Aggies Travel to Texas State on Tuesday
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M Aggies travel to San Marcos for 6:30 pm game at Texas State, looking to get back on the winning track after losing two-of-three at Arkansas. The Maroon and White are 10-1 on the season in mid-week games, outscoring opponents 73-30. Mikey Reynolds owns a 39-game streak of successfully reaching base at least once despite only have one plate appearance in each of his last four games.
TEXAS A&M AGGIES (22-19, 7-11 SEC) at TEXAS STATE BOBCATS (17-22, 9-6, Southland)
Bobcat Ballpark (2,000) • San Marcos, Texas
SCHEDULE - Tuesday, 6:30 pm
RADIO - WTAW-AM 1620 (Dave South, play-by-play)
LIVE AUDIO - aggieathletics.com • radioaggieland.com
LIVE VIDEO – txstatebobcats.com
LIVE STATS – txstatebobcats.com
RANKINGS - A&M - unranked • Texas State - unranked
SERIES HISTORY - Texas A&M Leads 39-12
SERIES STREAK - Texas A&M is on a two-game win streak
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
• Tuesday – Corey Ray (So., RHP, 3-1, 5.35 ERA) vs TBA
CHILDRESS EARNS WIN NUMBER 300
With the Aggies’ midweek win over Houston Baptist on March 12, head coach Rob Childress reached the 300-win plateau for his career. Childress owns a 311-172-2 record, all as the skipper of the Aggies. He trails only Mark Johnson (876 - 1985-2005) and Tom Chandler (660 - 1959-84) on A&M’s career win list.
TEXAS A&M/TEXAS STATE SERIES NOTABLES
This marks the 52nd meeting between Texas A&M and Texas State with the Aggies owning a 39-12 advantage. The teams have met at least once every year since the series started in 1987. A&M has won the last two meetings and six of the last seven played since 2007. The Aggies are 5-2 in games played in San Marcos. In their last trip to Texas State, the Maroon and White dropped a 6-5 decision in 11 innings. Last season, the Aggies won a 5-1 game at Blue Bell Park. Daniel Mengden earned the win in the game, allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out five over 7.0 innings. Troy Stein hit a home and Cole Lankford added two RBI.
MORE ON TEXAS STATE
Texas State enters the fray with a 17-22 overall record and the Bobcats own a 9-6 mark in Southland Conference action. The Bobcats lost two of three last weekend at San Jose State, but last Tuesday they blanked Baylor, 3-0, in San Marcos.
As a team, the Bobcats have a .267 batting average paced by Cody Lovejoy with a .350 average, five doubles, one home run and 15 RBI in 35 games (29 starts). Andrew Stumph (.320) and Kevin Sah (.306) are both hitting over .300. Stumph 12 runs, six doubles, one triple and 20 RBI in 27 games and Sah has 26 runs, seven doubles, two triples, one home run and 17 RBI in 37 games (30 starts)..
The pitching staff owns a 4.59 ERA and is holding opponents to a .272 batting average with 275 strikeouts in 339.1 innings.
The Bobcats have won three Southland Conference regular-season titles (2009, 2010, 2011) and four tournament titles (1997, 1999, 2000 and 2011).
Texas State boasts 10 former players who have gone on to play Major League Baseball. The group is headlined by two time MLB All-Star Tom Henke and current Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt.
ALLEMAND GETTING INTO GEAR
After going 0-for-17 in his first six games (the Aggies first eight games), Allemand has batted .296 (34-for-118) with five doubles, one home run and 18 RBI in the last 33 games. The 18 RBI during the span is a team-high. Even when he wasn’t hitting, Allemand was able to get on-base enough to score five runs in the first six games, drawing five walks and getting hit by two pitches for a .292 on-base percentage. His on-base percentage the last 33 games is .407 with 17 walks and six HBP.
WOOD PICKING UP STEAM
After going without a hit in his first 15 games (A&M’s first 24), including four starts, Brandon Wood has caught fire the last 13 games. Since the second game of the Sunday Ole Miss doubleheader, Wood is hitting .304 (17-for-56) with eight runs, three doubles, one triple, one home run and six RBI. He also owns a .404 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage over the span. The stretch includes a pair of three-hit games. In the first 24 games of the season, he went 0-for-12, but did manage to post a .333 on-base percentage with five walks and one hit-by-pitch.
Player AVG GP-GS AB R H RBI SLG% BB HBP SO OB% SH SB-ATT
First 24 games .000 15-4 12 4 0 0 .000 5 1 4 .333 1 2-2
Last 13 games .304 17-16 56 8 17 7 .446 6 1 16 .375 3 1-2
MARTIN NOW APPEARING
Kyle Martin ranks third on A&M’s career list with 89 appearances. He’s chasing Kyle Thebeau’s record of 103 appearances between 2006-09. Estevan Uriegas (2009-12) ranks second with 100 appearances.
BRATSEN STEALING THE SHOW
With 14 stolen bases on the year, junior OF Krey Bratsen moved into third place on the Aggie career stolen base charts with 66. Jason Tyner owns the school record with 118 from 1996-98. Chuck Knoblauch (1987-89) is next on the list with 83 steals.
Bratsen stole 31 bases as a freshman, the seventh-best season in school history. Last season, Bratsen racked up 21 stolen bases.
OWNING THE MIDWEEK
The Aggies are 10-1 in midweek action this season, owning a 73-30 scoring margin. The pitching staff owns a 2.15 ERA, holding foes to a .227 batting average. Grayson Long (3-0), Corey Ray (3-0) and Rafael Pineda (1-0) have accounted for all the midweek starts on the mound. Troy Stein (.480), Jonathan Moroney (.391) Mikey Reynolds (.381), Cole Lankford (.345), Mitchell Nau (.345) and Daniel Mengden (.333) are all hitting .330 or better. Nau has a team-high 10 RBI in the 11 games and Blake Allemand has scored 13 runs. Stein (.552) and Blake Allemand (.521) both have on-base percentages of .500 or higher.
HERE COMES THE JESTER, 1-2-3
Jason Jester has been solid as the Aggies’ closer this season, going 10-for-11 in save situations. He is 2-2 with 10 saves and a 2.87 ERA on the season. He has allowed 10 earned runs in 31.1 innings of work over 22 appearances, scattering 22 hits and seven walks while striking out 31. He is holding opponents to a .191 batting average.
MAKING A SACRIFICE
The Aggies are on pace for a school-record sacrifice bunts. With 49 bunts through 41 games, A&M is on pace for 69 sac bunts for the year. The school record is 55 in 2011. Last year, the Aggies put down 50 sacrifice bunts. Krey Bratsen leads the squad with 15 sacrifice bunts. He had 19 as a freshman and eight as a sophomore. Charlie Curl has added 10 and Blake Allemand has seven.
REYNOLDS REACHING BASE
Despite only having one plate appearance in each of his last four games, Mikey Reynolds current streak of reaching base via base hit, walk or hit-by-pitch at least once in 39 consecutive games is the second-longest active streak in the nation. Troy’s Logan Pierce has a 45-game streak, which includes two games in 2012, to lead the nation. After going hitless but reaching via a walk in the season opener, Reynolds went on a career-long 22-game hit streak. He has hit safely in 35 of 39 games. He is hitting .403 on the season with a .466 on-base percentage, 26 runs, eight doubles, 17 RBI and 12 stolen bases. In three pinch-hit appearances against Arkansas he drew a walk and hit two singles.
Cole Lankford has been playing his best collegiate baseball as of late. In his last 24 games (the Aggies’ last 30 games), Lankford is batting .398 (39-for-98) with 12 multiple hit games, eight doubles, two triples, one home run and 16 RBI. In the weekend series at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton, he went 6-for-13 with five RBI. In the series finale against Georgia, Lankford came up just a single shy of hitting for the cycle going 3-for-5 with three runs, one double, one triple, one home run and one RBI. In the series finale against No. 6 Ole Miss, Lankford keyed the Aggies comeback, going 2-for-4 with one double and two runs scored. He batted 5-for-11 against South Carolina, including three hits in the series opener. Lankford batted 7-for-14 with two doubles and two RBI in the three-game series against Auburn. He has six three-hit games in his last 21 contests.
Lankford just had a career-long 12-game hit streak snapped in the series finale at Arkansas.
The Aggies complete their current eight-game road swing with a weekend series in Tuscaloosa against the Alabama Crimson Tide starting on Friday.
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