May 19, 2001
Oklahoma City, Okla. - Seventh-seeded Oklahoma's inspiring run in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament ended with a 10-1 loss to sixth-seeded Texas A&M Saturday afternoon at the Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark. A&M's starting pitcher Chris French (4-0) shut out the Oklahoma offense over eight frames, tossing a no-hitter through 5.1 innings, while the Aggie offense supplied French with enough run support early in the game with a nine-run third inning from which Oklahoma could not recover. The Sooners end their season at 25-33-1, while the Aggies advance to tomorrow's tournament championship game with a 33-26 record.
Texas A&M exploded for nine runs in the third inning to put the game out of reach early. Aggie centerfielder David Evans (2-for-5) began the scoring with a lead-off home run to left field off of Sooner starter Austin Mix (3-9). A&M then sent the next eight batters to the plate and collected seven more hits and six more runs before OU recorded the first out of the inning.
Freshman Buddy Blair turned in an outstanding pitching performance in relief for the Sooners. The lefthander came on in relief to begin the fourth inning and pitched the remainder of the contest, a career-high five innings, and allowed only three hits and one run the rest of the way.
Freshman designated hitter Denver Kitch (0-for-1) scored OU's lone run in the top of the ninth inning when, after reaching base on an error by Aggie first baseman Jeff Freeman (3-for-5), Kitch moved around to third base and scored on a fielder's choice by senior rightfielder Eliot Joyner (1-for-3).
Oklahoma senior third baseman Jason Bartlett, who led the team in hitting for the tournament with a .500 average, accounted for two of the Sooners' five hits on the afternoon.