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Weekend Preview: Frisco College Baseball Classic

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In which the lovely folks in Frisco won’t confiscate your bubble machines and remove you from the park!

Photo via Rebecca S.

After a couple of midweek tilts with some friends in the Southland Conference, the boys in maroon and white are headed to Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco for the second annual Frisco College Baseball Classic. In those two games, the Aggies’ offense continued firing on all cylinders, as they scored a combined 17 runs on 21 hits. Chris Andritsos, who hit for A&M’s second of two cycles last weekend, is on an incredible stretch at the plate. In the two games, he went 3 for 7, with two RBIs, and his team-leading third WHAMMY of the year. Logan Foster, whose refined approach at the plate this year has him hitting to a .481/.529/.741 slash line, and Braden Shewmake finally got on the WHAMMY board as well, which is a great sign. Also, John Doxakis continued his dominance on the mound in his first start of the season on Tuesday night, giving up just one run on three hits and no walks while striking out eight in his six innings.

This weekend, the Ags are taking on Louisiana Tech (5-4), Baylor (3-3), and Cal (5-2). Although all three opponents are unranked, this weekend should prove to be A&M’s toughest competition thus far in 2018 and give us a better read on how good this team is than the likes of Rhode Island and Cornell.

Probable Starters

  • Friday vs. LA Tech: Stephen Kolek (2-0, 0.77 ERA) vs. Matt Miller (0-0, 0.82 ERA)
  • Saturday vs. Baylor: Chandler Jozwiak (1-0, 3.38 ERA) vs. Hayden Kettler (1-1, 0.75 ERA)
  • Sunday vs. Cal: Mitchell Kilkenny (2-0, 1.42 ERA) vs. Matt Ladrech (1-1, 3.27 ERA)

What to Watch For

Kolek and Kilkenny

Stephen Kolek and Mitchell Kilkenny are off both off to outstanding starts thus far. The two junior righties have combined to allow just four runs (three earned) in 24.1 innings of work, while walking only six (Kilkenny with just one lolwut) and striking out 30. Yes, that means they’re both sporting a K/9 over 10.5, and Kilkenny currently has a BB/9 of 0.71. In his first two games, Kolek has pitched exactly how you want the Friday night starter to pitch. What Kilkenny is doing on Sundays? That’s downright unfair.

Cal’s offense is... scary

Of the seven position players that have started all seven games for the Bears, six of them boast batting averages north of .300, three of them above .400 thus far. OK, cool. Seems plausible; not too shabby. Also, two of those three above .400 are hitting north of .500. Cool, cool, cool. Jonah Davis, who currently owns a slash line of .423/.531/.923, is second on the team in hits (11) and homers (3). His main flaw seems to be the punchout, as he’s struck out 12 times already in his 26 at bats. Still, that line is stupid, and he leads the team with 15 RBIs. Andrew Vaughn is the team’s leader in basically every other category. He’s tied for the lead in hits (13), he has the fewest strikeouts (2), and he leads in total bases (29), runs scored (12), walks (9), and home runs (5). His .542/.676/1.208 slash line is ungodly. Kilkenny definitely has his work cut out for him this Sunday.

How to Watch/Listen

  • Times: Friday, 7:00 pm | Saturday, 6:00 pm | Sunday, 11:00 am
  • Radio: SportsRadio 1150 AM/The Zone 102.7 FM
  • Live Video: All three games can be streamed on the Frisco College Baseball Classic YouTube channel and Facebook Live page. Links to each game can be found here.
  • Live Stats: tamu.statbroadcast.com (desktop); tamustats.com (mobile)