Spartans Drop Series Opener at No. 5 Texas A&M, 7-3
March 2, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Fifth-ranked Texas A&M defeated the Michigan State baseball team, 7-3, Friday night before a crowd of 5,236 fans at Blue Bell Park.
Both teams had 12 hits apiece, but the Spartans (4-4) left 10 runners on base, including seven in scoring position. MSU also committed three errors in the field.
"Tonight was frustrating because we didn't take care of the ball and gave them too many opportunities, which you can't do against a team like Texas A&M," said MSU head coach Jake Boss. "Offensively, we left too many men on base and had our chances, but we couldn't string together any hits."
Boss hit a solo homer off Aggie starter Michael Wacha, a 2011 All-American and the Big 12 Preseason Pitcher of the Year, in the top of the first. It marked the second homer this season for Boss against a preseason All-American, as he blasted a solo shot on Opening Day against Kyle Hansen of St. John's.
The Aggies (9-1) bounced back with two runs in the third and three in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. Although all of the runs were earned, MSU had three errors during those two innings while also giving up eight hits.
The five runs were more than enough for Wacha (2-0) to work with, as he struck out seven in seven-plus innings of work. He did allow a season-high eight hits in giving up two runs.
Spartan starter Tony Bucciferro (2-1) lasted six innings for MSU in the loss, giving up five runs, all earned, on 10 hits and five strikeouts.
"Wacha has a great arm, and after a big homer by Torsten in the first, he really settled in," said Boss. "We didn't do a whole lot to help out Tony. He pitched well early, but it got away from us there in the fourth."
After Texas A&M added its sixth run of the game in the bottom of the seventh, Jimmy Pickens delivered a two-out single to right field for MSU in the eighth that plated Keur to cut the deficit to 6-2; however, after loading the bases, Aggie reliever Estevan Uriegas struck out Andy Johnson on three pitches to end the inning before the Spartans could do any more damage.
The Aggies tacked on another insurance run in the bottom of the eighth to make it 7-2.
In the ninth, the Spartans tallied three straight singles from Krill, pinch hitter Blaise Salter, and Keur to load the bases, but although a Torsten Boss double play scored a run, it halted the rally. With runners on second and third and two outs, a groundout by Pickens ended the game.
Michigan State and No. 5 Texas A&M return for the second game of the series Saturday at 3:05 p.m. ET. Live stats, audio and video will be available at AggieAthletics.com.
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