A look inside the Aggies' 13-game win streak

The eighth-ranked Texas A&M baseball team is on fire at the plate. Winners of 13 straight games, including a school-record nine straight Big 12 wins, the Aggies are finally starting to get the numbers they expect from the middle of their lineup, and it shows. Dallas Shipp takes a look inside the numbers during the Aggies' 13-game winning streak.

As spring begins to turn to summer, the temperature isn't the only thing going up at Olsen Field. The Texas A&M baseball team is hot. Real Hot. The eighth-ranked Aggies have won 13 straight games—the longest current winning streak in the nation—and they're playing as well as they've played in the last 15 years.

And while head coach Rob Childress is all about pitching, it's the red-hot bats that have been the key for the Aggies.

Kyle Colligan, Blake Stouffer, Darby Brown and Dane Carter each carried hit streaks of 10 games or more into this weekend's series against Oklahoma. And even though Colligan and Carter's came to an end, it didn't keep the Aggies from posting their third consecutive weekend sweep. It was the first time A&M has swept three straight series in Big 12 history and the first time the Aggies have accomplished the feat since sweeping Rice, Texas and TCU in 1991.

And while Carter is having the year of his life at the plate, Colligan and Stouffer are two of the biggest reasons for the Aggies' improved offense over the last four weeks.

Before the start of the current 13-game streak, Colligan was batting just .258, but is now up to .328 on the season. Stouffer, who was an All-American a year ago was struggling through the first 23 games of the year as well, hitting just .224. But he's returned to the Stouffer of old over the course of the winning streak as well, raising his season averge up to .262.

But Colligan and Stouffer aren't the only two Aggies who have picked up the pace.

Brian Ruggiano has seen his average rise from a productive .307 to a very solid .346 over the last 13 games. Brown was hitting just .264 before the Aggies' game against UTSA, but has made the biggest leap in batting average on the team, improving to .336 over the course of 13 games.

As a team, the Aggies were batting .304 13 games ago, but after hitting .362 as a team in the last 13 games, that season average is up to .327

But it's not just batting averages that are improving for the Big 12 leading Aggies, who moved into first place over the weekend.

A&M is averaging 9.8 runs off of 13.2 hits per game over the last 13 games, outscoring their opponents by 2.7 runs per game.

The good news for Childress and the Aggies is that it looks like their weekend rotation has been solidified with the addition of Clayton Ehlert into the Sunday slot. Ehlert tossed the Aggies' first complete game of the season on Sunday—the second straight conference run-rule win for the Aggies—and has won five of his last six starts.

Throw in freshman Barrett Loux, who pitched a nearly flawless game on Saturday night, and a solid Brooks Raley into the mix, and the Aggies could be playing their way into position for a top-eight seed, and earning a chance to host an NCAA Super Regional.

The road will not get any easier for the Aggies though, with No. 7 Rice visiting Olsen Field on Tuesday night, and weekend series against Baylor, Missouri and Texas on the horizon.

But Childress and his Aggies are anything but scared. In fact, he thinks they should be 36-0.


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