The Daily Aggie :: 06/01/10 :: A Look Back At Aggie Baseball's Outstanding Year

The 2010 NCAA Baseball Tournament field was announced yesterday and it should come as no surprise to anyone that Hawai'i was sent just down the road a little ways to Tempe to the Arizona St. Regional. The Warriors are in the four team regional with No. 1 overall seed Arizona State, UW-Milwaukee and San Diego. The Warriors have an 8-6 victory over San Diego this season.

As for the Aggie baseball team, their season came to a close last week after two games in the WAC Tournament. A much earlier exit than anyone anticipated or hoped for. However, despite losing 11 of their final 12 games, they still had a very very strong season. The Aggies finished with a record of 36-23-1 and 14-9-1 in conference play. The 36 wins is the 5th most in a single season during the program's 48 year history and the Aggies' 14 conference victories were the second most conference victories in a single season in the 18 years the team has been affiliated with a conference (Big West, Sun Belt and WAC). Only the 2003 team that finished 15-9 in the Sun Belt and the 2008 team that finished 15-17 in the WAC had more conference victories.

The Aggies were also ranked in the Top 25 for the second consecutive season when they earned a ranking of No. 20 from the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on April 5th.

The Aggies also had two significant win streaks during the season. The first was a 12-game win streak from March 20th through April 9th. During that streak the Aggies defeated UC-Santa Barbara twice, swept Wofford at home (four games), defeated Texas Tech in Midland, Tex. and then swept Houston Baptist (four games) on the road. The final game of the 12-game win streak came against Nevada to start conference play. That streak tied the school record for consecutive victories.

The second win streak was a 10-game win streak from April 18th through May 2nd. The Aggies started the streak with a pair of road victories over San Jose State followed by a four-game sweep of Sacramento State on the road. The Aggies then came home and swept four games against Louisiana Tech.

From March 20th through May 2nd the Aggies compiled a record of 24-2-1, easily the best stretch in Aggie baseball history (the 2009 team started the season 28-4, but the 2010 team's 24-2-1 stretch is much more impressive considering it included 16 games in conference play and a 14-1 road record).

While the offensive records didn't fall at the same rate they did last season (and admittedly, it's somewhat unrealistic to expect the Aggies to break many of the records they set last season) they did break the single season record for hits with 776 (previous record was 772 set last season) and the single season record for runs scored with 609 which eclipsed the 602 runs scored in the 2003 season. Individually, Ryan Aguayo tied the single season record for at-bats with 252 which he now shares with Alex Borgo (2003) and Chris Auten (2008).

The Aggies earned five WAC Hitter of the Week honors as Leo Aguirre was honored twice, Wade Reynoso, Ben Harty and Nate Shaver were each recognized once. Dan Reid was also named the WAC Pitcher of the Week once.

Two Aggies earned postseason All-WAC honors as Leo Aguirre was named to the First Team and Ryan Aguayo was named to the Second Team. Nate Shaver earned All-WAC Tournament honors as well.

As a team, the Aggies have posted 80 wins in the past two seasons which ties a record for the best two-year span in history with the 2002 and 2003 teams which also won 80 games. They have the best winning percentage over a two-year span of any Aggie ballclub, they also have the best conference record over a two-year span. Rocky also became the school's all-time winningest coach earlier in the season and keeps adding to that record with 334 victories at the conclusion of this season.

Despite the disappointment in not winning a WAC title this season, the Aggies have clearly established themselves as title contenders in the WAC and the 2011 season can't arrive soon enough.