Baseball: No. 8 Vanderbilt travels to No. 2 Texas A&M

Eighth-ranked Vanderbilt visits No. 2 Texas A&M for a Thursday through Saturday SEC Series. Here is your preview of the Aggies.

Texas A&M has been dominant for the most part this season winning six of their seven SEC series. A sweep at Florida is the Aggies only blemish in conference series play.  

Texas A&M is a very strong batting team averaging .327 as a team.  Third baseman Boomer White is one of the best hitters in the SEC. Standing at fourth in the nation in batting at .437, he has hit at over .500 in SEC play.  Shortstop Austin Homan is no slouch either, hitting .370 and riding a 17-game hitting streak.  First baseman Hunter Melton leads the team in home runs with 10.  Outfielders J.B. Moss and Nick Choruby are both threats to steal.  

The Aggies also boast a strong pitching staff with over 400 strikeouts and a solid group of arms. However, in somewhat of a shakeup, sophomore righty Larkins Turner gets his first SEC start on Thursday. Larkins has been excellent in relief work with 19 strikeouts and just six walks allowed in 18 innings pitched.  Friday's pitcher, right-handed Brigham Hill, is the staff ace with 58 strikeouts against just 12 walks. Veteran Kyle Simonds, a third righty, will pitch on Saturday. 

Mark Ecker leads the Aggie bullpen with a sub-one ERA and a terrific strikeout to walk ratio.

Looking at the Vandy-A&M stat comparison, the Aggies lead in most hitting categories except for triples.  Vanderbilt leads in all pitching stats except for opponent runs allowed, with just one more run given up. 

Thursday's contest will be on ESPN2 while Friday's game will be shown on the SEC Network. Both those games start at 6 pm central time. Saturday's game begins at 2:30 and will be on the SEC Network.

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