Seeding for Men’s & Women’s NCAA Tennis Tournament Announced

The seeding for both the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Tennis Tournaments was announced today.

The Aggie men (25-9) are a #12 seed and will host the first and second rounds at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. They’ll kick-off their tournament run against George Washington (14-8) on Friday, May 13th, with the winner advancing to take on either Texas (17-11) or Lamar (17-5) in the second round Saturday, May 14th.

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For the Texas A&M women (16-10), they will head to Palo Alto, California to face Denver (21-2) in the first round on Friday, May 13th. The winner will advance to take on Texas A&M-C.C. (24-0) or host #15 Stanford (14-5) in the second round on Sunday, May 15th.

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SEC Field Athlete of the Week honors for Aggies Latario Collie and Maggie Malone

BIRMINGHAM – Two Aggie athletes were selected as SEC Field Athletes of the Week for the second time this outdoor season. Triple jumper Latario and javelin thrower Maggie Malone were honored by the conference office this week following victories each athlete had during the LSU Invitational.

Collie won with a wind-aided mark of 54-10 ¼ to lead an A&M 1-2-3 finish in the triple jump, with the Aggies scoring 24 points. The effort by Collie ranks second among collegians this season under all conditions and leads the SEC, where the second best effort from conference jumpers measures 53-0 ¾.The top collegiate mark this season is just half an inch better than Collie’s performance.

Malone produced a winning throw of 190-10 in defeating a pair of post-collegians as she led an A&M finish of 1-2-3-4-5 that generated 33 points for the Aggie team score. It’s the third time this season Malone has surpassed 190 feet to win a competition. Her 190-10 ranks as the third best performance on the A&M all-time list behind her school record of 198-0 and a 193-10 throw from earlier this season.

The next competition for Texas A&M will be the SEC Championships held May 12-14 at the University of Alabama.

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Texas A&M Senior Associate Director of Athletics Leaving

Courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

According to multiple reports, Raymond Harrison, Jr., the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Texas A&M University, is leaving to take a position with North Carolina State.

A native of Chicago, Ill., Harrison served as the Senior Associate Athletics Director at the University of South Carolina before coming to Texas A&M in 2013.

In his three years in Aggieland, Harrison oversaw the athletics department’s student-athlete services division, including academic support, life skills and community outreach. His responsibilities also include oversight of the athletics training, sports medicine and sports nutrition programs and coordination of the performance triangle team including sports performance and sports science.

Harrison also served as the sport administrator for the men’s and women’s track and field, and cross country programs and is the department’s liaison to faculty and student affairs, including the department of student life and student counseling services.

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Thunder hold on beat Spurs 98-97, even series at 1-1

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held on to beat San Antonio 98-97 on Monday night, evening the series at one game apiece when the Spurs failed to score on a wild sequence in the final seconds.

Kevin Durant added 28 points as the Thunder handed the Spurs just their second home loss of the season, rebounding from a 32-point beating in Game 1.

Oklahoma City’s Dion Waiters appeared to push Manu Ginobili while inbounding to start the final possession and Danny Green stole the ball from Durant. Patty Mills missed an open 3-pointer, LaMarcus Aldridge lost the ball after grabbing the airball and Kawhi Leonard was unable to gather the ball before the buzzer sounded.

Aldridge had 41 points.

Game 3 is Friday at Oklahoma City.

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DraftKings Suit Challenges State Authority, Texas AG Says

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Texas’ attorney general’s office has answered a lawsuit
filed by DraftKings, arguing that the online daily fantasy sports site is
improperly challenging its authority on the issue.

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that his office has asked for the
dismissal of a suit DraftKings recently filed in Dallas County. Barring that,
Paxton’s office wants the case moved to Travis County, which includes Austin.

In January, Paxton issued a non-binding opinion that paid online daily fantasy
sports contests violate Texas law.

The daily fantasy sports site FanDuel reached a settlement requiring it to stop
accepting paid entries for cash prizes in Texas beginning Monday.

But DraftKings instead asked a Dallas County court for a declaratory judgment
“clarifying its legal situation” in Texas. That prompted the response from
Paxton’s office.

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Twins end Keuchel’s 17-game home win streak, beat Astros 6-2

HOUSTON (AP) — Brian Dozier broke out of a slump with three hits and the Minnesota Twins snapped Dallas Keuchel’s 17-game home winning streak with a 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

Keuchel (2-4) allowed five runs on five hits with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings and struggled with his command for the third time this season, walking five. The Cy Young winner hadn’t lost at home since Aug. 10, 2014, against Texas.

Dozier snapped a 0-for-16 slump with a double in the first and singled to start the three-run fourth as the Twins ended a four-game losing streak.

Jose Berrios (1-1) earned his first career win, giving up two runs on three hits with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in his second major league start. Berrios was tagged for five runs in four innings in his first start.

Eduardo Escobar hit an RBI single, Eddie Rosario added a sacrifice fly and Eduardo Nunez drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Twins a 3-1 lead. Nunez hit his first homer of the year in the sixth.

Byung Ho Park had two hits, including a two-run triple in the fifth to extend Minnesota’s lead to 5-1.

Preston Tucker and George Springer each hit solo home runs for Houston, which has not won consecutive games this season.

The outing was Keuchel’s shortest since going 3 1/3 innings at Oakland on Sept. 6, 2013, as the left-hander walked four or more batters for the third time in six outings this season. Keuchel has given up 16 runs over 16 1/3 innings in his last three starts.

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Slumping Blue Jays fall short again in 2-1 loss to Rangers

TORONTO (AP) — Expected to be an offensive force, the Toronto Blue Jays aren’t getting enough out of their big bats.

Nomar Mazara hit a tiebreaking home run in the top of the eighth, then threw out the potential tying run at home plate in the bottom half of the inning, helping the Texas Rangers beat the slumping Blue Jays 2-1 on Monday night.

The Blue Jays left eight runners stranded and suffered their fourth consecutive home loss, Toronto’s longest slump at Rogers Centre since a four-game skid from April 23-26, 2014.

The Blue Jays are an AL-worst 2-7 in one-run games.

“In these close games we’re just not executing good enough to win,” manager John Gibbons said.

Toronto has lost eight of 12 overall, but right-hander R.A. Dickey doesn’t expect the offense to stay dormant for long.

“Right now we’re sputtering a little bit but we’ve got the pedigree in here,” Dickey said. “It’s just a matter of time before we start clicking.”

Named the AL’s top rookie in the month of April earlier Monday after batting .333 with two homers and seven RBIs in 17 games, Mazara broke a 1-1 tie with a shot to center off Gavin Floyd (0-2).

“I put a pretty good swing on a changeup,” Mazara said. “I was looking for something up in the zone and that’s what he gave me.”

Brett Nicholas also homered as the Rangers, winners of five of six, took the opener of a four-game series between ALDS opponents from 2015.

Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, whose dramatic home run and exaggerated bat flip marked Toronto’s Game 5 victory over Texas in last year’s postseason, was held in check this time. He went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.

Bautista faced Sam Dyson, who surrendered that pivotal homer last October, with runners at first and second and nobody out in the eighth. This time, Dyson won the battle by getting Bautista to line out.

“That’s what you’re here for,” Dyson said. “You’re here to compete.”

Edwin Encarnacion followed with a walk, loading the bases for Troy Tulowitzki, who flied out to right. Saunders tagged from third but was thrown out by Mazara, with the call upheld following a Toronto challenge.

“I’ve got no problem with that,” Gibbons said of the inning-ending double play. “The right fielder is on the run over to the line. (Saunders) is trying to make something happen.”

Replay was kinder to Toronto in the seventh, when Dickey left after the Rangers loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. Floyd came on to face Rougned Odor, who flied out to center. Delino DeShields tried to advance from first to second on the play but was thrown out by Kevin Pillar. Home plate umpire Cory Blaser initially ruled that Mitch Moreland had scored before DeShields was retired but the Blue Jays challenged and the call was overturned, keeping it tied 1-all.

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Texas A&M Holds third-annual Building Champions Awards

COLLEGE STATION – Karlie Mueller received the President’s Distinguished Letterman’s Award on Monday evening during Texas A&M Athletics’ third-annual Building Champions Awards gala held in the Hall of Champions at Kyle Field. Awards were also presented for various academic, service, leadership and athletic endeavors.

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The President’s Distinguished Letterman’s Award is the highest award presented to a student-athlete once a year by the athletics department. This individual is someone who displays extraordinary talents in the areas of athletics, scholarship, leadership and service.

Mueller, a senior member of Aggie soccer from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, served as team captain in 2015. She earned All-South Region and All-SEC second team honors this past fall as well as being named to the Academic All-District team. With a 3.434 GPA and graduating this month with a degree in Allied Health, Mueller has been named to the SEC All-Academic team and SEC Fall Honor Roll three times. She has also been on the Athletics Directors All-Academic List three years.

Mueller was a member of the A&M soccer teams that claimed SEC regular season titles and tournament championships in 2013 and 2014 as well as reaching the semifinals of the NCAA tournament in 2014.

A recipient of the SEC Brad Davis Community Service Postgraduate Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year, Mueller also received the Margaret Rudder Community Service award for 2016. She served as co-founder and president of the Texas A&M chapter of Love Your Melon, an organization that raises awareness and funds for pediatric cancer patients and research through a buy-one give-one program.

Finalists for the President’s Distinguished Letterman’s Award included Angela Lowak, volleyball; Logan Pluhar, equestrian; and Alex Sezer, football.

Texas A&M’s Athletes of the Year honors were awarded to Alex Caruso and Shamier Little. This award is presented to the top male and female student-athletes based upon athletic excellence and team leadership.

Caruso, a senior member of the basketball team from College Station, capped his four years with the program with a memorable journey the Aggies enjoyed to the Sweet 16 during the NCAA tournament this season following their first regular season league title since 1986 when they shared the 2015-16 SEC title.

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Alex Caruso & Coach Billy Kennedy

Alex Caruso & Coach Billy Kennedy

Named the Defensive Player of the Year by CBS Sports, Caruso is Texas A&M’s all-time assist and steals leader who earned second team All-SEC honors and was named to the SEC All-Defensive team by the conference coaches. He also became the only player in SEC history to compile over 1,000 career points (1,090), 600 assists (649), 500 rebounds (513), 250 steals (276) and 50 blocks (59).

Little, a junior with the track and field team from Chicago, Illinois, earned a silver medal in the 400m hurdles at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China, following a campaign that included multiple titles amid an undefeated collegiate season.

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Little & Coach Pat Henry

Little & Coach Pat Henry

An eight time All-American, Little won the SEC Championships, her second NCAA Championship title along with the U.S. Championships in 2015. Her summer of international competition started with a gold medal in the 400m hurdles and 4×400 relay at the Pan American Games in Toronto.

In capturing the NCAA title with a school record time of 53.74 seconds, Little produced the third fastest winning time in the event and fourth best collegiate time ever. Little became the first hurdler to claim SEC and NCAA titles in the same year since 2006 and the first to win NCAA and U.S. titles in the same season since 2004.

Male Athlete of the Year finalists included Nick Banks, baseball; Latario Collie, track and field; and Myles Garrett, football. Finalists for the women’s Athlete of the Year included Sarah Gibson, swimming and diving; Mikaela Harvey, soccer; and Courtney Walker, basketball.

Recipients of the Bill Erwin Scholar-Athlete of the Year were Sarah Gibson and Antoine Marc, both members of the swimming and diving teams. The Texas A&M team with the highest cumulative GPA was women’s swimming and diving.

Gibson, who has a 4.0 GPA in biomedical engineering, was an NCAA qualifier in three events as well as SEC champion in the 100 fly and a member of the SEC champion relay squad in the 400 medley relay. Marc, who has a 3.867 GPA with a double major in cellular biology and mathematics, also earned a SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship. Marc became an individual and relay point scorer during the SEC Championships after initially joining the team via a try-out.

Finalists for the Scholar-Athlete award included Karis Jochen, track and field; Shelby Sullivan, volleyball; Conner McQueen, football; and Shane Vinsant, tennis.

The male Newcomer of the Year went to Christian Kirk from football while the female award was shared between Samantha Show with softball and Sydney Pickrem from swimming and diving. The Newcomer award is presented to a student-athlete who has made significant athletic contributions during their initial year at Texas A&M while exhibiting the core values of integrity, loyalty and respect as they excel at their sports.

Kirk was named SEC Freshman of the Year following a season in which he lead the Aggie football team in receptions (70), receiving yards (925), all-purpose yards (1,659), punt return yards (341), kickoff return yards (348) and total touchdowns (8). Honors for Kirk also included AP SEC Newcomer of the Year and 2015 Freshman All-America Team.

Show has pitched the Aggie softball team to 21 wins so far this season and recorded 150 strikeouts. At the plate she has supplied nine home runs and 21 runs batted in. Pickrem was named SEC Freshman Swimmer of the Year and earned All-American honors in the three events this season after claiming an SEC title in the 400 IM.

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Finalists for Newcomer of the Year included Anriel Howard, basketball; Tyler Davis, basketball; and Donavan Brazier, track and field.

Receiving the Lohman Inspiration Awards were Haley Pounds from soccer and Dylan Siebenaler with men’s golf. This award, presented by Mrs. Carolyn Lohman, recognizes the student-athletes at Texas A&M who have demonstrated integrity, and most importantly, perseverance in overcoming incredible challenges in pursuit of their education. They are role models for others who have faced adversity in their own lives and thought about giving up.

Pounds overcame depression and her emotional recovery opened the door for her to return to her team and compete at an even higher level.  She earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the season and led the team in scoring on their way to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight.

As Siebenaler received 63 rounds of chemotherapy and suffered through the side effects of his treatment, he remained dedicated to his studies while putting in the hours of practice needed to return to competition. Through a courageous journey Siebenaler had to endure largely on his own, he returned to golf competition a year after his diagnosis.

Hosts (L-R) Kristi Leonard,Tori Vidales, Riley Garner & Tonny Trocha-Morelos

Hosts (L-R) Kristi Leonard,Tori Vidales, Riley Garner & Tonny Trocha-Morelos

The Maroon Award, the most distinguished and highest honor given to a supporter of Aggie athletics, was awarded to Dr. Tom Adair, who has served many roles in his illustrious Texas A&M professional career.

In addition to teaching physics to Aggie students for 50 years, Dr. Adair has also been a tireless supporter of Texas A&M sports, serving as the Faculty Athletics Representative through three conference affiliations and 35 years of service as well as on the Athletics Council. Adair has also represented Texas A&M on various NCAA cabinets and committees including the NCAA Division I Academic Cabinet, the NCAA Division I Academics, Eligibility and Compliance Cabinet, the NCAA Core-Course Review Committee, and the NCAA Division I Progress-Toward-Degree Waivers Committee.

The Adair family has also committed a multimillion dollar gift to the Texas A&M Foundation, directing a portion to the Department of Physics and the newly established Texas A&M Coaching Academy as well as the Department of Student Activities.

Sr. Assoc. Dir. of Athletics, Raymond M. Harrison, Jr.

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Dallas Cowboys’, Houston Texans’ Draft Picks

DALLAS COWBOYS

Rd 1 (4): Ezekiel Elliot, RB (Ohio State)

Rd 2 (34): Jaylon Smith, OLB (Notre Dame)

Rd 3 (67): Maliek Collins, DT (Nebraska)

Rd 4 (101): Charles Tapper, DE (Oklahoma)

Rd 4 (135): Dak Prescott, QB (Mississippi State)

Rd 6 (189): Anthony Brown, CB (Purdue)

Rd 6 (212): Kavon Frazier, S (Central Michigan)

Rd 6 (217): Rico Gathers, TE (Baylor)

HOUSTON TEXANS

Rd 1 (21): Will Fuller, WR (Notre Dame)

Rd 2 (50): Nick Martin, OC (Notre Dame)

Rd 3 (85): Braxton Miller, WR (Ohio State)

Rd 4 (119): Tyler Ervin, RB (San Jose State)

Rd 5 (159): KJ Dillion, S (West Virginia)

Rd 5 (166): D.J. Reader, DT (Clemson)

 

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Yu Darvish Pitches 2 Innings in 1st Game Since Elbow Surgery

FRISCO, Texas (AP) _ Yu Darvish threw 18 of 32 pitches for strikes in a rehab
start Sunday, the first game for the Texas Rangers ace since Tommy John surgery
more than 13 months ago.

Darvish worked two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and one walk for
Double-A Frisco against Corpus Christi, an affiliate of the Houston Astros.

The right-hander from Japan said he was happy with the outing and being able to
pitch two healthy innings. He was right in line with the Rangers’ plans for him
to go two innings or about 30 pitches.

Darvish last pitched in a major league game on Aug. 9, 2014, then missed the
end of that season because of right elbow inflammation. He pitched only one
inning the following spring before surgery on March 17, 2015.

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Rangers fall to Halos; Astros edge A’s

Big Eighth Inning Lifts LA over Texas

Arlington – The Los Angeles Angels scored three runs in the eighth inning as they rallied past the Texas Rangers, 9-6 Sunday at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Kole Calhoun and C.J. Cron each recorded three hits and two RBI for the Halos, who put a stop to a four-game winning streak by the Rangers.

Greg Mahle picked up the win in relief, giving up one hit and no runs in one inning of work.

Texas right-hander Tom Wilhelmson fell to 1-2 on the year after giving up two hits and one run in the sixth.

The victory improves Los Angeles to 12-13 on the season, while the Rangers fall to 14-11.

Fister, Altuve lead Astros over Oakland.

Oakland – Jose Altuve hit his seventh home run of the year and Doug Fister pitched 6.2 solid innings as the Houston Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics, 2-1 at O.co Coliseum Sunday.

Altuve put the Astros up early with a lead-off home run in the first against A’s starter Rich Hill.

Outfielder Colby Rasmus provided the eventual game-winne, scoring Jason Castro on a sacrifice fly in the third.

Fister (2-3) allowed one run on seven hits while walking one and striking out five.

Closer Luke Gregerson collected his fifth save on the year, tossing a perfect ninth inning.

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Aggies’ Simonds Tosses First Career Complete-Game

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas – Senior pitcher Kyle Simonds weaved his first career complete-game to lead the No. 2 Texas A&M Aggies to a 6-2 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in Sunday’s rubber match at Baum Stadium.

Simonds (7-1) yielded two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five over the 9.0 innings. He stayed out of traffic early in innings, allowing just three of the eight hits before two outs.

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Courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

With the win, Texas A&M (35-9, 14-7 SEC) claimed their fourth straight weekend series and maintained their two-game lead in the SEC Western Division over Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Boomer White and Michael Barash led the Aggies at the plate. White went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Barash went 2-for-4 with one double and two RBI.

Arkansas (26-18, 7-14 SEC) broke the scoring seal in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Michael Bernal hit a wall-banger to centerfield for a triple. Rick Nomura followed with a four-pitch walk to put runners at the corners. Carson Shaddy knocked in a Bernal with a single to the wall in rightfield, staking the Razorbacks to a 1-0 lead.

Texas A&M benefitted from an Arkansas error as the Aggies put up four runs in the fourth. With one out, Nick Chorubyreached first when shortstop Bernal’s throw bounced past the first baseman. White worked the count full before driving a ball down the leftfield line for a game-tying double. After Hunter Melton swung and missed at strike three for the second out of the inning, Ryne Birk drew a six-pitch walk. Barash gave A&M its first lead of the game when he gapped an 0-1 pitch to left-center for a two-run double. Nick Banks capped off the rally with a single to centerfield, sending Barash home for the 4-1 advantage.

The Aggies added to the lead with a run in the sixth. With two outs, Barash reached on an infield single and Banks drew a four-pitch walk to bring Joel Davis to the plate. Davis got ahead in the count, 3-1, before driving a single through the left side of the infield to plate Barash for the 5-1 lead.

Texas A&M tacked on an insurance run in the top of the sixth. With one out, Austin Homan put down a bunt single. The hit extended his hit streak to 17 games, the longest for an Aggie in 2016. J.B. Moss drew a walk to move Homan into scoring position and White knocked him home with a two-out double for the 6-1 lead.

Shaddy led off the ninth inning with a solo home run, but it was too little, too late as Simonds got a fly out, strikeout and fly out to end the game.

Arkansas starter Keaton McKinney (1-3) was saddled with the loss. He allowed five runs, one earned, on six hits and one walk while striking out five over 5.2 innings.

Shaddy went 3-for-4 with one home run and two RBI.

The Aggies return to action Thursday when they host the No. 7 Vanderbilt Commodores in a three-game series on Olsen Field at Bell Park. Game times for the series are 6 pm on Thursday and Friday and 2:30 pm on Saturday.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES

Head Coach Rob Childress
On the series…
“I’m proud of our guys. They fought back. We go down 5-2 in the second game of the doubleheader and we have to go to the bullpen in the first inning. That scenario doesn’t usually work out. But we had some guys step up out of the bullpen and we toughened up on offense and found a way to battle back. And today we got a complete-game performance from Kyle (Simonds) when we really needed it.”

On what was working for Kyle Simonds…
“He had all three pitches working on both sides of the plate.  His fastball, slider and change-up were working. He did a nice job of stabilizing the day for us and he really did well keeping guys off the bases early in innings.”

Senior pitcher Kyle Simonds
On his what was working…
“I was really trying to establish the fastball on both sides of the plate. Especially on the outer half to the right-handers. I tried to get ahead in the count and with the right-handers when I needed an out the slider was really working.”

On getting through the ninth…
“It seems like the ninth inning is always the longest. I couldn’t get through it against Georgia. The defense did a great job today. I couldn’t have gotten through nine innings without some of the great plays they made.”

On winning coming back to win the series after losing the opener…
“It was huge. We need to play well on the road. There was a little misstep in that first game, but we battled back to win and that was huge. We call Sunday’s championship Sunday. We always want to win on Sunday.”

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No. 18 Texas A&M rallies to down No. 1 Florida, 6-4

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COLLEGE STATION – A four-run sixth inning propelled the No. 18 Texas A&M softball team to a 6-4 win over No. 1 Florida on Sunday at the Aggie Softball Complex. The win marks the first time A&M has beaten the top-ranked team since June 1, 2008, when the Aggies bested Florida, 1-0, in Oklahoma City.

“I was pleased with the way we fought,” head coach Jo Evans said. “We just stayed in it to the end. That sixth inning was big for us. I told the team before we went to hit ‘let’s win it right here.’ Our kids did such a good job of finding ways to get on. It was a huge for us to have a cushion like that.”

The Gators (47-4, 17-4 SEC) took an early 1-0 lead in the second on a RBI groundout by Kelsey Stewart, before A&M (35-16, 7-14 SEC) plated two runs in the third to take a 2-1 advantage.

Freshman Kaitlyn Alderink led off the inning with a solo home run to right center, her fourth of the season. After sophomore Tori Vidales walked and sophomore Ashley Walters singled, freshman Samantha Show loaded the bases with a single, and freshman Riley Sartain drove in Vidales on a bloop single to left.

Florida tied the game in the fourth on a Kayli Kvisted RBI single to center, scoring Stewart.

Sartain led off the sixth with a single and was replaced by senior pinch runner Alex Masek. After senior Cali Lanphear was hit by a pitch, freshman Keeli Milligan loaded the bases with a bunt single. Alderink reached on a fielder’s choice, but a throwing error allowed Masek and Lanphear to score. Milligan came across on a wild pitch to give A&M a 5-2 lead. Sophomore Erica Russell capped off the inning with an RBI single to left, plating Alderink.

Sophomore Trinity Harrington moved to 7-6 on the season, throwing six innings giving up eight hits, four runs with three strikeouts. Show earned her third save of the season, shutting down the Gators’ comeback attempt in the seventh.

The Aggies return to action Friday at No. 3 Auburn at 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday’s games can be seen on SEC Network +, while Saturday’s game will be on ESPN. All three games can also be heard locally on KWBC 1550 AM or online atwww.RadioAggieland.com.

To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to 12thMan.com or follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.

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Texas A&M Punter Kaser Drafted by San Diego Chargers

CHICAGO – Texas A&M record-setting punter Drew Kaser was selected in the sixth round (No. 179 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft Saturday afternoon by the San Diego Chargers.

Kaser was the first punter selected in the 2016 draft, joining Shane Lechler (2000 – Oakland Raiders), Steve O’Neal (1969 – New York Jets) and Phil Scoggin (1966 – Miami Dolphins) as the only A&M punters to be drafted into the NFL. Kaser looks to join Josh Lambo to form an all-Aggie special teams package in San Diego, Lambo handled kick-off and placekicking duties for the Aggies from 2013-2014.

“Drew put in great work and determination to being one of the tops punters in college football,” Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin said. “We are proud of him being drafted by San Diego and wish him the best in a long and successful NFL career.”

The Strongsville, Ohio native, set Texas A&M’s career punt average (46.196) to eclipse Shane Lechler’s (44.7) 16-year old record. Kaser fell just shy in his pursuit of the NCAA FBS record for career punt average, averaging 46.196 yards on 168 punts  to trail only Todd Sauerbrun’s record of 46.31 set while playing for West Virginia (1991-94). Kaser became just the second player in NCAA history to average more than 46.0 yards for his career (with a minimum of 150 punts).

Saturday saw the conclusion of the yearly draft, three Aggies’ names were called this weekend to mark the ninth straight draft that an Aggie was drafted. Additionally, Texas A&M has the second longest active streak of players drafted in the first round at six, Germain Ifedi was selected 31st overall by the Seattle Seahawks to extend the streak. Running back turned cornerback, Brandon Williams, was chosen in Friday’s third round by the Arizona Cardinals.

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No. 18 Texas A&M defeated by No. 1 Florida, 14-3

COLLEGE STATION – No. 18 Texas A&M was defeated by No. 1 Florida, 14-3, in six innings on Friday at the Aggie Softball Complex.

The Gators (46-3, 16-3 SEC) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings, scoring on a throwing error in the second, before plating three in the third on a two-RBI double by Janell Wheaton and an RBI single by Taylore Fuller.

A&M (34-15, 6-13 SEC) cut the lead in half in the fourth on RBI singles from sophomores Tori Vidales and Kristen Cuyos. FreshmanKeeli Milligan led off the inning with an infield single and reached third on a throwing error, which allowed freshman Kaitlyn Alderinkto reach safely. Vidales singled to center field, scoring Milligan and moving Alderink to third. Cuyos smacked a 1-2 pitch to left to drive in Alderink, her team-leading 51st RBI of the season.

Freshman Samantha Show trimmed the lead to one in the fifth, blasting a leadoff home run to right field. The East Bernard, Texas native now has nine dingers on the campaign.

Florida countered with 10 runs on five hits in the sixth, capped off by an Amanda Lorenz one-out grand slam.

Show was saddled with the loss to move to 21-9 on the season, throwing 5.1 innings, giving up eight hits, eight runs, seven earned, five walks while striking out two.

The Aggies and Gators return to action Saturday at noon on the SEC Network. The game can also be heard locally on KWBC 1550 AM or online at www.RadioAggieland.com.

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Texas A&M Cornerback Williams Drafted by Arizona Cardinals

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CHICAGO – Less than a year after a position change that saw him convert from running back to cornerback, Texas A&M’s Brandon Williams was rewarded by being selected in the third round (No. 92 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals on Friday.

Williams, a former five-star running back from Brookshire Royal High School, had never played defensive back at any level of football prior to making the drastic position change after the Aggies’ 2015 spring drills. Williams, however, embraced the challenge and started all 13 games for the Aggies at cornerback. A 2015 team captain, Williams finished his only season on the defensive side of the football with 37 tackles in run support and broke up seven opponent aerials in pass coverage.

“Brandon always puts the team first and he has a bright, bright future in the NFL,” Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin said. “I couldn’t be prouder of him and we wish him well as he takes this next step.”

Williams saw action on both defense and offense in 2015, which made him Texas A&M’s first two-way player since the late 1960s. Williams, who transferred to A&M from Oklahoma in 2012, played his first two seasons as full-time running back. He rushed for 269 yard on 44 carries in 2013 and 379 yards on 87 carries in 2014. Additionally, Williams was a standout special teams performer throughout his A&M career, both as a kick returner and on coverage units.

After the 2015 season, Williams received the coveted Aggie Heart Award by vote of his teammates. The Heart Award is presented each season to a senior who displays the intangibles such as effort, desire, determination, competitiveness, leadership and courage. The Aggie Heart Award winner is the player who extends himself to the fullest every time he dons his football gear, regardless of the situation, be it in practice or a game. Additionally, Williams also earned the Weight Room MVP Award in 2015.

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Szeryk in Position to Make First LPGA Cut as Play Suspended in Irving

IRVING, Texas- Texas A&M sophomore Maddie Szeryk is five holes away from making her first LPGA cut, sitting at +1 for the tournament at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at Las Colinas Country Club. Szeryk shot 1-under through 13 holes on Friday, before play was suspended due to weather in the Irving area.

Szeryk sits in a tie for 58th, and is one of 70 players still on the course when play was stopped. The projected 36-hole cut of the Top 70-and-ties sits currently at +1. Szeryk had four birdies in the 13 holes she completed on the par 71 / 6,462 yard course.

This is Szeryk’s third career LPGA event, but she is looking to make the cut for the first time.

Szeryk leads Texas A&M with a 72.27 stroke average this season, and has shot par-or-better in 15 of her 26 rounds this season.

Play resumes at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, with the third round beginning at approximately 11:15 a.m. The Golf Channel provides live coverage of the third round from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday.

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NFL Draft: Second and Third Rounds

SECOND ROUND

  1. (32) Cleveland Browns – Emmanuel Ogbah, DE (Oklahoma State
  2. (33) Tennessee Titans – Kevin Dodd, DE (Clemson)
  3. (34) Dallas Cowboys – Jaylon Smith, OLB (Notre Dame)
  4. (35) Jacksonville Jaguars (traded with MIA) – Myles Jack, OLB (UCLA)
  5. (36) San Diego Chargers – Hunter Henry, TE (Arkansas)
  6. (37) Kansas City (traded with SF) – Chris Jones, DT (Mississippi State)
  7. (38) Miami Dolphins (traded with JAX through BAL) – Xavien Howard, CB (Baylor)
  8. (39) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Noah Spence, OLB (Eastern Kentucky)
  9. (40) New York Giants – Sterling Shepard, WR (Oklahoma)
  10. (41) Buffalo Bills (traded with CHI) – Reggie Ragland, ILB (Alabama)
  11. (42) Baltimore Ravens (traded with MIA) – Kamalei Correa, OLB (Boise State)
  12. (43) Tennessee Titans (traded with PHI through LA) – Austin Johnson, DT (Penn State)
  13. (44) Oakland Raiders – Jihad Ward, DE (Illinois)
  14. (45) Tennessee Titans (traded with LA) – Derrick Henry, RB (Alabama)
  15. (46) Detroit Lions – A’Shawn Robinson, DT (Alabama)
  16. (47) New Orleans Saints – Michael Thomas, WR (Ohio State)
  17. (48) Green Bay Packers (traded with IND) – Jason Spriggs, OT (Indiana)
  18. (49) Seattle Seahawks (traded with BUF through CHI) – Jarran Reed, DT (Alabama)
  19. (50) Houston Texans (traded with ATL) – Nick Martin, C (Notre Dame)
  20. (51) New York Jets – Christian Hackenberg, QB (Penn State)
  21. (52) Atlanta Falcons (traded with HOU) – Deion Jones, OLB (LSU)
  22. (53) Washington Redskins – Su’a Cravens, S (USC)
  23. (54) Minnesota Vikings – Mackensie Alexander, CB (Clemson)
  24. (55) Cincinnati Bengals – Tyler Boyd, WR (Pittsburgh)
  25. (56) Chicago Bears (traded with SEA) – Cody Whitehair, OG (Kansas State)
  26. (57) Indianapolis Colts (traded with GB) – T.J. Green, S (Clemson)
  27. (58) Pittsburgh Steelers – Sean Davis, S (Maryland)
  28. (59) Kansas City Chiefs – Roberto Aguayo, K (Florida State)
  29. (60) New England Patriots – Cyrus Jones, CB (Alabama)
  30. (61) New Orleans Saints (traded with ARI through NE) – Vonn Bell, S (Ohio State)
  31. (62) Carolina Panthers – James Bradberry, CB (Stanford)
  32. (63) Denver Broncos – Adam Gotsis, DE (Georgia Tech)

THIRD ROUND

  1. (64) Tennessee Titans – Kevin Byard, S (Middle Tennessee State)
  2. (65) Cleveland Browns – Carl Nassib, DE (Penn State)
  3. (66) San Diego Chargers – Max Tuerk, C (USC)
  4. (67) Dallas Cowboy – Maliek Collins, DT (Nebraska)
  5. (68) San Francisco 49ers – Will Redmond, CB (Mississippi State)
  6. (69) Jacksonville Jaguars – Yannick Ngakoue, DE (Maryland)
  7. (70) Baltimore Ravens – Bronson Kafusi, DE (Brigham Young)
  8. (71) New York Giants – Darian Thompson, S (Boise State)
  9. (72) Chicago Bears – Jonathan Bullard, DE (Florida)
  10. (73) Miami Dolphins – Kenyan Drake, RB (Alabama)
  11. (74) Kansas City Chiefs (traded with TB) – Keivarae Russell, CB (Notre Dame)
  12. (75) Oakland Raiders, Shilique Calhoun, DE (Michigan State)
  13. (76) Cleveland Browns (traded with LA through TN) – Shon Coleman, OT (Alabama)
  14. (77) Carolina Panthers (traded with PHI through DET & CLE) – Daryl Worley, CB (West Virginia)
  15. (78) New England Patriot (traded with NO) – Joe Thuney, OG (North Carolina State)
  16. (79) Philadelphia Eagles – Isaac Seumalo, C (Oregon)
  17. (80) Buffalo Bills – Adolphus Washington, DT (Ohio State)
  18. (81) Atlanta Falcons – Austin Hooper, TE (Stanford)
  19. (82) Indianapolis Colts – Le’Raven Clark, OT (Texas Tech)
  20. (83) New York Jets – Jordan Jenkins, OLB (Georgia)
  21. (84) Washington Redskins – Kendall Fuller, CB (Virginia Tech)
  22. (85) Houston Texans – Braxton Miller, WR (Ohio State)
  23. (86) Miami Dolphins (traded with MIN) – Leonte Carroo, WR (Rutgers)
  24. (87) Cincinnati Bengals – Nick Vigil, ILB (Utah State)
  25. (88) Green Bay Packers – Kyler Fackrell, OLB (Utah State)
  26. (89) Pittsburgh Steelers – Javon Hargrave, DT (South Carolina State)
  27. (90) Seattle Seahawks – C.J. Prosise, RB (Notre Dame)
  28. (91) New England Patriots – Jacoby Brissett, QB (North Carolina State)
  29. (92) Arizona Cardinals – Brandon Williams, CB (Texas A&M)
  30. (93) Cleveland Browns (traded with CAR) – Cody Kessler, QB (USC)
  31. (94) Seattle Seahawks (traded with DEN) – Nick Vannett, TE (Ohio State)
  32. (95) Detroit Lions (compensatory) – Graham Glasgow, C (Michigan)
  33. (96) New England (compensatory) – Vincent Valentine, DT (Nebraska)
  34. (97) Seattle Seahawks (compensatory) – Rees Odhiambo, OG (Boise State)
  35. (98) Denver Broncos (compensatory) – Justin Simmons, S (Boston College)

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Texas A&M Baseball’s game for Friday postponed

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas – Friday evening’s game between Texas A&M and Arkansas has been postponed due to inclement weather. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday with the first game slated for 2 pm.

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Blackie Sherrod, longtime Texas sports writer, dead at 96

DALLAS (AP) _ Blackie Sherrod, the longtime Texas sportswriter and mentor to
some of the nation’s top writers, has died at his Dallas home. He was 96.

Wife Joyce Sherrod told The Dallas Morning News her husband died Thursday
afternoon after a week in hospice care.

Sherrod was Texas Sportswriter of the Year a record 16 times and a Red Smith
Award winner for lifetime achievement in sports writing.

After World War Two service as a Navy tail gunner, Sherrod was sports editor at
the now-defunct Fort Worth Press where he cultivated the nascent talents of
authors Dan Jenkins and Edwin “Bud” Shrake. He took his popular column to the
now-defunct Dallas Times-Herald in 1958 and The Dallas Morning News in 1985
before retiring in 2003.

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