The Texas A&M Aggies host the Grambling State Tigers on Tuesday to start an eight-game homestand at Blue Bell Park. The Maroon and White have played well on Olsen Field in 2013, sporting a 17-8 record and A&M enters the contest with a 10-0 mark in midweek home games. Mikey Reynolds has reached safely (hit, walk, hit-by-pitch) at least once in 42 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the nation.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS - Rafael Pineda (Jr., RHP, 3-4, 3.67 ERA) vs Brock Baker (Jr., RHP, 2-4, 2.98 ERA)
REYNOLDS STREAK LEADS THE NATION
Despite only having one plate appearance in four of his last seven games, Mikey Reynolds current streak of reaching base via base hit, walk or hit-by-pitch at least once in 42 consecutive games is the longest active streak in the nation. After going hitless but reaching via a walk in the season opener, Reynolds went on a career-long 22-game hit streak. He has hit safely in 38 of 42 games. He is hitting .393 on the season with a .457 on-base percentage, 26 runs, eight doubles, 17 RBI and 12 stolen bases. In three pinch-hit appearances against Arkansas he drew a walk and hit two singles. He singled in his last of four at-bats at Texas State last Tuesday to keep the streak alive. At Alabama, Reynolds singled in the first inning on Friday and the fourth inning on Saturday.
INCREASED WORKLOAD FOR PARKER RAY
Entering last weekend’s series finale at Arkansas, Parker Ray had worked just 19.0 innings in the Aggies’ first 40 games. In the Aggies’ last four games, he has worked 14.2 innings including two relief appearances over 3.0 innings each and a start in which he went 7.2 innings. On the year, Ray owns a 1.34 ERA and has 20 strikeouts in 33.2 innings of work. Before his start on Saturday at Alabama, Ray had not started a game on the mound since before his high school days. He was saddled with the loss against the Crimson Tide despite allowing just three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four over 7.2 innings.
MORE ON GRAMBLING STATE
Grambling State enters the fray with a 16-26 overall record and the Tigers coming off a doubleheader sweep of Selma University (9-1, 13-1) on Saturday.
The Tigers are hitting .260 as a team. Darren Farmer leads the squad with a .352 batting average, 27 runs, three doubles, three triples, one home run, 30 RBI and nine stolen bases in 40 games. Juan Bueno is hitting .309 with 29 runs, eight doubles, four triples, four home runs, 27 RBI and seven stolen bases in 41 games.
Grambling State owns a 5.24 team ERA with three shutouts on the season. Brock Baker is expected to start for the Tigers. He owns a 2-4 record and 2.98 ERA on the season. He has worked 11 games, including eight starts, with one complete-game shutout, a 7-inning blanking of Prairie View A&M.