Texas saves its dogpiles for Omaha, but the Longhorns showed some
serious emotion Sunday afternoon at the Disch, mobbing Jordan Etier in
front of the Texas dugout after his ground ball to first scored Jonathan
Walsh from third base to complete a bottom of the ninth comeback that
secured a 2-1 win over Texas A&M and salvaged one win for the Horns
in the three-game series vs. the Aggies.
With Texas trailing 1-0, Erich Weiss singled to center off of A&M closer Kyle Martin to open the bottom of the ninth. Walsh followed with a single to right and Alex Silver’s sac bunt set up Jacob Felts with the tying run 90 feet from home and the winning run at second. Felts, who coming into the ninth had the Horns’ only two hits of the game, knotted the score at one with his third hit of the day, an infield single up the middle that Aggie second baseman Scott Arthur just stopped from reaching the outfield with a dive to his right behind the bag. Walsh moved up to the third on the play, setting up Etier’s game-winning at-bat.
After committing eight errors in the first two games of the series, Texas played error-free ball in the series finale. Weiss, who committed three of UT’s five errors in Saturday’s 12-4 loss, cleanly fielded ground balls from the first two Aggie batters of the game and fired to first for the outs to set the tone for a very different defensive performance.
Texas starter Dillon Peters went four innings, giving up just one hit and no runs, before giving way to Corey Knebel. Knebel pitched the final five innings, surrendering one run in the fifth before settling down and holding A&M scoreless for the final four frames to earn the win. Aggie starter Rafeal Pineda pitched 7-2/3 innings, giving up just the two hits to Felts and two walks. Martin took the loss after retiring only Silver on a sac bunt in the ninth.
With the win, Texas (25-16, 12-6) moved back into sole possession of second place in the Big 12 and kept its slim hopes for a co-conference title alive. The Horns need to sweep Missouri (23-19, 7-11) this coming weekend and Baylor (38-8, 18-0) in three weeks and have the Bears drop all three to Oklahoma in Norman the previous weekend to earn a share of the title. A&M (31-13, 11-7) fell out of contention for the top spot and dropped into a tie for third with surging Oklahoma State (25-17, 11-7). The Aggies and the Cowboys square off in Stillwater on the final weekend of the regular season.