COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M plays its final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday when the 7th-ranked Aggies face UT Arlington at Clay Gould Ballpark on the UTA campus. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
A&M (42-10) saw its 16-game Big 12 win streak snapped on Sunday with a doubleheader loss to No. 5 Nebraska in Lincoln, but at 19-5 remains 1 ½ games ahead of the Huskers in the league standings with three to play.
The Mavericks (22-29) have lost six of their last eight, including a series loss at Stephen F. Austin this past weekend. UTA is 13-14 in Southland Conference play in 2008.
Tuesday will mark the second meeting of the season between the teams, as the Aggies claimed a 12-0 victory on March 18 at Olsen Field.
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 (42-10) at UT Arlington MAVERICKS (22-29)
Tuesday, May 13 ? 6:30 p.m. CDT
Clay Gould Ballpark (1,250) ? Arlington, Texas
RADIO: WTAW-AM 1620
tickets go on sale at 4:30 p.m. at the stadium.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS:
A&M - #27 Carson Middleton (So., RHP, 4-0, 5.46 ERA)
UTA - #5 Matt Otteman (Jr., RHP, 3-3, 4.15 ERA)
? 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 11-4 away from home this year, which included the school's first 10-game road win streak since 1989.
? The Aggies? 22 hits last 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 12 of their last 14 games and 35 of 52 overall.
? With 62 home runs on the season, the 2008 squad became just the 12th in school history to reach the 60-home run mark...the '08 Aggies also became the 16th in program history to score 400 or more runs in a campaign (420).
? A&M pitching has fanned eight or more batters in 33 of 52 games (63 percent).
? The Aggie bullpen is 20-4 on the year with 13 saves and a 3.32 ERA, and is holding opponents to a .246 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).
? Texas A&M's 19 Big 12 wins ties for the third most all-time by an Aggie team, and also ties for the most since the league went to 10 teams following the 2001 season...The 1997 (19-11) and 2003 (19-8) squads also won 19 games...the most Big 12 wins by an A&M team was 23 in 1999 (23-6).
? Texas A&M set a new school and league record with 16 consecutive Big 12 victories from March 28 to May 9.
? 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.
? A&M is 5-3 against ranked opponents in 2008.
? Of A&M's 10 losses on the season, six have been by two or fewer runs.
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M
Texas A&M is 42-10 overall, ranked No. 7 nationally and leads the Big 12 with an 19-5 record. The Aggies are coming off a series loss to No. 5 Nebraska this past weekend in Lincoln.
A&M is hitting .323 and averages 8.1 runs per game. The offense has pounded out 184 extra-base hits (96 doubles, 26 triples and 62 home runs) while stealing 77 bases.
Senior third baseman Dane Carter (.397, 8 HR, 58 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 44 of the team's 52 games in 2008. Junior shortstop José Duran (.394, 5 HR, 57 RBI) is riding a 22-game hit streak and tops the Big 12 in hits. Junior first baseman Luke Anders (.357, 13 HR, 47 RBI) leads the team in home runs, while senior Darby Brown (.346, 9 HR, 55 RBI) is third on the squad in RBI. Two other starters (Kyle Colligan and Brian Ruggiano) are hitting over .315 for the year.
On the mound, the Aggies boast a 3.78 ERA, second-best in the Big 12. A&M pitching is averaging 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings and is holding opposing hitters to a .253 average. Junior Kyle Thebeau (5-3, 3 saves) leads the team and ranks second in the league with a 2.01 ERA, while sophomore Travis Starling (23 appearances, 8-0, 3.05 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 3.70 ERA. The Aggie bullpen has been strong on the season, posting a 20-4 record, 13 saves, 3.32 ERA and .246 opponent average.
A QUICK GLANCE: UT ARLINGTON
UT Arlington enters Tuesday's game with an overall record of 22-29. The Mavericks sit at 13-14 in Southland play with one series remaining, and are coming off a series loss to Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches this past weekend.
UTA is hitting .291 on the season with 20 home runs and 295 RBI, along with 40 stolen bases. The Mavericks are led offensively by David McLeod (.376, 25 RBI, 6 SB), Danny Slinkman (.375, 3 HR, 45 RBI) and Michael Choice (.369, 6 HR, 41 RBI). Andy Sauter (4-3, 4.60 ERA), Matt Otteman (3-3, 4.15) and Ryan Martin (1-0, 2.74, 3 saves) pace a pitching staff that sports a 5.61 ERA. Opponents are hitting .300 against UTA.
Darin Thomas is in his first season as the head coach of UT Arlington.
Texas A&M leads the all-time series with UT Arlington, 20-6, and has won 10 of the last 13 meetings. The Aggies won this season's earlier game, 12-0, on March 18 at Olsen Field.
A&M has played games this year against seven of the 12 Southland Conference baseball schools, including every one in the league's West Division with the exception of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
After taking Friday's series opener in 16 innings, No. 5 Texas A&M saw a pair of late leads slip away and dropped both ends of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon to No. 5 Nebraska at Hawks Field in Lincoln.
On Friday, Dane Carter broke a tie game with a three-run double in the top of the 16th and Travis Starling allowed four hits and no runs over the final eight innings as No. 5 Texas A&M outlasted 5th-ranked Nebraska, 6-3, in 16 innings before a season-high 8,708 fans at Hawks Field.
The Aggies loaded the bases in the inning on three consecutive one-out infield singles by Brodie Greene, Ben Feltner and Kyle Colligan. One out later, Carter drove a 2-2 offering from Dan Jennings into the right center field gap to clear the bases.
Starling, who doubled his previous longest career outing, allowed only a one-out single in the bottom of the 16th to nail down A&M?s 16th straight conference victory. The final out was recorded at midnight local time.
The game was the longest Big 12 contest in school history by both innings (16) and time (five hours, 20 minutes) and was the longest played by A&M since 1989.
In Sunday's first game, the Huskers used a pair of A&M errors to fuel a five-run ninth and lift Nebraska to a 9-8 win. The loss snapped a 16-game conference win streak for the Aggies.
The second game saw NU take advantage of six Aggie miscues and eight free passes to rally for a 13-10 victory before 7,653.
Three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth would prove the difference in the contest. After the go-ahead run scored courtesy back-to-back one-out errors, David Stewart and Bryce Nimmo each added RBI singles to make the score 13-10.
José Duran, Kyle Colligan, Darby Brown and Brodie Greene all had two hits in the game. Duran, who drove in a team-high four runs, extended his hit streak to a team season-high 22 games.
BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL
Texas A&M's 6-3, 16-inning marathon win over Nebraska on Friday in Lincoln was the longest Big 12 game in A&M history, in both innings and time. Some notes on the victory:
? The game lasted five hours, 20 minutes, with the final out recorded at midnight.
? The longest an Aggie team had gone in Big 12 play before Friday was 12 innings...A&M had done that three times, most recently against Texas Tech on March 14 of this season (6-5 Aggie win).
? The 5:20 game time was the longest by an A&M team in Big 12 play, besting the 4:32 mark set on March 14 against the Red Raiders.
? The game was the longest for the Aggies by both innings and time since May 5, 1989...A&M fell to Arkansas on that day, 11-9, in a 16-inning game at Olsen Field that took five hours, 57 minutes to complete.
? The longest Big 12 game in league history was a 20-inning affair on April 9, 2004 between Texas and K-State in Manhattan...the Longhorns won that one, 10-6.
WALKING THE STAGE
Five members of the Texas A&M baseball team became graduates this past weekend, four of which made the trip to Nebraska.
Daman Aaron* B.S., Ag Leadership & Development
Darby Brown* B.S., Ag Leadership & Development
Blake Rampy* B.S., Ag Leadership & Development
Joey Register B.S., Ag Leadership & Development
Brian Ruggiano* B.S., Ag Leadership & Development
* in Lincoln
22 AND COUNTING
Shortstop Jose Duran carries a 22-game hit streak into Tuesday's game at UT Arlington, which is tied for the second-longest in school history...
longest hit streaks, school history
No. Gms Player Year
1. 26 Kirk Thompson 1989
2. 22 José Duran* 2008
22 Rich Petru 1996
22 Scott Livingstone 1988
5. 21 Ben Feltner 2007
6. 20 Cliff Pennington 2004
7. 19 Robert Bonner 1976
Duran has also hit safely in 14 straight Big 12 games, becoming only the ninth player in program history to accomplish that feat.
longest hit streaks, school history(league games only)
No. Gms Player Year
1. 20 Steven Truitt 1997
2. 18 Cliff Pennington? 2003-04
3. 16 Erik Scheidt^ 2003-04
16 Robert Bonner 1976
16 R.J. Englert 1972
6. 15 Jason Tyner 1998
7. 14 José Duran* 2008
14 Cory Patton 2004
14 Eric Reed 2001
14 Shawn Schumacher 1999
14 Jason Tyner 1998
? final 16 Big 12 games of '03 and first two of '04
^ final 15 Big 12 games of '03 and first of '04
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
NAME GAMES DATES AVG/HR/RBI
José Duran* 22 Apr 5-present .417/3/30
Blake Stouffer 19 Mar 28-Apr 26 .338/3/12
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
HISTORIC BIG 12 WIN STREAK
Texas A&M won 16 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 and ended following a 6-3, 16-inning victory at Nebraska on May 9.
longest big 12 win streaks, A&M history
YEAR GAMES SPAN
1. 2008 16 Mar 28-May 9
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
16 STRAIGHT LEAGUE WINS SETS NEW SCHOOL, Big 12 RECORD
Texas A&M's 16-game Big 12 win streak, which stretched from March 28-May 9, 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. 16 2008
2. 12 1974
Some notes on A&M's 16-game Big 12 win streak:
? The Aggies hit .341 with 25 home runs and 145 RBI, averaging 9.7 runs per game and fielding at a .979 clip.
? The pitching staff posted a 4.14 ERA and held opponents to 4.6 runs per game.
? A&M scored 10 or more runs in nine of the 16 games.
? Six of the 15 were decided by two runs or less, with four going into extra innings.
? Ten of the games were been played at Olsen.
? Nine of the wins were 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 COMEBACK KIDS
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
OPPONENT (DATE) DEFICIT POINT IN GAME FINAL SCORE
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 42 victories this season, 22 are of the come-from-behind variety.
Texas A&M has trailed at some point in 11 of its 19 Big 12 wins in '08.
FIRST TO 40
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
YEAR GAMES RECORD
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. The nation's leaders in victories:
most victories, ncaa division I (as of May 12)
SCHOOL RECORD (thru 5/11) WIN PCT.
Florida State 43-8 .843
North Carolina 42-9 .824
Texas A&M 42-10 .808
Miami (Fla.) 41-6 .872
Coastal Carolina 41-11 .788
Arizona State 40-9 .816
HURTS SO GOOD
When Brodie Greene was hit by a pitch leading off the fifth inning of Friday's game at Nebraska, it set the new A&M single-season record for hit batsmen with 76. Now with 82 on the year, the Aggies have shattered the school's single-season hit-by-pitch record?set last year?with four regular-season games remaining...
most hit batsmen, single season
1. 82 2008
2. 75 2007
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 four 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. 16 Darby Brown 2008
4. 15 Travis Wong 2002
5. 12 Kyle Colligan 2008
12 Luke Anders 2007
DELIVERING WHEN IT COUNTS
The 2008 Aggie baseball team is making a strong case as one of the best Big 12 hitting teams in school history.
With three 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
HOME RUNS GAMES YEAR
1. 56 29 1999
2. 49 30 1998
3. 35 30 1997
4. 34 24 2008
5. 33 26 2007
most runs batted in, big 12 single season
RBI GAMES YEAR
1. 210 29 1999
2. 206 30 1998
3. 200 30 1997
4. 194 24 2008
highest batting average, big 12 single season
AVG GAMES YEAR
1. .331 30 1997
2. .315 24 2008
3. .314 29 1999
4. .303 27 2003
most runs scored, big 12 single season
RUNS GAMES YEAR
1. 227 29 1999
2. 222 30 1998
3. 218 30 1997
4. 209 24 2008
runs per game, big 12 single season
RPG GAMES YEAR
1. 8.71 24 2008
2. 7.83 29 1999
3. 7.40 30 1998
4. 7.27 30 1997
DURAN NAMED BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Texas A&M junior shortstop José Duran (Fort Worth, Texas) was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week by a select media panel, the league office announced Monday.
In earning the first weekly honor of his career, Duran hit a team-high .421 in four road games last week with a home run, eight RBI and six runs scored. The junior, who featured a team-best .542 on-base percentage, hit safely in all four contests and racked up three multi-hit games. Five of his eight RBI came with two outs.
ANDERS NAMED BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.
CARTER NAMED TO HOWSER TROPHY WATCH LIST
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.
STARLING NAMED BIG 12 PITCHER OF THE WEEK
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.
STARLING NAMED TO STOPPER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
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 46 points to .259.
CARTER's BIG YEAR
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 44 of the Aggies' 52 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.
Not only has he hit safely in 44 of A&M's 52 games this year, Carter has posted multiple hits in 30 of those 44 (68 percent).
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
TURNING THE CORNER
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 .383 over the last 42 contests...
CATEGORY FIRST 10 GAMES LAST 42 GAMES
batting average .087 .383
hits-at bats 2-for-23 62-for-162
home runs 0 9
RBI 3 52
slugging pct. .174 .617
runs scored 5 30
DURAN STEPS UP
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 44 of A&M's 52 games this year, Duran has posted multiple hits in 29 of those 44 (66 percent).
CHILDRESS GETS 100TH WIN
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.
LEGGING IT OUT
Texas A&M has hit 26 triples over 52 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.
TURN, TURN, TURN...TURN
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).
A STRONG PEN
The Texas A&M bullpen has been impressive in 2008.
A total of 14 Aggies have seen action in relief, posting a combined 3.32 ERA and picking up 20 wins and 13 saves. In 200 innings of work, opposing teams have managed 186 hits (.246 average) and 74 earned runs while striking out 199 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.
POUNDING THE ZONE
Texas A&M pitchers have struck out 426 batters while walking 165 in their 473 innings of work thus far, or a 2.6 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 33 of the 52 games in 2008, are averaging 8.09 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. Six players have posted 35 or more Ks this spring, led by freshmen Barret Loux (65) and junior Kyle Thebeau (65).
MLB DRAFT AND THE ?08 SQUAD
The 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft hit the Aggies especially hard this past June.
Including the 2006-07 signing class, 11 players that would have been on this year?s roster were selected, with seven of those signing professional contracts.
Of the six juniors on the ?07 team picked, three (Jordan Chambless, Ben Feltner and Blake Stouffer) returned for the 2008 season.
In addition, five of the 10 members of the Aggies? signing class were drafted and, of those, only Barret Loux is on campus this spring.
aggies and the ?07 draft
NAME ?08 ELIG.? TEAM ROUND
Kevin Ahrens* Fr. Toronto 1st
Eric Eiland* Fr. Toronto 2nd
Brandon Hicks* Sr. Atlanta 3rd
Blake Stouffer Sr. Cincinnati 4th
David Newmann* Sr. Tampa Bay 4th
Will Middlebrooks* Fr. Boston 5th
Gary Campfield* Sr. Cleveland 12th
Drake Britton* Fr. Boston 23rd
Barret Loux Fr. Detroit 24th
Ben Feltner Sr. Milwaukee 26th
Jordan Chambless Jr. Cincinnati 50th
* signed professional contracts
? classification for 2008 season
MORE DRAFT NOTES
In addition to the players listed above, three seniors off last year?s Big 12 Championship team were taken in the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, bringing the total number of draftees off the ?07 squad to nine:
NAME TEAM ROUND
Kyle Nicholson San Francisco 7th
Craig Stinson Washington 12th
Parker Dalton Los Angeles 24th
AGGIE FANS RANK AMONG NATION?s BEST
Texas A&M and the Olsen Field faithful consistently rank among the nation?s best in fan support.
Over the past nine seasons, A&M ranks fifth nationally with over 1.455 million fans having passed through the turnstiles.
In addition, the Aggies rank fifth in average attendance (4,785) since 1999.
Texas A&M has finished in the national top five in average attendance seven times since ?99, and in total attendance six times.
In fact, A&M is one of only four programs (LSU, Alabama, Texas) to draw at least 135,000 fans in each of the last nine seasons.
total attendance leaders (1999-2007)*
SCHOOL TOTAL AVERAGE
LSU 2.408 million 7,432
Texas 1.588 million 4,828
Mississippi State 1.564 million 5,469
Alabama 1.540 million 4,857
Texas A&M 1.455 million 4,785
average attendance leaders (1999-2007)*
SCHOOL TOTAL AVERAGE
LSU 2.408 million 7,432
Mississippi State 1.564 million 5,469
Alabama 1.540 million 4,857
Texas 1.588 million 4,828
Texas A&M 1.455 million 4,785
* entering 2008 season
30 YEARS OF "OLSEN MAGIC"
The home of Texas A&M baseball, C.E. "Pat" Olsen Field, celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2008.
Olsen Field opened on March 21, 1978, when the Aggies fell 5-2 to Southern California. After losing the first three games ever played at Olsen, the Aggies won 16 straight.
All-time, Texas A&M sports a commanding 845-269-4 (.758) record at the friendly confines. Last season's 34-8 mark was the team's best home record since 1999 and was the sixth most home wins in school history.
most victories at olsen field, single season
SEASON RECORD WIN PCT.
1989 41-4 .911
1993 39-4 .907
1999 37-5 .881
1990 37-6 .860
1988 35-2 .946
2007 34-8 .810
AGGIES ON THE TUBE
No stranger to national exposure, the Texas A&M baseball team will appear on television at least seven times in 2008.
As always, fans can get complete and up-to-date television broadcast information on aggieathletics.com.
2008 texas a&m television schedule
DATE OPPONENT NETWORK
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 11 at Nebraska (L, 8-9) CBS College Sports
May 16 at Texas FOX College Sports
AGGIES ON THE 'NET
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.
AGGIES PEGGED FOURTHIN BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL
Texas A&M was picked to finish fourth in the 2008 Big 12 baseball race according to a vote of the league?s head coaches.
2008 big 12 preseason coaches' poll
TEAM (1st) POINTS '07 FINISH
1. Texas (8) 80 1st
2. Missouri (1) 71 2nd
3. Baylor (1) 65 6th
4. Texas A&M 60 5th
5. Oklahoma State 46 3rd
6. Nebraska 36 4th
7. Kansas State 30 8th
Oklahoma 30 7th
9. Kansas 17 9th
10. Texas Tech 15 10th
BIG 12 COACHES' TELECONFERENCE
The Big 12 Conference baseball coaches will participate in media-only teleconferences during the 2008 season. Weekly teleconferences take place every Thursday prior to the end of the regular season. Each teleconference will start at 10 a.m. (CT), and can also be heard live and on replay via the Big 12 web site atwww.big12sports.com. Please contact Texas A&M media relations or the Big 12 communications staff for the call-in and replay phone numbers. The schedule:
Wednesday, Feb. 20 Thursday, May 1
Thursday, April 10 Thursday, May 8
Thursday, April 17 Thursday, May 15
Thursday, April 24
10:00 a.m. - Tim Jamieson, Missouri
10:10 a.m. - Mike Anderson, Nebraska
10:20 a.m. - Larry Hays, Texas Tech
10:30 a.m. - Ritch Price, Kansas
10:40 a.m. - Brad Hill, Kansas State
10:50 a.m. - Steve Smith, Baylor
11:00 a.m. - Rob Childress, Texas A&M
11:10 a.m. - Augie Garrido, Texas
11:20 a.m. - Sunny Golloway, Oklahoma
11:30 a.m - Frank Anderson, Oklahoma State
2008 PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
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.
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