If you were watching college baseball on Sunday, June 2, chances are you were watching the West Virginia-Texas A&M game. This game resulted in an 11-10 win for Texas A&M, eliminating the host Mountaineers, which pitted A&M against the Duke Blue Devils.
What happened in this game exactly?
Let me give you some background first. West Virginia, the Morgantown (WV) Regional host, was facing elimination after losing to Duke University the previous day. Texas A&M was also facing elimination, losing to Duke two days prior to their matchup with WVU. All of the pressure was on the Mountaineers because, as the regional host, they were widely expected to advance to the next round.
Whatever pressure the Mountaineers were facing faded quickly, as they dropped two runs on the Aggies in the second inning. The Mountaineers put up another two-spot in the fourth and fifth innings, added another run in the sixth, two more runs in the seventh, and one more (final) run in the eighth.
Texas A&M was facing an equal amount of pressure. They had a golden opportunity to knock out the regional host. Going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Aggies had scored no runs. The bottom of the fifth, however, proved to be the start of what would be a miraculous comeback, as the Aggies scored a lone run.
The bottom of the seventh inning was the start of Texas A&M’s historic comeback.
A 2-0 count, one out the ground ball into right field that scored two runners for A&M made the score 9-3 Mountaineers.
A&M only down by six.
One out. Bases loaded. Junior outfielder Logan Foster hits the first pitch of his at-bat over the right field wall to bring his Aggies within two runs.
In the top of the ninth inning, the Mountaineers score a run to widen the deficit to 10-7.
The bottom of the ninth inning is when things start to get interesting.
Bottom ninth. No outs. Logan Foster to the plate again. Foster drills a two-strike pitch to left-center field for a leadoff double.
One out. Full count to Aggies catcher Aaron Walters. He walks, much to the dismay of the Mountaineer faithful. Foster and Walters on first and second.
3-1 count. Two outs. Infielder Braden Shewmake takes a pitch outside to load the bases.
3-2 count. Two outs. Bottom of the ninth inning. It does not get more dramatic than this. Texas A&M and West Virginia are each one pitch away from winning this ballgame.
Texas A&M infielder Bryce Blaum, the Ole Miss transfer, waits for the pitch from West Virginia pitcher Sam Kessler.
The pitch. Blaum hits it. Back, back…GONE!
And just like that, Texas A&M came back from down 10-1, after only needing five innings to do so. What a miraculous rally for A&M.
Unfortunately, A&M was not the regional winner, as that title belonged to Duke University. You could say that A&M fell short of their expectations after their miraculous comeback.
Or, you could say that Texas A&M provided one of the most exciting moments of the 2019 NCAA baseball tournament, and gave the 12th Man an exciting team to look forward to next year.
If you do not watch college baseball, this game gave you a reason to do so. Take notice, because plenty of exciting moments like this are bound to happen in the Super Regionals.