Wacha, Aggies Down Jayhawks Saturday
March 26, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas –
Texas A&M sophomore right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha tossed a complete game, allowing one unearned run on seven hits with a walk and nine strikeouts as the sixth-ranked Aggies took down Kansas, 11-1, Saturday afternoon in front of 4,303 at Olsen Field.
The Jayhawks drop their second-straight after falling in extra innings Friday and move to 10-12 overall and 2-3 in the Big 12. Texas A&M improves to 18-5 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
The Aggies scored two runs in the second, third and fifth innings, which was more than enough support for Wacha, who earned his fourth victory. He became the first opposing pitcher to record a complete game against Kansas this season.
KU scored their only run in the fourth, when Jimmy Waters scored on a throwing error. The Kansas left fielder, who had two hits on the day, singled to open the inning and came around to score when he was stealing third base and the throw got away from Aggie third baseman Adam Smith.
Kansas starting pitcher Tanner Poppe struggled through five innings, allowing six runs on eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
A&M center fielder Krey Bratsen led the Aggies’ offensive attack, going 4-for-5 with a two-run double in the eighth.
Jayhawk right fielder Casey Lytle singled to leadoff the sixth inning, which extended his streak to 11-straight games with a base hit. It’s the longest streak by a Kansas player this year.
KU will look to salvage the final game of the series Sunday in the finale at College Station at 12:05 p.m.