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Texas A&M Aggies
Founded: 1894
Texas A&M Aggies athletic logo

University Texas A&M University
Conference Southeastern
Location College Station, TX
Head Coach Rob Childress (9th year)
Home Stadium Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park
(Capacity: 5,400 seating (~7,000 with standing room))
Nickname Aggies
Colors

Maroon and White

            
College World Series Appearances
1951, 1964, 1993, 1999, 2011
NCAA Regional Champions
1964, 1993, 1999, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1951, 1955, 1959, 1964, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference Tournament Champions
Southwest Conference: 1986, 1989
Big 12: 2007, 2010, 2011
Conference Champions

Southwest Conference
1931, 1934, 1937, 1942, 1943, 1951, 1955, 1959, 1964, 1966, 1977, 1978, 1986, 1989, 1993


Big 12
1998, 1999, 2008, 2011
Head Coach Rob Childress on the mound, instructing an Aggie pitcher.

The Texas A&M Aggie baseball team represents Texas A&M University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The Aggies have competed in the Southeastern Conference since 2013. The Aggies plays home games at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. The team led by head coach Rob Childress.

History[edit]

Texas A&M baseball has compiled an all-time record of 2550-1427-42 (.634 winning percentage) through the 2014 season. The Aggies have won 19 conference championships, 15 in the Southwest Conference and four in the Big 12. Texas A&M has made 30 NCAA tournament appearances, advancing to the College World Series five times, in 1951, 1964, 1993, 1999 and 2011.[1] The Aggies have a record of 2-10 in the College World Series.

The early years (1894-1958)[edit]

Texas A&M played its first baseball game in 1894. No games were recorded from 1895 to 1903. Seventeen different head coaches led A&M baseball from 1904 to 1958, including football coaches Charley Moran, Dana X. Bible, and Homer Norton. During this period, A&M finished with a 626-469-27 record (.572 winning percentage), claimed seven Southwest Conference titles, and made their first trip to the College World Series in 1951. In 1951, led by Beau Bell, the Aggies won a three-game series in the District VI Playoffs over Arizona and advanced to the College World Series. In the 1951 College World Series, the A&M defeated Ohio State (the eventual national champion) 3-2 in Game 2 to give the Aggies their first College World Series win.

Tom Chandler era (1959-1984)[edit]

Tom Chandler came to Texas A&M as an assistant to head coach Beau Bell in 1958. He took over as head coach in 1959 and immediately won the Southwest Conference championship in his first year. Over the next 25 years at the helm, Chandler led the Aggies to 4 more conference championships, 8 NCAA postseasons, and an appearance in the 1964 College World Series. His teams finished 660-329-10 (.667 winning percentage). Chandler was honored for his accomplishments by being inducted into the American Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. His jersey now displays on the left field wall at Olsen Field in recognition of his contributions.

Mark Johnson era (1985-2005)[edit]

Mark Johnson, an assistant under Chandler, assumed head coaching duties in 1985 and guided the program for just over two decades. During that time, his teams put together a win-loss record of 876-431-3 (.670 winning percentage) and made College World Series appearances in 1993 and 1999. Johnson's highly ranked teams and powerful offenses in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s brought excitement and increased attendance to Olsen Field. His #7 jersey hangs on the right field wall at Olsen Field in honor of his service to A&M. Johnson's 876 wins are the most in Texas A&M history. Johnson led the Aggies to a 37-29 (.561) postseason record in 13 appearances.

In 1989, the Aggies put together a 58-7 record (17-4 in SWC play) and were SWC Co-Champions. The Aggies won the SWC Tournament and hosted a regional at Olsen Field, which included Jackson State, BYU, South Alabama, and (12)LSU. The Aggies exploded in the first three games, outscoring their opponents 65-13 before they were upset by LSU in a best-of-three series, ending one of the most remarkable seasons in A&M history. Despite not advancing to the College World Series, the Aggies finished the year #2 overall in the final Baseball America poll (behind Wichita State, winner of the CWS).[2] The Aggies defeated #3 Texas 4 out of 5 times (2 games with walk off home runs), including twice in the SWC Tournament.

Johnson led the Aggies to the College World Series in 1993. The Aggies won the Southwest Conference championship and swept through the Central I Regional in College Station (defeating Yale, Lamar, UCLA, and North Carolina) at Olsen Field to advance to Omaha for the third time. A&M defeated Kansas, 5-1, for the 2nd CWS win in A&M history. Notable stars on the team included Jeff Granger (who holds the single game strikeout record at A&M with 21), Brian Thomas, Chris Clemons, Trey Moore and Kelly Wunsch.

The Aggies again advanced to the College World Series in 1999, led by Daylan Holt, Steven Truitt, John Scheschuk, Dell Lindsey and Casey Fossum. In the College Station regional, the Aggies lost to Long Beach State in game 2 before defeating Ole Miss and Long Beach State twice to advance to the Super Regionals, facing (17)Clemson. The Aggies defeated Clemson in a best of 3 series, 2-1, earning the team's fourth trip to the College World Series.

Rob Childress era (2006-present)[edit]

In 2006, Texas A&M hired Nebraska associate head coach and pitching coach Rob Childress to take over the program. After struggling to a losing record his first year, Childress has guided the Aggies to a 359–208–2 (.631) record, two Big 12 championships, and a College World Series appearance in 2011. Childress has led the Aggies to the postseason eight years in a row, beginning in 2007 (the longest streak in Aggie history).

The Aggies advanced to the 2011 College World Series, led by Michael Wacha, Ross Stripling, John Stilson, Tyler Naquin, Jacob House, and Matt Juengel. A&M faced Missouri in the final game of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship. Missouri took an early 6-0 lead before the Aggies rallied to win it in the bottom of the 10th with a walk off home run by Andrew Collazo.[3] Texas A&M won the College Station Regional with wins over Wright State, Seton Hall, and Arizona to advance to the Super Regional at Tallahassee to face the 5th national seed, Florida State. A&M won the first game 6-2 but was blasted in game 2, losing 23-9. The Aggies would win the rubber match 11-2 to advance to the College World Series. The Aggies lost to eventual champion South Carolina in a very close game, 5-4.[4]

Stadium[edit]

The Aggies play at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park, named in honor of C. E. "Pat" Olsen, a 1923 graduate of Texas A&M University and a former baseball player in the New York Yankees farm system. The field opened in 1978 and underwent major renovation after the 2011 season. Average attendance in 2011 was just under 4000 per game.

Head coaches[edit]

Years Coach Record
1904–1908 Wirt Spencer 47-28-3
1909–1914 Charley Moran 48-46-5
1915 Con Lucid 16-5
1916–1919 D. V. Graves 48-24-3
1920–1921 Dana X. Bible 29-10-1
1922 Gene Cochrehan 9-8
1923–1924 H. H. House 18-25-2
1925–1927 Claude Rothgeb 37-22-2
1928–1929 R. D. Countryman 22-17-3
1930–1935 Grady Higginbotham 64-48-3
1936–1937 Jules V. Sikes 25-17-2
1938–1941; 1948–1950 Marty Karow 95-70-2
1942; 1946–1947 Lil Dimmit 49-18
1943–1944 Homer Norton 18-16
1945 A. E. Jones 3-11
1951–1958 Beau Bell 98-104-1
1959–1984 Tom Chandler 660-329-10
1985–2005 Mark Johnson 876-431-3
2006–present Rob Childress 359–208–2

Year-by-year results[edit]

Information Source: [1]

Year-by-Year Results
Year Coach Record Conference Record Conference Notes
1894 Unknown 3–1
No team from 1895 through 1903.
1904 Wirt Spencer 9–3
1905 Wirt Spencer 11–5
1906 Wirt Spencer 12–8
1907 Wirt Spencer 8–4–2
1908 Wirt Spencer 7–8–1
1909 Charley Moran 8–11
1910 Charley Moran 7–9–1
1911 Charley Moran 7–9–1
1912 Charley Moran 14–5–1
1913 Charley Moran 6–6
1914 Charley Moran 6–6–2
1915 Con Lucid 16–5 6-5 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1916 D. V. Graves 17–8 8-7 (3rd) Southwestern Conference
1917 D. V. Graves 9–5–3 2-4 (3rd) Southwestern Conference
1918 D. V. Graves 14–5 4-4 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1919 D. V. Graves 8–6 4-4 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1920 Dana X. Bible 12–6–1 8-4 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1921 Dana X. Bible 17–4 11-3 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1922 Gene Cochrehan 9–8 6-6 (3rd) Southwestern Conference
1923 H. H. House 9–12–2 9-8-2 (4th) Southwestern Conference
1924 H. H. House 9–13 7-10 (5th) Southwestern Conference
1925 Claude Rothgeb 6–12 3-9 (7th) Southwestern Conference
1926 Claude Rothgeb 16–4–2 8-2 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1927 Claude Rothgeb 16–7 10-6 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1928 R. D. Countryman 8–9–1 9-7 (3rd) Southwestern Conference
1929 R. D. Countryman 14–8–2 9-7 (3rd) Southwestern Conference
1930 R. G. Higginbotham 16–6 8-6 (4th) Southwestern Conference
1931 R. G. Higginbotham 12–6 9-1 (1st) Southwestern Conference SWC Champions
1932 R. G. Higginbotham 7–11–1 5-11 (5th) Southwestern Conference
1933 R. G. Higginbotham 9–10 5-5 (3rd) Southwestern Conference
1934 R. G. Higginbotham 10–7–1 9-3 (1st) Southwestern Conference SWC Champions
1935 R. G. Higginbotham 10–8–1 5-6 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1936 Jules V. Sikes 10–12–1 8-5-1 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1937 J. V. Sikes 15–5–1 13-2 (1st) Southwestern Conference SWC Champions
1938 Marty Karow 11–10 10-5 (3rd) Southwestern Conference
1939 Marty Karow 9–14–2 8-7 (T-2nd) Southwestern Conference
1940 Marty Karow 11–10 7-5 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1941 Marty Karow 11–10 10-4 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1942 Lil Dimmit 19–3 13-2 (1st) Southwestern Conference SWC Champions
1943 Homer Norton 12–6 6-2 (T-1st) Southwestern Conference SWC Co-Champions
1944 Homer Norton 6–10 No SWC champions (World War II) Southwestern Conference
1945 A.E. "Pete" Jones 3–11 1-10 (5th) Southwestern Conference
1946 Lil Dimmit 16–7 7-8 (3rd) Southwestern Conference
1947 Lil Dimmit 14–8 8-6 (3rd) Southwestern Conference
1948 Marty Karow 19–7 11-4 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1949 Marty Karow 17–8 10-4 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1950 Marty Karow 17–11 9-5 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1951 Beau Bell 21–11 11-4 (T-1st) Southwestern Conference SWC Co-Champions
NCAA Playoffs
College World Series
1952 Beau Bell 10–19–1 6-9 (T-4th) Southwestern Conference
1953 Beau Bell 10–15 6-9 (4th) Southwestern Conference
1954 Beau Bell 11–13 7-7 (4th) Southwestern Conference
1955 Beau Bell 20–7 13-2 (1st) Southwestern Conference SWC Champions
NCAA Playoffs
1956 Beau Bell 10–13 5-9 (5th) Southwestern Conference
1957 Beau Bell 5–15 4-10 (6th) Southwestern Conference
1958 Beau Bell 11–11 6-8 (4th) Southwestern Conference
1959 Tom Chandler 18–9 11-4 (1st) Southwestern Conference SWC Champions
NCAA Playoffs
1960 Tom Chandler 5–17–1 1-11 (6th) Southwestern Conference
1961 Tom Chandler 14–10–1 6-8 (T-4th) Southwestern Conference
1962 Tom Chandler 18–7 11-4 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1963 Tom Chandler 15–10–1 9-6 (3rd) Southwestern Conference
1964 Tom Chandler 19–8–1 12-3 (1st) Southwestern Conference SWC Champions
NCAA Playoffs
College World Series
1965 Tom Chandler 16–7 10-5 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1966 Tom Chandler 20–8–2 9-6 (T-1st) Southwestern Conference SWC Quad-Champions
1967 Tom Chandler 17–11–1 7-8 (4th) Southwestern Conference
1968 Tom Chandler 21–7 10-5 (3rd) Southwestern Conference
1969 Tom Chandler 15–11 7-8 (5th) Southwestern Conference
1970 Tom Chandler 25–9 13-4 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1971 Tom Chandler 31–9 12-6 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1972 Tom Chandler 27–13 10-8 (4th) Southwestern Conference
1973 Tom Chandler 19–9 9-8 (3rd) Southwestern Conference
1974 Tom Chandler 31–13 17-7 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1975 Tom Chandler 32–15–1 17-7 (2nd) Southwestern Conference NCAA Regional
1976 Tom Chandler 40–13 15-6 (2nd) Southwestern Conference NCAA Regional
1977 Tom Chandler 37–16 18-4 (1st) Southwestern Conference SWC Champions
NCAA Regional
1978 Tom Chandler 39–16 19-5 (1st) Southwestern Conference SWC Champions
NCAA Regional
1979 Tom Chandler 30–20 13-10 (4th) Southwestern Conference
1980 Tom Chandler 38–14 17-6 (2nd) Southwestern Conference
1981 Tom Chandler 35–16–1 10-10-1 (5th) Southwestern Conference
1982 Tom Chandler 33–19–1 10-10-1 (4th) Southwestern Conference
1983 Tom Chandler 24–21 4-17 (8th) Southwestern Conference
1984 Tom Chandler 41–21 13-8 (3rd) Southwestern Conference NCAA Regional
1985 Mark Johnson 39–16 12-9 (T-4th) Southwestern Conference
1986 Mark Johnson 45–23 16-5 (T-1st) Southwestern Conference SWC Co-Champions
NCAA Regional
1987 Mark Johnson 44–22–1 14-7 (3rd) Southwestern Conference NCAA Regional
1988 Mark Johnson 52–15 17-4 (2nd) Southwestern Conference NCAA Regional
1989 Mark Johnson 58–7 17-4 (T-1st) Southwestern Conference SWC Co-Champions
NCAA Regional
1990 Mark Johnson 43–17 11-10 (5th) Southwestern Conference
1991 Mark Johnson 44–23 13-8 (2nd) Southwestern Conference NCAA Regional
1992 Mark Johnson 41–20 22-14 (2nd) Southwestern Conference NCAA Regional
1993 Mark Johnson 53–11 15-3 (1st) Southwestern Conference SWC Champions
NCAA Regional Champions
College World Series
1994 Mark Johnson 31–22 6-12 (T-5th) Southwestern Conference
1995 Mark Johnson 44–22–1 15-9 (T-2) Southwestern Conference NCAA Regional
1996 Mark Johnson 37–21 12-12 (3rd) Southwestern Conference
1997 Mark Johnson 39–22 19-11 (3rd) Big 12 NCAA Regional
1998 Mark Johnson 46–20 21-9 (1st) Big 12 Big 12 Champions
NCAA Regional
1999 Mark Johnson 52–18 23-6 (1st) Big 12 Big 12 Champions
NCAA Regional Champions
NCAA Super Regional Champions
College World Series
2000 Mark Johnson 23–35 11-19 (8th) Big 12
2001 Mark Johnson 33–27 15-15 (6th) Big 12
2002 Mark Johnson 35–24 13-14 (8th) Big 12
2003 Mark Johnson 45–19 19-8 (2nd) Big 12 NCAA Regional
2004 Mark Johnson 42–22 14-12 (5th) Big 12 NCAA Regional Champions
NCAA Super Regional
2005 Mark Johnson 30–25–1 9-18 (9th) Big 12
2006 Rob Childress 25-30-1 6-20-1 (10th) Big 12
2007 Rob Childress 48-19 13-13 (5th) Big 12 Big 12 Tournament Champions
NCAA Regional Champions
NCAA Super Regional
2008 Rob Childress 46-19 19-8 (1st) Big 12 Big 12 Champions
NCAA Regional Champions
NCAA Super Regional
2009 Rob Childress 37-24 14-13 (6th) Big 12 NCAA Regional
2010 Rob Childress 43-20-1 14-12-1 (4th) Big 12 Big 12 Tournament Champions
NCAA Regional
2011 Rob Childress 42-18 19-8 (T-1st) Big 12 Big 12 co-Champions
Big 12 Tournament Champions
NCAA Regional Champions
NCAA Super Regional Champions
College World Series
2012 Rob Childress 43-18 16-8 (2nd) Big 12 NCAA Regional
2013 Rob Childress 34-29 13-16 (6th West) Southeastern Conference NCAA Regional
2014 Rob Childress 36-26 14-16 (6th West) Southeastern Conference NCAA Regional

Texas A&M in the NCAA Tournament[edit]

Year Record Pct Notes
1951 3-3 .500 District VI Playoffs
College World Series;
1955 1-2 .333 District VI Playoffs;
1959 0-2 .000 District VI Playoffs;
1964 0-2 .000 College World Series;
1975 1-2 .333 Norman Regional;
1976 2-2 .500 Edinburg, TX Regional;
1977 0-2 .000 Norman Regional;
1978 2-2 .500 Ann Arbor Regional;
1984 1-2 .333 Stillwater Regional;
1986 1-2 .333 Tallahassee Regional;
1987 3-2 .600 Starkville Regional;
1988 2-2 .500 Starkville Regional;
1989 3-2 .600 College Station Regional,
1991 2-2 .500 Baton Rouge Regional;
1992 3-2 .600 Gainesville Regional;
1993 5-2 .714 College Station Regional, def. Yale, def. UCLA, def. Lamar, def. North Carolina ; Regional Champions
College World Series; def. Kansas, def. by LSU (Eventual National Champion) and Long Beach State
1995 4-2 .667 Coral Gables Regional; def. by (14) Florida International, def. UMass, def. (14) Florida International, def. North Carolina, def. (6) Miami, def. by (6) Miami
1997 0-2 .000 Palo Alto Regional; def. by Fresno State and (6) Stanford
1998 3-2 .600 College Station Regional; def. UNC Charlotte, def. Mississippi State, def. by Mississippi State, def. Washington, def. by Mississippi State
1999 6-4 .600 College Station Regional, def. Monmouth, def. by Long Beach State, def. Washington, def. Long Beach State, def. Long Beach State; Regional Champions
College Station Super Regional, def. Clemson, def. by Clemson, def. Clemson; Super Regional champions
College World Series; def. by (3) Florida State and (4) Cal State Fullerton
2003 2-2 .500 College Station Regional, def. Oral Roberts, def. Alabama, def. by Houston twice
2004 3-3 .500 Rice regional, def. Lamar, def. Texas Southern, def. by (4) Rice, def. (4)Rice; Regional Champion
Baton Rouge Super Regional; def. by (8) LSU twice
2007 4-3 .571 College Station Regional, def. Le Moyne, def. by (21) Louisiana-Lafayette, def. Ohio State, def. (21) Louisiana-Lafayette, def. (21) Louisiana-Lafayette ; Regional Champion
Houston Super Regional; def. by (1) Rice
2008 3-3 .500 College Station Regional, def. UIC, def. Houston, def. by Houston, def. Houston; Regional Champion
Houston Super Regional; def. by (5) Rice
2009 1-2 .333 Fort Worth Regional; def. by (25) Oregon State, def. Wright State, def. by (25) Oregon State
2010 3-2 .600 Coral Gables Regional, def. Florida International, def. by (11) Miami. def. Dartmouth, def. (11) Miami, def. by (11) Miami
2011 5-4 .556 College Station Regional, def. Wright State, def. Seton Hall, def. by Arizona, def. Arizona; Regional Champion
Tallahassee Super Regional; def. Florida State
College World Series; def. by (4) South Carolina and California
2012 1-2 .333 College Station Regional; def. Dayton, def. by Ole Miss, def. by TCU
2013 2-2 .500 Corvallis Regional; def. by UC-Santa Barbara, def. UT-San Antonio, def. UC-Santa Barbara, def. by (5)Oregon State
2014 3-2 .600 Houston Regional; def. by Texas, def. George Mason, def. Rice, def. Texas, def. by Texas
TOTALS
74-68[5]
.518[5]
  • Note: In 1951, Texas A&M participated in the district playoffs, which they won, and moved onto the College World Series. Prior to 1954, district playoff games were not considered a part of the National Collegiate Baseball Championship, and thus are not counted in Texas A&M's NCAA tournament record.

Players selected in the MLB Draft[edit]

Name Position Round Overall Team Year Notes
Doug Rau LHP 1st 7th LAD 1970 retired - LAD, LAA
Dave Elmendorf OF 1st NYY 1971 Played in the NFL
Billy Hodge C 1st 22nd SD 1971
Mark Thurmond P 5th 118th SD 1979 retired - SD, DET, BAL, SF
Scott Livingstone IF 2nd DET 1988 retired - DET, SD, STL, MON
Chuck Knoblauch IF 1st 25th MIN 1989 retired - MIN, NYY, KC
Jeff Granger LHP 1st 5th KC 1993 retired - PIT, KC
Kelly Wunsch LHP 1st 26th MIL 1993 retired - CHW, LAD
Chad Alexander OF 3rd 41st HOU 1995 retired - HOU, SEA. DET
Kevin Beirne OF 11th 308th CHW 1995 retired - CHW, TOR, LAD
Chad Allen OF 4th 97th MIN 1996 retired - MIN, CLE, FLA, TEX
Jeff Bailey OF/1B 2nd 64th FLA 1997 retired - BOS
Jason Tyner OF 1st 21st NYM 1998 retired - TB, MIN, NYM, CLE
Ryan Rupe RHP 6th TB 1998 retired - TB, BOS
Chance Caple RHP 1st 30th STL 1999
Casey Fossum LHP 1st 48th BOS 1999 retired - BOS, ARI, TBD, DET, NYM
Eric Reed OF 9th 262nd FLA 2002 retired - FLA
Logan Kensing RHP 2nd 53rd FLA 2003 current club - WAS
Zach Jackson LHP 1st 32nd TOR 2004 current club - Minors, MLB - MIL, CLE
Justin Ruggiano OF 25th 748th LAD 2004 current club - CHC
Cliff Pennington IF 1st 21st OAK 2005 current club - ARI
Robert Ray RHP 7th 206th TOR 2005
Austin Creps RHP 6th 191st CLE 2006
Brandon Hicks IF 3rd 108th ATL 2007 current club - SF
David Newmann LHP 4th 125th TB 2007
Kyle Nicholson RHP 7th 224th SF 2007
Jose Duran IF 6th 188th MIL 2008
Alex Wilson RHP 2nd 77th BOS 2009 current club - BOS
Brooks Raley LHP 6th 200th CHC 2009 in Class AAA
Anthony Vasquez LHP 18th 533rd SEA 2009
Barret Loux RHP 1st 6th ARI 2010 Class AAA in 2013
Brodie Greene IF 4th 127th CIN 2010 in Class AA
John Stilson RHP 3rd 108th TOR 2011 in Class AAA
Tyler Naquin OF 1st 15th CLE 2012 in Class AA
Michael Wacha RHP 1st 19th STL 2012 current club - STL
Ross Stripling RHP 5th 176th LAD 2012 Class AA in 2013, out for season in 2014
Mikey Reynolds IF 5th 163rd ATL 2013 in Class A
Kyle Martin RHP 9th 263rd BOS 2013 in Class A+
Daniel Mengden RHP 4th 106th HOU 2014
Corey Ray RHP 5th 153rd KC 2014
Troy Stein C 10th 293rd COL 2014

Other notable players[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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