COLLEGE STATION (Sporting Alert) — No. 1 Texas A&M will host the Abilene Christian on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park on Wednesday night in one of the many NCAA DI baseball games on the fixture.
The Aggies, who recently replaced Vanderbilt as the top ranked baseball team in the country, come into this encounter with a 33-3 overall season record, a mark which is already more impressive than last year’s 33-23 regular-season mark, with 19 games still on the schedule.
In their last outing the Maroon hammered home a pair of grand slams on their way to a 13-5 victory against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Sunday, but things didn’t all go their way in the early goings.
“It was back and forth early. We made some mistakes defensively in the first couple innings to allow them have a little hold,” head coach Rob Childress said after the weekend victory.
“But each time they scored a couple of runs we always answered them back. A couple of big grand slams helped. They had the momentum with (Zac) Houston on the mound and two outs and we put together a rally with a few walks and hit by pitches.
“We took that momentum right back. I’m very proud of our guys, competing, playing hard and pulling for each other.”
Texas A&M, which has won five of their six games in April, will take a perfect 22-0 mark against non-conference team into this clash with Abilene Christian.
This matchup marks the fourth ever meeting between the Aggies and the Wildcats (8-24).
During last season’s fixtures, A&M hammered the Wildcats 20-2, while the top ranked side also claimed the two opening meetings, 9-3 and 3-2 in College Station in 1976.
Meanwhile, ESPN3.com live streaming coverage of college baseball continues on Wednesday, as No. 21 Missouri State (USA Today Poll) and No. 22 Maryland are also both in action.
The Bears (24-8), who entered the poll this season following their improving run, will meet the Kansas Jayhawks at Hoglund Ballpark, while the Terrapins (24-10), who fell six places in this week’s rankings, take on Liberty in a contest that was rescheduled from Tuesday.
Also streaming live on ESPN3.com are the clashes between Princeton and St. John’s, as well as the battle involving Northwestern and Illinois-Chicago.
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4:00 PM No. 22 Maryland vs. Liberty (Baseball) ESPN3
6:00 PM Princeton vs. St. John’s (Baseball) ESPN3
7:00 PM Northwestern vs. Illinois-Chicago (Baseball) ESPN3
7:00 PM No. 21 Missouri State vs. Kansas (Baseball)