May 31, 2008
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - No. 9 Texas A&M jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings and never looked back in taking a 22-4 win over the University of Houston baseball team Saturday during a winner's bracket game at the 2008 NCAA College Station Regional at Olsen Field.
The Aggies scored three in the first, one in the second and four more in the third. The Cougars pulled to within 8-4 in the bottom of the third when junior infielder Jimmy Cesario blasted a towering three-run homer to right field.
However, that would be as close as the Cougars would get the rest of the way, and any doubt was eliminated in the seventh inning when the Aggies scored 12 runs.
Cesario went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the Cougar offense, which was outhit 16-4 in the game.
Cougar starter John Touchton collected the loss and fell to 5-4 after surrendering four runs (two earned) off four hits and two walks in 1.1 innings, the shortest start of his collegiate career.
Darby Brown batted 2-for-3 with a double, home run, two runs and four RBIs, while Blake Stouffer went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs. Kyle Colligan went 3-for-6 with three solo home runs, while Dane Carter batted 3-for-5 with two runs. Kevin Gonzalez finished the night 2-for-6 with a home run, two runs and three RBIs.
Texas A&M starter Barret Loux picked up the win and improved to 6-2 after limiting the Cougars to four runs (three earned) off four hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings.
With the loss, the Cougars fell to 40-23 and lost for only the second time in their last 12 games. UH also saw its five-game winning streak in NCAA postseason games at Olsen Field come to an end. In 2003, UH rallied to win the last five games on the way to claiming the title of the NCAA College Station Regional.
The Cougars now face Illinois-Chicago at 12:30 p.m., Sunday in an elimination game. Senior righthander Bryan Tully is scheduled to start for the Cougars, while the Flames will counter with righthander Grant Kohlstaedt.
The winner of that game must defeat Texas A&M twice in the final two games to advance to the NCAA Super Regional.
Texas A&M improved to 45-16 and won its second straight game against the Cougars this season.
Fans can hear all Cougar Baseball games live at UHCougars.com by clicking the appropriate links. Jeremy Branham will call the play-by-play action while former letterwinner Pat Cauley provides color analysis.
Fans always can follow live stats by clicking on the Gametracker link.
In addition to the internet broadcast, FSN Southwest and FSN Houston will show Sunday's elimination game at 12:30 p.m. (except in the Dallas-Fort Worth market). The game will be available throughout the region and nationwide live on DirecTV, Dish Network and Fox College Sports Central (see schedule below for channel numbers).
Will Johnson will call the play-by-play action with Alan Cannon providing color analysis with the broadcast feed of 12th Man Video Productions.
Colligan smashed the second pitch he saw over the center-field wall to hand the Aggies an early lead. The scoring continued as Carter followed with a single up the middle and eventually scored when Anders slapped a sacrifice fly into left field. Jose Duran, who reached on a Cougar infield miscue, came around to score on Brown's RBI-double off the wall in left center.
The Cougars took advantage of an Aggie mistake to score their first run. Blake Kelso made it all the way to third when his line drive into right field was misplayed and rolled to the wall. Jake Stewart then plated Kelso with a ground ball to third base to trim the Aggie lead to 3-1.
In the second inning, Brodie Greene smashed a 3-2 offering over the wall in left field to knock Touchton out of the game and hand the Aggies a 4-1 lead.
Brown pushed the Texas A&M lead to 6-1 with a two-run homer to right field in the third inning.
The Cougars put their first crooked number on the scoreboard in the third inning. After Kelso and Jake Stewart reached on a one-out single and walk, respectively, Cesario launched a towering three-run homer to right field to pull the Cougars to within 8-4.
The Aggies extended their lead to 9-4 in the sixth inning when Greene's sacrifice fly to center field scored Stouffer, who led off with a double down the right-field line.
In eighth inning, Texas A&M sent scored 12 runs off six hits and a pair of errors that made only two of those runs earned. The Aggies sent 17 men to the plate as Colligan blasted his second homer of the game and Anders added a three-run shot to highlight the frame.
Colligan scored on a Cougar wild pitch in the eighth inning for the final margin of victory.