Even if they were technically a higher seed than Florida -- and therefore almost certainly clinched their at-large berth before the Gators -- there has been a perception that the Aggies were close to the last team into the tournament. They were literally the last SEC team to have its name called on the ESPN selection show, and it was a touch-and-go last couple of weeks for the Aggies.
But shortly after Florida was sent home, Texas A&M clinched a 6-1 victory against UTSA that showed that, yes, the Aggies did get their bid to the college baseball playoffs for a reason. And they are now back on track to what will nonetheless be a difficult path to the super regionals if A&M can make it.
Parker Ray was sterling for TAMU on Saturday, pitching 8.2 innings of five-hit ball before the Aggies opted for a pitching change with runners on first and second and two outs. A&M had three doubles and a triple among its 12 hits in the game. Whether Texas A&M was the last SEC team into the NCAA tournament or not, the win Saturday ensured they will not be the first team to go home.