OMAHA-The nickname emerged in a press conference about a week ago.
They call him "Big Game Howie".
But Jim Schlossnagle and company have been here before and know what it takes to survive in Omaha.
Game 6: Game 4 victor vs. He walked two and struck out six. In 2016 they were in the drivers seat, but then lost two straight to eventual-champion, Coastal Carolina. According to the Las Vegas' Bovada Casino, Texas A&M has the worst odds of winning the national championship. In 2015, he threw a scoreless 11th and 12th in a 16-inning classic. Devin Hairston threaded a single through the right side to break the scoring seal and Colin Lyman followed with a hit down the leftfield line to send home a second run. They will play Friday in the Bracket 2 final against the victor of the Louisville-TCU elimination game on Thursday. Been there, done that.
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Martin took the loss for Texas A&M and dropped to 7-4 on the season after allowing five runs on five hits in 1.2 innings. The Cards would score two more runs after that missed opportunity, extending their lead to 7-4. "And Big Game Howie, as he's affectionately known in Fort Worth, showed up today. Just fantastic through the great pitching history of our program in the last 14 years, with a lot of really good pitchers, Big Leaguers, that kind of thing, and for Brian to be the only back-to-back 10-game-or-more victor in our program is an awesome statement for him and Coach [Kirk] Saarloos and the program in general".
Texas A&M (41-21) will open the double-elimination tournament by taking on Louisville (52-10) at 1 p.m. today at TD Ameritrade Park.
"It's one of our core values to have energy-selflessness, excellence and energy", the senior said. "Whether I start or stay in the bullpen, it really doesn't matter to me". I mean, I think looking back maybe I should have helped him out set up a little bit on the plate.
"This is by far the most fun I've had playing baseball", relief pitcher Kaylon Chafin said after the loss Tuesday. "So I get to wake up with it".
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The Horned Frogs are going to need a lot more punch in their lineup this time around.
A native of Omaha, Merrill lived out a dream with the blast, providing a signature moment in a Series he grew up watching.
"They just came right at the guys", he said. "As soon as I saw it leave, that's when it just hit me how cool that experience is".
Howard left after George Janca doubled leading off the eighth.
It was undeniably an unforgettable performance for the duo, and for Howard it's yet another example of his high-pressure fortitude. Sam Bordner was stellar in relief, retiring all nine batters he faced and Lincoln Henzman worked a 1-2-3 ninth to finish the game.
From the opening pitch, Howard was in a groove.
"I don't know what it is", Howard said. "It's hard to pitch effectively when you are in jams like that, but throughout your career you learn how to work out of those and I was able to do that". "I'd like to figure out how to do it all the time". Of his 91 pitches, he threw 70 pitches for strikes.
George Janca started the eighth off Howard with a double that one-hopped the wall in dead center field, but Sean Wymer relieved Howard and proceeded to throw two ideal innings to garner his second save of the season. "And I was like, 'No.' Because I was about to get yanked". "Having fun?'" Howard said.