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Aggies Hit Walk-Off Grand Slam to Beat, Eliminate West Virginia

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A furious rally by Texas A&M, capped off by a 2-out game-winning grand slam to eliminate the Mountaineers 11-10.

Brandon White
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#18 Texas A&M Aggies: 11

#13 West Virginia Mountaineers: 10

Texas A&M hit two grand slams, coming back from a 9-1 deficit to beat the Mountaineers 11-10 and end WVU’s historic season.

A two-hour rain delay stopped all the action, but it didn’t stop the Mountaineers from having a big offensive day. WVU scored runs in innings 2-6 to jump out to a dominant 9-1 lead.

Kevin Brophy had himself a big day, going 3-4 with a home run and 3 RBI’s to propel the Mountaineers offense. Paul McIntosh also added on a 2-run home run, while Ivan Gonzalez had 3 hits, including 2 doubles. Speaking of doubles, Darius Hill tied the Big XII record for career doubles after hitting his 79th career two-bagger in the 2nd inning.

Zach Ottinger relieved Ryan Bergert after play resumed, throwing really well until the 7th inning came around. Defensive miscues set up a big inning by A&M, allowing a 2-run single to LF Cam Blake, followed by RF Logan Foster making West Virginia pay as he hit a grand slam, making the score 9-7.

Sam Kessler, West Virginia’s saving grace out of the bullpen all season inherited a 2-run lead needing 8 outs. He proceeded to far surpass his season high in pitches thrown, ultimately throwing 65 pitches and giving up a game-winning grand slam to A&M 2B Bryce Blaum.

West Virginia’s 2019 season ends with a heartbreaking loss. It’s hard for me to even write this story, to be honest. This team gave us so many highs this year, but this is a low that Mountaineer fans are all too familiar with.

Thank you for a great season, boys. Montani Semper Liberi!