Texas A&M will get the showdown with rival Texas in the NCAA Softball Tournament regional final that many fans were hoping for.
The Aggies (44-10) topped Texas State by a 3-1 count Saturday to secure their spot atop the winners’ bracket entering their game Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CT.
The Aggies trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning when Keeli Milligan singled to lead off the frame and scored on Kristen Cuyos’ two-out single.
Milligan came through again in the sixth with the go-ahead RBI, a double over the left fielder’s head. She scored the insurance run on Kaitlyn Alderink’s infield single.
The Longhorns (33-25), meanwhile, had to fight their way through the losers’ bracket to get into the Sunday game and would need to beat Texas A&M twice to earn a trip to the Super Regionals.
Texas run-ruled Texas Southern 8-0 in its first elimination game on Saturday and then rallied to beat Texas State (42-17) 6-3.
The Longhorns had lost three straight to Texas State entering that elimination game Saturday, including a 2-1 loss on Friday night.