Texas Falls to Aggies in Big 12 Tournament

The Longhorns dropped their second game in the Big 12 Tournament to fifth-seeded Texas A&M, 7-3, on Thursday. Texas is still alive, though, and will look to squeeze into Sunday's conference championship.

Texas swept Texas A&M last weekend, but fell 7-3 to the Aggies in its second Big 12 tournament game. It was the first win for the Aggies over the Horns this season.

The Horns fell to 43-15 on the year, while Texas A&M improved to 42-16.

Texas' traditional Friday starter, James Russell (8-4), went out onto the mound for the Horns, but was shelved with the loss after giving up seven runs, six of them earned, in six innings.

The Aggie scoring began with an uncharacteristic error from Texas second baseman Travis Tucker in the bottom of the first, allowing the runner at third, Dane Carter, to score. It was the Longhorns' third error of the tournament. Carter had reached third off of a walk, a SAC bunt and a steal, meaning the Aggies got out of the first inning with a 1-0 lead, despite not registering a hit on Russell.

Texas answered the Aggies in the top of the third when Jordan Danks brought home Nick Peoples with an RBI single to tie the score at 1 run apiece. Texas then took the lead and an RBI single from Chance Wheeless and the Horns went into the bottom half of the frame with the lead.

The score was tied again in the bottom of the third when Russell hit Brandon Hicks with a pitch when the bases were loaded. After Texas A&M first baseman Blake Stouffer popped out in foul territory, it looked like Texas might be able to escape without anymore damage, but Aggie catcher Craig Stinson walked to the plate and smashed a deep homerun over the left field wall and Texas A&M took a 6-2 lead. Texas was down four runs in the third for the second straight game, but there would be no comeback this time.

Stouffer added another run for Texas A&M in the bottom of the fifth with a solo homerun to take the lead up to 7-2. The Horns put a dent -- well, more like a ding -- into the lead in the seventh with an RBI single from Bradley Suttle, but still trailed by what would be the final score of 7-3.

The Longhorns have Friday off and will face the No. 4 seed Nebraska on Saturday at 1 p.m.

If the Longhorns beat Nebraska, they're headed to Sunday's Big 12 Championship game against the winner of the other round robin, unless Texas A&M beats Kansas State on Saturday. That would create a tie between Texas and Texas A&M and the Aggies would advance due to the head-to-head victory. The Longhorns advance out of any three-way tie because they are the tournament's highest seed. With another loss, Texas is out.

The Big 12 Championship game is set for 1 p.m. in Sunday.

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