OSU-Texas A&M Preview

Oklahoma State travels to College Station, Texas, this weekend for a three-game series against Texas A&M. The Cowboys enter the series with a 9-9 record in Big 12 play and will be looking to move up in the conference standings. The Aggies are just 6-12 in the Big 12 after losing two of three at Kansas State last weekend.

Oklahoma State (29-16, 9-9 Big 12) vs. Texas A&M (26-19-1, 6-12 Big 12)
Friday, April 29, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m.
Olsen Field (7,053)

Last Season
May 26, 2004: Oklahoma State 6, Texas A&M 5, Arlington
April 4, 2004: Texas A&M 9, Oklahoma State 7, Stillwater
April 3, 2004: Oklahoma State 7, Texas A&M 2 Stillwater
April 2, 2004: Oklahoma State 4, Texas A&M 3 Stillwater

OSU is ranked No. 29 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Texas A&M is not ranked.

The Coaches
OSU's Frank Anderson is 67-40 in his second season as head coach and is 3-1 against Texas A&M. A&M's Mark Johnson is 872-427-2 in 20 years in College Station. He is 14-20 all-time against Oklahoma State.

About Texas A&M
Texas A&M is 26-19-1 overall and 6-12 in Big 12 play after dropping two of three to Kansas State in Manhattan last weekend. A&M fell to Texas-San Antonio by a 6-3 score on Tuesday. The Aggies were ranked as high as No. 8 in the country at one point this year but have lost seven of their last 10 conference games. Junior shortstop Cliff Pennington leads the team with a .351 batting average to go along with six homers, 12 doubles and 35 RBIs, while also displaying a slick glove with only four errors this year. A&M is hitting .280 as a team and are averaging just over five runs per game overall, while batting at a .262 clip in 18 conference games and scoring 3.8 runs per contest. The Aggies pitching staff is led by ace southpaw Jason Meyer (5-3, 2.88) who was the Big 12 Freshman Pitcher of the Year in 2004. A&M has a 3.45 team ERA overall and a 4.40 mark in conference play.

Cowboy Veterans Heat Up
Cowboy veterans Chris Gutierrez and Rusty Ryal had solid weekend's at the plate and seem to be getting back into form down the home stretch of the season. Ryal had two hits in all three games against Texas over the weekend and finished 6-for-11 (.545) with three RBI and a run scored. He boosted his batting average from a season low of .311 before the weekend to .326 heading into the A&M set. Gutierrez went 5-for-10 at the plate with a double, homer and three RBIs against the Longhorns. In his last four games, "Gutz" is 7-for-14 (.500) and has bumped his season batting average to .327 entering the weekend.

Rick Rivas Rounding Into Form
Junior righthander Rick Rivas had a rough couple of outings in his first Big 12 starts in April, but has come into his own over his last two appearances. Rivas moved into the starting rotation at the start of the month, but losses to Nebraska and Texas Tech pushed his record to 1-3 with a 7.82 ERA. He bounced back with a solid relief outing in the third game of the Missouri series on April 17, allowing just two runs over seven innings with three strikeouts and two walks in picking up his second win of the year. The El Paso product then got the starting nod against Texas last Sunday and beat the Longhorns 3-2. He gave up two runs on six hits with five strikeouts and evened his overall record at 3-3 on the year.

Brown's Big Bat
Freshman Corey Brown has been on a tear offensively and has become a driving force in the Oklahoma State lineup in the month of April. Brown is not only making a push for the Big 12's Freshman of the Year award, he should also be considered for All-America honors for his contributions this year. The Tampa, Fla., product went 5-for-11 against Texas last weekend with a homer, triple, double and three runs scored. He is now 17-for-36 (.472) in his last nine Big 12 games with three homers, six RBIs and 11 runs scored. He leads OSU and is sixth in the conference with a .380 batting average to go with nine homers and 34 RBI. Both his batting average and homer totals are tops among freshman in the conference. Brown also leads the Cowboys with a .417 average in 18 conference games, third best in the Big 12, to go along with three homers and 12 RBI. He enters the Texas A&M series with a team best 10-game hitting streak as well.

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