From Texas A&M Athletic's Department:
A&M Heads to Oxford for Series Versus No. 6 Ole Miss
The Aggies venture to the Magnolia state on their first-ever SEC road trip. Saturday's game will be featured on ESPNU with Mike Morgan and Kyle Peterson on the call.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M Aggies take a season-long five-game win streak on the road as they face the No. 6 Ole Miss Rebels in a three-game series in Oxford. The squads meet in a 6:30 pm game on Friday, a 7:30 pm game to be televised on ESPNU on Saturday and a 1:30 pm contest on Sunday. It marks first SEC road trip for A&M, coming off a series sweep of Georgia in their first-ever SEC action last weekend at Olsen Field.
TEXAS A&M AGGIES (15-7, 3-0 SEC) vs OLE MISS REBELS (20-2, 2-1 SEC)
Swayze Field at Oxford-University Stadium (10,323) • Oxford, Mississippi
SCHEDULE - Friday, 6:30 pm • Saturday, 7:30 pm • Sunday, 1:30 pm
TELEVISION - Saturday - ESPNU (Mike Morgan and Kyle Peterson)
RADIO - WTAW-AM 1620 (Dave South, play-by-play)
LIVE VIDEO - olemisssports.com (Friday and Sunday)
LIVE AUDIO - aggieathletics.com • radioaggieland.com
LIVE STATS - olemisssports.com
RANKINGS - Texas A&M - 24th (CB) • Ole Miss - 6 (BA), 6 (CB), 8 (NCBWA), 8 (USAT)
SERIES HISTORY - Texas A&M leads 4-2
SERIES STREAKS - Ole Miss is on a one-game streak
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
• Friday - Kyle Martin (Sr., RHP, 2-2, 3.52) vs. Bobby Wahl (Jr., RHP, 5-0, 1.82)
• Saturday - Daniel Mengden (So., RHP, 3-1, 1.82) vs. Mike Mayers (Jr., RHP, 2-1, 2.79)
• Sunday - Jason Freeman (So., RHP, 1-0, 1.23) vs. Sam Smith (So., RHP, 2-0, 2.49)
Mikey Reynolds has a hit in each of his last 21 games, the longest string of his career and tied with Ben Keltner for seventh on the Aggies' all-time list. He is hitting .464 (39-for-84) during the span five doubles, 17 runs, 11 RBI and 11 stolen bases. The streak features 12 multi-hit games, including four three-hit games and one four-hit game. He has logged a first-inning hit in nine of the games. He has also reached safely in all 22 games. Reynolds still has some work to do for the school record. RJ Englert strung together a 28-game hit streak in 1972. In more recent history, Tyler Naquin logged a 27-game hit streak in 2011.
Cole Lankford has been playing his best collegiate baseball as of late. In his last 10 games (the Aggies' last 11 games), Lankford is batting .419 (18-for-43) with six multiple hit games, four doubles, two triples, one home run and 11 RBI. In the weekend series at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton, he went 6-for-13 with five RBI. In the last five games, Lankford has three 3-hit games, going 3-for-5 each time. In the series finale against Georgia, Lankford came up just a single shy of hitting for the cycle going 3-for-5 with three runs, one double, one triple, one home run and one RBI.
CHILDRESS EARNS WIN NUMBER 300
With the Aggies' midweek win over Houston Baptist on March 12, head coach Rob Childress reached the 300-win plateau for his career. Childress owns a 304-160-2 record, all as the skipper of the Aggies. He trails only Mark Johnson (876 - 1985-2005) and Tom Chandler (660 - 1959-84) on A&M's career win list.
TEXAS A&M/OLE MISS SERIES NOTABLES
This marks the seventh meeting between the two schools with Texas A&M owning a 4-2 all-time advantage. The squads first met in 1907 with A&M posting a 4-0 lead. After a 91-year hiatus, the series resumed with a three-game series in College Station in 1998. Ole Miss won the first game of the series, 17-3, but A&M bounced back for 6-3 and 3-2 victories to take the series. The Aggies toppled the Rebels 13-7 at the 1999 NCAA College Station Regional. Ole Miss is the last SEC squad the Aggies played before entering the SEC, losing to the Rebels 6-3 at the 2012 NCAA College Station Regional.
MORE ON OLE MISS
Ole Miss is one of the hottest teams in the country entering the series. The Rebels are 20-2 overall and 2-1 in the SEC. Junior catcher Stuart Turner has been on a tear to start the season, hitting .474 (36-for-76) with 17 runs, nine doubles, one triple, two home runs and 30 RBI in 22 games. Junior Preston Overbey is hitting .333 (24-for-72) with 12 runs, two doubles, one triple, two home runs and 16 RBI. Junior Austin Anderson (21), sophomore Auston Boudfield (22) and sophomore Tanner Mathis (20) all have 20 or more runs. The Rebels pitching staff owns a 2.42 ERA and holding opponents to a .227 ERA. Friday night starter Bobby Wahl is 5-0 with a 1.82 ERA. Closer Brett Huber is 2-0 with six saves.
The Rebels have advanced to the College World Series on four occasions, with the most recent appearance coming in 1972. Ole Miss won the 2009 SEC title, the sixth all-time, and most recently the Rebels won the league title in 2006. Ole Miss boasts 40 former players who reached the Major Leagues. The group is led by six-time MLB All-Star and two-time Gold Glove shortstop Don Kessinger and current Cardinals' All-Star right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn.
This season, eight pitchers have taken the mound as Aggies for the first time, including three true freshmen. The eight pitchers have combined to allow 14 earned runs on 54 hits and 31 walks over 72.0 innings. True freshman Grayson Long leads the group, posting a 3-0 mark with a 2.35 ERA and 24 strikeouts over 23.0 innings. Redshirt freshman Matt Kent is 1-1 in 11 appearances, racking up 9.2 frames, with five runs for a 4.66 ERA. Junior Jason Jester is 2-0 with six saves. He hasn't yielded a run in 16.1 innings of work, scattering seven hits and three walks while striking out 16. True freshman AJ Minter (3.2 IP) and sophomore transfer Nate Sorenson (0.1 IP) are unscathed on the year. Sophomore transfer Zach Brashear has allowed two unearned runs over 5.1 innings and redshirt freshman Ty Schlottmann has allowed one unearned run over 2.2 innings. True freshman Andrew Vinson has allowed three earned runs in 9.1 innings of work.
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