A week after taking down LSU at The Box, the Aggies fought their way to another winning weekend against Auburn. Yes, that’s two consecutive series victories against top 15 opponents. And since starting the year 1-5 in SEC play, the Aggies have won four of their last six conference games.
It’s almost like losing by 14 runs in conference play kind of really pissed the Ags off. In the games since that massacre in Nashville, the Aggie pitching staff has posted a team ERA of 2.67, and they’re holding their opponents to just under three runs per game. For all of you nerds like me who appreciate #STATS, they’ve also posted a team WHIP and a team K/9 of 1.22 and 7.56, respectively. Notable because their is down from 1.54 and their K/9 is up from 6.83 in the six games prior to this streak of not terrible, unbad, really good baseball. They’re still getting some inconsistent outings from the pitchers, but it’s really good to see the Aggies win with their arms.
- Brigham Hill pitched very well in this one. In his six innings, he allowed both Auburn runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out eight Tigers hitters. He began the game by sitting down the first six batters he faced. His only downfall was a one-out, two-run double in the third. Outside of that frame, he allowed just five baserunners.
- As good as Brigham was, however, Auburn SP Casey Mize was even better. Seven shutout innings, with just two hits and one walk allowed, while striking out 12 Aggies (BRAND). He didn’t allow a baserunner until the fourth inning.
- Corbin Martin, riding in on his heroic eight inning masterpiece against LSU last weekend, had a tough day on the mound. One week removed from his 99 pitches in eight frames, he lasted only three innings on Saturday, giving up three runs on six hits and five walks. He struck out just two.
- Kaylor Chafin, who has done the best Matt Kent impression of all time this year, came on in the fourth and allowed just two hits and three walks over the next 3.2 innings. Then after a two-out, eight-pitch walk, Mitchell Kilkenny came in and shut the door. He gave up just two singles in 2.1 innings, while striking out four.
- The freshmen stepped up again in this one. They tallied all five of A&M’s RBIs. Jorge Gutierrez got the Aggies on the board in the second with a two-run double down the right field line. In the next inning, Hunter Coleman cranked his first career WHAMMY, a two-run shot to right center. Cam Blake then drove in a run in the fifth.
- Stephen Kolek has had a rough go of it lately. He started that 17-3 game at Vandy, and he took the loss last weekend at LSU. But on Sunday, he found his groove. In a career-high eight innings, he allowed just one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Hopefully he can build off of this dandy of a start.
- SHEWMAKE BACK (?). After going 0-8 at the plate to start the series, Shew got back to doing Shewmake things. He went 2-4 with two RBIs, giving him 18 multi-hit games on the year.
The Aggies will take on Abilene Christian tomorrow night at 6:30. As usual, you can catch the game on SEC Network+.