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TCU-A&M Act II: Aggies coach reflects on epic 16-inning super-regional

The Aggies meet by the dugout after TCU defeated them 5-4 in 16 innings in a Super Regional in 2015.
The Aggies meet by the dugout after TCU defeated them 5-4 in 16 innings in a Super Regional in 2015. Star-Telegram

This super regional matchup was destined to happen: Texas A&M, devastated after last year’s 16-inning gut-wrenching loss to TCU, getting another shot at the Horned Frogs for the right to move on to the College World Series.

The two best college baseball teams in the Lone Star State will square off starting Friday night in a best-of-three series. The Aggies are seeking a second College World Series appearance in six seasons and third since 1999.

A&M coach Rob Childress took over for school legend Mark Johnson and has guided the Aggies to five super regionals. He experienced the ultimate disappointment a year ago when TCU prevailed in an epic, 16-inning battle to advance to Omaha, Neb.

The big difference this time around is the Aggies will have home-field advantage. A&M (48-14 overall) is 32-5 at Olsen Field this season.

On Tuesday, Aggies coach Rob Childress discussed last year’s super-regional loss:

TCU (45-15) will certainly have its work cut out going on the road. The Horned Frogs swept the regionals at Lupton Stadium in convincing fashion.

It’s road to a second consecutive College World Series berth will now have to be earned the hard way.

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