SERIES PREVIEW: vs. Santa Clara – Texas A&M Athletics


BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies wrap up the non-conference weekend action when they host the Santa Clara Broncos for a three-game series on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. Friday’s game has a first pitch at 6:32 p.m. followed by games on Saturday (2:02 p.m.) and Sunday (11:02 a.m.).

ABOUT THE AGGIES

Aggie’s starting pitchers were dominant early in the season. The rotation is 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA and .215 batting average. They also feature a WHIP of 0.95 and 7.44 locked on.

Overall, Texas A&M pitchers have been stingy with runners on base, holding opponents to a .206 batting average (36 for 175) with ducks on the pond. The clip features .130 (9 for 69) with runners on base and two out, .143 (6 for 42) with runners in scoring position and two out. Starting pitchers Nathan Dettmer, Micah Dallas, Ryan Prager and Christian Curtis have opponents limited to just 15 for 82 (.161) at plate with runners on base.

Aggie’s pitching staff ranks third in the nation and leads the SEC in fewest walks kicked per nine innings with a 2.12 clip, walking just 25 in 106.0 innings. The Maroon & White also rank first in the SEC and fifth in the nation with a 4.60 strikeout ratio with 115 strikeouts. Texas A&M’s WHIP ranks 15th in the nation with 1.06. Weekend starters Dettmer, Dallas and Prager combined 55 strikeouts and four walks in their first three times in the rotation, totaling 48.2 innings.

The Aggies are among the most experienced hitters in the nation in Dylan Rock. The UTSA transfer ranks 20th among active NCAA Division I players with 695 at-bats. Rock ranks seventh among active players in runs (153), 11th in doubles (47), 12th in hits (218), 18th in total bases (325), 22nd in games played (186) and steps (94) and 41st in RBI (115).

Dallas enters the weekend ranked 17thand among active NCAA Division I pitchers with 208 strikeouts. He leads the SEC and ranks 15and in the country in market withdrawal ratio (22.0). It also ranks second in the SEC and 15and in the nation in fewer walks per nine innings (0.47).

PITCH MATCHUP
FRIDAY: #35 Nathan Dettmer (So, RHP, 1-1, 3.52 ERA) vs. #14 Cole Kitchen (Jr., RHP, 1-01 3.18)

• SATURDAY: #34 Micah Dallas (Jr., RHP, 1-0, 1.40 ERA) vs. #20 Skylar Hales (So., RHP, 1-1, 2.30)

• SUNDAY: #18 Ryan Prager (Fr., LHP, 0-0, 1.29 ERA) v TBA



SEARCH OPPONENTS
The Broncos head to Blue Bell Park on a six-game winning streak, including their most recent win at California (9-6) on Tuesday. SCU is 8-4 this season with a three-game sweep over UC San Diego and two of three wins over Northwestern.



SERIES TICKETS
The Aggies are 3-0 against Santa Clara with all games played at Bush & Olsen’s corner in a 2004 series. Texas A&M opened the series with a 12-2 win, then a pair of games to a points (5-4 and 4-3). Current Texas A&M Assistant Director of Athletics justin-moore picked up the win in Game 1, getting two runs on seven hits while striking out three in 6.0 innings. Texas A&M is 18-8 all-time against the West Coast Conference, including two of three wins over Gonzaga in a 2019 home series.



PROMOTIONS

Friday
– Hawaiian Shirt Giveaway – A&M Gig ‘Em Hawaiian Shirts available for the first 500 fans at the marketing table in the lobby.

Saturday
– A&M Faculty and Staff Appreciation – two FREE tickets in advance (or at the door) for Texas A&M faculty and staff with the option to purchase additional tickets at $5 each. | Link https://aggi.es/3J4UZAq (use promo code FACSTAFF)
– Scout Day – $5 tickets with promo code SCOUT https://aggi.es/3J4UZAq
– Girl Scout Day – a ticket and a scout patch for $7 with promo code GIRLSCOUT https://aggi.es/3J4UZAq
– Tombola Bubble Machine for all fans.

Sunday
– Sunday Funday at Blue Bell Park – Buy a full price GA/Lawn/SRO ticket at the Blue Bell Park box office and bring up to four kids to the game for FREE (walk-in sales only)…the playground.
– Little League Sundays – Children 12 and under in their Little League uniform may enter the site two hours before the 1st Field to watch batting practice.
– Kids Run the Bases and Team Autographs (Presented by The Pool Guy) – Stick around after the game each Sunday for the chance to run the bases and get autographs from your favorite Aggies.
– Anthem Buddies Pre-Game (Presented by Raising Cane’s) – Children 12 and under are welcome to meet at Customer Service 30 minutes before 1st Throwing to take the field with the Aggie starters during the national anthem.



TO FOLLOW
All A&M home games are available to stream via SEC Network+, while fans can tune in locally on 1150 AM / 93.7 FM or inside the 12and Man mobile app. Additionally, live stats are available for fans to follow all three matches.


Tickets are available for purchase at 12thMan.com/BaseballTickets.


For more Texas A&M baseball, log on to 12thMan.com or follow @AggieBaseball on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.








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