Monday night in Tallahassee, Texas A&M clinched a trip to the College World Series with a convincing 11-2 victory over Florida State on the Seminoles' home field. The Aggies are making their first trip to Omaha since 1999 and will join its rival.
Texas and A&M were Big 12 Conference co-champions and give the league two teams in the CWS for the first time since 2005. (By the way, that's the last time the Big 12 produced a national champion - the Longhorns.)
The color of 2010-11 has been maroon. The Aggies, in addition to sharing the baseball crown, have won Big 12 titles in football (share of South Division), women's golf, soccer, indoor track and field (women), outdoor track and field (men's and women's), men's tennis and equestrian.
In the last six weeks, Texas A&M has brought home national titles in women's basketball, men's and women's outdoor track and field plus a doubles title in men's tennis.
Coach Rob Childress' baseball team has been outstanding over the last five weeks, winning 16 of its last 20. And they've been succeeding with pressure performances. The Aggies won their second consecutive Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship by overcoming a 7-0 deficit and winning on a walk-off home run. They advance to Omaha with had-to-have-it, win-or-go-home victories in the College Station and Tallahassee Regionals.
When word came down during the Big 12 Championship that No. 1 starter John Stilson was sidelined with a torn labrum, Texas A&M could have let that adversity become an excuse. Instead it has further steeled the Aggies' resolve. Case in point: Texas A&M was the only team to go on the road and win a Super Regional.
Considering there's a strain of championship fever rampant in College Station, the other seven teams in Omaha had best take Texas A&M seriously.