Texas A&M won all three games of their season opening series over the weekend against Texas A&M-Corpus Christ, improving their overall record to 3-0. 4,501 fans braved the cold weather at Olsen Field on Sunday to watch the Ags complete the sweep.
Head Coach Mark Johson comments on the team's strong start: "There's quite a few things we need to work on, but all in all, I told the guys that to get a three-game sweep and to play in the cold weather, and to play a double header and throw a bunch of freshmen out there and do some things, I'll take a win. We're going to have to get better, but I was relatively pleased. They were three wins, and I'm going to take it early in the season."
On freshmen pitchers: "I told the team after the first ballgame today, Austin really struggled a lot more than he has during inter-squad games. But most guys, once they start to struggle, they never come back. It's over, and you better get him out of there. We left him out there and gave him a chance to fight back, and he did. And he got a couple of big strikeouts that we needed. I was glad for him that he came back and got some outs out of it, instead of not having enough poise to hang in there. But he did. He had enough poise. They're nervous, they're scared. You know, we forget what it's like being an 18-year-old."
On upcoming game at Sam Houston State: "I told the guys, we're going to practice tomorrow, we'll take Wednesday off, we've got to take one day off. We'll have to be loaded up for Sam, and then South Alabama comes in. It's not going to get any easier. So we're going to have to get better and improve. We're learning more about our ball club, and I think guys will be better the second time out. The hitters will be better. They've learned some things in situations where I thought we could've done a better job. I wanted to play situational baseball. I didn't want to do a lot of bunting and stuff, and it worked out ok. Yeah, Sam will be good. They always are. Going over there, you know, we have a history of ballgames over there that are really tough, and I'm sure they'll be sitting there waiting for us."
Texas A&M faces Sam Houston State University on Tuesday, February 17 at Holleman Field in Huntsville. First pitch is scheduled for 2pm.
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