COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Junior Michael Wacha tossed 7.1
shutout innings Friday night as top-seeded Texas A&M defeated No. 4 seed
Dayton 4-1 during the opening day of the NCAA College Station Regional on Olsen
Field at Blue Bell Park.
proud of our team tonight," Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress said. "We
played with a lot of composure. It all started on the mound with Michael
[Wacha]; I thought he was very sharp. From an offensive stand point, we were
able to grab the lead early and able to build on that."
A&M (43-16) now advances to play Ole Miss (36-24) at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday evening
during a match-up of opening day winners. The Rebels defeated TCU by a score of
6-2 earlier in the day on Friday to send the Horned Frogs into an elimination contest
against Dayton Saturday at 12:35 p.m. Saturday.
played a very good game, they are very-well coached," Childress added. "They
were tough to put away, they took an awful lot of pitches from Michael
after garnering All-American honors for the second straight season, Wacha
turned in an outing befitting of the honor as the Texarkana, Texas, native allowed
only five hits and held the Flyers, who lead the nation in stolen bases, to
limited chances on the base paths.
the contest, Wacha gave credit to his defense for their support of his effort
and helping to stamp out any potential rallies by the Flyers.
like I was able to get those first two outs then walk somebody or give up a
hit," Wacha said. "But my defense played good behind me, and I was able to get
out of the innings without any harm."
right fielder Tyler Naquin, who also received All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball on Thursday, jumpstarted
the Aggie offense early as he doubled to lead off the bottom of the first
inning before coming around to score the evening's first run on a RBI single by
senior Matt Juengel.
also impacted the game defensively as he showed his impressive arm strength and
accuracy to throw out Dayton catcher Kuris Duggan on what looked to be a single
to right field leading off the top of the third.
great tonight," Naquin said. "We had the same approach from the leadoff spot
all the way down to Scott [Arthur] at nine. Everybody took great at bats."
A&M extended its lead by showing patience at the plate during the home half
of the third as Brandon Wood and Mikey Reynolds drew back-to-back two-out
walks, the last of which pushed home the Aggies' second run of the day.
Jacob House, who went 3-for-5 during the contest to post his 19th
multi-hit game of the season, made it 3-0 Aggies with a run-scoring single in
the bottom of the fourth.
A pair of
Dayton errors conspired to swell the A&M lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the
seventh before the Flyers posted their lone run of the night when C.J. Gillman
was called safe on a collision at the plate that followed an Aggie error in the
Kyle Martin recorded four outs, including a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to record
his seventh save of the year.
Saturday, Texas A&M will send senior All-American Ross Stripling (10-3,
2.90 ERA) to the mound, where he will be opposed by Ole Miss right-hander Mike
Mayers (5-3, 3.52 ERA).