A&M Ready To Battle Bears In Brazos Series

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WACO -- The No. 16 Texas A&M baseball team will play Baylor in a three-game split series this weekend. Friday’s series opener will be played at Baylor Ballpark in Waco, before the series shifts to Olsen Field in College Station for games two and three on Saturday and Sunday.

The Aggies defeated Stephen F. Austin, 6-0, Wednesday night to improve to 33-10 overall and lost two of three last weekend to Oklahoma State to fall to 9-8 in Big 12 play.

Baylor won a pair of midweek games over Texas State (13-4) and Prairie View A&M (4-2) to improve to 24-19 overall. Last weekend, Baylor won the last of three games against Missouri to avoid the sweep and move to 7-11 in the league.

The Aggies have met the Bears 293 times on the baseball diamond, second only to Texas. A&M holds the all-time series advantage, 165-125-3, but Baylor has won six of the last seven series and five of the last six games.

Last year, A&M won the opener at Olsen Field, before dropping two-straight at Baylor Ballpark.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Friday, April 27

Texas A&M at Baylor – 6:30 p.m.

Baylor Ballpark

Saturday, April 28

Baylor at Texas A&M – 3 p.m.

Olsen Field

Sunday, April 29

Baylor at Texas A&M – 1 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

9-1, 1.24 ERA, 18 App., 5 GS, 79.2 IP, 56 H, 12 BB, 62 K, .199 Opp. BA

Last Time Out: Nicholson improved to 5-0 in Big 12 action by tossing 8 1/3 innings and striking out a career-high nine hitters against Oklahoma State, the league’s best offensive team. He allowed two runs on eight hits and did not issue a free pass in his second-straight series-opening start.

Against Baylor: Nicholson does not have a decision in three career appearances against Baylor. All three appearances have been out of the bullpen and he allowed six runs five earned - on 10 hits in 11 innings of work in his career against Baylor. He struck out six Baylor hitters and walked two.

GAME 2

David Newmann - Junior - LHP

6-1, 3.45 ERA, 11 App., 11 GS, 60.0 IP, 43 H, 26 BB, 59 K, .205 Opp. BA

Last Time Out: Newmann was ineffective in two-complete innings of work against Oklahoma State last Saturday, allowing two runs on three hits. He struck out three and walked three.

Against Baylor: Newmann has never pitched against the Bears.

GAME 3

TBD

PROBABLE BAYLOR PITCHING ROTATION

GAME 1

Jeff Mandel - Senior - RHP

5-6, 4.19 ERA, 68.2 IP, 71 H, 61 K, 22 BB

GAME 2

Randall Linebaugh - Junior - RHP

2-4, 5.40 ERA, 58.1 IP, 60 H, 37 K, 26 BB

GAME 3

Kendal Volz - Freshman - RHP

5-1, 4.98 ERA, 47.0 IP, 57 H, 37 K, 12 BB

PROJECTED A&M STARTING POSITION PLAYERS

Pos. Name Bats Quick Notes

C: Craig Stinson R Started 31 games behind the plate and seven at DH ... career .269 hitter who is currently hitting a career-high .295.

Josh Stinson L 12 starts behind the plate … 11 BB and only 6 K in 67 at bats ... hit safely in eight of the last nine games in which he has an at bat.

1B: Darby Brown L Started 28 games at first ... may be limited this weekend due to a hand injury.

Spencer Jackson R 13 starts at first base, including four of the last seven games ... also used as a defensive replacement at first.

Kirkland Rivers L May be called into duty at first because of Brown’s hand injury ... got his first collegiate hit in nine at bats Tuesday against SFA.

2B: Parker Dalton R 35 starts at second base, including each of the last 27 games ... leads the team with a .386 BA ... hit safely in 25 of the last 30 games.

3B: Blake Stouffer S Leads the team with 53 RBI … had 15 RBI the last two years combined … started three of the last four games in right field … leads the team with 21 multiple-hit games ... hit safely in 32 of 43 games.

SS: Brandon Hicks R Started every game at short ... has three lead-off home runs this year ... is seven for his last 10 at the plate.

LF: Ben Feltner S 21-game hitting streak earlier this year … 25-27 stolen bases … 16 multiple-hit games … started every game but one in left ... was 10-for-15 last weekend against Oklahoma State.

CF: Kyle Colligan R Started all but two games in center … hit safely in 20 of the last 24 games ... has 11 steals and has been caught twice.

Daman Aaron L Three starts in right, two 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, three at third ... was hit by a pitch in the face that required stitches in Sunday’s game.

Luke Anders L 24 starts at DH, 8 in right, 1 at first … 21 RBI in the last 17 games.

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

SERIES INFORMATION

TEXAS A&M vs. BAYLOR

All-Time Series Record: A&M Leads, 165-125-3

Last 10 Games: Baylor Leads, 7-3

Big 12 Games: Baylor Leads, 20-12

Pre-Big 12 Games: A&M Leads, 153-105-3

Big 12 Tournament: Tied, 1-1

Last Series: Last year, A&M won the series opener at Olsen Field, 4-2,, behind a eight-inning, 10-strikeout effort by Jason Meyer. Baylor scored three in the bottom of the first in game two and held on to win 4-1 on Saturday in Waco. Sunday, Baylor took the series by scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat A&M, 9-8.

Other: Texas A&M has only played Texas more times than Baylor on the baseball diamond. The Aggies and Bears have squared off 293 times, while A&M has played the Horns 339 times. The next closest team is Rice with 259 games against the Aggies. Since the start of the split-series format in 1997, the Aggies are 7-8 against Baylor at Olsen Field and 4-11 in Waco. Since 1997, the team that has won the opening game, has won eight of 10 series.