Louisville baseball and Texas A&M are battling for a trip to the College World Series in a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional Tournament this weekend at Blue Bell Park in College Station, Texas.
The Aggies were successful in the bottom of the ninth thanks to Troy Claunch’s two-release, base-laden singlebeating the Cardinals 5-4 in the early hours of Saturday morning.
12 Louisville fell to 42-20-1 with the loss, pushing the Cardinals to the brink of elimination.
The No. 5 Texas A&M improved to 41-18 with the win and only needs one more win to clinch his ticket to Omaha.
Game 2 is scheduled for a first pitch Saturday at 3 p.m. and will air on ESPN2.
Texas A&M 5, Louisville 4:Aggies leave dramatic NCAA baseball super regional Game 1 to put Louisville in the hole
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TAMU’s Troy Claunch hits a single late in the ninth against Louisville
Texas A&M won Game 1 of the super regional on a Troy Claunch single with two outs and the bases in the bottom of the ninth.
TAMU’s Jordan Thompson ties in the seventh with a two-run homer
Jordan Thompson’s home run to Louisville’s Tate Kuehner left center made it 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning.
As the Aggies threatened in the bottom of the sixth, Louisville’s Tate Kuehner slammed the door. The junior southpaw registered back-to-back punches to end the round.
Louisville’s Isaac Humphrey wanted second base, but Texas A&M catcher Troy Claunch had other plans.
The bottom of the fifth inning ended on a fielder’s choice when Louisville shortstop Christian Knapczyk made a sliding play to steal Texas A&M’s Jordan Thompson from a base hit in the middle and returned to the player second baseman Logan Beard for strength.
Texas A&M’s Brett Minnich took away what likely would have been extra bases from Louisville’s Jack Payton with a diving catch on a liner to right field in the top of the third inning.
Louisville took a 2-1 lead over Texas A&M on a single past second baseman Logan Beard in the top of the second inning. Jack Payton and Cameron Masterman
Texas A&M’s Dylan Rock took away what could have been extra goals from Louisville’s Levi Usher on a fly ball to left field. Rock slammed into the outfield wall as he made the catch.
Dan McDonnell is in his 16th season as Louisville baseball’s head coach. Texas A&M is coached by Jim Schlossnagle, who is in his first season with the Aggies.