Stephen Kolek struck out nine and took a shutout into the ninth inning as Texas A&M held on to beat Houston 4-3 on Monday, sending the Aggies to their third straight NCAA super regional.
Blake Kopetsky hit a two-run single with two outs in the first inning off Nolan Bond (2-1) to put the Aggies ahead to stay. Baine Schoenvogel hit a pinch-hit solo homer in the top of the ninth to make it 4-0.
Texas A&M (39-21) is likely to host the super regional next weekend against Davidson (35-24), the No. 4 seed that swept through the Chapel Hill Regional.
Houston (42-21) was scoreless until Corey Julks hit a one-out solo homer in the ninth, and Kolek (4-4) was done after giving up a single.
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Reliever Kaylor Chafin hit a batter before third baseman George Janca’s fielding error on a potential game-ending double-play grounder loaded the bases. Cooper Coldiron followed with an RBI single and Nick Slaughter a sacrifice fly.
With two runners still on, Cason Sherrod struck out Cougars leadoff hitter Connor Wong to end the game.
The Aggies were reported as one of the last four teams selected at-large for the NCAA baseball tournament.