All smiles at Olsen Field

After winning 21 of their last 22 games, including a Big 12 record 15 straight conference games, the fifth-ranked Aggies are all smiles these days. Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp visits with several players about how much fun this season has been so far.

There's a lot of smiles around Olsen Field these days. Of course, sweeping five straight Big 12 series and mounting rallies after being down by six runs or more in the final three innings of play in back to back conference games will do that to you.

But it's not just the smiles on the field. If you're near the A&M dugout after games, you can hear the stereo blasting in the locker room down the hall every time the door opens as a player enters or exits.

"It's a blast," said A&M first baseman Luke Anders. "It's a blast to be on this team and around our coaches especially winning all of these games. They're great coaches and when we win they're even better coaches. Everyone on our team is just having fun and playing loose and getting after people."

The Aggies have won 21 of their last 22 games, with the lone loss coming at home to No. 7 Rice in a game that the Aggies just couldn't seem to do much right.

But over the course of the other 21 games in that stretch, the fifth-ranked Aggies haven't been able to do much wrong, and even when they do, they find a way to bail themselves out.

That's why the chemistry is so good inside the locker room these days. Everyone is contributing. It's not just the pitching or just the offense that is carrying the team. When the bats aren't working, the pitchers and defense have stepped up. When the pitching has been less effective, or when the defense has struggled to make plays, the hitters take over.

The A&M pitching staff leads the league in the Big 12 in ERA (3.47), wins (38) and strikeouts (376). A&M reliever Kyle Thebeau—the only Big 12 pitcher with an ERA under 2.19—leads the league with an ERA of 1.69.

The offense is just as potent though. Through 21 Big 12 games, the Aggies lead the league in batting (.326), runs scored (363) and triples (26). They are second in the league in stolen bases (63) and home runs (53) as well.

Anders, Dane Carter and Jose Duran are each in the top four in hitting in the league as individuals as well.

"Everyone's doing their part, pitching, hitting and fielding," Anders said. "It's all just really coming together for us."

A&M Sunday starter Clayton Ehlert, who threw six incredible innings of work on Sunday, says this is the most fun he's ever had playing baseball.

"We're a great team and we've got the most competitiveness I've ever seen," Ehlert said. "We never give up and compete as hard as we can until the last out is made. That's just how we play."




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