June 4, 2010; Miami, FL, USA; Texas A&M Aggies pitcher Ross Stripling (36) throws the ball during the game against the Miami Hurricanes at the Miami regional of the 2010 NCAA baseball tournament at Alex Rodriguez Park. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Brownfield-US PRESSWIRE 6/5/2010 5:05:01 PM
Could the Aggies host a NCAA Regional? They'll need to finish strong against the Cowboys headed into the Big 12 Tournament to host in College Station.
No. 10 Texas A&M looks to set themselves apart as the sole possessor of the number two spot in the Big 12 in the last weekend of regular season play when they travel to Stillwater to play Oklahoma State.
The Aggies (38-14, 13-8 Big 12) are currently in a three-way tie for second with Texas and OSU. They are five games behind Baylor's 18-3 conference record, so securing a two-seed for the conference tournament is the biggest goal for the weekend. Texas has the toughest path, as they play at Baylor to finish up regular season play.
This weekend also has huge implications for the Aggies, as most sites have A&M on the outside looking in for a national seed in NCAA Regional play. A series win and a strong showing in the conference tournament next week in Oklahoma City could would go a long way in helping their case. Unless they completely fall apart this weekend and in the Big 12 Tournament, they likely will host a regional whether they are a top-eight seed or not.
There should be plenty of quality pitching, as the Aggies have two current starters in the 300-career strikeout club, including Saturday starter Ross Stripling who threw a no-hitter last week, while OSU boasts a 2.82 team ERA in conference play.
This will be only the third time the Aggies have left the state of Texas to play ball this season. A&M swept Pepperdine in Malibu and took two of three against Kansas in Lawrence earlier this season.