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The No. 14 Texas A&M baseball team will host No. 15 Oklahoma State in a three-game series this weekend at Olsen Field.

The Aggies will be looking to gain ground from their fourth-place spot in the Big 12 by playing the second-place Cowboys.

After winning its first Big 12 road series since 2004 last weekend at Missouri and defeating Houston, 8-3, Tuesday night, A&M is 31-8 overall and 8-6 in Big 12 Conference play.

Oklahoma State enters the weekend with an overall record of 29-9 and is 8-4 in the league.

The Cowboys hold the all-time advantage over A&M, 29-20. Last year Oklahoma State swept A&M in Stillwater, and used ninth inning rallies to win all three games.

The series will feature two of the most powerful offenses in the Big 12 as Oklahoma State ranks first in the league with a .346 batting average and A&M has a team batting average of .319, ranking them third in the league.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Friday, April 20

Oklahoma St. at Texas A&M – 6:30 p.m.

Olsen Field

(Military Appreciation Night)

Saturday, April 21

Oklahoma St. at Texas A&M – 1 p.m.

Olsen Field

(Televised by CST)

Sunday, April 22

Oklahoma St. at Texas A&M – 1 p.m.

Olsen Field

Tuesday, April 24

Stephen F. Austin at Texas A&M – 6:30 p.m.

Olsen Field

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 ALL-ACCESS

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

POSSIBLE TEXAS A&M PITCHING ROTATION

GAME 1

Kyle Nicholson - Senior - RHP

8-1, 1.14 ERA, 17 App., 4 GS, 71.1 IP, 48 H, 12 BB, 53 K, .194 Opp. BA

Last Time Out: Nicholson threw a career-high nine innings a complete-game effort against Missouri in the series opener. He allowed one unearned run on seven hits in the 3-1 A&M win. He walked just two and struck out six.

Against Oklahoma State: Nicholson has two career appearances against OSU, both out of the bullpen. In 2005, he threw 1 2/3 innings and allowed one unearned run and recorded two strikeouts. Last year, he allowed two runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings.

GAME 2

David Newmann - Junior - LHP

6-1, 3.26 ERA, 10 App., 10 GS, 58.0 IP, 40 H, 23 BB, 56 K, .198 Opp. BA

Last Time Out: Newmann had a solid outing in the series deciding game last Sunday against Missouri. He threw six-complete innings without allowing a run on just two hits. He fanned seven and walked two.

Against Oklahoma State: Newmann has never pitched against the Cowboys.

GAME 3

TBD

PROBABLE OKLAHOMA STATE PITCHING ROTATION

GAME 1

Oliver Odle - Senior - RHP

4-3, 4.88 ERA, 48.0 IP, 59 H, 36 K, 6 BB

GAME 2

Andrew Oliver - Freshman - LHP

5-1, 5.35 ERA, 33.2 IP, 37 H, 29 K, 14 BB

GAME 3

TBA

PROJECTED A&M STARTING POSITION PLAYERS

Pos. Name Bats Quick Notes

C: Craig Stinson R Started 28 games behind the plate and seven at DH ... career .270 hitter who is currently hitting a career-high .303 ... has five home runs after hitting four in his first three years.

Josh Stinson L 11 starts behind the plate … 10 BB and only 5 K in 61 at bats ... hit safely in six of the last seven games in which he has an at bat.

1B: Darby Brown L 26 starts at first ... 4th on the team with 26 RBI.

Spencer Jackson R 12 starts at first base, including the last three games … has four hits 13 at bats in the last three games ... also used as a defensive replacement at first.

2B: Parker Dalton R 31 starts at second base, including the last 23 games ... leads the team with a .400 BA ... hit safely in 22 of the last 26 games.

3B: Blake Stouffer S Leads the team with 49 RBI … had 15 RBI the last two years combined … started all but two games at third … leads the team with 19 multiple-hit games ... hit safely in 27 of 35 games.

SS: Brandon Hicks R Started every game at short ... hit 6 home runs in the last 11 games ... has three lead-off home runs this year ... currently on a 17-game hitting streak ... hit safely in 26 of the last 27 games.

LF: Ben Feltner S 21-game hitting streak earlier this year … 22-23 stolen bases … 13 multiple-hit games … started every game in left ... hit safely in 29 of 38 games this year.

CF: Kyle Colligan R Started all but one game in center … hit safely in 18 of the last 21 games and raised his average from .222 to .280 during that span.

Daman Aaron L Two starts in right, one in center and one in left ... often used as a defensive replacement in the outfield.

RF: Brodie Greene R 9 starts in right, 5 at second base, 1 at third ... started eight of the last 12 games.

Luke Anders L 20 starts at DH, 8 in right, 1 at first … 18 RBI in the last 13 games ... hit safely in 10 of the last 13 games and has five multiple-hit games in that span.

DH: Anders, Jackson, C. Stinson, J. Stinson, Brown

SERIES INFORMATION

TEXAS A&M vs. OKLAHOMA STATE

All-Time Series Record: OSU leads, 29-20-0

Last 10 Games: OSU Leads, 7-3

Big 12 Games: OSU Leads, 19-15

Pre-Big 12 Games: OSU Leads, 10-5

Big 12 Tournament: Tied, 2-2.

Last Series: Last year, The Oklahoma State series started the decline of the Aggies’ season. Coming into the series, A&M was 18-10 and still had hopes of a good season. Three walk-off, one-run losses to the Cowboys in Stillwater led to a 12-game losing streak.

Other: There have been three sweeps in the series between Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. In 1999, A&M won all three games at Olsen Field and another game against the Cowboys in the Big 12 Tournament. Both teams advanced to the College World Series in 1999. OSU owns the other two sweeps, both coming in Stillwater in 2000 and 2006. The Aggies are 10-5 against the Cowboys at Olsen Field since 1997 - the year the Big 12 started.