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Series Preview: Aggie Baseball Welcomes UIC

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In what should be a decent tuneup series, A&M has an opportunity to get some things right before the competition ramps up at the Shriners College Classic

Maybe the happiest RC I’ve ever seen
Photo via Rebecca S.

This past Tuesday and Wednesday, the Aggie Baseballers played host to Stephen F. Austin and Prairie View A&M in their first midweek action of the young season. The Ags came out of those contests with two more wins to push their record to a perfect 5-0. That’s great! Unfortunately, some potential holes started to show, and when their opponents get tougher here in a couple of weeks, the Aggies won’t be able to skate by on talent advantage alone.

The pitching staff has excelled thus far, midweek randomness aside. The weekend rotation was was outstanding against Fordham, and there’s no reason to believe they won’t continue their brilliance this weekend. The bullpen has been solid, with a few putting out some fantastic performances. Christian Roa, for example, has been absolutely dominant, starting 2019 with 4.1 perfect innings over two appearances. Offensively, however, it almost seems like the Aggies think they’ve found a new market inefficiency with the amount of routine ground balls and infield pop ups.

Luckily for Rob Childress and the Ags, there are five more games to get things straightened out before their first big test of the season, with UIC coming to Aggieland this weekend. The Flames finished 2018 with an RPI north of 200. They began their 2019 campaign with three consecutive losses to Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, and Georgia State. UIC’s Friday night starter, Jacob Key, was named to the All-Horizon League Second Team in 2018. In his first start of 2019, however, Key wasn’t able to find the same success. In the third inning alone, he gave up the following sequence with one out: solo homer, walk, two-run homer, solo homer. That’s rough to say the least.

Probable Starters

  • Friday: John Doxakis (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Jacob Key (0-1, 9.64 ERA)
  • Saturday: Asa Lacy (1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Patrick Martin (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
  • Sunday: Jonathan Childress (0-0, 1.93 ERA) vs. Joey Fredrickson (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

How to Watch

  • Times: Friday, 6:32 pm | Saturday, 2:02 pm | Sunday, 1:02 pm
  • Live Video: All three games can be streamed on SEC Network +
  • Radio: SportsRadio 1150 AM/The Zone 102.7 FM
  • Live Stats: tamu.statbroadcast.com (desktop); tamustats.com (mobile)