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Series Preview: Texas A&M Baseball Travels to LSU

Because there’s nothing that could possibly go wrong at Alex Box Stadium.

Photo via Rebecca S.

The Aggies took to the road for the fourth straight game on Tuesday night and took down Texas State 9-3 in San Marcos. They got off to a slow start, giving up three runs in the first three innings. But in the fourth, Nick Choruby smacked the first pitch of the inning over the wall in right-center for his second career home run that cut the lead to 3-1. From there, the A&M offense came alive. They tallied four runs in the sixth, two more in the eighth, and two more in the ninth.

It’s no secret that the 2017 iteration of Aggie Baseball doesn’t have the same offensive firepower that we saw the last two years. But this team can still score runs in bunches. And given the apparent up-and-down nature of the pitching staff, they’ll need every run they can get this weekend against the Top 10 LSU Tigers.

LSU currently sits at 4-2 after two weekends of SEC play. They keep doing that thing they’ve been prone to do in recent years where they randomly lose midweek games, which they’ve done four times this season after Tuesday’s loss to Tulane. That said, the Tigers are really good. Let’s see if the Ags have what it takes to take to knock off LSU in front of the Rally Possum.

Probable Starters

  • Friday: Brigham Hill (4-2, 3.16 ERA) vs. Alex Lange (3-2, 4.09 ERA)
  • Saturday: Stephen Kolek () vs. Jared Poche` (5-1, 0.90 ERA)
  • Sunday: Corbin Martin (2-2, 4.07 ERA) vs. Eric Walker (3-0, 3.69 ERA)

What to Watch For

Which Brigham Hill will we see?

Brigham started the year on fire. But as we’ve seen recently, he’s cooled off quite a bit. He walked the nine-hole hitter to load the bases with two outs before giving up the three-run lead A&M held on one pitch to Jeren Kendall last weekend. We know how good he is. Which Brigham Hill will we see tonight?

Here comes George Janca

Janca hit a cool 6-12 with a pair of three-run jacks last weekend at Vandy, and thanks to this sudden outburst, his season batting average has climbed up to .281. Rob Childress made the move to sit George for a two games a couple of weeks ago, and he’s collected 12 hits since his return to the lineup. That includes a career-high seven game hit streak he’s taking into the weekend.

What about Alex Lange?

Although his ERA seems a bit high, there’s a reason Lange is still LSU’s Friday night starter. In is 33.0 innings of work, he’s struck out 43 batters while walking only 10. When he’s on his game, Lange is without a doubt one of the best pitchers in the entire country. Last season was very similar to what’s happened thus far in 2017. But when he toed the rubber at Olsen last year, he struck out 11 A&M hitters in only 6.1 innings while giving up just two runs. Which Alex Lange will show up tonight?

Your weekly reminder about Braden Shewmake

Shewmake had yet another multi-hit game on Tuesday against Texas State, which brings his season total to 16. He leads all freshmen nationally in hits with 44, and he sits at third among all D1 players. It’s getting ridiculous at this point. Pay attention.