June 16, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M makes the trip to the College World Series this week for the fifth time in program history. The Aggies will open play on Sunday at 6 p.m. (CDT) against defending national champion South Carolina, will then face either Virginia or California on Tuesday.
This year marks the debut of the brand-new TD Ameritrade Park in downtown Omaha as the host of the event as well as the 65th anniversary of the College World Series.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS
SUNDAY (JUNE 19)
Texas A&M - #36 Ross Stripling (Jr., RHP, 14-2, 2.29)
South Carolina - #29 Michael Roth (Jr. LHP) (Jr., LHP, 13-3, 1.02)
MONDAY (JUNE 21) vs CALIFORNIA/VIRGINIA
Texas A&M - #38 Michael Wacha (So., RHP, 9-3, 2.12)
FOLLOWING THE ACTION
TELEVISION -- The College World Series will be televised in its entirety on ESPN and ESPN2 ... the Aggies' first game Sunday against South Carolina will air on ESPN2 ... Dave O'Brien, Nomar Garciaparra and Kyle Peterson will have the call.
RADIO -- Fans can listen locally on WTAW-AM 1620 ... Dave South (play-by-play) and Kevin Hurley (commentary) will call the action ... pregame show begins 30 minutes prior to first pitch.
INTERNET -- aggieathletics.com will offer live play-by-play and statistics ... fans can watch all the games free of charge on aggieathletics.com.
MOBILE PHONE -- listen to the game on your iPhone, Blackberry or PDA free of charge ... log on to radioaggieland.com for more information.
A&M's ROAD TO OMAHA
Texas A&M was awarded one of 16 regional sites and opened play with an 11-0 blanking of Wright State ... the Aggies then defeated Seton Hall, 6-3, and would face Arizona in the regional final ... the Wildcats forced a second championship game with a 7-4 win over A&M but, after a postponement due to rain, the Aggies shut out Arizona 3-0 to advance to the Super Regional round.
The Aggies were paired with No. 5 national seed Florida State in the best-of-three Super Regional series in Tallahassee ... A&M knocked off FSU, 6-2, in the opener ... the Seminoles then powered their way to a 23-9 win to even the series ... the Aggies, however, answered with a decisive 11-2 victory in the winner-take-all third game to punch their ticket to Omaha.
Texas A&M was the only road team to win a super regional this season.
Recaps of all postseason games can be found in the season box scores section of the game notes.
TEXAS A&M AT THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Texas A&M is making its fifth all-time appearance in the College World Series, and its first since the 1999 season ... the Aggies also made it to Omaha in 1951, 1964 and 1993.
The Aggies sport an all-time CWS record of 2-8, with victories coming in 1991 (over Ohio State) and 1993 (over Kansas).
A&M is 1-3 all-time in CWS openers.
TEXAS A&M VERSUS THE CWS FIELD
Texas A&M has faced four of the other seven teams in this year's College World Series field ... a closer look at the history between the Aggies and the rest of the 2011 CWS schools:
SOUTH CAROLINA (never faced): Texas A&M and South Carolina have never met in baseball.
CALIFORNIA (series tied, 2-2): Texas A&M and Cal have split four all-time meetings on the baseball diamond ... the last meeting came in the 1992 NCAA Regional in Gainesville, Fla. ... A&M opened the regional with a 15-6 win over Cal, but three days later the Bears eliminated A&M, 11-4, to advance to Omaha ... the other two meetings came in a two-game set at Olsen Field in College Station back in 1984, with each winning once.
VIRGINIA (never faced): Texas A&M and Virginia have never met in baseball.
VANDERBILT (never faced): Texas A&M and Vanderbilt have never met in baseball.
FLORIDA (A&M leads, 6-1): Texas A&M leads the all-time series with Florida, 6-1 ... all but one meeting have come in the tenure of Aggie coach Rob Childress (since 2006) ... A&M took two of three in Gainesville from the then fifth-ranked Gators in Childress' first season, 2006 ... A&M then swept three games from Florida in the return trip at Olsen Field in 2007 ... the teams' only postseason meeting, and first-ever meeting, came in the 1992 NCAA Regional in Gainesville, a 6-5 Texas A&M victory.
TEXAS (UT leads, 234-121-5): Texas leads the all-time series with Texas A&M, 234-121-5, and has won 19 of the last 23 meetings ... the Texas A&M/Texas rivalry is the longest-running and most often played series in Aggie baseball history, dating back 107 years ... the Horns took two of a tight three-game series from the Aggies in mid-May, with every game being decided by three runs or less ... the teams met on the baseball diamond for the 97th straight season last month ... the last time A&M and UT did not play baseball was in 1914 ... Texas is by far A&M's most common opponent of all time.