The United States baseball team, managed by former Aggie baseball player Davey Johnson, evened its Olympic record at 2-2 with a 5-4 win over Canada on Saturday.
The Americans were down 4-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning until a solo home run by Brian Barden and a two-out RBI single by John Gall cut the deficit in half.
A two-out double from Terry Tiffee cut the lead to one in the bottom of the fifth.
Consecutive two-out RBI doubles from Barden and Tiffee gained the American their first lead at 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh, a lead they would never relinquish.
With the win, the U.S. ranks in a third-place tie with Japan at 2-2. Cuba leads the field at 4-0 while South Korea is also undefeated at 3-0.
After an off day on Sunday, the U.S. will play China on Monday night.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING – Wilkinson Ends Olympic Run with National Record Breaking Seventh-Place Relay Finish
Texas A&M senior-to-be Julia Wilkinson ended a national record-breaking Olympic run by helping Canada to a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter medley relay.
The Canadians swam a national record time in the relay for the second straight day, hitting the wall in 4:01.35. Wilkinson led her country off in 1:01.35 on the leadoff backstroke leg.
The seventh-place finish for the Canadians was its best of the three relays (8th in 400 free relay, 10th in 800 free relay). Wilkinson led the Canadians to national records in each of the three. She also set national records in the 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley.
Wilkinson ends her first Olympic experience having swam six events and 12 races and had a hand in breaking five Canadian national records, some of which went down multiple times.
MEN’S TRACK & FIELD – Edgar, Lapierre Fall Just Short of Olympic Finals
Former Texas A&M sprinter Tyrone Edgar, representing Great Britain, ended his run in the 100-meter dash competition in the semifinals on Saturday. Edgar finished seventh in the first of two semifinal heats. His time of 10.18 ranked 15th in the field. It took a time of 10.03 to make the final. Edgar’s lifetime-best time is 10.07.
“I came here and most people didn’t even think I was going to make the semi, but I came and I proved that it can be done,” Edgar said. “To not get to the finals is a big disappointment, but as you see, I would have to run a real big PB.”
Former Aggie NCAA long jump champion Fabrice Lapierre, competing for Australia, just missed qualifying for the long jump final. Lapierre placed 16th in the 39-man competition with a leap of 7.90 (25-11). The top 12 jumpers advanced to the final with Roman Novotny of the Czech Republic claiming the last spot at 7.94 meters (26-0 ½).
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD – Lee Through to 100-Meter Semifinals
Texas A&M volunteer assistant coach Muna Lee, competing for the United States, has qualified for the semifinals in the women’s 100-meter dash. Lee ranked fifth overall in 11.08 seconds after taking second to Jamaica’s Sherrone Simpson (11.02) in the second of five quarterfinal heat.
“Coach just wanted me to go out and blast the beginning, like out of the blocks and the first half,” Lee said. “I just wanted to get my body used to it. I don’t want it to go into shock later. I want it to do it now, so my body will be ready to do it the next time.”
Lee got to the quarterfinals by winning the third of 10 qualifying heats in 11.33.
Former A&M pole vaulter Erica (Boren) Bartolina, competing for the United States, failed to clear a height during pole vault qualifying. Bartolina attempted three clearances at 4.30 meters (14-1 ¼).
“I was feeling really good,” Bartolina said. “I don’t think I was quite prepared for how good I was feeling. I had to adjust the step and stuff, more than I would normally have to. It’s hard to make adjustments when you’re also dealing with all the excitement and emotion of a meet like this. I went for a little much I guess. It just wasn’t my day.”
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