Texas A&M vs. Oregon: Who will advance to the College World Series?

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Chris Cortez and Hayden Schott played vital roles in helping Texas A&M gain a 1-0 edge in its super regional series against Oregon. (Image Sources: Chris Cortez - https://12thman.com/sports/baseball/roster/chris-cortez/11818; Hayden Schott - https://12thman.com/sports/baseball/roster/hayden-schott/12460)
Chris Cortez and Hayden Schott played vital roles in helping Texas A&M gain a 1-0 edge in its super regional series against Oregon. (Image Sources: Texas A&M website/12thman.com)

Texas A&M looks to return to the College World Series after a year-long hiatus by sweeping Oregon in Game 2 of their best-of-three super regional clash on Sunday at Olsen Field, Blue Bell Park.

The Aggies moved a step closer to advancing with a 10-6 win in Game 1. Looking at the recent outing, Texas A&M appears to have enough firepower to make it to the Charles Schwab Field Omaha despite the injury of one of their top stars, Braden Montogomery, who left the ballpark on Saturday with a lower leg injury.

Game 2's first pitch is scheduled for 7:30 PM ET, with ESPN covering the proceeding on live television while ESPN+ will stream the game.


Reliever saves Texas A&M from Oregon's early blitz

Texas A&M relief pitcher Chris Cortez effectively filled in for left-handed pitcher Ryan Prager, striking out 10 batters and allowing zero runs in 5.2 innings. The Aggies were behind 6-3 when Cortez stepped on the mound. Prager, who had an 8-1 record with a 2.53 ERA before the super regional game against Oregon, gave up six runs in 1 2/3 innings, his shortest start this season.

Texas A&M's comeback began in the third inning when Hayden Schott singled, driving in Jackson Appel home to cut the deficit to two runs. The Aggies took the lead in the fourth, with Jace LaViolette, Kaeden Kent and Hayden Schott driving in a run each. They increased their lead with three more runs off RBIs from LaViolette, Kent and Appel in the fifth frame.

Oregon couldn't add to their run production as Cortez shut them down. The situation worsened for the Ducks when Texas A&M called in closer Evan Aschenbeck to get the final five outs. He induced a flyout and a strikeout to end the inning, stranding two Oregon runners. He then shut down the Ducks with a strikeout, groundout and another strikeout to seal the game for the Aggies, who took a 1-0 lead in the series.


Anson Aroz leads Oregon, RJ Gordon takes the loss

Anson Aroz was the lone bright spot for Oregon hitting 2-of-4 with a home run and three RBIs.
Anson Aroz was the lone bright spot for Oregon hitting 2-of-4 with a home run and three RBIs.

Anson Aroz emerged as Oregon's top star, as he drilled a two-run home run in the first inning and an RBI single in the second, finishing 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Chase Meggers went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and Mason Neville was 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Oregon starter RJ Gordon took the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) in 3 1/3 innings. He surrendered four walks and struck out four batters in 103 pitches.

Oregon will start left-hander Grayson Grinsell (7-2, 3.82 ERA) in Game 2, while Texas will counter with Shane Sdao (5-1, 2.61 ERA). The Aggies may be without outfielder Braden Montgomery, who hurt his leg while attempting to score from second in the first inning. Montgomery didn't return and was shown on TV with an air cast and crutches.


Texas A&M set to clinch College World Series berth unless Oregon bounces back

Texas A&M remains the favorite to win Game 2 and gain a slot in the College World Series.

Oregon must improve its pitching and fielding to silence Texas and force a decider. Winning Game 2 should be the Ducks' focus now, and coach Mark Wasikowski must map out a strategy to beat the Aggies.


Will Oregon bounce back in Game 2 and force a super-regional decider? Let us know your views in the comments section.

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