A&M freshman krey knocked in the winning run to help the Aggies down Oklahoma 4-3 on Thursday night. Photo via image.cdnllnwnl.xosnetwork.com
It took twelve innings of baseball to get it done but Krey Bratsen sacrificed to right field to score Charlie Curl and give Texas A&M a 4-3 win. While on one hand there's the thrill of a marathon game in which the Sooners hung with the #4 team in the nation for twelve innings there's also the frustration of two specific innings in which the game could have been won and most certainly was lost.
The Sooners took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Jack Mayfield scored on a Garrett Carey single. A&M took the lead in the bottom of the third when they plated two runs only to see OU tie it back up 2-2 in the top of the fourth when Jack Mayfield scored on a Cody Reine double.
Oklahoma took the lead again in the sixth when Hunter Lockwood scored and it appeared that Oklahoma was in control due to a strong performance by starter Jordan John. However, John faded in the eighth and the Aggies tied the game at 3-3 on a Jacob House sacrifice. The game would remain tied until the bottom of the twelfth when A&M won on another sacrifice but it could have possibly ended the next inning.
Instead of being aggressive from the plate, Oklahoma's Jack Mayfield, Cody Reine and Dylan Neal all struck out looking to make it a short inning for the Sooners. Its the little things that can kill you in baseball and that's exactly what happened. You just can't go down in order like that in a game of this magnitude.
Oklahoma started off the twelfth by getting Reine and Neal on base with no outs but failed to score. They were then doomed by Steven Okert walking two batters and letting a wild pitch loose before the sacrifice by Bratsen to win it for the Aggies.
Oklahoma can come away from this win with the confidence that they can both play with and beat the Aggies in the final two games or they can be completely demoralized. I guess we'll find out tonight.