Los Fresnos News

And Then There Were Eight.

Two Texas Schools among teams qualified for 2022 College World Series

By Ruben Rodriguez
Los Fresnos News

After a long first two weeks in the 2022 NCAA Baseball Tournament, we have reached the best part of the annual tournament. The 2022 College World Series is now set to take place. 64 teams started the exciting tournament, now eight teams have successfully punched their ticket to Omaha, Nebraska.

Of those eight teams, two stand proud as they represent the Lone Star State. Those teams being, the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies. The Other six teams in the College World Series are Arkansas, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford and Auburn.

The Longhorns started their CWS journey hosting the Austin Regional, going against Air Force, Dallas Baptist University and Louisiana Tech. Texas, who has gone to 35 of 70 College World Series’, looked to advance back. The Longhorns used the home field advantage successfully qualified to the Super Regionals after a clean sweep in Pool Play. Texas A&M qualified out of the College Station Regional in a sweep fashion as well.

Heading to the Super Regionals, The Longhorns were slated against East Carolina University. The Pirates were looking to clinch their first CWS Berth since 2001. Texas Struck first in the opening game with a 2-0 lead in the first inning. ECU would later turn up the heat, scoring multiple runs, holding Texas Scoreless for multiple innings. The Longhorns would bite and chip away at the lead, however ECU dominated and captured game one with a 13-7 victory. Game Two saw ECU take an early lead with the Longhorns winning off a walkoff home run 9-8. Game Three Texas took the lead off hot bats, and despite a 4 hour rain delay, Texas punched their ticket to Omaha on an 11-1 victory.

Texas A&M went up against ACC powerhouse Louisville in the Super Regional, Getting the home-field advantage again due to being ranked higher than Louisville. The Cardinals got the lead early on and maintained control, with great hitting and solid defense. The fighting Aggies responded, mounting a comeback and a walk off on an RBI Single to win game one 5-4. Coming off the walk off in Game one, Texas A&M rode in on the momentum into game two and had a solid execution on offense and defense. Capturing game two with a 6-3 victory.

Other major moments during the tournament saw the Number one ranked Tennessee Volunteers go down in the Super Regionals off a comeback mounted by Notre Dame in game three. Stanford getting a major win over a tough UConn ballclub. Auburn upsetting PAC-12 Powerhouse Oregon State.

With the College World Series a mere few days away, Eight powerhouse teams will converge on TD Ameritrade Ballpark in Omaha, Nebraska to crown themselves the 2022 NCAA Baseball Champions. The Longhorns will be looking for their seventh National Championship, while Texas A&M makes their first appearance in the CWS since 2017 as they look to capture their first National Championship.