Feb. 15, 2002
COLLEGE STATION, Texas-The Arizona baseball team saw a number of streaks come to an end in a 4-0 loss to Texas A&M in the opening game of a three game series Friday afternoon. The shutout loss snapped the Wildcats' six-game winning streak and is the first scoreless defeat for Arizona (11-2) since March 31, 2001 against Oregon State.
The Arizona offense struggled all afternoon as it could only put together five hits on the day. Senior shortstop Brad Hassey was the lone Wildcat batter to record multiple hits, finishing the game 2-for-4. Freshman Richard Mercado saw his season-high hitting streak of nine straight games come to an end in the loss as he finished 0-for-4.
Wildcat starting pitcher Sean Rierson (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season on the mound as he gave up all four runs on eight hits in seven innings pitched. Texas A&M's Matt Alexander stopped the Arizona ace's consecutive scoreless innings pitched streak at 17 with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third. Ironically, Rierson's last defeat came in the shutout loss to Oregon State last season.
The two schools meet up again on Saturday for the second game of the three-game set. First pitch has been changed from a 1 p.m. local start to 3 p.m. Arizona's Joe Little will take the mound against Aggie ace Khalid Ballouli.