COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Michael Wacha threw seven-plus solid innings and Texas A&M spoiled Dayton's NCAA tournament debut with a 4-1 victory Friday night.
Wacha, a likely first-round selection in next week's baseball draft, struck out nine and limited Dayton to five hits in 7 1/3 innings.
Jacob House paced the Aggies (43-16) with three hits and an RBI, while Matt Juengel and Mikey Reynolds also drove in runs. Wacha (9-1) exited to a standing ovation after earning the first out of the seventh inning on his 119th pitch. Kyle Martin got four outs for his seventh save.
Dayton starter Mike Hauschild (7-3) took the loss.
The Aggies take on future SEC foe Mississippi, a 6-2 winner over TCU, on Saturday night in the winners' bracket. The Flyers (31-29) face the Horned Frogs in an elimination game.