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Series Preview: Aggie Baseball Heads to Bama

ROLL DAMN TIDE Y’ALL

Photo via Rebecca S.

The Aggie Baseballers took care of business on Tuesday night against Abilene Christian, cruising to an 8-1 victory over the Wildcats at Olsen. They scored all eight of their runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, with six of them coming with two outs. Braden Shewmake, who most definitely seems BACK¡!, Hunter Coleman, and George Janca did most of the heavy lifting at the plate, as the three of them combined for seven of the team’s 10 hits and five RBIs. Shewmake’s three RBIs came on one swing of the bat in the fifth when he cranked a 1-0 offering over the wall in right to give A&M its first lead of the day.

This weekend, the Ags are traveling over to Tuscaloosa. The last time A&M made the trek to take on the Tide in 2015, Alabama was in the process of renovating their ballpark, Sewell-Thomas Stadium. This will be A&M’s first visit to The New Joe.

The Tide are fighting some struggles thus far in 2017. They currently sit at 14-19 overall, and 2-10 in SEC play.

Probable Starters

  • Thursday: Brigham Hill (5-3, 2.65 ERA) vs. Jake Walters (4-3, 3.00 ERA)
  • Friday: Corbin Martin (3-2, 4.33 ERA) vs. Dylan Duarte (2-2, 3.27 ERA)
  • Saturday: Stephen Kolek (2-2, 4.43 ERA) vs. Nick Eicholtz (1-0, 6.16 ERA)

What to Watch For

Brigham needs some offense

In his last three starts, Brigham Hill has been really good. Although he’s given up six total runs in those outings, the Aggie offense has only provided eight total runs in support of their ace. Half of those came against LSU, when Brigham posted eight shutout innings in Baton Rouge. Granted, Auburn’s starter, Casey Mize, put in a heroic effort for the visiting Tigers, but Brigham needs run support.

The freshmen are starting to break down that wall

Hunter Coleman went yard last weekend for the first time in an Aggie uniform. Logan Foster, who tallied an RBI on Tuesday, seems to be putting it back together. Braden Shewmake is back to doing Braden Shewmake things after an 0-8 stretch to begin the Auburn series. For the offense to truly click, the fish have to play a vital role, especially with Shewmake and Coleman hitting third and fourth in the order.

How to Watch

  • Times: Thursday, 6:00 pm | Friday, 6:00 pm | Saturday, 2:00 pm
  • TV: All three games will be televised via SEC Network +
  • Radio: Dave South has the call on SportsRadio 1150 AM/The Zone 102.7 FM
  • Live Audio: 12thman.com