STATION COLLEGE, Texas – With SEC play set to begin next weekend, the Texas A&M baseball team will have one final tune-up before that as they host Houston for a midweek contest Tuesday at Blue Bell Park. Due to the NIT basketball game on campus that night as well, the first pitch of the baseball game was moved forward an hour and a half to 5 p.m. Central Time. The game will be streamed via ESPN.com.
The Aggies (10-5) are coming off a series win against a solid Santa Clara team. A&M won Game 1 of a doubleheader on Saturday before a lopsided loss in Game 2. However, Maroon and White came back to win Sunday’s rubber game, 5-2. In midweek games this season, Texas A&M is 3-0 and looking to go undefeated.
Houston (10-6) lost two of three to Louisiana over the weekend but, like A&M, is unbeaten midweek this year. The Cougars have victories over McNeese State, Lamar, Rice and Southern in this contest.
Texas A&M upped its team’s batting average slightly over the weekend to .262, though the head coach Jim Schlossnagle would prefer it to be much higher. Jack Moss has no problem seeing that ball, though, as he’s hitting .408 with two doubles, eight RBIs and 12 runs scored. Troy Clanch has been hot lately and is at .340 to go with six doubles, eight RBIs and eight runs. Brett Minnich had a good weekend getting his average down to .320 and he also added two homers, three doubles, 15 RBIs and 13 runs. Home run, RBI and run totals are all team highs. Austin Bost is also over .300 with a .304 clip and has a long ball, a triple, two doubles, six RBIs and eight runs scored.
The Cougars are hitting just .255 as a team while allowing opponents to hit .266. Antoine Tulimero leads the team with a .391 average and also has three doubles, nine RBIs and 11 runs scored. Brandon Uhse is the only other player above .300 as he averages .358 to go with two homers, nine doubles, 17 RBIs and 19 runs.
Aggies set to start redshirt freshman right-hander Christian Curtis (2-0, 0.68 MPM). He’s taken the mound to start every midweek contest so far and has had a very strong start to the season. Houston will start as a junior left-hander Kyle La Calameto (1-0, 4.38). Jhe Cougars have a team ERA of 5.44. They strike out 8.4 over nine innings and have allowed 17 homers this year.
Next weekend, Texas A&M will play on an LSU top-10 team to begin conference play. Houston will see the Columbia Ivy League program come to town for a three-game series.