OMAHA, Nebraska– The magical season came to a heart breaking end when the Aggies suffered their second loss of the tournament to Oklahoma on Wednesday afternoon at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha Nebraska. After battiling back through the losers bracket, the Aggies were able to reach college baseball’s final four for the first time in school history, ultimately falling one step short of their ultimate goal.
The Aggies, who needed to win two games to advance to the final, turned to Ryan Prager to try and get the win. Prager had been great for the Ags in spot starts throughout the year. After the Aggies went down in order in the top half of the first inning, Prager was unable to shut down Oklahoma in the first inning. The one mistake Prager made was punished when Jimmy Crooks deposited a hanging breaking ball over the wall to give the Sooners an early 3-0 lead. That lead would be more than enough for David Sandlin, who was lights out for Oklahoma. After the Sooners tacked on two more runs, the Aggies would fall behing 5-0, and were unable to get anything going offensively until the sixth inning.
The Oklahoma starter would go 7 innings while striking out 12 Aggie hitters. His only mistake was in the sixth inning when Dylan Rock hit a ball into the left field bullpen. The home run was Rock’s 19th of the year and cut the deficit to 5-1. After the home run Sandlin was able to shut down the Aggie bats in the sixth and seventh innings, before turning the ball over to the Sooners bullpen.
Jacob Palisch went 5.1 innings out of the bullpen while striking out 8 Sooners and allowing 3 hits and 1 run. This caps off a great tournament for Palisch, a grad transfer from Stanford, who allowed 10 hits and 1 run while striking out 19 batters in 13 innings of work for the Aggies. Palisch anchored a strong Aggie bullpen and will be missed if this was his last appearance in the maroon and white.
The Aggies finish their historic season at 44-20.