Sooners' Woes Continue in Blowout Loss to Texas A&M

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:16 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Mar 19, 2011 4:56 PM CDT

Corey DeMoss
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma baseball team’s recent struggles continued Saturday with its worst loss of the season, an 11-1 blowout to Texas A&M.

The OU pitchers struggled from the beginning, and the trend continued all day. The Sooners (17-4, 1-1) pulled starter Dillon Overton after he gave up three runs in the first two innings, but things only got worse from there.

Bobby Shore entered in the third and gave up three singles – the last of which drove in a run – on only six pitches. He was pulled without retiring a batter and was replaced by Tyson Seng, whose first pitch was wild and put runners on second and third.

Kevin Gonzalez and Kenny Jackson followed with RBIs in each of the next two at-bats, giving Texas A&M a 6-0 lead after only three innings.

The Aggies (14-5, 1-1) continued to pile on for the rest of the game. They scored one run in the fifth inning, and added two in each of the sixth and seventh innings for an 11-0 lead. OU managed to avoid a shutout thanks to an RBI single by Caleb Bushyhead in the seventh, but that was the extent of the Sooners’ offense.

Of Texas A&M’s nine starters, eight recorded RBIs. Starter Michael Wacha pitched a complete game, giving up only one run on seven hits and zero walks.

The Sooners were forced to use five different pitchers, only one of which – Cayle Shambaugh – managed to hold A&M scoreless. Overton was credited with the loss after allowing three runs on five hits in only two innings.

Oklahoma started the season with a program record 16-game winning streak, but has struggled since. The Sooners have lost four of their last five games, and scored only one run in their lone win in that span. After averaging more than eight runs in their first 16 games, the Sooners have averaged less than two in their last five.

OU will try to right the ship in the series finale against Texas A&M at 1 p.m. Sunday.