Last season, the Aggies crawled into the Houston Regional having lost eight of their final 11 games, including a first round exit in Hoover. They barely snuck into the field of 64 as one of the “last four in”, and entered the regional as a three seed. Of course, they wound up winning the damn thing, sweeping the regional in three games. They then got the opportunity to host in the super regional round, thanks to top-eight-seeded UNC losing their regional to automatic qualifier Davidson. The Ags took the first two games of that super and headed off to Omaha for just the sixth time in school history.
Texas A&M enters the NCAA Tournament this year also having limped into the postseason. They lost seven of their last 10 of the regular season, garnering the No. 11 seed in Hoover. From there, however, they caught fire. They rattled off wins against Vanderbilt in the first round, Georgia in the second, and Auburn in the third to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals for the third time in the six years since joining the league.
The Aggies were very much on the bubble after their poor ending to the regular season, and that run in Hoover helped solidify their regional bid. Their reward? The TEXAS AGGIES get to travel to Austin for a regional as a three seed. Their first opponent is the Indiana Hoosiers (38-17, 14-9 B1G). At the plate, the Hoosiers are led by Matt Gorski (.363/.414/.574, 8 HR, 39 RBI). Gorski leads the team in batting average, hits, doubles, triples, RBIs, total bases, and SLG. Four other Hoosiers also have at least eight homers, including two guys with 10 or more.
John Doxakis (7-5, 2.89 ERA) vs. Jonathan Stiever (5-5, 2.89 ERA)
Two Johns with identical ERAs. Doxakis no-hit Auburn last week through seven innings, before a cue shot off the end of an Auburn bat broke up the no-hitter. All told, Dox allowed just one run on two hits, no walks, and two hit batters in 7.1 masterful innings. He also struck out 10 Tigers. He’s A&M’s hottest starter, and he gives the Ags a great shot to move into the winners bracket of the regional.
How to Watch
- Time: 4:04 pm
- TV: ESPN2
- Radio: Dave South has the call on SportsRadio 1150 AM/The Zone 102.7 FM
- Live Video: ESPN3
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