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Aggies Host Northwestern State for Two-Game Series

February 25, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 30 Texas A&M Aggies host the Northwestern State Demons in a two-game series on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. The teams play at 6:35 pm on Tuesday and 3:05 pm on Wednesday.

After dropping a three-game series to Pepperdine last weekend, the Aggies will be sending sophomore RHP Corey Ray (1-0, 5.40 ERA) and freshman RHP Grayson Long (1-0, 1.35) to the mound. Both hurlers won their midweek starts last week.

Mikey Reynolds and Krey Bratsen each enter the series with a seven-game hit streak. With a hit on Tuesday, Reynolds would have a career-long streak. Bratsen's career-long is 10 games.

#30 TEXAS A&M AGGIES (5-3) vs. NORTHWESTERN STATE DEMONS (5-2)
Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park (6,100) • College Station, Texas

SCHEDULE - Tuesday, 6:35 PM • Wednesday, 3:05 PM
RADIO - WTAW-AM 1620 (both days)  Will Johnson, play-by-play; Scott Clendenin, color
LIVE VIDEO - aggieathletics.com (with a premium subscription)
LIVE AUDIO- aggieathletics.com  •  radioaggieland.com
LIVE STATS - aggieathletics.com
RANKINGS - Texas A&M - 30th (NCBWA)
SERIES HISTORY - Texas A&M leads 6-1
SERIES STREAKS - Texas A&M has won two straight

PROMOTIONS
TUESDAY
Baseball Bingo
Junior Aggie Club gets in FREE

WEDNESDAY
Junior Aggie Club Gets in FREE
Post -Game Kids Clinic - All children (8th grade and under) are invited to attend a post-game clinic hosted by the Aggie Baseball team and the Junior Aggie Club

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

  • TUESDAY: #22 Corey Ray (So., RHP, 1-0, 5.40) vs. #35 Zach Krebs (Jr., RHP, 1-1, 10.29)
  • WEDNESDAY: #38 Grayson Long (Fr., RHP, 1-0, 1.35) vs. #26 Andrew Adams (Jr., LHP, 0-0, 5.40)

LEADING OFF
Texas A&M Baseball looks to bounce back from dropping a three-game series to Pepperdine over the weekend when they host the Northwestern State Demons for a two-game set on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park ... The Aggies' pitching has been stellar to date, posting a 1.62 ERA and holding opponents to a .217 batting average ... Last season, A&M swept the two-game series with the Demons, 14-10 and 8-1.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION

  • RADIO - Fans can listen locally on WTAW-AM 1620 on Tuesday and KZNE-AM 1150 on Wednesday ... 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/NORTHWESTERN STATE SERIES NOTABLES
The Aggies are 6-1 all-time against the Demons. All seven prior meetings have come in College Station. The teams first squared off in 1989 with the Aggies taking a 12-9 decision. The Aggies swept a three-game series in 2006, including a 13-inning win in the second game of the series. The Demons' lone win came in 2010 with Northwestern State taking a 4-2 decision. Last year the Aggies swept a two-game set with wins of 14-10 and 8-1. In the 14-10 win, the Aggies trailed 10-1 before storming back with 13 unanswered runs.  Brandon Wood went 4-for-5 with two runs and four RBI and Blake Allemand and Matt Juengel each had three hits. In the second game, Corey Ray earned his first career win allowing just one run on six hits and one walk while fanning four over 7.0 innings. Tyler Naquin tallied four hits and Juengel tallied three RBI.

MORE ON NORTHWESTERN STATE
The Demons are coming off a 19-32 campaign in which they won they posted a 14-19 mark in Southland Conference play in 2012 ... Northwestern State returns its top hitter from a year ago as Will Watson hit .335 with 10 doubles, two triples and 20 RBI as a junior ... The Demons boast three former players who have appeared in the Majors, headlined by Brian Lawrence who enjoyed a six-year career, including a 15-win season in 2004.

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 294-156-2 record. Last season, he led 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.

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 sixth on A&M's career list with 79 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 four stolen bases on the year, junior OF Krey Bratsen moved into a tie for fifth place on the Aggies career stolen bases charts with 55. He is just one steal from fourth place, trailing No. 4 Blake Stouffer (56 - 2005-08). 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

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.

SETTING THE TABLE
Batters leading off an inning are hitting .383 (23-for-60) with two doubles, one triple and a .448 on-base percentage for the Aggies. Krey Bratsen leads the way with a 1.000 average (4-for-4). Daniel Mengden has a .833 on-base percentage, going 3-for-4 with one walk and one hit-by-pitch.

AGGIE PITCHING DOMINATING RIGHT-HANDED BATTING
Texas A&M pitchers are holding right-handed hitters to a .186 batting average (29-for-156). Among starters, Jason Jester leads the squad, allowing righties to hit just .091 (1-for-11). Kyle Martin isn't far behind at .129 (4-for-31). Grayson Long is holding opponents to a .133 (2-for-15) batting average.

UP NEXT
Texas A&M travels to Minute Maid Park for the Astros Foundation College Classic. They play Houston at 7 pm on Friday, No. 12 Rice at 7 pm on Saturday and No. 1 North Carolina at 2 pm on Sunday.

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