Currently sitting on an eight game winning streak (and a seven game streak where the team has scored at least 10 runs), the Aggies find themselves back in control of their own destiny as it pertains to their chase for a Top 8 National Seed. The offensive explosion that we've seen from the maroon and white over the last couple of weeks has been super #fun. Every hitter in the lineup right now has a batting average over .300 (the highest being Boomer White's .432).
Last weekend, the Ags rode their offensive momentum into Starkville and swept the then-No. 2 St8ballers by scoring 30 combined runs in the three game set. This weekend A&M welcomes Alabama (23-15, 8-7) to town. The Tide pitching staff has only allowed double digit runs twice so far in 2016, so that streak of 10+ might be in jeopardy. Luckily, the Alabama lineup doesn't hit all that well. They have three regular starters with averages below .225, a team total of 13 home runs and their batting average leader hits only .309. When this Bama squad is playing well, they're manufacturing runs and hitting just well enough for their pitching staff to take them home. Here's a bit about the Alabama starting rotation:
Friday, 6:30 pm
Geoffrey Bramblett (3-2, 2.09)
In his most recent start last weekend against Ole Miss, Bramblett went seven strong innings and allowed just one run (unearned) on two hits and three walks. He struck out eight Ole Miss batters. That's pretty good. The week before, however, he allowed three earned runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out nine in seven innings at Kentucky. Bramblett is a solid SEC Friday night guy. If the Ags hope to keep their streak going, they have their work cut out for them.
Saturday, 2:00 pm
Jake Walters (3-3, 2.10)
Another day, another sub-3.00 ERA starter. Walters threw seven shutout innings last weekend against Ole Miss, allowing just five hitters to reach base via four hits and a walk. The week before that, he allowed just one run in 5.1 innings. Walters has pitched very well this season, only giving up 12 runs all season long, and he's averaged just over a strikeout per inning so far in 2016. The most runs Walters has given up in a single outing this year was his first start of the year against Maryland, where he gave up five earned. Once again, the Aggie hitters should have their hands full.
Sunday, 1:00 pm
Nick Eicholtz (3-1, 2.34)
Oh another sub-3.00 ERA? Cool. Eicholtz threw six strong innings last weekend, giving up just one run on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts. He too has pitched very well all season long, giving up a total of nine earned runs. He did struggle against Georgia a few weeks ago, when he gave up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and two walks in just three innings of work. After last weekend's performance, that seems to be a fluke outing, but he'll have to face the hottest hitting lineup in the conference, if not the country, this weekend.
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