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Aggies rally to get within a game of Omaha

 Chris Lee   in Baseball

Texas A&M's Troy Claunch gets a ninth-inning hit to bring the Aggies one win away from the College World Series.

Photo courtesy of Brendall O'Banon/Texas A&M athletics. 

Transfers have led the way for Texas A&M all year, and they did it again in the Aggies' 5-4 win over Louisville in the College Station super regional on Friday evening. 

Catcher Troy Claunch (an Oregon State transfer) singled with two outs in the ninth, scoring Trevor Werner with the winning run off Michael Prosecky. Jacob Palisch (Stanford) pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the victory. 

The Aggies trailed 4-2 after six innings, but clawed back on Jordan Thompson's two-run home run in the seventh. Jack Moss (Arizona State) and Ryan Targac kept the inning alive by reaching base, setting up Claunch's game-winner. 

Nathan Dettmer--who'd been A&M's most dependable starter most of the year--struggled again against the powerful Louisville lineup. Dettmer allowed four runs (three earned) over 4 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and a walk while recording four strikeouts, struggling for his sixth-straight start.

But Joseph Menefee pitched in with 2 2/3 scoreless, four-strikeout innings in relief to hold back the Cardinals until the late-inning rally.