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Super Aggies: Texas A&M outlasts TCU in offensive grudge game, 15-9

Super Aggies: Texas A&M outlasts TCU in offensive grudge game, 15-9

Game #58: #5 Texas A&M 15, Texas Christian 9
Recordings: Texas A&M (40-18, 19-11), Texas Christian (38-22, 16-8)
WP: Will Johnson (2-1)
LP: River districts (2-3)
The score of the box


Concerns were growing that Texas A&M could be forced to win Monday to qualify for the NCAA Baseball Tournament Super Regionals.

The Aggies did, but not in the way the crowd of 6,525 at Blue Park feared.

Jack Moss and Dylan Rock chained back-to-back two-run hits in a seven-run ninth inning that propelled the Aggies (40-18) to a 15-9 win over TCU (38-22) in a marathon of five o’clock which continued after midnight. .

Jamie Maury, TexAgs

Rock had five RBIs against TCU, including a huge three-run outburst.

In such a bizarre game, Will Johnston (2-1) took the win despite only going 1.1 innings and allowed two hits, two runs and two walks. Meanwhile, River Ridings (2-3), the fifth of seven TCU pitchers, suffered the loss.

The Aggies will host Louisville or Michigan in next week’s College Station Super Regional.

“What a ballgame,” said A&M coach Jim Schlossnagle. “Just when you think our guys are going to give in, they don’t. The most resilient team I have ever coached. Just an honor to be in the canoe with them.

The Aggies failed to hold onto a 7-3 lead after Rock’s three-run homer in the seventh. They trailed 9-8 on a two-run homer from TCU shortstop Tommy Sacco in the bottom of the eighth.

But A&M was fearless. The Aggies have made a habit of coming from behind. This message was again relayed in the canoe.

“Just keep fighting. Never give up. Just keep going, earn throws,” Rock said. “Just do what we do.”

Moss added: “We’ve been in this situation all year. Nothing changes.”

Just the dashboard.

The Aggies racked up five hits and three walks while sending 12 batters home in the decisive seven-run rally.

Troy Claunch drove Austin Bost with a single equalizer from TCU reliever Caleb Bolden, the Horned Frogs’ sixth pitcher.

Ryan Targac scored on Jordan Thompson’s goal-laden dribbler first to give the Aggies a 10-9 lead.

“I’m not celebrating until it’s over,” Schlossnagle said. “Every additional race is huge for us.”

“Just when you think our guys are going to give in, they don’t. The most resilient team I have ever coached. Just an honor to be in the canoe with them.

– A&M Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle

It was then that Moss and Rock came out with a pair of huge hits.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Moss fired a 2-0 pitch into right field to lead Claunch and Brett Minnich.

As the crowd cheered and sang in unison, Rock fired a two-run brace off the outstretched glove of right fielder Luke Boyers.

Bost followed with a single to score Rock and put the Aggies ahead by six runs.

“Once they get a bit of momentum, especially playing at home, it feeds on itself,” TCU coach Kirk Saarloos said of A&M’s outburst in ninth inning. “We just couldn’t stop it.”

Freshman Brad Rudis, the Aggies’ fifth pitcher, pitched a scoreless inning against the bottom of the TCU order to finally end the game.

“I felt good once Brad released the first one,” Schlossnagle said. “He’s such a puncher. I felt good about it. As long as he doesn’t knock that formation down and back down to Tommy and Brayden (Taylor) and give them a chance to come back in one fell swoop.

Schlossnagle knows all too well what Sacco and Taylor could do, and not because they both hit home runs.

Schlossnagle previously coached the Horned Frogs before coming to A&M this year. He recruited them from TCU.

So he felt a pang of mixed emotions after the win.

“It’s hard for me,” Schlossnagle said. “I’m super excited for our team and our players. I told our team that I love our players at Texas A&M as much as I love my kids, but you have to understand that 90% of the guys there loved me that much.

“I’m delighted we won, but I’m more than happy to move on.”

Even if they had to wait until Monday to do so.

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