The Texas A&M Aggies scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday to take a 2-1 lead over the LSU Tigers and held on to hand LSU just its sixth Southeastern Conference loss this season.
As important as the win was to establish momentum at home against the No. 3 team in the country this weekend, the win also gives Texas A&M some breathing room in the race toward Hoover, Ala. and the SEC Baseball Tournament.
The new baseball format allows 12 of the conference’s 14 teams into the field for the week long baseball tournament which begins on May 21. The Aggies now have a .458 winning percentage (the SEC’s determining factor for tournament entrance after the top seeds from each division) and are four games ahead of the Tennessee Volunteers, the current 13th-ranked team in the SEC standings.
With just five games left on Texas A&M’s conference schedule, it’s not going to take much for the Aggies to mathematically guarantee their spot in Hoover.
The Aggies have two more games against LSU this weekend and then face Tennessee on the road to compete conference play. It’s going to take two more wins over their last five games to guarantee Texas A&M a spot in the SEC Baseball Tournament.
Tennessee travels to Arkansas for three games and then hosts Texas A&M for the Vols’ final three games of the season.