swinging and needed only seven innings to brush aside the Ags (30-25-1, 9-18) due to the league’s 10-run rule.

With Sunday’s victory, Texas ends the regular season in third place in the league, behind Big 12 co-champions Nebraska and Baylor (19-8 in league play). The Aggies failed to finish as one of the league’s top eight teams, thus failed to qualify for the Big 12 tournament.

Texas had its ups and downs offensively over the weekend, scoring seven runs in a loss on Friday and just two runs in a win on Saturday, but ended on a high note by knocking in 11 runs off of nine hits on Sunday at the Disch.

Texas’ SP Kenn Kasparek matched the Horns’ batting dominance with a brilliant pitching outing, tossing the complete seven innings while forfeiting only three hits and a run en route to the landslide win.

After a silent first inning, Texas started things off in the second when RF Nick Peoples lined a single that brought home LF Carson Kainer after a fielding error. 3B David Maroul followed with a homer to left with runners on base to give the Horns a 4-0 edge and allow Kasparek some breathing room on the mound.

After Kasparek closed out the third inning, his teammates came back to the plate and drove in two more runs. SS Seth Johnston began the third inning scoring drive with a triple that brought home CF Drew Stubbs, who had reached base on a walk. Johnston then scored on a wild pitch to give Texas the 6-0 lead.

The Aggies finally responded in the fourth inning when Kasparek gave up a hit and his only run of the ballgame.

Just when Texas A&M caught a glimpse of hope off the single run in the fourth, Texas answered right back by plating three in the bottom of the frame. 2B Robby Hudson singled to left and scored both Maroul and Peoples. Johnston’s second hit on the day then drove home Hudson after an Aggie fielding error.

For the following three innings, the Texas A&M column on the scoreboard remained untouched.

In the bottom of the seventh, Texas put the icing on the cake by driving in another two runs, which sparked the 10-run rule and ended the day for the Aggies. After Maroul walked to force in a run, Kainer scored on a wild pitch the send the Aggies packing.

Maroul finished the game as Texas’ biggest offensive weapon, tallying just one hit in the ball game but driving in four runs.

With the No. 3 seed, Texas heads into the 2005 Phillips 66 Big 12 tournament to face No. 6 seed Oklahoma State at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in Oklahoma City. If Texas beats the Cowboys, the Horns will face the winner of No. 2 seed Baylor versus No. 7 seed Kansas.

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