The Aggie baseball team lost 3-2 to Louisville in the opening game of the Tucson Regional. The Aggies played well but just couldn't get the knockout blow early against Louisville starter Justin Amlung. The Aggies had him on the ropes early but went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The Aggies' pitching and defense which had let them down in Mesa was outstanding. Parker Hipp was outstanding and made at least three plus plays defensively. Tanner Rust was also excellent in the field for the Aggies. The Aggie pitching staff was fantastic and kept the Aggies in the game throughout. Freshman Robert Kraft was huge for the Aggies coming in to pitch with runners on second and third in the seventh with the Aggies trailing 3-2 and needing to keep the game at 3-2. He got a pair of ground outs and kept the Aggies within one run.
Despite the loss the Aggies can feel good about the way they played and hopefully that will carry over into today's game against Missouri who lost 15-3 to Arizona in the nightcap. The Tigers started out hot getting four hits and three runs through the first two innings off of Arizona ace Kurt Heyer but did not record a single hit in the final seven innings. For them it was a bit of what happened to the Aggies in Mesa.
It looks like both teams will receive a bit of a break in the weather this afternoon. Yesterday's first game was played under high skies and extreme heat (nearing 107). Today it's a little overcast and should that hold through game time it should keep the temperatures in the high 90s.
The Aggies need to jump on top of Missouri early in this game. The Tigers are probably still wondering what the license plate number was from the Arizona truck that leveled them last night. After hitting over .330 in the Big 12 tournament the Tigers were just 4-for-30 (.133) against Arizona.
The Aggies will send Adam Mott to the hill today and Mott has been dominant at times. The Aggies really need him to be dominant again today against a Missouri team that has struggled to hit over the course of this season.
For the Aggies offensively, they need to capitalize on their on base opportunities. As we stated earlier the Aggies had a chance to strike a knockout blow in the first three innings of the game but could muster just two runs. The Aggies had a fantastic opportunity to regain the lead in the fifth putting runners on first and second with nobody out but had a pop up and a double play and never really threatened again the rest of the game.
Today's game is scheduled for a 5:00 p.m. (MDT) first pitch and will again be aired on ESPNU.
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps game one.
The Louisville athletic website recaps the Cardinals' win.
The Arizona Daily Star shares photos from day one.
Ryan Finley of the Arizona Daily Star shares notes from day one.
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