AUSTIN — The Aggies arrived in Austin Thursday for batting practice in good spirits and their head coach, Rob Childress, said his team is grateful to be playing in a regional they were able to travel to by a bus.

But the elephant in the room during Thursday's press conference was the potential meeting between Childress’ Aggies and David Pierce’s Longhorns.

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Both fan bases would love to see the two rivals meet again. In fact, Texas A&M faced Texas earlier in the 2018 season. The Aggies won the mid-week game in College Station, 6-5.

When KVUE asked the Aggies if the rivalry does in fact remain a rivalry, Texas A&M infielder Braden Shewmake deflected any rivalry talk.

“We got to get through a very tough Indiana team first," Shewmake said. "We got to play our very best baseball all weekend long and not just against (Indiana). If we don’t play our best baseball we’re not going to get to play (the Longhorns)."

First pitch of the Austin Regional is set for 4:00 PM at Disch-Falk Field, when Texas A&M and Indiana square off in the opener of the double elimination tournament.