The road to Omaha begins, and a rematch between Texas A&M and TCU is already lurking.
Following the Selection Monday announcement, Texas A&M earned the No. 4 overall national seed, the highest in school history, for the upcoming College World Series.
At 45-14 overall, the Aggies will host a regional at Olsen Field in College Station, Texas, one of the 16 regional sites. Games begin on Friday, June 3, and run through the end of the weekend. Each regional site will host four teams in a double elimination tournament.
A&M will take on Binghamton (30-23) in its first game Friday evening. Also included in the College Station regional are Wake Forest (34-25) and Minnesota (34-20). Paired with the Fort Worth regional, fans could be in for a repeat of last year’s riveting matchup between Texas A&M and TCU (42-15) should both teams handle business early.
In 2015, A&M forced extra innings against TCU in the deciding game of the super regional, but was unable to finish the job. The Horned Frogs earned the win off a throwing error in the bottom of the 16th inning.
The eight super regional hosts will be announced at roughly 11 p.m. ET on June 6. Winners of the super regionals this season will move on to the College World Series in Omaha starting June 18.
This is the 11th time Texas A&M has hosted a regional, and the program is making its 32nd postseason appearance. It is one of four SEC teams and nine teams overall to return after also hosting a regional in 2015.
After dropping its opening game to Vanderbilt in the SEC tournament, A&M reeled off four straight victories to earn its first SEC tournament title and the fourth championship overall under coach Rob Childress.
“It wasn’t always pretty at times but we found a way to win,” Childress told ESPN in a postgame interview after claiming the tournament crown. “We really got going offensively the last three games.”
Got going they did. In those final three games, the Aggies averaged 12.3 runs per contest while batting .380 and accounting for 13 extra base hits.