A superb effort from starting pitcher Michael Wacha and a pounding of Florida State starter Hunter Scantling combined to make the deciding game of the Tallahassee Super Regional a laugher. The Aggies jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first, tacked on two more in the second, and were never threatened in a 11-2 thumping of the fifth overall seed Seminoles. Just like the regular regionals, A&M was the last team to advance, and they became the second non-national seed, along with California, to make it to the College World Series.
Wacha baffled Florida State for seven and a third innings, allowing just three hits despite walking five, and striking out eight. Kyle Martin induced an inning ending double play in the eight to end the last real threat the Seminoles would make. Adam Smith paced the offense by going 2-2 with a two-run homer, a walk, and a hit by pitch. Nick Fleece induced a ground ball by Sean Gilmartin in a rainy haze to end the game with runners on first and second base and send Texas A&M to it’s first College World Series since 1999.
The Aggies will start their journey in Omaha by taking on No. 4 seed and defending national champion South Carolina in the late Sunday game. That matchup will take place at 5 PM CST on ESPN.