Texas A&M head baseball coach Rob Childress announced on Thursday that junior David Newmann will get the starting nod in the Aggies' regional opener against Le Moyne on Friday night.
Many have debated whether Childress would pitch one of his top two starters this year in Newmann or go with Kirkland Rivers, Gary Campfield, or Travis Starling against fourth seeded Le Moyne. That strategy would save both Newmann and senior Kyle Nicholson for a match up against No. 2 Louisiana-Lafayette or No. 3 seed Ohio State on Saturday, with the hope of having the other ace ready for a championship game on Sunday.
But Childress is taking no chances after last year's MAAC champion Manhattan knocked off top-seeded Nebraska in the Lincoln regional. He knows also knows that Le Moyne has two talented starting pitchers (one of which the Aggies are sure to see on Friday night) and a closer with solid numbers as well.
"When you're playing a game, you've got to win that game," Childress said. "I don't think you can look to (the first game) and say ‘I've got to keep someone back for Sunday's game.' You've got to win every game that you play."
Childress also likes the way that Newmann matches up with the Le Moyne lineup and their numbers against left-handed pitchers this year.
Nicholson is the scheduled starter on Saturday regardless of the result of the Aggies' game on Friday night, leaving a possible makeshift rotation available for a championship game on Sunday should the Aggies win their first two games.
Aggies announce regional pitching rotation
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