MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 15 seed West Virginia baseball team’s season came to an end with an 11-10 loss to Texas A&M on Sunday in the NCAA Morgantown Regional at Monongalia County Ballpark.
Texas A&M second baseman Bryce Blaum blasted a 3-2 pitch over the left-field fence for a walk-off grand slam.
In an elimination contest with a spot in the regional final on the line, the Mountaineers (38-22) led 9-1 early, but the Aggies (39-22-1) rallied late and won it in the bottom of the ninth inning.
“You can’t let one game, one pitch or one inning overshadow what our program has accomplished and how far we’ve come and what we’ve done,” said West Virginia coach Randy Mazey, a United graduate. “I’m not going to do that. I’m not going to let one inning of baseball or one game dictate my feeling about West Virginia baseball, because I couldn’t be prouder of anybody in that locker room. Everybody on that team had a lot to do with us being here. You guys have been around, some of you longer than I have. This may go down as the greatest team that West Virginia baseball has ever put together.”
Texas A&M's Logan Foster hit a grand slam during a six-run seventh to pull the Aggies within 9-7.
Foster hit a leadoff double in the ninth and West Virginia reliever Sam Kessler (4-3) allowed two walks to load the bases. With two out, Blaum hit a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left-center field.
Kevin Brophy and Paul McIntosh each hit two-run homers for top-seeded West Virginia (38-22).
Texas A&M's Kasey Kalich (3-1) allowed a run and three hits in 2 1/3 innings of relief.