Texas A&M and TCU will meet in the College World Series to continue what has become a Lone Star-sized rivalry on the diamond.
College World Series Elimination Game
June 20, 2017 – 2 p.m. ET (ESPN)
In preparation for a College World Series clash between the Frogs and the Aggies let’s take a look back at the incredibly exciting games between these two clubs in recent past. The Aggies haven’t won a series against TCU, but they don’t have to do that on Tuesday. It all comes down to one game, winner take all. How sweet would it be to finally beat the Frogs in Omaha?
TCU 5 – Texas A&M 4 (16)
June 8, 2015 – Game 3 of Forth Worth Super Regional
After being stymied by TCU starter Alex Young through much of the game, the Aggies rallied for three runs in the final two innings of regulation to force extras in Forth Worth. Both teams traded zeroes until the 16th inning. Texas A&M got two runners in scoring position but couldn’t score.
In the bottom half of the frame a bouncing ground ball was hit to the hot corner. It should have been the third out, but instead it was bobbled by third baseman Ronnie Gideon who overthrew catcher Michael Barash at the plate allowing the winning run to score via an error.
TCU 4 – Texas A&M 1
June 12, 2016 – Game 3 of College Station Super Regional
Brian Howard shut down the Aggies in College Station in 2016. Texas A&M managed one run in the first inning, but was kept off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game. TCU scored the go-ahead run on a bases loaded walk in the seventh and wouldn’t look back. Howard will start for the Frogs in the CWS elimination game on Tuesday against Texas A&M.
A day after smashing Texas Tech 9-0, the Texas A&M baseball team lost a weird, exhausting game to No. 1 TCU, dropping their record to 1-1 in Houston.
TCU 11 – Texas A&M 10 (15)
March 4, 2017 -Shriners’ College Classic in Houston, Texas
The Aggies jumped out to a 7-1 lead after five innings at Minute Maid Park earlier this season. They looked to have the monkey off their back with a 10-5 lead entering the ninth inning. Cason Sherrod and Kyle Richardson combined to walk five straight batters in the ninth before Evan Barzili drove in the tying runs on a hard hit ball to third baseman George Janca. Yet again, an error at third base cost the Aggies against the Frogs. TCU would win it with a double in the 15th inning.
Aggie fans, consider this your cleansing of all the bad circumstances that have plagued Texas A&M against TCU over these recent years. The 2017 club, barring a collapse of epic proportions, probably should have beaten TCU already. TCU is without their stud slugger Luken Baker and the Aggies have proven that they have more fight in them than the rest of the baseball world thinks. It’s going to be a fun one, but hopefully it’s finished before it gets to be 2 a.m.
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