Texas A&M softball and baseball have returned to the diamond. How have each fared in the beginning of their respective seasons?
Aggie softball has been back for two weeks while baseball has just completed its opening weekend. Both are doing relatively well and the future seems pretty bright, let’s break down how things are going – starting with Aggie softball.
Texas A&M softball, 8-3
The Aggies are very young this season. Other than senior Riley Sartain, an exodus of graduation and transfer has thinned this team out and left them to the freshmen and sophomores so to speak.
All of that being said though, they aren’t doing as poorly as many thought they would. Of course, a season ago many would expect them to be undefeated against the slate they have faced so far, but that is not the case this season. They are being challenged early with losses to North Texas, Liberty and most recently McNeese.
However, those are what I call character building losses. This isn’t a team that everyone knows is great, but they are a group who can do great things and we will see that as the season progresses.
Congrats to @Coach_Jo_Evans on becoming just the 12th coach in NCAA Division I history to eclipse the 1200-win milestone! #GigEm pic.twitter.com/EoCCHRdmO0
— 🥎 Texas A&M Softball 🥎 (@AggieSoftball) February 16, 2019
Outside of senior third baseman Riley Sartain, Peyton McBride has really stepped into her role on the pitching staff and deserves a round of applause for everything she has done so far this season.
Most important of all though, is the tweet shown above. Head coach Jo Evans has reached the 1,200 career win mark as of Saturday afternoon and that is a big deal y’all- big time congratulations to her and the team.
The team hits the big time this week at the Mary Nutter Classic starting on Thursday.They will face Nebraska, No. 2 UCLA, Cal Poly, No. 14 Arizona State and No. 19 Oregon.
Texas A&M baseball, 3-0
Aggie baseball started the season right, with a sweep of the Fordham Rams to the tune of 39 strikeouts and an overall outscoring of 26-7. Fordham sent a couple decent pitchers to the mound, but sketchy defense and questionable batting sunk the ship for the Rams – sending them packing back to New York.
We saw a great performance out of the three starting pitchers for the Aggies. John Doxakis (career high 12 strikeouts) and Asa Lacy (11 strikeouts) were dominant to say the least and will be weapons for this team down the stretch.
Freshman Jonathan Childress was overall great, struggling with control a few times, but with some growth and experience that comes with playing throughout the season will be a great Sunday option for this team.
In relief, Christian Roa came in on Sunday afternoon and shut down just about anything and everything that Fordham had going. In his 3.1 innings – a career long – he didn’t allow a hit and notched five strikeouts. He will be a weapon out of the bullpen this season for sure.
E3 | 3-0 A&M
A two-run dinger for Lilfost05!
Ole Miss transfer Bryce Blaum showed up and showed out (6-for-12, 6 runs scored) as did third baseman Jonathan Ducoff (4 RBI) and designated hitter Will Frizzell (6 RBI). Logan Foster hit the first home run of the season and man was it a big one, shown above.
Enjoy that while you wait just one more day for more Aggie baseball as the team faces off against Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday night and Prairie View A&M on Wednesday before playing host to the UIC Flames in the upcoming weekend.
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