Texas A&M Rally Stops Houston, 7-6

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    UH Chris Snyder lunges to throw out a runner at 3rd.(Photo by: Jeff Shaw)
    Houston, TX -- The University of Houston baseball team came back from a 5-0 deficit to take a 6-5 lead over Texas A&M into the ninth inning, but UH in turn could not stop a late Aggie rally and fell 7-6 win Tuesday night at Cougar Field.

    Houston's record fell to 6-9 overall and a full one-third of the team's losses have been by just one run. Tuesday's game close any way you cut it.

    Texas A&M struck first with a big four-run fourth, highlighted by a three-run home run by shortstop Tim Petru. Petru was red-hot with a 4-for-5 day including a double and a run scored. The Aggies made the the score 5-0 with another run in the fifth, but Houston answered with a solo home run in the bottom of the frame by true fresman Sam Mitchell and then a big five-run sixth.

    The Cougars had three hits in the sixth but A&M walked two men and hit another allowing UH to bat around and take a 6-5 lead. Houston held the lead until the ninth when the Aggies rallied for a pair of runs on two hits and two UH fielding errors. The Cougars had a potentially game-ending double-play grounder but the team fumbled the exchange leaving all runners safe and still only one out.

    In the bottom of the ninth Houston advanced a man into scoring position but stranded him at second base. Texas A&M improved to 5-7 with a second-straight win.

    Houston will next face No. 4 ranked USC at home at Cougar Field on Friday, March 2, in the first of a three-game series. First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m.

    College Baseball Linescore 
    Texas A&M       000 410 002     --      7       14      1 
    Houston         000 015 000     --      6        9      2  
    Chris French, Robert Ramsey (6), Chris Russ (6) and Rusty Meyer; Keith Whatley, Jared Grein (5), Nathan Mitchell (7), Gene Flores (9) and Chris Snyder. 
    WP- Russ (1-0). LP - Mitchell (0-1). Save- none. 2B- A&M:
    Wong, Petru, Meyer; UH: Snook, S.Mitchell. 3B- none. HR- A&M: Lang (1), Petru (2); UH: S.Mitchell (1). Time- 3:11. Att- 2,003. Team Records- Texas A&M 5-7; Houston 6-9.


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