The Aggie baseball team opened conference play with a 2-1 series victory over rival Nevada thanks to an amazing comeback over the final three innings. The Aggies fell behind 5-0 and then 6-1 after six and a half innings but made up those five runs over the final nine outs. The Aggies scored three in the bottom of the seventh and then three in the bottom of a wild ninth inning that saw the Aggies win on a walk-off throwing error.
This was a game that afterwards you really felt like the Aggies stole. Unlike the Thursday game in which the Aggies lost but had plenty of opportunities to pull of a come-from-behind victory, the Aggies had a runner in scoring position just twice through the first five innings. Meanwhile, the Aggies were lucky to only be down 5-0 because the Wolf Pack stranded 10 base runners through those first six innings. Nevada led nearly wire-to-wire in the Saturday game. The first Aggie lead came when Ethan Chavez crossed the plate for the game winning run.
Just like the Aggies' doubleheader sweep over Kent State (the games that started the 14-game win streak) were defining moments of the season, just like the wins at Arizona, New Mexico and Texas Tech were defining moments of the season so too was this win over Nevada. With only 18 games deciding the regular season champion every single game won or lost is magnified that much more. We stated last week that we believe that 14-4 will win the regular season title and losing two games on the first weekend puts a ton of pressure on any team over the remaining 15 games.
The Aggies' conference opponent this week is Sacramento State who went into Ruston and pulled off a somewhat surprising 2-1 series victory over the Bulldogs. The Aggies have historically played well in Sacramento but Sac St. has to be feeling good about themselves after their trip to Ruston and it should be a very interesting series.