The College World Series’ first finalist is set, as Oklahoma defeated No. 5 Texas A&M 5-1 on Wednesday to win Bracket 1 in Omaha, Nebraska. So ends a highly successful season for the Aggies, who missed the postseason entirely last year and appear to have been rejuvenated by the hiring of coach Jim Schlossnagle. A veteran lineup ran through the SEC and produced the program’s best season in a long time.
Thus, the future is bright in College Station. After the loss to Oklahoma, Schlossnagle spoke with reporters about the loss, A&M’s season overall, his seniors and more. Below is a transcript of his comments, courtesy of ASAP Sports.
Schlossnagle: “Congratulations to Oklahoma. They’ve proven over the last six, seven days they’re the best team in our bracket. At least playing the best baseball. Very, very consistent starting pitching, defense, timely hits.
“Obviously, it felt like Jacob (Palisch) was just great. What a battler. Most number of pitches I think he has thrown all year. I’m really proud to be a part of this team, and proud to be the coach of Texas A&M. I think there’s only one coach that gets to feel good at the end of this week. There will come a day where we look back on this as awesome and a great, great step for our program, but right now everybody wearing an A&M uniform expected to win and keep playing, so we’re disappointed, but Oklahoma just simply outplayed us today. Credit to them.”