Texas A&M Aggies baseball
The Texas A&M Aggie baseball team represents Texas A&M University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The Aggies have competed in the Southeastern Conference since 2013. The Aggies play home games at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. The team is led by head coach Rob Childress.
|Texas A&M Aggies|
|2020 Texas A&M Aggies baseball team|
|University||Texas A&M University|
|Athletic director||Ross Bjork|
|Head coach||Rob Childress (15th season)|
|Location||College Station, Texas|
|Home stadium||Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park |
(Capacity: 5,400 seating (~7,000 with standing room))
|Colors||Maroon and White|
|College World Series appearances|
|1951, 1964, 1993, 1999, 2011, 2017|
|NCAA regional champions|
|1964, 1993, 1999, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1951, 1955, 1959, 1964, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|Conference tournament champions|
|Southwest Conference: 1986, 1989|
Big 12 Conference: 2007, 2010, 2011
Southeastern Conference: 2016
1931, 1934, 1937, 1942, 1943, 1951, 1955, 1959, 1964, 1966, 1977, 1978, 1986, 1989, 1993
Big 12 Conference
1998, 1999, 2008, 2011
Texas A&M baseball has compiled an all-time record of 2550-1427-42 (.634 winning percentage) through the 2014 season. The Aggies have won 19 conference championships (15 in the Southwest Conference and four in the Big 12). Texas A&M has made 33 NCAA tournament appearances, advancing to the College World Series six times, in 1951, 1964, 1993, 1999, 2011, and 2017. The Aggies have a record of 2–12 in the College World Series.
The early years (1894–1958)Edit
Texas A&M played its first baseball game in 1894. No games were recorded from 1895 to 1903. Seventeen head coaches led A&M baseball from 1904 to 1958, including football coaches Charley Moran, Dana X. Bible, and Homer Norton. During this period, A&M finished with a 626–469–27 record (.572 winning percentage), claimed seven Southwest Conference titles, and made their first trip to the College World Series in 1951. In 1951, led by Beau Bell, the Aggies won a three-game series in the District VI Playoffs over Arizona and advanced to the College World Series. In the 1951 College World Series, Texas A&M defeated Ohio State 3–2 in a first round elimination game to give the Aggies their first College World Series win.
Tom Chandler era (1959–1984)Edit
Tom Chandler came to Texas A&M as an assistant to head coach Beau Bell in 1958. He took over as head coach in 1959 and immediately won the Southwest Conference championship in his first year. Over the next 25 years at the helm, Chandler led the Aggies to 4 more conference championships, 8 NCAA postseasons, and an appearance in the 1964 College World Series. His teams finished 660–329–10 (.667 winning percentage). Chandler was honored for his accomplishments by being inducted into the American Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. His jersey is now displayed on the left field wall at Olsen Field in recognition of his contributions.
Mark Johnson era (1985–2005)Edit
Mark Johnson, an assistant under Chandler, assumed head coaching duties in 1985 and guided the program for just over two decades. During that time, his teams put together a win-loss record of 876–431–3 (.670 winning percentage) and made College World Series appearances in 1993 and 1999. Johnson's highly ranked teams and powerful offenses in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s brought excitement and increased attendance to Olsen Field. His #7 jersey hangs on the right field wall at Olsen Field in honor of his service to A&M. Johnson's 876 wins are the most in Texas A&M history. Johnson led the Aggies to a 37–29 (.561) postseason record in 13 appearances.
In 1989, the Aggies put together a 58–7 record (17–4 in SWC play) and were SWC Co-Champions. The Aggies won the SWC Tournament and hosted a regional at Olsen Field, which included Jackson State, BYU, South Alabama, and #12 LSU. The Aggies exploded in the first three games, outscoring their opponents 65–13 before they were upset by LSU twice, ending one of the most remarkable seasons in A&M history. Despite not advancing to the College World Series, the Aggies finished the year #2 overall in the final Baseball America poll (behind Wichita State, winner of the CWS). The Aggies defeated #3 Texas 4 out of 5 times (with 2 wins coming on walk off home runs), including twice in the SWC Tournament.
Johnson led the Aggies to the College World Series in 1993. The Aggies won the Southwest Conference championship and swept through the Central I Regional in College Station (defeating Yale, Lamar, UCLA, and North Carolina) at Olsen Field to advance to Omaha for the third time. A&M defeated Kansas, 5–1, for the 2nd CWS win in A&M history. Notable stars on the team included Jeff Granger (who holds the single game strikeout record at A&M with 21), Brian Thomas, Chris Clemons, Trey Moore and Kelly Wunsch.
The Aggies again advanced to the College World Series in 1999, led by Daylan Holt, Steven Truitt, John Scheschuk, Dell Lindsey and Casey Fossum. In the College Station regional, the Aggies lost to Long Beach State in game 2 before defeating Ole Miss and Long Beach State twice to advance to the Super Regionals, where they faced #17 Clemson. The Aggies defeated Clemson in a best of 3 series, 2–1, earning the team's fourth trip to the College World Series.
Rob Childress era (2006–present)Edit
In 2006, Texas A&M hired Nebraska associate head coach and pitching coach Rob Childress to take over the program. After struggling to a losing record his first year, Childress has guided the Aggies to a 359–208–2 (.631) record, two Big 12 championships (2010 and 2011), one Southeastern Conference championship (2016), and College World Series appearances in 2011 and 2017. Childress has led the Aggies to the postseason eleven years in a row, beginning in 2007 (the longest streak in Aggie history).
The Aggies advanced to the 2011 College World Series, led by Michael Wacha, Ross Stripling, John Stilson, Tyler Naquin, Jacob House, and Matt Juengel. A&M faced Missouri in the final game of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship. Missouri took an early 6–0 lead before the Aggies rallied to win it in the bottom of the 10th with a walk off home run by Andrew Collazo. Texas A&M won the College Station Regional with wins over Wright State, Seton Hall, and Arizona to advance to the Super Regional at Tallahassee to face the 5th national seed, Florida State. A&M won the first game 6–2 but was blasted in game 2, losing 23–9. The Aggies would win the rubber match 11–2 to advance to the College World Series. The Aggies lost to eventual champion South Carolina in a very close game, 5–4.
The Aggies play at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park, named in honor of C. E. "Pat" Olsen, a 1923 graduate of Texas A&M University and a former baseball player in the New York Yankees farm system. The field opened in 1978 and underwent major renovation after the 2011 season. Average attendance in 2011 was just under 4000 per game.
|1916–1919||D. V. Graves||48–24–3|
|1920–1921||Dana X. Bible||29–10–1|
|1923–1924||H. H. House||18–25–2|
|1928–1929||R. D. Countryman||22–17–3|
|1936–1937||Jules V. Sikes||25–17–2|
|1938–1941; 1948–1950||Marty Karow||95–70–2|
|1942; 1946–1947||Lil Dimmit||49–18|
|1945||A. E. Jones||3–11|
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Texas A&M in the NCAA TournamentEdit
- The NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament started in 1947.
- The format of the tournament has changed through the years.
|1951||3–3||.500||District VI Playoffs |
College World Series;
|1955||1–2||.333||District VI Playoffs;|
|1959||0–2||.000||District VI Playoffs;|
|1964||0–2||.000||College World Series;|
|1976||2–2||.500||Edinburg, TX Regional;|
|1978||2–2||.500||Ann Arbor Regional;|
|1989||3–2||.600||College Station Regional,|
|1991||2–2||.500||Baton Rouge Regional;|
|1993||5–2||.714||College Station Regional, def. Yale, def. UCLA, def. Lamar, def. North Carolina ; Regional Champions|
College World Series; def. Kansas, def. by LSU (Eventual National Champion) and Long Beach State
|1995||4–2||.667||Coral Gables Regional; def. by (14) Florida International, def. UMass, def. (14) Florida International, def. North Carolina, def. (6) Miami, def. by (6) Miami|
|1997||0–2||.000||Palo Alto Regional; def. by Fresno State and (6) Stanford|
|1998||3–2||.600||College Station Regional; def. UNC Charlotte, def. Mississippi State, def. by Mississippi State, def. Washington, def. by Mississippi State|
|1999||6–4||.600||College Station Regional, def. Monmouth, def. by Long Beach State, def. Washington, def. Long Beach State, def. Long Beach State; Regional Champions|
College Station Super Regional, def. Clemson, def. by Clemson, def. Clemson; Super Regional champions
College World Series; def. by (3) Florida State and (4) Cal State Fullerton
|2003||2–2||.500||College Station Regional, def. Oral Roberts, def. Alabama, def. by Houston twice|
|2004||3–3||.500||Rice regional, def. Lamar, def. Texas Southern, def. by (4) Rice, def. (4)Rice; Regional Champion|
Baton Rouge Super Regional; def. by (8) LSU twice
|2007||4–3||.571||College Station Regional, def. Le Moyne, def. by (21) Louisiana-Lafayette, def. Ohio State, def. (21) Louisiana-Lafayette, def. (21) Louisiana-Lafayette ; Regional Champion|
Houston Super Regional; def. by (1) Rice
|2008||3–3||.500||College Station Regional, def. UIC, def. Houston, def. by Houston, def. Houston; Regional Champion|
Houston Super Regional; def. by (5) Rice
|2009||1–2||.333||Fort Worth Regional; def. by (25) Oregon State, def. Wright State, def. by (25) Oregon State|
|2010||3–2||.600||Coral Gables Regional, def. Florida International, def. by (11) Miami. def. Dartmouth, def. (11) Miami, def. by (11) Miami|
|2011||5–4||.556||College Station Regional, def. Wright State, def. Seton Hall, def. by Arizona, def. Arizona; Regional Champion|
Tallahassee Super Regional; def. Florida State
College World Series; def. by (4) South Carolina and California
|2012||1–2||.333||College Station Regional; def. Dayton, def. by Ole Miss, def. by TCU|
|2013||2–2||.500||Corvallis Regional; def. by UC-Santa Barbara, def. UT-San Antonio, def. UC-Santa Barbara, def. by (5)Oregon State|
|2014||3–2||.600||Houston Regional; def. by Texas, def. George Mason, def. Rice, def. Texas, def. by Texas|
|2015||5–3||.625||College Station Regional; def. Texas Southern, def. by California, def. Coastal Carolina, def. California, def. California; Regional Champion|
Fort Worth Super Regional; def. by TCU
|2016||4–2||.667||College Station Regional; def. Binghamton, def. Wake Forest, def. Minnesota; Regional Champion|
College Station Super Regional; def. by TCU
|2017||5–2||1.000||Houston Regional; def. Baylor, def. Iowa, def Houston; Regional Champion|
College Station Super Regional; def. Davidson
College World Series; def. by (7) Louisville and (6) TCU
|2018||1–2||.333||Austin Regional; def Indiana, def. by Texas, def. by Indiana|
- Note: In 1951, Texas A&M participated in the district playoffs, which they won, and moved onto the College World Series. Prior to 1954, district playoff games were not considered a part of the National Collegiate Baseball Championship, and thus are not counted in Texas A&M's NCAA tournament record.
Texas A&M's 1st Team All-AmericansEdit
|Charles "Mel" Work||Pitcher||1951†||ABCA|
|Mike McClure||Third Base||1965†||ABCA|
|Jim Hacker||Second Base||1974†||ABCA|
|Scott Livingstone||Designated hitter||1987†||BA|
|Jeff Brantley||Pitcher||1985†||ABCA, BA|
|Terry Taylor||Second Base||1989†||BA|
|John Byington||Third Base||1989†||ABCA, BA|
|Jeff Granger||Pitcher||1993†||ABCA, BA|
|John Curl||Designated hitter||1995||CB|
|Daylan Holt||Outfielder||1999†||ABCA, BA|
|Scott Beerer||Utility player||2003||CB, BA|
|Boomer White||Third Base||2016||BA|
|Ryne Birk||Second Base||2016||BA|
|Source:"SEC All-Americas". secsports.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-07-24.|
Players selected in the MLB DraftEdit
|Doug Rau||LHP||1st||7th||LAD||1970||retired – LAD, LAA|
|Dave Elmendorf||OF||1st||NYY||1971||Played in the NFL|
|Mark Thurmond||P||5th||118th||SD||1979||retired – SD, DET, BAL, SF|
|Scott Livingstone||IF||2nd||DET||1988||retired – DET, SD, STL, MON|
|Chuck Knoblauch||IF||1st||25th||MIN||1989||retired – MIN, NYY, KC|
|Jeff Granger||LHP||1st||5th||KC||1993||retired – PIT, KC|
|Kelly Wunsch||LHP||1st||26th||MIL||1993||retired – CHW, LAD|
|Chad Alexander||OF||3rd||41st||HOU||1995||retired – HOU, SEA. DET|
|Kevin Beirne||OF||11th||308th||CHW||1995||retired – CHW, TOR, LAD|
|Chad Allen||OF||4th||97th||MIN||1996||retired – MIN, CLE, FLA, TEX|
|Jeff Bailey||OF/1B||2nd||64th||FLA||1997||retired – BOS|
|Jason Tyner||OF||1st||21st||NYM||1998||retired – TB, MIN, NYM, CLE|
|Ryan Rupe||RHP||6th||TB||1998||retired – TB, BOS|
|Casey Fossum||LHP||1st||48th||BOS||1999||retired – BOS, ARI, TBD, DET, NYM|
|Eric Reed||OF||9th||262nd||FLA||2002||retired – FLA|
|Logan Kensing||RHP||2nd||53rd||FLA||2003||current club – WAS|
|Zach Jackson||LHP||1st||32nd||TOR||2004||current club – Minors, MLB – MIL, CLE|
|Justin Ruggiano||OF||25th||748th||LAD||2004||current club – LAD|
|Cliff Pennington||IF||1st||21st||OAK||2005||current club – TOR|
|Brandon Hicks||IF||3rd||108th||ATL||2007||current club – SF|
|Alex Wilson||RHP||2nd||77th||BOS||2009||current club – DET|
|Brooks Raley||LHP||6th||200th||CHC||2009||in Class AAA||current club – Lottle Giants (KBO)|
|Barret Loux||RHP||1st||6th||ARI||2010||Class AAA in 2013|
|Brodie Greene||IF||4th||127th||CIN||2010||in Class AA|
|John Stilson||RHP||3rd||108th||TOR||2011||in Class AAA|
|Tyler Naquin||OF||1st||15th||CLE||2012||current club – CLE|
|Michael Wacha||RHP||1st||19th||STL||2012||current club – STL|
|Ross Stripling||RHP||5th||176th||LAD||2012||current club – LAD|
|Mikey Reynolds||IF||5th||163rd||ATL||2013||in Class A|
|Kyle Martin||RHP||9th||263rd||BOS||2013||current club – BOS|
|Daniel Mengden||RHP||4th||106th||HOU||2014||current club – OAK|
Other notable playersEdit
- "Texas A&M University Brand Guide". Retrieved May 16, 2018.
- "2012 Texas A&M Baseball Almanac". Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- 1989 NCAA Division I baseball rankings
- "Texas A&M Wins Championship Title On Collazo's Walk-Off". big12sports.com. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
- 2011 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament#College World Series
- "Aggie Baseball :: College World Series Central". Aggie Athletics. Archived from the original on 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
- "ABCA AWARDS". AMERICAN BASEBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- "College". The Enthusiast Network. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- "All-Americans". Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Inc. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- "BASEBALL WRITERS AWARDS". www.sportswriters.net. National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Retrieved March 1, 2015.