Friday, March 30, 2012

Game Day: MU @ Texas A&M

♦ Texas A&M is 20-5 on the year so far (2-1 Big 12).  The Aggies' losses to date:
  • 2-7 to Holy Cross on Saturday, 2/28
    • Aggie reliever Kyle Martin gave up 4 runs in the 10th inning
  • 5-6 to Cal State-Fullerton on Saturday, 3/10
    • Aggie reliever Daniel Mengden gave up 1 run in the 11th
  • 3-4 to Cal State-Fullerton on Sunday, 3/11
    • Aggie reliever Kyle Martin gave up the winning run in the 9th)
  • 2-5 to Texas Pan-American on Wednesday, 3/14
    • Aggie defense committed 3 errors in the 3rd, allowing 3 runs)
  • 12-15 to Kansas State on Friday, 3/16
    • Aggie starter Michael Wacha gave up 8 earned runs on 11 hits in 5.1 IP; reliever Daniel Mengden gave up 4 runs in the 8th)
In their wins, they have swept 3-game series against Illinois-Chicago and Michigan State, and took 2 of 3 from Holy Cross and Kansas State.

The Texas A&M Aggies are ranked in all the national polls:

MU vs. A&M Stats




MU aTm
Batting Average
.274
.315
ERA
4.11
2.74
RPI
.536
.638
RPI rank
89th
7th
Strength of Schedule
82nd
70th

College Station, TX Weather
Weather.com
FRI 83 / Sunny
SAT 85 / Isolated T-storms
SUN 84 / Partly cloudy
Aggies flex with Malibu sweep (espn.com, 3/27)
The wildly talented Aggies have had some odd moments this year that made you ask if there was a fly in the ointment, including losses to Holy Cross, Texas-Pan American, a wild 15-12 loss to Kansas State and a home series loss to Cal State Fullerton.

This weekend's trip to Pepperdine was anticipated to be one of their bigger road tests of the year. Michael Wacha rebounded from his poor showing versus KSU, holding the Waves to two hits in a complete-game, 4-0 win on Friday night. After that the Aggies were never really threatened in the Saturday doubleheader. It was the type of solid work we were expecting from these guys all along.
Wacha Named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week (aggieathletics.com)
Texas A&M junior pitcher Michael Wacha was nearly perfect during Friday's 4-0 complete-game shutout win at Pepperdine as the Texarkana, Texas, native took a perfect game into the eighth inning. Despite losing his bid at perfection, the right-hander finished the contest with a two-hitter to run his record on the season to a perfect 4-0.

The 6-foot-6 junior was nothing short of spectacular in the victory as he retired the first 21 batters he faced in order before the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the eighth reached on a throwing error that followed a strikeout. A weakly-hit infield single in the next at bat ended the no-hitter but Wacha escaped a two-on, no-out situation to keep the shutout intact. He finished the contest with eight strikeouts and no walks for the third complete game of his three-year A&M career.

This marks the second time this season an Aggie hurler has been honored for his achievements on the pitching mound as senior right-hander Ross Stripling was named Big 12 co-Pitcher of the Week on March 5
Big 12 baseball stock report (NewsOK.com)
Who's stock is rising and falling in the Big 12:

UP: Blake Holovach, LHP, Mizzou

Since moving from the bullpen into Mizzou's starting rotation, Holovach has won his first four starts, including Saturday's win over OSU, when he allowed one unearned run in 8 2/3 innings. As a starter, he owns a 0.61 ERA with 20 strikeouts and seven walks in 29 1/3 innings.

UP: Michael Wacha, RHP, Texas A&M

The Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, Wacha blanked was nearly perfect in a dominant outing at Pepperdine. He carried a perfect game into the eighth inning, before finishing with a 4-0 complete game win to improve to 4-0. The Friday-night ace in an impressive weekend rotation, Wacha is considered the Big 12's top pro prospect for the June MLB Draft.

Missouri baseball can't generate its own offense (Columbia Tribune)
The Missouri baseball team got a good look at what happens when an opposing pitcher doesn't give away anything for free.

It should be a good lesson for what the Tigers will face when they open a Big 12 series tomorrow at Texas A&M.

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