No. 16 OU Blanks Texas A&M, 1-0, in Extra Frames

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 08, 2006

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- After being one-hit on Friday in the series opener, the No. 16 Sooners rebounded with a 1-0 extra-inning victory over Texas A&M in front of 7,735 fans at Olsen Field on Saturday.  Kody Kaiser drove in the game-winning run on a double down the right-field line as the Sooners improved to 2-0 in extra innings this year.

The win moves OU’s overall record to 23-10 and its Big 12 mark to 4-4, while Texas A&M fell to 19-15 and 3-8.

In the 11th inning, Chuckie Caufield singled up the middle with one out on the board and later advanced to second base on a failed pick off play.  That set the stage for Kaiser who delivered a clutch two-out double that plated Caufield.  The Sooners are 9-3 in one-run games this year.

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OU’s pitching staff avenged Friday’s offensive performance and blanked the Aggies with a two-hit shutout over 11 innings.  Steven Guerra tossed eight innings of shutout ball and allowed just one hit and one walk with five strikeouts.  Will Savage moved to 4-2 after allowing one hit and striking out four batters in the final three frames.

“Steven put together a tremendous effort tonight in front of a hostile crowd,” said OU head coach Sunny Golloway.   “He had great command of his pitches and his emotions to battle their hurler pitch-for-pitch.  And I can not say enough about the job Will Savage did in relief tonight.  That is the Will of old and the guy we are looking for to step up and help us again like he did at the end of last season.”

Texas A&M’s Austin Creps followed up Austin Meyer’s performance on Friday with 10 strikeouts and five hits over 10 innings. 

The Sooners, who recorded their Big 12-leading fifth shutout of the season, posted seven hits in the game as Chance Corgan (3-2) took the loss for Texas A&M.

Prior to tonight’s game, Guerra’s previous best for fewest hits allowed in a game was three.  That contest was also pitched against Texas A&M where the hurler pitched a three-hit complete-game shutout on March 25, 2005 at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

For Savage, it marked the fourth consecutive solid relief appearance.  In his last four outings, Savage has seven strikeouts and has only allowed one run and three hits over 7 2/3 innings.

Offensively, Chuckie Caufield was 3-for-5 at the plate on Saturday to record his team-leading 18th multiple-hit game of the season.

“I think everyone back home can be proud of the way this team competed tonight in front of a packed house,” added Golloway. ”You didn’t have to be here tonight to appreciate what was a tremendous effort by our young men,” added Golloway.

Oklahoma and Texas A&M will conclude the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.  OU’s P.J. Sandoval (4-1, 5.13) will throw opposite Texas A&M’s Matt Ueckert (4-1, 3.91 ERA).

Below is a look at the Big 12 standings after action on Saturday:

Team Big 12 Overall
Texas 8-2 23-11
Nebraska 6-2 23-5
Missouri 6-5 16-13
Baylor 6-5 21-11
Texas Tech 5-5 23-12
Oklahoma 4-4 23-10
Kansas 5-6 21-13
Oklahoma State 3-5 18-10
Texas A&M 3-8 19-15
Kansas State 2-6 21-7




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