Chasing Omaha: Aggies & ‘Horns Are College World Series Bound!
Every kid loves a good old fashioned dog pile. Especially if the end result of that dog pile is a trip to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Aggies and Longhorns both won their respective NCAA Super Regional matchup, both punching their ticket for a chance at the ultimate prize.
The heap of maroon & white bodies you saw flying around in Tallahassee Monday, were the Texas A&M baseball players celebrating their fourth trip to the CWS. The Aggies steam rolled Florida State University 11-2, in the decisive game of a best-of-three series.
A two-run home run by Adam Smith in the second inning sparked A&M to an early lead they never relinquished. Stellar pitching by sophomore right-hander Michael Wacha shut down the Seminole bats, who coincidentally knocked in 23 runs the day before. Wacha went 7 1/3 innings, striking out eight and allowing two runs on three hits.
Aggies coach Rob Childress has had many Gatorade baths in his career, but as he stood their sweaty and sticky, he added, “That’s the sweetest one I have ever had.”
At Disch-Falk Field in Austin Sunday, it looked as if Texas would miss the CWS for a second consecutive year after falling behind early to Arizona State.
Trailing early 2-0 via a two-run homer, Texas pitching fought back to stymie the Sun Devil bats. A committe of four Texas hurlers held off ASU long enough for the Horn’s lumber to answer back. Mark Payton and Brandon Loy batted in a pair of runs in the sixth inning to give the Longhorns the decisive 4-2 lead.
“The pitching staff was remarkable,” Texas manager Augie Garrido said.
Both teams are in opposite brackets which makes for a juicy CWS title matchup. A UT vs A&M battle is usually reserved for the annual Thanksgiving football game played every year between the hated rivals.
Putting these two on the diamond to face off in a summer classic can only mean a war of all wars, Texas style.