Texas A&M took a 2-1 series win over No. 19 Auburn, and are now back in the win column after suffering the first weekend series loss to No. 12 LSU and dropping the mid-week game to Texas State. After clinching another conference series victory, the Aggies moved up to No. 7 in the D1Baseball rankings. Now halfway through conference play, Texas A&M is second in the SEC West with a 9-5-1 conference record. No. 3 Mississippi State holds first place with a 10-5 conference record, while No. 12 Arkansas, No. 14 LSU and No. 15 Ole Miss are tied for third at 9-6.
John Doxakis took the mound Friday night, picking up where he left off after last facing Auburn in the 2018 SEC Tournament. Last year, he outdueled the Tigers’ ace Casey Mize, who was eventually taken No. 1 in the MLB Draft, throwing a no-hitter through seven innings. Once again, Dox outplayed the Auburn ace, this time Tanner Burns, who held a 1.76 ERA and .169 opponent batting average coming into the game. Dox shut out the Tiger bats, picking up his fourth win of the season (4-2) and lasting 8 innings while fanning six.
Friday’s run support was provided by Chandler Morris, Braden Shewmake and Mikey Hoehner. Morris entered the lineup as DH, hitting 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Shewmake batted 2-for-3 with a walk, scoring a run on Hoehner’s two-run double in the fourth inning.
Asa Lacy suffered his first loss of the season on Saturday, a reminder that he is in fact human. He entered the game with a 1.29 ERA and 19.1 consecutive scoreless innings, so it was a shock to watch the Tigers put up three in the first inning. He lasted 4.2 innings, giving up his only runs in the first. The Aggies were unable to get any runs across, stranding eight runners in scoring position and suffering a 0-7 loss.
Sunday’s win was earned through the Aggie bullpen as Chris Weber picked up his second win of the season after relieving starter Christian Roa. After missing consecutive Sunday starts, it was a good sign to see Roa back in the starting rotation. He allowed one run on two hits through 2.1 innings. Logan Foster led the Aggie offense with a three-run homer in the fourth, allowing the Aggies to take a 4-1 lead and ultimately solidify the win.
What Lies Ahead:
Taking two out of three from a Top 20 ranked conference opponent was huge for the Aggies, as one game makes all the difference in the competitive SEC West. The biggest question continues to be offensive consistency, as none of the Aggie batters had more than one hit in multiple games throughout the Auburn series. The Aggies are also ranked last in home runs in conference games, which hasn’t been too great of an issue so far, but it is a disadvantage going into some difficult SEC matchups.
At the halfway point, the Aggies still have matchups against three Top 15 teams: Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Arkansas. It is critical for the Aggies to take advantage of the weaker remaining SEC opponents: South Carolina and Alabama. The Aggies will hit the road to take on the Gamecocks over the upcoming weekend after a midweek matchup at the University of Houston.
First pitch is Tuesday night at 6:30 against the Cougars.
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