Today's game marked the 133rd all-time meeting between the Red Raiders and Aggies. Texas A&M leads the all-time series 83-50.
Today's 5-4 loss marked Tech's first loss of the season when leading after the seventh inning. The Red Raiders were 15-0 entering today's game.
Willie Rueda made his first start of the season in the leadoff role but it wasn't a successful debut as he struckout four times on the afternoon. The last Red Raider to strikeout four times in a single game was Gera Alvarez against BYU in the first game of a doubleheader on January 25, 2002. Rueda also had his seven-game hit streak snapped as he went 0-for-4 at the plate.
Senior center fielder Brian Capps picked up his first home run of the season to give the Red Raiders a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth. Capps' home run (two-run) was his first since the series finale at Baylor on May 1, 2005. Notably, all four of Capps' career home runs have come on the road.
Head Coach Larry Hays experimented with the Tech batting order in today's series finale against Texas A&M. Hays moved nine-hole hitter Willie Rueda to the leadoff spot, Roger Kieschnick from the five-hole to the two-hole and that forced Brian Capps and Kyle Martin into the final two spots in the order.
Junior left-hander Colt Hynes surrendered his first run of the season in the bottom of the seventh when he gave up a solo home run to Jess Buenger. The home run ended 22 1/3 shutout innings by Hynes since the start of the season. Notable, prior to Buenger's home run Hynes had retired 15 straight Texas A&M batters.
Randy Gattis suffered a blown save and was the first by a Tech reliever this season. Gattis walked the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth inning.