College Station, Texas – Four Arkansas errors led to seven unearned runs including two in the top of the ninth that gave the 14th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies a 9-7 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks.The game was delayed an hour and a half due to heavy rain that continued periodically during the game.
Arkansas dropped to 10-3 overall while Texas A&M improved to 10-2 with the win.
Zach Butler (0-1) took the loss for Arkansas giving up five runs, three earned, on two hits with two walks in one and one-third innings of work. Clint Brannon started and pitched six innings allowing four runs, all unearned, on five hits with two strikeouts.
Jon Michael Cline (1-0) earned the win after throwing one and one-third innings allowing just one hit.
Texas A&M pitching held the Razorbacks to three hits after the fifth inning after giving up eight hits in the first five innings.
The Razorbacks took the lead in the bottom of the first. Casey Rowlett singled and moved to third on a double by Devin Day. Haas Pratt plated Rowlett with ground out to second for a 1-0 Arkansas lead.
Scott Hode pushed the lead to 3-0 with monster home run that landed into the second row of a parking lot behind the left field wall. Hode’s dinger measured roughly 400 feet and was not aided by the wind.
Texas A&M tied the game in the second on a throwing error by Brett Hagedorn at third. With the bases loaded and two outs, Parker Dalton hit a ground ball to Hagedorn who threw high to first allowing all three base runners to score and tie the game.
A&M took the lead on the second Arkansas error of the inning when Hode booted a ground ball by Erik Schindewolf that allowed Dalton to score for the go ahead run.
The Razorbacks tied the game in the third when Bubbs Merrill singled home Rowlett who doubled to open the bottom of the inning.
Danny Hamblin gave the Hogs the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out double to center that scored Parker from first base. Parker reached after drawing a one-out walk.
Arkansas extended its lead in the seventh when Hagedorn was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to plate pinch-runner Stephen Robison for a 6-4 lead.
Still in the seventh with the bases loaded, Jake Dugger walked on four pitches to bring home Pratt for a 7-4 lead. Toops flied out to center to end the inning after a pair of runs crossed the plate.
In the ninth, the Aggies loaded the bases on two walks and an infield single, all coming with no outs.
Cory Patton plated a run with a fielder’s choice out to make it a 7-5 game. John Infante then hit a ground ball to Hagedorn who threw wild to first allowing another run to score to make it a 7-6 game.
Eric Scheidt then laced a double to center just pass a diving Rowlett to score two runs and give the Aggies an 8-7 lead.
Matt Stallings then relieved Butler and surrendered an infield single to load the bases. Stallings then hit Stinson to plate another run and give the Aggies a 9-7 lead.
Cliff Pennington relieved Cline with one out in the ninth and two on. Pennington quickly set the Hogs down to secure the win for A&M.