MORGANTOWN, West Virginia – The No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies begin play in their 35th NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Friday as they battle the Duke Blue Devils in Morgantown Regional action at Monongalia County Ballpark. First pitch is slated for 3:06 pm.
With the appearance, the Aggies extend their school-record string of consecutive NCAA Championship tournaments to 13. Texas A&M is one of only three schools to appear in each of the last 13 NCAA Division I Baseball Championships. The Maroon & White's 13-season NCAA postseason string is the second-longest in the SEC trailing only Vanderbilt (14 years). It is the longest active string among Texas schools.
The Aggies lead the nation in K-to-BB ratio (3.32) and rank second in strikeouts per nine innings (10.9), third in ERA (3.04), fifth in WHIP (1.19), ninth in hits allowed per nine innings (7.40), 10th in shutouts (6) and 25th in walks allowed per nine innings (3.29).
Individually, Asa Lacy ranks fourth in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (5.07), eighth in strikeouts per nine innings (13.56), 11th in strikeouts (123) and 40th in ERA (2.20). John Doxakis ranks 16th in the nation in ERA (1.84), 38th in strikeouts (106) and 45th in WHIP (1.02). Kasey Kalich ranks 20th in the nation in saves with 12.
The Aggies are 84-77 all-time in NCAA Championship play, including a 71-48 mark in regional action. Texas A&M has won regionals in 1993, ‘99, ‘04, ‘07, ‘08, ‘11, ’15, ’16 and ‘17. They also captured a district playoff title in 1951 before regional play began.
The game will be televised on the ESPN2 with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Mike Lavalliere (color) handling the call. The contest will be available for viewing on ESPN3. ESPN3 provides events to SEC Network subscribers through WatchESPN and the ESPN app on smartphones, computers, tablets and connected devices (Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One). All three games will air on SportsRadio 1150/93.7 The Zone.
TEXAS A&M AGGIES (37-21-1, 16-13-1 SEC) vs. DUKE BLUE DEVILS (31-25, 15-15 BIG TEN)
Monongalia County Ballpark (3,500) • Morgantown, West Virginia
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
• FRIDAY: #14 John Doxakis (Jr., LHP, 7-3, 1.84 ERA) vs. TBA
ESPN2 • Mark Neely (play-by-play), Mike Lavalliere (color analyst)
SportsRadio 1150/93.7 The Zone • Dave South (play-by-play)
ESPN3 (WatchESPN credentials required through cable provider)
Texas A&M – 18 (D1B, NCBWA), 19 (USAT), 20 (BA), 25 (CB)
Duke – unranked