Texas A&M defeated Houston 4-3 on Monday in an upset victory that will send the team to the NCAA super regionals. The Aggies will head to their third straight NCAA super regional.
Houston gave the Aggies a scare in the ninth inning, but they held out to win the game.
Stephen Kolek pitched 8.1 innings, allowing just two runs. He entered into the ninth inning with a lead of 4-0. Cason Sherrod, one of three pitchers in the ninth inning, closed out the game with a strikeout to give the team a 4-3 win.
“I was very confident,” said Kolek. “If you don’t come out confident, you’re not going to have success. You’ve got to come out and act like you’re the best pitcher in the country. Just having the mindset and attacking the strike zone and trusting your stuff.”
In the first inning, Blake Kopetsky hit a two-run single with two outs. In the top of the ninth, Baine Schoenvogel hit a solo homer to give the team a 4-0 lead.
Corey Julks then hit a one-out solo homer that put Houston back in the game and send Kolek off the field.
The Aggies were one of the last four teams selected for the NCAA tournament.
Texas A&M will have the home advantage in the super regional, where the team will face Davidson. This will be the sixth super regionals for Rob Childress, A&M coach.
“It’s been a roller-coaster season,” said center fielder Nick Choruby. “It’s been a testament to our team that we’ve been able to respond to every bad streak we’ve had with a good streak. We knew Davidson had won, but it was really about taking care of business (against Houston) first, because if we didn’t win this regional it wouldn’t mean anything.”
Choruby praised Davidson, calling the club “outstanding.”
“We know we’ll have our hands full with Davidson, for sure.”