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Oregon Baseball faces the vaunted Texas A&M lineup and pitching staff in the Bryan-College Station Super Regional

Oregon is just two wins away from its first College World Series appearance in 70 years. Between the Ducks and Omaha is third-seeded Texas A&M, which spent the entire year in the top 10, most of the season in the top 5 and was ranked No. 1 for several weeks.

Texas A&M is the clear favorite against Oregon in the Bryan-College Station Super Regional, which begins on Saturday (11 a.m., ESPN2) at Blue Bell Park.

The Aggies (47-13) are one of three teams ranked in the top 10 nationally in both home runs per game (2.17) and ERA (3.85), and all of those clubs play this weekend.

“They're a versatile club,” Oregon coach Mark Wasikowski said. “I think that's all the clubs that have made it this far. They have good pitchers. They have power hitters. They play in a place where they can play very offensively when the wind gets too strong.”

Texas A&M has three hitters with 20 home runs, led by center fielder Jace LaViolette (28), former Stanford outfielder Branden Montgomery (27) and Gavin Grahovac (22).

Montgomery's 85 RBIs are fourth-best in the country and the most of any player still competing in the postseason. He said the difference between the Pac-12 and the SEC is the depth of the high-caliber teams, which is reflected in the different tournament bids for the conference this season.

“Make no mistake, Oregon is a big-league team and has been in the Pac-12, which makes them a team like Braden's Stanford team last year,” Texas A&M coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “His team could have won an SEC title last year, and Oregon is certainly capable of doing that.”

Oregon (40-18) faced Oregon State, one of the other teams in the top 10 in hitting and pitching strength, and split the four-game season series with the Beavers.

The Ducks are also capable of hitting the ball and have done better against left-handed pitchers – a good sign since the Aggies field two southpaws in Ryan Prager (8-1, 2.53 ERA) and Shane Sdao (5-1, 2.61).

“We feel like we have a well-rounded club,” Wasikowski said. “We can win with power. We can win by being intellectual and playing an intellectual style of baseball, small ball. We pride ourselves on being a well-rounded team that can win in a variety of ways.”

With four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back trips to the Super Regional, Oregon is slowly getting used to the baseball postseason.

Starting pitchers RJ Gordon (7-5, 4.73), Grayson Grinsell (7-2, 3.82) and Kevin Seitter (8-4, 4.52) each put in a brilliant performance at the Santa Barbara Regional last week and will now try to repeat that.

“We saw them play their best at the most important time of the year, and that's the test of a good pitching coach. Can the guy make the throws ready to throw when it matters? That question was answered last weekend, there's no doubt about it,” Wasikowski said. “I'm proud of the job (pitching coach Blake Hawksworth) did with this pitching staff. Now we can go to a different place. Everyone plays a little bit differently, has a different style. Hopefully we can get a handle on that and deal with it and move on and do what the 1954 team did.”

“It's been 70 years since Oregon was in the College World Series. We're very conscious of that. We'd like to be part of the next group to make it there.”