FRISCO, Texas – The No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies fell to the Illinois Fighting Illini, 1-0, in a pitching duel Friday evening at Dr Pepper Ballpark to open play at the Frisco College Classic.
The game went scoreless until the bottom of the eighth inning due to stellar pitching from both sides. Illinois mustered up one run in the home half of the eighth on two singles sandwiched around a stolen base.
On the mound, Asa Lacy got the start, throwing 6.0 inning, scattering two hits and three walks, while fanning 11. Bryce Miller (0-1) was saddled with the loss in relief, working 1.2 innings, yielding one run on two hits, while striking out four. The staff combined for 15 strikeouts, marking their third straight double-digit strikeout performance and eighth of the season.
Offensively, Cam Blake, Logan Sartori and Trevor Werner were the lone Aggies to record a hit.
Illinois’ pitcher Ty Weber matched Lacy on the mound, allowing just three hits and one walk, while fanning three in 6.2 innings.
The Aggies suffer their first loss of the season, falling to 10-1, while the Fighting Illini improve to 4-3.
B8 | Taylor Jackson reached on a one-out infield single to shortstop and advance to second via stolen base. With two outs, Branden Comia plated Jackson on a single through the right side of the infield. Illinois 1, A&M 0.
The Aggies continue play in the Frisco Classic against the UCLA Bruins, Saturday with first pitch at 6:00 p.m.