Baseball: Baylor Weekend High Five Review

In a battle of Top 10 teams in the rugged Big 12, the Aggies faced off against Steve Smith and the Baylor Bears this past weekend. Aggie Websider's Lanny Hayes looks back on this pivotal Big 12 conference opener and discusses the five key points in A&M winning the series 2-1.

The Big Picture – A&M won the series with Baylor, 2-1, and now sit tied at the top of the Big 12 standings. The series win is especially important since Baylor has a quality club and is more than capable of vying for a national seed, and a head-to-head win can be the one item that puts Team A ahead of Team B. The weekend results also run A&M's record to 3-3 versus Top 10 opponents.

The Bats End Their Slumber – Just eight days ago, the Aggie bats were a big cause of concern amongst everyone following the team, and the prospects of breaking out against a Top 10 team (which is very pitching heavy) were bleak. Rob Childress and Matt Deggs juggled the line-up to get their best bats into the game, at the potential expense of defense, and were rewarded with a weekend .320 batting average and averaging nearly nine runs per contest. Kyle Colligan and Brodie Greene, who have struggled at the top of the order, flourished with a .300 and .545 weekend, respectively. Joe Patterson turned two DH starts into a .500 weekend, while Nick Anders hit .455 with two homers.

Bullpen Woes – After an incredibly impressive first few weeks, the Aggie bullpen is searching for answers. An apparent injury to Travis Starling has created confusion at the back end of the pen, and Clayton Ehlert fumbled in his first opportunity to step into that role; and even that fails to consider Tuesday night's revolving door to wind the game out. In their last four contests, all versus Top 10 teams, A&M has surrendered 13 runs in the ninth inning or later.

Ouch! – Perhaps when Addidas was designing the new baseball jerseys, they should've considered letting someone know that a ball magnet was built into the fabric. The Aggies have been plunked 38 times in 18 games, including 12 from Caleb Shofner. Baylor pitchers hit nine Aggies over the weekend, with many of those coming around to score.

Stat Lines – A&M reached base at a .452 clip and slugged .490 this weekend…of the four homers hit against the Bears, three were solo-shots…A&M batters had a 1.81:1 K-to-BB ratio, compared to 2.73:1 for Baylor…the team committed just one error this weekend (.990 fielding percentage), but that error allowed Monday night's game winning run to reach base…Six Aggies are now batting over .300 for the year…Kyle Colligan has reached first base 28 times and scored 19 runs…the team has now swiped 29 bases in 36 attempts.

The Aggies have a busy week ahead facing New Mexico Tuesday and Wednesday before traveling to Columbia, Missouri to take on the pitching-rich Missouri Tigers this weekend.

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