Jo Evans Picks Up 800th Win, No. 18 Texas A&M Bests No. 1 Florida State on First Day of Mary Nutter Classic

No. 18 Aggies Topple Long Beach State, 5-0, For Coach Evans’ 800th Win At Texas A&M

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – The No. 18 Texas A&M Softball team opened the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with a 5-0 win over Long Beach State on Thursday for head coach Jo Evans‘ 800th win at Texas A&M.

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

Evans, who is in her 21st year at the helm of the program, holds an 800-394-2 record and has led the Aggies to 15 consecutive NCAA Regionals. The NFCA Hall of Famer ranks seventh among active winningest head coaches with 1113 victories.

The Aggies (11-0) drew first blood in the bottom of the second to take a 2-0 advantage. Ashley Walters led off the inning with a double to center and later scored on a double by Samantha Show. Following an infield single from Kristen Cuyos, Riley Sartain drove in her fifth run of the season on a single up the middle.

The Maroon and White struck for three runs in the sixth to extend the lead to five. Tori Vidales plated Kaitlyn Alderink on a sacrifice fly to center, before Sarah Hudek belted her first career home run.

Lexi Smith tossed a one-hitter for her fourth win of the season, striking out 10 while walking one. The Temple, Texas native retired the last 15 batters she faced.

No. 18 Texas A&M, Show Blank No. 1 Florida State, 2-0

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – The No. 18 Texas A&M softball team shutout No. 1 Florida State, 2-0, behind a 15-strikeout performance from Samantha Show Thursday night at the Mary Nutter Classic.

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

The East Bernard, Texas native gave up only four hits in her fifth victory of the season and tied a career high in strikeouts. For the season, Show has struck out 35 in 30.2 innings and holds a 0.46 ERA.

Kaitlyn Alderink broke the deadlock in the sixth with a two-run homer to left center. Following Keeli Milligan‘s second single of the game, Alderink sent the 2-1 pitch over the wall for her first dinger of the season.

The Seminoles threatened to score in the fifth as Ellie Cooper sent a towering fly ball to deep center but Erica Russell robbed Cooper of a home run to keep the game scoreless.

FSU’s Jessica Burroughs was saddled with the loss to move to 4-1 on the season.

Texas A&M head coach Jo Evans

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The Aggies return to action at noon CT on Friday against No. 21 Arizona State.

A live stream of every Aggie game at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic can be seen online at FloSoftball.com and can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM or online at www.12thman.com/showcase.

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Knox Breaks Single-Season Assist Record, But Aggies Fall To No. 7 South Carolina

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION- Curtyce Knox broke the Texas A&M single-season assist record, but the Aggies fell 80-64 to No. 7 South Carolina in a women’s basketball game at Reed Arena on Thursday.

Knox, a redshirt senior in her first year as a full-time starter, now has 266 assists on the season in 28 games. Jordan Jones, whose record Knox surpassed tonight, needed 36 games to post the previous record of 261 in 2013-14.

The Aggies (19-9, 9-6 SEC) traded leads with the Gamecocks (23-4, 13-2 SEC) 12 times in the first half, but South Carolina closed the second quarter on a 14-5 run to take a 41-35 halftime lead.

Knox and Anriel Howard each had a double-double for the Aggies, with Knox posting a team-high 19 points and 10 assists. Howard had 16 points and 13 rebounds, moving up to fourth on Texas A&M’s single-season rebound list.

Khaalia Hillsman added 16 points and Danni Williams had 12.

A’ja Wilson led the Gamecocks with 21 points.

The Aggies conclude the regular season on Sunday, February 26 at 4 p.m. at Ole Miss. The Aggies start the SEC Tournament in the Second Round on Thursday, March 2 in Greenville, S.C.

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Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair and PG Curtyce Knox

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South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley

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QUICKIE NOTES

  • Curtyce Knox broke the Texas A&M single-season record with 266 assists on the season, passing the previous record of 261 assists, set by Jordan Jones in 2013-14
  • Knox passed Jones (2013-14, 261 assists), Auburn’s Whitney Boddie (2008-09, 262 assists) and Vanderbilt’s Cathy Bender (1981-82, 262 assists) for fourth on the SEC single-season assist list
  • Knox has the most assists of any SEC player since 2004-05.
  • The Aggies fall to 19-9 on the season and 9-6 in SEC play. South Carolina is now 23-4 and 13-2 in SEC play
  • Texas A&M is now guaranteed the 5 or 6 seed in the upcoming SEC Tournament, and plays its first game on Thursday, March 2.
  • Khaalia Hillsman has scored in double figures in all 28 games this season
  • Knox had her fifth double-double of the season and her career
    • She scored 10+ points for the 14th time this season
    • She had 10+ assists for the 14th time this season
  • Danni Williams scored in double figures for the 26th time this season
  • Anriel Howard had her 13th double-double of the season, which ranks in the Top 25 nationwide
    • She scored in double figures for the 15th time this season and the 17th time in her career
    • She had 10+ rebounds for the 20th time this season and 25th time in her career
  • Howard moved from seventh to fourth on Texas A&M’s career rebound list, passing Susan Kimbro (1976-77, 286 rebounds), Lisa Jordon (1988-89, 287 rebounds) and Michell Tatum (1983-84, 291 rebounds). Howard has 298 rebounds on the season
  • Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 328-138 in 14 seasons at Texas A&M and 736-301 in his Hall of Fame Career, and ranks 14th all-time in career wins

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NBA Trade Deadline

Nets acquire swingman McDaniels from Rockets

By BRIAN MAHONEY

NEW YORK (AP) _ A person with knowledge of the details says the Brooklyn Nets have acquired swingman K.J. McDaniels from the Houston Rockets.

The person says the Nets are sending a future draft pick to the Rockets, but details are still being finalized. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal would not be official until approval by the league office.

McDaniels has played in just 29 games this season, struggling to find playing time in Mike D’Antoni’s first season as coach. The 2014 second-round pick of Philadelphia was dealt to Houston the following February, and the trade clears about $3.4 million for the Rockets to upgrade their roster.

The Nets also waived guard Marcus Thornton, acquired Wednesday in their trade with Washington.

Mavs get Noel from Philadelphia

UNDATED (AP) _ The Mavericks have acquired big man Nerlens Noel from Philadelphia, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The Sixers get Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a protected first-round draft pick in the deal.

 

Deron Williams headed to Cavs after Mavs waiver

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI

The Dallas Mavericks waived point guard Deron Williams on Thursday, and the five-time All-Star is now looking to join the Cleveland Cavaliers.

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Williams plans to join up with LeBron James to give the Cavs the backup point guard they need. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because Williams has to clear waivers before signing with Cleveland.

Williams is averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists for the Mavericks this season. The 32-year-old is a five-time All-Star.

James said earlier this season that the Cavaliers were in need of another play-maker off the bench to backup starter Kyrie Irving.

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Aggie Women to host No. 7 South Carolina on The Zone

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Game 28 • SEC Game 15 • Thursday, February 23, 2017 • 8 p.m.
No. 7 AP / No. 7 Coaches’ South Carolina Gamecocks (22-4, 12-2 SEC) at
Texas A&M Aggies (19-8, 9-5 SEC)
College Station, Texas | Reed Arena (12,989)
Radio: The Zone 1150 AM/102.7 FM (Tom Turbiville, Bret Dark)
TV: SEC Network (Paul Sunderland, Gail Goestenkors, Steffi Sorensen)

Texas A&M hosts No. 7 South Carolina in a women’s basketball game at Reed Arena, the final regular season home game for the Aggies.

The game is broadcast on SEC Network, with Paul Sunderland and Gail Goestenkors on the call and Steffi Sorensen reporting from the sidelines. Authenticated subscribers can also access the game on their computers, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and other connected devices on Watch ESPN and the ESPN app.

Several ticket specials are available for this game, including two complimentary tickets for military & first responders (available at 12thMan.com/hero or at the ticket window with a valid military or first responder ID) and Take A Kid To The Game, which allows up to four youth tickets with the purchase of an adult ticket at the ticket window on game day.

The Aggies have lost their last two games, but each of those games have come down to the wire. The Aggies had a game-tying jumper with 10 seconds to play against LSU on Feb. 16, but missed a clean look, and missed a go-ahead jumper with 54 seconds to play against No. 3 Mississippi State on Sunday.

The Aggies have three of the most improved scorers in the nation, with Danni Williams (3.1 to 17.7), Khaalia Hillsman (7.3 to 16.8) and Curtyce Knox (1.6 to 10.9) all increasing their scoring averages by 9-or-more points from last season’s total. The Texas A&M trio are three of the six players in a major conference with a scoring increase of at least nine points this season.

South Carolina, who is 22-4 on the season and 12-2 in SEC play, has four players averaging double-figure points, led by A’ja Wilson (16.9) and Alaina Coates (13.4). Allisha Gray (12.8) and Kaela Davis (11.6) are also averaging over 10 points for the Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks have lost two of their last three games, falling 66-55 at No. 1 Connecticut on Feb. 13 and 62-60 at Missouri on Feb. 19.

The Aggies conclude the regular season on Sunday, February 26 at Ole Miss, with tip set for 4 p.m.

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Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair

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Aggie PG Curtyce Knox

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Aggies Fall at Arkansas, 86-77

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.–Tyler Davis‘ game-high 21 points was not enough Wednesday night, as Texas A&M battled but fell late to Arkansas 86-77 at Bud Walton Arena.

The win is the fourth straight for the Razorbacks (21-7, 10-5 Southeastern Conference), giving them two separate four-game SEC winning streaks in the same season for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

Jaylen Barford, who had a team-high 16 points, scored 10 in the second half, including six straight after Texas A&M (14-13, 6-9) cut Arkansas’ lead to 69-67 in the closing minutes. Manuale Watkins added a season-high 13 points for the Razorbacks, while Daryl Macon had 12, Dusty Hannahs 11 and Moses Kingsley 10.

Tyler Davis scored 21 points to lead the Aggies, who shot 50.8 percent (31 of 61 percent) in the loss.

Admon Gilder added 17 points for Texas A&M, while Robert Williams had 16 and Tonny Trocha-Morelos 10 in the loss.

Arkansas overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to defeat the Aggies 62-60 in College Station last month.

This time around, the Razorbacks led by as many as eight points in the first half on their way to a 36-33 halftime lead.

Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy

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Texas A&M Basketball
Postgame Notes
Arkansas 86, Texas A&M 77
Feb. 22, 2017  Bud Walton Arena (Fayetteville, Ark.)

RECORDS & SERIES NOTES

  • Texas A&M fell to Arkansas, 86-77, Wednesday evening inside Bud Walton Arena, dropping the Aggies’ overall record to 14-13 with a 6-9 mark in SEC play.
  • The all-time series between the old Southwest Conference rivals now stands at 100-55 in favor of the Razorbacks … Texas A&M is 0-4 all-time inside Bud Walton Arena.

TEAM NOTES

  • Texas A&M placed four players in double-figure scoring and shot at least 50 percent for the 11th time this season, but was guilty of 17 turnovers that led to a 21-13 Razorback advantage in points off turnovers.
  • Arkansas owned a 36-33 lead at the intermission.
  • A&M used the starting lineup combination of Admon Gilder, JC Hampton, Tonny Trocha-Morelos, Robert Williams and Tyler Davis for the sixth time this season (3-3).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Sophomore Tyler Davis hit the 20-point mark for the sixth time in his career, finishing with 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting … Davis added seven boards, two blocks and an assists.
  • Freshman Robert Williams notched his team-leading ninth double-double of the season, finishing with 16 points and 11 rebounds … Williams also blocked three shots to extend his nation-leading blocked shot streak to 27 games, as well as post his 21st multi-block game.
  • Sophomore Admon Gilder scored 17 points in contest, while junior Tonny Trocha-Morelos contributed 10 … Trocha-Morelos also registered seven boards and a pair of blocks.
  • Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy fell to 113-83 in his sixth season at Texas A&M and 324-262 in 19 seasons as head coach.

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No. 18 Texas A&M Travels to California for Mary Nutter Classic on Willy 1550

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION – The No. 18 Texas A&M softball team hits the road for the first time this season to compete at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.

The Aggies begin the tournament Thursday at 5 p.m. against Long Beach State, before squaring off with No. 1 Florida State at 7:30 p.m. Texas A&M hits the field again Friday at noon with a matchup against No. 21 Arizona State.

On Saturday, the Maroon and White finish the weekend with No. 23 BYU and No. 14 Michigan at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively.

The Aggies are coming off a 5-0 weekend at the Texas A&M Invitational, defeating SFA and Missouri State twice and New Mexico. Ashley Walters batted .728 (8-for-11) with a double, triple, home run and four RBI. Kristen Cuyos added two home runs and seven RBI to the offense that outscored its opponents, 39-10.

In the circle, Samantha Show recorded a pair of victories, striking out nine in 12.2 innings of work. Trinity Harrington tossed a two-hitter against New Mexico, fanning five. On the year, the Aggie pitching staff totes a 1.86 team ERA.

Long Beach State enters the weekend with a 4-3-1 record and is led offensive by Sammi Gyerman, who is batting .400 while Lauren Lombardi is hitting .389 with two doubles and four RBI. In the circle, Christina Clermont is 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA.

Jessica Warren powers the Seminole offense with four homers and 11 RBI, while Cali Harrod adds three home runs. Defensivley, Florida State has a team ERA of 0.22, led by Meghan King (4-0, 0.00 ERA) and Jessica Burroughs (5-0, 0.51).

Arizona State holds a 9-1 record after dropping its last game to Boston College, 3-2. Chelsea Gonzales leads the team with a .538 average, four doubles and 10 RBI. Breanna Macha is 2-1 with a 1.08 ERA while Dale Ryndak is 3-0 with 20 strikeouts in as many innings.

BYU enters the weekend with a 5-2 record after the DeMarini Desert Classic last weekend. Rylee Jensen tops the team with a .500 batting average and seven doubles. Ashley Thompson adds a .381 average and a team-high two home runs. In the circle, McKenna Bull is 4-0 with a 2.55 ERA and 22 strikeouts.

Michigan is 6-3 on the season and is coming off a 3-1 weekend at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Kelly Christner tops the Wolverines in average (.593), home runs (3) and RBI (12). In the circle, Tera Blanco is 4-1 with a 1.75 ERA and Megan Betsa is 2-2 with a 1.50 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 28.0 innings.

A live broadcast of every game at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM and a stream seen online at FloSoftball.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 head coach Jo Evans

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Aggie 3B Riley Sartain

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Aggie P Trinity Harrington

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My Aggie Nation Podcast: Freshman Braden Shewmake starts hot for A&M baseball

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(Timothy Hurst/The Eagle)

It’s wall-to-wall baseball on this week’s episode. Texas A&M freshman second baseman Braden Shewmake joins the show to talk about his quick transition from high school to college ball and Tuesday night’s extra-inning win over SFA that held some historical significance. Also, hosts Travis L. Brown and Zach Taylor discuss the A&M baseball team’s start to the season and try to pinpoint the most beautiful college ballpark in the country.

To listen on a mobile device, click here.

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Mississippi self-imposes 1-year football postseason ban

By DAVID BRANDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Mississippi has self-imposed a one-year postseason football ban for the 2017 season after officials say the school received an amended Notice of Allegations from the NCAA that alleges more rules violations by the program.

The school did not release the NOA, but discussed its contents in a 21-minute video posted on YouTube on Wednesday afternoon. The school said the NCAA has added eight new violations, including six that are Level I, which the NCAA deems most serious.

The university has also been charged with lack of institutional control. The new charges include cash payments from boosters and also involve previous staff members.

The eight new violations are on top of 13 previous violations from the NCAA’s previous NOA in 2016. The program is now facing 15 Level I violations.

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Szeryk Named SEC Co-Golfer of the Week

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS– Texas A&M junior Maddie Szeryk was named SEC Co-Golfer of the Week on Wednesday, as announced by the league office. This is her second career SEC Golfer of the Week honor, both of which rewarded performances at the Florida State Match-Up.

Szeryk tied for second at the Florida State Match-up (Feb. 10-12) with an 8-under performance at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course and Club.

The junior opened up the tournament with a 6-under 66 and followed up with an even par round of 72, and concluding with a 2-under final day. The Allen, Texas native helped the Aggies set a 54-hole school record by finishing at 14-under par for the tournament.

The two-time First Team All-SEC selection holds Texas A&M’s career lead in stroke average at 71.68.

Szeryk and the No. 17 Aggies return to action on Feb. 27-28 in The Woodlands, Texas for The Dickson.

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Aggie Men Visit Arkansas Wednesday Night on WTAW

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

Aggie Basketball Game #27:
Texas A&M (14-12; 6-8 SEC) at Arkansas (20-7; 9-5 SEC)
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 · 7:30 p.m. (CT)
Bud Walton Arena (19,200) · Fayetteville, Ark.

RADIO: WTAW 1620 AM (Bryan-College Station)
Dave South, Play-by-Play
Mike Caruso, Commentary

TV: SEC Network (For more info – 12thMan.com/TV)
Tom Hart, Play-by-Play
Daymeon Fishback, Commentary

SATELLITE RADIO: Sirius Ch. 137 / XM Ch. 191
LIVE AUDIO/STATS: 12thman.com/live
LIVE MOBILE LIVE STATS: tamustats.com


COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M men’s basketball team returns to action Wednesday night in Fayetteville, Ark., as they face Arkansas inside Bud Walton Arena at 7:30 p.m.

The matchup will be nationally televised on SEC Network with Tom Hart and Daymeon Fishback calling the action from Arkansas. Radio coverage will be provided on the Aggie Sports Network, which can be heard locally in the Bryan/College Station area on WTAW (1620 AM).

A&M will be looking to avenge a 62-60 loss to the Razorbacks on Jan. 17 when Arkansas overcame a 12-point, second-half deficit to post the road win inside Reed Arena. Sophomore Admon Gilder led the Aggies with 16 points.

Wednesday will be the eighth SEC contest on the hardwood for the old Southwest Conference rivals who shared a spot in the SWC from 1915 until 1991 when the Razorbacks joined the SEC. Victories have been rare for the Aggies in Arkansas as Texas A&M is winless during its last eight trips to Fayetteville, having last won at Arkansas on March 1, 1986.

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Aggie guard Admon Gilder

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Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy

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TRENDS & SUPERLATIVES

• During Saturday’s win over Auburn, A&M used a balanced scoring attack, placing five players in double-digit scoring … It marked the fourth time this season that A&M had five or more players reach double figures.
• The Maroon & White shot a season-high and nearly record-setting 31-of-45 from the floor … The 68.9 percent shooting effort was the third-highest single game effort in program history.
• Freshman Robert Williams fell just short of a fourth straight double-double, finishing with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go along with nine rebounds … The Vivian, La., native also blocked a career-high six Tiger shot attempts, giving him 69 swats on the season, the second most for a season in A&M history (108, David Harris [1989-90]) … The six-block game was the most by an Aggie since Chinemelu Elonu posted a similar six-block performance against Florida A&M in 2009.
• The performance also extended Williams’ nation-leading blocked shot streak to 26 games, as well as marking his 20th multi-block game and his ninth game with four or more blocks.
• Sophomore Admon Gilder played 36 minutes in the contest, breaking a streak of eight consecutive games in which he had played all 40 minutes … The Dallas native finished with a team-high 17 points in the contest.
• Sophomore Kobie Eubanks set career highs in points (8) and minutes played (25) as well as a season-high six rebounds.

AGGIES AMONG THE SEC & NATIONAL LEADERS (Through 2/19 games)

• The Aggies rank ninth nationally in blocked shots per game with an average of 5.7 per contest (first in the SEC).
• On the offensive end, A&M has been efficient, ranking third in the SEC by shooting 46.6 percent from the field as a team, they are also second in the SEC (29th nationally) in assists with an average of 16.6 per contest.
• In the SEC rebounding column, A&M ranks second in the conference in rebound margin at +5.7 and leads the league in offensive rebounds per game (13.0) and offensive rebound percentage (.376) … The Aggies are 25th nationally in offensive rebounds per game.
• Nationally, the Aggies rank 25th in fewest fouls this season (430).
• Rookie Robert Williams continues to stand out as one of the SEC’s brightest freshmen, ranking second in the league (14th nationally) with 69 blocked shots for an average of 2.7 per game … He ranks second in the SEC in rebounding at 7.7 per contest.
• During SEC play, Williams ranks first in blocked shots (2.8 per game) and second in both field goal percentage (.540) and rebounding (9.2 boards per game).
• Sophomore Tyler Davis leads the SEC and ranks 14th nationally in field goal percentage, shooting 60.5 percent from the field … He also ranks eighth in the SEC in total rebounding at 6.9 per contest while checking in at second in the league on the offensive glass at 3.0 offensive rebounds per outing (42nd nationally).
• Second-year guard Admon Gilder appears throughout the lists of SEC statistical leaders, ranking second in steals per game (2.1), second in minutes played (34.0) and eighth in assists per game (4.0) … Gilder ranks 22nd nationally in steals per game.

NOTING ARKANSAS

• Arkansas was picked to finish fifth in the SEC by media that covers the conference … They are currently tied for fourth with Alabama, holding a conference record of 9-5.
• Senior forward Moses Kingsley was selected to the Preseason First Team All-SEC and also named Preseason SEC Player of the Year.
• Junior guard Daryl Macon was last week’s SEC Player of the Week after a 30 point performance off of the bench against Ole Miss on Saturday and 13 points against No. 21 South Carolina the Wednesday before.
• The Razorbacks are 3-2 in their last five games, but are on a three-game winning streak with victories at home against Ole Miss and on the road at No. 21 South Carolina and LSU … They currently hold a 20-7 record on the season.
• At Bud Walton Arena this season, Arkansas is 13-3, but only 4-3 in SEC play.
• In conference play, Arkansas has been led in scoring by Macon (15.1 points per game), senior guard Dusty Hannahs (14.6), Kingsley (12.7) and junior guard Jaylen Barford (12.4).
• In conference play, Arkansas is first in three-point field goal percentage (.398), turnovers committed (158, 11.29 per game), second in field goal percentage (.465) and third in points per game (79.3).
• This is head coach Mike Anderson’s sixth year at Arkansas, where his record is 122-71 … Anderson has a career record of 322-169 with previous stints at UAB and Missouri.

SERIES HISTORY VS ARKANSAS (ARKANSAS LEADS 99-55)

• Wednesday will be the eighth SEC contest between the Aggies & Razorbacks … the two schools shared a spot in the Southwest Conference from 1915 until 1991 when the Razorbacks joined the SEC.
• The two schools have faced off 154 previous times on the hardwood during the series, which dates back to the 1923-24 season … Arkansas stands out as the sixth-most common opponent in A&M men’s basketball history.
• Texas A&M is winless during its last eight trips to Fayetteville, having last won at Arkansas on March 1, 1986.
• Earlier this season on Jan. 17, the Razorbacks earned a 62-60 win over the Aggies in College Station … Admon Gilder lead A&M with 16 points in the losing effort.
• A&M’s Billy Kennedy is 3-5 all-time as a head coach against the Razorbacks … his lone meeting against Arkansas prior to his tenure at A&M came during the 1997-98 season while the head coach at Centenary … the Gents fell in Fayetteville 61-48.
• Kennedy’s head coaching counterpart, Arkansas’ Mike Anderson, is 4-9 all-time against the Aggies.

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Aggies Win on Wild Pitch in the 12th

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Braden Shewmake scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the 12th inning as the No. 20 Texas A&M Aggies beat the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, 6-5, on Blue Bell at Olsen Field Tuesday evening.

With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 12th, Shewmake got the frame started with a single to leftfield. After Walker Pennington was called out on interference, Joel Davis singled up the middle putting the winning run 90 feet away. Lumberjack pitcher Josh Ponder (0-1) attempted to intentionally walk Cole Bedford but misfired. A mad scramble on the wild pitch saw Shewmake scamper home to win the game.

The Aggies (4-0) dug themselves an early hole in the game after SFA’s eventful third inning. John Doxakis, making his first start as an Aggie, ran into trouble with two runners in scoring position and one out. A close bunt play at the plate went against A&M for the first run of the game. The next two Lumberjacks reached bringing the score to 3-0 and chasing Doxakis from the game. Kaylor Chafin worked the remainder of the frame, but the lefty was unable to keep the inherited runners from scoring. By the final out, SFA had posted a five-run frame.

SFA (2-3) gave the ball to Austin Hagy to start the game. Hagy started last year’s game against A&M and was tagged for six unearned runs in 3.0 innings of work. Tonight, Hagy kept the A&M bats silent for the first three frames before giving up two unearned runs in fourth and ending up with a no-decision.

The Aggies scratched away at the SFA lead in the fourth, fifth and sixth. After a two-out error extended the fourth inning, George Janca tripled for the third time this season scoring Davis and Blake Kopetsky. In the subsequent frame, Shewmake tripled setting up Walker Pennington for the RBI single.

The game-tying hit in the sixth came from the hot-hitting Jorge Gutierrez. The freshman cranked his third homer of the young season, a two-run shot off the scoreboard in left. He is hitting .714 (5-for-7) with one triple, four home runs, four walks and five RBI in 11 plate appearances.

The game fell into a stalemate from innings seven through eleven, with neither team plating a run. SFA used 10 different pitchers to quiet the Aggie bats that had scored 50 runs in the previous three games.

For Texas A&M, the bullpen worked nine scoreless frames after the misstep in the third. Landon Miner, Cason Sherrod, Corbin Martin and Mason Cole all worked two scoreless frames. Cole (1-0) picked up his first career win, stranding two runners in the top of the 12thto bring the Aggies up to bat for the final heroics.

The Aggies return to the diamond over the weekend for a three-game set with Pepperdine. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:32 pm.

 

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Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress

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Aggie 2B Braden Shewcrafte

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Aggie DH Jorge Gutierrez

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Dave Elmendorf, Pat Henry Enter Texas Sports Hall of Fame

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

WACO— The Texas Sports Hall of Fame (TSHOF) will enshrine the Class of 2017 and Aggie three-way All-American Dave Elmendorf and legendary Aggie track coach Pat Henry are among the group of eight inductees. The formal induction ceremony and banquet will take place at the Waco Convention Center on Tuesday.

The 2017 Hall of Fame class will honor the following athletes:

  • Volleyball legend and two-time Olympian Rita Buck-Crockett
  • Three-time volleyball All-American and Olympian Flo Hyman (deceased)
  • Multitalented football and track athlete Eric Metcalf
  • Legendary football coach Wade Phillips
  • Star football and baseball player Dave Elmendorf
  • Three-time Super Bowl champion Darren Woodson
  • Legendary Texas A&M track and field coach Pat Henry
  • Olympic gymnastics champion Nastia Liukin

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame is one of four separate halls of fame housed within its physical structure, including the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, and the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.

Elmendorf was a terrific student-athlete at Westbury High School in Houston before coming to Texas A&M to play football for head coach Gene Stallings and baseball for head coach Tom Chandler. Elmendorf lettered three years in football and earned All-America honors as a defensive back in the fall of 1970. In the spring of 1971, he earned All-America honors as an outfielder as well as earning Academic All-America honors. Elmendorf lettered all four years in baseball.

Upon his graduation with a degree in economics, Elmendorf was drafted by the NFL Los Angeles Rams and was drafted by the New York Yankees in the Major League Baseball draft. Elemendorf signed with the Rams and played nine seasons in the NFL and was part of the Rams’ Super Bowl XIV team.

Elmendorf was inducted into the Texas A&M Athletics Hall of Fame in 1978 and was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1996.

He has been a part of the Aggie football radio network broadcasts since 1989 with the exception of two seasons.

Coach Henry is in his 13th season as the Aggies head track and field coach and he will be looking for the men’s and women’s teams to finish in the Top 10 at the NCAA Championships for the 10th consecutive year. The Aggie women’s team will be looking to make it 12 straight seasons to finish among the NCAA Top 10.

Coach Henry became the first NCAA coach to lead a school to three consecutive men’s and women’s NCAA Outdoor Championships when Texas A&M accomplished the feat winning it all in the 2009-2010-2011 seasons.

In 2013, the Aggie men claimed their fourth NCAA Championship while the Aggie women achieved a fourth National Championship in 2014.

With his eight national championships in Aggieland, Coach Henry has compiled 35 Division I national titles in his career. In addition, Henry coached Blinn Junior College in Brenham to a pair of juco national titles before he accepted the head coaching position at LSU (1988-2004).

Coach Henry and the Aggies will travel to Nashville later this week to compete in the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships before returning home to College Station to host the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Mar. 10-11.

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Shewmake Tabbed SEC Freshman of the Week

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M second baseman Braden Shewmake was named SEC Freshman of the Week following the Aggies’ sweep of Bowling Green over the weekend, the league announced on Monday.

The Wylie, Texas native made an immediate impact in his first weekend in the Maroon and White with an SEC-leading eight RBI over three games. Shewmake drove in multiple runs in each game and finished the weekend hitting .462 (6-for-13) with two doubles and a walk.

In his collegiate debut, Shewmake drove in four while hitting 3-for-5 at the plate in the Aggies’ 15-1 victory over the Falcons.

With Shewmake in the three-hole, the Aggie offense compiled 50 runs in the series and won each game by double digits. He performed his best with runners in scoring position, reaching base in 7-of-10 plate appearance with six hits, a walk and a couple doubles in those situations.

Shewmake joins Nick Banks, Hunter Melton, Grayson Long and Johnathan Moroney as Aggies to capture SEC Freshman of the Week honors and the first since Banks in 2014.

The Aggies take the field again on Tuesday at 6:32 p.m. against Stephen F. Austin before opening up a three-game home series with Pepperdine.

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Williams Picks Up Third SEC Freshman of the Week Award

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the second straight week and third overall time this season, Texas A&M’s Robert Williams has been named SEC Freshman of the Week after a standout week on the hardwood for the Maroon & White.

The 6-foot-9, 237-pound forward from Vivian, La., averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and 2.5 assists last week in contests against Vanderbilt and Auburn. Williams posted his third consecutive and team-leading eighth double-double of the season last Thursday against Vanderbilt, finishing with 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds.

Returning to action Saturday against Auburn, Williams narrowly missed another double-double, finishing with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. Additionally, he blocked a career-high six shot attempts, giving him 69 swats on the season, the second most for a season in A&M history (108, David Harris [1989-90]).

During SEC play, Williams is averaging 12.6 points per game while leading the league in blocked shots with 31 blocks (2.8 per game) and ranking second in both rebounding (9.2 boards per game) and field goal percentage (.540).

Arkansas’ Daryl Macon was named the SEC’s Player of the Week.

Williams and his teammates return to the court for a pair of games this week, beginning with a road contest at Arkansas on Wednesday before the Aggies come home to host Alabama inside Reed Arena Saturday evening.

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Davis scores 52 in Pelicans’ arena as West defeats East, 192-182

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Anthony Davis scored an All-Star game record 52 points in his home arena, and the Western Conference squad defeated the East 192-182 Sunday night.

Davis broke the record of 42 points set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.

Russell Westbrook was gunning for his third straight All-Star MVP honors. He scored 41 points, including seven 3-pointers, but West coach Steve Kerr subbed Westbrook out of the game for the final minutes while leaving Davis in, and the Pelicans’ star scored eight more points. Westbrook’s highlights included an alley-oop dunk set up by former teammate Kevin Durant

Milwaukee’s emerging 22-year-old star, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the East squad with 30 points. LeBron James highlighted a 23-point night with emphatic dunks and shot from nearly half court.

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Women’s Basketball Falls Just Short to No. 3 Mississippi State

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION- No. 23 Texas A&M fell 72-67 to No. 3 Mississippi State in a women’s basketball game at Reed Arena.

The Aggies (19-8, 9-5 SEC) led 67-66 with 1:34 remaining after a layup by Khaalia Hillsman, but Mississippi State (27-1, 13-1 SEC) answered with baskets on their next two possessions to take a 3-point lead.

Danni Williams led the Aggies with 23 points. She was joined in double figures by Curtyce Knox (19), Hillsman (13) and Taylor Cooper (10).

The Aggies went 7-of-7 on 3-pointers, the most 3-point makes without a miss in Texas A&M history.

Mississippi State was led by Victoria Vivians, who scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half.

The Aggies return to action on Thursday, February 23 to host No. 6 South Carolina at 8 p.m.


QUICKIE NOTES

  • Texas A&M falls to 19-8 overall and 9-5 in SEC play. Mississippi State is 27-1 overall and 13-1 in SEC play
  • The Aggies are 3-2 against ranked teams this season
  • Texas A&M went 7-of-7 on 3-pointers, the most makes without a miss in school history
  • Khaalia Hillsman has scored in double figures in all 27 games this season
  • Curtyce Knox scored 10+ points for the 13th time this season
  • Taylor Cooper scored in double figures for the seventh time this season and fourth time in six games since moving to the starting lineup
  • Danni Williams scored 20+ points for the ninth time this season
    • She reached double figure points for the 25th time in 27 games this season
  • Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 328-137 in 14 seasons at Texas A&M and 736-300 in his Hall of Fame career

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No. 17 Aggies Edge Out Ladyjacks, 8-7, to Sweep Texas A&M Invitational

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION – The 17th-ranked Texas A&M softball team concluded the Texas A&M Invitational with a tight 8-7 victory over Stephen F. Austin Sunday at the Aggie Softball Complex. The Aggies conclude the tournament with a seamless 5-0 record and move to 10-0 on the season.

The Aggies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over the Ladyjacks (2-8) in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Kaitlyn Alderink led off with a single up the middle and moved into scoring position at third after a double from junior Tori Vidales. The Aggies scored two runs on a sacrifice fly to left field from freshman Sarah Hudek, which was dropped and allowed Vidales to touch home.

SFA cut into the Aggies’ lead, 2-1, in the top of the third as Katie Clark doubled to left field to bring home Kiriany Hornberger.

The Maroon and White responded in the bottom of the third scoring four runs to extend their lead, 6-1. A pair of walks put junior Ashley Walters and Hudek on base and later scored off of a two-run double from sophomore Samantha Show. Junior Kristen Cuyos singled to center and was brought in by a double from sophomore Riley Sartain, who later reached home on a single from Alderink.

In the sixth, freshman Miranda Miles hit and RBI infield single, before Cuyos delivered a two-out, two-run blast for her second home run of the season to push the Aggies ahead 8-1.

The Ladyjacks battled back in the top of the seventh, scoring six runs on five hits and four walks. Autumn Holloway and Clark started the inning with a pair of singles. A trio of walks brought home two Ladyjacks, closing the Aggie lead, 8-3. Amber Landry and Hornberger tacked on two more runs with back-to-back singles. A bases loaded walk for Lauren Becker added another run for SFA and a single from Clark brought home Landry making the score 8-7 before a groundout to first base ended the game.

Junior Lexi Smith (3-0) earned the win for the Aggies after throwing 6.1 innings and notching a season high of 12 strikeouts. Show relieved Smith in the seventh inning and recorded her second save of the season.

The Maroon and White return to action Thursday as they travel to Cathedral City, Calif., to compete in the Mary Nutter Classic. The Aggies will face Long Beach State in game one at the Big League Dreams at 5:00 pm. CT.

A live stream of every game at the Mary Nutter Classic can be seen online at FloSoftball.com and can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM.

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

Texas A&M Quotes
Head Coach Jo Evans

On the seventh inning…
“These are the games that we had every opportunity to go out there and shut these guys down, sending them out in five and instead we let them hang around. Tip your hat to SFA. They didn’t quit. They didn’t give up. They kept going out there and going at it and took their walks. You figure if they take 11 walks during the day, they have a good chance at winning the ball game. We need to do a better job on the mound in that situation. We had all those opportunities with runners on base and the right people stepping up, and we are not taking advantage of that and we hurt ourselves.”

On Cuyos and Walters…
“I thought Ashley (Walters) was terrific this weekend on the plate, Kristen too. She [Kristen] had a break out weekend going 2 for 3 on the plate today. Riley Sartain, I don’t know anyone that looked better than her all weekend. Every game she got better and better when she stepped on, it didn’t matter if there were two outs or if there was nobody out. Runners on, or no runners on, she looked exceptional today.”

On no errors all weekend…
“I don’t remember an error. I don’t think we made any, which is hard to do no matter who we play. I thought our team was exceptional. We were smart when we knew we didn’t have a play and took outs when we had outs. I thought Riley (Sartain) had a really nice weekend defensively and she looked really good out there; all of the infielders did. I am really pleased to see what the defense is doing out there.”

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Texas A&M Men Break Nine School Standards, One SEC Meet Record at SEC Championships

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team broke nine school records, including one meet record, while finishing seventh at the 2017 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships that ended on Saturday at Jones Aquatic Center on the University of Tennessee campus.

The Aggies scored 759 points over the five days of competition and trailed Florida (1,271,5 points), Georgia (985), Auburn (925.5), Alabama (897), Missouri (771.6) and Tennessee (770.5) in the team standings. Rounding out the field were South Carolina (696), LSU (641) and Kentucky (481.5). The 759 points were easily the biggest point total for the Aggies since joining the SEC for the 2012-13 and the seventh-place finish also matched the team’s highest finish.

At the 2017 SEC Championships, the Aggies set an SEC meet record in the three-meter dive and shattered nine school records — 50-yard free style, 100 backstroke (twice), 200 backstroke, 200 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 200 IM (twice), three-meter dive, as well as the 200 and 400 medley relays.

“There were so many great things that happened this week,” Aggie head coach Jay Holmes said. “We set nine school records and were able to accomplish a lot. We’re not happy with the placing. We had it in our hands to be fifth here but we weren’t able to get it done and that’s frustrating. I’m happy that we gave ourselves a chance to be top five with a really strong morning today. We knew we had to be great to give ourselves a chance and they did that. We just needed a little more tonight.”

Highlighting the Aggies’ final day in Knoxville was the strong diving of junior Tyler Henschel, who finished his strong 2017 SEC meet with a third-place finish in the platform dive with a score of 435.40. In the prelims, Henschel flirted with the school record with a lifetime best of 444.45. In addition to Saturday’s effort, Henschel was victorious in the one-meter dive and third in the three-meter dive.

“Tyler’s definitely come a long way,” Aggie diving coach Jay Lerew said. “This is really the first time he’s been healthy for the SEC meet. He had a little bit of a rough start tonight. He had great tops, but little things happened that hurt him score-wise. But he fought back for that medal and I thought that was a quite an accomplishment.”

Additionally, sophomore Sam Thornton narrowly missed the Championship final in the platform dive, finishing ninth with a score of 341.40. For the meet, the Aggies’ dive crew produced at least two scorers in all three dives and put five entries in Championships finals.

“We committed early to bringing as many divers as we could to this meet,” Holmes said. “Our divers do a great job for us. They gave us a huge kick-start on the first night when they combined to score 94 points in the one-meter. The divers played a huge role in what we’re trying to do here.”

After breaking four school records on Friday night, the Aggies got another record-breaking performance from junior Brock Bonetti in the 200-yard backstroke. Bonetti became the first Aggie to go under 1:42 while lowering his own school record to 1:41.77 and placing sixth in the race. Texas A&M also got a strong effort in the race from freshman Anthony Kim, who placed 14th with a time of 1:43.05 in the B final. In the morning prelims, Kim produced a lifetime best time of 1:42.93, which puts him No. 2 on the Aggies’ top 10 list in the race.

“We’ve known that Brock has that in him, it was just a question of him having the right opportunity and putting him in the right place to do it,” Holmes said. “Brock lowering his own school records was probably our highlight of the day on the swimming side. He’s a hard worker, a great leader and he loves to compete.”

The Aggies also scored solid points in the 100 freestyle with three swimmers advancing to the finals and combining for 34 points. Senior Cory Bolleter led the way with an eighth place finish in a time of 43.26 after he had produced a lifetime best time of 43.05 in the prelims. Senior Jacob Gonzales placed 16th with a time of 43.90 and freshman Adam Koster chipped in a 24th place effort in 44.58 (after producing a lifetime best 44.00 in the prelims).

Three Aggies combined to score 48 points in the 200 yard breaststroke with junior Jonathan Tybur taking eighth in the A final in 1:56.43 in the A final and junior Mauro Castillo winning the B final in 1:54.42. Freshman Ben Walker contributed a 19th place final in the C final in 1:58.74.

Texas A&M closed out the meet with an eight-place finish in the 400 free relay with the foursome of Koster, Bolleter, Gonzalez and Bonetti touching in 2:54.88.

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Aggies Complete Series Sweep of BGSU with 16-5 Win

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 20 Texas A&M Aggies ransacked the Bowling Green Falcons in the nightcap of Saturday’s twinbill, 16-5, to cap off a dominating three-game series sweep on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The Aggies outscored the Falcons by a combined tally of 50-8 for the opening weekend. It marked the most runs the Maroon and White have produced in an opening three-game weekend, topping the 48 scored in 1999. It also marked Texas A&M’s top run tally for a three-game series since scoring 53 against Texas Tech in March 1989. The last time Texas A&M won three games in a series by more than 10 runs apiece came in March of 1999 against UT Pan American.

Nick Choruby led the Aggies at the plate, going 3-for-4 with four runs and two RBI. Logan Foster, Braden Shewmake, Walker Pennington and Jorge Gutierrez all notched a pair of hits.

For the third time in the series, the Aggies produced a run in the first inning. Choruby reached on an error by second baseman Mitchell Schneider, moved to second in an infield single by Logan Foster and scored when Pennington laced a single through the left side of the infield for the 1-0 lead.

A defensive lapse allowed the Falcons to tie the score in the third. Nick Piazza drew a leadoff walk moved to second on a wild pitch on strike three to Justin Mott. Schneider then bounced a ball back to Aggie starter Mitchell Kilkenny. In a bit of confusion, Kilkenny threw the ball to second with no force play at the bag and the runners reached safely at the corners. Jake Wilson made Texas A&M pay for the mistake, putting down a squeeze bunt to score Piazza.

Bowling Green took its first lead of the series in the fourth. With one out, Randy Righter reached on an infield single and Derek Drewes singled to leftfield. Riley Minorik knocked both runners in with a triple for a 3-1 lead. Kilkenny was able to regroup, stranding Minorik at third with strikeouts of Piazza and Mott.

The Aggies offered an immediate response in the home half of the fourth. With one out, Gutierriez tripled to the gap in left-center and scored on a single to leftfield by Austin Homan. With two outs, Choruby singled rightfield to put runners on the corners and Foster singled to leftfield to plate the equalizer. An RBI single by Shewmake and an error gave Texas A&M a 5-3 lead.

The Maroon and White lead ballooned to 11-3 with a six-run fifth. Highlights of the frame included a two-run infield single by Choruby and RBI doubles by Shewmake and Pennington.

Texas A&M delivered the knockout blow with a five-run seventh. The inning include an RBI double by Baine Schoenvogel and a two-run triple by George Janca.

Mitchell Kilkenny (1-0) earned the winning, yielding three runs on three hits and one walk while striking out six in 5.0 innings. John Doxakis each worked scoreless innings.

Zac Carey (0-1) was saddled with the loss for Bowling Green. He allowed seven runs, three earned, on 10 hits and one walk while striking out one in 4.1 innings.

Texas A&M returns to action Tuesday when the Maroon and White host the SFA Lumberjacks in a 6:32 pm contest on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

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Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress

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Aggie CF Nick Choruby

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No. 17 Texas A&M Downs New Mexico and Missouri State

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION – The 17th-ranked Texas A&M softball team swept day two of the Texas A&M Invitational on Saturday, defeating New Mexico, 10-1, and Missouri State, 8-2, at the Aggie Softball Complex.

In the first game, New Mexico (4-5) grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI infield single by Cameryn O’Grady.

Texas A&M (9-0) responded in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead on a two-out two-run homer by sophomore Samantha Show.

The Maroon and White extended their lead in the third when sophomore Kaitlyn Alderink reached base on a walk and scored on a junior Tori Vidales single up the middle. Junior Ashley Walters hit a double to center, followed by a single from freshman Sarah Hudek to bring Vidales around to score.

Junior Kristen Cuyos delivered a two-RBI double, plating Hudek and Walters. A walk with the bases loaded to junior Erica Russell added another run to the Aggie’s five-run inning.

Vidales opened the bottom of the fourth with a single to left field, and scored on Walters’ first career triple. Hudek doubled to left field, scoring freshman Blake-Ann Fritsch, who came in to pinch run for Walters. Seniors Reagan Boenker and Celena Massey both delivered pinch-hit singles in their first at-bats of the season, giving the Aggies a 10-1 advantage.

Junior Trinity Harrington earned the win to move to 3-0 on the year. The Greeley, Colo., native threw her second complete game of the season, giving up only two hits with five strikeouts.

Against the Bears, the Aggies took a 1-0 lead in the first on a solo home run to left center by Vidales. The Bears responded in the second to take the lead, 2-1, off of a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly.

The Maroon and White tied the game in the second as freshman Kelbi Fortenberry drew a bases loaded walk.

The Aggies opened up the game up with a five-run third inning to extend the lead to 7-2. Walters led off with a walk and moved to third on a single by Hudek. Show then singled through the left side to score Walters, before junior Kristen Cuyos hit a three-run homer, her first of the season. Vidales capped off the inning with a RBI single to left.

Show tossed a complete game six-hitter to her fourth victory of the season. The East Bernard, Texas, native gave up six hits, two earned runs and struck out two.

The Maroon and White close out the Texas A&M Invitational on Sunday against SFA at 11:00 a.m. The game can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM.

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Texas A&M Quotes
Head Coach Jo Evans

On the offensive performance….
“I was really happy to see how we started to get comfortable at the plate. We got more aggressive. You saw us earlier in the season where we weren’t doing a good job of going with the pitch. I think what we are seeing out of our team right now is that we can show power going to the opposite field. When you can do that, it is really promising. It was nice to see us hit throughout our order. We had so many scoring opportunities on the day. I can’t even imagine how explosive this day would have been with another two or three timely hits. I talked to our players a little bit when we were struggling offensively to score runs and I said that we are too good to worry about it. We just need to go out and work hard. Hitting is contagious, so when it opens for us I feel bad for the teams that have to face that. That is what we saw today.”

On the pitching staff….
“With Samantha [Show in the second game], the second inning she was pulling the ball down in the middle of the plate. I think she was getting way too much plate. I went out to the mound before we started that third inning and had a chat with her that she needed to sharpen up and command some presence on the mound. She just flipped it. She turned it around and started hitting spots and throwing harder. I thought she really buckled down and made a transition to win this game on the mound. I thought Trinity [Harrington] had a good day. She looked good out there. She had to make a couple of adjustments and she did. The story for us right now is our pitching staff and how they are managing their pitch counts and playing defense. It’s nice to see our kids get out there and be athletic.”

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