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April 10, 2012

College baseball: Sooners struggles continue after sweep by Texas A&M

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For the third straight game Oklahoma led Texas A&M early, but a familiar scenario played out again at Olsen Field on Saturday. The Aggies rallied late to top OU, 5-3, and sweep the three-game series.

On Saturday, OU built a 3-1 lead after four innings, but the Aggie offense tagged starter Jonathan Gray (2-4) for three runs in the home half of the fifth frame.

Texas A&M (26-6, 7-2 Big 12) were bolstered by starting pitcher Rafael Pineda’s (5-0) two earned runs allowed off five hits in 51⁄3 innings. Gray gave up five runs in six innings.

“Texas A&M can flat play, they can pitch,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said after the Sooners made their final trip to Olsen Field as a conference opponent. “Honestly, I am going to miss coming down here and, unfortunately, we have to live with our last trip like this. It’s not that we didn’t play well, we just didn’t win and there were three really good ball games.”

The Sooners (18-14, 4-8) put two runners into scoring position after the fifth inning but were unable to score off the Aggies’ bullpen which was capped off by Kyle Martin’s first save of the year.

Erik Ross led the Sooners with two hits for the second straight game while Max White also collected two base hits.

OU scored first for the third straight game on a RBI double by Brian Brightwell.

In the bottom of the second, the Aggies answered with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at one apiece, but the Sooners countered immediately and regained the lead in the third inning with two runs, one coming off a two-out RBI single by Jack Mayfield.

The Sooners face Arkansas (23-7) at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park. They also hosts Missouri next week in a three-game Big 12 series.

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