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Series Preview: Texas A&M Baseball Welcomes Auburn

In which we’ll see the level of TEXAS A&M BASEBALL BACK the Aggie Based Ball Team is

Photo via Rebecca S.

On Tuesday evening, the Aggies dispatched Dallas Baptist 7-3 on the back of a couple of crooked numbers in the third and sixth innings. Nick Choruby remained woke from his outstanding weekend in Baton Rouge, going 2-4 with a steal and three RBIs. Austin Homan seems like he’s starting to heat up, going 2-3 with an RBI double as part of a three-run sixth inning for the Aggie offense.

This weekend, the red-hot Auburn Tigers are in town. They’re fresh off a series victory over previously-No. 7 South Carolina, and they sit tied atop the SEC West standings with Arkansas at 7-2. Back in March, they swept then-No. 5 Florida. Needless to say, they’re having quite the season under second-year Head Coach Butch Thompson. If the Ags are really back to their winning ways, we’ll get a good idea of just how A&M BACK they really are this weekend.

Probable Starters

  • Friday: Brigham Hill (5-2, 2.60 ERA) vs. Casey Mize (4-1, 1.58 ERA)
  • Saturday: Corbin Martin (3-2, 3.90 ERA) vs. Keegan Thompson (4-0, 0.70 ERA)
  • Sunday: Stephen Kolek (1-2, 5.15 ERA) vs. Davis Daniel (2-1, 4.83 ERA)

What to Watch For

The Aggies really need Good Brigham Hill

Before last weekend, we wondered when Brigham Hill would finally snap out of that streak of bad outings he had in the month of March. He definitely delivered last Thursday night in Baton Rouge. But if the Ags want a good shot at taking down a very good Auburn team, they’ll need the Brigham Hill that started the season off on a 20.2-inning scoreless streak and shut out LSU last weekend. Auburn doesn’t have an incredibly explosive offense (they’re ranked 96th in the country in scoring with 6.0 runs/game), but their starting pitching has been exceptional. They need to be able to win some low-scoring games.

Corbin Martin needs to build off of his last start

Martin had arguably his best start in a Texas A&M uniform last weekend against LSU. Yes, he gave up three runs, but that was on only four hits and two walks in eight innings. He was so efficient, throwing just 99 total pitches, and his effort in that start has earned him the opportunity to move up a spot in the rotation. If he can keep that momentum going, the Aggies’ starting rotation will have a scary 1-2 punch on Fridays and Saturdays.

The freshmen have hit a wall (sort of)

At the beginning of the year, the A&M offense was dominated by the fish (and Nick Choruby). Logan Foster and Hunter Coleman have been cooling off for a while now, although their batting averages are still sitting above .300. Braden Shewmake has seen his average drop below the .400 mark, and he’s no longer leading all freshmen nationally in hits. Okay, he’s still second, and only behind by one hit, but still. With the way the upperclassmen have been up-and-down this year, getting the fish back in business should help the offense immensely.

How to Watch

  • Times: Friday, 6:30 pm | Saturday, 3:00 pm | Sunday, 1:00 pm
  • TV: All three games will be available via SEC Network+
  • Radio: Dave South has the call on SportsRadio 1150 AM/The Zone 102.7 FM
  • Live Audio: 12thman.com