Win a three game series.
Simply stated, the goal seems easy enough. The Aggies have won 16 series versus single team opponents in the last two seasons, eight of those coming via a three game sweep.
Win a postseason tournament.
Certainly a much harder goal on paper, but A&M has seen success here in the last two years as well. Rob Childress' squad has earned three postseason skins in those two seasons; the Big 12 tournament championship plus a pair of regional title.
Win a postseason three game series...There's the rub. A&M has failed in its two chances here, both against a favored Rice squad at, though albeit Aggie dominated, Reckling Park.
Your Aggie Websider preseason preview is going to focus on precisely those items; what does it take to get back to that three game Super Regional series, host it at Olsen Field, and do the Aggies finally have the pieces to get over the hump and into the College World Series?
As the 2009 campaign begins, A&M is going to be the favorite to do what Rice has done to the Aggies these last two seasons; eliminate a team in the Super Regionals and advance to the CWS. Nearly every preseason publication has A&M as a Top 8 team; essentially predicting that they will be playing in Omaha. Baseball America has even gone a step farther; their tabbing of A&M as the top team in the land is effectively announcing their belief that the Ags will win the whole thing.
Let's jump past the rankings, though. Journalistic rankings in baseball mean essentially nothing, other than maybe an extremely minute amount of pressure placed onto the selection committee to not venture too far from public opinion. Preseason rankings, before a single team has taken the field, are particularly worthless. This game gets decided on the field...which is precisely where Rob Childress and the Aggies want it done.
Today's first installment of the Aggie Websider season preview will include a look at the 2009 schedule, and exactly what's needed to get that potential Super Regional series back to Olsen Field. Tuesday's preview will look at the pitching staff, while Wednesday's will focus on the batters. We'll wrap it all into the pieces needed to win that Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday, and Friday will bring some healthy advice entering the season. We may throw a fun article or two about this decade in there as well.
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