Last weekend was definitely a lot more #fun than Aggie Baseballers had in a couple of weeks, as they handily swept Georgia by a combined score of 30-3. The Texas A&M lineup was shuffled a bit, and the new-look starting rotation of Hill-Vines-Simonds was outstanding. The sweep was the best way to wash out the bad taste of a four-game losing streak.
This weekend, the Aggies head over to Dudy Noble Field, the home of Mississippi St8ball. The Bulldogs have been a bit of a surprise as they've worked their way all the way up to No. 2 in the D1Baseball.com poll and firmly into the Super Regional hosting discussion. They went down to Gainesville last weekend to take on the same Florida Gators that swept A&M, and ended up taking two of three from UF.
Here's a look at the Bulldogs' starting rotation:
Friday, 6:30 pm
Dakota Hudson (4-2, 1.68)
Hudson had arguably been the best pitcher in the SEC (outside of maybe Missouri's Tanner Houck) until his start at Florida last Friday. Until that start, he hadn't given up a single earned run in conference play. Then he has to face Florida's ridiculous lineup, and gives up five earned on eight hits and two walks in just 5.0 innings. So which Hudson will the Aggies get this weekend? Well, if the St8ballers are anything like the Aggies, they'll bounce back just fine at home.
Saturday, 2:00 pm
Austin Sexton (3-1, 3.28)
Sexton has been the other mainstay in the Bulldogs' rotation. Last weekend against the Gators, he allowed only three runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings of work. Even though it wasn't his best outing of the year, he held the Gators at bay long enough to let the Bulldogs offense go to work (they ended up scoring 9 runs on Saturday against Alex Faedo, which gives me a sad). Sexton is a solid starting pitcher, but like most he is vulnerable.
Sunday, 1:30 pm
Konnor Pilkington (1-0, 0.89)
While it hasn't been officially announced who the Sunday starter will be, I assume Coach John Cohen will give the ball to the guy who threw four shutout innings in his start in Gainesville last weekend. Pilkington allowed three hits and issued five walks, which probably led to his exit from the game coming a bit earlier than it should have. The main thing that has plagued State all year has been the production of their Sunday starters. Even if things seem to be going just as poorly this weekend as they did at Florida, there's still a good chance to take the Sunday game given State's troubles in Game 3s.
How to Watch/Listen
TV: SEC Network+
Radio: 1150 AM, 102.7 FM