7th Ranked Aggies To Close Regular Season with State Farm Lone Star Showdown

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COLLEGE STATION -- The 7th-ranked Texas A&M baseball team closes out the regular season this weekend with the annual split-site series against rival Texas in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown. First pitch on Friday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin is set for 6:05 p.m. The series then shifts to Olsen Field in College Station, and will resume Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.

Friday's game will be televised nationally on FOX College Sports (FCS Central, DirecTV Ch. 669), while Sunday's contest will air live throughout the region on FSN Southwest (DirecTV Ch. 643, Dish Network Ch. 416).

The Aggies (42-11, 19-5) enter the weekend in first place in the Big 12 baseball race. A series win, or one victory combined with a Nebraska loss to Missouri, would give A&M its first regular-season championship since 1999.

The Longhorns (31-19, 12-12) are in fifth place in the league standings but sit just one game back of Mizzou. UT has won six of its last seven contests, including series wins over K-State and Baylor in the past two league weekends.

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.

Texas LONGHORNS (31-19, 12-12 Big 12) vs #5 Texas A&M AGGIES (42-11, 19-5 Big 12)

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PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

FRIDAY

A&M - #30 Brooks Raley (Fr., LHP, 6-0, 3.52 ERA)

UT - #31 Chance Ruffin (Fr., RHP, 6-3, 1.91 ERA)

SATURDAY

A&M - #50 Barret Loux (Fr., RHP, 4-1, 4.55 ERA)

UT - #44 Austin Wood (Jr., LHP, 3-3, 5.19 ERA)

SUNDAY

A&M - #13 Clayton Ehlert (So., RHP, 6-2, 3.04 ERA)

UT - #30 Kenn Kasparek (Jr., RHP, 4-3, 3.70 ERA)

LEADING OFF...

? The Aggies are gunning for their third regular-season baseball championship, and fourth overall, this weekend...A&M won the regular-season crowns in 1998 and 1999 and claimed its first postseason championship title in 2007.

? 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 wins (March 28-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 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 11-5 away from home this year, which included the school's first 10-game road win streak since 1989.

? The Aggies? 22 hits on May 6 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 13 of their last 15 games and 35 of 52 overall.

? With 63 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 (428).

? A&M pitching has fanned eight or more batters in 34 of 53 games (64 percent).

? The Aggie bullpen is 20-5 on the year with 13 saves and a 3.56 ERA, and is holding opponents to a .251 average.

? The Aggies are 51-8 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).

? A&M has won 26 of its last 28 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 11 losses on the season, six have been by two or fewer runs.

SCOUTING TEXAS A&M

Texas A&M is 42-11 overall, ranked No. 7 nationally and leads the Big 12 with an 19-5 record. The Aggies have won six of their eight league series in '08 as they enter the final weekend of conference play.

A&M is hitting .322 and averages 8.1 runs per game. The offense has pounded out 188 extra-base hits (99 2B, 26 3B and 63 HR) while stealing 79 bases.

Senior third baseman Dane Carter (.399, 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 45 of the team's 53 games in 2008. Junior shortstop José Duran (.393, 5 HR, 60 RBI) is riding a 23-game hit streak and tops the Big 12 in hits. Junior first baseman Luke Anders (.356, 13 HR, 48 RBI) leads the team in home runs, while senior Darby Brown (.349, 9 HR, 55 RBI) is third 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 3.91 ERA, third-best in the Big 12. A&M pitching is averaging 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings and is holding opposing hitters to a .255 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 20-5 record, 13 saves, 3.56 ERA and .251 opponent average.

A QUICK GLANCE: TEXAS

Texas enters the weekend at 31-19 overall and 12-12 in Big 12 play, and as winners of six of its last seven ballgames.

The Longhorns, who have posted back-to-back series wins over K-State and Baylor, respectively, are in fifth place in the league standings but sit just one game back of Missouri.

UT hits .306 as a team, with 48 home runs and 354 RBI, and averages 7.8 runs per game. Russ Moldenhauer (.346, 31 RBI), Michael Torres (.342, 4 HR, 40 RBI, 13 SB) and Brandon Belt (.326, 5 HR, 53 RBI) pace the offense, while Kyle Russell (.291, 13 HR, 40 RBI) leads the team in home runs and slugging percentage (.608).

On the mound, Chance Ruffin (6-3, 1.91 ERA) leads the team in victories, ERA and opponent batting average (.177), while Kenn Kasparek (4-3, 3.70) and Austin Wood (3-3, 5.19) are the other weekend starters. Six different Longhorn pitchers have recorded a save in 2008. As a team, UT features a 4.57 ERA, and is holding opponents to a .250 average and 5.3 runs per game.

Augie Garrido is in his 12th season in Austin with an overall record of 509-250-1. He is the winningest coach in NCAA Division I baseball history with 1,660 victories entering the weekend.

SERIES HISTORY

The Texas A&M/Texas rivalry is the longest running and most often played series in Aggie baseball history. The teams will meet for the 347th time on Friday in a series that dates back 104 years.

? Texas leads the all-time series, 223-118-5, and lead 27-14 since the formation of the Big 12 in 1997.

? 2008 will mark the 94th season in a row that the teams have met on the baseball diamond...the last time A&M and UT did not play baseball was in 1914.

? Texas is the Aggies' most common opponent at the Big 12 Championship (eight meetings).

? Texas is by far A&M's most common opponent of all time...

most common opponents, all-time

SCHOOL GAMES

Texas 346

Baylor 304

Rice 266

TCU 246

Houston 157

SMU 154

Texas Tech 138

Sam Houston State 120

Southwestern 74

Texas-Pan American 71

NEBRASKA REVIEW

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.

UT ARLINGTON REVIEW

UT Arlington broke open a tie game with seven runs in the middle innings en route to a 16-8 win over No. 7 Texas A&M Tuesday night before 1,213 fans at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Fort Worth native Jose Duran drove in single runs in the first and third innings, sandwiched around a two-spot by the Mavericks in the second. Duran drove in Blake Stouffer with a sacrifice fly in the first, then added an RBI single up the middle to plate Dane Carter in the third. The third-inning single extended the junior?s hit streak to 23 games.

UTA then scored three times in the fourth and four times in the fifth to build a seven-run lead. Six of the runs came with two outs. A&M would pull within five in the seventh before the Mavericks put the game away for good.

Duran finished the evening 1-for-3 with a team-high three RBI. Three other Aggies?Stouffer, Carter and Darby Brown?posted two hits apiece. Michael Choice paced UTA with four hits and five RBI on the night.

LONE STAR SHOWDOWN

With three points up for grabs this weekend (baseball and track and field), Texas A&M holds an 8.5 to 7.5 lead over Texas in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown.

The team which wins two of the three points at stake this weekend will claim the rivalry series, which spans 25 regular-season contests from October through late May.

state farm lone star showdown results

SPORT DATE WINNER SCORE/FINISH

Volleyball* 10/3 UT UT, 3-0

Soccer 10/12 A&M A&M, 2-0

Women's X/C 10/26 A&M A&M 8th, UT 9th

Men's X/C 10/26 UT UT 3rd, A&M 5th

Volleyball* 11/9 UT UT, 3-1

Football 11/23 A&M A&M, 38-30

Men's Hoops* 1/30 A&M A&M, 80-63

Women's Swimming 2/2 A&M A&M, 174-124

Men's Swimming 2/8 UT UT, 119-99

Women's Hoops* 2/9 A&M A&M, 66-57

Men's Hoops* 2/18 UT UT, 77-50

Women's Hoops* 2/24 A&M A&M, 65-50

W Indoor T&F 2/29-3/1 A&M A&M 1st, UT 4th

M Indoor T&F 2/29-3/1 UT UT 1st, A&M 4th

Softball* 4/9 A&M A&M, 3-1

Women's Tennis 4/16 UT UT, 5-2

Men's Tennis 4/19 UT UT, 4-3

Women's Golf 4/25-27 A&M A&M 2nd, UT 3rd

Men's Golf 4/25-27 UT UT 2nd, A&M 4th

Softball* 4/30 A&M A&M, 2-1

W Outdoor T&F 5/16-18

M Outdoor T&F 5/16-18

Baseball 5/16-18

* worth ½ point (all other competitions worth one point)

BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL

Texas A&M's 6-3, 16-inning marathon win over Nebraska last 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.

23 AND COUNTING

Shortstop Jose Duran carries a 23-game hit streak into this weekend's series at Texas, which is the second-longest in school history...

longest hit streaks, school history

No. Gms Player Year

1. 26 Kirk Thompson 1989

2. 23 José Duran* 2008

3. 22 Rich Petru 1996

22 Scott Livingstone 1988

5. 21 Ben Feltner 2007

6. 20 Cliff Pennington 2004

*active

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 Eric 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

*active

? final 16 Big 12 games of '03 and first two of '04

^ final 15 Big 12 games of '03 and first of '04

HOT BATS

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* 23 Apr 5-present .415/3/33

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

*active

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

GAMES YEAR

1. 16 2008

2. 12 1974

12 1971

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 three regular-season games remaining...

most hit batsmen, single season

HBP YEAR

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 three 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.

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.

STOUFFER'S RISE

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 52 points to .265.

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 45 of the Aggies' 53 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 45 of A&M's 53 games this year, Carter has posted multiple hits in 31 of those 45 (69 percent).

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?

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 since...

brown's turnaround

CATEGORY FIRST 10 GAMES SINCE (43 GAMES)

batting average .087 .386

hits-at bats 2-for-23 64-for-166

home runs 0 9

RBI 3 52

slugging pct. .174 .620

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 45 of A&M's 53 games this year, Duran has posted multiple hits in 29 of those 45 (64 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.

EIGHT EARN ACADEMIC HONORS

Eight members of the Texas A&M baseball team were named to the Academic All-Big 12 squads, the league office announced on May 15.

Seniors Daman Aaron (Lubbock, Texas), Darby Brown (Lubbock, Texas) and Blake Rampy (Tomball, Texas), along with juniors Evan Gerald (Amarillo, Texas), Brian Ruggiano (Austin, Texas) and Kyle Thebeau (Corpus Christi, Texas) all earned first-team honors. Sophomore Travis Starling (Yoakum, Texas) and senior Blake Stouffer (San Antonio, Texas) were named to the second team.

WALKING THE STAGE

Five members of the Texas A&M baseball team became graduates this past weekend in commencement ceremonies at Reed Arena.

congratulations, graduates!

STUDENT-ATHLETE DEGREE

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

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 3.56 ERA and picking up 20 wins and 13 saves. In 207 innings of work, opposing teams have managed 198 hits (.251 average) and 82 earned runs while striking out 208 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 435 batters while walking 173 in their 481 innings of work thus far, or a 2.5 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 34 of the 53 games in 2008, are averaging 8.13 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 38 or more Ks this spring, led by freshmen Barret Loux (65) and junior Kyle Thebeau (65).

AGGIES ON THE TUBE

No stranger to national exposure, the Texas A&M baseball team will appear on television at least eight 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

May 18 Texas FSN Southwest

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.

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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