Aggies hoping tough 2019 schedule is beneficial as NCAA Tournament begins

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -- The Texas A&M softball team had an up and down season and a lot of that could be associated to the many new faces that made up this year's team. They struggled to get on a roll and competing in a tough SEC added to the team's lack of consistent success.

13 SEC teams are in this year's 64 team field and the Aggies know that tough competition will now prove beneficial as they begin championship play at the Austin Regional.

"We've seen Houston and we know we can compete with them. Texas is a good team, but I feel like if our minds are in the right place we can beat anyone. So I feel like this will be a great regional for us. Good competition, but I do feel like we can get out of it," said A&M third baseman Baylee Klingler.

"We actually came up with a new little motto yesterday at practice called why not us? I think it's very true and kinda how our season has been and we have always been the underdog this whole year and I am really excited to see if we can pull off an upset here in Austin," added A&M shortstop Riley Sartain.

The Aggies are the 3rd seed at the Austin Regional and will open up tournament play against 2nd seed Houston on Friday at 1 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.