Dayton was competitive against Texas A&M last night but lost 4-1. The Flyers and TCU will play at 12:35 today in the College Station Regional’s first elimination game. Ole Miss and Texas A&M meet tonight at 6:35.
Attendance for the A&M game was listed at only 4,585 for 6,100-seat Blue Bell Park. Texas A&M improved to 31-10 at home.
The top three hitters in the Aggies’ lineup combined for seven of their nine hits and three of the four runs.
All-American outfielder Tyler Naquin, the leadoff hitter, had an assist and recorded his team-leading 28th multi-hit game of the season.
Naquin doubled to lead off the game and extended his hitting streak to eight games. He came around to score, and the Aggies are now 26-10 when scoring first.
Junior right-hander Michael Wacha has generated the most buzz on this A&M pitching staff, but the Aggies are deep with quality behind Waca, one reason coach Rob Childress didn’t have to struggle with the decision to hold or play his ace in a regional opener.
A scout I visited with outside the park yesterday was very complimentary of A&M’s other two starters, particularly Ross Stripling, who the Rebels will see tonight. All three starters are capable of shut-down games, he said.
That’s what Wacha did last night. He posted nine strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work, giving him 338 Ks for his career and moving him into third in the A&M all-time career records.