The Ags went through most of yesterday's semifinal game against Ole Miss looking like they were ready to head back to College Station and get ready for next weekend's regionals. Ole Miss looked hungry as they were fighting for their National Seed lives, knowing that while they still have a shot after being eliminated, they would feel much better about hosting through the Supers if they were to have moved on to the championship game.
But here came Walker Pennington to the plate in the top of the eighth, pinch hitting for Joel Davis. And right on cue, Pennington deposited the game winning hit over the wall in left to put the Aggies up 10-8.
So what's their reward for advancing? A rematch with the Florida Gators for all the marbles in the SEC. We all remember what happened when these two teams met in early April, so there's no need to delve into that.
On the mound for the Gators will be Logan Shore because of course it will. This is the guy who hasn't lost in his last 15 decisions dating back to last season, and he hasn't pitched thus far in the tournament because of illness. In his start against the Ags back in April, he only lasted 4.1 innings because the Ags were able to make him throw a lot of pitches, but that was all for nought as they weren't able to capitalize on their five hits and three walks of of Shore.
A&M will turn to Turner Larkins on the mound. He's struggled a bit in his last two starts, one apiece against South Carolina and Ole Miss, not making it out of the fifth inning in either start. If the maroon and white can get Larkins through the fifth, the Ags should have a pretty good shot at taking home the SEC Tournament Title.
One thing to keep an eye on is whether or not we see Andrew Vinson in this game. Vinson got the start against Vanderbilt on Wednesday, where he threw six innings and gave up four runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out three. But if today's game is close in the final innings, it's not inconceivable to see Vinson come out of the pen to work that late-inning magic that we've become so accustomed to seeing from Vinny.
Matchup: Texas A&M vs. Florida
Time: 2:00 pm CT
TV: ESPN 2