5th Ranked Aggie Baseball To Open Six Game Road Swing Tuesday In Huntsville

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COLLEGE STATION -- No. 5 Texas A&M embarks on a six-game road trip Tuesday when the Aggies (40-8) head to Huntsville to face Sam Houston State (30-19). First pitch at Don Sanders Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m.

A&M, which has won 23 of its last 25, is in first place in the Big 12 standings at 18-3 and became the nation's first Division I program to reach the 40-win plateau with Saturday's victory over Dallas Baptist. The Bearkats, meanwhile, have won four of their last five games and are in second place in the Southland Conference's Western Division at 15-9.

Fans can listen to every pitch locally on the flagship home of Texas A&M Athletics, News/Talk 1620 WTAW. Dave South, Scott Clendenin and Chuck Glenewinkel call the action all season long. All broadcasts begin 15 minutes prior to first pitch.

#5 Texas A&M AGGIES (40-8) at Sam Houston State BEARKATS (30-19)

Tuesday, May 6 • 6:30 p.m. CDT

Don Sanders Stadium (1,463) • Huntsville, Texas


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• The Aggies' No. 5 national ranking (USA Today) is the highest since May 24, 1999, when Texas A&M was ranked second, fifth and sixth in the three major polls.

• A&M became the 17th team in school history to win 40 games in a season, and the fastest to do so in NCAA Division I baseball in ’08.

• At 40-8, the 2008 Aggies became the fourth-fastest to reach 40 victories in school history (48 games), trailing the 1989 (41), 1993 (46) and 1988 (46) squads.

• A&M is 9-2 away from home this year and has won eight straight road games for the first time since 1989.

• Texas A&M has tallied double-figure hits in 18 of its last 25 games and 31 of 48 overall.

• A&M pitching has fanned eight or more batters in 32 of 48 games (67 percent).

• The Aggie bullpen is 19-2 on the year with 13 saves and a 3.05 ERA, and is holding opponents to a .247 average.

• The Aggies are 50-7 in regular-season non-conference games over the last two seasons.

• At 18-3, A&M is off to its best-ever "start" in Big 12 play.

• Texas A&M has set a new school and league record with 15 consecutive Big 12 victories...the Aggies have not lost a conference game since March 23 at Oklahoma State.

• A&M has swept five consecutive conference series (Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Missouri) for the first time in school history.

• A&M has won 25 of its last 26 mid-week contests...an April 15 loss to Rice snapped a string of 23 consecutive mid-week victories dating back to April, 2006.

• The Aggies will play six of their final eight games of the regular season away from home.

• A&M is 4-1 against ranked opponents in 2008.

• Of A&M's eight losses on the season, five have been by two or fewer runs.


Texas A&M is 40-8 overall and leads the Big 12 with an 18-3 record. The Aggies have won 23 of their last 25, including five straight sweeps in league play–most recently over No. 4 Missouri this past weekend–and are coming off a series win over Dallas Baptist at Olsen Field.

A&M is hitting .325 and averages eight runs per game. The offense has pounded out 170 extra-base hits (87 doubles, 26 triples and 57 home runs) while stealing 66 bases.

Senior third baseman Dane Carter (.406, 7 HR, 50 RBI) leads the country in triples (8) and ranks at the top of both the team and Big 12 charts in numerous offensive categories. He has hit safely in 40 of the team's 48 games in 2008. Junior shortstop José Duran (.391, 4 HR, 49 RBI) is the team's second-leading hitter and leads the Big 12 in hits. Junior first baseman Luke Anders (.377, 12 HR, 42 RBI) leads the team in home runs and has raised his average 60 points over the last month, while senior Darby Brown (.345, 9 HR, 52 RBI) is second on the squad in RBI. Two other starters (Kyle Colligan and Brian Ruggiano) are hitting over .310 for the year.

On the mound, the Aggies boast a Big 12-best 3.69 ERA. A&M pitching is averaging 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings and is holding opposing hitters to a .252 average. Sophomore Travis Starling (21 appearances, 7-0, 2.23 ERA) leads the squad in victories and has a team-best nine saves. Weekend starters Brooks Raley, Barret Loux and Clayton Ehlert have combined for a 16-3 record and 3.65 ERA, while junior Kyle Thebeau (5-2, 3 saves) features a team- and Big 12-best 1.61 ERA. The Aggie bullpen has been strong on the season, posting a 19-2 record, 13 saves, 3.05 ERA and .247 opponent average.


Sam Houston State enters Tuesday's game winners of four of its last five games, and features an overall record of 30-19. The Bearkats, who advanced to the NCAA Oxford Regional finals in 2007, are in second place in the Southland Conference's Western Division at 15-9.

SHSU features a potent offensive attack, hitting .340 on the year with 53 home runs and 369 RBI. Keith Stein (.379, 9 HR, 51 RBI), Seth Hammock (.374, 10 HR, 44 RBI) and Bobby Verbick (.357, 11 HR, 42 RBI) lead the way.

On the mound, the Bearkats feature a 5.44 team ERA and a .296 opponent average. Guillaume Duguay (3-1, 2.93 ERA), Zac Baker (2-1, 3.86 ERA, 3 saves) and Dallas Gallant (5-3, 5.50 ERA) are some of the squad's top arms.

Sam Houston is coached by Mark Johnson, who is in his second season in Huntsville with an overall record of 70-43. Johnson, who spent 21 seasons as the head coach at Texas A&M, has amassed 946 career victories.


Texas A&M and Sam Houston State have met 119 times on the baseball diamond, making it the eighth most-common opponent in Aggie baseball history. A&M leads the all-time series, which dates back to 1950, 81-36-2.

• Last season marked the first time since 1983 that the teams did not meet.

• The Aggies swept a home-and-home series from the Bearkats in 2006, the last meeting between the schools.

most common opponents, all-time


Texas 346

Baylor 304

Rice 266

TCU 246

Houston 157

SMU 154

Texas Tech 138

Sam Houston State 119

Southwestern 74

Texas-Pan American 71


After dropping the series opener to Dallas Baptist on Thursday night, the Aggies rallied to take the final two games and the series from the Patriots this past weekend at Olsen Field.

A&M fell 12-6 in the first game, then fell behind early in Friday's contest. Brian Ruggiano provided the offensive punch for the comeback, however, smashing home runs in the second and third innings to lead the Aggies to a 9-4 win. Ruggiano finished the night with five RBI, while freshman Brooks Raley picked up his sixth win on the season.

The Aggies trailed Saturday afternoon's finale, 4-1, entering the last of the sixth before ralling for four runs to take a 5-4 victory. RBI singles by Darby Brown and Brooks Raley pulled A&M within one in the inning before Kevin Gonzalez' two-out, two-run single to left proved to be the game winner. Clayton Ehlert picked up the victory in relief, while Travis Starling pitched the ninth and locked down his ninth save of the season.


Teams use "benchmark" wins (10, 20, 30, 40, etc.) as one way to measure success throughout the course of a season.

At 40-8, the 2008 Aggies became the 17th team in school history to reach the coveted 40-win plateau, and reached it faster than all but three previous teams...

fastest to 40 wins, school history


1. 1989 41 40-1

2. 1993 46 40-6

1988 46 40-6

4. 2008 48 40-8

In addition, Texas A&M became the first Division I team to reach 40 victories in 2008...

most victories, ncaa division I (as of May 5)


Texas A&M 40-8 .833

Miami (Fla.) 39-5 .886

Florida State 39-7 .848

North Carolina 38-8 .826

Coastal Carolina 38-11 .776

Arizona State 37-8 .822

San Diego 37-13 .740


With 72 hit batsmen in 2008, this year's Aggies are on pace to shatter the school's single-season hit-by-pitch record, set in 2007...

most hit batsmen, single season


1. 75 2007

2. 72 2008

3. 62 2003

4. 55 2002

5. 52 2000

Not surprisingly, three Aggies rank in the top six of the all-time single-season chart, with eight regular season games remaining...

most times hit by pitch, single season

No. HBP Player Year

1. 20 Justin Pouk 2003

2. 17 Luke Anders 2008

3. 15 Travis Wong 2002

4. 13 Darby Brown 2008

12 Luke Anders 2007

6. 11 Kyle Colligan 2008

11 Craig Stinson 2007


Texas A&M's 15-0 shutout of fourth-ranked Missouri on April 27 was the 10th by the Aggie pitching staff in Big 12 play, and the first since 2004.

In addition, it was the biggest shutout win ever for A&M in Big 12 action and was the Aggies' first blanking of a ranked opponent in league action.

big 12 shutouts, A&M history (10)


(#4) Missouri April 26, 2008 15-0

Kansas State May 15, 2004 8-0

Missouri April 23, 2004 1-0

at Kansas April 10, 2004 4-0

Kansas April 6, 2001 8-0

at Kansas State March 24, 2001 1-0

vs Kansas State April 9, 1999 3-0

at Oklahoma State March 13, 1998 8-0

Kansas April 27, 1997 8-0

Nebraska April 13, 1997 3-0

Some notes on the win:

• It marked the largest shutout win in a conference game for A&M since a 15-0 defeat of Arkansas in 1974.

• It tied a school record for largest margin of victory in a Big 12 game...the Aggies defeated Iowa State, 19-4, at Olsen Field on April 5, 1997. A&M's largest wins in Big 12 play:

largest margin of victory, Big 12 games only


(#4) Missouri April 26, 2008 15 15-0

Iowa State April 5, 1997 15 19-4

at Iowa State March 26, 2000 14 15-1

Kansas State Feb. 25, 2000 14 19-5

at Kansas State April 13, 2003 13 16-3

at Iowa State March 25, 2000 13 14-1

Iowa State March 7, 1999 13 14-1

• It marked the largest margin of victory in a conference game since the Aggies defeated Texas, 25-6, on April 30, 1995 in Austin in a Southwest Conference matchup.


Texas A&M has won 15 consecutive conference games for the first time in school history. This season's string began with a 13-6 win over Kansas on March 28.

longest big 12 win streaks, A&M history


1. 2008 15 Mar 28-

2. 1997 9 Mar 29-Apr 18

3. 1999 7 Mar 28-Apr 11

1998 7 Apr 18-May 2

5. 2003 6 Apr 5-18

1999 6 Feb 26-Mar 7


Texas A&M's 15-game Big 12 win streak set not only the program's all-time record for consecutive conference victories, but became the new Big 12 standard.

A&M's 15-0 shutout of Missouri on April 26 gave the Aggies 14 Big 12 wins in a row, eclipsing the previous league record of 13 straight victories set by the 2000 Nebraska squad.

Until an 11-inning win over Baylor on April 20, it had been 34 years since an Aggie baseball team and rattled off a dozen straight wins in league play...

longest conference win streaks, A&M history


1. 15 2008

2. 12 1974

12 1971

Some notes on A&M's 15-game Big 12 win streak:

• Aggies are hitting .357 with 25 home runs and 140 RBI, averaging 9.9 runs per game and fielding at a .983 clip.

• The pitching staff sports a 4.43 ERA and is holding opponents to 4.7 runs per game.

• A&M has scored 10 or more runs in nine of the 15 games.

• Six of the 15 have been decided by two runs or less, with three going into extra innings.

• Ten of the games have been played at Olsen Field.

• Nine of the wins have been of the come-from-behind variety.

• Included in the streak were the Aggies' first-ever sweep of Oklahoma, first Big 12 sweep of Baylor and first three-game Big 12 sweep of Missouri.


The 2008 Aggie baseball team is making a strong case as one of the best Big 12 hitting teams in school history.

With six of the 27 scheduled league games remaining, this year's squad already ranks near the top of the school's Big 12 single-season offensive charts...

most home runs, big 12 single season


1. 56 29 1999

2. 49 30 1998

3. 35 30 1997

4. 33 21 2008

33 26 2007

most runs batted in, big 12 single season


1. 210 29 1999

2. 206 30 1998

3. 200 30 1997

4. 174 21 2008

highest batting average, big 12 single season


1. .331 30 1997

2. .328 21 2008

3. .314 29 1999

4. .303 27 2003

most runs scored, big 12 single season


1. 227 29 1999

2. 222 30 1998

3. 218 30 1997

4. 185 21 2008

runs per game, big 12 single season


1. 8.81 21 2008

2. 7.83 29 1999

3. 7.40 30 1998

4. 7.27 30 1997


The Texas A&M offense has produced seven hit streaks of 10 games or longer this season. Listed below are the streaks and the player's batting average, home run total and RBI count over the span of the streak...

longest hit streaks, 2008 season


Blake Stouffer 19 Mar 28-Apr 26 .338/3/12

José Duran* 18 Apr 5-present .417/2/22

Darby Brown 17 Mar 14-Apr 8 .438/6/32

Dane Carter 16 Mar 18-Apr 12 .439/1/24

Dane Carter 16 Feb 23-Mar 15 .485/4/18

José Duran 11 Mar 14-Mar 30 .449/0/9

Kyle Colligan 10 Mar 25-Apr 8 .452/1/8



Texas A&M has provided fans some memorable comebacks thus far in the 2008 season. While the 13-12, 11-inning win at Baylor on April 20–in which the Aggies scored six runs with one out in the ninth to tie the game–will stand out, there have been several other clutch rallies...

memorable comebacks, 2008 season


N Colorado (Feb 22) 5-2 bot 4th W, 9-5

Ohio St (Feb 29) 5-1 bot 5th W, 8-5

at UTSA (Mar 25) 3-0 top 5th W, 5-4

at Kansas (Mar 29) 6-3 top 8th W, 9-6 (10)

at Kansas (Mar 30) 8-6 top 8th W, 10-8

K-State (Apr 5) 7-1 bot 6th W, 13-8

Baylor (Apr 20) 12-6 top 9th W, 13-12 (11)

Missouri (Apr 25) 8-1 bot 6th W, 9-8

Dallas Baptist (May 3) 4-1 bot 6th W, 5-4

Of Texas A&M's 40 victories this season, 21 are of the come-from-behind variety.

Texas A&M has trailed at some point in 11 of its 18 Big 12 wins in '08.


Texas A&M junior first baseman Luke Anders (College Station, Texas) was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week by a select media panel on April 28.

Anders, who earned the first weekly honor of his career, hit .467 to pace Texas A&M to a 4-0 week that included a three-game sweep of No. 4 Missouri. Anders hit two home runs, drove in five and scored four runs, while getting hit once and drawing three walks.

In addition, he posted an .867 slugging percentage, a .579 on-base percentage and was perfect in the field in 25 chances at first base. Anders’ two home runs came in the April 26 victory over the Tigers, marking his second multi-homer game of 2008.


Texas A&M senior Dane Carter (Graham, Texas) was one of 50 players named to the Dick Howser Trophy watch list, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is awarded to the top player in collegiate baseball and regarded by many as the sport’s most prestigious award. The 2008 winner will be announced at the College World Series in Omaha on Saturday, June 14.

He joined Missouri’s Aaron Crow and Jacob Priday and Nebraska’s Johnny Dorn as the only Big 12 representatives on the list.


Texas A&M sophomore Travis Starling (Yoakum, Texas) was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Pitcher of the Week by a select media panel on April 21.

Starling, who earned the first weekly honor of his career, picked up a win and a save to lead A&M to their first-ever Big 12 sweep of Baylor.

Called on to protect a 2-1, ninth-inning lead over the Bears on April 18 at Olsen Field, Starling retired Baylor’s 4-5-6 hitters in order to pick up his eighth save of the year.

On April 20 in Waco, Starling threw a career-high four innings and picked up the victory in A&M’s 13-12, 11-inning win over Baylor. Included in that outing was a stretch during the ninth and 10th innings where he retired six of seven, setting the stage for Texas A&M to score the game-winner the next frame.


Texas A&M sophomore Travis Starling was one of 45 relief pitchers named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association “Stopper of the Year Award” watch list by the organization on April 17. The award is given to the top relief pitcher in Division I college baseball.

Finalists for the award will be announced May 28 with the winner named on June 4.


Senior All-American Blake Stouffer had a tough start to the 2008 campaign at the plate, but has played a big part in the Aggies' roll in recent weeks.

Stouffer saw a career-high 19-game hit streak come to an end on April 27, one on which the San Antonio native hit .338 with three home runs and 12 RBI.

Playing in front of his hometown fans at UTSA on March 25, Stouffer went 0-for-4 and saw his season average dip to .213. Since then, he has raised his batting average 57 points to .270.


One of the Olsen faithful's favorite walk-up songs belongs to junior 1B Luke Anders (Tim McGraw's "Indian Outlaw"), who may be taking the song's "Bearclaw" line to heart of late.

Over the last 25 games, which included a season-best 13-game win streak, Anders has hit a team-high .420, mashed seven doubles, a triple and nine home runs while driving in 27. His slugging percentage over the span is .830.


Senior third baseman Dane Carter is having a career season for Texas A&M.

The Graham, Texas native has a pair of 16-game hit streaks in 2008 and has hit safely in 40 of the Aggies' 48 contests overall. Carter has reached safely (hit or walk) in all but three games (April 13 vs Oklahoma, April 27 vs Missouri, April 29 at TCU), but he did drive in a run in each of those contests.


After struggling with injury during 2007, Dane Carter has had a tremendous '08 campaign. A comparison of his offensive numbers after playing in the same number of games he did last season...

dane carter: 2007 vs 2008

CATEGORY 2007 TOTALS 2008 (1st 37 GMS)

games played 37 37

games started 19 37

batting average .203 .432

hits 15 64

runs scored 14 41

doubles 2 9

triples 0 8

home runs 1 5

RBI 11 43

slugging pct. .270 .703


Senior DH/1B Darby Brown had a tough start to the 2008 campaign, beginning the year 2-for-23 at the plate (.087 average).

With a mammoth home run off the top of the batter's eye in center field against Nicholls State on March 5, Brown has turned the corner in a big way, hitting .386 over the last 35 contests...

brown's turnaround


batting average .087 .386

hits-at bats 2-for-23 56-for-145

home runs 0 9

RBI 3 49

slugging pct. .174 .641

runs scored 5 28


The Aggies knew entering 2008 that they would have to replace all-conference selection and third-round draft pick Brandon Hicks (.338, 10 HR, 59 RBI) at shortstop.

After a strong battle in the offseason, junior transfer José Duran won the opening-day nod, and has not disappointed. The Fort Worth native is near the top of the A&M offensive charts in nearly every category.

Not only has he hit safely in 40 of A&M's 48 games this year, Duran has posted multiple hits in 26 of those 40 (65 percent).


Texas A&M coach Rob Childress recorded his 100th career win, and 100th at A&M, in a 13-6 win at No. 19 Houston on April 8.

In the midst of his third season in Aggieland, Childress became the second-fastest coach in school history to reach the century mark. He ranks third behind only Mark Johnson and Tom Chandler on the Aggie charts in victories.


Texas A&M has hit 26 triples over 48 games this season. A closer look at this accomplishment:

• The Aggies eclipsed last season's triples total (20) on April 12...with eight triples in Big 12 play, A&M has already bested the 2007 total of three.

• Texas A&M is six shy of tying the school's single season record of 32, set in 1982 and matched in 1989.

• The Aggies set a school record in late February with three triples in each of three consecutive games (McNeese State, Ohio State, Arkansas). What makes this feat even more impressive is that the last time a Texas A&M team had three triples in ANY game before last week was on April 11, 1999, when the Aggies defeated Kansas State 7-2 in St. Joseph, Mo.–a stretch of 519 games.

• Senior third baseman Dane Carter had two triples in the Feb. 26 win over McNeese State, the first time an Aggie had two triples in one game since Chad Hudson on May 21, 1999 in a 10-3 win over Oklahoma in the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City.

• Carter has eight triples on the season, just one shy of the single-season school record (9, Brian Thomas, 1993)...junior SS José Duran sits just one back with seven triples in '08.


Texas A&M tied a school record with four double plays in the Feb. 27 win over Nicholls State.

While the feat has been accomplished often, the last time the Aggies did turn four double plays in one game was against Clemson in the NCAA Super Regional championship on June 6, 1999 (499 games ago).


The Texas A&M bullpen has been very impressive in 2008.

A total of 14 Aggies have seen action in relief, posting a combined 3.05 ERA and picking up 19 wins and 13 saves. In 180 innings of work, opposing teams have managed 166 hits (.247 average) and 61 earned runs while striking out 187 times.

Of the players that have made more than one appearance out of the pen this year, five are holding opponents to an average of .200 or less in those outings.


Texas A&M pitchers have struck out 403 batters while walking 146 in their 432 innings of work thus far, or a 2.8 K/BB ratio. In 2007, A&M's pitching corps posted a 2.1 K/BB mark for the full season.

This season's staff became just the 17th in school history to strike out 400 or more batters in one year.

Aggie pitchers, who have fanned eight or more batters in 32 of the 48 games in 2008, are averaging 8.40 strikeouts per nine innings–third-best in the Big 12.

It's not just one or two arms that are carrying the strikeout load, however. Five players have posted 35 or more Ks this spring, led by freshmen Barret Loux (63) and junior Kyle Thebeau (58).


No stranger to national exposure, the Texas A&M baseball team will appear on television at least seven times in 2008.

The Aggies have won their first three televised games of the year, all on COX Sports Television.

FOX College Sports, available on digital cable outlets across the country, broadcast the April 13 series finale with Oklahoma and will air the May 16 series opener at Texas.

In addition, FOX Sports Net broadcast the April 27 series finale against Missouri live from Olsen Field and CBS College Sports (formerly CSTV) will air the May 10 game between A&M and Nebraska in Lincoln on a tape-delay basis.

As always, fans can get complete and up-to-date television broadcast information on aggieathletics.com.

2008 texas a&m television schedule


March 1 Arkansas (W, 15-7) COX Sports TV

March 2 Louisiana Tech (W, 7-3) COX Sports TV

March 4 Nicholls State (W, 5-1) COX Sports TV

April 13 Oklahoma (W, 12-2) FOX College Sports

April 27 Missouri (W, 3-2) FOX Sports Net

May 10 at Nebraska CBS College Sports

May 16 at Texas FOX College Sports


For the sixth straight year, AggieAthletics.com will bring fans around the globe live video of Texas A&M baseball.

Fans will be able to watch, free of charge, all non-televised Aggie home games, along with selected road games, through the new Aggies All-Access.

If live video of an A&M game is not available, free live audio will be provided through All-Access.

The highly-popular Aggies All-Access is in its second season of bringing live game action, television shows, highlights and much more to A&M fans around the world. Aggies All-Access is the most-watched channel on the CSTV.com network.


Texas A&M will be the defending champion at the 12th-annual Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, scheduled for May 21-25 at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in downtown Oklahoma City.

The eight-team championship will be in a two-division, pool play format for the third straight season in 2008. The winner of each bracket will meet in the championship game, with the victor earning the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Championship.

Oklahoma City and AT&T Bricktown Ballpark will be the host of the event through the 2011 season. For ticket information, contact the Oklahoma Redhawks at (405) 218-1000.