A four-run rally by Texas Longhorns baseball in the top of the ninth inning at Blue Bell Park in College Station was not enough to propel the 'Horns to a victory, as the Texas A&M Aggies responded in the bottom of the inning with a walk-off home run on Tuesday night.
Saturday starter Ty Culbreth entered the game in an attempt to give Texas a chance to win in extra innings, but Michael Barash ended the game by sending a low 3-2 offering from Culbreth over the left-field fence:
The home run didn't mark the end of the night's action, however, as Aggie ace Tyler Ivey left the post-game celebration at home plate and threw a horns down at the Longhorns dugout. Catcher Tres Barrera took exception and the two players had an exchange before being separated:
Video: Mike Barash crossing plate after game-winning HR (and heated afterward between teams): pic.twitter.com/RNnUIsciOk— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) March 16, 2016
The Horns had been held scoreless through the first eight innings of the game after failing on eight opportunities with runners in scoring position. Then a leadoff double by Patrick Mathis, hit by pitch, walk, and ground-rule double by Kody Clemens scored two runs before a two-run single by Bret Boswell tied the game after another walk.
An error by second baseman Joe Baker helped account for some of the difference in the game, during which Texas out-hit Texas A&M 9-7. In the end, however, it was another close, disappointing loss for a team that has already experienced a handful of them early in the season.
Head coach Augie Garrido's team (7-10) will now look to bounce back this weekend during a three-game home series against Tulane.