Monday Musings…a Day Late

March 2nd, 2010

Okay, so the road trip and the rare Wednesday-only mid-week game threw me off. But enough with the excuses already, let’s take a look back at the week that was Aggie baseball.

One way to look at the 2-2 week for Texas A&M is that, save for two innings, the Aggies would probably have gone undefeated. But that’s the beauty of the sport, you have to play every inning, get all 27 outs…insert your favorite baseball cliche here.

Last Wednesday’s game against SFA was a frustrating one but I definitely saw some things I like. Hats off to the Lumberjacks for picking up the 7-6 win but, when a team scores all of its runs in one inning, and all with two outs, you have to feel that you left something on the table there. And the Aggies definitely do. But that being said, the team fought its way back and had  several chances to tie the game and/or take the lead, and fell just a run short.

The weekend was I feel a successful one for the most part. You’re never happy about losing, yet against a strong field like the tourney in Waco had (Western Kentucky, Baylor and Texas State–all ’09 NCAA Tourney teams) taking two of three away from home is not a bad thing at all. It didn’t necessarily show up in the boxscore, but if you were there you know what I’m talking about–A&M smashed the ball all weekend long. The pitching was again outstanding. Saturday’s win over Baylor was a gutty one…it seemed like the Aggies had to fight and claw for everything they got in getting a 4-2 victory. That spilled over to Sunday, where a tremendous diving catch by freshman Brandon Wood in left (yes, he caught it) kept a 3-2 game where it was and let the maroon and white build on the lead once it got back to the dugout.

So let’s look at this week, which starts off a season-long 17-game homestand. First up is BYU, which looks to build on a two-game win streak tonight at Baylor. The Cougars have yet to play a home game this season, and will do so once they get back from this Texas swing (one at Baylor, one at A&M, three at UT Arlington). BYU was 30-24 last year and made a bit of a run in the Mountain West tourney before falling to eventual super regional participant TCU. The Cougars were picked fifth in the league this spring.

I am very excited to see Clayton Ehlert get back on the hill–he had a very tough third inning last week vs SFA after retiring the first seven batters of the game rather quickly. Weather should be gorgeous and you’ll have plenty of time to get to Reed for the big hoops game against Oklahoma State, so hopefully you can make the trip out.

Over the weekend, Winthrop will make the trip to Olsen Field. The two programs have never met but have a few ties of late–Alex Wilson, last year’s 2nd-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox, and Phil Carey, who was on the 2008 squad, both transferred to Texas A&M from Winthrop (located in Rock Hill, S.C.). The Eagles were picked to finish in the top three of the Big South and are no stranger to postseason success, having advanced to the NCAA Tourney five times (most recently in back-to-back trips in 2005 and 2006). Game times are 6:35/2:05/1:05 on the weekend.