Frisco, Texas – The 2022 Frisco Classic March 4-6 kicked off at Riders Field in Frisco today. The Frisco Classic is now in its sixth year and this is our third year covering the event. The Frisco Classic features some of the best college baseball teams in the country. We have seen players participate and be drafted by Major-League teams such as Matt McLain, Garrett Mitchell and Asa Lacy. Jacob Berry played in the Classic last year and he seems to be a lock to be drafted in the 1st round of the draft this year. Bottom line: there is plenty of talent that takes the field and fans were not disappointed on the first day of action. Here is a recap of all the games that took place today:
Game One: Wichita State at Iowa
Iowa jumped out to an early lead against Wichita State scoring two runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. They added two more runs in the bottom of the 3rd to give them a 4-0 lead. Wichita State didn’t find the scoreboard until the top of the 6th but they tied the game at 4-4 with their four runs. That is where the score would stay until the top of the 8th when Wichita scored two runs for a 6-4 lead which held up for the win. Right-hander Connor Holden earned his third save for the Shockers.
Right-hander Cameron Bye pitched 2.2 innings. He allowed one hit and fanned five batters in the victory and earning his 1st win of the season.
The Wichita State Shockers started Right-hander Jace Kaminska and he pitched 5.1 innings allowing the four runs on eight hits and fanned three.
The Hawkeyes countered with right-hander Adam Mazur, who pitched 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on five hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Right-hander Will Christophersen took the loss after coming out of the pen and allowed two runs on four hits, striking out two.
At the plate for Wichita State, Tolle and Thomhill each had a multi-hit and RBI game. Thomhill went 2-4 with 2 RBI and Tolle went 2-4 with 3 RBI.
Both teams had eleven hits.
Final Score: Wichita State – 6 | Iowa – 4
The Shockers move to 3-7 and the Iowa Hawkeyes move to 5-4
Game Two: A&M (6-2) at Washington State (6-3)
In game two, Washington State sent right-hander Grant Taylor (1-0, 3.52) to the mound against right-hander Nathan Dettmer (1-0, 0.75) for the Aggies. Taylor got things started with a 1st pitch strike. Dylan Rock flied out to left. Jack Moss had a line drive that dropped between center and right for a single. Trevor Werner.
Not surprisingly, the Aggies drew a crowd but they weren’t pleased with the outcome. They were sure to let the umps hear their opinions even breaking into the ball 6 chant.
The Aggies’ lineup was unable to consistently get the bats going, and their hits were scattered. The Cougars exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the fourth, hammering the Aggies pitching.
Trevor Werner, the Aggies third baseman, made a couple of fantastic charging scoops with strong throws to first base for some great outs in the top of the 1st.
The Cougars scored three runs in the bottom of the 2nd- all with two outs. Defensively Aggies 2nd baseman made an excellent stop but there was no out to be had at 1st as Van De Brake had beaten the throw. The Cougars’ Montez was HBP for runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Jack Smith called 3rd strike. Kodie Kolden – mound visit by the Aggies’ Dettmer is working inside on batters- walked. Bases are now loaded. Will Cresswell – another mound visit- strikeout swinging. Hylan Hall – RBI infield single. Umpire review- safe at 1st. Tough throw for the shortstop to make after the stop.
The Cougars added 8 more runs in the bottom of the 4th. The Aggies got their first run of the game in the top of the 5th inning from an RBI double off the bat of Kalae Harrison. They avoided being shutout and the Aggie fans were pleased.
In the top of the 9th, the Aggies loaded the bases two different times and scored a few runs on a couple of hits and another on a wild pitch.
The Aggies were able to hold the Cougars scoreless the rest of the game but weren’t able to chip away enough to win the game. Like their hits, their runs were scattered until the top of the 9th. The Cougars won 11-6 in a game that took over 4 hours.
Final Score: Washington State – 11 | A&M – 6
The Aggies move to 6-3 and the Cougars 7-3
It’s the end of day one and this is already shaping up to be an excellent Frisco Classic.
Saturday April 5, 2022
Game three: Wichita State vs Washington State at 12 PM
Game four: Iowa vs Texas A&M 6 PM