HOUSTON, Texas -- The Iowa baseball team had the tying and go-ahead run in scoring position in the top of the ninth, but Texas A&M fended off the Hawkeye rally to claim a 3-2 victory to advance to the NCAA Houston Regional final on Saturday night at Schroeder Park.
Trailing 3-2 heading into the top of the ninth, the bottom of Iowa's lineup tried to spark a rally. Freshman Grant Judkins drew a leadoff walk before pinch-runner Justin Jenkins moved to second on a Matt Hoeg sacrifice bunt.
After Ben Norman flied out to center field, sophomore Mitchell Boe laced a comebacker that hit off Texas A&M's reliever Cason Sherrod's glove to put runners on the corners. Boe then stole second on a balk steal play to put two runners in scoring position.
The Aggies went to their bullpen, bringing in Kaylor Chafin to face sophomore Chris Whelan with a 2-0 count. The count went full before Chafin got Whelan to pop out to first base to complete the save and bring Texas A&M within one game of a Super Regional appearance.
The loss sends Iowa into the loser's side of the bracket where it was to face top-seeded Houston in a rematch Sunday afternoon but rain kept the game from starting on time.