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Series Preview: Aggie Baseball Hosts Pepperdine

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The Aggies welcome the 3-0 Pepperdine Waves, in what will likely be a much tougher test for the Maroon & White.

Photo via Rebecca S.

Last weekend, the Aggies had a lot of #fun.

They outscored Bowling Green 50 to 8 on the way to an impressive sweep of the Falcons. The freshmen were highly touted coming into this season, and they delivered in a big way. The pitching staff was as good as advertised. It was a nice, relaxing weekend for Aggie Based Ball.

Fast-forward to Tuesday night’s tilt with SFA, and those good vibes from the weekend subsided quickly. John Doxakis made his first career start, and in the third inning things began to unravel. Kaylor Chafin came on in relief, but by the time the inning ended, the Lumberjacks built a 5-0 lead. Fortunately for the Ags, they were able to even the contest thanks to a George Janca two-run triple in the fourth, a Walker Pennington RBI single in the fifth, and a Jorge Gutierrez two-run shot in the sixth. That home run was Jorge’s third of the year, and his first from the right side of the plate. His twitter bio states “me gusta jugar beisbol”, and I’m inclined to agree. Jorge le gusta jugar beisbol, indeed.

The game remained tied 5-5 until the bottom of the 12th. Then this bit of amazing happened:

This weekend, the Pepperdine Waves are in town for a three game set. Last season, the Aggies took two of three from the Waves in Malibu. Pepperdine comes in undefeated, at 3-0, looking to exact some revenge on the Ags.

Probable Starters

  • Friday: Brigham Hill (Jr., 1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Ryan Wilson (Jr., 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
  • Saturday: Stephen Kolek (Soph., 1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Max Gamboa (Jr., 0-0, 11.25 ERA)
  • Sunday: Mitchell Kilkenny (Soph., 1-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. Will Jensen (Fr., 0-0, 3.86 ERA)

What to Watch For

Nick Choruby esta en fuego

The senior center fielder from Oregon has had a whale of a start to this young season. He’s 10-16 so far, which maths to a .625 batting average, with a home run, five RBI, and 10 runs scored. The starting pitching should be a step up from last weekend, although they didn’t necessarily show that in their opening series (more on that in a minute). Can Choruby stay hot with the bat? Will he bunt? (Please don’t bunt.) Keep doing the thing, Chorbs.

A Pepperdine Startin Pitching Rebound

Wilson was good for the Waves last weekend, pitching 4.2 innings of no-hit baseball, but he also issued six walks. That could just be opening day jitters, but six walks will lead to a bad day against this lineup.

Gamboa had a rough day on the mound last Saturday, giving up five earned runs on eight hits and a walk in four innings of work against Saint Joseph’s. That’s, uh, not good. A bounce-back performance should be expected for the junior righty.

Jensen made his collegiate debut on Sunday, and he gave up two earned on four hits and three walks in 4.2 innings.

Moral of the story, none of the Waves’ starters made it through five innings against an inferior opponent on opening weekend. If they want to give themselves a good chance against the Aggies this weekend, they’re going to need more out of these three.

Jorge Gutierrez

What Jorge has done so far in his first four games at the college level has been outstanding. He currently possesses a slugging percentage of 2.286, an OBP of .833, and is 5-7 with three homers, a triple, five RBI, four walks, and six runs scored. He’s got 16 total bases in only 12 plate appearances. Like, how? Keep doing the thing, Jorge.

How to Watch

  • Times: 6:30 pm Friday | 2:00 pm Saturday | 1:00 pm Sunday
  • TV: All three games will be televised on SEC Network +
  • Radio: SportsRadio 1150/102.7 The Zone
  • Live Audio: 12thman.com