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Series Preview: Aggie Baseball Takes on Long Beach State

In which these guys beat Texas in the regional last year, so they deserve a parade or maybe UCF’s national championship or something

Photo via Rebecca S.

This past Tuesday and Wednesday, the Texas Aggie Baseballers picked up a couple of hard-fought victories against the Northwestern State Demons. Tuesday’s affair was close throughout the first half of the game. Braden Shewmake picked up the first hit of the game for the Ags, but that didn’t come until the fourth. With the game tied at one, A&M posted a five-run sixth to pull away from Northwestern State; eventually winning 6-1. On Wednesday, the Demons jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three and a half. A&M answered with two runs in the fourth with this Logan Foster WHAMMY to make the score 5-2. After NSU grabbed an insurance run in the sixth, the Aggies posted a three-run frame in the bottom half to bring them within one, 6-5. Zach DeLoach tied the game in the eighth with an RBI single. They weren’t able to snag a lead, and eventually the game went into extras. With two on and two out, Baine Schoenvogel conjured up some Olsen Magic, doubling down the right field line for the game-winner.

This weekend the Aggies play host to the Long Beach State Dirtbags. LBSU was a super regional team in 2017, and they were one win away from Omaha. This year, however, they’re off to a sluggish start. So far, they’re 5-8 and have yet to win a series. To be completely fair, they’ve played probably the toughest schedule of anyone in the country through the first three weeks of the season. They dropped a series in Fort Worth against the Team That Shall Not Be Named in week two, split a two-game, midweek series against Arizona State, and dropped their series against Ole Miss at home last weekend. They did end up beating Vanderbilt on Wednesday at home, but the biggest disappointment is probably their opening weekend series loss against Saint Mary’s. It’s an interesting situation, to say the least.

Probable Starters

  • Friday: Stephen Kolek (2-1, 1.56 ERA) vs. Clayton Andrews (1-2, 3.00 ERA)
  • Saturday: John Doxakis (2-0, 1.17 ERA) vs. Zak Baayoun (2-1, 2.21 ERA)
  • Sunday: Mitchell Kilkenny (3-0, 1.83 ERA) vs. Tyler Radcliffe (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

What to Watch For

Doxakis’ weekend debut

This has been something that has seemingly been coming for a while. Chandler Jozwiak made the first three Saturday starts, and in each one he showed flashes of how good he can be. But overall he struggled. Meanwhile, Doxakis has been lights out in every situation he’s been called upon. On multiple occasions, Dox came on in relief of Jozwiak and dazzled. In his one start thus far, he was outstanding. How will he do when thrust into the weekend rotation?

Logan Foster is on one

In the latter half of last season, Foster looked like he had hit a wall at the plate. He’s come back with an improved approach at the plate this year, and it’s paying off. He currently leads the team in hitting with a .404 batting average and RBIs with 17. This is the Logan Foster we saw at the beginning of 2017.

How to Watch

  • Times: Friday, 6:30 pm | Saturday, 2:00 pm | Sunday, 12:00 pm
  • TV: All three games will be televised on SEC Network +, with special guest color commentator Boomer White on with Will Johnson tonight
  • Radio: Dave South, Scott Clendenin, and Kevin Hurley have the call on SportsRadio 1150 AM/The Zone 102.7 FM
  • Live Stats: (desktop); (mobile)