Texas A&M's 5-2 win sent the Aggies to the Super Regionals for the first time since 2004, and the third time since the new format began in 1999. Much like the 2007 club, the 1999 team fought through the loser's bracket to win the College Station regional, while the 2004 club got a big late hit from Justin Ruggiano to send nationally seeded Rice to their fate.
This trip to college baseball's version of the "Sweet 16" is A&M's tenth in the last 21 seasons. The Aggies advanced to the College World Series twice in that stretch, and were a single win from that trip six other times.
The Aggies' victory on Monday night provided some measure of retribution against some ghosts that have haunted them at Olsen Field.
The Super Regional showdown with top-ranked Rice has been finally earned, four years after it was expected. The Ags were five outs from playing the Owls in 2003, before the University of Houston rallied to beat A&M in ten innings.
Though the highs from Monday were nowhere near the lows of 1989, some bit of retribution was taken out against the Cajun state. LSU double dipped A&M that year to take a regional title away from the top ranked Aggies. This year's trip back through the loser's bracket didn't have the pizzazz of that fateful series 18 years ago, but Aggie fans will certainly trade the heartache.
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
The regional championship run has featured several Aggies earning their way towards the top of the Aggie record book.
Most notably is Blake Stouffer, who is now third all-time in single season hits (100), doubles (22), and RBI (84). He's just seven hits short of Jason Tyner's 1997 record, and six behind Chad Allen's mark from 1997. A large pack sits with 22 doubles, trailing just Sean Heaney (27 in 2000) and Steven Truitt (24 in 1999). He trails John Byington by just five RBI, but sits 21 behind Daylan Holt's magnificent total from 1999. His five triples sit in eighth place all-time, and his .402 batting average is tied for 10th place.
Brandon Hicks' 229 defensive assists is now tops in Aggie single-season history, and he's slowly worked his way up the lists in runs scored (75, eighth all time), stolen bases (28, eighth all time) and at-bats (272, fifth all time).
Ben Feltner still sits in sixth with 34 stolen bases, just seven behind Jason Tyner's record. Kyle Nicholson's 120.1 innings pitched is seventh all time, trailing second place Jeff Granger by 6.2 innings and first place Casey Fossum by 13.1.
As a team the 48 wins is the fifth most in Aggie history, trailing just the 1999 (52), 1993 (53), 1989 (58), and 1988 (52). The 23 game turnaround in the win column from 2006 continues to lead the nation.
FINAL REGIONAL STATISTICS
A&M ended the tournament with a 4-1 record, winning its' last three games to win the regional championship.
For the long weekend, the Aggies hit .288 and averaged six runs per contest. They left the yard seven times, with shots hit by Stouffer (2), Kyle Colligan (2), Craig Stinson, Josh Stinson, and Luke Anders. Four of the team's 20 triples were hit, to go along with nine doubles.
As good as the bats were, the pitching was even better. The team ended with a 2.05 ERA, striking out 38 and walking just 11. The opposition hit into seven double plays over the weekend, and the overall team ERA was lowered from 4.02 to 3.87.
College Station Regional - Final Review
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