The SEC Showdown: Tennessee vs. Texas A&M Set for College World Series Finals

The College World Series finals are set for an electrifying showdown as the top-seeded Tennessee Volunteers prepare to meet the third-seeded Texas A&M Aggies. Tennessee, on a historic journey, has surged to their first championship series since 1951, displaying dominance in Omaha's prestigious tournament. The Volunteers now face an all-SEC clash against Texas A&M, making their inaugural finals appearance after a flawless tournament run. With both teams poised for glory, this best-of-three series promises thrilling baseball action, kicking off this Saturday.

Tennessee 7, Florida State 2

The No. 1 National Seed Tennessee Volunteers have reached the pinnacle of the NCAA Tournament, advancing to their first College World Series championship series since 1951, which was well before the NCAA implemented preliminary rounds.

Although the Vols have made it to Omaha’s Greatest Show on Dirt seven times, this marks just their second championship appearance in program history.

In their latest triumph, Tennessee defeated Florida State decisively, buoyed by Zander Sechrist's superb pitching performance, limiting the Seminoles to just two late runs. Sechrist, boasting a 4-0 record and a 1.23 ERA in his last five starts, held Florida State scoreless until conceding a pair of solo home runs in the seventh inning. Meanwhile, Baseball America’s No. 38 Top Collegiate MLB Draft Prospect (1B) Blake Burke's stellar 3-for-5 outing, capped by a ninth-inning solo home run, powered Tennessee's offense. With Burke’s home run, Tennessee became the first team in NCAA Division I history to have five players each hit 20+ home runs in a single season.

After navigating through the regional rounds, Tennessee stands among the final two teams, setting up an all-SEC showdown against the No. 3 National Seed Texas A&M, who also emerged victorious from Bracket 2 by defeating Florida with a flawless 3-0 record.

Vols Tournament Record

  • Tennessee 12, Florida State 11
  • Tennessee 6, North Carolina 1
  • Tennessee 7, Florida State 2, Florida State

Texas A&M

After going undefeated with a 3-0 record in their 8th College World Series appearance in program history, the No. 3 National Seed Texas A&M Aggies have advanced to the finals for the first time ever in program history.

In a commanding performance on the mound, LHP Justin Lamkin led the charge for the Aggies with six scoreless innings, striking out nine batters while conceding just three hits. His stellar outing set the tone in a crucial game, showcasing precision and dominance.

Adding to the team's impressive pitching display, Josh Stewart contributed with four strikeouts across two innings of relief, ensuring a solid finish to the game.

Beyond this victory, the Aggies celebrated a monumental achievement, breaking their program record for strikeouts in a season, now tallying an impressive 679 and continuing to rise.

On the offensive side, Caden Sorrell electrified the Aggies' presence in Omaha with a pivotal moment in the top of the sixth inning, launching their first home run of the tournament, a powerful 2-run shot that ignited the team and fans alike. Meanwhile, Gavin Grahovac showcased his postseason prowess, securing his first multi-hit game with a crucial RBI double in the fifth inning, further bolstering the team's offensive momentum. Not to be outdone, Kaeden Kent maintained his stellar postseason form by adding an RBI single in the ninth inning.

Aggies Tournament Record
  • Texas A&M 3, Florida 2
  • Texas A&M 5, Kentucky 1
  • Texas A&M 6, Florida 0

The College World Series Stage is Set

The College World Series finals in Omaha will unfold in a best-of-three series beginning Saturday, with subsequent games scheduled for Sunday and Monday (if necessary). This marks the third time in four years that the championship will feature two SEC teams. Tennessee, having defeated Texas A&M earlier in the SEC Tournament 7-4, will kick off the series Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, followed by game two on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on ABC. A potential decisive game three would be held Monday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. One thing is certain: the SEC will continue to wear the Greatest Show on Dirt crown.

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Jonna M. Perlinger

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