Myles Garrett Becomes Program’s First No. 1 Overall Draft Pick

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

PHILADELPHIA–Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett became the program’s first No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick when the Cleveland Browns selected him with the first pick of the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday evening.

Garrett was the highest NFL Draft pick in school history, surpassing the previous best of No. 2 overall by five Aggies: Luke Joeckel in 2013, Von Miller in 2011, Quentin Coryatt in 1992, John David Crow in 1958 and John Kimbrough in 1941.

“He is very deserving and worthy of this honor and has earned being the first Aggie to ever be drafted No. 1 overall in the NFL draft,” Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said. “He is an outstanding football player, a terrific teammate and an even better person. We are very proud of Myles.”

In addition to being the school’s first-ever No. 1 overall pick, Garrett’s selection extends the team’s streak of years with at least one first-round pick to seven seasons, which is a school record and ranks as the second-longest active streak in college football.

“Cleveland is getting a smart young player who wants to be the very best,” Sumlin added. “He will work hard in the film room, the weight room and on the field. He is very coachable and is eager to learn. He took that approach his entire time with the Aggies.

“Myles is a tremendous teammate. A great example of his perseverance and willingness to compete was after he was injured in our Arkansas game. He could have shut it down the rest of the season, but he worked hard to get back on the field. Even though he wasn’t 100 percent, he gave everything he had the remainder of the season including the bowl game.”

Garrett becomes the seventh NFL first-round pick of the Sumlin era at Texas A&M, joining Joeckel in 2013, Jake Matthews, Mike Evans and Johnny Manziel in 2014, Cedric Ogbuehi in 2015 and Germain Ifedi in 2016. Garrett is the 14th Texas A&M player to be drafted since Sumlin took over the reins at the school in 2012.

Garrett, who was an all-state selection at Arlington Martin High School, concluded his Texas A&M career as one of the most decorated and disruptive defenders in school history. Garrett became the ninth player in school history to earn unanimous first-team All-America honors in 2016, and he also was a finalist for the Bednarik and Rotary Lombardi Awards. He led the Aggies with 8.5 quarterback sacks and 15.0 tackles for loss in 2016 and also contributed two forced fumbles and 10 QB hurries.

He finished his three-year Texas A&M career with 145 total tackles, including 48.5 tackles for loss and 32.5 QB sacks. He also generated 30 QB pressures and seven forced fumbles. During his career, Garrett was a Freshman All-American, two-time first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection, two-time first-team All-American and a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Ted Hendricks Award. He was voted the team’s Defensive MVP all three seasons at Texas A&M (he shared the 2016 honor with Justin Evans).

Texas A&M’s NFL First-Round Picks (by order)

Player Pos. Overall Team Year
Myles Garrett DE 1 Cleveland Browns 2017
Luke Joeckel OL 2 Jacksonville Jaguars 2013
Von Miller LB 2 Denver Broncos 2011
Quentin Coryatt LB 2 Indianapolis Colts 1992
John David Crow RB 2 Chicago Cardinals 1958
John Kimbrough RB 2 Chicago Cardinals 1941
Ray Childress DL 3 Houston Oilers 1985
Curtis Dickey RB 5 Baltimore Colts 1980
Jim Thomason RB 5 Detroit Lions 1941
Jake Matthews OL 6 Atlanta Falcons 2014
Mike Evans WR 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014
Ryan Tannehill QB 8 Miami Dolphins 2012
Sam Adams DL 8 Seattle Seahawks 1994
Larry Stegent RB 8 St. Louis Cardinals 1970
Bob Goode RB 8 Washington Redskins 1949
Richmond Webb OL 9 Miami Dolphins 1990
Bubba Bean RB 9 Atlanta Falcons 1976
Charles Krueger DL 9 San Francisco 49ers 1958
Jacob Green DL 10 Seattle Seahawks 1980
Aaron Glenn DB 12 New York Jets 1994
Patrick Bates DB 12 Los Angeles Raiders 1993
Ty Warren DL 13 New England Patriots 2003
Reggie Brown LB 17 Detroit Lions 1996
Kevin Smith DB 17 Dallas Cowboys 1992
Robert Jackson LB 17 Cleveland Browns 1977
Maurice Moorman OL 19 Kansas City Chiefs 1968
Cedric Ogbuehi OL 21 Cincinnati Bengals 2015
Roger Vick RB 21 New York Jets 1987
Tim Gray DB 21 St. Louis Cardinals 1975
Johnny Manziel QB 22 Cleveland Browns 2014
Rod Bernstine TE 24 San Diego Chargers 1987
Greg Hill RB 25 Kansas City Chiefs 1994
Billy Cannon LB 25 Dallas Cowboys 1984
Sammy Davis DB 30 San Diego Chargers 2003
Germain Ifedi OL 31 Seattle Seahawks 2016

Texas A&M’s NFL First-Round Picks (by year)

Player Pos. Overall Team Year
Myles Garrett DE 1 Cleveland Browns 2017
Germain Ifedi OL 31 Seattle Seahawks 2016
Cedric Ogbuehi OL 21 Cincinnati Bengals 2015
Jake Matthews OL 6 Atlanta Falcons 2014
Mike Evans WR 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014
Johnny Manziel QB 22 Cleveland Browns 2014
Luke Joeckel OL 2 Jacksonville Jaguars 2013
Ryan Tannehill QB 8 Miami Dolphins 2012
Von Miller LB 2 Denver Broncos 2011
Ty Warren DL 13 New England Patriots 2003
Sammy Davis DB 30 San Diego Chargers 2003
Reggie Brown LB 17 Detroit Lions 1996
Sam Adams DL 8 Seattle Seahawks 1994
Aaron Glenn DB 12 New York Jets 1994
Greg Hill RB 25 Kansas City Chiefs 1994
Patrick Bates DB 12 Los Angeles Raiders 1993
Quentin Coryatt LB 2 Indianapolis Colts 1992
Kevin Smith DB 17 Dallas Cowboys 1992
Richmond Webb OL 9 Miami Dolphins 1990
Roger Vick RB 21 New York Jets 1987
Rod Bernstine TE 24 San Diego Chargers 1987
Ray Childress DL 3 Houston Oilers 1985
Billy Cannon LB 25 Dallas Cowboys 1984
Curtis Dickey RB 5 Baltimore Colts 1980
Jacob Green DL 10 Seattle Seahawks 1980
Robert Jackson LB 17 Cleveland Browns 1977
Bubba Bean RB 9 Atlanta Falcons 1976
Tim Gray DB 21 St. Louis Cardinals 1975
Larry Stegent RB 8 St. Louis Cardinals 1970
Maurice Moorman OL 19 Kansas City Chiefs 1968
John David Crow RB 2 Chicago Cardinals 1958
Charles Krueger DL 9 San Francisco 49ers 1958
Bob Goode RB 8 Washington Redskins 1949
John Kimbrough RB 2 Chicago Cardinals 1941
Jim Thomason RB 5 Detroit Lions 1941

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Women’s Golf Selected To NCAA Columbus Regional

No. 20 Texas A&M was selected to the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Columbus Regional, held at The Ohio State University Golf Club Scarlet Course on May 8-10. It is the Aggies’ 17th consecutive year making the postseason.

The Aggies, an at-large selection, are the No. 6 seed in the Columbus Regional. Texas A&M is one of 18 teams to that were selected to play the par 72 / 6,416-yard Scarlet Course for the 54-hole, three round tournament.

The top six team finishers, and top three individuals not on an advancing team, advance to the NCAA Championships, held from May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. Texas A&M has advanced to the NCAA Championships in nine of the past 13 seasons, and six of nine seasons in the Trelle McCombs era.

The NCAA Championship format features the top 15 teams and nine individuals not on those teams after 54 holes playing a final round of stroke play on Monday. After 72 holes of competition, the top eight teams will square off in a match-play format to determine a national champion. The final three days of the championship will be televised live by the Golf Channel.

NCAA Columbus Regional
Teams
1. Florida (SEC)
2. Florida State
3. South Carolina
4. Arkansas
5. Colorado
6. Texas A&M
7. Purdue
8. Ohio State
9. Michigan
10. San Jose State
11. Houston
12. Louisville
13. Wisconsin
14. Kentucky
15. Old Dominion (Conference USA)
16. Delaware (Colonial Athletic Association)
17. Missouri State (Missouri Valley Conference)
18. Cleveland State (Horizon League)
Individuals
1. Loy Hee Ying (East Tennessee State)
2. Camila Serrano (FIU)
3. Michaela Fletcher (Memphis)
4. Emma Albrecht (Notre Dame)
5. Kate Smith (Nebraska)
6. Emie Peronnin (Minnesota)

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Texas A&M’s Pierson, Bhosale Garner All-SEC Honors

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M’s Rachel Pierson was named First Team All-SEC for women’s tennis, and Aggie teammate Rutuja Bhosale (pronounced rue-too-jah BO-slay) was named Second Team All-SEC, the Southeastern Conference announced today.

Pierson, a senior from Princeton, New Jersey, is making her second appearance on an All-SEC team, having also received first-team accolades as a sophomore. Bhosale, a senior from Pune, India, has been named to the second team for a third consecutive year.

Pierson, who plays the No. 1 line in both singles and doubles, is a team-high 18th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national singles rankings, tying her career high. Pierson teams with Bhosale in doubles, and the duo, currently No. 8 in the nation, received an all-time program-high No. 4 ranking earlier this month.

Pierson leads the Aggies with a 26-12 overall singles record and also is a team-best 16-9 in dual matches only. She went 7-5 in conference matches only, having closed out the SEC regular season riding a five-match winning streak. Included in that streak was a straight-set victory over SEC Player of the Year and then-No. 4 Astra Sharma of Vanderbilt, marking Pierson’s highest ranked win of her career.

Bhosale is No. 54 in singles with a 19-12 overall record, including a 14-8 record at the No. 2 line and 6-4 in conference matches only. She recorded the highest ranked win of her career in the SEC regular season finale, defeating 11th-ranked Elena Christofi of Georgia to cap the Aggies’ first-ever victory over the Bulldogs.

Pierson and Bhosale are 24-10 overall in doubles, including 13-8 in dual matches only and 6-4 in SEC contests. Bhosale, who leads the Aggies with a 26-11 overall record in doubles, has 89 career doubles victories, tying her for ninth in the Texas A&M career records.

Texas A&M second-year head coach Mark Weaver and the 20th-ranked Aggies, who tied for eighth in the SEC standings with a 6-7 record and are 16-12 overall, now await the NCAA Tennis Selection Show and the announcement of the 64-team NCAA Championship field on Tuesday, May 2 at 4:30 p.m. on NCAA.com. A&M, which advanced to the second round last year, is expecting to make its 18th consecutive and 23rdoverall appearance in the postseason tournament.

NCAA singles and doubles tournament selections will be released on the NCAA website on Wednesday, May 3.

Visit 12thMan.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: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Aggie-Womens-Tennis/143874782434654

A complete list of the 2017 SEC awards follows, and ties were not broken leading to 14-member All-SEC First-Team and a seven-member All-Freshman team.

First Team All-SEC
Erin Routliffe, Alabama
Alizee Michaud, Auburn
Ingrid Neel, Florida
Josie Kuhlman, Florida
Belinda Woolcock, Florida
Elena Christofi, Georgia
Ellen Perez, Georgia
Jade Lewis, LSU
Arianne Hartono, Ole Miss
Jasmine Lee, Mississippi State
Rachel Pierson, Texas A&M
Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt
Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt
Emily Smith, Vanderbilt

Second Team All-SEC
Shannon Hudson, Arkansas
Andie Dikosavljevic, Auburn
Kourtney Keegan, Florida
Anna Danilina, Florida
Kennedy Shaffer, Georgia
Aldila Sutjiadi, Kentucky
Joana Valle Costa, LSU
Bea Santos, Missouri
Mia Horvit, South Carolina
Brittany Lindl, Tennessee
Rutuja Bhosale, Texas A&M
Fernanda Contreras, Vanderbilt

All-Freshman
Taylor Russo, Auburn
Ingrid Neel, Florida
Elena Christofi, Georgia
Jade Lewis, LSU
Lisa Marie Rioux, Mississippi State
Mia Horvit, South Carolina
Christina Rosca, Vanderbilt

Player of the Year
Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt

Co-Freshmen of the Year
Elena Christofi, Georgia
Jade Lewis, LSU

Tri-Scholar-Athletes of the Year
Danielle Spielmann, Alabama
Aldila Sutjadi, Kentucky
Georgina Sellyn, Vanderbilt

Coach of the Year
Geoff Macdonald, Vanderbilt

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Texas A&M’s Gibson becomes school’s first-ever SEC McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Texas A&M senior swimmer Sarah Gibson became the school’s first recipient of the Southeastern Conference’s prestigious H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced on Thursday. University of Alabama swimmer Anton McKee was named the male recipient of the honor.

“I’m so proud to represent this amazing university one last time,” said Gibson, who finished her illustrious career with 15 All-America citations. “Texas A&M has provided me with many opportunities, both in and out of the pool.  So much of who I am today is a direct reflection of the environment of the team and the school alike. Although it’s hard to leave this kind of experience behind, I am confident that much more awaits this unique program.”

The two were chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from SEC universities and each will receive a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by AT&T, an SEC Corporate Sponsor.  McKee and Gibson will be honored at the annual SEC Awards Dinner during the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla., in early June.

“Anton and Sarah are amazing young people who are an inspiration for their commitment to the complete student-athlete experience of success in competition and excellence in the classroom,” Sankey said.  “Each of them are All-Americans in the pool and 4.0 students in the classroom, making them the ideal recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Award, the highest individual honor a student-athlete can achieve in the Southeastern Conference.  Anton and Sarah personify the highest of standards in the SEC for their combination of academics and athletics and I congratulate them and the institutions they proudly represent.”

Gibson, a Biomedical Engineering major who will graduate in May with a perfect 4.0 GPA as a President’s Endowed Scholar at Texas A&M, is a three-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar-Athlete, four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, a first-team Academic All-American, a seven-time SEC Champion and 15-time All-American. She helped the Aggies to back-to-back SEC team titles in 2016 and 2017, as well as the program’s highest team finish at the NCAA Championships earlier this spring (third).

Named the 2017 SEC Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women’s swimming and diving, she won the Swimmer of the Meet Award and the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy as the high point scorer at the 2017 SEC Championships, taking individual titles in the 100 and 200 butterfly and 500 freestyle.

She earned first-team All-American honors in the 100 and 200 fly at the NCAA Championships in 2017 and she swam on all five of the Aggies’ relays in NCAA Championships, including two runner-up finishes.

In international competition, she earned three medals at the 2016 FINA Short Course World Championships in fall of 2016, including golds with Team USA’s 200 and 400 medley relays.

McKee, a Management Information Systems major at Alabama with a perfect GPA of 4.0, is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, and the 2016 CoSIDA At-Large Team Academic All-American of the Year.

An 11-time All-American for the Crimson Tide, he was the 2017 SEC champion in the 200 breaststroke and the NCAA runner-up in the same event.  He helped lead Alabama to three consecutive NCAA top-10 finishes, marking the first time Alabama has posted a trio of top-10 finishes in a row since 1981-83.

McKee set the SEC record on the way to winning the 2014 SEC 200 breaststroke title and is the Alabama record holder in the 100 and 200 breaststroke as well as the 200 individual medley and as part of the 400 medley relay.

He competed for Iceland at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he posted a top-20 finish in the 200 breaststroke.  At the 2015 FINA World Championships, he recorded top-20 finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, setting the Icelandic national record in both events.

McKee and Gibson were selected from a pool of candidates made up of nominees from each of the SEC’s 14 institutions.  The 26 remaining male and female finalists for the award will receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship.

The 13 male finalists:  Brooks Ellis, Arkansas (football); Joe Patching, Auburn (swimming); Elliott Orkin, Florida (tennis); Brandon Young, Georgia (basketball); Kyle Higgins, Kentucky (swimming); Logan Rysemus, LSU (swimming); Craig Engels, Ole Miss (track & field); Richie Brown, Mississippi State (football); Sean Culkin, Missouri (football); Jonathan Boland, South Carolina (swimming); Sunay Bhat, Tennessee (tennis); Jeffrey Prothro, Texas A&M (track & field); Jacob Van Geffen, Vanderbilt (cross country).

The 13 female finalists:  Krystal Rivers, Alabama (volleyball); Lindsey Mayo, Arkansas (soccer); Kasey Cooper, Auburn (softball); Betsy Middleton, Florida (soccer); Chantal Van Landeghem, Georgia (swimming); Danielle Galyer, Kentucky (swimming); Sydney Ewing, LSU (gymnastics); Aubrey Edie, Ole Miss (volleyball); Dominique Dillingham, Mississippi State (basketball); Lauren Reedy, Missouri (diving); Chelsea Drennan, South Carolina (soccer); Kira Toussaint, Tennessee (swimming); Skyler Carpenter, Vanderbilt (track & field).

Past recipients:
1986 – John Young, Tennessee (track) and Virginia Diederich, Georgia (swimming)
1987 – Jeff Noblin, Ole Miss (football) and Julie Estin, Alabama (gymnastics)
1988 – Danny Hoskins, Ole Miss (football) and Linda Leith, Georgia (swimming)
1989 – Mikael Olander, LSU (track) and Deanne Burnett, Georgia (swimming)
1990 – Burke Masters, Mississippi State (baseball) and Janice Kerr, Florida (gymnastics)
1991 – Al Parker, Georgia (tennis) and Patty Wiegand, Tennessee (track and cross country)
1992 – Jeff Laubenthal, Alabama (baseball) and Jenifer Kleyn, Auburn (volleyball)
1993 – Lang Wiseman, Tennessee (basketball) and Aimee York, Mississippi State (volleyball)
1994 – Peter Duitsman, South Carolina (soccer) and Tammy Newlon, Mississippi State (basketball)
1995 – Michael Blanchard, LSU (football) and April Ecke, Mississippi State (cross country)
1996 – Martin Nyberg, LSU (swimming) and Michelle Palmisano, Vanderbilt (basketball)
1997 – Andrew DeVooght, Georgia (swimming) and Meredith Willard, Alabama (gymnastics)
1998 – Jeremy Jackson, Mississippi State (baseball) and Shani Abshier, South Carolina (volleyball)
1999 – Jeff Zurcher, Kentucky (football) and Jessica Field, Arkansas (volleyball)
2000 – Joey Pitts, Georgia (tennis) and Lisette Lee, LSU (golf)
2001 – Scott Westerfield, Mississippi State (football) and Kim Black, Georgia (swimming)
2002 – Trey Dyson, South Carolina (baseball) and Tiffany Woolley, Arkansas (softball)
2003 – Matt Bonner, Florida (basketball) and Kristin Sterner, Alabama (gymnastics)
2004 – Caesar Garcia, Auburn (swimming & diving) and Lauren Imwalle, Alabama (soccer)
2005 – Rob Robertson, Ole Miss (football) and Lauryn McCalley, Tennessee (swimming & diving)
2006 – Rudy Niswanger, LSU (football) and Sarah Lowe, Florida (basketball)
2007 – Emeel Salem, Alabama (baseball) and Erika Schneble, Vanderbilt (track & field)
2008 – Joseph Sykora, Alabama (golf) and Kristen Hastrup, Auburn (swimming & diving)
2009 – Bram ten Berge, Ole Miss (tennis) and Christine Magnuson, Tennessee (swimming & diving)
2010 – Jordan Anderson, Auburn (swimming & diving) and Phoebe Wright, Tennessee (track & field)
2011 – Dan Mazzaferro, Auburn (swimming & diving) and Erica Meissner, Auburn (swimming & diving)
2012 – Michael Roth, South Carolina (baseball) and Wendy Trott, Georgia (swimming & diving)
2013 – Barrett Jones, Alabama (football) and Chelsea Oswald, Kentucky (track & field/cross country)
2014 – Cory Whitsett, Alabama (golf) and Shannon Vreeland, Georgia (swimming)
2015 – Nathanael Franks, Arkansas (track & field) and Maddie Locus, Georgia (swimming)
2016 – Forrest Gamble, Ole Miss (golf) and Haylie McCleney, Alabama (softball)

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NBA fines Rockets owner $100,000 for confronting referee

NEW YORK (AP) _ Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has been fined $100,0 by the NBA for confronting a referee during live game action.

Byron Spruell, the NBA’s president of league operations, announced Alexander’s fine Wednesday.

The incident occurred Tuesday in the final minute of the first quarter during the Rockets’ 105-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Alexander got up out of his courtside seat and walked toward Bill Kennedy. Alexander then says something to Kennedy before turning around and heading back to his seat.

The Rockets eliminated the Thunder in five games and will face either the San Antonio Spurs or Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference semifinals.

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Astros come up just short to Indians; Rangers slug past Twins

Comeback Kid: Brantley drives in 3; Indians beat Astros 7-6

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Michael Brantley, continuing his comeback from shoulder problems that forced him to miss most of last season, drove in three runs and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Houston Astros 7-6 on Wednesday night.

Brantley, who played in only 11 games last season after having two operations on his left shoulder, had an RBI double in Cleveland’s three-run first inning and added a two-run single in the fifth.

Carlos Santana had a two-run double in the sixth for the Indians, who have won six of eight.

Trevor Bauer (2-2) allowed four runs in six innings and won his second straight start despite giving up two-run homers to Evan Gattis and Brian McCann.

Cleveland’s Andrew Miller worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh by striking out Carlos Correa and McCann.

Houston scored two in the eighth off Bryan Shaw, but Cody Allen recorded the final four outs for his fourth save.

Lance McCullers (2-1) gave up five runs in five innings.

Rangers avoid another series sweep with 14-3 win over Twins

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Joey Gallo took a couple of hits to score the tiebreaking run, Ryan Rua connected for a grand slam and the Texas Rangers avoided another series sweep with a 14-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

Rua’s first career slam came in the eighth and Shin-Soo Choo, who had already tripled in the inning, added a three-run homer to cap the late eight-run outburst.

Gallo was hit by a pitch leading off the sixth against Taylor Rogers (1-1). The young Texas slugger scored on a wild pitch by another reliever to make it 3-2, and was struck on the back of the right shoulder by catcher Chris Gimenez’s throw after the ball ricocheted hard off the brick backstop.

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Dozier’s Base-Clearing Double Pushes Twins Past Rangers 3-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Brian Dozier hit a bases-clearing double and the
Minnesota Twins beat Texas 3-2 on Monday night, ending the Rangers’ AL-best
four-game winning streak.

Dozier’s two-out double in the fifth came after Martin Perez (1-3) walked the
bases loaded, giving free passes to the three of the bottom four batters in the
Twins lineup. Dozier had only three RBIs his first 17 games this season.

Those were the only walks and runs allowed by Perez in his six innings.

Phil Hughes (3-1) allowed two runs on six hits over six innings. The
right-hander, who has won all three of his road starts this season, struck out
two and walked one.

Brandon Kintzler worked the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances. The
right-hander hasn’t allowed a run in his 9 1-3 innings over nine appearances.

The Rangers (9-11), the AL West champion the past two seasons, missed a chance
to reach .500 for the first time this year. They were coming off a four-game
series sweep against Kansas City.

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Aggies Drop 14-Inning Decision to Tennessee, 5-3

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies dropped a 5-3 decision in 14 innings to the Tennessee Volunteers in the series finale Sunday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The Volunteers scored the winning run in the 14th with a single by Luc Lipcius and they tacked on an insurance run when Pete Derkay drew a bases-loaded walk.

Texas A&M (28-13, 10-8 SEC) manufactured a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Hunter Coleman reached base via an error by the shortstop to start the frame and Joel Davis followed with a five-pitch walk. George Janca put down a bunt for a single to fill the bags with Ags. Blake Kopetsky plated a run with a fielder’s choice grounder to second and Austin Homan pushed one across with a safety squeeze, staking the Aggies to a 2-0 lead.

Tennessee (20-17, 5-13 SEC) used back-to-back two-out doubles by Andre Lipcius and Derkay to shave a run off the Aggies’ margin in the top of the fourth.

The Aggies tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, Nick Choruby put down a bunt single and moved second on a throwing error. Logan Foster followed with a base on ball and Braden Shewmake bounced a single up the middle to give the Aggies a 3-1 lead.

The Maroon and White let the lead slip away in the top of the eighth. Aggie starter Stephen Kolek hit Matt Waldren with a 2-0 pitch to start the inning. Cason Sherrod relieved Kolek on the mound and surrendered a single to rightfield by Jeff Moberg. Justin Ammons pushed both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt and Jordan Rodgers followed with a double down the leftfield line, knocking in both runs and tying the score at 3-3.

Texas A&M was unable to convert on multiple opportunities to pad the lead or score in extra innings, stranding 15 runners. The Aggies loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh, but were unable to push a run across.

Both starting pitchers were left with no-decision despite strong performances. Texas A&M’s Kolek recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts. He allowed two runs on three hits, two walks and two hit batsmen in 7.0 innings. Tennessee’s Zach Warren yielded, three runs, one earned on seven hits and four walks while striking out four in 6.0 innings.

John Doxakis (2-2) was saddled with the loss for Texas A&M. He allowed two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four in 3.2 innings.

Zach Linginfelter (3-4) was spectacular in relief to pick up the win for Tennessee. He scattered three hits and one walk while striking out eight in 7.0 innings.

Choruby led the Aggies offense with three this. Foster, Shewmake and Janca added two hits apiece.

Moberg, Rodgers and Luc Lipcius each logged two hits for the Volunteers.

The Aggies return to action Tuesday when they host the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders in a 6:32 pm contest on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES

Head Coach Rob Childress
On series…
“An incredibly disappointing finish to the weekend. Our inability to finish there in the seventh inning with bases loaded and nobody out and our four, five and six, we can’t drive anybody in. Go back out in the eighth and allow them to tie the game. We had our opportunities throughout the course of the day. From the fifth inning on, we went 0-9 with runners in scoring position and didn’t finish so it was certainly disappointing to give it away there in the last inning with four walks and one hit. It was hard to swallow.”

Senior OF Nick Choruby
On thoughts on the outing…
“We should have won, obviously. We were up 3-1 in the eighth inning, had a couple chances to pile it on them. [Stephen] Kolek was doing a hell of a job on the mound, playing good defense. It’s just disappointing we didn’t pull it out.”

On going forward…
“We just need to have a short term memory with this, put it behind us and come out on Tuesday ready to rock.”

Sophomore RHP Stephen Kolek
“I just tried to really attack and not hold anything back. I tried to keep the ball down and not leave it above the knees. Usually that works out pretty well. We have to be able to flush this loss and come back tomorrow. Start preparing for next week.  We have to be our best on Tuesday. Got to get rid of this one and get ready for the next one.”

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Aggies Dispatch Alabama; Face Vandy in SEC Finals

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Clinching the match with a six-foot putt by Cameron Champ on the 18th hole, Texas A&M advanced to the finals of the 2017 SEC Men’s Golf Championship by defeating Alabama 3-2 in a tightly-contested affair Sunday afternoon during the semifinals of match play at Sea Island Golf Club.

Having already downed Missouri 5-0 in the quarterfinals earlier in the day, the Aggies returned to the course for an afternoon showdown against the Crimson Tide. Texas A&M got wins from Champ (1 Up) and fellow junior Andrew Paysse (2 Up) as well as sophomore Chandler Phillips (3 Up) to advance to the finals where the Aggies will face Vanderbilt on Monday morning.

“That’s the best day in golf Texas A&M has had in years, probably since the last Big 12 Championship,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “All five guys were amazing and played their best golf of the year.”

Phillips, who stood out as A&M’s highest finisher in stroke play with a share of third place (-6), ended his match-up against the Crimson Tide’s Davis Riley after No. 16 when he birdied the par-four, 407-yard hole to go up three in the match with only two holes to play.

Paysse, meanwhile, finished off his victory after a bogey by Alabama’s Josh Sedeno at No. 17 left the third-year Aggie up two with only one hole remaining. Champ’s match went all the way to No. 18 where the Sacramento, Calif., native stepped to the tee box maintaining a one-hole advantage before clinching both his and the Aggies’ victory with a par to defeat Steven Setterstrom.

The Crimson Tide scored its two match wins as Lee Hodges defeated Brandon Smith (Up 1) and Jonathan Hardee topped Dan Erickson (2 Up).

The Commodores (-11) and Aggies (-5) finished first and second in the team standings after 54 holes of stroke play at the event to earn the top two seeds in match play. Vanderbilt punched its ticket to the finals by downing Ole Miss 3-2 in the quarterfinals before outlasting Florida 3-2 in the semifinal round.

“Vandy is really good,” Higgins said of the Aggies’ finals opponent. “1-5 every guy is a really good golfer, but so are we. We’re anxious for the match up and the chance to compete for a championship.”

Texas A&M will be aiming for its 12th all-time conference championship as well as its first since claiming the 2012 Big 12 title during its last season in that league.

Results and live scoring from the SEC Men’s Golf Championship can be found at GolfStat.com.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Aggie Women’s Golf Ties for Fifth at SEC Championships

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

HOOVER, Ala.- No. 20 Texas A&M finished in a tie for fifth at the 2017 SEC Women’s Golf Championship with a 4-under par 860. It marks the third straight year Texas A&M has finished in the Top 5.

Three Aggies, Maddie Szeryk, Bianca Fabrizio and Thanya Pattamakijsakul, shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday, helping the Aggies shoot even par 288 as a team. Szeryk finished in a tie for fifth at 211 (-5), marking her third straight Top 10 at this event and her eighth Top 10 of the season. Fabrizio tied for 10th at 213 (-3) and Pattamakijsakul tied for 22nd at even-par 216.

Courtney Dow shot a 75 (+3) to tie for 36th at 6-over par 222. Andrea Jonama shot a 3-over 75 to finish tied for 46th at 9-over par 225.

Florida won the event by shooting a tournament-record 22-under 842. Katelyn Dambaugh of South Carolina won the individual title by shooting a tournament-record 12-under 204.

The Aggies await selection in the 2017 NCAA Golf Championships, which start with Regionals on May 8-10. The Aggies expect to make the field for the 17th straight season.

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No. 4 Aggies Shutout No. 22 Georgia, 2-0, to Complete Sweep

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION –The No. 4 Texas A&M softball team completed the series sweep after shutting out No. 22 Georgia, 2-0, in the Sunday afternoon finale at the Aggie Softball Complex.

The Aggies (40-5, 14-3 SEC) and Bulldogs (30-18, 3-15 SEC) remained scoreless for the first three and a half innings, but A&M ended the drought after pushing two runs across in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Riley Sartain opened the fourth by reaching base on a fielding error before a single to right from Sarah Hudek pushed Sartain into scoring position. Kristen Cuyos delivered a RBI sac fly to left to plate Blake-Ann Fritsch, who pinch ran for Sartain, to give the Maroon and White a 1-0 advantage. The Aggies tacked on their final run, 2-0, after a single up the middle from Ashley Walters allowed Hudek to touch home.

Walters led the Texas A&M offense by going 2-for-3 from the plate, while also tallying an RBI. Hudek went 1-for-2 and scored a run, while Kaitlyn Alderink and Keeli Milligan each notched a hit for the Aggies.

Lexi Smith (11-0) continued her perfect record from the circle after tossing a complete game, while striking out two and walking three. Kylie Bass (6-2) was loaded with the loss in her 6.0 inning appearance. The Bulldog struck out three, walked two, and gave up two runs off of five hits.

Texas A&M eclipsed the 40-win mark for the sixth time in eight years and the 11th time under head coach Jo Evans.

The Aggies return to action on Friday with a three-game series as they travel to Lexington, Ky., to take on the Kentucky Wildcats. The opening and closing games can be seen on the SEC Network +, available through WatchESPN and the ESPN app, while the second game will be televised on the SEC Network. Each game can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM.

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Texas A&M Quotes
Head Coach Jo Evans

On Lexi Smith‘s outing…
“I thought that Lexi was terrific out there on the mound today, just throwing with a lot of confidence, going right at hitters. We kept looking to take her out. We were prepared to come in here today and use some different combinations and every time we talked about it, it seemed unnecessary. It seemed like she was on a roll and feeling good about herself. Really composed on the mound and got us outs.”

On the pitching staff during the sweep…
“I’m proud of them because we had a couple of starts that were a little rough for us prior to that. We came in this weekend totally focused, got ourselves back together, got our feet on the ground. Samantha Show threw two starts and Lexi (Smith) today with her start. Knowing we have two other kids that could have done their part to help beat Georgia as well. To have them get their rest and be healthy, our pitching staff is in good shape.

On Ashley Walters‘ RBI…
“I was really pleased because Ashley’s been a little frustrated with herself in RBI situations. This weekend she stepped up and got some big RBI in key situations, a big one today. It’s nice to have an inning where you can string some hits together. We haven’t done a lot of that late. It’s easier to play the game that way, that’s for sure.”

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Janca’s Walk-off Hit Gives Aggies 2-1 Win vs. Tennessee

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – George Janca gapped a walk-off single to left-center in the ninth inning to give the Texas A&M Aggies a 2-1 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers to open the series Friday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Tied 1-1 in the ninth, Braden Shewmake led off the frame by punching a single up the middle off Tennessee starting pitcher Hunter Martin. The Aggies got a second man aboard when Martin was unsuccessful on making a leaping catch of a bunt by Hunter Coleman. Cole Bedford pushed both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt and the Volunteers intentionally walked Blake Kopetsky to fill the bags with Ags. Janca ended the game by blasting the first pitch he saw in the at-bat to the gap where it landed for the walkoff single.

After six blank frames, Texas A&M (27-12, 9-7 SEC) broke the scoring seal in the bottom of the seventh when Shewmake hammered a 1-2 offering over the fence in right-center for his fifth home run of the season and a 1-0 lead.

Tennessee (19-16, 4-12 SEC) responded immediately with a run in the eighth. With one out, Jeff Moberg roped a ball to centerfield where Nick Choruby’s attempt at a diving catch came up short and Moberg wheeled around to third with a triple. Mitchell Kilkenny got Justin Ammons to swing and miss at strike three for the second out of the inning, but he was unable to retire Jordan Rodgers who slipped a ball past the glove of a diving shortstop Austin Homan up the middle to push the equalizer across.

Brigham Hill was left with no-decision despite the solid performance on the mound. He worked 7.0 blank frames, scattering five hits and one walk while striking out six. Kilkenny (3-1) earned the win, allowing one run on two hits and one walk while striking out three in 2.0 innings.

Martin (4-4) was the tough-luck loser for the Volunteers. He allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out nine in 8.1 innings.

Shewmake led the Aggies at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs, one home run and one RBI.

Rodgers and Luc Lipcius each had two hits for Tennessee.

The Aggies and Volunteers return to action Saturday with a 2:02 pm contest on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

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Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans release regular-season schedules

DALLAS COWBOYS  (* games will be broadcast on Sportsradio 1150 & The Zone 102.7 FM)

Sun. (9.10)  vs NY Giants  7:30 PM

Sun. (9.17)  @ Denver  3:25 PM

Mon. (9.25)  @ Arizona  7:30 PM  *

Sun. (10.1)  vs LA Rams  12:00 PM

Sun. (10.8)  vs Green Bay  3:25 PM

Sun. (10.22)  @ San Francisco  3:05 PM

Sun. (10.29)  @ Washington  3:25 PM

Sun. (11.5)  vs Kansas City  3:25 PM

Sun. (11.12)  @ Atlanta  3:25 PM

Sun. (11.19)  vs Philadelphia  7:30 PM

Thu. (11.23)  vs LA Chargers  3:30 PM   *

Thu. (11.30)  vs Washington  7:25 PM   *

Sun. (12.10)  @ NY Giants  3:25 PM

Sun. (12.17) @ Oakland  7:30 PM

Sun. (12.24)  vs Seattle  3:25 PM

Sun. (12.31) @ Philadelphia  12:00 PM

HOUSTON TEXANS  (* games will be broadcast on Sportsradio 1150 & The Zone 102.7 FM)

Sun. (9.10)  vs Jacksonville  12:00 PM  *

Thu. (9.14)  @ Cincinnati  7:25 PM  *

Sun. (9.24)  @ New England  12:00 PM  *

Sun. (10.1)  vs Tennessee  12:00 PM  *

Sun. (10.8)  vs Kansas City  7:30 PM  *

Sun. (10.15)  vs Cleveland  12:00 PM  *

Sun. (10.29)  @ Seattle  3:05 PM  *

Sun. (11.5)  vs Indianapolis  12:00 PM  *

Sun. (11.12)  @ LA Rams  3:05 PM  *

Sun. (11.19)  vs Arizona  12:00 PM  *

Mon. (11.27)  @ Baltimore  7:30 PM  *

Sun. (12.3)  @ Tennessee  12:00 PM  *

Sun. (12.10)  vs San Francisco  12:00 PM  *

Sun. (12.17)  @ Jacksonville  12:00 PM  *

Mon. (12.25)  vs Pittsburgh  3:30 PM  *

Sun. (12.31)  @ Indianapolis  12:00 PM  *

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DeShields RBI Single in 13th Gives Texas 1-0 Win Over Royals

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Delino DeShields had an RBI single with one out in the
13th inning to score Joey Gallo from second base and the Texas Rangers beat the
Kansas City Royals 1-0 on Thursday night.

Gallo had pulled a one-out double into the right-field corner off Travis Wood
(0-1), the third Royals reliever after starter Danny Duffy went 7 1-3 innings.
Gallo scored when DeShields hit a sharp single to left on the 10th pitch of the
at-bat.

It was only the third game in the 24 seasons of the Rangers’ ballpark to go to
extra innings scoreless. This was the longest of those games.

Gallo’s double was the first hit for the Rangers since Jonathan Lucroy’s
leadoff double in the fifth. It was the first hit in the game since Royals
leadoff hitter Alex Gordon’s one-out single in the eighth.

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Grizzlies Pull Within 2-1 of Spurs With 105-94 Win

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Mike Conley scored 24 points and handed out eight assists
as the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a 10-game postseason skid against San Antonio
by routing the Spurs 105-94 on Thursday night.

The Grizzlies pulled within 2-1 in this first-round Western Conference series,
giving first-year coach David Fizdale his first postseason victory. This also
marked the Grizzlies’ first win over the Spurs in the playoffs since April 2011,
when Memphis beat San Antonio in six games.

Game 4 is Saturday night.

Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph each scored 21 points for Memphis, which outscored
San Antonio 31-17 in the third quarter and led by as much as 22 in the second
half.

Kawhi Leonard, who scored 32 and 37 in the first two games, was held to 18.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 16, and Kyle Anderson had 15 as Spurs coach Gregg
Popovich benched his starters for most of the fourth quarter.

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Aggie Men’s Golf Takes Aim at SEC Championship

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The Aggie men’s golf team begins postseason play this weekend as it aims for a conference title during the 2017 SEC Championship which begins Friday at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course.

“I think our guys are hungry to get out there,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “Our goal right now is to qualify for Sunday’s matchup. These guys are fired up. We finished second last season and feel like we have a pretty good grasp on the golf course. It’s supposed to be windy and we’ve been playing in wind all spring, so I feel like that puts us in pretty good shape.”

Sea Island Golf Club, which will host the SEC Championship for the 17th year, has been named the No. 4 golf resort in the United States and hosted multiple USGA events in addition to the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic. The par-70, 7,055-yard Seaside Course was named one of the top 100 courses in the U.S. by Golf Digest and has been the site of the SEC Championship and since 2010.

The SEC Championship will take on a different format from previous seasons as the event tees off with 36 holes of competition on Friday to be followed by a third round of 18 holes Saturday. After the 54 holes of stroke play, an individual champion will be crowned and the top eight teams advance to the head-to-head match play portion of the event. The quarterfinals and semifinals take place on Sunday before the championship matchup tees off Monday morning.

“This new format helps us with a lot of things,” Higgins added. “It helps us get ready for NCAAs and it’s easier to follow and gives more exposure for our conference. Whenever you get to play head-to-head instead of against an entire field, I think it benefits for our sport. We are hoping for at least some television coverage because it’s so much easier than the stroke play to see what’s going on.”

The strength of the conference will be on display at the event as 12 of the 14 schools (No. 2 Vanderbilt, No. 3 LSU, No. 6 Florida, No. 18 Texas A&M, No. 20 Auburn, No. 21 Ole Miss, No. 23 Georgia, No. 27 Missouri, No. 28 Arkansas, No 34 South Carolina, No. 37 Alabama and No. 45 Kentucky) competing in the event appear in the top 50 of the April 18 edition of the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. The conference also boasts an individual field of 25 of the top 100 golfers in the country.

Leading the Aggies into the event will be junior Cameron Champ and sophomore Chandler Phillips. The duo has a combined for 13 top-10 finishes on the season and is ranked among the elilte golfers in the country with Phillips checking in at No. 21 according to Golfweek/Sagarin while Champ is slotted at No. 29.

Joining the pair in the Peach State are junior Andrew Paysse, sophomore Brandon Smith and freshman Dan Erickson.

This year the Aggies have carded four second-place finishes and have brought home four induvial titles. During last season’s trip to the SEC Championships the Aggies captured second place, finishing just three strokes behind champion Georgia. Phillips led the A&M contingent with a tie for fifth place individually.

“If you put yourself in contention week after week you’d like to think that eventually you’re going to knock the door down,” Higgins said. “We want to be the best team in April and May and I feel like we’ve gotten better through this season. We’ve got a good shot, [because] when we are playing our best golf we can play with anybody in the country.”

Texas A&M will begin teeing off its opening round at the championship Friday morning at 9:10 a.m. (CT). Live scoring for the event can be found on GolfStat.com and live updates are available on twitter via @AggieMensGolf.

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Texas A&M head coach JT Higgins

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Aggie golfer Andrew Paysse

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Aggie golfer Brandon Smith

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Aggie golfer Cameron Champ

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2017 SEC MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
April 21-24, 2017
St. Simons Island, Ga.
Sea Island Golf Club – Seaside Course (par 70 / 7,055 yards)

The Field (14 teams – Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings 4/18): No. 2 Vanderbilt, No. 3 LSU, No. 6 Florida, No. 18 Texas A&M, No. 20 Auburn, No. 21 Ole Miss, No. 23 Georgia, No. 27 Missouri, No. 28 Arkansas, No 34 South Carolina, No. 37 Alabama, No. 45 Kentucky, No.67 Mississippi State and No. 69 Tennessee)

Format: 54 holes of stroke play, followed by three rounds of match play

Thursday: Practice Round
Friday: Rounds 1 & 2
Saturday: Round 3
Sunday: Match Play Quarterfinals and Semifinals
Monday: Match Play Finals

Defending Team Champion: Georgia (853, +13)
Defending Individual Champion: Lee McCoy, Georgia (207, -3)

A&M lineup:  Chandler Phillips, Cameron Champ, Brandon Smith, Andrew Paysse & Dan Erickson

Live Scoring: GolfStat.com
Live Updates: Twitter @AggieMensGolf

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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No. 20 Aggie Women’s Golf heads to SEC Championship

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The No. 20 Texas A&M’s women’s golf team heads to the SEC Women’s Golf Championship from April 21-23, looking for their second SEC title in three years. The Aggies tee off the first of three rounds at the Greystone Golf & Country Club Legacy Course at 10:56 a.m. on Friday.

Four of the five golfers who won the 2015 SEC Championship and finished fourth at the 2016 SEC Championship return for 2017. 2015 SEC Champion Bianca Fabrizio, 2015 SEC Runner-Up Maddie Szeryk, Thanya Pattamakijsakul and Andrea Jonama all return for their third visit to the Greystone Golf & Country Club Legacy Course, while Freshman Courtney Dow rounds out the Aggie lineup with her first appearance at the conference championship.

The Aggies, who have finished in the top five in seven of their nine tournaments this season, are one of six SEC teams in the Top 25 entering the tournament. Alabama won the 2016 version of the event, shooting 859 (-5).

Live scoring of the event is available through golfstat.com. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Golf Regionals, May 8-10. Texas A&M is expected to make the tournament for the 17th straight season.

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Texas A&M head coach Trelle McCombs

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Aggie golfer Maddie Szeryk

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Aggie golfer Courtney Dow

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Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

 

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No. 21 LSU Wins Last Match Standing to Top No. 17 Texas A&M, 4-3

NASHVILLE – No. 17 Texas A&M rode a five-match win streak into the SEC Women’s Tennis Tournament, but 21st-ranked LSU snapped the streak and eliminated the Aggies with a 4-3 victory in second round action today at Vanderbilt’s Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center.
 
The Tigers (14-9), who ended the regular season with three consecutive losses to drop into a tie with A&M for eighth place in the final SEC standings, won the last match standing to claim the victory and advance to face No. 1 seed and SEC regular season champion Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals on Friday at 3 p.m.
 
Texas A&M (16-12), which lost to LSU in the regular season and also suffered a 4-3 setback in the only other time the two teams met in the tournament in 2015, now must wait to hear its postseason fate when the 64-team NCAA Championship field is announced on Tuesday, May 2 at 4:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.
 
“This was a tough match that came down to the wire once again in both the singles and the doubles,” Texas A&M head coach Mark Weaver said. “We had our chances in the doubles and also in the singles but couldn’t quite make it go out way. It was a match that had a bit of everything, that is for sure. The match started late with pretty hot conditions then cooled down and got windy, which seemed to help us make a momentum turn. Then the rain came and we moved indoors, and that even looked like it helped us a bit as we picked up three wins very quickly. All credit to LSU for hanging in there and coming up with some good tennis right at the end. We all need a good rest over the course of the next few days and then get back to work and take advantage of the three-week break to prepare us for a run at the NCAA tournament.”
 
The match would start outdoors, where LSU won the first two doubles matches to be completed to take a 1-0 lead. Saska Gavrilovska and Stefania Hristov had their five-match winning streak snapped with a 6-4 setback to Jessica Golovin and Skylar Holloway at the No. 3 line. LSU then clinched the point as 23rd-ranked Ryann Foster and Joana Valle Costa won four consecutive games, all on no-ad points, to defeat seventh-ranked Rutuja Bhosale and Rachel Pierson, 7-5, at No. 1. Court 2 between A&M’s Domenica Gonzalez and Eva Paalma and Jade Lewis and Becca Weissmann of LSU was on serve, 6-6, when the doubles point was clinched and the match was stopped.
 
Only four courts were available at the start of singles due to a marathon match still in progress between Auburn and Arkansas, which the Tigers eventually won, 4-3. Once all six matches were finally underway, A&M would go on to win the first set on Courts 4-6, while LSU won the first sets at Nos. 1-3. All matches were in at least the second set, and Pierson had forced a third set against 22nd-ranked Lewis at the No. 1 line when it began to rain, and the matches were moved indoors.
 
Once play resumed, Paalma needed only one game to finish off Holloway, 6-1, 7-5, at No. 6 to tie the score at 1-1 and extend her season-best win streak to five.
 
Gavrilovska then gave the Aggies the lead. The Serbian had pulled away for an 8-6 tiebreaker win in the first set against Weissmann and held a 4-1 second-set lead when play resumed indoors. Gavrilovska would go on to win the second set, 6-2, to put A&M up, 2-1.
 
LSU knotted the score at 2-2 as Lewis rebounded from a 7-5 second-set loss to Pierson to take the third set, 6-2, snapping Pierson’s seven-match win streak.
 
Macarena Olivares returned the lead to A&M, 3-2, as she never trailed in a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Weismann at No. 5, but Foster would tie the score once again as she pulled away for a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Gonzalez at Court 3.
 
The match came down to the No. 2 line, where 66th-ranked Valle Costa had won a 9-7 tiebreaker against 51st-ranked Bhosale in the first set, but Bhosale won four consecutive games after moving indoors to close out a 6-1 second-set win to earn a split. The final set was tied, 3-3, before Valle Costa reeled off three consecutive games to close out a 6-3 victory to clinch the victory and advance the Tigers to the next round.
 
The Aggies are expecting to make an 18th-consecutive and 23rd overall appearance in the NCAA tournament bracket is announced.
 
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Tennis Match Results
Texas A&M vs LSU
Apr 20, 2017 at Nashville, Tenn.
(Currey Tennis Center)
#21 LSU 4, #17 Texas A&M 3
 
Singles competition
1. #22 Jade Lewis (LSU) def. #19 Rachel Pierson (A&M) 6-0, 5-7, 6-2
2. #66 Joana Valle Costa (LSU) def. #51 Rutuja Bhosale (A&M) 7-6, 1-6, 6-4
3. Ryann Foster (LSU) def. Domenica Gonzalez (A&M) 6-4, 6-4
4. Saska Gavrilovska (A&M) def. Jessica Golovin (LSU) 7-6, 6-2
5. Macarena Olivares (A&M) def. Becca Weissmann (LSU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Eva Paalma (A&M) def. Skylar Holloway (LSU) 6-1, 7-5
 
Doubles competition
1. #23 Ryann Foster/Joana Valle Costa (LSU) def. #7 Rachel Pierson/Rutuja Bhosale (A&M) 7-5
2. Jade Lewis/Becca Weissmann (LSU) vs. Domenica Gonzalez/Eva Paalma (A&M) 6-6, unfinished
3. Jessica Golovin/Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Stefania Hristov/Saska Gavrilovska (A&M) 6-4
 
Match Notes:
Texas A&M 16-12; National ranking #17
LSU 14-9; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,4,1,5,3,2)
SEC Tournament – Second Round
Seeds: LSU 8, Texas A&M 9
Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Texas A&M Baseball entertains Tennessee on Sportsradio 1150 & The Zone 102.7 FM

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies are looking for their fourth consecutive SEC series victory as the Maroon and White host the Tennessee Volunteers for a three-game series on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park from Friday to Sunday. The series includes three matinees, including 2:02 pm starts on Friday and Saturday and a 1:02 pm first pitch on Sunday.

After starting league play at 0-5, the Aggies have won eight of their last 10 including a series sweep last weekend at Alabama and two-of-three series triumphs against No. 8 LSU and No. 11 Auburn.

The Aggie bullpen has been a menace to opponents in April to pace the Maroon and White to an 8-2 record during the month. In the 10 games the Texas A&M bullpen is 5-0 with four saves, a 0.99 ERA and a .138 opponent batting average in 36.1 innings of work. The relievers boast a 0.88 WHIP and have 39 strikeouts for the month. Kaylor Chafin leads the staff with 9.1 scoreless innings, scattering two hits and three walks while striking out nine to earn a 2-0 mark in his four appearances. Cason Sherrod has a 2-0 mark with a 0.93 ERA, yielding one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six in 8.1 innings over three appearances. Mitchell Kilkenny has four saves and a 2.70 ERA, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out seven in 6.2 innings. John Doxakis has worked in three games, posting a 1-0 record and 1.17 ERA with one run on three hits and two walks while striking out 11 in 7.2 innings.

Freshman Braden Shewmake ranks 24th in the nation in RBI (42) and 27th in the nation in hits (56). He leads all Division I freshmen in RBI and ranks second in hits and third in doubles (13).

All three games will air on SportsRadio 1150/102.7 The Zone. They will also be available for viewing on SEC Network + with Will Johnson and Mark Johnson on the call. SEC Network + provides digital-only events to SEC Network subscribers through WatchESPN and the ESPN app on smartphones, computers, tablets and connected devices (Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One).

Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress

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Aggie P Corbin Martin

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Aggie 3B George Janca

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PROMOTIONS
Saturday – Legacy Day
-Aggie Baseball will welcome Texas A&M Letterman back to Aggieland, including 1977 SWC Championship Team and 16 members of the 2007 Big 12 Tournament Champion Team.
-A special pregame recognition will take place to honor the two championship teams.

Sunday
-Bring your youth leagues team to Blue Bell Park to experience the Olsen Magic! Participate in pregame activities, assist with in-game promotions and grab yourself a commemorative autograph card.
-Youth League players will also have the opportunity to enter to win a baseball game day package to get them ready for Blue Bell Park.
-Kids will have the chance to assist the marketing team & the Diamond Darlings with in-game promotions.
-Special ticket rates are available for teams who would like to join the fun.  To purchase your tickets, call (979) 862-5429 or send an e-mail to: 12thmanmarketing@athletics.tamu.edu.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (26-12, 8-7 SEC) vs. TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (19-15, 4-11 SEC)
Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park (6,100) • College Station, Texas

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
• FRIDAY:  #15 Brigham Hill (Jr., RHP, 5-3, 3.29 ERA) vs. #12 Hunter Martin (Sr., RHP, 4-3, 3.47 ERA)
• SATURDAY:  #12 Corbin Martin (Jr., RHP, 4-2, 3.83 ERA) vs. #27 Garrett Stallings (Fr., RHP, 2-0, 3.18 ERA)
• SUNDAY:  #32 Stephen Kolek (So., RHP, 2-2, 4.11 ERA) vs. #23 Zach Warren (Jr., LHP, 2-4, 5.92 ERA)

SCHEDULE Friday, 2:02 p.m. • Saturday, 2:02 p.m. • Sunday, 1:02 p.m.
RADIO SportsRadio 1150/102.7 The Zone  •  Dave South (play-by-play)
LIVE VIDEO SEC Network + (WatchESPN credentials required through cable provider) •  Will Johnson (play-by-play), Mark Johnson (color analyst)
LIVE AUDIO 12thMan.com
LIVE STATS 12thMan.com/tamustats.com (mobile devices)
RANKINGS Texas A&M – 20th (D1B), 23rd (BA), 25th (NCBWA); Tennessee – unranked
SERIES HISTORY Texas A&M leads 6-1

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Be Ready. Be Clear. Be Fast.
Texas A&M Athletics is committed to providing the 12th Man with the safest environment possible at its athletic venues. Be prepared on game day by reviewing the 12-1-1 Gig ‘Em Rule. Visit www.12thman.com/beclear for all information regarding the clear bag policy, which went into effect in August 2016 for ALL Texas A&M Athletics home events.

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No. 4 Texas A&M Softball Hosts No. 22 Georgia Friday afternoon on Willy 1550

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION – The fourth-ranked Texas A&M Softball team hosts No. 22 Georgia for a three-game series beginning Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Aggie Softball Complex.

Saturday’s contest is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. start while game three is slated for a 12 p.m. start on Sunday.

Texas A&M enters the weekend with a 37-5 (11-3 SEC) record and are led by Riley Sartain, who holds a .400 average and is tied for the team lead in home runs with Tori Vidales and Kristen Cuyos at 10 and RBI at 36 with Cuyos.

The Aggies hold a 1.46 team ERA, led by Trinity Harrington (12-2, 1.20 ERA) and Samantha Show (14-3, 1.48). Lexi Smith holds a 10-0 record and 1.57 ERA.

The Maroon and White are outscoring opponents 121-16 in the third and fourth inning combined and hold the nation’s third-best fielding percentage at .982.

Georgia is currently 30-15 (3-12 SEC) on the season. The Bulldogs are led by Sydni and Cortni Emanuel, who top the team with .458 and .423 averages, respectively. Alyssa DiCarlo powers UGA with 11 home runs and 52 RBI.

In the circle, Brittany Gray is 17-8 with a 1.91 ERA and Mary Wilson Avant is 6-6 with a 2.97 ERA.

Friday and Sunday’s contess can be seen on SEC Network +, available through WatchESPN and the ESPN app, while Saturday’s game can be seen on ESPN2. All three games can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM.

Texas A&M head coach Jo Evans

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Aggie 2B Katilyn Alderink

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Aggie OF Sarah Hudek

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Tickets may be purchased at the Kyle Field or Reed Arena box offices, online at www.12thman.com/tickets or by phone at 888-99-AGGIE or 979-845-2311.

Texas A&M Athletics is committed to providing the 12th Man with the safest environment possible at its athletic venues. Be prepared on game day by reviewing the 12-1-1 Gig ‘Em Rule. Visit www.12thman.com/beclear for all information regarding the clear bag policy.

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

PROMOTIONS
All weekend long: Gig ‘Em Group Packs
Bring your team or group to a Aggie Softball game and enjoy discounted group pricing!  Groups of 20 or more can enjoy $3 tickets and a special pregame group experience (when available) while those of 50 or more receive $3 tickets and a concessions voucher of a $50 value.  If interested, contact 12thManMarketing@athletics.tamu.edu today

Friday:
Bingo Friday:
Pick up a Bingo card at the marketing kiosk for chances to win Aggie gear + more!

Saturday:
Student Loyalty Saturday:
1st 300 students at the game get an A&M metallic tumbler!
SISU/TEAL game:
1st 300 fans get Teal TAMU Seat cushions
SARC reps collection donations outside the front gate

Sunday:
Military Appreciation Day:
Each active/retired military member receives 2 FREE tickets and can purchase additional tickets starting at only $3. Can redeem at 12thman.com/militaryday
Join us early as we recognize members of the military pregame and throughout the game
1st 300 fans get limited edition patriotic hats

Sunday Funday:
Buy 1 adult ticket and get up to 4 kids in free
Pregame inflatables on the concourse featuring:
Brazos Battleship Inflatable Slide, Texas A&M Inflatable Bounce House, Arts & Crafts, Poster Designing, Ladder Toss, and Hula Hoops

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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