A&M Prepares To Host Huskers In Baseball

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COLLEGE STATION -- The No. 14 Texas A&M baseball team will host No. 26 Nebraska in a three-game Big 12 Conference series this weekend at Olsen Field.

The Aggies easily handled nationally-ranked TCU Tuesday night, 13-2, to improve to 23-5 overall.

Last weekend, A&M dropped two of three games at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Oklahoma to the Sooners. The Aggies are in the middle of the pack in the Big 12 with a 3-3 record.

Nebraska enters the weekend with an overall record of 15-9 after winning a pair of midweek games against Northern Colorado.

The Huskers have lost two of three games in each of their first two Big 12 series against Texas Tech and Missouri.

Nebraska has played its last seven games at home, but started the season by playing 16 of the first 19 games on the road. Texas A&M has played 21 of its 28 games at Olsen Field.

Nebraska holds a slim 17-16 lead in the all-time series. Last year, the Huskers swept the Aggies in a three-game series at Haymarket Park in Lincoln.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Friday, March 30

Nebraska at Texas A&M – 6:30 p.m.

Olsen Field

(TELEVISED BY CST)

Saturday, March 31

Nebraska at Texas A&M – 2:00 p.m.

Olsen Field

Sunday, April 1

Nebraska at Texas A&M – 1:00 p.m.

Olsen Field

Tuesday. April 3

Texas A&M vs. Texas State – 6:00 p.m.

Dell Diamond (Round Rock, Texas)

TICKETS

Tickets to all Texas A&M home games can be purchased by calling the Texas A&M Athletic Ticket Office at (979) 845-2311 or (888) 99-AGGIE. Fans may also purchase tickets online at 12thmanfoundation.com. The gates at Olsen Field open 90 minutes prior to first pitch for all games.

RADIO

All Texas A&M baseball games will be broadcast live on WTAW AM-1620. Dave South, The Voice of the Aggies, will call the action and will be assisted throughout the season by Tom Turbiville, Chuck Glenewinkel, Scott Clendenin, and Gabe Bock. The pre-game show will begin 15 minutes prior to the start of each game.

AGGIE ULTIMATE ACCESS

Fans who are unable to attend Texas A&M’s home games can watch them live on the internet. Aggie Ultimate Access will provide a live video and audio stream of all 32 of the Aggies’ home games in 2006. Aggie Ultimate Access is an affordable membership site that can be accessed by logging onto www.AggieAthletics.com.

PROABABLE TEXAS A&M PITCHING ROTATION

GAME 1

David Newmann – Junior - LHP

4-0, 2.81 ERA, 7 App., 7 GS, 41.2 IP, 27 H, 18 BB, 44 K, .188 Opp. BA

Last Time Out: Earned the win in the series opener against Oklahoma by throwing 6 1/3 solid innings. He allowed three runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking three.

Against Nebraska: Newmann has never pitched against the Huskers.

GAME 2

Kyle Thebeau - Sophomore - RHP

2-1, 5.27 ERA, 10 App., 7 GS, 41.0 IP, 45 H, 18 BB, 44 K, .269 Opp. BA

Last Time Out: Thebeau was roughed up for six runs on nine hits in the Aggies’ game-two loss to Oklahoma last weekend. He struck out three and walked two in 5 1/3 innings of work.

Against Nebraska: Last year, Thebeau was tagged with the loss in Sunday’s game at Haymarket Park in Lincoln. He allowed four runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.

GAME 3

Scott Migl - Freshman - RHP

3-0, 2.55 ERA, 6 App., 6 GS, 35.1 IP, 22 H, 14 BB, 37 K, .183 Opp. BA

Last Time Out: Migl was dominant in Tuesday’s win against TCU and did not allow an earned run in six-complete innings of work. He allowed just two hits and walked one, while striking out two.

Against Nebraska: Migl has never pitched against the Huskers.

PROBABLE NEBRASKA PITCHING ROTATION

GAME 1

Tony Watson - Junior - LHP

1-1, 3.31 ERA, 32.2 IP, 26 K, 14 BB

GAME 2

Charlie Shirek - Sophomore - RHP

2-2, 4.65 ERA, 31.0 IP, 21 K, 10 BB

GAME 3

Johnny Dorn - Junior - LHP

4-1, 4.58 ERA, 35.1 IP, 26 K, 9 BB

PROJECTED A&M STARTING POSITION PLAYERS

Pos. Name Bats Quick Notes

C: Craig Stinson R Usually hits clean-up, but has also had at bats in the five and six holes... 18 starts behind the plate, 8 at DH

Josh Stinson L 10 starts behind the plate … 8 BB and only 3 K

1B: Darby Brown L 3rd on the team with 26 RBI ... has at least one RBI in seven of the last 10 games ... 9 multiple-RBI games … 18 starts at first base

Spencer Jackson R 9 starts at first base … also used as a defensive replacement at first

2B: Parker Dalton R 20 starts at second base, including starting the last 12 ... leads the team with a .429 BA ... currently on a 7-game hitting streak.

Brodie Greene R 5 starts at second base, 1 at third ... is six for his last seven at the plate.

3B: Blake Stouffer S leads the team with 41 RBI … had 15 RBI the last two years combined … started all but one game at third … 14 multiple-hit games and nine multiple-RBI games

SS: Brandon Hicks R started every game at short ... .453 OB% as the team’s lead off hitter … 17-19 stolen bases ... led off back-to-back games with a home run against OU (3/25) and TCU (3/27)

LF: Ben Feltner S 21-game hitting streak earlier this year … has 17 bunt singles ... 19-19 stolen bases … 12 multiple-hit games … started every game in left

CF: Kyle Colligan R started all but one game in center … 8-10 stolen bases

Daman Aaron L two starts in right, one in center

RF: Brian Ruggiano R 14 starts in right

Luke Anders L 11 starts at DH, 6 in right, 1 at first … hitting .379 but is six at bats short of being eligible for leaders.

DH: Anders, Jackson, C. Stinson

SERIES INFORMATION

TEXAS A&M vs. NEBRASKA

All-Time Series Record: Nebraska leads, 16-17

Last 10 Games: Nebraska leads, 4-6

Big 12 Games: Nebraska Leads, 15-17

Pre-Big 12 Games: A&M Leads, 1-0

Big 12 Tournament: Nebraska Leads, 2-0

Last Series: Last year, Nebraska swept Texas A&M in a three-game series at Haymarket Park in Lincoln. The first two games were on-run wins by the Huskers, 5-4 and 4-3. Nebraska shutout the Aggies in the series finale, 6-0.

Other: Prior to the formation of the Big 12 Conference, the Aggies and Huskers played just once. A&M put it on Nebraska, 21-4, in 1989. The Aggies held a slim lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, when they scored 17 runs.