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Aggies Wrap Up Home Slate Versus UTPA


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Aggies Wrap Up Home Slate Versus UTPA

Texas A&M hosts the Broncs in their final regular-season game on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park in 2013.

 COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M Aggies host the UTPA Broncs for the final home game of the 2013 campaign. The Maroon and White are 22-10 at home on the season, including 11-0 in midweek home games. Freshman Grayson Long returns to the mound for his first start since April 16. Long is 3-1 with a 2.62 ERA in six home appearances, including five starts.

 TEXAS A&M AGGIES (27-24, 11-15 SEC) vs UTPA Broncs (24-26, 14-9 GWC)
Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park (6,100) • College Station, Texas

- Tuesday, 6:35 pm
RADIO - WTAW-AM 1620 (Dave South, play-by-play)
LIVE VIDEO - (with premium subscription)
RANKINGS - A&M - unranked • UTPA - unranked
SERIES HISTORY - A&M leads 57-18
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS – Grayson Long (Fr., RHP, 3-1, 4.22 ERA) vs  Matt Daniels (Jr., RHP, 1-5, 7.94 ERA)

Grayson Long returns to the Olsen Field mound for the first time since April 6 and he's pitching for the first time since April 16. He has struggled in his last two outings, yielding a combined seven runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out two over 3.1 innings. Before that, he was 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA in seven appearances, including five starts.

The Aggie bullpen has been stout the last 11 games, allowing just eight runs, seven earned, over 33.2 innings. The reserves are 1-1 with three saves and a 1.87 ERA over the span. The bullpen has also only allowed four of 23 inherited runners to score.

The Aggies are 11-0 in home midweek action this season, winning the games by a combined margin of 71-23. The pitching staff owns a 1.64 ERA, holding foes to a .214 batting average. Grayson Long (3-0), Corey Ray (3-0) and Rafael Pineda (2-0) have accounted for all the midweek starts on the mound. Jonathan Moroney (.391), Troy Stein (.375), Mikey Reynolds (.370), Daniel Mengden (.368), Blake Allemand (.353) and Cole Lankford (.333) are all hitting .330 or better. Lankford has two doubles, two triples and 10 RBI. Mengden, Reynolds and Mitchell Nau have seven RBI apiece. Allemand owns a .542 on-base percentage and has team-highs with 13 runs and six stolen bases.

A&M owns a 57-18 advantage in the all-time series against UT Pan American. Although the Aggies have won 14 of the last 16 and 50 of the last 56 meetings, the Broncs won the last game 5-2 in March of last season to split a two-game series.

UT Pan American enters the fray with a 24-26 overall record and the Broncs are on a five-game losing skid, including being swept in four games at Northern Colorado.

The Broncs are hitting .281 as a team. Shane Ammon leads the team in batting with a .355 average and has 26 runs, nine doubles and 22 RBI in 38 games (31 starts). Bryan Ramirez is hitting .333 with 13 runs, four doubles, one home run and 18 RBI in 30 games (24 starts). Among every day starters, Alex Howe is leading the team with a .321 average, 29 runs, nine doubles, three triples, 38 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 49 games. Riley Goulding is hitting .312 with 34 runs, eight doubles and 25 RBI in 49 games.

 UT Pan American owns a 4.04 team ERA and is holding opponents to a .258 batting average with 349 strikeouts in 410.1 innings. Tuesday's probable starter RHP Matt Daniels is 1-5 with a 7.94 ERA. Closer Aaron Moore is 0-0 with four saves and a 2.38 ERA.

The Broncs were once a regional power in baseball, advancing to the NCAA Championship on 13 occasions and finishing fourth at the 1971 College World Series.

UTPA boasts four former players who went on to play in Major League Baseball, headlined by the Tyrone Brothers, Jim and Wayne.

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