Expect a capacity crowd at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Tuesday evening, as the No. 12 Texas Longhorns host the No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies as head coach David Pierce’s team hopes to go 5-1 against SEC opponents this season.
Like LSU and Arkansas, Texas A&M will provide a considerable challenge, as the Aggies enter the game with an 8-1-1 record over the previous 10 games, including two wins over No. 1 Vanderbilt.
At the plate, shortstop Braden Shewmake enters the game on a tear. After a rough start to the season, the junior from Wylie is hitting .418 with two home runs and 14 RBI over his current 12-game hitting streak. Second baseman Bryce Baum leads the team with four home runs.
The Longhorns will send big freshman right-hander Owen Meaney to the mound for his second career start. The 6’5, 230-pounder from Houston was sensational against Arkansas in his first start, going 5.0 innings and allowing only two hits and zero earned runs. On the season, his ERA stands at 0.93 over 9.2 innings.
Ranked in the top 20 nationally in seven key pitching statistics, the Aggies will counter with sophomore left-hander Dustin Saenz, who has started two previous midweek games this season and boasts a 2.70 ERA with eight strikeouts in 16.2 innings.
It’s the fourth straight season that the two teams have met for a midweek contest, with A&M topping Texas last season in College Station before the Horns downed the Aggies in the Austin Regional. Texas leads the all-time series 239-126-5.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Central on FS1, with streaming available at FoxSportsGo. In Austin, 104.9 The Horn will have the call over the airwaves.