The Aggies of Texas A&M (44-19) defeated the Arizona Wildcats (39-20) Tuesday afternoon to grab the last remaining spot in the 2011 super regionals.
In what was a pitchers' duel, the Aggies had just enough offense to carry them past Arizona and one-step closer to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska next week. The Aggies got a tremendous starting performance from Michael Wacha, who went seven innings, surrendering just five hits while striking out four and walking none.
The Aggies got all three of their runs in the bottom of the 8th inning with two outs. The two-out rally was started by leadoff hitter, Tyler Naquin, who doubled off Arizona starter Kurt Heyer. Krey Bratsen then singled up the middle for the RBI to score Naquin that ultimately became the winning run for the Aggies. Jacob House blasted the most important shot with the two-RBI double later in the inning that gave the Aggies a comfortable 3-0 lead. The Aggies relievers would do the rest. Nick Fleece and Ross Stripling threw the final two innings for the Aggies and seal the victory.
Texas A&M now takes on Florida State on Saturday in Tallahassee at 4:30 ET in the first game of the super regional. The best of three series will determine who heads to Omaha to compete for a National Championship at the College World Series.