AUSTIN, Texas -- In a series where Texas is supposed to care the most, the Longhorns appear to be doing anything but.
For the second straight game, No. 9 took advantage of careless errors -- physical and mental -- from the No. 20 Longhorns to pick up a 12-4 win in front of a season-high crowd of 7,716 at UFC Disch-Falk Field Saturday. The Aggies (30-12, 11-6) have now taken the first two games of the series and handed Texas (24-15, 11-5) its first Big 12 series loss since the start of the 2011 season, and only its second conference series loss since 2009. It's also the first series win for the Aggies against Texas since 2003.
Of course, this was the series that might have matter the most. It's the last time for the foreseeable future that Texas and Texas A&M are scheduled to play. And Texas has not left a lasting impression.
In two games, Texas has committed eight errors, allowed eight unearned runs, hit six batters and made mental miscues both at the plate and in the field that have allowed the Aggies to grab the first two.
“We were seriously outplayed,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said.
That statement was true for every position as there was plenty of blame to go around Saturday. Erich Weiss had three errors at third. Starting pitcher Parker French committed another two on one play to allow a run. But those may not have the most egregious of miscues.
In the top of the fourth, with runners at the corners and two outs, Texas A&M's Tyler Naquin intentionally put himself into a position to be nailed in a run down, Texas took the bait and Scott Arthur came home to score. Adding insult to injury, Texas pitcher Hoby Milner neglected to cover first in the rundown and Naquin made it back to first unscathed.
“It's been contagious,” Garrido said of the miscues. “And this team has been a victim of that disease.”
It didn't get much better at the plate.
Jonathan Walsh and Jordan Etier tried to atone for their performance on Friday night. Walsh, who was responsible for two outs in the five-run ninth Friday, hit a solo shot to right. Etier, who had two errors Friday, finished the game with a homer in the ninth. That was essentially it for the Texas bats.
Texas has one last chance to win against the Aggies at 2 p.m. Sunday at Disch-Falk.