College World Series Deadlock: Texas A&M and Tennessee Vie for Championship in Game 3

In a thrilling College World Series Finals, Texas A&M and Tennessee have exchanged blows, setting the stage for a decisive Game 3 after each team secured a victory. In Game 1, Texas A&M asserted their dominance with a commanding win over Tennessee, fueled by freshman outfielder Gavin Grahovac's historic lead-off home run. The Aggies surged further with a potent offensive display, highlighted by Kaeden Kent's pivotal two-run shot, ultimately securing a 9-5 victory. However, the Vols answered resolutely in Game 2, rallying from an early deficit with clutch home runs from Dylan Dreiling and Cal Stark to clinch a 4-1 win. With both teams now deadlocked at one game apiece, anticipation mounts for the final showdown at Charles Schwab Field, where one team will etch their name as the 2024 College World Series champions for the first time in school history.

Texas A&M dominates CWS opener.

In a thrilling opener of the College World Series finals, Texas A&M made a resounding statement with a commanding victory over Tennessee to avenge their previous regional loss against Tennessee earlier in the season.

Texas A&M’s OF Gavin Grahovac, a freshman out of Orange County, CA, set the tone for the game when he hit a lead-off home run on an 0-2 count.

Grahovac was the first leadoff hitter in the Men’s College World Series finals to hit a home run in his first at-bat since 2003, when Stanford’s Sam Fuld did it against Rice.

Shortly after, Caden Sorrell of Texas A&M extended their lead to 2-0 with an RBI single.

Dean Curley of Tennessee drove in Dylan Dreiling with a single to center field in the second inning, bringing the score to 2-1.

The Aggies surged in the third inning, scoring an impressive five runs.

Tennessee responded in the fourth inning, scoring a run courtesy of hits from Dreiling, Blake Burke, and Hunter Ensley, reducing their deficit to 7-2.

In the seventh inning, Kaeden Kent of Texas A&M smashed a two-run home run to take a commanding 9-2 lead.

Tennessee fought back later in the seventh inning, as Dylan Dreiling hit a two-run homer, narrowing the margin to 9-5, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap on the Aggies lead.

The two teams had met just one other time this season in the Regionals when Tennessee beat Texas A&M 4-3. With Game 1’s results in, Tennessee lost their first game of the tournament, while Texas A&M remained unbeaten.

With their backs against the wall, Tennessee cleans the slate, forcing a decisive Game 3

In a do-or-die duel for the Tennessee Vols on Sunday, they fought back from an early deficit to defeat Texas A&M 4-1, forcing a decisive third game in the College World Series Final. Despite trailing 1-0 through the first six innings, Dylan Dreiling and Cal Stark delivered clutch two-run home runs that turned the tide in favor of the Volunteers.

The game started with Tennessee's Christian Moore sparking hope with a leadoff single and a stolen base in the first inning. However, the Vols struggled to capitalize, leaving Moore stranded after a series of outs.

Texas A&M mirrored their strategy from game one, striking first with a solo home run by Jace LaViolette to take a 1-0 lead. Drew Beam responded with back-to-back strikeouts to close out the inning, minimizing further damage.

In the second inning, Hunter Ensley's single initiated a scoring opportunity for Tennessee, prompting Texas A&M to change pitchers. Despite loading the bases, the Vols couldn't convert, as a groundout ended the threat.

Beam continued his dominant pitching, tallying five strikeouts through two innings while keeping Texas A&M at bay. He efficiently handled a leadoff single by Kaeden Kent, swiftly picking off a runner at first base and striking out the next two batters.

Tennessee's frustration with leaving runners on base continued into the fourth inning, loading the bases once more but failing to score as Blake Burke grounded out. The Vols left eight runners stranded by the end of the fourth.

In the bottom of the fifth, Aaron Combs relieved Beam amidst a threatening situation with two runners on base. Combs impressed by striking out the first two batters he faced and executing a crucial pickoff play at first base to escape unscathed.

The Vols' offensive struggles persisted in the sixth despite advancing runners into scoring position. Stark grounded into a double play to halt their momentum.

Dreiling ignited Tennessee's comeback in the seventh inning, launching a two-run homer following Moore's walk to give the Vols a 2-1 lead.

Stark continued the momentum in the eighth with another two-run blast, his first hit of the series, extending Tennessee's lead to 4-1.

Heading into the ninth inning with a comfortable lead, Tennessee encountered a late-game challenge as Texas A&M threatened with two runners on base. Kirby Connell entered the game and secured outs one and two, then Nate Snead entered to secure the final out, ensuring Tennessee's victory and setting the stage for a winner-take-all game three.

College World Series Finals head to decisive Game 3 with the first championship in school history on the line for both Tennessee and Texas A&M

With the series now tied at 1-1, both teams will return to “The Chuck” Charles Schwab Field on Monday with a clean slate and a chance to be their respective school program’s first College World Series championship team. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET, promising another intense battle between the No. 3 and No. 1 National Seed teams.

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Jonna M. Perlinger

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