TEXAS A&M NOTES
• Texas A&M improves to 43-16, including 31-10 in home games. The Aggies will play Saturday at 6:35 p.m. against Ole Miss, which defeated TCU, 6-2, in the first game today.
• The Aggies, now 64-62 in 28 NCAA Tournament appearances, are making their school-record sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and are hosting a regional for the ninth time. A&M is now 29-11 in NCAA Tournament games on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
• A&M and Dayton were meeting for the first time.
• Junior starting pitcher Michael Wacha (9-1) made his 46th career start tonight and moved into a tie with Casey Fossum (1997-99) for sixth in the A&M all-time records with 27 career victories.
• Wacha posted nine strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work, giving him 338 Ks for his career and moving him into third in the A&M all-time career records.
• Junior outfielder Tyler Naquin, who made his 123rd consecutive start tonight, posted two hits to give him 90 hits this season and 236 in his career, a total that moves into a tie for 11th with Steven Truitt (1997-99) in the A&M all-time career records.
• Senior reliever Estevan Uriegas (4-0) increased his school record for appearances in a season to 38. Tonight he made his 99th career appearance, only four behind A&M record-holder Kyle Thebeau, who made 103 trips to the mound from 2006-09.
• A&M’s top three batters in the lineup -- Tyler Naquin, Matt Juengel and Jacob House -- tallied seven of A&M’s nine hits on the night, going a combined 7-for-15 at the plate and scoring three of A&M’s four runs.
• Naquin posted his team-leading 28th multiple-hit game of the season. Juengel recorded his 23rd multi-hit game and House notched his 19th multi-hit game.
• House was 3-for-5 at the plate, tying his season-high for hits for the fifth time. It also marked his team-leading sixth 3-hit performance of the season.
• All-American right fielder Tyler Naquin posted his second assist of the season when he gunned down Jared Broughton at first base in the second inning.
• In the Aggies’ first plate appearance of the game, Naquin led off with his team-leading 16th double of the season and extended his team-best hitting streak to eight, tying his season high.
• Junior Kyle Martin posted his seventh save of the season, moving him into sole possession of ninth place in the A&M all-time season records.
• Mikey Reynolds stole second base in the fifth inning, giving the Aggies 128 stolen bases for the year, ranking third in the all-time season records. The Aggies need five more to move into a tie with the 1989 squad with 133.
• A&M improves to 17-6 when scoring in the first inning and 26-10 when scoring first.
• Dayton falls to 31-29 and will face TCU tomorrow at 12:35 p.m. in an elimination game. TCU lost earlier in the day, 6-2, against Ole Miss.
• Dayton qualified for the NCAA post-season by winning the school’s first Atlantic-10 conference tournament title, securing the Flyers’ first bid to NCAA post-season play.
• Dayton falls to 0-1 all-time in the NCAA post-season.
• The Flyers entered post-season play as one of the hottest teams in the country, winning nine of their last 10 prior to the the College Station regional.
• The loss snaps a season-best six-game win streak entering the College Station regional.
• Dayton baseball is the fourth Flyer team to play in NCAA post-season play this year. Three of the teams -- volleyball, women’s basketball and baseball -- have been sent to College Station.
• Dayton falls to 1-4 against ranked teams this season.
• Dayton leads the NCAA with 163 stolen bases, featuring eight players with 10 or more steals. Dayton has stolen a base in 55 of its 60 games this season, including one tonight.
• Senior shortstop Brian Blasik improved his own Dayton career (65) and single-season (36-2012) stolen base records.
• Two Flyers extended hitting streaks on Friday night: sophomore Robby Sunderman’s streak reached five games and junior Ian Hundley has a four-game hit streak.
• Four Flyers’ on-base streaks increased through the first game of the NCAA Regional. Junior Jared Broughton leads the way, reaching base in eight straight games. Zach Stewart (7), Sunderman (6), and Hundley (4) round out the group.
• The Flyers struggled to score against the Aggies, leaving nine runners on base and batting 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
• Senior pitcher Mike Hauschild started for the 16th time this year. Dayton fell to 11-5 in Hauschild’s starts. Hauschild leads the team with 92 strikeouts.
• Hauschild is second on the UD career strikeout list (269) and third on the career wins (23) list. Hauschild trails teammate senior Burny Mitchem on both lists.
• Mitchem relieved Hauschild on the mound, extending his scoreless outings streak to eight appearances. Mitchem notched two strikeouts against the Aggies.
• Mitchem’s streak of factoring into the decision in the last seven games came to an end on Friday night (4 wins, 3 saves during streak).
• Senior right fielder C.J. Gillman upped his consecutive games started streak to 118 games. Senior center fielder Bobby Glover has started all 60 games this year.
• Dayton falls to 8-12 when opponents score in the first inning and 5-9 when trailing after one.
• Dayton has outscored opponents 36-21 in the eighth inning this season.
Texas A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Rob Childress
“I was proud of our team tonight, we played with a lot of composure. It all started on the mound with Michael [Wacha]; I thought he was very sharp. From an offensive stand point, we were able to grab the lead early and able to build on that. Michael made it stand up tonight, and our bullpen came in and did a nice job. When they made their run in the eighth inning we didn’t panic. We continued to throw strikes and continued to make routine plays. I thought [Estevan Uriegas] and [Kyle Martin] were very good. Obviously, I felt the top of our order did a great job tonight. Dayton played a very good game, they are very well-coached. They were tough to put away, they took an awful lot of pitches from Michael tonight.”
On limiting their stolen base attempts…
“The key for stopping a team that wants to run is to keep them from reaching first base. But more than anything, it is getting the leadoff hitter and not allowing them to create their offense. I thought Michael [Wacha] did a great job of that tonight. They did get some guys on with two outs, but the key was him getting that leadoff hitter.”
On the top of the lineup coming through…
“Your primetime players need to show up every night ready to play, and all three of them did. They got some big hits for us, and got us off to a great start. The guys behind them had some opportunities to get some hits and didn’t do it, and there’s not a doubt in my mind they will tomorrow night with runners on. Tyler, Jacob, and Matt all played very well tonight.
On the matchup with Ole Miss tomorrow…
“It is going to be a great game. Coach Bianco does an amazing job, and has for years. They are battle tested. They have gone through 33 games in the SEC and there’s nothing they haven’t seen. They played very well today. They were down 2-0 and almost out of it. The starter for TCU did a nice job. It just took them a spark and just like that they ran past them. There is nothing you haven’t seen if you go 33 games through the Southeastern Conference. It is going to be a great test.
Junior Pitcher Michael Wacha
On allowing baserunners with two outs…
“It seemed like I was able to get those first two outs then walk somebody or give up a hit. But, my defense played good behind me, and I was able to get out of the innings without any harm.”
On how he feels handing to ball to the bullpen…“Whenever Coach Childress comes out there and says you’re done, I have no problem handing the ball to [Estevan Uriegas]. He’ll come in and shut them down, with [Kyle Martin] closing it up. They have been lights out all year long. It’s good to see that continue into the postseason.”
On walking off the mound for what might be the last time at Olsen…
“It was awesome. It has been the best three years pitching here in front of this crowd. It was special seeing the support when I was coming off the mound.”
Junior Rightfielder Tyler Naquin
On throwing the runner out at first from right field…
“It is always a play. I look at the hitter, mainly what type of body he has. I ask myself is he a runner of not, and Coach Seely will give me the sign. I’ll relay it to Jacob [House], and if he hits it to me I’m going to come up throwing. If we get him we get him, and if not he stays at first base.”
On how he felt tonight…
“I felt great. We had the same approach from the leadoff spot all the way down to Scott [Arthur] at nine. Everybody took great at bats. We had a lot of hits at the top of the order, but not everyone is going to get hits all the time. Sometimes it’s the top of the order; sometimes it’s the bottom of the order. It just happened to be the top tonight. Everyone is swinging the bat well right now, and we feel confident.
Senior First Baseman Jacob House
On facing Ole Miss tomorrow…
“It’ll be good. I’m excited for it. They have been through it all. They have seen good pitching, and we are going to give them a good one tomorrow night. It should be fun, and a good atmosphere.”
On how he felt swinging the bat and hitting in the top of the order…
“It’s nice to hit behind those guys. We have one of the best hitters in the country hitting at the top, and Matt [Juengel] does a good job of hitting the baseball. He’s got a little juice behind it too. We have some guys swinging the bat well behind me too, so I’m getting some good pitches to hit.”
DAYTON POSTGAME QUOTES
Head Coach Tony Vittorio
“First of all, what a great venue that Texas A&M has here. It’s a great crowd and I’m really proud that all of our guys competed today. It may have been just a little bit overmatched, but they hung in there and competed. I think that play at the plate with C.J. exemplified what our team is all about. I’m really proud of Mike Hauschild for extending the number of pitches. He did a great job and Jared [Broughton] had some great quality at bats here today. I think the difference in the game was that we were at 35 percent on our quality at bat chart and we need to be around 55 percent to win a game. So, hats off to Texas A&M’s pitcher who did a great job. Their pitching did a great job against us.”
On playing against A&M pitcher Michael Wacha
“We just couldn’t get that big hit, that two-out hit. We couldn’t get a runner in scoring position with less than two outs and without a doubt they battled but just couldn’t get that big hit.”
On where to go from here
“We have 10 seniors on the team so every pitch is important for them and the guys behind them will play very hard behind them. We need more quality at bats tomorrow so we’ll be fighting for quality at bats to get on base and get back to our running game. We have Tim Bury on the mound tomorrow and then obviously Burny [Mitchem] can come back so we’re excited about tomorrow and putting a little more pressure on TCU.”
Senior Pitcher Mike Hauschild
On his performance against A&M’s big three
“I didn’t really have my stuff and when I missed they really hit it hard. Once I started making my pitches towards the end of the game I was able to get them out but at the beginning I really didn’t have much going for me.”
On getting settled in on the mound
“I really was able to find myself towards the fifth inning or so and I found an off-speed pitch that I could throw for a strike. I spotted up my slider pretty well from then on. I was just trying to battle and keep my team in the game.”
Junior Second Baseman Jared Broughton
On playing in the Blue Bell Park atmosphere
“It was a wonderful atmosphere. It was very exciting. It was a lot of fun even though the outcome was not what we were looking for. It was great to play in this great park in front of these fans that really love baseball and love their team so it was a lot of fun to be out there and I’m glad I had the opportunity to be out there and experience it.”