No. 2 A&M readies for UT-Arlington
Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 20:07
After a 3-0 series sweep against Oklahoma this weekend at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park, the No. 2 Texas A&M baseball team improved to 26-6 on the season, holding the second-best conference record in the Big 12, 7-2, as they prepare for a non-conference matchup against UT-Arlington Tuesday to close out a nine-game homestand.
Sunday afternoon, dressed in camouflage jerseys to symbolize the search for a series sweep over the Sooners, the Top-5 Aggie baseball team won with a 5–3 victory. At Olsen Field, a crowd of 4,549 fans watched the televised victory
“I always tell our guys it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” said Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress. “Obviously, in today’s game that was definitely the case. We were able to get it back together. Pineda was able to get us into the sixth and those guys that came in from the bullpen did a phenomenal job.”
Sophomore Rafael Pineda picked up his fifth win of the season, as the 6-foot-6 righty gave up two earned runs on five hits in 5.1 innings of work en-route to victory.
Senior first baseman Jacob House and junior All-American Tyler Naquin both had two hits apiece Saturday afternoon to lead the Aggies.
“It’s always fun to come out wearing the camo and trying to get the sweep,” House said. “The big thing with baseball is momentum. We were able to keep them from getting too much momentum by answering every time they scored.”
The Aggies welcome the UT-Arlington Mavericks, 20-12, Tuesday as they try to extend their winning streak to six before resuming conference play this weekend at Kansas.
The Mavericks snapped a seven-game winning streak—that started March 27 against TCU, 4–3, in 10 innings—Saturday with an 8–4 loss to Nicholls State. The Mavericks also beat Texas earlier this season in a 7–5 contest.
Last season when the Aggies and Mavericks met on the diamond, it took 10 innings for the maroon and white to put the Mavericks away, 7–4. The season before last in College Station, the Aggies won 11–7.
Freshman right-hander Gandy Stubblefield is projected to get the start against the Mavericks. This will be Stubblefield’s third start of the season.