When it comes to storybook seasons, it's hard to find one better than the one put together by the Murray State Aggies baseball team this year.
This was an Aggie team that had never been to the College World Series, but here they were in the championship game, versus the defending nation champion LSU-Eunice Bengals, who also happened to be the number one team in the nation.
The Aggies made it that far by only losing one game total in the playoffs, on a walk-off blast in extra innings. Other than that, the scrappy bunch had truly proved they deserved to be there.
I had the pleasure of covering the Aggies in the championship game against the Bengals, and I have to say, I was impressed. There was a huge contingent of MSC fans who made the drive up to Enid, Oklahoma to support their boys. It was a decided home field advantage for Murray State.
The Ags got a great 9 innings out of their starter, Bradley Horn, and scraped enough offense together to beat the Bengals four to three. The celebration then began.
For a lot of the players out on the field, this was the farthest they'd advanced in a baseball season on any level, and they took it all in. The Aggies head coach, Zach Crabtree, praised the teams resiliency and toughness. The week long trip to Enid had been worth it.
In the sports world it's very rare to get to experience something as exciting as a national title for a team you cover, and that fact wasn't lost on me. It was an exceptional experience, and an exceptional game. That seems only fitting, because it was such an exceptional season by the Aggies, one that the Murray State College fan base will never forget.