OSU-A&M: Whooping it up at Olsen

By Glenn Tanner - March 02, 2007

After three innings in College Station, Texas A&M leads Oregon State 3-1 and the crowd is whooping appreciatively.

A&M jumped on Oregon State pitcher Joe Paterson right away. Brandon Hicks, Blake Stouffer, and Chris Stinson all singled to make it 1-0 with only one out. After hitting the next batter to load the bases, Paterson got a grounder to shortstop Darwin Barney that looked like an inning-ending double play ball. The sure-handed Barney bobbled it, making it 2-0.

A&M tacked on another run in the second via similar methods. Hicks again got on base, and Stinson again delivered a run-scoring single.

David Newmann cruised through the first two innings, retiring the first six hitters of the game. But he got himself in trouble in the third by walking the leadoff hitter, then making a wild throw on a sac bunt. One run scored on a grounder, but two strikeouts got him out of the inning with a no-hitter still intact.

A&M's Olsen Field is a very nice facility. Built in 1978, it has been named the best collegiate stadium in the country by several publications in the past. Its seating areas are well-organized, and with monstrous Kyle Field looming over the centerfield wall and heavily-used train tracks running right behind the right-field wall, it has interesting exterior sights as well.

The best thing about Olsen, though, is the atmosphere. No fanbase is as passionate about their teams as A&M's. I'm outside the pressbox working on temporary tables in the stands, with a large, loud, and ruthless student section just to my left cheering the Aggies, razzing the Beavers, and really hanging on every pitch. The stadium tonight has an energy you won't find at many other schools until the playoffs.

With relatively new palaces at Rice and Baylor, I don't think Olsen is the best stadium in the state, let alone the country, but it definitely has the best atmosphere.

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 08:35 PM on March 02, 2007

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