Texas A&M baseball gets regional with West Virginia in NCAA Tournament

Texas A&M baseball will head to West Virginia as the No. 2 seed in the Morgantown regional when the NCAA Tournament begins on May 31.

Texas A&M baseball were obviously disappointed when their lackluster performance in the SEC Tournament led to not being one of the Top 16 overall seeds in the NCAA Tournament, meaning they would not host a regional. Hosting a regional doesn’t give you the automatic bid into the Super Regional, but it certainly helps.

Instead, the Aggies learned their fate Monday when the selection show announced they would be traveling to Morgantown, West Virginia for the opening weekend of the tournament with No. 15 overall seed West Virginia, Duke, and Fordham.

This is a very winnable region for the Aggies. West Virginia finished the regular season No. 17 in the Baseball America Top 25, with the Aggies coming in at No. 20. Duke and Fordham are not ranked in the Top 25.

The issue is and always will be the offense for the Aggies. They have been very inconsistent in the 2019 season and often wasted some excellent pitching efforts. Not the least of these were losing 2-0 to Georgia and 1-0 to Ole Miss in an elimination game in the SEC Tournament. Your pitching staff should be able to count on your offense to produce at least three runs.

Texas A&M finished No. 240 (out of 297) in batting average and No. 143 in runs scored in 2019.

Should the bats come alive and the Aggies advance beyond the regional, they face a possible matchup with Vanderbilt in the Super Regional. Although the Commodores are a dangerous opponent, the Aggies would feel good about this matchup considering they won the series against Vandy back in March. That matchup was in College Station.

Duke finished 31-25, 15-15 in conference and in seventh place in the ACC. Fordham won the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament to earn the automatic bid. They finished 38-22 and 15-9 in conference play. Fordham and Texas A&M opened the 2019 season with the Aggies sweeping with a combined score of 26-7. Neither Duke nor Fordham should give the boys in maroon much trouble.

West Virginia finished 37-20 and didn’t win the Big 12 regular season or conference, but has series wins against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech on the year. They also beat Tech twice in the Big 12 Tournament before falling in the championship to Oklahoma State.