Louisville Baseball Preview: Week 17 2022 – College Station Super Regional vs. Texas A&M

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville baseball program’s Road to Omaha is down to just one stop.

After clinching their ninth regional title in program history, the nationally seeded No. 12 Cardinals (42-19-1) now head to the Lone Star State, where they will face No. 5 Texas A&M (40 -18) at Super Regional College Station. The winner of the best-of-three series punches their ticket to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Taking the Louisville Regional was no easy task for the Cards. They won their first game of the NCAA Tournament against SEMO, but fell the next day to Michigan. After again sweeping Oregon and Michigan in the losing group, Louisville once again beat the Wolverines in a thrilling win from behind.

From there, it is not easier for Louisville. Not only is Texas A&M a well-rounded team, but Blue Bell Park is traditionally one of the toughest places to play in all of college baseball. But if the Cards can make it out of College Station alive, they’ll have real hopes and dreams of winning the school’s first national championship.

Recaps from last week:

News and Notes

  • Eight Cardinals have been named to the Louisville Regional All-NCAA Team, with outfielder Cam Masterman named MVP.
  • In head coach Dan McDonnell’s eight previous trips to the Super Regional round, he is 11-7, including 2-2 on the road. Louisville was swept by Cal State Fullerton in 2009 and swept Vanderbilt in 2013.
  • Louisville and Texas A&M have had one meeting before, meeting in the 2017 College World Series with the Cardinals winning 8-4.
  • Wide receiver Dalton Rushing was named a second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, becoming the 33rd player in Louisville history to be named an All-American.
  • Second baseman Logan Beard was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, becoming the 15th player to earn Freshman All-America honors under Dan McDonnell.
  • The weekend in College Station calls for partly cloudy skies all three days of the super regional, with highs reaching over 100 degrees all weekend, peaking at 104 on Sunday.

The week ahead

A way (Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park -College Station, Texas.)

  • Friday, June 10 at 8:30 p.m. EST vs. Texas A&M
  • Saturday, June 11 at 3:00 p.m. EST vs. Texas A&M
  • Sunday, June 12 at TBD against Texas A&M*

*Whether Necessary

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School: Texas A&M University
Nickname: Aggies
Location: College Station, Texas.
Total registration: 55,568
Head coach (career record): Jim Schlossnagle (810-392)
Record 2022 (conference record): 40-18 (19-11 SEC)
Series all-time record: Louisville leads 1-0

Best Performers (Hitters):

  • BY Dylan Rock (57 GP, 53 GS): .340/.483/.680, 18 HR, 59 RBI, 13 2B, 47 BB, 16 SB
  • INF Ryan Targac (56 GP, 53 GS): .305/.441/.595, 14 HR, 56 RBI, 9 2B, 2 3B, 38 BB, 11 SB
  • OF/INF Austin Bost (57 GP, 57 GS): .368/.462/.575, 9 HR, 42 RBI, 11 2B, 3 3B, 31 BB, 6 SB

Top performers (pitchers)

  • RHP Nathan Dettmer (16 APP, 16 GS): 4.67 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 79.0 IP, 71K, 21 BB, .270 B/AVG
  • RHP Micah Dallas (16 APP, 14 GS): 5.38 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 72.0 IP, 79K, 19 BB, .291 B/AVG
  • LHP Jacob Palisch (25 APP, 0 GS): 2.76 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 49.0 IP, 57K, 8 BB, .249 B/AVG

Distribution of opponents

Rankings:

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national seed

12th

5th

RPI

15th

14th

S.O.S.

21st

22nd

Home recording

33-7

25-9

Away record

8-9-1

12-6

Neutral registration

1-3

3-3

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Base on balls

9th (336)

16th (321)

Batting Average

14th (.309)

63rd (.293)

Home runs

28th (94)

53rd (78)

On base percentage

9th (.417)

24th (.402)

Rating average

10th (8.8)

46th (7.6)

Hit percentage

17th (.516)

60th (.478)

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Average races won

113th (5.23)

65th (4.74)

Strokes allowed/9 innings

80th (9.04)

102nd (9.28)

Strikeouts/9 innings

24th (10.1)

66th (9.3)

Strike-to-walk ratio

84th (2.20)

28th (2.70)

WHIP

106th (1.51)

57th (1.41)

Walks allowed/9 innings

169th (4.58)

29th (3.44)

Texas A&M is a team that has more than earned the right to be one of the eight national seeds. They struggled early on, opening the season 7-4 with losses to Washington State, Wichita State and a home series loss to Penn. But after that rocky start, the Aggies went 28-13 over the rest of the regular season, including winning their last seven weekend series.

A&M went 2-1 in the SEC tournament, beating Alabama and sharing a pair of games with Florida. In the College Station Regional, the Aggies took off with wins over Oral Roberts, Louisiana and TCU for a clean sweep. The latter was the most impressive, as Texas A&M scored seven points in the ninth to come from behind and win 15-9 against the Horned Frogs – Jim Schlossnagle’s former team, which he coached from 2004 to 2021.

The Aggies are a very complete team, but their strength is arguably at the plate level. Their offense is a healthy balance of contact and power, and not too reliant on just a few players, with five players sporting a .300 or higher batting average with over 100 total bases.

Dylan Rock (.340, 18 HR, 59 RBI) is A&M’s offensive MVP, leading the team in home runs, RBI and total bases (138), while sporting the third-best batting average. He and Ryan Targac (.305, 14 HR, 56 RBI) are an elite punch, with Austin Bost (.368, 9 HR, 42 RBI) and Jack Moss (.388, 6 HR, 47 RBI) providing a fantastic contact compliment.

That’s not to say A&M doesn’t pitch well, but it does have obvious strengths and weaknesses. The pitching team as a whole did a phenomenal job of not doing a ton of walks and putting out a good number of hitters, but were among the worst in the SEC at limiting hits and runs.

The Aggies’ starting rotation has two really solid options. While Nathan Dettmer (4.67 ERA, 71K, 21BB) and Micah Dallas (5.38 ERA, 79K, 19BB) make sporting ERAs that hover around the five mark, they combine for a ratio withdrawal on march of 150-40 . Sunday starter Ryan Prager (4.92 ERA, 49K, 24 BB) is about even in terms of running support, but doesn’t have as good of a command of the strike zone.

Outside the bullpen, Jacob Palisch (2.76 ERA, 57K, 8BB) is the true star for the Aggies. Khristian Curtis (1.42 ERA, 15K, 8BB) and Will Johnston (3.51 ERA, 46K, 16BB) are also solid options, with most of the other staff arms not particularly standing out.

(Louisville Dugout Photo: Jared Anderson – Louisville State)

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