Baseball tops No. 2 Texas A&M

Baseball tops No. 2 Texas A&M

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By Matt Weller, 23 Sports

Saturday, March 28-

Missouri baseball, backed by seven strong innings from freshman Tanner Houck, handed No. 2 Texas A&M just their second loss of the season on Sunday, prevailing by a final score of 3-2.

The loss is the first the Aggies have suffered at home all season. The Tigers move back into a first-place tie atop the SEC East Division with their series-evening win.

Houck scattered eight hits over seven innings, allowing just the two earned runs to earn his third victory of his freshman campaign.

Junior closer a Brecken Williams relieved Houck, earning a two-inning save, his seventh of the season, securing the victory.

Texas A&M’s Ty Scholttmann took the loss, his first of the season.

Missouri was out-hit 12-7 on the day, but capitalized with runners in scoring position to grab their third win over a top-10 opponent this season.

Texas A&M struck first, in the second inning, when All-American Nick Banks roped his second home run of the season beyond the fence in right field.

An inning later, A&M doubled their lead on an RBI single by shortstop Blake Allemand as they lead 2-0 after three innings.

Missouri would come right back, as they have many times this season, however, evening the game at two in their half of the fourth. After an Aggies error put runners on first and second, Brett Bond lined an RBI single to left field, scoring one and leaving runners on the corners.

One batter later, a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt by Logan Bone evened the score.

The teams traded unsuccessful opportunities until the top of the eighth inning, when Mizzou shortstop Ryan Howard worked a full-count before ripping an RBI double down the first base line.

Josh Lester came around all the way from first to score the go-ahead run on the play.

Texas A&M threatened to even the game in both the bottom of the eighth and ninth, putting runners on the corners in both innings, but Williams escaped the jams, securing the Missouri win.

The victory evened the series at one game apiece after the Aggies took the Friday opener 7-4.

The rubber match is set for Sunday afternoon, with Peter Fairbanks (2-2, 1.82 ERA) headed to the hill for Missouri.