Texas A&M baseball & Longhorns headed in opposite directions ahead of Tuesday's game

Texas A&M baseball is rolling and looks like one of the nation's best, while the Longhorns... have run into some trouble.

Mar 2, 2024; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies compete against University of Southern
Mar 2, 2024; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies compete against University of Southern / Dustin Safranek-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M baseball continues to dominate ahead of Tuesday's rivalry matchup with struggling Longhorns

Texas A&M baseball is off to a roaring start in 2024. I've written a couple of times about the level of domination that this squad has showcased so far this year, but it bears repeating: through ten games, the Aggies have outscored their opponents 113-14. They are, of course, 10-0.

That includes a pair of dominating wins this weekend up at Globe Life Field, home of the World Series Champion Texas Rangers (no, I will not stop saying that), over Arizona State and Southern Cal: 4-0 and 9-3 decisions, respectively. The Aggies will face the Sun Devils once more tomorrow to close out the weekend.

Then, the Aggies will face a familiar foe. The currently 15th-ranked Texas Longhorns are a mainstay on the schedule for Aggie baseball, even after the conference split occurred. Fans will remember the memorable pair of games from Schlossnagle's first year, when Jack Moss stamped his name on Disch-Falk field in the regular season before the Aggies dominated the Horns in Omaha to send them packing back to Austin.

Where the Aggies have been dominant so far this year, the Horns have run into a few struggles. They dropped the middle game of their initial series versus San Diego, but seemed to have things back on track after sweeping Cal Poly without allowing a run. Midweek games versus Houston Christian and St. John's were easy enough.

Then came this weekend. Down at the home of the American League runners-up, the Horns faced off against LSU last night, dropping a 6-3 game to the Tigers. There's no shame in that, of course—there's a reason LSU is ranked #3 in the nation.

Today, however, the Horns dropped their second straight game: this time, to the Texas State Bobcats. This makes two losses in three games to Texas State for the Longhorns, dating back to last year. Fans are not taking it well, including maybe an all-time goalpost move by this legend:

Maybe it's just some early-season jitters for the Longhorns, but these appear to be two teams in fundamentally different places right now. The Aggies are playing with the confidence of a team that has power hitters up and down the lineup, able to get themselves out of any jam so far this year. The pitching has been stellar for the Aggies as well—they have yet to allow more than 3 runs in a game.

Time will tell here, but this Aggie baseball squad seems special. The Horns look solid, for sure, but this is an A&M team with an astronomically high ceiling. Whatever else, the matchup this Tuesday will be an exciting one.