Aggies set to face #22 Auburn at home
Texas A&M hasn’t had the best time since their out-of-conference win against the Longhorns. The Aggies dropped two of three to LSU in Baton Rouge before losing at home Tuesday night against Texas State. Now Texas A&M will try to recapture momentum against a talented Auburn squad at Blue Bell Park.
A&M comes into this contest as D1Baseball’s #10 team while the Tigers come in at #22. Texas A&M’s SEC record currently sits at 7-4-1 while Auburn is 7-5 in SEC play. Both programs sit a game or less back from the top of the division and will look to use this series to springboard towards the top of the SEC West.
After having a rough few weeks, John Doxakis had a strong performance against the LSU last Friday and will attempt to build off that performance against Auburn. Dox threw 6.2 allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts and zero walks. Doxakis has a 2.05 ERA on the season through 48.1 innings pitched.
Much like Doxakis, Auburn’s Friday starter, Tanner Burns got off to a blazing start before struggling a bit in SEC play. The sophomore right-hander for the Tigers had an incredible performance earlier in the year, throwing a complete game shutout against Cincinnati while striking out 15 and only allowing two hits. However, in SEC West play, Burns has given up four and three earned runs in two appearances. Burns boasts a 1.76 ERA on the season.
Friday’s contest will be available to watch on SECN+ at 6:30 PM CT.
Asa Lacy takes the bump for the Aggies on Saturday after yet another double-digit strikeout performance, this one coming against LSU. Lacy fanned eleven through six innings, allowing just one hit and zero runs. Lacy will look to continue being one of the most dominant pitchers in the nation against Auburn. The Tigers have yet to name a Saturday starter.
Saturday’s meeting between the Tigers and Aggies is scheduled for 4:00 PM CT on SECN+.
Texas A&M is once again without an announced starter for Sunday’s contest. Meanwhile, Auburn is set to throw freshman right-hander, Richard Fitts. Fitts struggled in his last appearance, giving up five runs to Arkansas. The Alabama native has a 4.84 ERA on the season.
After the slow start to the season, it looked like the Texas A&M bats had turned the corner and were starting to get hot. Unfortunately, it seems the Aggies went cold again over the last week, scoring over 3 runs just once in their past four contest. Braden Shewmake and company will need a big weekend if Texas A&M wants to get back to winning in SEC play. To put it simply, three runs just isn’t enough to win most games in the SEC and along with Shewmake, hitters like Ty Coleman and Mikey Hoehner are going to have to get back to producing.
Texas A&M follows up their weekend series against Auburn with a Tuesday trip to play Houston at Schroder Park followed by a Thursday-Friday-Saturday series against the Gamecocks in Columbia.