In their final tune-up series before SEC play, the Aggies took care of business against Brown. The games weren’t always pretty, but the pitching staff seemed to be much more in-control than they were a week ago.
Braden Shewmake has been phenomenal all year, and this weekend was no different. He ended the series going 6-13 (.461) with three RBIs, while keeping the offense humming along. Shewmake is one of the biggest keys to this team, and he’s only a freshman.
The pitching staff bounced back very well from their control issues they experienced last week. In total, they walked just eight Bears hitters in the series, and three of those came from Brigham Hill, of all people. They did surrender 28 hits, so that will be something they’ll need to try to limit as they enter SEC play. But in all, it was a great response.
Friday: Texas A&M 6, Brown 4
- Coming into Friday, Brigham Hill was riding a 20.2-inning scoreless streak, but that came to an end in the first inning of play. He wasn’t at his best, giving up four earned runs and striking out just three in just 5.0+ innings of work, but that was enough to get the win. Those four runs also caused his ERA to SKYROCKET all the way up to 1.40 on the season. Totally unacceptable imo smh.
- Logan Foster had another Logan Foster day, going 3-5 with two RBIs and his fourth homer of the young season. That’s his ninth multi-hit game of the year already, and we’re only 17 games into the season. This kid is something else.
Saturday: Texas A&M 3, Brown 2
- This game was an odd one. The Ags jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, but Brown used a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth innings to tie it. The score remained even until the rain got heavy enough to postpone the rest of the contest before the start of the ninth inning. They picked up on Sunday morning, and with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Austin Homan drew a walk to drive in the winning run. For those of you keeping track at home, that’s the second Super Dumb walk off of the season (the first being SFA’s failed intentional walk/wild pitch).
- The great news from this game was Corbin Martin threw two perfect innings in the eighth and ninth. He also struck out three. Getting Corbin going will go a long way for this pitching staff.
Sunday: Texas A&M 5, Brown 1
- Mitchell Kilkenny was really, really good. In seven innings, he allowed just one run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Those seven innings tied his career long.
- Shewmake did more Shewmake things, going 2-4 with two huge RBIs and a run scored of his own.
- The best news from game three: we got to see TURNERRR Larkins for the first time this season. He came in in the ninth and promptly set the Bears down in order on only 14 pitches. He also struck out two. Oh and also 11 of his 14 pitches were strikes and by my calculations that is good. Getting Larkins back is huge for a pitching staff that has had to rely on quite a few freshman arms out of the ‘pen.
The boys in maroon and white will travel down the road to Austin (side-eye emoji) tonight to take on the 12-6 Longhorns, who are fresh off a sweep of 6-8 UCLA. Let’s take a moment to remember why we love Michael Barash so much. First pitch from Taco Bell-Pizza Hut-Kentucky Fried Chicken-Gallery Furniture-UFCU Disch-Falk Field at 6:30.