Santana, Carrasco Lead Indians Past Rangers 12-3

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Carlos Santana capped and eight-run third inning with a three-run homer, leading the Cleveland Indians past Texas 12-3 on Wednesday to end the Rangers’ seven-game winning streak.

Carlos Carrasco (6-4) allowed only Robinson Chirinos’ solo homer in the fifth while pitching eight sharp innings. The right-hander held Texas to five hits and struck out eight.

Texas starter Colby Lewis (4-3) allowed 10 runs and 11 hits in 2 2-3 innings. He was chased in the third when the Indians sent 12 men to the plate.

The lopsided loss ended Texas’ seven-game winning streak.

Josh Hamilton singled in the seventh for his first hit since returning to the Rangers on Monday, but was thrown out by left fielder Mike Aviles trying for a double. Hamilton is 1 for 11 in three games after being acquired from the Angels on April 27.

Soccer’s Governing Body Raided

ZURICH (AP) _ The reputation of FIFA, the governing body of soccer worldwide, for corruption has reignited spectacularly two days before a presidential election expected to give Sepp Blatter four more years at the head
of world soccer.

Dawn raids by Swiss federal authorities on FIFA headquarters and a luxury hotel in Zurich supported separate federal cases in the United States and Switzerland. The U.S. probe relates to racketeering, money laundering and kickbacks in marketing deals for soccer tournaments in the U.S., Brazil and across Latin America.

Two of FIFA’s eight vice presidents and a new member of its executive committee were among officials arrested in Zurich.

The Swiss investigation is about wrongdoing in the controversial 2018-2022 World Cup bidding contests which gave hosting rights to Russia and Qatar.

FIFA, meanwhile, said Friday’s presidential election would go ahead as planned with Sepp Blatter going for a fifth term. Blatter was not named in either investigation.

FIFA also ruled out a revote of the World Cups won by Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

Aggie Women’s Tennis Finishes Season Ranked 5th, Women at No. 10

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 2015 Texas A&M men’s tennis team capped off their historic season with a program-best fifth place ranking in the final Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll released Tuesday afternoon. The Aggies finished in the top-10 for the sixth time after advancing to the Elite 8 for the second time in program history, falling to eventual National Champion Virginia in the national quarterfinals.

“I am beyond thrilled for our senior class to be able to go out with back-to-back SEC titles and a Top-5 finish,” Texas A&M men’s tennis head coach Steve Dentonsaid. “This season was one of the best in program history, we are looking to build off this momentum and are very excited and optimistic about next season and the future of Texas A&M tennis.”

The maroon and white compiled a number of program firsts this year including a win over the No. 1 team, defeating Oklahoma at the Mitchell Tennis Center in February, and the 2015 regular season SEC Championship. The Aggies finished the season 24-5; all five losses came to teams that finished ranked in the top eight of the final ITA poll. A&M tallied an impressive 18 victories over teams ranked in the final ITA poll, including a nine over teams in the final top-25. A&M reached the NCAA tournament for the 22nd season in a row, 23rd overall appearance.

The Aggies’ 11 conference wins this year were a program-best, eclipsing the 10-win tally of 2014 team, while the 24 dual victories marked the fourth time a Texas A&M-coached Steve Denton squad has eclipsed the 20-win mark. The back-to-back SEC Coach of the Year nod for Denton was the fourth league honor in his time in College Station after being named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011.

The Southeastern Conference placed national best six teams in the final Top 25: Texas A&M (5), Georgia (8), Ole Miss (17), Mississippi State (23), Vanderbilt (24) and Florida (25). LSU just missed the Top-25 finishing at No. 30; while Tennessee (43), Auburn (46) and Alabama (72) complete the SEC contingent in the top-75.

The Texas A&M women’s team finished No. 10 in the final rankings, marking the second straight season that both A&M tennis teams have finished in the Top-10. A&M joins Baylor, Georgia, Southern Cal and Virginia as the only schools in the nation to have both their men’s and women’s tennis programs in the top-10 in the final rankings.

The ITA singles and doubles rankings will be released June 3, along with the final regional rankings.

Below is the ITA’s list of the 25 top-ranked teams:

Rank School
1 University of Virginia
2 University of Oklahoma
3 Baylor University
4 TCU
5 Texas A&M University
6 University of Illinois
7 University of Southern California
8 University of Georgia
9 University of Texas
10 Duke University
11 North Carolina
12 Ohio State University
13 Wake Forest University
14 Columbia University
15 UCLA
16 University of South Florida
17 University of Mississippi
18 Virginia Tech
19 Texas Tech University
20 Stanford University
21 University of Minnesota
22 University of San Diego
23 Mississippi State University
24 Vanderbilt University
25 University of Florida

 

For the complete final team rankings, go to itatennis.com. Visit 12thMan.com.com for more information on Texas A&M men’s tennis. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M men’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieMTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieMensTennis.

 

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M women’s tennis team is No. 10 in the final Oracle/ITA National Collegiate Tennis Rankings, released today.

It marks the third consecutive year as well as the third time in program history the Aggies have finished in the Top 10. Under the direction of head coach Howard Joffe and associate head coach Mark Weaver, the Aggies were an all-time high No. 3 in the 2013 final rankings following A&M’s first-ever NCAA Championship runner-up finish. A&M was No. 9 in the 2014 final rankings.

This year the Aggies went 17-6 overall, including 13-6 against ranked opponents. A&M was 4-4 against Top-10 opponents, including a thrilling 4-3 victory over then-No. 8 Vanderbilt, which then went on to win its next 10 matches to capture its first NCAA national championship and earn a No. 1 final ranking.

The Aggies, who tied the Commodores and Georgia for second place in the Southeastern Conference with an 11-2 record, made a 16th consecutive and 21st overall appearance in the NCAA tournament and were seeded No. 10 in the 64-team field. They advanced to the NCAA Championship round of 16 for the third consecutive year and the fourth time in program history before falling to 2014 national champion and 2015 NCAA runner-up UCLA, which was defeated by Vanderbilt in the national championship match and placed No. 3 in the final rankings.

The SEC placed a nation-leading eight teams in the final Top 25: Vanderbilt (1), Georgia (5), Florida (6), Texas A&M (10), Alabama (14), LSU (23), Ole Miss (24) and Kentucky (25). Mississippi State and Arkansas were No. 32 and 38, respectively, and Auburn (46) and Tennessee (61) also were listed in the final rankings.

The Aggie men’s team is an all-time high No. 5 in the ITA men’s final rankings, and A&M joins Georgia, Baylor, USC, and Virginia as the only teams in the nation to have both their men’s and women’s tennis programs in the top 10 in the final rankings.

The ITA singles and doubles rankings will be released June 3, along with the final regional rankings.

Below is the ITA’s list of the 25 top-ranked teams:

Rank    Avg           School                                      Previous Week

1 83.20 Vanderbilt University 4
2 81.88 University of Southern California 1
3 78.35 UCLA 6
4 76.88 North Carolina 2
5 74.40 University of Georgia 7
6 72.64 University of Florida 5
7 71.98 California 3
8 66.62 Baylor University 9
9 65.50 University of Virginia 8
10 63.37 Texas A&M University 10
11 60.26 Stanford 14
12 55.83 Oklahoma State University 12
13 54.58 University of Michigan 11
14 52.61 University of Alabama 13
15 50.26 University of Miami (Florida) 15
16 47.36 Texas Tech University 16
17 42.15 TCU 17
18 41.64 Clemson University 21
19 38.28 Duke University 20
20 37.02 Georgia Tech 24
21 36.69 Ohio State University 18
22 35.16 Pepperdine 19
23 33.95 LSU 22
24 33.45 University of Mississippi 23
25 29.79 University of Kentucky 25

For the complete final team rankings, go to itatennis.com.

Visit 12thMan.com.com for more information on Texas A&M women’s tennis. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M women’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieWTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieWomensTennis.

Stories courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Navarro Finishes NCAA Championship Tied for 21st

BRADENTON, Fla.- Texas A&M sophomore golfer Marijosse Navarro finished the 2015 NCAA Championships with an individual finish of T-21st after shooting a 76 (+4) on Monday at The Concession Golf Club.

Navarro had two birdies on the par 72 / 6,468 yard course, birdieing the par 5, 511-yard third hole and the par 4 / 363 yard 15th.

The Mexico City native finished the tournament with a 300 (+12), shooting 77-74-73-76. She finishes the season with 90 birdies, which ranks seventh on Texas A&M’s single-season list, and set the school record with a 71.80 scoring average.

The Aggies won the 2015 SEC Championship as a team, and posted an 18th-place finish nationally, its sixth top 18 finish in the past eight seasons.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Hamilton Hitless In Return, Texas Wins 6th in a Row

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Josh Hamilton was hitless in his return to the majors, but
reached on a key error that sent the Texas Rangers over Cleveland 10-8 Monday
for their sixth straight win.

Hamilton, slowed this season by shoulder surgery, was 0 for 3 with two
strikeouts and a walk, and scored a run.

The 2010 AL MVP came up with runners on first and second and two outs in the
seventh inning with the score 8-all. He hit an easy tapper back to pitcher Zach
McAllister, whose throw was well over the head of first baseman Carlos Santana
for a two-base error.

Hamilton was traded from the Angels back to Texas in late April.

Prince Fielder hit his fourth home run in four games for the Rangers. He hit an
RBI single that tied it earlier in the seventh.

The Indians had won six in a row.

Harden helps Rockets Stay Alive

HOUSTON (AP) _ James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points and the
Houston Rockets led from start to finish to avoid elimination in the Western
Conference finals with a 128-115 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game
4 on Monday night.

The Rockets used a 45-point first quarter to build a big lead. They were up by
22 in the second quarter when Stephen Curry landed on his head in a nasty spill
and missed about 12 minutes before returning.

His first field goal after returning came on a 3-pointer that got Golden State
within six points with less than 8 1/2 minutes remaining. But Harden, who had 17
points in the fourth quarter, scored the next seven points as part of 10
straight by Houston to push the lead to 114-98.

Klay Thompson had 24 points and Curry added 23 for Golden State, which can
reach the NBA Finals with a victory at home on Wednesday.

Orioles Beat Astros 4-3, Hand Keuchel 1st Loss

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce hit two-run homers off Dallas Keuchel, and the Baltimore Orioles dealt the left-hander his first loss in a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday.

Keuchel (6-1) came in with a 1.67 ERA and had won three straight starts. He allowed just one home run in nine appearances this season before Joseph connected in the second inning and Pearce went deep in the seventh.

Keuchel allowed six hits, struck out three and walked one over eight innings in his first complete game of 2015 and seventh of his career.

George Springer had a season-high three hits and a homer for the Astros, who stranded seven and went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Brad Brach (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Oliver Drake worked a perfect eighth before Zach Britton got three straight outs for his 11th save.

Women’s Golf Posts 18th-Place Team Finish at NCAA Championship

Texas A&M women’s golf posted its sixth top 18 finish in eight years under head coach Trelle McCombs, as it earned an 18th place finish at the NCAA Championships in Bradenton, Fla. The Aggies have finished in the top 23 nine times in the past 12 years, and have 13 Top 25 NCAA finishes in its history.

The 18th-place finish caps off a banner year for Texas A&M as a team, as the Aggies won their first SEC title, and re-wrote most of the record book. The 2014-15 Aggies set a new team mark for scoring average (72.58), birdies (528), par-or-better rounds (13), individual scoring average (either Szeryk, 71.86 or Navarro, TBD), individual birdies (Szeryk, 127), and individual par-or-better rounds (Szeryk, 23), all without starting a single junior or senior in the lineup in any tournament.

In addition, the Aggies won three tournaments for the fourth time in school history, had five of the six lowest team rounds in school history, and the three lowest team tournament scores in school history.

Texas A&M missed advancement to the top 15 by just three strokes after the conclusion of three rounds. The Aggies shot 933 (+69) over three rounds.

The Aggies season concludes as Marijosse Navarro plays the final round of the 2015 NCAA Championships as an individual, starting at 11 a.m. CT. Next season, Texas A&M will host an NCAA Women’s Golf Regional at Traditions Club in Bryan from May 5-7, 2016.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

NCAA College Station Regional Field Announced

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies were selected to participate in their ninth consecutive NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, extending their school-record string.

The Aggies were tabbed as the No. 1 seed in the College Station Regional where they will face No. 4 seed Texas Southern in the first day’s action at 6 pm on Friday, May 29. On Saturday, Texas A&M will face the winner either No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina and No. 3 seed California.

It marks the 31st overall appearance for the Aggies in the NCAA Tournament and the ninth appearance in 10 years under the direction of head coach Rob Childress.

Coastal Carolina is 38-19 on the season, including a 17-7 mark in Big South Conference action. California is 34-19 on the season, including 18-12 in Pac-12 Conference play. Texas Southern is 31-17 on the season, including 16-7 in Southwestern Athletic Conference action.

The winner of the College Station Regional will face the winner of the Fort Worth Regional hosted by TCU in a Super Regional. TCU was handed a Top 8 National seeded and a regional with North Carolina State, Stony Brook and Sacred Heart.

Make sure to visit 12thMan.com’s NCAA Regional page for more information.
NCAA College Station Regional
Friday, May 29
12 pm – California vs. Coastal Carolina
6 pm – Texas Southern vs. Texas A&M

Saturday, May 30
12 pm
6 pm

Sunday, May 31
12 pm
6 pm

Monday, June 1
6:30 pm (subject to change)
If necessary

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Coca Cola 600

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) _ Carl Edwards picked one of NASCAR’s marquee races to end
his lengthy winless streak, capturing the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor
Speedway. He moved in front with 20 laps to go as most of his competitors needed
green-flag pit stops. Greg Biffle was second, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr.,
pole-sitter Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr.

Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Juan Pablo Montoya overcame several mishaps to win the
Indianapolis 500 for the second time since 2000, finishing ahead of Will Power.
Montoya was bumped from behind during an early caution and had to pit to repair
the damage, leaving him second-to-last in the field. After working his way back
through the field, he was penalized for running over his air hose during a pit
stop.

A&M to Host Baseball Regional

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M’s Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park was named one of 16 regional sites for the 69th annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced on Sunday evening.

By virtue of being awarded a regional, all 16 host institutions have also been selected to the 64-team field. This extends the Aggies’ school-record streak of appearances in the NCAA Championship to nine consecutive seasons and the 31st overall selection to the tournament field.

This marks the 10th time Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park will host an NCAA Regional. Texas A&M was one of four SEC schools selected to host a regional, joined by Florida, LSU and Vanderbilt.

Each regional field features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. All 16 regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, May 29, to Monday, June 1.

The remaining at-large teams, top-eight national seeds, first-round regional pairing and site assignments will be announced on Monday at 11:00 am Central during a live selection program on ESPNU.

NCAA COLLEGE STATION REGIONAL TICKET INFORMATION

Any available Reserved All-Session tickets will go on sale Tuesday, May 26 at 12 pm online and by phone. Remaining reserved inventory will be extremely limited.

Orders for Lawn/Standing Room Only (SRO) All-Session Regional tickets are being accepted at this time on the 12th Man Foundation Online Ticket Center. Lawn/SRO All-Session tickets are $40 Adult and $20 Youth/Student (plus a $4 per ticket fee). The All-Session ticket includes all possible sessions.

Individual game tickets for the Regional will go on sale Friday, May 29.  Sales times and specific information will be released once the game times are announced. Game times will be dictated by television and released at the earliest possible moment. 

2015 NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP HOSTS

Cal State Fullerton
Dallas Baptist
Florida
Florida State
Houston
Illinois
LSU
Louisville
Miami (Fla.)
Missouri State
Oklahoma State
Texas A&M
Texas Christian
UCLA
UC Santa Barbara
Vanderbilt

Ag’s Fall at SEC Tournament

HOOVER, Alabama – The No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies saw their run at the SEC Tournament end in the semifinal round as the Maroon and White dropped a 12-3 decision to the No. 9 Vanderbilt Commodores Saturday afternoon at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. It marks the deepest run in the tournament for the Aggies, in their third year in the league.

The Commodores drew first blood in the top of the second inning. To start the frame, Zander Wiel reached on an error when Logan Nottebrok was unable to handle a chopper to third. Will Toffey followed by lofting a first-pitch offering to leftfield and the wind carried it out of the park for a two-run home run. 

Texas A&M (45-11) responded by manufacturing a run in the home half of the inning. Nick Banks drew a seven-pitch walk to start the inning. With two outs, Banks moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Nick Choruby poked a full-count offering into leftfield, trimming the Vanderbilt advantage to 2-1. 

Vanderbilt (42-18) stretched the lead to three runs in the top of the third. With two outs, Wiel hit a first-pitch offering over the fence in left-center for a solo home run. Toffey was hit by a pitch and Bryan Reynolds singled to centerfield to put runners on the corners. Toffey came home to score when Andrew Vinson uncorked a wild pitch for the 4-1 Commodores’ lead.

The Aggies offered an immediate response with two runs in the home half of the first inning. With one out, Ryne Birk worked a six-pitch walk and Mitchell Nau followed with a single through the right side of the infield. Logan Taylor stroked a double down the leftfield line to plate Birk, but Nau was gunned down at home with a cut-off throw from shortstop Dansby Swanson. Nick Banks poked a single into rightfield to knock in Taylor and cut the lead to 4-3.

The Commodores took control of the contest with a five-run fifth. Rhett Wiseman flared a single to right center to start the frame. Swanson placed a single that Aggie reliever, Tyler Stubblefield, coming off a knee injury had trouble scurrying to retrieve. His hurried throw was wide of Hunter Melton at first base, and the error scored Wiseman and put Swanson at third. An error at second by Birk on a grounder by Wiel allowed Swanson to score and put Wiel on first. Toffey doubled to rightfield to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. After Reynolds popped up to second base, Jeren Kendall slapped a ball just out of the reach of a diving Choruby in centerfield. Two runs came home on Kendall’s triple and Stubblefield left the game with A&M trailing 8-3. 

Ty Schlottmann came on in relief and got Penn Murfee to fly out to shallow leftfield. Leftfielder Taylor’s throw was on time to the plate to retire Kendall, but catcher Michael Barash was unable to hang on to the ball allowing the run to score on the sacrifice fly and Vanderbilt held a 9-3 advantage.

Swanson’s two-run home run in the sixth and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch in the eighth completed the scoring for the Commodores.

Making his first career start, Vinson (4-2) was saddled with the loss. He allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits and one walk while striking out one in 3.0 innings. Stubblefield made his second appearance of the season, working 1.1 innings. Corbin Martin was the highlight of the bullpen for A&M striking out four of the six batters he faced in 1.2 innings.

Vanderbilt starter Walker Buehler was left without a decision, working 4.0 innings. He allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two. John Kilichowski (3-3) earned the win retiring all 15 batters he faced, including five strikeouts.

A&M Women at 2015 NCAA Golf Championship

BRADENTON, Fla.- The Texas A&M women’s golf team shot a 312 (+24) at the 2015 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship at The Concession Golf Club, but now must wait for help in order to advance as one of the top 15 teams to play in Monday’s final round of stroke play. The Aggies were in the clubhouse in 18thplace when the horn blew to halt the third round due to darkness.

For A&M to advance as one of the top 15 schools, South Carolina (+59), UCLA (+64) and Wake Forest (+60) must end up with scores of +69-or-higher for the tournament, with all three schools having four golfers on the course with two to five holes remaining. A tie would be resolved by a playoff. Even if Texas A&M does not advance as one of the top 15 schools, sophomore Marijosse Navarro will advance as one of the top nine individuals not on an advancing team.

Navarro shot a 1-over 73 on the par 72 / 6,468 course, bringing her tournament total to 224 (+8), making her tied for 18th in the competition.

Maddie Szeryk shot a 7-over 79 on Sunday, bringing her tournament standing to 229 (+13) and a tie for 42nd place. Bianca Fabrizio shot a 9-over 81, putting her in 112th place at 245 (+29). Thanya Pattamakijsakul shot a 79 (+7), and is 114th at 246 (+30).

Andrea Jonama rounded out the A&M lineup with a 83 (+11) on Sunday and a 251 (+35) for the tournament.

The Aggies will finish no worse than 18th nationally, marking the sixth top 18 finish in the eight years under head coach Trelle McCombs. A&M finishes in the top 23 nationally for the ninth time in the past 12 seasons.

The fourth and final round of stroke play begins at 9:50 a.m. CT, with coverage on the Golf Channel from 3-6 p.m. CT. Tee times for Navarro and the rest of the A&M team, should the Aggies advance, are yet to be determined.

Cowboys Ink Scandrick to New Deal

UNDATED (AP) _ The Dallas Cowboys and cornerback Orlando Scandrick have agreed to a new contract. The one year contract extension is worth $9.5 million and pushes the total value of his deal to $20 million through 2019.

The 28-year-old Scandrick was Dallas’ best cornerback last year but was set to make $1.5 million this season. Under the new deal he will get $4 million this year.

College Station Baseball Drops Game 1 to Tomball in Regional Quarterfinals

THE WOODLANDS — Coming up shy of a few key hits and routine defensive plays, the College Station baseball team is going back into the dangerous territory it survived twice last year on the way to a state championship.

The fourth-ranked Cougars were limited to seven hits and committed three errors that led to a pair of unearned runs, including the game-winner in the top of the ninth inning that lifted Tomball to a 4-3 victory in the opener of their Class 5A Region III quarterfinal series on Thursday night.

Story courtesy of “The B/CS Eagle”

Warriors Hold Off Harden, Rockets 99-98 to Take 2-0 Lead

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Stephen Curry scored 33 points to turn back another spectacular performance by James Harden, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Harden rallied the Rockets from 17 points down in the second quarter and had a chance to finish off the comeback in the final seconds of the fourth. Instead, Klay Thompson and Curry trapped Harden, who lost the ball as time expired.

Harden fell to the floor and put his hands over his head as the Warriors celebrated on the court, the sellout crowd roared and golden-yellow confetti fell from the rafters.

Harden had 38 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Dwight Howard overcame a sprained left knee that slowed him down to finish with 19 points and 17 rebounds for a Rockets team headed home in a major hole.

Game 3 is Saturday in Houston.

Rangers’ Rodriguez Keeps Red Sox Bats Quiet in 3-1 Win

BOSTON (AP) _ Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and drove in two runs, Wandy Rodriguez pitched 6 2-3 solid innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Red Sox and their listless offense 3-1 on Thursday night.

Moreland added two singles for the Rangers, who won for the third time in four games to capture the series after losing the opener.

Rodriguez (2-2) allowed one run and four hits, struck out five and walked two after not getting out of the fifth inning in his previous start.

Shawn Tolleson got three outs for the save after earning the first of his career on Wednesday.

Clay Buchholz (2-5) gave up three runs _ two earned _ and five hits in 7 2-3 innings.

David Ortiz drove Boston’s run, tying Fred McGriff for 43rd all time with his 1,550th RBI. Boston hasn’t scored more than four runs in nine straight games.

Aggie Men, Women Fall in Doubles Championships

WACO, Texas – Texas A&M’s pair of doubles team were defeated in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Doubles Championship Thursday afternoon at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas. The maroon and white will be represented in the NCAA Singles Round of 16 Friday as Jeremy Efferding takes on No. 8 Ryan Shane of Virginia Friday at 11 a.m.

No. 10 Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant were the first Aggie duo to take the courts facing No. 8 Diego Galeano and Julian Lenz of host-Baylor. The first set stayed on serve through each team’s first two serves before the Bear duo were able to break serve twice and take a 6-2 win.

Facing elimination the A&M duo flipped the script, claiming a pair of breaks en route to a 6-2 win of their own forcing a deciding third set. Adams was impressive on serve in the second set recording a trio of aces. Vinsant was nearly as impressive to put the Aggies ahead 5-2, holding off a break and winning three straight points.

With the crowd gathering near the well-played match the pressure intensified on both teams. Baylor was able to get a break on Vinsant’s first serve and hold to go up 2-0 and put the Aggies on their heels. Adams and Vinsant were unable to break serve and get back in the match, falling 6-2. The duo finish the season with 17 wins, including 12 over ranked opponents.

Efferding was sitting in the stands prepared to root on Adams and Vinsant when head coach Steve Denton got the call that a substitute was needed for the doubles bracket. Axel Alvarez and Dane Webb of Oklahoma were forced to withdraw due to an injury and Efferding and fellow senior Jordan Szabo were called to fill in.

No. 56 Efferding and Szabo took the courts on fire going up 4-1 with a pair of breaks early in the match, No. 41 Tomislav Gregurovic and Tin Ostojic returned the favor getting a trio of break to win the first set 7-5. The Shocker pair wrapped up the straight-set victory winning 6-4 in the second set.

Thursday morning Efferding became an All-American for the first time in his collegiate career, advancing to the Round of 16 with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over No. 16 Romain Bogaerts of Wake Forest. The A&M senior will face No. 8 Ryan Shane of Virginia Friday at 11 a.m.

Texas A&M recently completed the team portion of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship, finishing the season 24-5 after being eliminated by eventual national champion Virginia, 4-0, in the national quarterfinals. It marked the second time in program history the Aggies advanced to the Elite 8.

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Quotes

Texas A&M Head Coach Steve Denton

On Harry and Shane’s match…

I thought we played well in spurt. I think one of the differences in the match was first serve percentages and that was what really hurt us in the first and third sets. Baylor was able to get to the net and make first serves and that ended up being the difference. Our aggressiveness at the net is something that we need to work on as a team, Harry and Shane are a really good returning team and defending team. When they play their best doubles they are making first serves and making high percentage volleys.

On Harry and Shane’s progression as a team…

I think these two can be as good of a team as we have had, they are different types of players than Jeff [Dadamo] and Austin [Krajicek] were when they won the NCAA Doubles championship. These guys are good quality servers and volleyers and they bring another dimension in that they play really well on the receiving end of the match. They are capable of being as good as anyone in the country next year and they would expect that. Even though that is something they are capable of that is not their focus,  they are just trying to become better players and more skilled on the courts.

Junior Harrison Adams

On today’s match and looking ahead to next season…

I’m looking forward to getting started and working hard this summer, we are losing a really good senior class but overall we have come a long way this season and we have learned how to work a little harder in the past. We have seen a really high level of tennis all season and especially at this tournament falling to Virginia that won the national championship.

On progression alongside Shane…

I don’t think we have ever really put a limit on ourselves. Throughout this season we have proven that we can play with anyone that lines up across the net from us. Anytime we step on the court we have a chance to win. We have a couple things to work on and we will be even harder to beat next season.

Junior Shane Vinsant

On today’s match and looking ahead to next season…

Today was a really good college doubles match, they are a really good team and it gives Harry and me a couple things to work on heading into this summer. That loss doesn’t really hurt our confidence as a team. I’m really looking forward to next season, we will both be seniors and I think we have a really good chance to have really good singles and doubles seasons.

On progression alongside Harry…

If we take the season match by match and really focus on just getting better we could be ranked really high, but that is not our focus as a team. We are just trying to get better and win match and not focus on rankings.

Texas A&M Assistant Coach Bob McKinley

On Jeremy and Jordan’s match…

They started out very well and unfortunately I thought they lost the match when they were serving up 4-1 in the first set. They played a loose match mentally and missed a couple volleys after a double-fault, not really making the other team earn it. After that the Wichita State pair really started to play well and cranked the intensity up. We had them where they were doubting their game, but let them gain some confidence and get back into the match.

Senior Jordan Szabo

On today’s match and the last minute call to play…

It was a decent match and we really had our chances being up a break in both sets. It was really weird sitting at home and getting a call at about 1 o’clock, having not hit since we lost to Virginia on Saturday. I was not really ready for it, but considering the circumstances it was alright. We had fun out there like Jeremy and I always seem to do. It was great to get back on the court one more time for A&M.

Senior Jeremy Efferding

On today’s match and the last minute call to play…

Initially we were really excited and happy to be able to play alongside Jordan one more time. It was really special for Szabo and I to get to end our doubles career in the doubles tournament. We had fun on the court and it is tough when a guy hasn’t played for a little while, but we still had our chances. We still had fun and gave it one more go.

 

2015 NCAA Doubles Championships

Round of 32

No. 8 Julian Lenz & Diego Galeano (Baylor) def. No. 10 Harrison Adams & Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2

No. 41 Tomislav Gregurovic & Tin Ostojic (WSU) def. No. 56 Jeremy Efferding &Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 7-5, 6-4

 

WACO, Texas – The Texas A&M doubles team of Eva Paalma and Rachel Pierson fell to 26th-ranked Desirae Krawczyk and Stephanie Vlad of Arizona State, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championship today at the Hurd Tennis Center.

The Sun Devils were up a break, 3-2, in the opening set and then won three consecutive games to close out the frame. The ASU pair jumped out to a 5-1 second-set lead. A&M was able to get within 5-3 before the Sun Devils broke to win the set and complete the straight-set victory.

“ASU’s tandem played exceptional tennis, while Rachel and Eva really struggled with their tennis and with themselves,” Aggie head coach Howard Joffe said. “After nine nights in Waco, I think I certainly won’t be too critical of our ladies for having a little mental fatigue.”

Pierson, a sophomore from Princeton, N.J., and Paalma, a freshman from Estonia, finish the season 11-6. Krawczyk and Vlad improve to 15-4 and advance to take on Baylor’s 14th-ranked Ema Burgic and Blair Shankle in the round of 16 on Friday.

Saska Gavrilovska continues to represent the Aggies in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship after defeating No. 8 seed Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt, 6-4, 6-3, in the second round. Gavrilovska, a sophomore from Vrsac, Serbia, earns All-American honors by reaching the round of 16.

Gavrilovska will take on 11th-ranked and No. 9-16 seed Stephanie Wagner of Miami on Friday in the round of 16 at 10 a.m. It will mark only the fifth time in the history of the tournament an A&M player will compete in the round of 16 of the NCAA Singles Championship.

All matches are the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.

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Stories courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Baseball Downs No. 9 Vanderbilt to Advance to SEC Semis

HOOVER, ALABAMA – Junior left-handed pitcher Matt Kent stymied the No. 9 Vanderbilt Commodores with his first career complete-game performance and No. 6 Texas A&M hit three home runs off SEC Pitcher of the Year Carson Fulmer as the Aggies registered a 6-1 win Thursday afternoon at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

The win sends Texas A&M to the semifinal of the SEC Tournament for the first time. The Aggies will play the winner of Friday’s Alabama-Vanderbilt matchup in a 12 pm contest on Saturday.

 

A&M Postgame (Rob Childress, Matt Kent, Ryne Birk, Blake Allemand)

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Kent (7-1) cruised through 9.0 frames allowing just six base runners on four hits, one walk and one hit batsmen. The southpaw struck out six and held the Commodores to 0-for-7 batting with runners in scoring position. It marked the first complete-game for an Aggie pitcher in 2015.

Texas A&M roughed up Fulmer (11-2) for six runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four in 5.0 innings. He had given up just four home runs in 95.2 innings of work coming into the play. The Aggies touched him up for three dingers, including two by Blake Allemand.

The Aggies pounced on the Commodores for two runs in the top of the first inning. With one out, Ryne Birk stroked a single to left-center and Mitchell Nau was hit by a pitch. After Logan Taylor swung and missed at strike three for the second out of the inning, Nick Banks bounced a single up the middle to drive in Birk and Hunter Melton golfed a single into shallow leftfield to push Nau across for the 2-0 advantage.

Texas A&M (45-10) used back-to-back home runs to inflate the cushion to 5-0 in the top of the second. With one out, Michael Barash worked a seven-pitch walk and Allemand followed by depositing a first-pitch offering into the visitors bullpen down the rightfield line. Two pitches later, Birk launched a 1-1 service into the same location, staking the Aggies to the five-run lead.

The teams traded solo home runs in the fourth, with Allemand hitting a shot out of the stadium down the rightfield line in the top half and Dansby Swanson sending a leadoff dinger over the leftfield wall in the home half.

The Aggies No. 1 and No. 2 hitters combined to go 4-for-9 with one walk, four runs, two home runs and three RBI. Allemand batted 2-for-4 with one walk, two home runs and three RBI. Birk went 2-for-5 with one home run, two runs and one RBI.

Vanderbilt (40-18) managed just four hits on the day, with Swanson leading the offense. He went 2-for-4 with one double and one home run.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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