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Texas A&M Baseball: Aggies Take Two in Baton Rouge

It makes me feel so good!

Photo via Rebecca S.

After two consecutive weekends where it seemed nothing was going to go right for the Aggies and the only logical solution was to drown your sorrows at Arby’s because life is meaningless, the based ballers went out and showed us that maybe life isn’t so pointless after all. Brigham Hill faced off against Pitching-Versus-Texas-A&M Alex Lange and won. Corbin Martin did this thing where he didn’t throw a hundred thousand pitches and have to leave the game after three innings and won. Walker Pennington did that thing like he did last year against Ole Miss in the SEC Tournament. All around, it was a very #good weekend, if only because the Ags didn’t lose a series.

Thursday: Texas A&M 4, LSU 0

  • Brigham Hill BACK? Maybe. In a career-high 8.0 shutout innings, Hill struck out seven Tigers, while allowing just three hits and two walks. His command was back to what we’ve come to expect, which was so good to see considering the struggles he’s faced lately. Last weekend at Vandy, Brigham began to right the ship, but Jeren Kendall ruined what otherwise would have been a very good start. It seems that Brigham has indeed found it once more. Don’t lose it again, please.
  • Pitching-Versus-Texas-A&M Alex Lange can be quite frightening. In three career starts against the Aggies, he’s racked up 30 strikeouts in 19.2 innings. No matter how his season might be going, it appears you can always count on Lange to morph into Pitching-Versus-Texas-A&M Alex Lange and watch him strike out an entire stadium of Aggies out by throwing approximately 700 curve balls. In total on Thursday, Lange went 8.0 strong innings, giving up two runs on nine hits, one walk, and 12 strikeouts. That’s a solid brand though, tbh.
  • Nick Choruby took Lange deep. Yes, the same Nick Choruby who didn’t hit his first collegiate home run until this season. Skip to about the 0:40 mark on this video, and watch Chorbs do the damned thing.

Friday: LSU 7, Texas A&M 4

  • Jared Poche’ has been otherworldly this season, and he came into this game having only given up four earned runs all season. That’s good enough for an ERA of 0.90. Decent, imo. His final line on Friday: 7.0 innings, two runs on eight hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. Not the same Poche’ we’ve seen so far this season, but still pretty good.
  • Stephen Kolek had another rough day at the office. In just 5.2 innings, he allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits, two walks, and two strikeouts.
  • Walker Pennington and Cole Bedford each mashed a two-run homer for all four Aggie runs.

Saturday: Texas A&M 4, LSU 3

  • Remember that time Walker Pennington hit a pinch-hit, three-run bomb to give the Aggies the lead late in the game against Ole Miss in the 2016 SEC Tournament? It happened again on Saturday.
  • Corbin Martin began the year in the bullpen, tabbed as the team’s closer. His electric 95+ mph fastball and nasty breaking stuff set him up to be perfect for the role. Yet here we find ourselves seven weeks into the season, and it seems that Corbin has finally found his spot. In 8.0 innings, Martin allowed just three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out five. He managed those eight innings while only throwing 99 pitches. Contrast that with his 111 pitches in just four innings last weekend against Vanderbilt, and you can see why there is reason for optimism.

What’s Next?

The Aggies will finally be back at Olsen tomorrow night, as they take on Dallas Baptist at 6:30 pm. The Patriots are 18-9 on the season, and are currently riding a four game winning streak.