Horns Rally Past Aggies, 5-3

Drew Stubbs' three-run homer in the top of the fifth, followed by Nick Peoples' RBI-double one inning later, lifted No. 7 Texas past in-state rival Texas A&M in College Station Saturday. The Horns took the opener of the rain-delayed three-game series.

Kyle McCulloch was credited with the win after giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits in seven innings of work. The junior walked one and fanned four to raise his record to 7-4. LHP Jason Meyer (3.35 ERA) shouldered the loss for the Aggies and saw his record fall to 2-2. C Preston Clark had the hot bat for the Horns, recording a career-best four hits.

The Horns pounded out 14 hits to raise their record to 30-15 and 14-4 in Big 12 play. The last-place Aggies fell to 21-24, 4-15 in league action, under first-year coach Rob Childers. The Aggies tallied six hits, half in the bottom of the fourth when A&M briefly held a 3-0 lead.

Texas got a base hit, but stranded a runner, in each of the first four innings.

McCulloch gave up three doubles in the bottom of the fourth as the Aggies jumped to a three-run lead. CF Kyle Colligan doubled down the third base line before DH Adam Hale hit to the opposite field, doubling down the first base line, to spot A&M a 1-0 advantage. 3B Austin Boggs doubled into right to plate another Aggie run and then scored on a passed ball in what would have been a Josh Stinson strikeout. Clark was charged with the error.

The Horns got right back in it with one swing of Stubbs' bat as the junior's three-run shot in the top of the fifth knotted the affair at three. RF Kyle Russell got things started with a leadoff single. SS Chais Fuller laid down a bunt to Meyer but the Horns put two runners aboard on a sacrifice E-1. Nick Peoples sacrificed both runners into scoring position before Russell was thrown out sliding into home on the fielders choice. That brought Stubbs to the plate, whose round-tripper over the right field wall was his 11th homer of the season.

The Horns grabbed the lead during their next at-bat. Peoples' RBI-double into left field on the high breaking ball plated Russell who singled before stealing second. Texas led 4-3 at the end of six.

LHP Anthony Vasquez (4.88 ERA) took the mound for the Aggies in the top of the eighth and retired the side in order. RHP Randy Boone relieved McCulloch in the home half of the frame, retiring the first two batters before surrendering a two-out double to Colligan. LHP Joseph Krebs came on to face Hale, a lefty and the go-ahead run. The DH took a called third-strike on the inside corner to end the frame.

The Horns added an insurance run during their final at-bat. 1B Chance Wheeless got into the hit column with a leadoff single before LF John Infante's diving catch robbed Stubbs of a base hit. 3B Austin Boggs' fielding error put Carson Kainer on first, bringing Texas' hottest bat to the plate. Clark fisted one into right field to plate Wheeless as Texas took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

Longhorn coaches have refrained from using the 'C' word this season, but LHP Austin Wood has established himself as the closer. The freshman recorded a team-best sixth save of the season when he retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth.

The threat of heavy rain delayed the start of the three-game series by one day. The rivals will square off again, 2 p.m., Sunday in College Station. Friday's game in Austin has been re-scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at the Disch.


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