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Texas A&M Aggies claim 2016 SEC Baseball Tournament Championship over Florida Gators, 12-5

For the first time in school history, the Aggies are the 2016 SEC Tournament Champions.

The Advocate

In front of a crowd of 8,352, the Texas A&M Aggies had a massive seventh inning to get revenge on the #1 ranked Florida Gators to win their first-ever SEC Baseball Tournament championship.

Florida Gators pitcher Logan Shore started the game on the mound with Turner Larkins on the opposing side, holding it down for the Aggies. A&M got off to a hot start as they grabbed a quick 2-0 lead over the Gators by the bottom of the second inning, but the Gators quietly made their way back into the game by the third inning, as Right Fielder Nelson Maldonado was brought home from a a Dalton Guthrie RBI. Catcher Mike Rivera hit an RBI single up the middle, tying the game at two runs apiece.

Aggies outfielder Nick Banks led the charge for A&M in the bottom of the third inning, as he blasted a home run over the right field wall and out of the park to widen the margin 3-2, but the Gators answered in the top of the fourth inning. Maldonado singled to left, bringing in designated hitter Jeremy Vasquez, making it a 4-3 ballgame.

The Gators would later strike for two of their own in the sixth, as Danny Reyes was able to drive in a run to tie the game, with Vasquez scoring minutes later, giving the Gators a 5-4 lead over the Aggies.

The Aggies were able to counter back with a couple jabs of their own in the form of three more runs, due to a Florida error that tied the game. Banks was able to carry over momentum from his earlier third inning home run, by blasting a solo-shot home run to extend the Aggies lead to extend the Aggies lead back to two runs, making it 7-5.

The Aggies literally exploded in the eight inning, as they produced five more runs, making it 12-5, making it their first SEC Tournament Championship in school history.

The Aggies will clearly have a boatload of confidence heading into NCAA Regional Tournament, but for the error-prone Gators, can they bounce back and make a deep run in the tournament?

Both teams will have a national seed in the NCAA Regionals, as they fight for a chance to go to Omaha.