Aggies Travel to Huntsville Needing a Win

The Texas A&M Aggies travel to Huntsville for a 6:30 pm game at Sam Houston State Bearkats. The Aggies are looking to remain perfect in midweek contests in 2013. The Maroon and White are 10-0 on the season in games played on Tuesday and Wednesday, outscoring opponents 65-21.

The Texas A&M Aggies travel to Huntsville for a 6:30 pm game at Sam Houston State Bearkats. The Aggies are looking to remain perfect in midweek contests in 2013. The Maroon and White are 10-0 on the season in games played on Tuesday and Wednesday, outscoring opponents 65-21. Blake Allemand enters the fray with a career-long nine-game hit streak.


PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

• Tuesday – Grayson Long (Fr., RHP, 3-1, 3.48 ERA) vs Tyler Eppler (So., RHP, 3-2, 3.41 ERA)


ALLEMAND STREAKING

Blake Allemand enters Tuesday's game with a career-long nine-game hit streak. Over the span, he's batting .412 (14-for-34) with nine runs and three RBI. He also has five walks and a .475 on-base percentage. The stretch includes four multiple-hit games, including a three-hit game against UTSA.


CHILDRESS EARNS WIN NUMBER 300

With the Aggies' midweek win over Houston Baptist on March 12, head coach Rob Childress reached the 300-win plateau for his career. Childress owns a 310-169-2 record, all as the skipper of the Aggies. He trails only Mark Johnson (876 - 1985-2005) and Tom Chandler (660 - 1959-84) on A&M's career win list.


Texas A&M/SAM HOUSTON STATE SERIES NOTABLES

This marks the 126th meeting between the squads, with the Aggies owning an 86-37-2 edge in the all-time series. Texas A&M owns a 17-1-1 edge in the last 18 meetings, dating back to 2002. The series has been off-and-on since 1950. With the exception of 2007, the squads have played at least once a year since 1984. Last season, Texas A&M registered a 10-0 win in Huntsville. Daniel Mengden (7.0 IP), Corey Ray (1.0 IP) and Parker Ray (1.0 IP) combined on the six-hit shutout. Mikey Reynolds went 4-for-4 and Blake Allemand, Mitchell Nau and Troy Stein each had two hits for the Aggies. Last week, the Maroon and White registered a 4-1 win over the Bearkats. In the win, Stein went 3-for-4 with one double, one home run and four RBI. Ray earned the victory, pitching 6.0 scoreless innings, scattering three hits and two walks while striking out two.


MORE ON SAM HOUSTON STATE

Sam Houston State enters the fray with a 20-13 overall record and they own a 8-4 mark in Southland Conference play. The Bearkats are coming off dropping a weekend series to Lamar, losing the Friday and Sunday games.. Sam Houston State has been deadly during midweek action with two wins over nationally-ranked Rice and one win apiece over nationally-ranked Texas and Houston. The Bearkats also split a two-game midweek set with the Baylor Bears.

As a team, the Bearkats have a .289 batting average paced by Jessie Plumlee with a .386 average, five doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI in 29 games (24 starts). Kevin Miller (.346) and Carter Burgess (.326) are also hitting over .320. Miller has 24 runs and 15 RBI in 34 games and Burgess has 21 runs, six doubles, three triples and 18 RBI in 35 games.

The pitching staff owns a 4.14 ERA and is holding opponents to a .232 batting average with 266 strikeouts in 304.0 innings. Tuesday's probable starter Tyler Eppler is 3-2 with a 3.41 ERA and holding foes to a .226 batting average. Closer Jason Simms is 1-1 with four saves and a 2.48 ERA in 15 appearances.

The Bearkats won the 2012 Southland Conference regular-season title and made their seventh NCAA Division I Championship appearance (all since 1987). Sam Houston State also played in three consecutive NCAA Division II Championships (1984-86) before moving up to Division I.

Sam Houston State boasts 11 former players who have gone on to play in the Major Leagues. The group is headlined by 10-year veteran and 1985 NL All-Star Outfielder Glenn Wilson and 11-year veteran and starting second baseman for the 1969 World Series Champion Amazin' Mets Ken Boswell.

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