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Aggies Host No. 26 Sam Houston State on Tuesday

May 13, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Aggies’ last non-conference game of the season is a tall task as Texas A&M hosts one of the hottest teams in the country on Tuesday. The Sam Houston State Bearkats enter the game on an 11-game win streak, the third longest active streak in the country. The teams met earlier this season with Sam Houston State posting an 8-1 win in College Station.

The last two weeks have been nip-and-tuck for the Aggies with five of the six games decided by one run, including two extra-inning affairs. The lone game not decided by one run was tied 3-3 in the middle of the eighth inning.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (31-21) vs. SAM HOUSTON STATE BEARKATS (37-14)
OLSEN FIELD AT BLUE BELL PARK • COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

SCHEDULE: Tuesday 6:35 pm
RADIO: WTAW-AM 1620 – Dave South. play-by-play
LIVE VIDEO: aggieathletics.com (with premium subscription)
LIVE AUDIO: aggieathletics.com • radioaggieland.com (free)
LIVE STATS: tamu.statbroadcast.com/tamustats.com (mobile devices)
SERIES HISTORY: A&M leads 86-39-2
SERIES STREAKS: Sam Houston State has won the last two meetings

PROMOTIONS
TUESDAY:           
Baseball Bingo
JAC Free Admission – Junior Aggie Club members get in free

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
• TUESDAY: #51 Tyler Stubblefield (Fr., LHP, 3-2, 4.12) vs. #32 Dylan Ebbs (Fr., RHP, 3-0, 1.89)

TEXAS A&M/SAM HOUSTON STATE SERIES NOTABLES
The Aggies own an 86-39-2 advantage in the all-time series against Sam Houston State. A&M is 17-3-1 against the Bearkats in the last 21 meetings, but Sam Houston State is 3-2 in the last five bouts. The Bearkats won a meeting earlier this season, 8-1, in College Station.

TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTER: #51 TYLER STUBBLEFIELD
In his nine starts on the season, Stubblefield is 3-1 with 3.46 ERA striking out 41 batters in 39.0 innings of work. He is 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA in five non-conference starts, fanning 32 batters in 23.1 innings and holding opponents to a .217 batting average.

BRATSEN CLIMBING AGGIES’ ALL-TIME GAMES LIST
After missing the beginning of the season with an illness, Krey Bratsen has seen action in 43 games, including 31 starts and 12 games as a defensive replacement/pinch-hitter. Bratsen has a chance to set the Aggies’ all-time record for games played. He currently has 235 career games under his belt, six shy of the career record of 241 set by Scott Livingstone (1985-88). With his next game he will equal Kevin Gonzalez (236 - 2008-11), second on the list.

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 five walk-off wins this season at Blue Bell Park. Cole Lankford leads the team with three walk-off RBI. He 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. He evened the series against LSU with a walk-off single of Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Tigers.

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.

PROTECTING THE HOMEFRONT
The Aggies are 22-10 in home games in 2014. Offensively, the Aggies are hitting .313 at home with eight players logging batting averages of .300 or higher. Jace Statum (.388), Ryne Birk (.385), Nick Banks (.371), Cole Lankford (.336) and Blake Allemand (.333) are all batting .330 or higher. Lankford leads the team with 29 RBI with five doubles and three home runs. Allemand leads the team with 23 runs at home. Logan Nottebrok (.269) has five doubles, five home runs and 20 RBI.

ACTIVE PURSUIT
Krey Bratsen enters the Tuesday ranked second among all active players in the nation in Games Played (235), Stolen Bases (87) and Sacrifice Bunts (51). He trails only Georgia Tech’s Mott Hyde (239) in games played. Bratsen entered the season as the active leader in games played, but was hampered by an illness throughout February. His stolen base mark trails only North Carolina State’s Trea Turner who enters the weekend with 108 steals. The 51 sacrifice bunts are second only to Oregon’s Aaron Payne (53).

IN A PINCH
The Aggies are currently hitting .392 (20-for-51) with five walks, one sacrifice fly, two sac bunts, two doubles, one triple, one home run and 14 RBI in 59 pinch-hit appearances. Mitchell Nau (3-for-4, one double, one home run, 6 RBI), Patrick McLendon (2-for-2, one walk), Ryne Birk (6-for-12, one triple, 4 RBI) and Jonathan Moroney (3-for-9, one sac fly, 3 RBI) are the top pinch-hitting options. Jace Statum (2-for-5), Krey Bratsen (1-for-1, one sac bunt, 1 RBI), Nick Banks (1-for-2), Nick Choruby (1-for-2) and JB Moss (1-for-2, two walks) account for the other six hits.

UP NEXT
Texas A&M returns to action on Friday when the Aggies host the Ole Miss Rebels in the final series of the regular-season from Thursday-Saturday.

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