Round Rock Classic Day 1: Sooners Boom Auburn, Aggies down Baylor
The 2021 Round Rock Classic started with a boom, as the Oklahoma Sooners walked off against the Auburn Tigers in a nail-biter, and ended in a resounding victory for the Texas A&M Aggies as they defeated the Baylor Bears 12-4.
Oklahoma 4, #17 Auburn 3- F/10
Despite never scoring more than a run per inning, Oklahoma managed to pull off the upset of #17 Auburn in walk-off fashion.
The Tigers scored first and did all of it in the first three innings of the game. In the first, Judd Ward scored (spitting bars over here) when Bryson Ware hit into a fielder's choice double play. In the third, Ryan Bliss hit a solo homer into right, followed by another solo home run by Steven Williams two batters later, also to right.
After Brandon Zaragoza scored on an RBI single by Tyler Hardman, most of the runs for the Sooners came via late-game heroics. In the bottom of the eighth, Jimmy Crooks scored on an RBI single up the middle by Diego Muniz, and they tied the game in the bottom of the 9th when Peyton Graham scored on a sacrifice fly by Hardman with one out. Hardman solidified his status as MVP of the day an inning later when he singled in Tanner Treadaway with the bases loaded, sealing the walk-off victory for the Sooners.
W: Jason Ruffcorn, 1-0
L: Seb Thomas, 0-1
Texas A&M 12, Baylor 4
In a game that apart from the first inning was never really close, Texas A&M went wacko on Waco, putting across two in the fourth and five in the fifth en route to an eight-run victory.
Mikey Hoehner kicked off the scoring for the Aggies in the second with a two-run blast. In the fourth, an error by Jack Pineda on a Brett Minnich grounder allowed Kalae Harrison to score, followed by a Will Frizzell RBI single to score Bryce Blaum. In the bottom of the fourth, Pineda scored on an RBI single by Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo to cut the Aggie lead to three. Texas A&M's offense exploded in the fifth for five runs, with RBI singles for Blaum and Minnich as well as a two-run jack by Hunter Frizzell as they took a 9-1 lead. Despite RBI singles in the fifth and sixth for Tre Richardson and Cade Currington and a solo home run in the eighth for Kyle Harper, they would never quite come close to coming back. Zane Schmidt singled in the eighth to score Minnich and Austin Bost, and Minnich scored Hoehner in the ninth on a sac fly as the Aggies went on to win by a score of 12-4.
W: Dustin Saenz (1-1)
L: Blake Helton(0-2)
Baylor plays Auburn at 12pm.
Oklahoma plays Texas A&M at 6pm.