Texas A&M baseball SWEEPS a top-6 Vandy squad; Eyes #1 overall ranking

Texas A&M baseball, coming off a huge sweep of a highly-rated Commodore team, could be the top team in the national rankings this week.
Mar 3, 2024; Arlington, TX, USA; The Arizona State Sun Devils plays against the Texas A&M Aggies
Mar 3, 2024; Arlington, TX, USA; The Arizona State Sun Devils plays against the Texas A&M Aggies / Brett Patzke-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M baseball positions themselves for the top ranking in the nation after sweeping #6 Vanderbilt

I'm running out of superlatives for this Texas A&M baseball team. This is a squad that has not only lived up to the preseason hype, but exceeded their billing so far in the season—not something we've had a lot of in College Station over the past few years.

Case in point: this weekend series against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Vandy came into this series boasting the 6th overall record in the nation, but they were unable to even take a game against the Aggies. This baseball team overwhelmed Vandy right from the very start.

Ryan Prager was masterful in game one, going for a shutout and a complete game in just seven innings. That was thanks to the explosive Aggie offense, who put up fifteen runs on the Commodores to run-rule the highly-ranked squad.

Game two was similarly dominant. No run-rule this time, but only barely—the Aggies triumphed, 9-0, behind some superb stuff from Tanner Jones and Evan Aschenbeck on the mound and a 5-run first inning.

Those two dominant showings, with a combined score of 24-0 in favor of the Maroon and White, could have been enough of a case for the Aggies to be ranked #1 this upcoming week. Indeed, it looked like the Ags may have been content with the dominance they had shown thus far as Sunday's game began. The 'Dores jumped out to a 4-0 lead early on in that one.

However, it wasn't long before the Aggie bats woke up. After chipping away with a run here or there, the dam broke and the Aggies took a commanding 8-4 lead in the 5th. Though Vandy added a couple of runs, it wasn't nearly enough—Texas A&M baseball eventually triumphed, 12-6.

With the two teams ahead of them in the standings—Clemson and Arkansas—both losing their weekend series, the Aggies appear well-positioned to make a big move up to the lofty ranking of #1 in the nation when the polls come out early this week. Whether or not that actually comes to fruition, this is certainly a squad that has earned such a distinction.