COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The top two teams in the Big 12 will battle it out this weekend when first-place and fifth-ranked Texas A&M (41-8, 18-3) heads to Lincoln for a showdown with second-place and fifth-ranked Nebraska (36-8-1, 15-5-1). First pitch of the three-game series will take place Friday at 6:35 p.m. at Haymarket Park.
The Aggies enter the weekend on a 15-game Big 12 win streak and have won 24 of their last 26 overall. The Huskers, meanwhile, have won four straight and 12 of their last 14.
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.
Free live video of all three games will be available, courtesy the University of Nebraska, on the new Aggies All-Access.
In addition, Saturday's game will be televised live in the state of Nebraska on NET Sports and will air nationally on a tape-delay basis Sunday afternoon on CBS College Sports.
#5 Texas A&M AGGIES (41-8, 18-3 Big 12) at #5 Nebraska HUSKERS (36-8-1, 15-5-1 Big 12)
Friday, May 9 • 6:35 p.m. CDT
Saturday, May 10 • 2:05 p.m. CDT
Sunday, May 11 • 1:05 p.m. CDT
Hawks Field at Haymarket Park (8,486) • Lincoln, Nebraska
TELEVISION: CBS College Sports (tape-delay, Sat game only)
FREE LIVE VIDEO: Aggies All-Access (all games, courtesy huskers.com)
RADIO: WTAW-AM 1620
SATELLITE RADIO: Sirius Ch 127 (Sat & Sun, Nebraska broadcast)
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ADULT GEN. ADMISSION: $7
YOUTH/SENIORS GEN. ADMISSION: $5
TICKET OFFICE: (800) 8-BIGRED
TICKET WEBSITE: www.huskers.com
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
A&M - #30 Brooks Raley (Fr., LHP, 6-0, 3.70 ERA)
NU - #23 Johnny Dorn (Sr., RHP, 5-1, 2.69 ERA)
A&M - #50 Barret Loux (Fr., RHP, 4-1, 4.28 ERA)
NU - #14 Thad Weber (Sr., RHP, 8-2, 3.75 ERA)
A&M - #13 Clayton Ehlert (So., RHP, 6-2, 2.82 ERA)
NU - Aaron Pribanic (Jr., RHP, 3-3, 4.16 ERA)
• 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 10-2 away from home this year and has won nine straight road games for the first time since 1989.
• The Aggies’ 22 hits on Tuesday at Sam Houston State were the most in a game since a 22-hit effort against Clemson in game one of the NCAA Super Regional at Olsen Field on June 4, 1999…it was A&M’s seventh 20-hit game in the last 10 seasons… the Aggies have now reached double-figure hits in 19 of their last 26 games and 32 of 49 overall.
• With 61 home runs on the season, the 2008 squad became just the 12th in school history to reach the 60-home run mark.
• A&M pitching has fanned eight or more batters in 32 of 49 games (65 percent).
• The Aggie bullpen is 19-2 on the year with 13 saves and a 3.29 ERA, and is holding opponents to a .251 average.
• The Aggies are 51-7 in regular-season non-conference games over the last two seasons.
• The Aggies have played in front of two stadium-record crowds in 2008–April 29 at TCU's Lupton Stadium (4,294) and May 6 at Sam Houston's Don Sanders Stadium (1,812).
• 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 26 of its last 27 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.