Blaum's grand slam lifts Texas A&M over West Virginia 11-10

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Bryce Blaum's grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Texas A&M to an 11-10 victory over West Virginia in an NCAA Tournament elimination game Sunday.

Second-seeded Texas A&M (39-22-1) stormed back from a 9-1 deficit to earn a rematch with third-seeded Duke in the championship game later Sunday. The Aggies need two wins to advance to the super regionals. Duke beat Texas A&M 8-5 Friday.

Texas A&M's Logan Foster hit a grand slam during a six-run seventh to pull the Aggies within 9-7.

Foster hit a leadoff double in the ninth and West Virginia reliever Sam Kessler (4-3) allowed two walks to load the bases. With two out, Blaum hit a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left-center field.

Kevin Brophy and Paul McIntosh each hit two-run homers for top-seeded West Virginia (38-22).

Texas A&M's Kasey Kalich (3-1) allowed a run and three hits in 2 1/3 innings of relief.

SCORING SUMMARY
T2 | Ivan Gonzelez led off with an infield single to shortstop and scored on a two-run home run over the leftfield fence by Kevin Brophy. WVU 2, A&M 0.

T4 | With one out, TJ singled to leftfield and moved to third when the ball was misplayed by Blake. Tevin Tucker knocked in Lake by threading a double down the leftfield line. Tucker moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a throwing error by Roa. WVU 4, A&M 0.

T5 | Darius Hill led off with an infield single to second base and with one out, Paul McIntosh hit a two-run home run. WVU 6, A&M 0.

B5 | Zach DeLoach and Ty Coleman reached on errors to start the frame, giving the Aggies runners on the corners. DeLoach scored when Shewmake bounced into a 6-4-3 double play. WVU 6, A&M 1.

T6 | With one out, Austin Davis drew a walk, stole second base, moved to third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored when Tyler Doanes slapped a single up the middle. WVU 7, A&M 1.

T7 | Gonzalez doubled to rightfield and Kevin Brophy drew a walk. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position and they scored when Lake singled to rightfield. WVU 9, A&M 1.

B7 | Singles by Ty Coleman and Shewmake started the frame. The pair moved to scoring position on a deep fly ball by Blaum and scored when Blake punched a single to rightfield. Hoehner drew a five-pitch walk and Hunter Watson reached on a throwing error by the Duke first baseman. Foster hit the first pitch of his at-bat down the rightfield line for his second grand slam of the season. WVU 9, A&M 7.

T8 | Marques Inman started the rally with a double to leftfield. Tristen Hudson pinch-ran for Inman, moving to third on a groundout by Gonzalez and scoring when Brophy bounced a single up the middle. WVU 10, A&M 7

B9 | Foster gapped a doubled to left-center to start the frame. With one out, Aaron Walters drew a pinch-hit walk. After Ty Coleman swung and missed at strike three, Shewmake drew a walk to load the bases. Blaum worked the count full before launching a blast over the leftfield wall. A&M 11, WVU 10.