Texas closed out the regular season with a bang, launching two homeruns and shelling Aggie pitchers in a 9-1 shlacking of Texas A&M.
Texas head coach Augie Garrido said he was impressed with his teams' ability to focus, even though the Longhorns had already secured the league title with a 3-2 win over the Aggies on Saturday.
"Often times a team comes out after winning a championship and they're just scattered all over the place," said Garrido.
That wasn't the case on Sunday, as Texas pounded the Aggies for 10 hits, but according to Texas left fielder Jordan Danks, a looser attitude actually worked in the Longhorns' favor.
"We were a little more relaxed today," said Danks. "We came out here like it was practice."
Texas moved to 42-14 on the year, finishing Big 12 play with a 21-6 record in conference. Texas A&M fell to 41-15 overall and 13-13 in the Big 12.
The game was scoreless though three and a half, but in the bottom of the fourth, a SAC fly for Texas from Russell Moldenhauer scored Chance Wheeless for the first run of the game, but it wouldn't be the last. The run was immediately followed by a two-run blast over the left field wall by catcher Preston Clark. Texas put another pair of batters on base and lead-off hitter Jordan Danks was on the way. Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress had seen enough, pulling starting pitcher Scott Migl in favor of Matt Ueckert, but the Texas run did not end. Danks lifted a three-run homer over the right field wall to give the Longhorns a 6-0 lead.
Texas kept pouring it on in the bottom of the sixth. The Horns scored another three runs on a wild pitch and a two-RBI double from Bradley Suttle to take it up to 9-0 Texas.
The Longhorn batters were impressive, but Texas starting pitcher Austin Wood also had a great day at the ballpark. Wood improved his record to 7-1 on the year, pitching eight full innings while giving up only one run on five hits, with one walk and two strikeouts. It was one of the best starts of the year for Wood, but the sophomore left-hander said he's focused on preparing for the post season.
"I looked at it as an opportunity to go out there and improve my confidence heading into the tournament," said Wood. "We had fun today and good things happened."
The Aggies' only run of the game came on a wild pitch from Wood in the top of the seventh that bounced off of Clark's foot, but Wood struck out Texas A&M DH Luke Anders on the next pitch to close out the inning. Pat McCroy came on for Texas and closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
With Kansas State's loss to Baylor on Sunday, Texas' first round opponent in the Big 12 Conference Tournament will be the Wildcats. The league tourney is at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City and starts with the Longhorns taking on Kansas State at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23rd.