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A&M Hosts Two Midweek Games

February 18, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - On the heels of a season-opening series win, the No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies continue their 10-game homestand with a pair of midweek games against in-state foes on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The Aggies, who won 2-of-3 from Illinois-Chicago to start the season, will host the Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks at 6:35 pm on Tuesday and the Texas Southern Tigers at 6:35 pm on Wednesday.

No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies (2-1) vs. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (0-3) and Texas Southern Tigers (3-1)

Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park (6,100) • College Station, Texas

SCHEDULE - Tuesday, 6:35 PM vs SFA • Wednesday, 6:35 PM vs Texas Southern
RADIO - WTAW-AM 1620 (Tue)/KZNE-AM 1150 (Wed.)  Will Johnson, play-by-play
LIVE VIDEO - 12thMan.TV (premium subscription required)
LIVE AUDIO - aggieathletics.com  •  radioaggieland.com
LIVE STATS - aggieathletics.com
RANKINGS - Texas A&M - 24th (USAT), 26th (NCBWA), 27th (CollBB)
SERIES HISTORY - Texas A&M leads Stephen F. Austin 20-1, Texas A&M leads Texas Southern, 12-0
SERIES STREAKS - Texas A&M has won two staight vs. SFA, Texas A&M has won 12 straight vs. TSU

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
TUESDAY: #22 Corey Ray (So., RHP, 0-0, 13.50) vs. #8 Cameron Gann (So., RHP, 0-0, 0.00)
WEDNESDAY: #38 Grayson Long (Fr., RHP, 0-0, 0.00) vs. TBA

LEADING OFF
Texas A&M continues its 10-game homestand to start the 2013 campaign with a pair of midweek non-conference games against in-state foes... The Aggies are 20-1 all-time against their Tuesday night foe Stephen F. Austin and 12-0 all-time against Texas Southern... Texas A&M has introduced a bevy of new arms to mound at Olsen Field this season as six newcomers made their first career appearances over the weekend, including two true freshmen.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION

  • RADIO - Fans can listen locally on WTAW-AM 1620 ... Dave South (play-by-play) and selected commentators will call the action ... pregame show begins 30 minutes prior to first pitch.
  • INTERNET - aggieathletics.com will offer live play-by-play and statistics ... fans can watch all non-televised games on 12thMan.TV with a premium subscription.
  • MOBILE PHONE - listen to the game on your iPhone, Blackberry or PDA free of charge ... log on to radioaggieland.com for more information.

TEXAS A&M/STEPHEN F AUSTIN SERIES NOTABLES
The Aggies are 20-1 all-time against the Lumberjacks, with the lone loss coming in 2010 when Stephen F Austin notched a 7-6 win. Last season, the Aggies logged a 4-3 victory with Jason Freeman earning the win in relief, fanning three of the six batters he faced in 2.0 innings. Daniel Mengden picked up his first career save, striking out two of the three batters he faced. The Aggies took a 2-0 lead in the first on a Brandon Wood sac fly and a balk that scored Tyler Naquin. The Lumberjacks tied the game with a two-run single by Bobby Loveless in the third inning and went ahead, 3-2, with a solo home run by Max Lamantia in the fourth inning. Cole Lankford hit a two-run single in the sixth inning to give the Aggies the 4-3 lead.

TEXAS A&M/TEXAS SOUTHERN SERIES NOTABLES
The Aggies are 12-0 all-time against the Tigers. The teams have not met since the 2007 season when the Aggies posted a 9-1 win. Texas A&M has scored 10 or more runs in seven of the 12 contests. The Aggies have outscored the Tigers 29-2 in the three meetings in the 21st century and 132-19 overall.

MORE ON STEPHEN F AUSTIN
The Lumberjacks are coming off a 26-33 campaign in 2012... Last season, they advanced to the Southland Conference semifinal before losing to Southeastern Louisiana... The Lumberjacks were swept in their seasoning series at South Alabama... Freddy Villalobos hit .385 with two home runs in the opening seriesin Mobile... Johnny Cardenas is in his fifth season as the Lumberjacks' head coach, with a 120-111 record... He was tabbed the Southland Conference Coach of the Year in 2010... Stephen F Austin now boasts their first-ever former player in the Major League's as catcher Steven Hill made his debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on August 10, 2010, hitting a home run in his only game that season... He returned to the Majors in 2012, appearing in nine games.

MORE ON TEXAS SOUTHERN
The Tigers are coming off a 26-28 campaign in 2012 ... The Tigers went 3-1 on opening weekend... Texas Southern alternated games against Eastern Illinois and Jackson State in Jackson, Miss., with wins of 4-3 and 10-7 over EIU and a 4-0 loss and 14-5 win versus JSU... Texas Southern will play in three games at Minute Maid Park this weekend as part of the Houston Urban Invitational... They play Southern on Friday, Prairie View A&M on Saturday and Alabama State on Sunday.

NOTES AND NOTABLES

  • Head coach Rob Childress is in his eighth season at the helm of the Texas A&M baseball program, beginning the year with a 291-154-2 record. Last season, he lead the Aggies to the postseason for a school-record sixth-consecutive season.
  • Texas A&M welcomes back 17 letterwinners, including five positional starters, from last season's 43-18 team that advanced to the NCAA Championship. The Aggies return two All-Big 12 Second Team performers in Troy Stein (C) and Mikey Reynolds. They are joined by Blake Allemand (INF) and Kyle Martin (RHP) who garnered All-Big 12 Honorable Mention a year ago. Allemand and Chance Bolcerek were Big 12 All-Freshman selections.

TUESDAY'S PROBABLE STARTER:  #22 COREY RAY
Corey Ray is making his fourth career start and his first start of the 2013 season... In his three starts a freshman, Ray went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 15.0 innings of work... Ray struggled a bit in his first outing in 2013, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks over 1.1 innings in the 4-3 win over UIC on Feb. 16.

WEDNESDAY'S PROBABLE STARTER:  #38 GRAYSON LONG
Grayson Long is scheduled to make his first career start on Wednesday ... The freshman made his collegiate debut in Sunday's 5-1 win over UIC ... Long pitched a scoreless eighth inning against the flames, allowing two baserunners (one BB, one HBP), but he got out of the inning unscathed with a pair of strikeouts.

AGGIES SELECTED FIFTH IN THE SEC WESTERN DIVISION
The Texas A&M baseball team will need to earn love in the SEC as the league's coaches relegated the Aggies to fifth in the SEC Western Division in the league's preseason coaches poll releasted on Tuesday.

Arkansas was selected as the favorite in the Western Division, earning 12 of the 14 first-place votes. LSU and Mississippi State were slotted in second and third place with one first-place vote apiece. Ole Miss was tabbed fourth followed by Texas A&M, Alabama and Auburn.

Vanderbilt was ranked first in the Eastern Division with 12 first-place votes, followed by Florida in second place. Kentucky and South Carolina were tied for third and each garnered one first-place vote. Georgia was picked fifth, followed by Tennessee and fellow league newcomer Missouri.

GRUELING SCHEDULE

The Aggies schedule features eight teams in the Baseball America Preseason Top 25 for a total of 20 games. The slate also highlights seven games against three teams in the BA Preseason Top 5 and 13 games against five teams in the BA Preseason Top 10. The Aggies play preseason No. 1 North Carolina and No. 18 Rice at the Astros Foundation College Classic at Minute Maid Park. They have a non-conference road series at No. 22 Cal State Fullerton. They have SEC series at No. 13 Ole Miss, No. 7 South Carolina and No. 3 Arkansas and SEC home series against No. 5 Mississippi State and No. 10 LSU.

MORE ON THE 2013 SCHEDULE
Fourteen teams on Texas A&M's 2013 schedule will be coming off NCAA tournament campaigns.

Of the 14 squads who earned a berth in the field of 64 in '13, four hosted regionals and Arkansas and South Carolina both advanced to the College World Series in Omaha where the Gamecocks finished as national runner-up to Arizona. Eight of the Aggies' opponents racked up 40 or more wins.

The Aggies will play a total of 31 games against 2012 NCAA tourney teams this spring.

AGGIES ON THE 'NET
For the 10th straight season, 12th Man TV will bring Aggies around the globe live video of Texas A&M baseball.

Fans will be able to watch all non-televised Aggie home games, along with selected road games, through the all-new 12th Man TV. Subscription packages start at $11.95/month and include exclusive live and on-demand content not found anywhere else. For more information log on to aggieathletics.com.

LISTEN AROUND THE WORLD
Free live audio of every pitch of the 2013 season is also available online at aggieathletics.com. In addition, listen to streaming audio of the two stations that carry A&M baseball-News/Talk 1620 WTAW and SportsRadio 1150 The Zone-along with several sister stations free of charge on your iPhone, Blackberry and other selected PDAs and cell phones through the Radio Aggieland app. To check availability or to set up your device to listen to Aggie baseball all season long wherever you go, visit radioaggieland.com.

POSTSEASON STREAK CONTINUES INTO 2013
Prior to the arrival of head coach Rob Childress, Texas A&M had never appeared in the NCAA Tournament more than four consecutive years. Hosting an NCAA Regional in 2012 extended the Aggies current string to six consecutive years, something that had never happened before in the program's 112 year history.

Childress has led the Aggies to the postseason each of the last six seasons, topping the previous-high water mark of four-straight trips, a feat that had happened only twice before at Texas A&M. Former head coach Tom Chandler led his squad to the NCAA Regionals each season from 1975 to 1978 and 11 years later the Aggies enjoyed a similar four-year run from 1986-89 under the direction of head coach Mark Johnson.

MARTIN NOW APPEARING
Now the Aggies' Friday night starter, Kyle Martin spent his first three seasons as a stalwart in the bullpen. He currently ranks seventh on A&M's career list with 78 appearances. It will be a harder record to reach as a starter, but he's chasing Kyle Thebeau's record of 103 appearances between 2006-09.

BRATSEN STEALING THE SHOW
With one stolen base on the opening weekend, junior OF Krey Bratsen moved into a tie for sixth place on the Aggies career stolen bases charts with 53. He is just three steals from fourth place, trailing No. 4 Blake Stouffer (56 - 2005-08) and No. 5 Brian Thomas (55 - 1990-93). Jason Tyner owns the school record with 118 from 1996-98.

Bratsen stole 31 bases as a freshman, the seventh-best season in school history. Last season, Bratsen racked up 21 stolen bases

AGGIES ON THE TUBE
No stranger to the national spotlight, the Aggies have had 55 of their games televised either regionally or nationally over the last six years. Texas A&M is scheduled to make eight regular-season TV appearances during the 2013 regular season as part of the SEC TV package.

The entire SEC broadcast package will include over 70 contests. In addition, all games from the 2013 SEC Tournament will continue to be televised, with the championship game airing again nationally on ESPN2. The semifinals will also air nationally for the first time, which will be broadcast on ESPNEWS.

The Aggies had previously been announced for two games as part of the Thursday Night Baseball package for ESPN, including a road game on March 28 at South Carolina and a home game on May 9 against LSU.

Texas A&M will have four home games as part of the package. All three games against LSU will be on TV. In addition to the Thursday night game, the Aggies will play the Tigers on CSS on May 10 and ESPN on May 11. A&M will host Mississippi State on Fox Sports Net on April 13.

In addition to the road game at South Carolina, Aggies will be featured at Ole Miss on ESPNU (March 23) and at Arkansas on ESPNU (April 20) and ESPN2 (April 21).

NKOTB
Texas A&M is in the midst of its first season in the Southeastern Conference. After 16 seasons in the Big 12 Conference, the Aggies will meet a new set of league mates. This year, A&M will face 10 of 13 possible conference opponents in the regular season, with no series scheduled against Florida, Kentucky and Vanderbilt this season.

The Aggies are 122-84-3 (.591) against current members of the SEC, including 3-0 vs. Alabama, 38-29-1 vs. Arkansas, 6-1 vs. Florida, 3-1 vs. Kentucky, 15-12-1 vs. LSU, 4-2 vs. Ole Miss, 8-6 vs. Mississippi State, 44-32-1 vs. Missouri, 0-1 vs. South Carolina, 1-0 vs. Tennessee. With long-time Big 12 companion Missouri out of the equation, A&M enters 2012 campaign with a 78-52-2 (.595) mark against the old guard. Texas A&M has never faced Auburn, Georgia and Vanderbilt.

2013 SEC TOURNAMENT
The 2013 SEC Baseball Tournament is scheduled for May 21-26 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham.

The tournament, being held in Hoover for the 16th consecutive year, will increase from 10 to 12 teams and will begin on Tuesday, May 21. Seeds 5-12 will meet in a single elimination format on the opening day of the tournament, followed by traditional double-elimination play Wednesday-Friday. The tournament will return to single elimination play on Saturday.

The 12 teams are seeded 1-12 with two divisional champions and top four seeds guaranteed opening-round byes, with the possibility of earning another by later in the bracket. The tournament field will include the top teams from the SEC's Eastern and Western Divisions plus 10 at-large bids seeded 3-12 based on conference winning percentage.

TRUE FRESHMEN
The Aggies had four true freshmen make appearances on the opening weekend. Jonathan Moroney started all three games in leftfield agains UIC. He hit .333 with one double and one RBI. J.B. Moss had one at-bat in Sunday's finale, but did not get a hit. Andrew Vinson and Grayson Long both pitched one scoreless inning of relief

UP NEXT
Texas A&M plays host to the Pepperdine Waves in a three-game series on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park from Feb. 22-24. Game times are 6:35, 2:05 and 1:05 pm.

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