Aggies open season against Miami (Ohio)
The No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies open the 2020 baseball season Friday, hosting the Miami RedHawks in a three-game series on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
Every game of the series is available for viewing on SEC Network + with Will Johnson and Mark Johnson on the call. SEC Network + provides digital-only 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 and/or 93.7 The Zone with Dave South and Scott Clendenin on the call.
Texas A&M has fared well on opening weekends since 2009, going a combined 33-1. The lone defeat came on opening day of the 2013 season, a 2-0 loss to Illinois-Chicago.
The Aggies are 81-31-5 all-time on opening day. The Maroon & White are 13-1 in opening day games under Rob Childress, including the last five lid lifters. Texas A&M is also 18-1 in opening day games since the 2001 campaign.
Texas A&M is coming off a 39-23-1 season in which they advanced to the NCAA Championship for a school-record 13th consecutive season, the third-longest active streak in the nation. The Aggies finished sixth in the Southeastern Conference with a 16-13-1 record.
Asa Lacy and Zach DeLoach were named to the Preseason All-SEC team as voted on by the conference's coaches. Lacy was recognized with first-team honors and DeLoach garnered second-team honors. The pair have each hauled in Preseason All-America recognition with Lacy earning first-team honors and DeLoach earning third-team honors. Lacy completed the sweep of all five major media, becoming a unanimous preseason All-America First Team honoree, also earning recognition in D1Baseball.com, Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game/Rawlings. Bryce Miller added to the preseason recognition, garnering a spot on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award preseason watch list.
This marks the Aggies’ third meeting with the RedHawks. The Maroon & White currently hold the series advantage, 2-0. The teams first met in 1979, and most recently met in 1992 with the Aggies pulling off a 3-2 win.
Miami coming off a 37-19 campaign in 2019 that saw them finish fourth in the Mid-American Conference with 15-11 record. The RedHawks are returning 22 letterwinners, including eight out of nine position starters in 2020.
• Take a Kid to the Game: Buy one adult ticket and get up to 4 kids in free every Sunday at Blue Bell Park
• Kids Run the Bases: After Sunday's game, kids 12 & under can run the bases (sponsored by The Pool Guy).
TEXAS A&M AGGIES (0-0) vs. MIAMI REDHAWKS (0-0)
Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park (6,100) • College Station, Texas
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS (2019 Stats)
• FRIDAY: #35 Asa Lacy (Jr., LHP, 8-4, 2.13 ERA) vs. #18 Sam Bachman (So., RHP, 7-1, 3.93 ERA)
• SATURDAY: #23 Christian Roa (Jr., RHP, 3-2, 3.56 ERA) vs. #19 Tyler Bosma (So. LHP, 2-1, 5.54 ERA)
• SUNDAY: #18 Chandler Jozwiak (Jr., LHP, 4-5, 4.76 ERA) vs. TBA
Friday, 6:32 p.m. • Saturday, 2:02 p.m. • Sunday, 12:02 p.m.
SportsRadio 1150/93.7 The Zone • Dave South
SEC Network + (WatchESPN credentials required through cable provider) • Will Johnson (play-by-play), Mark Johnson (color analyst)
tamu.statbroadcast.com (PCs); tamustats.com (mobile devices)
Texas A&M – 20 (D1B), 21 (USAT, NCBWA); Miami – 33 (NCBWA)
For the sake of consistency; Texas A&M uses the USA Today Coaches Poll in releases.
Aggies lead series, 2-0