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A&M Hosts LSU in Three-Game Series

The Aggies welcome the Tigers to College Station for SEC action, with all three games slated for television.

 COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M Aggies host the No. 3 LSU Tigers for their final home SEC series of the season. The Aggies enter the series on a four-game win streak, including their three-game sweep of the Missouri Tigers last weekend. The A&M pitching staff has allowed just nine runs over the four-game stretch. LSU leads the SEC Western Division with a 19-5 record and a three-game lead over second-place Arkansas.

 TEXAS A&M AGGIES (26-22, 10-13 SEC) at LSU TIGERS (43-6, 19-5 SEC)

Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park (6,100) • College Station, Texas

SCHEDULE - Thursday, 8:05 pm • Friday 6:35 pm • Saturday, 12:05 pm

TELEVISION - Thursday - ESPNU • Friday - CSS • Saturday - ESPN

RADIO - WTAW-AM 1620 (Dave South, play-by-play)

LIVE AUDIO - AggieAthletics.com • RadioAggieland.com

LIVE STATS - AggieAthletics.com

RANKINGS - A&M - unranked • LSU - #3 BA, CB & USAT; #4 NCBWA

SERIES HISTORY - Texas A&M leads 15-12-1

SERIES STREAK - LSU has won seven in a row

 

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

Thursday - Daniel Mengden (So., RHP, 5-3, 2.10 ERA) vs Cody Glenn (So., LHP, 5-1, 2.93 ERA)

Friday - Parker Ray (Jr., RHP, 0-1, 1.85 ERA) vs Aaron Nola (So., RHP, 9-0, 1.92 ERA)

Saturday - Rafael Pineda (Jr., RHP 5-4, 2.87 ERA) vs Ryan Eades (Jr., RHP, 8-1, 2.36 ERA)

 

WEEKEND SERIES ALL TELEVISED
All three of the Aggies-Tigers series will be televised this weekend. Thursday night's game will be the ESPNU Thursday Night SEC Game of the Week. Dave Neal will handle the play-by-play and Kyle Peterson will cover the color analysis. Friday's game will are on Comcast Sports Southeast with Brett Dolan handling the play-by-play and Rod Delmonico on the color call. Saturday's game will be on ESPN with Neal and Peterson once again covering the action.

HERE COMES THE JESTER, 1-2-3
Jason Jester has been solid as the Aggies' closer this season, going 12-for-13 in save situations. He is 2-2 with 12 saves and a 2.55 ERA on the season. He has allowed 10 earned runs in 35.1 innings of work over 26 appearances, scattering 23 hits and eight walks while striking out 34. He is holding opponents to a .178 batting average.

In 13 save opportunities, Jester has allowed just one run on 10 hits and three walks while striking out 17 over 20.0 innings. He owns a 0.45 in save situations and holding opponents to a .143 batting average.

REYNOLDS REACHING BASE
In the Aggies' series finale against Missouri, Mikey Reynolds had his streak of reaching base snapped at 45 games. The senior has reached base in 45 of his 46 games. The streak began with a 22-game hit streak and ended with a 15-game hit streak. He has hit safely in 41 of 46 games. He is hitting .371 on the season with a .432 on-base percentage, 28 runs, 10 doubles, 19 RBI and 12 stolen bases. The streak included three pinch-hit appearances in three games at Arkansas in which he drew a walk and hit two singles.

MAKING A SACRIFICE
The Aggies are on pace for a school-record sacrifice bunts. With 53 bunts through 48 games, A&M is on pace for 60 sacrifice bunts for the year. The school record is 55 in 2011. Last year, the Aggies put down 50 sacrifice bunts. Krey Bratsen leads the squad with 16 sacrifice bunts. He had 19 as a freshman and eight as a sophomore. He owns the school career record with 43 sacrifice bunts. Charlie Curl has added 10 and Blake Allemand has seven.

COLE TRAIN

Cole Lankford has been playing his best collegiate baseball as of late. In his last 31 games (the Aggies' last 37 games), Lankford is batting .379 (47-for-124) with 13 multiple hit games, 10 doubles, two triples, one home run and 19 RBI. In the weekend series at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton, he went 6-for-13 with five RBI. 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. In the series finale against No. 6 Ole Miss, Lankford keyed the Aggies comeback, going 2-for-4 with one double and two runs scored. He batted 5-for-11 against South Carolina, including three hits in the series opener. Lankford batted 7-for-14 with two doubles and two RBI in the three-game series against Auburn.

TEXAS A&M/LSU SERIES NOTABLES
Texas A&M and LSU have met on 28 prior occasions with the Aggies owning a 15-12-1 advantage. LSU has won the last seven meetings, including four games in the NCAA postseason. The last meetings came at the 2004 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional where the Tigers won 11-8 and 4-0. LSU also won 13-8 at the 1993 College World Series and 7-1 at the 1991 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. The teams also met twice at the 1989 NCAA College Station Regional with LSU winning 13-5 and 5-4.

MORE ON LSU
LSU enters the series with a 43-6 overall record and a 19-5 league record. The Tigers own a three-game lead over Arkansas in the SEC Western Division. LSU is hitting .310 as a team with 36 home runs and 44 stolen bases in 49 games.

Alex Bregman leads LSU with a .401 batting average and 50 runs in 49 games. He has 13 doubles, seven triples, five home runs, 46 RBI and 12 stolen bases on the season. Mason Katz is hitting .378 with 10 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs and 63 RBI on the year. Christian Ibarra is hitting .363 with 13 doubles, five home runs and 32 RBI.

The Tigers' pitching staff owns a 2.39 ERA and holding opponents to a .214 batting average. Friday night starter Cody Glenn is 5-1 with a 2.93 ERA. Saturday starter Aaron Nola has pitched four consecutive complete games and he's 9-0 with a 1.92 ERA on the season. Closer Chris Cotton is 2-1 with 10 saves and a 1.82 ERA.

The Tigers have made 15 College World Series appearances, including winning six titles, most recently in 2009.All six national championships have come since the 1991 season. They also won titles in 1993, ‘96, ‘97, 2000 and ‘09.

LSU boasts 68 former players who have gone on to play in the Major Leagues. The group is headlined by five-time Cleveland Indians All-Star Joey ‘Albert' Belle, the only player in MLB history to log 50 doubles and 50 home runs in the same season, and 1948 MLB Rookie of the Year and three-time All-Star Al Dark.

ALLEMAND GETTING INTO GEAR

After going 0-for-17 in his first six games (the Aggies first eight games), Allemand has batted .300 (42-for-140) with seven doubles, one home run and 19 RBI in the last 40 games. The 22 runs and 19 RBI during the span both ranks second. Even when he wasn't hitting, Allemand was able to get on-base enough to score five runs in the first six games, drawing five walks and getting hit by two pitches for a .292 on-base percentage. His on-base percentage the last 34 games is .403 with 17 walks and six HBP.

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