Texas A&M Baseball: Aggies Kick Off SEC Play Against Kentucky

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Coming off of tough loss in Austin, Texas A&M baseball opens SEC play this Friday night against the Kentucky Wildcats at Olsen Field.

Tuesday night the Aggies faced off against long time rival, University of Texas, losing to the Longhorns 3-4 . Coach Childress started freshman John Doxakis who gave up 2 hits in 3.1 IP with 1 error. It’s early in his career, but the expectation is that Doxakis will follow in the foot steps of RHP Brigham Hill and become A&M’s Friday night starter in future seasons.

Texas A&M ended Tuesday’s loss with 2 balks and 4 errors, way too high for a team as talented and disciplined as the Aggies. Hopefully all of the mistakes were due to the pressure and excitement of playing in such as historic rivalry. Regardless, players gave no excuse for playing sloppy this late in the season.

The first part of this season has been a positive for the Aggies who currently sit at No. 17 in the D1 Baseball rankings (14-4). Now with a few months of game experience, the young team is confident moving into SEC play with freshman like Braden Shewmake and Logan Foster leading the way.

Kentucky has started the season 10-0 at home, it’s longest streak since 2012. In doing so they have outscored opponents 106-23 in those 10 home games. UK added its most recent win on Tuesday against Murray State by (9-7) overcoming an early 3-run deficit.

Away from Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, the Wildcats are 2-6. Coming into College Station will be a huge challenge. The 12th Man will continue to make Olsen Field one of the most intimidating venues for opposing teams.