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Series Preview: Texas A&M Baseball goes to Vanderbilt

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The Aggie Based Ballers travel to Nashville to take on them Vandy Boys

Photo via Rebecca S.

The Aggies got back to their winning ways on Tuesday night, taking down the Rice Owls 8-5. Rice is struggling so far this season, with a record of 6-17 following Tuesday’s tilt at Olsen, so it was good to see the Ags take care of business for the first time in what seems like forever and a day.

Joel Davis and Logan Foster led the charge offensively. Davis went 2-3, with three RBIs, a double, and his third homer of the season. If there’s anything we know about Joel, he has a tendency to WHAMMY in bunches. Earlier this season, he homered in two straight games (2/28 against Prairie View and 3/1 against Incarnate Word), and last season he did the same thing (3/13/16 against Fresno State and 3/15/16 against Texas). Stay Woke Alert to a Joel Davis home run at some point this weekend. Foster, on the other hand, went 3-4, with a double and two RBIs. Austin Homan (2-3, three runs, two walks, one RBI) and Braden Shewmake (1-2, one walk, one RBI) also enjoyed good days at the plate.

This weekend the Ags are in Music City to take on the also-scuffling Vandy Boys™. The ‘Dores opened the season with a loss at San Diego, and things have been up-and-down for them since. They then dropped their home-opening series to Illinois-Chicago, two games to one, before dropping a series to Cal State Northridge in a similar fashion. Last weekend they fell to Ole Miss, and now sit at 14-8 on the season.

There’s been quite the upheaval thus far in the SEC. Florida and Mississippi State join the Ags as 2016 Super Regional hosts that have started 2017 SEC play off 0-3. Hopefully that makes you feel at least a little bit better.

Probable Starters

  • Friday: Brigham Hill (4-1, 2.61 ERA) vs. Kyle Wright (0-3, 4.33 ERA)
  • Saturday: Stephen Kolek (1-0. 2.54 ERA) vs. Patrick Raby (3-2, 1.71 ERA)
  • Sunday: TBA vs. Drake Fellows (3-0, 1.72 ERA)

What to Watch For

Brigham Hill

To start the season, Brigham Hill threw 20.2 innings of scoreless baseball, including a dazzling display against Texas Tech at the College Classic. Since then, however, Brigham has given up four and five earned runs apiece in his most recent two starts against Brown and Kentucky, respectively. The Aggies need to get him back into form quickly, or the season might start to get ugly.

Braden Shewmake

There’s not much about Shewmake that hasn’t already been said. He’s been phenomenal in his first 21 games as an Aggie. He currently ranks 10th nationally in total bases, 15th in RBIs, 20th in doubles, and 59th in batting average. He’s building a hell of a case for SEC Freshman of the Year, and if he keeps this up, he may even keep the SEC Player of the Year title in College Station.

How to Watch

  • Times: 6:30 pm Friday | 7:00 pm Saturday | 3:00 pm Sunday
  • TV: Friday night’s game will be shown on SEC Network + | Saturday and Sunday will be featured on SEC Network.
  • Radio: SportsRadio 1150 AM/The Zone 102.7 FM
  • Live Audio: 12thman.com