The Texas A&M baseball team will play at Texas at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in its biggest midweek game of the season.
This is the fourth time the rivals have met in nonconference since the Aggies left the Big 12 Conference for the Southeastern Conference in 2012 and the previous games all were decided by one run.
“A lot of times Tuesday nights get a little bit stale, but this one won’t be, it will be a great crowd,” A&M coach Rob Childress said.
UFCU Disch-Faulk Field has already been sold out for the Top 20 matchup between the 11th-ranked Aggies (23-6-1), who led the SEC West (6-2-1) and the Longhorns (20-11) who are 3-3 in Big 12 play, tied for fourth place with Texas Tech and TCU.
“A lot of times [this game] has postseason and hosting implications, so it ought to be a great Tuesday night,” Childress said.
The teams have met in the NCAA tournament four times since 2012. Texas grabbed an 8-3 last year in the Austin Regional. They met three times in the 2014 Houston Regional with Texas winning 8-1 in the opener. A&M came back for 3-2 victory, but Texas grabbed a 4-1 victory to advance to super regionals.
Texas is coming off a nonconference sweep of Xavier. UT capped the series with a walk-off, two-run double by Tate Shaw for a 6-5 victory. A&M split an SEC series against Missouri with A&M winning the opener, Missouri Game 2 and Game 3 ended in a tie.
NOTES — The game will be televised by FS1 (Ch. 37 on Suddenlink). … The scheduled starting pitchers are sophomore left-hander Dustin Saenz (1-0, 2.84 ERA) for A&M and freshman right-hander Owen Meaney (0-0, 0.93 ERA) for Texas. … Texas won 4-3 two years ago at home, which the Aggies won 5-4 in 2016 and 6-5 last year, also at home. … A&M shortstop Braden Shewmake has 12-game hitting streak. … UT leads the series 239-126-5 according to A&M and 244-126-5 according to Texas.