The Austin Regional played out as the media wanted it to. The Aggies and the Longhorns will face off on day two for a spot in the regional final. Meanwhile, Indiana and Texas Southern will fight off elimination.
Game 1: No. 3 Texas A&M 10, No. 2 Indiana 3
Sophomore pitcher John Doxakis continued his hot pitching streak with a a career-high 12 strikeouts on the day while allowing only one hit. The Aggies struck out 17 Hoosiers as a staff, using Stephen Kolek and Christian Roa in relief. Kolek struggled to start off, but the Aggies had staked out such a large lead it didn’t matter. A seven-run fourth inning put the Aggies up, and they never let off the gas peddle. Zach DeLoach, Michael Helman and Logan Foster all were huge parts of the offensive explosion.
Game 2: No. 1 Texas 10, No. 4 Texas Southern 0
Texas Southern has never been successful against the Longhorns and that sure didn’t change on Friday night. From the first pitch, this game was all about the guys in burnt orange. Junior Chase Shugart tossed six shutout innings, striking out five and allowing only four hits with no walks or extra-base hits allowed in a 69-pitch performance. The opponent, however, was not of note. The real test will come in the winners bracket tomorrow when they face the Aggies, fresh off a run to the SEC Tournament Semi Finals.
2:30 p.m. on ESPN3: No. 4 Texas Southern (27-26) vs. No. 2 Indiana (38-18)
This game, in my mind, is already figured out. I would be shocked to see Texas Southern emerge victorious in this one. Indiana struggled against Texas A&M in game one of the day, but I can’t imagine they would have that same offensive struggle against the Tigers. Look for Indiana to find it’s way to Sunday play. Texas Southern does, however, have a lot to play for, and crazier things have happened.
6 p.m. on ESPN 2: No. 1 Texas (37-20) vs. No. 3 Texas A&M (40-20)
This game is the one that everyone now has circled for tomorrow. The two teams faced off in College Station earlier this season, where the Aggies won, 6-5. Now, however, it is for all the marbles. This one is for a spot in the regional finals on Sunday. The Aggies have the higher RPI and the better record, as well as a better showing at their conference tournament; however, the Longhorns won the regular season Big 12 title. These two teams always bring down the house, and Saturday night will be no different.