No. 1 Florida Gators hit the road for a top-20 matchup

The No. 1 Florida Gators take their perfect SEC series record on the road this week to College Station, Texas in a top-20 matchup with the Texas A&M Aggies.

WHERE: Blue Bell Park
WHEN: Friday – 7:30 pm, Saturday 5 pm, Sunday 1 pm
TV: Friday (SEC Network+), Saturday (SEC Network), Sunday (ESPN 2)

Last week:
The Gators went 2-2 with a midweek loss to Mercer and a 2-1 series win over Auburn at home.

Texas A&M went 3-1 with a midweek win over Abilene Christian and a 2-1 series win over Mississippi State. The Aggies also have a nine-game winning streak at Blue Bell Park.

Pitching matchups
Friday: RHP Brady Singer (9-1, 2.62 ERA) vs. RHP Mitchell Kilkenny (8-1, 2.12 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Jackson Kowar (7-2, 2.91 ERA) vs. LHP John Doxakis (6-2, 2.86 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Jack Leftwich (4-1, 3.50 ERA) vs. RHP Stephen Kolek (4-4, 3.75 ERA)

Scouting Texas A&M:
Junior Michael Helman comes into the series hitting .390, 24th best in the country.

The Aggies are ranked in the top 25 in the nation in ERA (10th – 3.03), hits (15th – 468), triples (15th – 1.6), WHIP (15th – 1.22) and walks allowed/9 inn (19th – 3.07).

Zach DeLoach is coming off earning his third SEC Freshman of the Week honor, the fifth player in league history to reach the mark.

Singer moving up the ranks:
Brady Singer currently has 248 strikeouts, which ties hi for eighth all time at Florida. With four strikeouts at Texas A&M he will pass A.J. Puk to move into 7th place all-time.

Singer has been dominant in his last five starts:
4-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 33.0 IP (14 H, 42 K, .126 BAA)

SEC Rankings:
EAST
Florida 16-5
Georgia 12-9
South Carolina 11-10
Vanderbilt 11-10
Kentucky 10-11
Missouri 9-12
Tennessee 8-13

WEST
Arkansas 13-8
Ole Miss 12-9
Texas A&M 11-10
Auburn 10-11
LSU 10-11
Mississippi State 9-12
Alabama 5-16

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A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC