Texas at Texas A&M

Long time rivals Texas and Texas A&M will play their only

series of the season this weekend in Austin and College Station.

Friday’s contest will take place at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in

Austin, while games two and three of the series will be played at

Olsen Field in College Station.

The third ranked Longhorns come into this weekend having won

their last nine games in a row. Texas (28-7, 10-2) has taken a

stranglehold lead at the top of the Big 12 standings after

back-to-back series sweeps over Kansas and Oklahoma.

The Aggies (20-10-1, 6-5-1) have lost three straight but have

been very tough to beat at home this season. The Aggies have won 17

of their 22 games at College Station in 2010 including a 5-2 home

record against Big 12 opponents. TCU handed Texas A&M a tough

loss on Tuesday night but head coach Rob Childress maintains the

team is still focused.

“It’s just a matter of getting timely hits, playing

routine defense and making big pitches to get off the field. Every

team goes through a stretch like this in the course of a given

year, and ours is right now. We’re going to get through this and

we’re going to be fine,” claimed Childress.

The Aggies will have to play their very best if they are to

upend Texas this weekend. The Longhorns have one of the best

pitching staffs in the nation and have found stability at the end

of their bullpen through hometown star Chance Ruffin.

The Austin native has recorded nine saves on the season and

leads the Longhorns with 21 appearances out of the ‘pen.

Ruffin has been almost unhittable, holding batters to a measly .136

average and the junior boasts a team best 0.50 earned run average.

Infielders Brodie Greene and Caleb Shofner are the key to

Texas A&M at the plate. Senior second baseman Greene has hit

for a .383 average and has helped the Aggies running game with 11

stolen bases. Junior third baseman Shofner has been just as

important as Greene, the two combining to lead the team with 12

home runs and 55 runs batted in.

The Aggies will hope to continue their push for a regional

berth, while the Longhorns will want to increase their lead atop

the Big 12 and make their case for the nation’s number one

ranking.

Both Saturday and Sunday’s games from College Station

will air LIVE on FCS. Saturday’s game will get underway at

6:30pm EST with the coverage airing live on both FSN and FCS.

Sunday’s day game will air LIVE on FCS Central with first

pitch at 2:00pm EST.

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