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Series Preview: Aggie Baseball Hosts South Carolina

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Just when A&M desperately needs a series win, the SEC’s hottest team comes to town

Photo via Rebecca S.

Two nights ago, the Aggies took down Sam Houston State 6-5 in their final midweek contest of the regular season. The Ags got the scoring started in the bottom of the first with a Hunter Coleman RBI triple and a Will Frizzell RBI single, both with two outs. The Bearkats tied things up in the third, but a couple of RBI singles sandwiched around a sac fly in the sixth gave the Ags a 5-2 lead. They tacked on an insurance run in the eighth, when Logan Foster scored on a passed ball. Now leading 6-2, the insurance would come in handy, as the Bearkats scored three in the top of the ninth to cut the lead to 6-5. Nolan Hoffman was able to hold on, coaxing three ground outs to close it out.

This weekend, the Aggies should be on high alert. After getting swept in Fayetteville last weekend, it’s entirely likely that a series loss in their final series of the regular season could cause the Ags to miss out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. They would be 13-17 in SEC play, which is dicey to say the least.

South Carolina started their SEC slate off with two consecutive series losses. They dropped two of three at home against Florida in the first, and they were swept at Georgia the next weekend. They bounced back with a sweep of Tennessee, but followed that up with two more losses at Kentucky and at Arkansas. Since then, however, they’ve rattled off four straight series wins, including a sweep of LSU at home. On offense, the Gamecocks rank middle of the pack in just about every category except strikeouts and grounding into double plays. They enter the weekend tied for the third fewest strikeouts. They’ve also grounded into the fewest double plays in the SEC this season. On the mound, the story is about the same: they are middle of the pack in most categories. A few stats that stand out are walks allowed (they’ve issued the most in the league) and home runs allowed (third-most allowed).

Probable Starters

  • Thursday: Mitchell Kilkenny (8-3, 2.85 ERA) vs. Logan Chapman (3-1, 4.67 ERA)
  • Friday: John Doxakis (6-4, 3.15 ERA) vs. Adam Hill (6-5, 4.08 ERA)
  • Saturday: TBA vs. Cody Morris (6-3, 4.22 ERA)

How to Watch

  • Times: Thursday, 6:32 pm | Friday, 6:32 pm | Saturday, 2:02 pm
  • TV: Saturday’s game will be on the SEC Network
  • Live Video: All three games will be available to stream on SEC Network +
  • Radio: Dave South has the call on SportsRadio 1150 AM/The Zone 102.7 FM
  • Live Stats: tamu.statbroadcast.com (desktop); tamustats.com (mobile)