Texas A&M Blanks Florida to Advance to the National Championship

 

OMAHA, NE — Texas A&M Baseball is headed to play for a National Championship for the first time in program history. In Wednesday night's semifinal matchup against Florida, the Aggies delivered another masterful performance, remaining undefeated (8-0) in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. 

Texas A&M pitchers combined for a 4-hit, zero runs allowed performance in the Aggies’ 6-0 victory. Justin Lamkin received the start on the mound, and Chris Cortez, Josh Stewart, and Evan Aschenbeck came in relief to secure A&M’s 12th shutout of the season. Lamkin shut down the Gators early. Just hours after Florida put up 15 runs against Kentucky, he held the Gators to five scoreless innings in the start. Lamkin allowed three hits, had one walk, and struck out nine batters.

On offense, the Aggies kickstarted the scoring early with two runs in the first inning. Kaeden Kent added one run when he led off the 5th inning with a double before Gavin Grahovac hit a ground-rule double to score Kent. A&M added two insurance runs in the 6th and one in the 9th before the Aggies finished off Florida.

No. 3 Texas A&M now moves into the 3-game Championship Final against the No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers. The Vols dismantled Florida State in their semifinal matchup 7-2 to reach the final series. Tennessee’s win ensured the second All-SEC championship series for the second year in a row. Now, A&M goes into the matchup as an underdog.

The Final Series will start on Saturday, June 22. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska. 

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