March 9, 2012
College Station, Tex. - Tyler Naquin had three hits and drove home two runs to help lift No. 6 Texas A&M (13-1) to a 6-1 series opening victory over No. 19 Cal State Fullerton (8-5) Friday night at a soggy Olsen Stadium.
The Aggies scored four of their six runs off losing pitcher Dylan Floro (1-2) in the first two innings, knocking out six of their 13 hits in those same two innings . Floro worked 4.0 innings before an hour and six minute rain delay prematurely ended his outing.
Texas A&M starter Michael Wacha (3-0) lifted the Aggies to their eighth consecutive win with a 6.0-inning, two-hit performance that saw him fan eight Titans. The only two hits Wacha allowed came on back-to-back singles by Carlos Lopez and Matt Chapman in the fourth inning.
Fullerton scored their only run without the benefit of a hit. After the rain delay, Wacha returned and was a little erratic. He hit Derek Legg beforer Michael Lorenzen reached on an error by second baseman Blake Allemand. Wacha then walked Lopez to load the bases and Matt Chapman drove home the only run with a sacrifice fly.
Three relievers combined to hold the Titans to a pair of hits over the final two innings.
Jacob House drove home the first Aggie run with a chopper up the middle in the first. His single was one of three in the inning off Floro. In the second, Alleman had an RBI-single to right, Naquin had a sacrifice fly and third baseman Matt Juengel singled home the fourth run of the game.
Fullerton reliever Tyler Peitzmeier struck out two to end the seventh inning after Christian Coronado left with an injury, but then walked Scott Arthur with two out to open the door for a Mikey Reynolds run-scoring double and a Naquin RBI-single.
The Titans' four hits matched a season low. Lorenzen added a double in the eight inning and Chapman singled to right in the ninth.
The two teams will meet up at 12:05 p.m. PT on Saturday. Lefty Kenny Mathews will be on the hill for Fullerton.