Blaum’s grand slam lifts Texas A&M over West Virginia 11-10
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Bryce Blaum’s grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Texas A&M to an 11-10 victory over West Virginia in an NCAA Tournament elimination game Sunday.
Second-seeded Texas A&M (39-22-1) stormed back from a 9-1 deficit to earn a rematch with third-seeded Duke in the championship game later Sunday. The Aggies need two wins to advance to the super regionals. Duke beat Texas A&M 8-5 Friday.
Texas A&M’s Logan Foster hit a grand slam during a six-run seventh to pull the Aggies within 9-7.
Foster hit a leadoff double in the ninth and West Virginia reliever Sam Kessler (4-3) allowed two walks to load the bases. With two out, Blaum hit a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left-center field.
Kevin Brophy and Paul McIntosh each hit two-run homers for top-seeded West Virginia (38-22).
Texas A&M’s Kasey Kalich (3-1) allowed a run and three hits in 2 1/3 innings of relief.