- Created on Sunday, 30 May 2010 17:59
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
Baseball America has left A&M out of its Top 25 as has the NCBWA. The only poll that gave the Aggie baseball team any respect was the Collegiate Baseball Top 25 (the Aggies were ranked 26th).
On Sunday, the Aggies proved that they are worth much more than just the respect that the Collegiate Baseball Top 25 gave them by winning the Big XII championship.
The Longhorns were the easy favorites going into Big XII tournament play. With a seven game winning streak (including a five game conference winning streak) that saw them outscore their opponents 77-35, they were not expected to have much trouble. They ended up having nothing but trouble and lost three in a row.
Next to Texas, it would be a close contest between Oklahoma, Kansas State and Texas A&M for the championship. This would be a year that the Aggies were not going to be denied.
Freshman Michael Wacha led the way in the Aggies’s tournament opening game against fifth-seeded Texas Tech. Wacha through only 84 pitches in seven innings, the first five perfect, of work only giving up two runs to the Red Raiders in a 9-2 victory.
The defense and offense kept it going in the next game against the Missouri Tigers. With a trip to the championship game on the line, pitcher Barrett Loux followed Wacha’s example by pitching four perfect innings of his own; he ended up going seven innings and only giving up two runs in the 7-2 victory.
The Longhorns had fallen out of favor after losing to Texas Tech, but still had to take on the Aggies in their third game. With the game bearing no significance on the tournament, the Aggies still saw it as a means to restoring some well deserved pride. Earlier in the season the Longhorns had swept a three game series with A&M, two games which were won by a combined score of 22-0.
In the end it would be the Aggies that would rule the day. Cole Green, the Longhorn starting pitcher and Big XII Pitcher of the Year, was taken out after giving up seven runs in four innings for his first loss of the year.
Texas A&M had already accomplished a school first by going undefeated in pool play, but they were not done yet; they still had the Baylor Bears to play for the Big XII Championship.
Baylor proved to be the toughest challenge yet. A&M was shut by the Bears after seven and did not get on the board until the eighth. Down 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth, it was senior Brodie Greene to the rescue. His bunt helped the Aggies score two to tie the game up and send it to extra innings. Greene would put the finishing touch on the game with a two run blast in the tenth inning to give the Aggies a 5-3 victory.
The win gives the Aggies their third conference title in four years and their fourth NCAA tournament appearance in a row. They last played in the College World Series in 1999.