Texas A&M baseball kicked off SEC Tournament play on Tuesday. It would prove short lived as they dropped their first game to Missouri, 12-7.
Game 2: Texas A&M 7 – Missouri 12
The two team traded blows in the first. Missouri put up a pair of runs on two hits, but the Aggies counter-punched with four runs to take the lead in the bottom of the first frame. The Aggie pitching staff was unusually rusty. Kaylor Chafin allowed three home runs, one more than his season long total. One of those blasts was a grand slam. He’d only given up two long balls entering Tuesday’s game.
Austin Homan came few feet from a grand slam of his own, but his slicing line drive landed just past the foul pole. Texas A&M trailed 11-7 when the game was delayed an hour and a half with lightening and rain. The maroon and white were unable to muster any more offense after the break.
Texas A&M’s post-season fate now rests in the hands of the NCAA selection committee. A win (or two) would have aided the Aggies in their hunt for a 2-seed. However, a loss may mean they are destined for a 3-seed. A lot will depend on the results of the rest of the conference tournaments taking place this weekend. Regardless, the Aggies know they’ll be hitting the road and trying to get back to Omaha the hard way. Good luck Aggies. BTHO everybody.
Other SEC Tournament games and results
Game 1: South Carolina 7 – Vanderbilt 4
The South Carolina Gamecocks and Vanderbilt Commodores needed more than nine innings to finish the first game of the SEC Tournament. The Gamecocks took an 11th inning lead on a bases loaded walk. They followed that with a double to plate two more runs and break the game open.
Game 3 – Ole Miss 4 – Auburn 5
A ninth inning rally proved to be too little to late for the Ole Miss Rebels. The Tigers were able to ride the hot hands of Keegan Thompson and Casey Mize to a hard fought victory. The downside is they’ll be running deep into the bullpen if they hope to advance further. On the other hand, the Aggies best starters will be sitting at home this week.
Game 4 – 12-seed Georgia (25-31) vs 5-seed Mississippi State (34-22)
This game has been rescheduled to Wednesday morning due to the delays earlier in the day on Tuesday.
Georgia enters the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the conference. After a rough start the Bulldogs went 6-3 in the final three weeks of conference play. In that span they took series from South Carolina, Kentucky, and Mississippi State. They’ll square of with the SEC’s player of the year: Brent Rooker.
***Stats from Statsbroadcast.com***