March 10, 2001
Norman, Okla. - Sooner starting pitcher Rocky Cherry held Texas A&M to only five hits and two runs over eight innings as he put Oklahoma in a position to beat the Aggies with a 10-7 win Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Both runs charged to Cherry were unearned as he improved to 4-1 on the season in his second-consecutive start and his longest outing of the year. The Sooner offense provided Cherry with sufficient run support as three players, seniors Jerome Godsey, Bryan King and Sean Smith all blasted home runs for OU in the game. Oklahoma's record improved to 8-12 overall and 4-1 in the Big 12 Conference, while A&M fell to 11-9 and 2-3 in the league.
Smith (1-for-4) cranked his second home run in as many games, and his third on the year, to lead off the sixth inning. King (2-for-3), who homered back in the second inning to tie the game at one, scored the second run of the inning after following Smith's round-tripper with a single, stealing second and crossing home plate on an RBI-single by senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (3-for-4).
Godsey (2-for-5) delivered a two-run shot an inning earlier in the fifth to ignite a three-run frame and give the Sooners a 5-2 lead. OU would score three more runs in the seventh inning as junior shortstop Sergio Garcia (2-for-4) singled home junior rightfielder Zach Harris (1-for-4) and freshman second baseman Matt Fisher (1-for-2) brought home King, who got on base with a walk, and Garcia with a two-out double to centerfield.
The Aggies mounted a brief comeback in the top of the ninth inning as they tagged two OU hurlers for five runs before freshman Mark Roberts came on to force A&M second baseman Ty Garner (0-for-4) to fly out to rightfield to clinch his first save of the season.
With the weekend series tied at 1-1, the two teams will battle tomorrow at 1 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park in the series finale.