HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- The Sam Houston baseball team will put their winning streak on the line at No. 24 Texas A&M Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. in College Station. A 4-1 win at No. 19 Houston last week, followed by a weekend sweep of McNeese State has the Kats on a roll.
The Bearkats (19-12, 7-2) have had plenty of success in midweek games this season. After falling in their home opener to Houston, the Kats have won games at Texas and Baylor, a pair of games over Rice, and last week’s return game at UH.
Texas A&M (20-13, 6-6) has been perfect in its nine midweek games this season. The Aggies beat UTSA 11-4 last Tuesday at home.
“The Aggies are a top 25 team and they play a lot of tough competition,” said Bearkat coach David Pierce. “It’s going to be a fun atmosphere and a great challenge for us.”
RHP Tyler Eppler (3-1, 2.90 ERA) vs. RHP Corey Ray (2-0, 5.33 ERA)
Tyler Eppler has been a big part of the Kats midweek success, picking up wins in his last two starts. The sophomore from Navasota, Texas, was at his best against ranked opponents Texas, Rice, and Houston.
“There have been some unusual things with this year’s team,” Pierce said. “Tyler Eppler has been one of those good, unusual things. It’s great to be able to have the same starting pitcher for the midweek games. Tyler is a young pitcher but he’s been able to step up and has helped build the team’s confidence going into big games.”
Seniors Jessie Plumlee and Kevin Miller lead the way offensively. Plumlee is batting .397 while Miller has a .348 average and is second on the team with 39 hits. Junior catcher Anthony Azar continues to be the Bearkats primary run producer with 26 RBIs.
Jason Simms and Michael Burchett have provided stability in the backend of the bullpen. Simms has a 2.70 ERA and four saves on the season. Burchett struggled early in the season but has picked up three saves in his last three appearances.
Aggie shortstop Mikey Reynolds leads the team with a .388 average, 50 hits and 24 runs scored. The senior has reached base in all 33 of the Aggies games this season. First baseman Cole Lankford is batting .368 with a team-high 20 runs batted in.
Texas A&M freshman closer Jason Jester has recorded eight saves this season while maintaining a 1.80 ERA in 17 appearances. Jester has 24 strikes to just four walks.
The Bearkats return to Don Sanders Stadium Tuesday, April 16 to host the Texas A&M Aggies at 6:30 p.m.