St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and Texas Aggie former student-athlete Michael Wacha brought a new “first” to his alma mater on Oct. 7, as Wacha became the first former Texas A&M pitcher to record a postseason win. Texas A&M Athletics shared “in front of a stadium-record crowd in Pittsburgh, Wacha took a no-hitter into the eighth inning...the longest no-hit bid by a rookie in postseason history.” The Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 in the National League Division Series at PNC Park on Monday.
For many years, Texas A&M’s outstanding baseball program has been somewhat on the backburner in comparison to the football program, but undoubtedly the Aggies build champions across the athletics board. Wacha was a first-round Cardinals pick in the 2012 MLP First-Year Player Draft.
Wacha’s stats yesterday: he “allowed just one hit, a solo home run to Pedro Alvarez with one out in the eighth inning, giving up two walks and striking out nine players over 7.1 innings,” Aggie Athletics noted.
On Sept. 24, 2013, Wacha also recorded a tremendous win (photos seen in the slide show) over the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium. In that game, Wacha pitched a no-hitter until the ninth inning.
Aggie Athletics note new baseball records to be proud of, thanks to Michael Wacha:
- Wacha’s victory over Pittsburgh was the first-ever postseason win by a former Aggie pitcher.
- Wacha was the first Aggie to start a postseason since Mark Thurmond pitched for the San Diego Padres in Game Five of the 1984 World Series.
- On May 30, Wacha became the 56th former Aggie to achieve major league player status. His first game was against the Kansas City Royals for the Cardinals playing a home game at Busch Stadium.
Michael Wacha played three years for the Aggies before going pro and helped his Aggie team reach the College World Series in 2011. Now a Cardinal, the numbers that Michael Wacha are most focused on are 2-2, with the fifth and deciding game against the Pirates to be played back in St. Louis on Wednesday.