For the second straight year, Texas A&M fell in the super regional round to TCU, falling short of the program’s first College World Series appearance in five years. TCU scored the decisive three runs in the seventh inning for a 4-1 win at College Station, Texas, on Sunday night.
It was an emotional and heartbreaking way for the season to end, as all seasons must end for every team that does not win the championship. Texas A&M was so close to achieving its goal.
Senior catcher Michael Barash spent only two years at Texas A&M after transferring from LSU to a junior college to Texas A&M. He poured out his emotions in a thank you letter to Texas A&M fans following Sunday’s game:
— Michael Barash (@M_Barash5) June 13, 2016
“I don’t even know where to begin,” Barash wrote. “I am truly heartbroken over how things ended tonight. We were right at the door of Omaha, but couldn’t break it down.
“Texas A&M will forever hold a special place in my heart. If you were to tell me four years ago I would be an Aggie and bleed Maroon, I would’ve said you were crazy. However, in the two years I spent here, I couldn’t be more thankful for the experiences we had together. The relationships I have built with my teammates, my coaches and the support staff is second to none. I truly believe this is the best program in the country for a student-athlete to play at.”
Barash hit .324 with 43 RBIs and five home runs this year. He was third on the team in batting average and second on the team in RBIs.
His short career with the Aggies was certainly a good one that came up just shy of the team’s big goal. The fans were there with him and Barash certainly appreciated them welcoming him and supporting the team.