Championship Sunday. Nothing that has happened over the last three weeks matters now. What matters is that the Aggies, despite losing seven in a row including 5-of-6 in WAC play, hold destiny in their own hands. The Aggies came to San Jose needing to sweep the series and also needing Hawai'i to take two-of-three from Nevada to give them a shot at a share of the regular season championship and the number one seed in next week's WAC Tournament. The Warriors held up their end of the bargain and through two games the Aggies have done what they needed to do.
It all comes down to today's game. Win the game and the Aggies will be co-champions with Nevada and Sacramento State (the Aggies took series from both of the teams) and earn the top seed and a first round bye (and would not have to play until Friday). Lose the game and the Aggies will fall to the 4-seed and would face Fresno State in the first round on Wednesday.
The Aggies will send Michael Ormseth to the mound and the Spartans will likely counter with Zach Jones. It'll be all hands on deck for the Spartans as they've been eliminated from conference tournament contention and what remains to be seen is if it will be all hands on deck for the Aggies. It's an interesting position because should they lose, they'll have to turn around and play on Wednesday but the extra rest that would come from winning tomorrow would be invaluable (the Aggie pitching staff has pitched a ton of innings and thrown a lot of pitches over the past 10 days including a pair of extra innings games). In particular closer Scott Coffman has pitched a lot of innings, 4.2 against Fresno State last Saturday, 2.0 against New Mexico on Tuesday, 1.1 against SJSU on Friday and 1.0 last night against the Spartans. One fourth of his innings pitched have come in the last week. The Aggies are going to need a fully rested Coffman for the WAC tournament.
The biggest key to this series so far has been the Aggies ability to score early and put pressure on San Jose State. If the Aggie can do that again today, we like the Aggies' chances.
The game is scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. (MDT) first pitch and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces and online via Aggie Access (subscription required).
The SJSU athletic website recaps the Aggies' win.
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