Big 12 Tournament News and Notes - Day 2

The season's not over yet for the Aggie baseball team, but they must turn it around soon as they fall in the first game of the Big 12 Tournament. Websider's Lanny Hayes takes a look at what is in store from here on out and what must be done to go deep into the playoffs.

Aggie Slide Continues

Texas A&M had plenty of opportunities to take down the Missouri Tigers in game one, but consistently failed to get a big hit with runners in scoring position and fell 5-2. Missouri threw ace Kyle Gibson, who did not have his best stuff but effectively worked out of each jam that he put himself into. A&M stranded 10 runners on the basepaths and hit into three double plays. Even when it seemed to go the right way, such as Joe Patterson ripping a bases-loaded offering to the opposite field in the seventh, the ball came straight to Missouri's third baseman for an easy 5-3 double play. Kevin Gonzalez was similarly robbed in the second inning, when he laced a one-out pitch to deep right field, where the Tiger right fielder Ryan Lollis made a tremendous play to keep A&M held to no runs.

The Silver Lining Is...

really only available in historical context. This is now the third consecutive season where the Aggies have lost the final three games of the regular season, and then dropped the tournament opener in seemingly non-competitive fashion. In 2007, they rallied for two wins and, with a little help from the pool, earned a trip to the championship game. In 2008, the slide went through the second game of the tournament before the losing streak was stopped.

Elsewhere in the Tournament

In pool A, Kansas State defeated Kansas 5-4, and Baylor knocked off Texas 14-9. Oklahoma rallied in the middle innings to defeat Texas Tech 5-2 in the other Pool B competition late last night. Aggie fans must now hope for two Aggie wins and two Missouri losses. Any Missouri win eliminates A&M from the championship game, while a pair of Aggie wins and Tiger losses would place A&M into the title game. Missouri plays Texas Tech at 4 PM on Friday, and both teams have already thrown their best starting pitcher. Brooks Raley will toe the mound for A&M against Oklahoma at 7:30 PM on Friday night.

Pack Your Bags

Any small hope of the Aggies hosting in the first round is now gone, and A&M will be a two-seed, most likely at a rather local regional. Most believe that TCU is the likely host for the Aggies, where Dallas Baptist is a sensible three seed. The four seed in that regional, given the major airport in DFW, will likely come from the northeast part of the country. If A&M isn't sent to TCU, other likely locations include Houston (Rice) or Baton Rouge (LSU). With the number of regionals located within the NCAA's allowed "busing" area, it's doubtful that the Aggies get sent packing to a distant locale, though certainly possible. Look for A&M and Baylor (a bubble team, but likely in) to be sent to opposing regionals in Texas.




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