Aggie Baseball's Top 10 Moments

There has been a lot to cheer about during the last couple of seasons in Aggie baseball, but how do these moments rank with the best in Aggie history? Websider baseball expert Lanny Hayes takes a look at the top 10 baseball moments.

Aggie Baseball fans can certainly agree that the 2000s have been an interesting, up-and-down decade. Five seasons with no regional play, a coaching change, three Super Regional appearances, a pair of Big 12 title trophies...these items speak to the tumultuous deacde. There have been plenty of fun moments at Olsen Field, though, Aggie Websider rates the Top 10 Olsen moments of this decade, with the stated hope that the last game of 2009 elevates itself to the top of that list.

10) *Eric Scheidt's Walk Off Home Run vs Kansas, 2003 - *Somewhat of a sentimental pick here, as a certain baseball analyst walked the stage at Reed Arena about 7 hours beforehand. Scheidt's homerun propelled the Ags to a sweep that kept them in the Big 12 race, and was his last real contribution to that club (outside of his .426 league batting average) before grossly injuring his arm in the Friday night Texas game.

9) *Justin Moore Finishes Off Baylor, 2002 - *The 2002 club was elevating the national polls and sitting in the top 12 of the RPI when Baylor rolled into town that April. Justin Moore, well known for throwing a ton of innings (and a ton of pitches), threw well against the Bears through 8.1 innings, but a solo HR, single, and error put runners on 1st (go ahead) and 3rd (tying) with Chris Durbin, a fine hitter in his own right, at the plate. Mark Johnson strolled to the mound, the Olsen faithful rose to respect Moore's performance, and Logan Kensing began trotting in from the pen. Johnson called Kensing off, however, electing to let Moore finish what he started. The first pitch to Durbin was ripped down the third base line, but Ryan Wardinsky snared the ball and started a 6-4-3 double play to Ty Garner and Justin Pouk that ended the contest. The 8-7 win moved A&M to 31-13, but that team would go just 4-11 down the stretch to miss regional play.

8) *Mark Johnson's Final Aggie Win - Against Texas - *Mark Johnson's final win as the Aggie skipper came on a Friday night in Olsen in 2005. A&M trailed 7-6 entering the ninth, when John Infante pinch ran after a Ryan Hill single and a sequence of small ball and a botched double play brought him home to tie the game. In the 10th, however, it would be a wild pitch from J. Brent Cox that allowed Cliff Pennington to scurry home and win the game.

7) *Friday vs Texas, 2003 - *Aggie Baseball had returned, and a Top 10 matchup against the Longhorns held significant Big 12 title ramifications. Olsen Field was packed nearly 20% over capacity, and the crowd was not disappointed. Brian Finch threw a tremendous game for the Aggies, but fans more likely remember first inning homeruns from Cory Patton and Scott Beerer, plus Beerer delivering a nasty slider to Dustin Majewski that ended a late Longhorn threat. A&M won the contest and the series, but a Baylor collapse in Lincoln on the final Sunday kept that team from a Big 12 championship.

6) *The Miracle VS Tech, 2006 - *A&M has never lost a series at Olsen Field against Texas Tech, and such an dominant run really requires some luck on your side. That was never more evident than in 2006, when Tech brought swagger into College Station against a struggling Aggie club. The two teams split the first two contests, and the Red Raiders held a 4-0 lead late in the third game. A&M got a solo homer in the 7th and 8th innings to cut the gap, but the bottom of the 9th is where a higher power must've become involved. A&M scored three runs to win, courtesy of the following sequence: Walk, Walk, Walk, Strikeout, Walk (Run), botched double play ball that allowed two runs to score. In the entire frame, A&M put the bat on the ball just a single time, and it traveled less distance than the ensuring erroneous throw.

5) *Holy Scheidt! Arkansas 2004 - *Eric Scheidt makes a repeat appearance for his role in a clutch comeback against the Razorbacks. A&M trailed 7-4 entering the ninth, when a pair of walks, a hit, and an Arkansas error helped A&M make it a one run game with one out and runners on the corners. Scheidt had an extremely long at bat, fouling over pitch after pitch. One what one highly unofficial scorebook calls the 14th pitch of the bat bat, Scheidt hit a towering drive to left field that seemed to suspend in the air, but eventually fell to the warning track and allowed Patton and Infante to score and give A&M the lead. Schedit himself would eventually score to make the final margin, a 9-7 Aggie win.

4) *Zach Jackson no-hits A&M-CC, 2004 - *Former President George H. W. Bush threw out the first strike of the day with the ceremonial first pitch, but it was all Jackson after that. Jackson was pitching his first game as an Aggie, and he certainly lived up to his billing with a 7 inning no-hitter that was just a walk away from perfection. A&M won the contest 15-0.

3) *Neal Stephenson Beats #1 Nebraska, 2002 - *Rob Childress strolled into College Station in 2001 as Dave Van Horn's pitching coach, but this trip home would be a bit less memorable. The teams split the first two contests in the weekend, as A&M rallied but couldn't defeat All-Everything starter Shane Komine on Friday, but took Saturday's contest 11-8. With two outs in the 9th, and runners on 1st and 2nd, Neal Stephenson strolled to the plate and took a two-strike offering deep into left center field. The ball carried in the spring Olsen wind and fell to the ground just short of the warning track. The drive brought in two runs, as Ben Himes' slide came in well in front of the throw, giving A&M a series win against the top team in the land.

*2) The Missouri Series, 2008 - *It's almost unfair to include a whole series as a "moment," but the 2008 Missouri series lived up to all the hype and more...at least from the A&M side. In game one, Missouri completely shut down A&M with starter Aaron Crow, and their bats jumped to an 8-1 lead after 5.5 innings. The bottom of the 6th was interesting, though, as the Aggies scratched just a single run but made Crow toss over 30 pitches, tiring the talent out. Olsen seemed to come to life in that half inning as well, as if the fans smelled blood in the water (and with the previous Sunday's huge comback against Baylor on their minds, how could they not?). Crow would not record another out in the game, and Aggie batters swung the team back into the contest. Not even a lightning delay could calm the Olsen crowd down, which felt the victory coming and would not be denied as A&M scored 2 in the 9th to win, the final on a walk-off balk. That energy translated well into Saturday, when A&M destroyed another highly talented arm in Kyle Gibson, and the 15-0 final spoke to the utter dismantling. Missouri fought valiantly on Saturday, despite a depleted staff and morale that had to be near nothing, but Kyle Colligan sent the first pitch of the 10th inning over the left field scoreborad, and A&M had secured a Top 10 sweep - and their 15th consecutive conference win.

*1) Kyle Thebeau takes A&M to the Sweet 16, 2007 - *When a friend stops you after the game and says "This is the kind of game that we'll salute at the tailgate for decades to come," you just know it will be near the top of any list. To that point in his career, Kyle Thebeau had been a marvelously talented but also inconsistent pitcher. Perhaps that inconsistency made part of the allure, but a complete game five hitter with 13 Ks later, Thebeau's cemented his legend. It wasn't all roses, though, as Thebeau seemed to lose his composure in the 7th and 8th inning, but the sophomore fought back to strike out the final five hitters - the last three with a capacity Olsen crowd chanting his name - and the dogpile commenced.




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