COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The Texas A&M Aggies won nine conference games and failed to qualify for the post season last year. A year later they find themselves two wins from Omaha after sweeping through the College Station regional.
First year coach Jim Schlossnagle came over from TCU in the offseason and lead the Aggies to a number 5 overall seed in the tournament. It was the first time the Aggies have been a top 8 seed since 2016, when they were the number 4 overall seed. That 2016 team was eliminated by the same opponent they played on Sunday night. In fact, TCU had eliminated the Aggies in 4 post seasons dating back to 2012.
The Aggies started slow on Sunday night, falling behind 3-0 after the fourth inning due to some sloppy fielding, and timely hitting by the Horned Frogs. Playing as the visitors the Aggies bats would come alive in the top of the 6th inning, after consecutive walks, Ryan Targac singled through the right side driving in Dylan Rock to cut the score to 3-1. The Aggies would get their second run of the game when Austin Bost scored on a wild pitch. After Targac got picked off second, Troy Claunch grounded out to end the Aggie threat.
In the top half of the 7th inning the Aggies bats came alive, as they scored five runs to take a 7-3 lead. After a Brett Minnich single, a Jordan Thompson double, and a Kole Kaler walk, Trevor Werner would drive in Minnich on a single, to tie the game at 3. A Jack Moss sacrifice fly would give the the Aggies a 4-3 lead. Dylan Rock came up next and sent a ball over the center field wall and off the batters eye in center field.
The Aggies would take a 7-3 lead into the bottom half of the inning. TCU would come back and tie the game after an RBI single and a three run homer by Brayden Taylor. After all the dust settled in an inning that took over an hour the game would be tied at 7 heading to the eighth.
The Aggies would answer with a run in the top of the eighth inning before TCU would answer with a two run homer in the bottom half of the inning to take a 9-8 lead into the ninth inning. At this moment, many Aggies fans were probably having flashbacks to the previous four times the Aggies have met the Horned Frogs in the post season.
Instead, there was a little Olsen Magic left. The Aggies would go on to plate seven runs in the top half of the ninth inning to take a 15-9 lead. The first four Aggies batters would reach base, and after an RBI groundout by Jordan Thompson the Aggies had a lead they would never relinquish. The inning was punctuated by a Dylan Rock RBI double to right field making the score 14-9. Rock would score the final run of the game, making the score 15-9.
After two pop ups, Brad Rudis would get Porter Brown to ground out to second and the Aggies would storm out of the dugout celebrating a regional win over their rivals from Fort Worth.
The Aggies now turn their attention to the Louisville regional while they wait for their opponent. No matter who wins, the games will take place at Blue Bell Park as the Aggies will look to punch their ticket to Omaha for the first time since 2017.