COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M rallied from a 6-2 8th inning deficit to beat Davidson 12-6 to advance to the College World Series for the first time since 2011.
With the win the Aggies sweep the Super Regional series with the Wildcats 2-0.
Texas A&M grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third on a pair of solo home runs by George Janca and Logan Foster, but saw the Wildcats answer with the next six runs.
But a seven run 8th put the Aggies over the top. The big play was a two-out pop up that second baseman Alec Acosta dropped when he collided with third baseman Eric Jones. Two runs scored to give Texas A&M a 7-6 lead.
Nick Choruby added a two RBI single to make it 9-6 then Walker Pennington hit a three-run homer in the 9th to give the game it's final margin.
Texas A&M will face Louisville in the College World Series. The Cardinals beat Kentucky 6-2 today to sweep their Super Regional series.
Texas A&M (41-21)
- The Aggies advanced to the College World Series for the sixth time in program history. Texas A&M was on the right side of Super Regional sweep for the first time after a pair of sweeps by Rice (2007 and 2008) and LSU in 2004.
- Texas A&M became the first team seeded three or four to sweep their way to Omaha since the NCAA moved to the Super Regional format in 1999.
- Texas A&M won their first five NCAA tournament games for the first time since 1993 when they swept the College Station regional and won their first game at the College World Series.
- Texas A&M started 0-for-12 with runners on base before Hunter Coleman’s double in the 8th.
- The first two Aggie hits of the ballgame came on solo homers in the third. They managed one other hit in the first six innings coming on a single in the sixth.
- In the seven-run seventh, the Aggies brought 11 hitters to the plate. They needed just four hits to do so reaching twice on errors. The seven-run frames were the most for Texas A&M since March 7 against UTRGV.
- The Aggies piled eight of their 11 hits on the Wildcats in the games final two frames.
- Each of the first eight in the Aggies order recorded a hit in the win.
- Starter Corbin Martin worked 4.2 innings allowing a career high in runs (5XX). The junior fanned seven and allowed eight hits
- Nick Choruby had a 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. He’s hitting 11-for-22 in the NCAA Championship with three walks and seven RBI out of the leadoff spot.
- In his last Olsen Field at bat, senior Walker Pennington went deep for the first time at home this season and eighth of his Aggie career.
- John Doxakis earned his fourth win of the season to improve to 4-4. He allowed one run and fanned three in 2.1 inning.
- Kaylor Chafin was perfect in his 2.0 innings of relief earning the save in his 31st appearance of the season. Chafin lowered his ERA to a team-leading 2.49.
- The Wildcats, making their first ever NCAA Tournament, finished with a 3-2 record that included a pair of victories over the No. 2 overall seed in the North Carolina Tar Heels.
- Five Wildcats had multi-hit games including the first three in the order going a combined 6-for-14.
- The 12 runs allowed by Wildcat pitching was their most since an April game with Wake Forest.
- Davidson fell to 30-7 when holding a lead after 7 innings.
- Southpaw Evan Roberts got the no-decision in his 7.1 innings of work. He fanned five Aggies and allowed five runs, four of which were earned.
- Will Robertson reached base for the 56th consecutive game with a single in the second. The senior finished his career as the Davidson single-season home run leader.
- Getting the start at DH, Brett Centracchio hit his fourth homer of the season in the sixth. He finished the day 2-for-4 for his sixth multi-hit game of the season.
- Eric Jones had his 26th multi-hit game of the season. Jones hit 22-for-45 (.489) over the 11 postseason games.
- With a 2-for-4 day Alec Acosta extended his on-base streak to 21 consecutive games.
TEXAS A&M POST GAME QUOTES
GAME TWO – JUNE 10, 2017
ROB CHILDRESS, HEAD COACH
“What a hard fought Super Regional. Davidson is incredibly talented, incredibly well-coached and incredibly well-prepared. They gave us everything that we could want and then some and we are just very fortunate to win the weekend. I couldn’t be more proud of our guys from top to bottom. All 27 made an impact the last two weeks and the more I do this, the more I realize that it’s not always about the roster. When you look at the roster, you look at the experience. Sometimes it’s when guys on the roster make a decision together to do something special and make their breaks. Everybody on this roster gets credit for that. When you look back to the last couple years of heartbreak, I don’t think we would be at this point if it weren’t for guys like Michael Barash, Hunter Melton, Ryne Birk, Boomer White, JB Moss, Nick Banks, Kyle Simonds and many others. They got us to the door and allowed us to taste what it feels like and the pressure of being in a Super Regional. These seniors led the 27 through the door this year. I couldn’t be more proud of everybody in and out of our program.”
On advancing at home…
“Today with 7,500 and all of them hanging on every pitch for you, it’s a pretty special feeling to be the Head Coach at Texas A&M and to represent our baseball program.”
On any doubts about being able to make it to Omaha…
“Certainly so. If you don’t say you question yourself at 0-5 in league play, I think you’d be lying to yourself. For us to find a way to win on Sunday at Vanderbilt was gigantic. Going on the road to LSU the next week and finding a way to win two was also big. April turned into a really good month for us.”
On being able to stand in the dugout and watch his team dogpile…
“That’s why I do it. To sit there and enjoy that moment with the smiles on their faces and hope nobody gets hurt. To listen to the locker room right now. That’s why we spend so much time away from our families. I have such a great time with these guys. To see their joy is worth it.”
BLAKE KOPETSKY, SENIOR RF
On what this moment feels like as a senior…
“It’s a surreal moment right now. I don’t really know what to expect. All that I can do right now is just enjoy every second of it with my brothers.”
NICK CHORUBY, SENIOR CF
On what this moment feels like as a senior…
“Like Blake said, I’m at a loss for words. This is what I’ve been dreaming of my whole life, to go to Omaha. Now we have the chance to go and compete for a National Championship. I’m so excited”
WALKER PENNINGTON, SENIOR CF
On what this moment feels like as a senior…
“I can’t stop smiling. I know we all know how hard this season has been. We’ve had a lot of adversity. We had a lot of adversity this game. I think that this game summed up our whole season on how it’s never been easy but we found a way to win.”
On his homerun…
“I got all of it. I didn’t look at it the whole way around. I made eye contact with Coach Carlson right when I hit it and we just smiled at each other. It felt great. The crowd was really loud and you don’t remember what happens. You’re just so caught up in the moment. You get to home plate, you can’t breathe. Everyone’s running into you as hard as they can and you’re just trying to get to the dugout.”
DAVIDSON POST GAME QUOTES
GAME TWO – JUNE 10, 2017
DICK COOKE, HEAD COACH
“I think the only thing that’s appropriate to say in this kind of scenario is congratulations to Texas A&M. They have a great ball club. Hard fought two games. I’ll answer questions about the game if they come up, but just congratulations to them, and we certainly look forward to a great representation by them at Omaha. We certainly don’t do anything conventionally. I think it has been quite a ride that we will talk about once we get back home. We will let it process a little bit and let these guys interact with these hundreds of alums and former players who are here tonight. We will let the dust settle and take the next step. Thank you all for your attention to what these guys have done.”
On dropped pop fly in the eighth…
“Ironically, I chaired the NCAA Rules Committee for a couple of years and was on it for a while. It was the correct call. You have to have a voluntary release. He, by definition, had control of that ball, and when he opened the glove, it came out. For an NFL wide receiver, that is probably a catch, but in the way our rule is written, it has to be voluntary release. He has to be making the attempt to release that baseball. If a guy catches a baseball, puts his glove to the side and the ball drops out, that’s technically not a catch. So, they applied the rule exactly as it should be. It was a tough play, and it was loud. I got it. You take it. A bunch of us talking over each other. It was certainly an unfortunate play, and our biggest concern right now is making sure Alec [Acosta]’s okay. He got dinged a little bit which is why we took him out.”
On what went wrong in the eighth…
“I don’t know that anything drastically went wrong. We didn’t play defense the way that we needed to in the eighth. You are in a high leverage situation there. You’ve got to pay attention to how many times a pitcher has seen a group of hitters. We had, I thought, some good matchups in the bullpen with Austin Leonard, a good slider guy with the guys coming in, so I think we just didn't play defense at the right time, well enough, and credit them for banging. We certainly have had some games where we’ve been the offensive team who's taken advantage of some miscues, but that's part of the game of baseball too.”
On loudness of Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park and dropped ball…
“I asked our catcher. I think they all heard one another. I just think it was a case of they were talking over the top of each other at the same time, and our first baseman was trying to help. As great of a crowd this is, I'm not going to say we dropped that ball because of the A&M crowd. I think it was just one of those unfortunate situations when third baseman, second baseman are in cadence with one another and even the help that Fortier was trying to give them, calling, and telling Alec to take it. They just couldn't hear it. In a very unusual type pop-up, in a weird kind of place and you know again not a conventional type of play by any stretch.”
On NCAA Tournament…
“It exceeded expectations. We’ve talked about it a little bit about how we got here to begin with. How we battled to get into our tournament in the league and then how we came out of the losers’ bracket. Then we beat North Carolina twice. That is far exceeding what we, as a group, probably expected at the front end of the season. I am, I think they are too, very step-by-step goal oriented. This game and then tomorrow’s game. We weren’t 52-4 and rolling through. We battled. That’s been the
pleasure for me is watching these guys compete and never giving up. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but the approach never varied.”
BRETT CENTRACCHIO, FRESHMAN DH
On the NCAA Tournament…
“I mean it's been unreal. You know, just as a freshman coming in to really expect to go this far. The biggest thing right now is just really feeling bad about not being able to play with the seniors again. I mean what they did for us, leadership. They taught me the ways. It's definitely exceeded expectations, but you know it still hurts because it was right there for us. We were chasing Omaha really today, like we came in as the loosest club in America, but it didn't work out. Still, you have to see what we did. Probably the best year in Davidson baseball history, so it’s something special and going to try to build on that the next three years.”
On their attitude when they were up 6-2…
”I mean, I still don't think anybody was pressing really. We were still loose and everything. We felt comfortable. Kind of how it's been all year. Down six, up six, we really are a loose club. I mean as you saw, things kind of slipped away, but we were still loose. I had a great time this week. Tough ending, but I am going to remember it forever honestly.”