Friday Pregame: Texas

April 16th, 2010

Greetings from UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin…a big game for a host of reasons tonight for the Aggies.

It’s been a tough stretch for the team the last few weeks. This team, however, has kept its head high and continues to believe in its approach. The Aggies feel they will break out soon, and I feel the same–you never want to be struggling, but it happens to virtually every team at some point in a 56-game season.

On paper, this weekend’s series with third-ranked Texas should be a tremendously well-pitched affair. Tonight’s opener, which will have Barret Loux going against Taylor Jungmann, has all the makings of a classic Friday night battle. It should be a great one and I’m looking forward to it.

Here are the lineups:

TEXAS A&M (20-11-1, 6-5-1)

RF Andrew Collazo
CF Scott Arthur
SS Brodie Greene
3B Caleb Shofner
LF Joaquin Hinojosa
1B Kenny Jackson
DH Joe Patterson
C Kevin Gonzalez
2B Adam Smith

TEXAS (27-7, 10-2)

LF Cohl Walla
SS Brandon Loy
1B Tant Shepherd
C Cameron Rupp
DH Russell Moldenhauer
RF Kevin Keyes
3B Kevin Lusson
CF Connor Rowe
2B Jordan Etier

Saturday Pregame: Kansas

April 3rd, 2010

Big game this morning on a gorgeous Saturday in Lawrence.

Wins in the Big 12 are so hard to come by, especially on the road. The Aggies look to take their third consecutive league series this morning in the rubber game against Kansas. First pitch is early (11 a.m.) so that A&M can make its flight out of Kansas City this afternoon.

Anyways, here are the starting lineups for the series finale…

Texas A&M (18-8, 5-3 Big 12)

RF Brandon Wood
LF Matt Juengel
SS Brodie Greene
DH Joe Patterson
3B Caleb Shofner
1B Kenny Jackson
C Kevin Gonzalez
2B Adam Smith
CF Scott Arthur
LHP Ross Hales

Kansas (18-10, 3-2)

RF Casey Lytle
2B Robby Price
CF Brian Heere
3B Tony Thompson
LF Jimmy Waters
1B Brett Lisher
DH Chris Manship
C James Stanfield
SS Brandon Macias
RHP Brett Bollman

Friday Pregame: Kansas

April 2nd, 2010

Here are this evening’s starting lineups for the second game of the series between the Aggies and the Jayhawks at sunny Hoglund Ballpark in Lawrence.

Texas A&M (17-8, 4-3)

RF Brandon Wood
SS Brodie Greene
DH Joe Patterson
3B Caleb Shofner
1B Kenny Jackson
LF Adam Smith
C Kevin Gonzalez
2B Andrew Collazo
CF Scott Arthur
RHP Ross Stripling

Kansas (18-9, 3-1)

RF Casey Lytle
2B Robby Price
CF Brian Heere
3B Tony Thompson
LF Jimmy Waters
DH Jake Marasco
C James Stanfield
1B Zac Elgie
SS Brandon Macias
RHP Cameron Selik

Had some major weather concerns coming in to today, and in fact a heavy line of thunderstorms pushed through town this morning. However, the rain stopped before lunch and there are scattered clouds and a lot of sun as KU is wrapping up BP, so we are good to go for tonight’s contest.

Friday Pregame: Kansas

April 1st, 2010

Greetings from beautiful Lawrence, Kansas.

Tonight, the Aggies open a key Big 12 series against the Jayhawks, a team picked to finish second in the league by the head coaches and one that should definitely be in the mix come regional time in May.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

Texas A&M (17-7, 4-2)

RF Brandon Wood
SS Brodie Greene
3B Caleb Shofner
1B Joe Patterson
LF Joaquin Hinojosa
DH Kenny Jackson
C Kevin Gonzalez
2B Andrew Collazo
CF Scott Arthur
RHP Barret Loux

Kansas (17-9, 2-1)

RF Casey Lytle
2B Robby Price
CF Brian Heere
3B Tony Thompson
LF Jimmy Waters
1B Brett Lisher
C James Stanfield
DH Chris  Manship
SS Brandon Macias
RHP T.J. Walz

I love the ballpark here on the KU campus. They’ve really dressed it up even more in the last few seasons and it’s a nice place to watch a game.¬† Dimensions are 330 down the lines, 375 to the gaps and 400 to straight away center field. The fences are much like at Olsen, about 8 feet or so all the way around–with the exception of center. It juts up to about 14 or 15 feet there to form part of the batter’s eye.

The park faces southeast here, so the orientation is a little different…for example, it’s about 80 degrees right now with a strong south wind…where at Olsen that spells trouble for pitchers, here it means a stiff breeze blowing straight in from right field to the third base dugout. We’ll see how that plays in to tonight’s action. I’ll put a picture of the field on our twitter account at @aggie_baseball here in just a bit.

A&M is busting out the grey sleveless unis for just the second time this season and will occupy the third-base dugout.

Let’s play ball!