Aggies in the Olympics: Day Six
BASEBALL – USA 7, THE NETHERLANDS 0
The United States baseball team, managed by former Aggie baseball player Davey Johnson, bounced back from an opening day loss to South Korea by blasting The Netherlands, 7-0, in a rain-shortened game on Thursday.
Steven Strasburg hurled seven scoreless innings, not even allowing a hit until the seventh inning. Strasburg was pulled after an extended rain delay between the seventh and eighth innings. The game was stopped after eight complete innings due to rain in the Beijing area.
“It was a long day out there,” said Johnson. “My guys really played good after a late night. We came back and played real well. Mr. Strasburg did an outstanding job. We were able to get him a lead and allow him to work.”
The win moves the U.S. to 1-1 amongst the eight-team field. Only Cuba (2-0) and South Korea (1-0) are undefeated up to this point. The top four teams earn berths into the semifinals.
The United States will take on rival Cuba on Friday at 11:30 a.m. Beijing time. Cuba has won three of the four Olympic gold medals in baseball (1992, 1996, 2004) with the U.S winning the other (2000).
MEN’S SWIMMING – Picasso 50th in 50 Freestyle
Former Texas A&M men’s swimmer Francisco Picasso earned a 50th place finish amongst the 97-man field in the 50-meter freestyle on Thursday night.
Picasso, swimming for Uruguay, placed sixth in the eighth of 13 heats of the 50 free in a time of 23.01.
MEN’S TRACK & FIELD – Edgar Blazes to Top 100 Meter Dash Time in Qualifying Rounds
Former Texas A&M sprinter Tyrone Edgar blazed his way to a wind-legal, best-in-the-field time of 10.13 in the seventh of 10 heats in the men’s 100 meter dash on Friday morning.
Only Jamaicans Asafa Powell (10.16) and Michael Frater (10.15) and Kim Collins (10.17) of St. Kitts and Nevis crossed the line under 10.20 along with Edgar. Collins and Frater both competed collegiately at TCU.
Edgar’s time of 10.13 is just off his lifetime best of 10.06 set in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 31. Edgar is the seventh-fastest man in the history of Great Britain.
Edgar will compete in the quarterfinals of the events on Friday evening.