COLUMBIA, SC — The No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies continue the most road-heavy portion of their schedule as the Maroon & White head to Columbia for a three-game, Thursday-Saturday series against the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Game times for the three-day series are slated for 6:02, 6:02 and 3:02 p.m. Saturday’s game airs on the SEC Network. Mike Morgan will handle play-by-play while Ben McDonald provides color. Every game of the series is available for viewing on SEC Network +. SEC Network + provides digital-only events to SEC Network subscribers through WatchESPN and the ESPN app on smartphones, computers, tablets and connected devices (Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One). All three games will air on the radio locally. In the Brazos Valley, the games can be heard on SportsRadio 1150 and/or 93.7 The Zone with Dave South on the call.
The Aggies are at the front end of a nine-game span that features eight road games, including SEC series at South Carolina and No. 17 Ole Miss and midweek games at Houston and Sam Houston State.
After five weeks of conference action, the Aggies (9-5-1 SEC) are just a half-game behind first-place Georgia (10-5) and Mississippi State (10-5) in the league standings.
The Texas A&M pitching staff is on pace to set a school record for strikeouts in 2019. With 433 strikeouts through 39 games, the Maroon & White are on pace to hang 621 Ks through the 56-game regular-season schedule. The school record for strikeouts in a season is 612 set by the 2010 squad, the only season the Aggies have ever reached the 600-K mark.
The Aggies rank in the top 20 in the nation in numerous pitching categories, including strikeouts per nine innings (2nd - 11.4), K-to-BB ratio (2nd - 3.99), ERA (7th - 2.88), shutouts (7th - 5), WHIP (9th - 1.13), walks allowed per nine innings (9th - 2.85) and hits allowed per nine innings (16th - 7.35).
Individually, Asa Lacy ranks sixth in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (14.01), seventh in strikeouts (83), 15th in hits allowed per nine innings (5.06) and 32nd in ERA (1.69). John Doxakis ranks 8th in the nation in K-to-BB ratio (9.00), 15th in walks allowed per nine innings (0.93) and 35th in ERA (1. 76). Kasey Kalich ranks 8th in the nation in saves with ninth.
With his next save, Kalich will move into a tie for fifth place on the Texas A&M’s single-season saves chart. He is chasing the school record of 14 set by Jason Jester in 2013 and equaled by Nolan Hoffman in 2018.
Braden Shewmake enters the weekend into ninth place on the Aggies’ career RBI list. With 146 career ribbies, he needs one to tie Chuck Knoblauch for eighth place. Shewmake also moved into a tie for 10th place on Texas A&M’s career triples list with 10.