COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The hard luck continued for OU’s No. 1 hurler on Friday against Texas A&M. Senior Daniel McCutchen posted a career-high 13 strikeouts and pitched his Big 12-leading fourth complete game of the season, but the No. 16 Sooners were upended, 3-1, at Texas A&M Friday.
OU was held hitless until the ninth inning when Chuckie Caufield singled to left field. Texas A&M’s Jason Meyer won his first decision of the year in front of 6,032 fans at Olsen Field. In addition, Meyer pitched his first complete game of the season as he struck out six batters and allowed one run off one hit and three walks.
The Sooners tried to produce its eighth comeback victory of the season by loading the bases in the final frame. Ryan Rohlinger lifted a fly ball to center field to score the Sooners first run. Aaron Ivey scored on the sacrifice fly after he led off the ninth with a walk. But with two outs on the board, Kevin Smith grounded out to first base to end the contest.
McCutchen, who has struck out 10 or more batters four times in his career (three this season), fell to 4-5 in 2006 after eight innings tossed and three runs off seven hits and one walk. McCutchen is 0-2 in games this season where he posts 10 or more punch outs and 1-3 when going the distance.
Offensively, Jake Vasquez led the way with a 2-for-4 day at the plate, including a RBI single in the third frame. The Aggies posted two runs in the third and took a 3-0 advantage during their at-bat in the sixth frame. For OU, it marked the fewest hits in a game since it was no-hit against Texas on April 16, 2005 in Austin.
The loss dropped the Sooners to 22-10 overall and 3-4 in Big 12 play and the Aggies jumped to 19-14 and 3-7.
Oklahoma and Texas A&M will continue the series on Saturday at 7 p.m. OU’s Steven Guerra (8-1, 2.93) will throw opposite Texas A&M’s Austin Creps (3-2, 1.74 ERA). The game can be heard live on KOKC 1520 AM with Chuck Kelly calling the play-by-play.