Tech baseball heads to College Station for final time

The end of a rivalry.

This is what will happen Sunday in College Station when the Texas Tech and Texas A&M baseball series comes to an end.

These last three games will mark the final time any Tech and A&M team will compete against each other in regular season play as Big 12 Conference foes.

Despite this being the end of this rivalry, Tech head coach Dan Spencer said, he doesnt think the team will take a different approach into the weekend and are just looking to win a series.

I dont think so, he said. I think its an opportunity for us to play again, obviously, against good people on the road and its a conference game. I think theres enough meaning in that without getting into history and tradition and those things.

Both teams are coming into this game with some momentum, as the Red Raiders (26-22, 5-13 in Big 12 play) has won its last three games while the No. 9 Aggies (32-13, 11-7) have picked up three out of their last four, including a series win against Texas.

Tech boasts a solid lineup, as it is tied for second with a team batting average of .301. However, the team the Red Raiders are in a tie with is the Aggies, which could pose a problem for Tech since the ace of its pitching staff, Duke von Schamann, will not make his usual start because of a strained bicep. There is a possibility he could be used out of the bullpen though.

But, the person taking his place had a strong showing in his last outing.

In his last start, Rusty Shellhorn who will take von Schamanns Saturday start stymied Missouri by giving up just two hits without giving up a run in seven innings pitched, to pick up his fifth win of the season.

Even with Shellhorns strong last outing, Spencer said, he will only alleviate the teams loss of its ace if he duplicates his previous performance.

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