Texas falls to Texas A&m in a dramatic 4-2 loss in 11 innings

A 2-1 lead heading into the seventh inning didn’t last for the No. 3 seed Texas Longhorns in the College Station Regional against the No. 3 national seed Texas A&M Aggies when two errors by shortstop Jalin Flores and a poor effort from left-hander Chase Lummus in the 11th doomed the Longhorns to a 4-2 overtime loss Saturday at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Texas A&M tied the game in the seventh thanks to Flores’ miscues, then took the lead in the 11th off Lummus when third baseman Peyton Powell couldn’t field a ball that landed crookedly back into the field of play with the bases loaded and two outs. When Lummus threw a wild pitch against the next batter, the Aggies took the decisive lead.

By opting for command power with starting right-hander Lebarron Johnson Jr. over left-handed Ace Whitehead, Texas head coach David Pierce and the postseason environment at Blue Bell provided improved command from the hard-throwing Johnson, reminiscent of his standout performance last year against Miami in the Coral Gables Regional – it cost Johnson some pitchload, but he struck out four without allowing a hit in the first three innings, retiring seven batters in a row.

After Johnson’s strong start, first baseman Jared Thomas left the bottom of the first inning with an opposite-field home run, giving the Longhorns an early lead on the first pitch he saw.

Texas A&M didn’t record a hit until superstar right fielder Braden Montgomery beat the shift on a 3-2 count with a ground ball to the second base side of the bag with one out in the fourth. A walk from Johnson put some pressure on the Texas pitcher for the first time, but he moved to second with runners on first and second base and one out, causing a fly ball to left-center field and then three strike was retired for designated hitter Hayden Schott on a splitter in the mud at the 2-2 count.

Texas A&M was able to break through against Johnson with one out in the fifth when left fielder Caden Sorrell took a 3-0 lead before sending a 3-1 fastball to the other field to tie the game at 1-1. An error by third baseman Peyton Powell, who failed to deliver an accurate throw to Thomas, threatened to send Johson’s performance into free fall. Catcher Rylan Galvan failed to throw out the base stealer, putting a runner on second base with one out. After inducing a flyout to Thomas at first base, Johnson walked the next batter, an 0-2 wild pitch to Montgomery advanced the runners. Johnson went fastball at 2-2 and froze Montgomery in the inside corner and kept the tie with the punchout.

Unfortunately for Texas, left-hander Ryan Prager found his rhythm after Thomas jumped his first pitch and allowed just one hit through five innings. By switching up the velocity and making the most of a fastball that rarely reached 90 mph but often had a difficult arm-side run, Prager kept the Aggies in the game with a strong performance.

Meanwhile, Pierce sent right-hander Gage Boehm, the team’s closer, into the game to start the sixth, capping Johnson’s outing with a five-inning line with one run allowed on two hits and eight strikeouts with three walks, a superlative with the exception of the high number of pitches of 103 in total before departure, an average of 4.9 pitches per batter.

Boehm allowed a one-out walk and a 3-2, two-out single to put runners on first and third base for the Aggies, testing the arm of Longhorns right fielder Max Belyeu, whose throw off -line was. On a 2-2 pitch against home run hitter Sorrell, Boehm buried a rare, 12-6 curveball that sent the A&M hitter down swinging.

With Prager rolling, the first two batters for Texas went down in the sixth, but designated hitter Kimble Schuessler came through against his former team, hitting a breaking ball into the left field stands for a lone home run and a 2- 1 Longhorn. pipe.

Efficiently in the seventh, Boehm put the team in order, including the final two outs against the top of the A&M order.

Texas was finally able to chase Prager in the seventh inning when Galvan drew a walk and center fielder Will Gasparino moved Galvan to second with a sacrifice bunt. Galvan was stranded at third when Thomas was caught under a fly ball that died in the wind at Olsen Field, near the warning track in right field for the third out.

Two throwing errors by Flores put a runner on first base and allowed the tying run from third base with two outs after Boehm almost appeared to get out of the inning when the previous batter failed to get into the batter’s box in time. came after a 0-2 count and was excluded.

Unable to redeem himself to start the next frame, Flores hit a routine run to center field as Texas went down meekly in the eighth.

The game remained tied heading into the top of the eleventh, when Texas right-hander Andre Duplantier began to lose effectiveness in his second inning, allowing a leadoff single up the middle and a one-out walk for Texas A&M center fielder Jace LaViollette . the Aggies’ game-winning plays.

Texas will be on for a rematch against Louisiana at 2:00 PM Central, with a network designation to be determined.

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