SERIES PREVIEW: At No. 10 Georgia – Texas A&M Athletics
ATHENS, Georgia – The Texas A&M Aggies begin their second straight Thursday-Saturday series when they head to Foley Field for a three-game playoff against the No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs.
The series concludes the first half of SEC play for Texas A&M (20-12, 6-6 SEC) and Georgia (25-8, 8-4 SEC). It also marks the Aggies’ second road streak against a top-10 opponent, having beaten number one then. 8 LSU in two of three games at Alex Box Stadium in mid-March to open SEC play. Texas A&M is 3-1 in road games against the top 10 teams this season and 4-1 overall against the top 25 teams in 2022.
ABOUT THE AGGIES
The Aggies are among the most experienced hitters in the nation in Dylan Rock. The UTSA transfer ranks 17th among active NCAA Division I players with 757 at-bats. He ranks fifth among active players in runs (180), seventh in doubles (53), ninth in total bases (388), 11th in hits (249), 23rd in games played (206) and 26th in RBI ( 139). Rock was named SEC co-player of the week, the league announced Monday. This season, Rock leads Texas A&M in runs (33), home runs (8), RBI stolen bases (9), slugging percentage (.646), and on-base percentage (.457). He ranks second on the team with 26 RBIs. Rock also has eight doubles and a triple on the year. He ranks in the SEC top 10 in on-base percentage (5th), slugging percentage (7th), and batting average (10th).
Jack Moss leads the offense heading into the second half of the season, beating a team-high .383 with a .457 on-base percentage. He’s reached base in the last 28 games and in 31 of 32 games this season. During the season, he has a team record of 17 multi-hit games. In addition to batting average, he leads the team in hits (49) and doubles (10), and he ranks second in RBI (26), on-base percentage (.443) and rushing percentage. slugging (.570).
Joseph Menefée ranks fifth in strikeouts per nine innings (13.60) among active NCAA Division I pitchers with at least 75.0 innings of career work. Menefee also ranks 24th in fewest hits allowed in nine innings (6.50) and 42nd in relief appearances (68). For his career, he is 8-6 with one save, 4.24 ERA, .198 batting average, 1.31 WHIP and 138 strikeouts in 91 innings. This season, Menefee is 1-2 with a 7.36 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 18.1 innings.
Jacob Palisch ranks 12th in pitching appearances among active NCAA Division I players with 88. The graduate also ranks 14th among active players with 81 relief appearances and 47th in pitching wins with 14. For his career , Palisch is 14-6 with seven saves, a 3.61 ERA and 144 strikeouts in 162.0 innings. This season, Stanford’s transfer is 3-3 with one save, 4.18 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.
Chris Cortez failed his last eight legacy runners and 12 of 14 on the season. Cortez leads the Aggies with 16 pitching appearances and four wins. He is 4-1 with a 2.84 ERA, .224 batting average and 19 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.
The Bulldogs enter the fray with a 25-8 overall rating, an 8-4 record in SEC play and a 17-2 record at Foley Field. The Tate Twins highlight the Georgia offense batting .295 with a .402 on-base percentage and .462 slugging percentage. Connor Tate is hitting .358 (44 for 123) with 12 doubles, one triple, five home runs and 32 RBIs. Cole Tate is batting .331 (39 for 118) with three doubles, two triples, two home runs and 16 RBIs. Corey Collins is hitting .321 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs, a team high.
The Aggies and Bulldogs have faced each other 17 times before, with the Maroon & White holding the series lead, 11-6. The programs met for three-game series in 2013, ’14, ’16, ’18 and ’21, while also meeting twice in the SEC tournament. Texas A&M first played in Georgia in 2013, the Aggies’ first league series in the SEC. They swept the Bulldogs by a combined 17-6 in three games.
Last season, the Aggies claimed two of the Bulldogs’ three on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. A&M won the first two games, 6-3 and 7-6, with Ty Coleman circuit in both competitions. Georgia won the final, 6-4, to avoid the sweep.
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All three games can be viewed on SEC+, while fans can tune in locally on 1150 AM / 93.7 FM or inside 12and Man Mobile App to hear Andrew Monaco (play-by-play) and Thomas Dick (color) on the call.
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