COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The christening of the newly-renovated Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park was a resounding success Friday night until rainfall caused the game’s postponement as the No. 5 Texas A&M baseball team led Illinois-Chicago 7-0 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The game will be resumed where it left off on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. followed by game two of the series which is slated to begin shortly after the conclusion of game one.
On Friday night, the Aggies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run home run off the bat of senior first baseman Jacob House. The shot was a screaming line drive that landed in the newly-constructed visitor’s bullpen beyond the outfield wall in right field.
The early advantage was maintained by the strong work of junior starting pitcher Michael Wacha, who struck out eight batters and only allowed one hit in 5.1 innings of work during his first career-opening day start. The All-American right-hander was impressive early; fanning five of the first seven batters he faced before giving way to lefty Estevan Uriegas in the visitor’s half of the sixth.
Texas A&M, which held a 10-1 advantage in base hits at the time of the game’s postponement, added a pair of runs in the home half of the third on a UIC throwing error and an RBI from senior third baseman Matt Juengel, who was a perfect 3-for-3 during his first three at bats of the contest.
After the Aggies had tacked two more runs onto their lead in the bottom of the fifth, junior left fielder Brandon Wood made the score 7-0 Texas A&M with a solo home run over the left field wall.
Moments after Wood’s blast, a heavy and consistent rain began to fall and following a 30-minute delay, the decision was made to postpone the remainder of the contest until Saturday afternoon.
SATURDAY TICKET INFORMAION
- Fans with reserved tickets to game one will be allowed to sit in their reserved seats for the remainder of game one.
- Fans with student and student guest tickets to game one will be allowed to sit in student and student guest seating for the remainder of game one.
- Fans without tickets to game one, but with tickets to game two, may utilize lawn seating and standing room only areas for the remainder of game one.
- Fans with tickets to game one, but not game two, will be allowed to stay for game two and will be asked to relocate to lawn seating and standing room only areas.