Trailing by nine runs early, the Texas A&M Aggies stayed patient.
They kept chipping away, inning by inning, until they pulled to within two runs with two runners on base in the ninth.
In the end, A&M’s comeback bid wilted in the 100-degree heat.
Indiana turned a double play to close it, claiming a 9-7 victory in the NCAA Austin Regional.
As a result, the Aggies’ season is over after a second straight loss in the tournament, while the Hoosiers earned a chance to take down Texas for the championship.
Texas can win the regional tournament with a victory tonight. Indiana hopes to win to force a deciding game Monday.
Indiana stunned Texas A&M by exploding for nine runs in the first inning.
The big blows came on a two-run home run by Scotty Bradley and a three-run shot by Matt Lloyd.
Lloyd, who started the game at first base, led Indiana with two runs scored, three hits and three RBI.
He also figured into the game as a pitcher, working part of the eighth and closing out the ninth.
For Texas A&M, Logan Foster produced three hits. Chris Andritsos had two hits and three RBI.
Relievers Cason Sherrod and Nolan Hoffman held the Hoosiers scoreless from the second through the ninth inning.
The loss sent Texas A&M home from the NCAA tournament shy of the Super Regional round for the first time since 2014.
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