COLLEGE STATION -- Scott Migl tied a season-high by throwing seven innings and allowing just one run on Sunday night to lead No. 10 Texas A&M past No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette, 4-1, to force a second championship game in the NCAA College Station Regional at Olsen Field.
Migl (7-3) scattered nine hits, struck out three and walked just one.
The win improved the Aggies’ record to 47-17 while Louisiana dropped to 45-16. Each team has a loss in the regional and will play a deciding game Monday at 6:30 p.m. The winner will face the No. 2 national seed Rice Owls, champions of the Houston Regional, in one of eight Super Regionals next weekend.
A&M took the early lead in the bottom of the first with two runs off Louisiana starter Brent Solich. Kyle Colligan belted his 10th homer of the season and Brandon Hicks immediately followed with a single. Craig Stinson reached on a fielding error by third baseman Matt Hicks. Brandon Hicks advanced to third base on an obstruction call against second baseman Xavier Alexander and scored on an infield single by Luke Anders.
The Aggies got two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to stretch the lead to 4-0. Stinson delivered a clutch two-out, two-RBI double down the line in left.
Migl allowed back-to-back singles to Jonathan Lucroy and Jeffries Tatford to start the eighth. Travis Starling entered on the mound and allowed just a sacrifice fly off the bat of Scott Hawkins that plated the only Cajun run of the game.
Starling finished the game allowing one hit in two scoreless innings to pick up his second save of the year.
Solich (5-2) was the tough-luck loser, allowing four runs – three earned – in a complete-game, eight-inning effort.
Louisiana head coach Tony Robichaux
“You have to give a lot of credit to Texas A&M. They had to win two games today and they got it done. I thought Brent (Solich) pitched a great game. He gave up one pitch late in the game that gave them a cushion. Bottom line is we weren’t competitive at the plate tonight. Their pitcher did a great job of pitching. He located his pitches and changed speeds. It’s credit to them that they had to win two games and getting it done.”
(On A&M pitcher Scott Migl) “He’s stingy. Every time we would get something going, there were two outs. Every time we would hit the ball hard it would be at somebody. That’s a credit to him. We tried to get something going, but he wouldn’t let it happen. The only thing you can do in that situation is try to match him, but we had the error in the first inning. From there Brent settled down and gave us a chance to win.”
“I told them that they put themselves in a position to play for a championship, but we didn’t get it done. I told them yesterday that these guys would be back. They’re not going to hand it to us. They’re a proud organization too. It’s winner take all. You can go home and clean out your locker, or you can keep playing.”
Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress
“That was an extremely long day but it was a lot of fun today. I’m proud of the way our guys got after it all day long. The first game was extremely hot, and took a lot out of us. And to come back and play the way we did tonight, I was really proud of our team.
“Scott Migl had as good of a start as he has had since he has been at Texas A&M. Kyle Colligan got us on the scoreboard early. Louisiana-Lafayette kept making runs at Scott. He kept making pitches to get out of it. It made me a little more nervous than him, obviously. He had a great start, and Travis Starling came in and finished the game. It got a little bit dicey in the end, but it was nice to see Brian Ruggiano get another ground ball and was able to turn that double play.
“It’s nice that we get the opportunity to play tomorrow, but we haven’t won anything yet. I know that Louisiana-Lafayette is going show up tomorrow ready to play, and so are we.”
Texas A&M winning pitcher Scott Migl
(On having 2-0 lead after the first inning) “Any time I go out there with a lead, it helps the pitching. It had a big affect on what I did out there, and it made me a little more comfortable out there.”
Texas A&M center fielder Kyle Colligan
(On moving up to the No. 2 spot in the batting order)
“I’m comfortable coach puts me in the lineup. I feel like I have a little bit more responsibility to get on base in the two-hole spot, so it feels good.”