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Russell James | Texas A&M Athletics

03:46 pm | March 15th, 2019

A&M Baseball welcomes #1 Vanderbilt to College Station in first SEC series

Jay Arnold

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After a tough loss to a good Dallas Baptist team, A&M will have no time to lick their wounds as the top-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores come to town. The Vanderbilt series will mark the start of conference play for the Aggies and if A&M hopes to make the tournament, they will need every win they can get.

John Doxakis struggled for the first time this season, giving up three runs to Gonzaga in a 6-4 loss. Dox will look to bounce back against the Commodores and the Aggies will need a strong performance from the lefty if they hope to win. The loss to Gonzaga brought Doxakis to a 1.44 ERA through 25 innings pitched. The junior left-hander also has 34 strikeouts. Vanderbilt is expected to throw junior right-hander, Drake Fellows on Friday night. The Commodore pitcher has allowed at least 5 hits in each game he has pitched so far with only 22 innings thrown. Texas A&M hasn’t been consistent at the plate this year but they will need a strong performance against Fellows to keep up with a Vanderbilt team that can put up a lot of runs if Dox struggles again. Friday night’s game will be available on SECN+ at 6:30 PM.

Asa Lacy has been nothing short of incredible so far this season and that continued last Saturday with a strong performance against Gonzaga. The lefty from Kerrville struck out seven through six innings en route to a 14-2 victory for the Aggies. The 4-0 Lacy has a 0.38 ERA so far this season and will look to have another strong performance against Vanderbilt in what has the makings of a pitcher’s duel. The Commodores will start senior right-hander, Patrick Raby. Raby hasn’t been overpowering in his performances but has maintained an impressive 0.87 ERA through 20.2 innings. A&M will have to find a way to support Lacy at the plate if they want to win Saturday. Saturday’s game will be available on SECN+ at 2:00 PM.

As was the case last weekend, neither team has announced a starter for Sunday’s contest. Texas A&M is likely still trying to find the best way to deal with the loss of Jonathan Childress and will likely use multiple arms on Saturday as a result. Sunday’s game will be televised on SECN+ at 1:00 PM. Texas A&M will follow up the series against Vanderbilt with a Tuesday game against Rice at Blue Bell Park and a weekend road trip to Kentucky to face the Wildcats. Of course, the last time Vanderbilt visited College Station, we all got to witness a great moment.

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