The First Five - How dominant was A&M's starting pitching? In the first five innings of each contest, the four starters (Brooks Raley, Barret Loux, Alex Wilson, Clayton Ehlert) combined to allow just two earned runs (0.90 ERA) and fifteen hits while striking out 30. Those statistics are ridiculous, but Aggie fans should tap the brakes with a little introspection before puffing the chests out too much. Of the 42 runs A&M put on the board all weekend, just ten came in the first five innings of any contest. Aggie hitters struggled with Wright State starters, whether that be just getting on base (Friday and Saturday) or getting runners across the plate (Sunday), but were destructive when they got to the bullpen.
Big 12 Player of the Week Candidates - The Aggie Sports Information Department probably has some challenges in nominations for this week. You can start at the plate where Caleb Shofner hit .900 (9 for 10) with a triple, homerun, five RBIs, 11 runs scored, 2 walks and 4 HBPs - for an unthinkable .938 OBP. On the hill, how about Alex Wilson's line - 6.2 IP, three hits (all singles), one walk, 14 strikeouts, and opponents hit just .130 off of him. Or, combine both worlds and nominate Brooks Raley. Raley earned the win on Friday night by pitching six innings of five hit ball, striking out six and walking just one. At the plate, he went 9-for-15 (.600) with three doubles, three stolen bases, and four RBI.
The Bullpen - Aggie starters lived up to their billing, and the bullpen did just the same; showcasing both depth and excellence. Nine hurlers pitched in relief for A&M, with just one pitching twice (Shane Minks), and the group combined to allow just three runs (all earned). All told, the bullpen ended the weekend with a 2.13 ERA and a .200 batting-average-against. Travis Starling earned his first save of the year with an easy 9th inning on Sunday, with Nick Fleece picking up his first Aggie win in that same contest.
Go Speed Racer - Baseball America described Matt Deggs' offense with a nifty adjective, "blitzkrieg," and while that patented aggression wasn't necessarily displayed this weekend, the Ags certainly made hay on the basepaths. A&M swiped 12 bases over the four contests, including three each from Raley and Brodie Greene. Kevin Gonzalez was the lone Aggie caught stealing, erased on a botched hit and run.
Statlines from the Numbers Guy - Wilson's 14 strikeouts put him in elite territory, as only Jeff Granger, Kelly Wunsch, and Zach Jackson have tossed at least 14 in a contest...Half the team's runs (21 of 42) were scored in the 6th inning...A&M committed only 3 errors on the weekend (.982 fielding percentage)...Shofner reached base in his first eight plate appearances before a flyout, then has reached in the subsequent seven...Adam Smith leads the team in RBI (8) despite hitting just .235 (4-for-17)...A&M stranded 34 runners on the basepaths...Dylan Petrich's Aggie debut is easily overlooked with some other gaudy stat lines, but the junior went 6-for-10 (all singles) with four RBI and a pair each of walks, hit by pitch, and stolen bases.
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