COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Kyle Colligan homered twice and Darby Brown drove in four runs to lead No. 9 Texas A&M to the NCAA College Station Regional title with a 13-5 victory over Houston Monday evening before 3,888 fans at Olsen Field.
The regional crown is the fifth in school history and moves A&M (46-17) into a best-of-three Super Regional matchup with Rice next weekend in Houston. It also marked the first time in school history that the Aggies have won back-to-back NCAA Regional titles, claiming victories in 1993, 1999, 2004 and 2007.
Texas A&M would get all the offense it would need in the first two frames. Following a long leadoff home run by Colligan in the bottom of the first, the Aggies would score seven times in the second to open up an 8-2 lead.
Brown began the frame with a home run to right center to tie the game at two. Two batters and a pitching change later, an RBI groundout by Brodie Greene and a two-run blast by Colligan—his second of the game and fourth of the weekend—made the score 5-2.
A&M followed the long ball by loading the bases, and Brown cleared them with a three-run double to the left center field gap, giving him four RBI in the inning.
The Aggies added three more in the sixth—the first coming when Dane Carter swiped home on a double steal, and the final two in the same at-bat courtesy a two-run home run by Brian Ruggiano.
Houston (42-24) chipped into the lead with a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth. Texas A&M answered by loading the bases, where Kevin Gonzalez was hit by a pitch to drive in a run and Brodie Greene drew a five-pitch walk, making the score 13-5.
Scott Migl did not factor in the decision but gave A&M a strong start, lasting four innings and giving up six hits and a pair of earned runs. He walked one and fanned three.
Kyle Thebeau (6-4) earned the win, allowing five hits and two earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of work. Travis Starling threw 1 2/3 of shutout relief.
Houston starter Ty Stuckey (3-4) was saddled with the loss, allowing three hits and four earned runs in one inning of action.
Seven Aggies—Carter, Duran, Colligan, Ruggiano, Brown, Luke Anders and Brooks Raley—were named to the All-Tournament Team, while Colligan was tabbed the weekend’s Most Outstanding Player.
The Houston Super Regional gets underway between the Aggies and Owls on Saturday at 2 p.m. (televised on ESPNU). Game two is set for Sunday at 6 p.m. (ESPN2), while a possible third game will be played on Monday at either 11:30 a.m. (ESPN) or 6 p.m. (ESPN2).
Any tickets remaining out of A&M’s allotment will go on sale to season ticket holders and other 12th Man Foundation donors beginning Wednesday at 12 p.m.
Student tickets will go on sale on Wednesday at 9 a.m. All-session tickets will be $39 and current A&M students will be eligible to purchase one ticket each. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be available over the phone (888-99-AGGIE) or at the stadium ticket office. A valid ID must be presented in order to purchase tickets.
Fans are also encouraged to purchase tickets through the Rice Ticket Office at www.riceowls.com or by calling (713) 522-6957.