Last year, for the second season in a row, Texas A&M came up empty in the Super Regionals, leaving a bad taste in the players' mouths over the offseason. This year, as a No. 3 seed in its regional, the Aggies got their redemption and earned a trip to Omaha for the 2017 College World Series.
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Team nickname: Aggies
School mascot: Reveille
Conference affiliation: SEC
Home field: Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park (capacity 6,100)
Notable baseball alumni: Davey Johnson (1960-62), Chuck Knoblauch (1987-89), Michael Wacha (2010-11), Tyler Naquin (2010-12)
Number of NCAA tournament appearances: 32
College World Series appearances: 1951, 1964, 1993, 1999, 2011, 2017
"To sit there and enjoy that moment, with the smiles on their faces...to see their joy, that's why we do it." -@Rob_Childress #12thMan pic.twitter.com/pywf03LUp2— Texas A&M Baseball (@AggieBaseball) June 11, 2017
CWS championships: None
Season record: 41-21 (16-14 SEC)
Coach: Rob Childress (12 seasons)
Coaching record: 499-229-2
"They gave us a chance, and we earned that chance, and we certainly made the most of it." -@Rob_Childress #12thMan #NCAABaseball pic.twitter.com/3rOsHaXLBv— Texas A&M Baseball (@AggieBaseball) June 11, 2017
Notable pre-NCAA tournament wins: Texas Tech (March 3), Rice (March 21), at LSU (March 30, April 1), Auburn (April 8-9)
How they got here: 3-0 in regionals (beat Baylor, Iowa, Houston); 2-0 in super regionals (beat Davidson)
Next up: Louisville (52-10) in first stage of CWS
How the Aggies rank
Final D1baseball.com ranking: N/A
NCAA tournament national seed: N/A
RPI: No. 46
Team batting average: .275 (130th)
Team ERA: 3.42 (15th)
Players to watch
Top hitter: Freshman infielder Braden Shewmake has become the Aggies' most dangerous weapon in only his debut season in College Station. Shewmake started 62 games and batted a team-high .335 with 28 extra-base hits. His 68 RBIs for the season are more than twice as many as any other teammate in the lineup. Shewmake is a modest 6-for-24 so far this tournament with three runs driven in.
Top starter: Junior righty Brigham Hill is 2-0 in this year's tournament with six earned runs in 11.1 frames. He limited Davidson to a single earned run on four hits in six innings of Game 1 in the super regionals. For the season, Hill has tossed a team-high 96.1 innings to a 3.18 ERA and an 8-3 record. He's the only Aggies pitcher with triple-digit strikeouts this season (107).
Top reliever: Junior Cason Sherrod has arguably the top talent in the pen with a mid-90s fastball in his arsenal. He's 4-1 with four saves and a 2.89 ERA and has five strikeouts in 4.2 innings (three appearances) of one-run ball this postseason. Paired with lefty Kaylor Chafin and some other quality arms, Texas A&M has depth when it comes to its bullpen.