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Aggies Host Prairie View A&M on Tuesday

April 08, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies wrap up a five-game homestand hosting the Prairie View A&M Panthers in a 6:35 pm game on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park on Tuesday.

Entering their fifth game in a 20-game stretch that features 17 games against teams ranked in the Top 25 in the NCBWA rankings. The Aggies are looking to improve on a 16-7 home record and hit the 20-win plateau on the year.

In the last 17 games, Nick Banks has been hot enough to make a brass monkey wink, hitting .390 (23-for-59) with three doubles, one triple, one home run and nine RBI. Blake Allemand (.340), Jace Statum (.325) and Logan Taylor (.303) are all hitting over .300 over the span.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (19-14, 5-7 SEC) vs. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M PANTHERS (12-15, 7-7 SWAC)

SCHEDULE - Tuesday 6:35 pm
RADIO - WTAW-AM 1620  (Dave South - play-by-play)
LIVE VIDEO - aggieathletics.com (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 5-0
SERIES STREAKS - Texas A&M has won five consecutive meetings

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
• TUESDAY: #31 Matt Kent (So., LHP, 2-0, 4.24) vs TBA

2,498 WINS AND COUNTING…
Texas A&M enters Tuesday’s game with an all-time record of 2,498-1,418-42. With two more wins, the Aggies would become the first SEC team to hit the 2,500-win plateau. The Aggies would become the 12th Division I program to hit the mark. The most recent school to join the list was Washington State in 2011.

TEXAS A&M/PRAIRIE VIEW A&M SERIES NOTABLES
The Aggies are 5-0 all-time in their series against Prairie View A&M. The teams first met in 2009 and have played one game each season since then. The Aggies have won the games by a combined score of 57-13. Last season, Texas A&M posted an 8-2 win over the Panthers, scoring six runs in the first inning and coasting to the win. Jonathan Moroney led A&M at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two hits, one double and one RBI. Cole Lankford and Mitchell Nau drove in two runs apiece, with Nau hitting a home run. Grayson Long earned the win working 5.0 innings, allowing one run on three hits and three walks while striking out eight.

MORE ON PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
Prairie View A&M enters the fray with a 12-15 mark, including 7-7 in SWACtion. Last season, the Panthers went 27-27 and advanced to the championship game of the SWAC Tournament where they came up short on a bid in to their fourth NCAA Championship, losing to Jackson State, 6-2. In 2012 the Panthers earned third NCAA Championship bid by winning the SWAC Tournament championship. The Panthers played two close games at the Houston Regional, losing to Rice 3-2 and Sam Houston State 4-2. Head coach Waskyla Cullivan is in his seventh season with the Panthers with a 125-148 (.458) record.

This season the Panthers are hitting .265 as a team with a .362 on-base percentage and .384 slugging percentage. Dominiq Harris leads the team with a .327 batting average, five home runs, 33 RBI and five stolen bases. Greg Salcido is hitting .324 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 21 RBI. Cody Den Beste has a team high 22 runs and is hitting .322 with six doubles, one triple, two home runs and 14 RBI.

The Panthers boast three former players who went on to play Major League Baseball, headlined by 12-year veteran Steve Henderson and seven-year hurler Charles Hudson who shined as a rookie for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1983 NLCS at Veterans Stadium, pitching a complete-game with nine strikeouts against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 7-2 victory in Game 3, giving the Phillies a 2-1 edge in the best-of-five series.

BRATSEN CLIMBING AGGIES’ ALL-TIME GAMES LIST
After missing the beginning of the season with an illness, Krey Bratsen has seen action in 24 games, including 12 as a defensive replacement/pinch-hitter and 12 starts. Bratsen has a chance to set the Aggies’ all-time record for games played. He currently has 216 career games under his belt, 25 shy of the career record of 241 set by Scott Livingstone (1985-88). Last weekend, Bratsen moved into ninth place on A&M’s career, passing Jason Marshall (214 - 1989-92). His next game will put the Bryan native in a tie with Travis Williams (217 - 1989-92) for eighth place and two games would tie him with Kyle Colligan (218 - 2006-09) for seventh.

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.

WALK-OFF WINS
Texas A&M has four walk-off wins this season at Blue Bell Park. 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. Sacramento 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.

Cole Lankford got in on the fun with a game-winning double in the 11th inning of the Aggies’ 8-7 win against Columbia. Three games later Lankford delivered an RBI single in the 11th inning to seal a series’ triumph against Florida with a 4-3 victory.

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