PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown baseball team will hit the road this weekend when the Bears visit No. 12 Texas A&M for a three-game series, starting on Friday at 7:35 PM EST. Links to live stats, video and audio will be available on brownbears.com.
Live Video: SEC Network +
Live Audio: 12thMan.com
Live Stats: 12thMan.com
LAST TIME OUT
Brown dropped three games at Nicholls State last weekend in the season-opening series. Nicholls topped Brown in the series opener, 4-1, due to a walk-off three-run homer and then edged the Bears in the following two games, 4-3 and 3-1. Mark Sluys went 7-for-11 (.636) in the series with two doubles and two RBIs, while Sam Grigo also hit safely in all three contests, going 4-for-12 for a .333 clip. Christian Taugner allowed just one run in six innings as the game one starter.
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M
No. 12 Texas A&M most recently swept a pair of midweek games against UT Rio Grande Valley and heads into the weekend series at 11-3 on the season. Logan Foster leads the Aggies with a .386 batting average and 22 runs scored to go with three home runs, while Braden Shewmake ranks second with a .385 average and leads the team with 25 hits, eight doubles and 20 RBIs. Texas A&M has seven players batting over .300 on the season. Right-hander Brigham Hill has not allowed a run in three starts and is ranked 16th in the nation with 28 strikeouts. As a team, the Aggies lead the nation in triples (14) and triples per game (1.08). Texas A&M went 49-16 last season and captured the SEC Tournament Championship before falling to TCU in the NCAA Super Regional.
STRONG START FOR SLUYS
Junior Mark Sluys currently leads Division I with a .636 batting average after going 7-for-11 in the season-opening series at Nicholls State last weekend. The catcher posted multiple hits in all three games, including three hits in the series finale, and also added a pair of doubles and drove in two runs.
Brown is errorless as a team after three games this season and is currently ranked first in the NCAA in fielding percentage (1.000). Brown posted a .959 fielding percentage in 39 games last season.
NEW SEASON, NEW FIELD
2017 will mark the first season for Brown at the new baseball/softball complex at the Erickson Athletic Complex. The $5 million project, entirely donor-funded, features synthetic turf playing surfaces at both baseball and softball to replace the existing grass fields at the same location of the previous field. The updated facility includes sunken dugouts, a tension netting backstop system, expanded batting tunnels and bullpens, and new and improved scoreboards and press boxes. In addition, the grandstands at both fields include chair backs and bench seating, while enhanced sightlines behind the mesh backstop provides a first-rate viewing experience for fans.
After Texas A&M, the Bears will play host to Holy Cross on Wednesday in the home opener.