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A&M Has Home and Away Midweek Games Slated

March 03, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies head into a pair of midweek games looking to snap a three-game losing streak. The Maroon and White travel to Arlington to play the UTA Mavericks at Global Life Park in a 7 pm contest Wednesday. The Aggies host the Texas Southern Tigers at Blue Bell Park at 6:35 pm on Wednesday.

The Aggies will throw a pair of southpaws at the opposition with freshman Tyler Stubblefield (1-1, 0.68) slated to pitch against UT Arlington and sophomore Matt Kent (0-0, 5.40) scheduled to start against Texas Southern.

The Tuesday game will mark the Aggies’ fourth trip to the ballpark and seventh overall game at Global Life Park. The Maroon and White are 2-4 all-time at the stadium, including 1-0 in regular-season action. In 1995, A&M played a regular-season game against TCU at what was then The Ballpark in Arlington, winning 20-15. In 2002 and 2004 the venue served as host of the Big 12 Championship, with A&M going a combined 1-4.

This marks the first time since May of 2010 that the Aggies have played a home and away midweek game the same week. That season, A&M scored a 12-3 win at Houston and toppled Centenary 15-3 in a game at Olsen Field.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (7-4) at UT ARLINGTON MAVERICKS (3-7)
Global Life Park (48,114) • Arlington, Texas

SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 7 pm
RADIO: WTAW-AM 1620 Will Johnson, play-by-play and Scott Clendenin, color
LIVE VIDEO: none
LIVE AUDIO: aggieathletics.com • radioaggieland.com (free)
LIVE STATS: tamu.statbroadcast.com/tamustats.com (mobile devices)
RANKINGS: None
SERIES HISTORY: Texas A&M leads 25-8
SERIES STREAKS: Texas A&M won the last meeting


TEXAS SOUTHERN TIGERS (5-8) at TEXAS A&M AGGIES (7-4)
Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park (6,100) • College Station, Texas

SCHEDULE: Wednesday, 6:35 pm
RADIO: KZNE 1150 AM Will Johnson, play-by-play and Scott Clendenin, color
LIVE VIDEO: aggieathletics.com (with premium subscription)
LIVE AUDIO: aggieathletics.com • radioaggieland.com (free)
LIVE STATS: tamu.statbroadcast.com/tamustats.com (mobile devices)
RANKINGS: None
SERIES HISTORY: Texas A&M leads 13-0
SERIES STREAKS: Texas A&M has won 13 in a row

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
• TUESDAY: #51 Tyler Stubblefield (Fr., LHP, 1-1, 0.68) vs. #21 Brad Vachon (Sr., RHP, 1-2, 6.43)
• WEDNESDAY: #31 Matt Kent (So., LHP, 0-0, 5.40) vs TBA

TEXAS A&M/UT ARLINGTON SERIES NOTABLES
Texas A&M is 25-8 all-time against the UT Arlington Mavericks. The teams have met at least once every season since the 2001 campaign. A&M is 8-2 against UTA under Coach Childress. The Aggies are 21-3 against the Mavericks in games played in College Station and 4-5 in games played in Arlington. Last season Rafael Pineda, AJ Minter and Andrew Vinson combined for a shutout in a 7-0 win at Blue Bell Park. Pineda allowed just three hits in 7.1 scoreless innings. Eight different Aggies logged hits and Cole Lankford knocked in two runs in the win.

MORE ON UT ARLINGTON
UT Arlington has gotten out to a slow start this season with a 3-7 record, but they scored a significant 10-2 win over No. 12 TCU last Tuesday. The Mavericks lost two of three in a home series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last weekend. UTA is hitting .283 on the season with a .369 slugging percentage and .370 on-base percentage. Derek Miller leads the squad with a .413 average, nine runs, three doubles and seven RBI. Brady Cox (.385 – 5-for-13), Peter Cuomo (.346 – 9-for-26), JM Twichell (.344 – 11-for-32) and Matt Shortall (.314 – 16-for-51) are all hitting over .300. The Mavericks pitching staff owns a 4.30 ERA and is holding opponents to a .289 batting average.

In 2012, UTA advanced to the NCAA Championship after winning the Southland Conference Tournament. The Mavericks also advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1990, 1992, 2001 and 2006.

UT Arlington boasts 10 former players who have gone on to play in the Major Leagues. The group is headlined by two-time MLB All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence and 2007 MLB All-Star pitcher and 138-game winner John Lackey. Michael Choice is the most recent Maverick to reach the Majors. He was a September call-up for the Oakland A’s in 2013, appearing in nine games with a .278 batting average (5-for-18).

TEXAS A&M/TEXAS SOUTHERN SERIES NOTABLES
Texas A&M is 13-0 all-time against the Texas Southern Tigers. The squads have met four times since 2000 with the Aggies winning the four games by a combined margin of 36-3. Twelve of the meetings have occurred at Olsen Field/Blue Bell Park. In 2004 the Aggies toppled the Tigers 12-1 at the NCAA Houston Regional hosted by Rice. Last season, Texas A&M bested Texas Southern 7-1. Grayson Long, Ty Schlottmann, Zach Brashear, Matt Kent, Andrew Vinson and AJ Minter combined to hold Texas Southern to four hits and three walks while striking out seven in the win. Long allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five over 5.2 innings. Jonathan Moroney led the Aggies at the plate, going 2-for-4 with one triple and three RBI.

MORE ON TEXAS SOUTHERN
The Tigers are coming off a 22-29 campaign in 2013, including a 12-12 mark in SWAC play. The Tigers are hitting .248 on the season with a .316 slugging percentage and .320 on-base percentage. Marquis Webb leads Texas Southern with a .419 batting average (13-for-31) with two runs and two RBI. Jerry Ford owns a .396 batting average (19-for-48) with seven runs and four RBI. The Tigers pitching staff owns a 3.19 ERA and is holding opponents to a .239 batting average. Texas Southern is looking for its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004.

TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTER: #51 TYLER STUBBLEFIELD

Owns a 0.84 record and 1-0 record in his two starts, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks while striking out 17 over 10.2 innings. Earned his first career win last Tuesday at Houston Baptist, holding the Huskies to one unearned run on three hits and two walks while striking out nine over 6.1 innings.

WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTER:  #31 MATT KENT
In 2013, went 2-3 with a 4.17 ERA… Showed good command as a freshman, walking just two batters while striking out 21 over 36.2 innings… Earned SEC Freshman of the Week accolades in 2013 after a performance in which he pitched 5.0 shutout innings, holding Ole Miss to three hits and one walk while striking out three. In his last appearance (Sunday vs. Fresno State) he entered the contest with a runner on third and one out, striking out the only two batters he faced on six pitches.

NOTTEBROK TOUCHED WITH OLSEN MAGIC
Hundreds of Aggies before him have gone their whole career without providing Olsen Magic. Logan Nottebrok delivered a special moment for the 12th Man twice in his first six games in College Station.

The first weekend of the season wrapped up with a 1-0 win over Northeastern to complete a three-game sweep. The victory was earned when Logan Nottebrok hit a 1-0 offering from the Huskies’ Brad Burcroff over the leftfield fence for a leadoff and walk-off home run. It marked the first walk-off home run for Texas A&M since May 29, 2011 when Andrew Collazo hit a walk-off dinger in the Big 12 Championship title game against Missouri for a 10-9 victory.

In the Aggies’ 7-5 win vs. Sacaramento State, Nottebrok hit a two-run home run to the same location, to break the 5-5 tie for the walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth.


BRATSEN CLIMBING AGGIES’ ALL-TIME GAMES LIST
After missing the beginning of the season with an illness, Krey Bratsen has seen action in five games as a defensive replacement. Bratsen has a chance to set the Aggies’ all-time record for games played. He currently has 197 career games under his belt, 44 shy of the career record of 241 set by Scott Livingstone (1985-88). With five more games, Bratsen will become the 15th Aggie to play in 200 games.

As a freshman, Bratsen played in all 69 games, including 68 starts. In 2012, he played in 60 games, including 55 starts. Last season, Bratsen was the only Aggie to start all 63 games.

IN A PINCH

The Aggies are currently hitting .333 (3-for-9) with one walk in pinch-hit appearances. Ryne Birk (2-for-3) and Mitchell Nau (1-for-1) account for the three hits.

DIFFERENT LOOKS
The Aggies have posted a different batting order in all 11 games this season. With projected starters Krey Bratsen and Logan Taylor out early with illness and injury, the Maroon and White are expected to continue shuffling the deck. Last season, A&M used 52 different batting orders in their 63 games.

Logan Nottebrok and Jace Statum are the only Aggies to start in all 11 games this season.

BEARING DOWN WITH RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION
Texas A&M pitchers are holding opponents to a .171 (20-for-117) batting average with runners on base. Grayson Long leads the way, holding the 23 batters he has faced with runners on base to one walk, one sacrifice bunt and a .048 batting average on 1-for-21 at the plate. Tyler Stubblefield has allowed a .063 (1-for-16) batting average with one hit batsmen and eight strikeouts with runners on base.

DINGER FREE
Aggie pitchers have kept opponents from hitting a home run this season. In fact, the Maroon and White have limited opponents to just 11 extra-base hits, including 10 doubles and one triple. The opponents’ slugging percentage is an anemic .236 compared to a .353 slugging percentage for Aggie hitters.

UP NEXT
Texas A&M hosts the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs for a three-game series on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park starting Friday.

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