The Texas A&M Aggies have been riding a hot streak that started with their winning of the Big 12 tournament, and they hope to continue their winning ways in the College World Series in Omaha.
The Aggies' run to Omaha began with their wins in the regional round of the postseason at home in College Station. The Aggies blew out Wright State 11-0 and beat Seton Hall 6-3 before dropping a game to a solid Arizona team by the score of 7-4.
That pushed the regional to a deciding game on Monday, only no one bothered to tell Mother Nature. The Monday game was washed out and forced the Aggies and Wildcats to settle the score on Tuesday afternoon. The Aggies came out victorious behind a virtuoso performance from Michael Wacha, who got his second win of the regional round.
That sent the Aggies to Tallahassee, Florida to face Florida State in the super regional round. Behind Ross Stripling, A&M downed FSU 6-2 in Game 1. FSU came back against a slew of Aggie hurlers to win Game 2 by the score of 23-9. In the do-or-die Game 3, A&M went to their ace, Michael Wacha, and he delivered. Wacha led the Aggies to an 11-2 win over the Seminoles.
Now, the Aggies find themselves in the College World Series for the first time since 1999.
If they get the type of pitching they have gotten thus far in the postseason, the Aggies will have an extended stay in Omaha. The loss of regular season ace John Stilson has yet to bother the Aggies as Ross Stripling has stepped into his shoes ably.
Stripling tossed a complete game against Seton Hall and followed that up with a win over an FSU team that boasted one of the best offenses in the nation.
Michael Wacha has reminded everyone why he and Stilson were really considered co-aces. In two starts in the regional at College Station, Wacha tossed 13 shutout innings on the way to two victories.
The bullpen, led by Estevan Uriegas, Kyle Martin and Nick Fleece, has backed up the great starts with solid relief work.
Maybe the biggest story of the Aggies' magical run has been the emergence of their offense. All season, they had largely been an inconsistent bunch. They relied on using small ball to scratch runs across but struggled to score runs in bunches.
They can still play effective small ball, but with the way their bats came alive over the last three weeks or so, they may not have to.
Outfielders Tyler Naquin and Krey Bratsen continue to make the offense go. They seem to always have great at-bats, and they force the pitcher to pay attention to them on the base paths once they reach.
The offensive heroes have been numerous. Matt Juengel had a home run in the regional win over Wright State and then had an even bigger homer in Game 1 against Florida State to get the Aggies on the board.
Jacob House came up with a huge two-run double in the 3-0 regional-deciding win over Arizona. Adam Smith was the biggest star of the 11-2 super regional-clinching win over FSU. Smith went two for two, including his seventh home run of the season.
The Aggies have drawn a tough game in their opener in Omaha. They will take on defending champion South Carolina. They will certainly have to be on their game to come out victorious.
Given how well the Aggies have been playing, it wouldn't surprise me if they came out on top in the opener and made a deep run in Omaha.