A two-seed. Surprised? We sure were. We laid out the case for the Aggies' inclusion into the NCAA Regionals early yesterday morning but never did we think they'd earn a two-seed. In reality, the difference between being the two and being the three is who gets to have the last at-bat. At this point all that matters is that the Aggie baseball team is in postseason play for the first time since 2003 and the team has a new lease on life. Obviously as a two-seed the Aggies were not in danger of missing the field (how can you be a two-seed and be "on the bubble", that would like being an seven or eight seed in the NCAA basketball tournament and being considered a bubble team, it just doesn't make sense).
The Aggies expect to be fully healthy, fully rested and ready to go come Friday afternoon in Tucson. Aggie shortstop Zach Voight is expected to be back at 100 percent after being hampered in the WAC tournament by his ankle sprain. The biggest benefactors could be the pitching staff which was pushed to the limit over the final four weeks of play. The Aggies played 16 games during a four week stretch, including eight games during a nine day stretch. Due to the rough showing in the WAC tournament, none of the pitching staff pitched significant minutes (particularly the starters) and nobody threw more than two innings against Fresno State and Adam Mott had the longest outing of the entire tournament at 4.1 innings.
If the Aggies play like they did back in March and April, this is a team that can win the regional. One area the Aggies definitely need to play better in is their infield defense. A couple botched plays cost them dearly against Fresno State in that 10 run second inning and they just were not as clean as they needed to be the entire tournament. That is one of the things the Aggies worked on Sunday and again yesterday so we expect that it won't be an issue come Friday when the Aggies take the field.
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