March 3, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - No. 5 Texas A&M shut out the Michigan State baseball team, 4-0, Saturday afternoon at Blue Bell Park.
Although the Spartans (4-5) limited the Aggies (10-1) to just five hits, they couldn't get on the scoreboard against All-American Ross Stripling, who struck out five and scattered five hits in eight innings of work. Stripling, a ninth-round MLB draft pick last June, led the nation in 2011 with 14 wins and improved to 2-0 this season.
Junior right-hander Andrew Waszak (1-1) suffered the loss for MSU, even though he gave up only four hits and three runs, one earned, while striking out four in his six innings.
Texas A&M took advantage of a Spartan error by second baseman Ryan Jones in the second inning to score three runs. After Jones' error started the inning, a balk by Waszak advanced Jacob House to second. Following a walk and a single to load the bases, a sacrifice fly from Troy Stein put the first run on the board for the Aggies. Texas A&M scored its second run on a fielder's choice and made it 3-0 on a two-out Tyler Naquin infield single. Naquin, an All-American in 2011, led the nation in hits last season.
MSU's best chance to score arrived in the fifth as an Aggie error and two walks loaded the bases, but a Jones fielder's choice ended inning for the Spartans.
For the second straight game, Michigan State left 10 runners on base.
David Garner relieved Waszak in the seventh inning and allowed one run as Matt Juengel hit an RBI single for the Aggies.
Daniel Mengden got the Spartans out in the ninth to seal the win for Texas A&M.
The third and final game of the series is set for Sunday at 2:05 p.m. ET. Live stats, video and audio will be available at AggieAthletics.com.