Well, despite feeling a bit disrespected by the NCAA Selection Committee with their No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament despite finishing the season ranked No. 1 in most polls and winning the SEC Baseball Tournament, the fact still remains that the Ags have the opportunity to host all the way to the CWS.
Of the four teams in the College Station regional, A&M is a very clear favorite. The guys over at D1Baseball.com recently held a Roundtable and analyzed the field of 64 and the overall toughness of the 16 regionals. In that, most of the writers felt that the College Station regional was the softest for the No. 1 seed due to the fact that many of them feel that the No. 2 seed, Minnesota, didn’t deserve a seed that high.
Here’s a bit about whom you need to watch out for this weekend:
No. 1 Texas A&M Aggies, SEC (45-14)
-OF Nick Banks – For most of the year, Banks underperformed his sky-high expectations and was routinely moved down to the bottom half of the batting order. But once the team traveled to Hoover for the SEC Tournament, it finally clicked for the junior right fielder, and he ended up taking home the Tournament’s MVP honors. He’s hot at just the right time
No. 2 Minnesota, B1G (34-20)
-P/OF Matt Fiedler – The Gophers’ two-way star was recently named the Big Ten Player of the Year for 2016. His .375 average, seven home runs and 36 RBIs lead the way for a very potent offense.
No. 3 Wake Forest, ACC (34-25)
-P/INF Will Craig – Another two-way star, Craig was recently named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which is given to college baseball’s most outstanding player. His .392 average, 16 home runs and 65 RBIs easily lead the team, and he will arguably be one of the best, if not the best hitter in this entire regional.
No. 4 Binghamton, America East (30-23)
-2B Reed Gamache – Gamache is the best hitter in a very consistent offense. On the year, he has tallied 46 RBIs and seven home runs, while hitting for a very impressive .367 batting average.
How to Watch
Game 1: Wake Forest vs. Minnesota, 3:00 pm, ESPN3
Game 2: Binghamton vs. Texas A&M, 8:00 pm, SEC Network