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Texas A&M Aggies coach Jim Schlossnagle “honored to be part of the 12th Man”

The Texas A&M Aggies booked their ticket to Omaha for the College World Series on Sunday night by defeating the Oregon Ducks 15-9 in the College Station Super Regional at Blue Bell Park.

It was a game in which the Aggies once again came from behind, trailing by as many as five runs in the third inning. And as we've come to expect from this team all year long, they fought back and, thanks to a grand slam from Kaeden Kent in the seventh inning, took control and ultimately secured the win.

However, according to Aggies head coach Jim Schlossnagle, there was one constant throughout the game that helped Texas A&M keep the momentum under control – the 12th man.

“I'm really honored to be part of the 12th man,” Schlossnagle said. “They played a huge role in the game and Kaeden was obviously outstanding. We had a lot of good at-bats and they gave us free bases. Our pitching was ugly early on, but I think we kept it close enough. Kaeden got the big hit and I'm just really proud of our team. The loss yesterday with Braden was an emotional one and we certainly could have given up today. But I'm just really proud of our guys and the crowd played a huge role in the game.”

Unfortunately for the Aggies, Sunday night was also their last game at Blue Bell Park this season, as they will now travel to Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, meaning they will no longer be able to enjoy their home-field advantage.

However, given the way Aggie fans have supported the program throughout the year, including trips to Arlington for the Globe Life Field Series and Hoover, AL, for the SEC Tournament, it wouldn't be a surprise to see many Maroon players in Omaha, either.

“Well, first of all, it's a lot more than that because we can't count the people out there in the Aggies' eye,” Schlossnagle told ESPNU after the game. “I mean, the 12th man is great. They've been like that, especially all year. It's always great. But we're trying to give them better baseball. They've been great all year. Every game has been packed.”

The College World Series begins on June 14 and the Aggies are still waiting for their opponent to be announced.

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