The No. 4 Texas A&M baseball dropped its first game of the 2012 season Saturday
afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park, falling to Holy Cross 7-3 in 10
Cross played better than we did from start to finish," Texas A&M head coach
Rob Childress said. "Coach DiCenzo had them ready to play and they made all the
routine plays. When they got themselves into jams, they were able to get themselves
out of it by making the pitches when it mattered most. Holy Cross did a great
job ... we had our chances, but give Holy Cross all the credit. They played the
game of baseball a lot better than we did today and made the most of the
opportunities they had. We were able to come back and chip away at their lead,
but we never were able to deliver the knockout punch. We had a couple
opportunities that we just never made the most of. We definitely got what we
loss drops the Aggies' overall record to 5-1 on the year while the Crusaders
improved to 1-1 during their season-opening series.
they have in each game so far this season, the Aggies jumped out to an early
lead by scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Three consecutive one-out
walks by Holy Cross starter Matt Croglio set the stage for sophomore left
fielder Jace Statum to break the ice on the scoreboard with a bases-loaded
home advantage would not last long, however, as the Crusaders, sparked by the
first home run of the season from first baseman Jordan Enos, scored three runs
off A&M starter Ross Stripling in the top of the second inning.
settled down after his rocky second frame, working into the seventh inning and
allowing just the three runs on six hits while striking out 10 to reach double-digits
in punch outs for the third time in his career.
(Stripling) started out really shaky," Childress added. "He was leaving
everything up in the zone but he was able to battle back and have a good
neither team was able to push across a run in the third and fourth frames, the
Aggies when to work chipping away at the Holy Cross lead. Senior first baseman
Jacob House got the rally going with a sac fly in the home half of the fifth
and junior Brandon Wood completed the comeback with a pinch hit RBI single in
the sixth. Wood finished the contest 2-for-2 at the plate, raising his batting
average up to .263 on the year.
bullpens took over in the game's late innings and for the second time in two
days nine innings was not enough time to decide the issue between the two
unlike Friday night's Aggie win in 11 innings, it was the Crusaders who took
advantage of the extra time. Holy Cross pushed across four runs in the top of
the 10th against A&M reliever Kyle Martin (0-1) to even the
series at one game apiece.
A&M right fielder Tyler Naquin continued his blistering clip at the plate
on Saturday, going 2-for-2 with three walks to raise his average to .571 (12-for-21)
and his on-base percentage to .667.
series continues Sunday with the rubber match between the two teams at 12:05
p.m. The Aggies will send right-hander Rafeal Pineda (1-0, 0.00) to the hill
against Holy Cross righty Nate Walker (0-0, 0.00).