Aggie Softball Put up 25 in a Twin Bill v. A&M Corpus Christie

The No. 23 Texas A&M softball team (31-17) swept a Tuesday doubleheader with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (13-32) at the Aggie Softball Complex, taking a 10-3 win in game one before run-ruling the Islanders, 15-0, in game two.

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A&M Baseball Knocks Off No. 16 Rice

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Starting pitcher Corey Ray held Rice at bay early and Texas A&M built a 6-0 lead as the Aggies held on for a 6-5 win over the No. 16 Owls at Reckling Park on Tuesday night.

The Aggies turned the Owls from predator to prey early in the contest with two runs in the top of the first inning. With one out, Logan Taylor drew a walk and Cole Lankford lashed single to rightfield and an error in the outfield allowed both runners to move into scoring position. Nick Banks plated Taylor with a single to rightfield and Jonathan Moroney sent Lankford home with a sacrifice fly to stake the Aggies’ to a 2-0 lead.

The Owls spotted A&M three more runs in the top of the third. Ryne Birk worked a walk to start the frame and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Krey Bratsen. Jace Statum drew a walk to drive starter Caleb Smith from the contest. Reliever Ryan McCarthy induced a grounder to second base, but a bobble by Connor Teykl prevented the double play from being turned and the Aggies found themselves with two runners in scoring position. Taylor hit a wall-banger to leftfield for a two-run triple and scored when Lankford slapped a single into leftfield for the 5-0 advantage.

Texas A&M (24-17) manufactured what proved to be an important insurance run in the top of the sixth. Bratsen slapped a single to centerfield, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Statum and scored when Allemand laced a single up the middle for the 6-0 advantage.

Rice tallied a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Shane Hoelscher singled to the gap in left-center and Chase McDowell looped a single down the rightfield line to put runners on the corners. Connor Teykl put the Owls on the scoreboard, dropping a single in front of A&M centerfielder Bratsen to knock in Hoelscher. With one out, Blake Fox singled to leftfield to load the bases and McDowell came home to score when pitcher Corey Ray’s pickoff attempt at second base sailed into centerfield, cutting the margin to 6-2.

With the Aggies holding a four-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, Parker Ray came in to close out the game. He gave up singles to Michael Aquino and Hunter Kopycinski to start the fame and loaded the bases by issuing a walk to Keenan Cook. Charlie Warren knocked in Aquino with a sacrifice fly to trim the lead to 6-3. The Aggies would call on the flying shoes of Nick Banks to record the second out as Hoelscher hit a slicing drive down the rightfield line, but the A&M outfielder made a diving catch to rob Hoelscher of extra-bases. Rice loaded the bases with a four-pitch walk to pinch-hitter Kirby Taylor and Teykl cut the A&M lead to 6-5 gapping a single to right-center to drive in two.

Rice had runners on the corners and two outs when AJ Minter came in and hit Ford Stainback with a pitch to load the bases. The Aggies went back to the bullpen and called on Andrew Vinson. The A&M sophomore faced pinch-hitter Andrew Murphy and got him to fly out to centerfield for the final out of the game and his Vinson’s second save of the season.

Corey Ray (4-0) earned the win in the outing as he cruised through the first five innings, allowing just one hit and exited game after working 6.0 innings, yielding two runs, one earned, on five hits and three walks while striking out three. Ty Schlottman retired six of the seven batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings. 

Smith (1-2) was saddled with the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on two hits and three walks while striking out two over 1.1 innings.

Lankford led all hitters at the plate, going 4-for-5 with one run and one RBI. Stein added a pair of hits.

Teykl paced Rice’s offense, going 2-for-4 with three RBI.

The Aggies return to action on Thursday when Texas A&M and Mississippi State are featured in the Thursday Night SEC Game of the Week at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville.

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NHL Playoffs

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Final     Montreal      4  Tampa Bay      3
Final     Boston        3  Detroit        0
Final     N-Y Rangers   4  Philadelphia   1
Final OT  San Jose      4  Los Angeles    3

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NBA PLayoffs

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Final     Indiana     101  Atlanta    85
Final     Toronto     100  Brooklyn   95
Final OT  Washington  101  Chicago    99

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MLB Scores

INTERLEAGUE

Final      L.A. Angels    7  Washington      2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final      Kansas City    8  Cleveland       2
Final      Toronto        9  Baltimore       3
Final      Detroit        8  Chi White Sox   6
Final      Tampa Bay      7  Minnesota       3
Final      N-Y Yankees    9  Boston          3
Final      Texas          5  Oakland         4
Final      Houston        5  Seattle         2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final      Cincinnati     4  Pittsburgh      1
Final      Miami          1  Atlanta         0
Final      St. Louis      3  N-Y Mets        0
Final      Chi Cubs       9  Arizona         2
Final      San Diego      2  Milwaukee       1, 12 Innings
Final      Colorado       2  San Francisco   1
Final      Philadelphia   3  L.A. Dodgers    2, 10 Innings

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Mumford Basketball Coach Leaves for Flatonia

Mumford head boys’ basketball coach Chris Sodek has been hired for the same position at Flatonia High School, along with the job of Assistant Principal.

A 2001 graduate of Texas A&M, Sodek spent 13 years at Mumford, compiling a 288-107 record and leading the Mustangs to the Class 1A Division 1 State Championship in 2014.

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Spurs’ Popovich Named ‘Coach of the Year’

Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs was named the NBA Coach of the Year on Tuesday, becoming just the third three-time winner of the award in league history.

Popovich, who guided the Spurs to an NBA-best 62-20 regular-season record, joins Pat Riley and Don Nelson as the only coaches to win the Red Auerbach Trophy three times. The longtime Spurs coach also won the award after the 2002-03 and 2011-12 seasons.

This marked the 15th consecutive season the Spurs have reached the 50-win mark under Popovich.

Popovich tallied 59 first-place votes and 380 points in balloting among sportswriters and broadcasters, finishing just ahead of Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, who had 339 points (37 first-place votes).

Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau (159 points), Charlotte’s Steve Clifford (127) and Toronto’s Dwane Casey (70) rounded out the top five.

The award has been handed out since the 1962-63 season.

Story courtesy of ESPN.com

 

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Aggie Baseball On The Road

The Aggies hit the road for four games in the next five days, all against teams ranked in the Top 25. On Tuesday, the Maroon and White head to Houston to battle old Southwest Conference foe Rice, currently ranked No. 16. The Aggies then travel to Starkville for a three game series against No. 21 Mississippi State from Thursday-Saturday.

Entering the week, Blake Allemand boasts a streak of reaching base in 17 consecutive games. Over the span, the junior is hitting .369 (24-for-65) with 14 runs, two doubles, one triple and 10 RBI. He also owns a .481 on-base percentage with 13 walks and four sacrifice bunts.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (24-17, 8-10 SEC) vs #16 RICE OWLS (29-13, 16-5 C-USA)
Reckling Park (6,193) • Houston, Texas

SCHEDULE – Tuesday 6:30 pm
RADIO – WTAW-AM 1620 (Dave South – play-by-play)
RANKINGS – A&M – unranked; Rice – #11 (USAT) / #12 (BA) / #16 (NCBWA) / #19 (CB)
SERIES HISTORY – Texas A&M leads 178-95-2
SERIES STREAKS – Texas A&M won the most recent meeting

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
• TUESDAY: Corey Ray (Jr., RHP, 3-0, 1.38) vs Chase McDowell (Sr., RHP, 3-3, 3.11)

ALLEMAND ENTERS WITH 17-GAME STREAK REACHING BASE
Blake Allemand has reached base in each of the last 17 games. During the span he boasts a .481 batting average with 13 walks and a .369 batting average (24-for-65). He has 14 runs, two doubles, one triple, 10 RBI, four sacrifice bunts and two stolen bases. He has helped spark an offense that is averaging 6.76 runs per game, up from 5.21 runs per game in the first 24 games.

SCHLOTTMANN SEES INCREASED WORKLOAD
After amassing just 7.2 innings in the Aggies’ first 35 games, Ty Schlottmann has twice logged career-long outings in A&M’s last six games. Since the Maroon and White’s Saturday game at Vanderbilt, Schlottmann has worked 10.0 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out nine and holding opponents to a .147 batting average. He worked 6.2 scoreless innings against Kentucky, holding the Wildcats to two hits and one walk while striking out five. Prior to his 3.1 inning outing against Vanderbilt, Schlottomann’s career-long was 2.1 innings against Houston and he had only worked more than 1.0 inning on four occasions in his first 18 appearances

BREAKOUT WEEK FOR BIRK
Ryne Birk had a breakout week last week with the Aggies’ midweek game against Abilene Christian and three-game series against No. 24 Kentucky. In the four games, he got two starts and hit .636 (7-for-11) with one double and two home runs. In the four games, he logged a 1.273 slugging percentage, seven runs and eight RBI. The week, included a 2-for-4 performance against Kentucky in which he logged a home run and five RBI. Thirty-seven games into the season, Birk appeared in just 14 games with five starts. He hit just .192 (5-for-26) with one double, one triple and three RBI. Despite the limited action, he did have an impact in those first 37 games logging four of his five pinch-hits, including a three-run triple at No. 7 Vanderbilt. 

TEXAS A&M/RICE SERIES NOTABLES
Texas A&M and Rice have met on 275 prior occasions with Texas A&M owning a 178-95-2 advantage in the all-time series. Despite A&M’s wide margin in the overall series, Rice has won 31 of the last 42 meetings. Last season, Texas A&M disposed of the Owls, 8-3, in their only meeting, at the Astros Foundation College Classic. Daniel Mengden picked up the win with 8.0 innings of work, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out eight. Mikey Reynolds led the Aggies with three hits while Blake Allemand knocked in three runs.

MORE ON RICE
The Owls are 29-13 on the year with a 16-5 mark in Conference USA.

Rice is hitting .287 on the season with a .357 on-base percentage and .366 slugging percentage. Four of the Owls’ regulars are hitting over .300, paced by John Clay Reeves with a .351 batting average with 22 runs, seven hits, three home runs and 27 RBI. Shane Hoelscher is batting .333 with 26 runs, 15 doubles and 16 RBI. The top slugger is Skyler Ewing with a .327 batting average, 35 runs, nine doubles, six home runs and 38 RBI.

The Rice pitching staff owns a 2.44 ERA and is holding opponent to a .225 batting average. Tuesday starter Chase McDowell is 3-3 with a 3.11 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 46.1 innings.

The Owls have won 18 consecutive conference titles, including the SWC (1996), Western Athletic Conference (1997-2005) and Conference USA (2006-12). Rice also has 19 consecutive 40-win seasons. The Owls boast 36 former players who went on to Major League Baseball, headlined by six-time All-Star Lance Berkman, two-time AL batting champion Pete Runnels, former Nasty Boy Norm Charlton and 12-year veteran Jose Cruz Jr.

TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTER: #22 COREY RAY
Making his second start of the season and the 11th of his career. As a sophomore, made six starts going 3-2 with a 4.28 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 27.1 innings of work… Made three starts as a freshman going 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 15.0 innings… This season earned wins in relief against UT Pan American and Columbia… Last week earned a midweek game against Abilene Christian, holding the Wildcats scoreless over 5.0 innings, scattering four hits and one walk while striking out five.

BRATSEN CLIMBING AGGIES’ ALL-TIME GAMES LIST
After missing the beginning of the season with an illness, Krey Bratsen has seen action in 32 games, including 20 starts and 12 games as a defensive replacement/pinch-hitter. Bratsen has a chance to set the Aggies’ all-time record for games played. He currently has 224 career games under his belt, 17 shy of the career record of 241 set by Scott Livingstone (1985-88). Over the weekend he passed Robert Harris (222 – 1992-95) and Brian Thomas (223 – 1990-93) fifth place.

As a freshman, Bratsen played in all 69 games, including 68 starts. In 2012, he played in 60 games, including 55 starts. Last season, Bratsen was the only Aggie to start all 63 games.

IN A PINCH
The Aggies are currently hitting .364 (16-for-44) with four walks, one sacrifice fly, one sac bunt, one double, one triple, one home run and 11 RBI in 50 pinch-hit appearances. Mitchell Nau (3-for-4, one double, one home run, 6 RBI) and Ryne Birk (5-for-10, one triple, 3 RBI) are the top pinch-hitting options. Jace Statum (2-for-5), Krey Bratsen (1-for-1, one sac bunt, 1 RBI), Nick Banks (1-for-2), Nick Choruby (1-for-2), Jonathan Moroney (1-for-7, one sac fly, 1 RBI) and JB Moss (1-for-2, two walks) account for the other seven hits.

BRATSEN STEALING THE SHOW
With his three stolen bases in last Sunday’s game against Kentucky last Sunday, senior Krey Bratsen moved into a tie with Chuck Knoblauch (83 – 1987-89) for second place on A&M’s career list for stolen bases. Jason Tyner owns the school record with 118 from 1996-98.

Bratsen stole 31 bases as a freshman, the seventh-best season in school history. As a sophomore he swiped 21 bases and followed up with 18 in 2013.

OFFENSIVE TURNAROUND
After starting the season batting .252 (103-for-408) in the first 13 games, the Aggie offense has revved up the last 28 contests, hitting .302 (302-for-999) over the span. A&M’s on-base (.351/.371) and slugging (.343/.401) numbers are also up over the span. It is starting to translate into a jump in runs as the Aggies scoring has ticked up from 5.15 runs per game in the first 13 contests to 6.17 in the last 28.

BRATSEN GETTING UP TO SPEED
After missing the beginning of the season with an illness, Krey Bratsen took time to get in the groove in 2014. He played in just 16 of A&M’s first 24 games, including seven starts, hitting .219 (7-for-32). Bratsen has heated up to the tune of .350 (14-for-40) over the Aggies’ last 14 contests. His on-base (.306/.365) and slugging (.219/.404) are also up substantially over the span and he owns team-highs with 16 runs and nine stolen bases in the A&M’s 17 games (16 games/13 starts). On the year, Bratsen is batting .278 (22-for-79) with 21 runs, two doubles, one triple, eight RBI and 13 stolen bases.

MENGDEN REACHES 200 STRIKEOUT PLATEAU
In his outing against Alabama, Daniel Mengden reached the 200-strikeout plateau for his career. He is believed to be the 16th player in school history to reach the milestone. He enters the weekend with 208 strikeouts and with one more strikeout, Mengden will tie John Stilson (209 – 2010-11) for 15th place on A&M’s career list. He need 39 more strikeouts to crack the Aggie Top 10. Casey Fossum owns the school career record with 404 from 1997-99. 

AGGIES HIT 2,500-WIN MARK
Texas A&M enters the week with a 2,503-1,421-42 mark. At Vanderbilt, the Aggies became the 12th NCAA Division I program and first SEC team to hit the 2,500-win plateau. The last team to reach the milestone was Washington State in 2011. Fellow SEC teams Mississippi State and Alabama both enter the weekend less than 15 wins shy of the plateau and have the possibility of reaching the mark this season.

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Bryan Lady Vikings Softball

The Bryan Lady Vikings softball team had their season ended last night in Montgomery in a District 14-5A play-off with College Park by a final score of 6 to 4.  The Lady Vikings finished their year with a 17 and 16 record and missed out on the bi-district round of the play-offs for the first time in 15 years.

 

The regular season comes to an end for three local high school teams tonight.  The A&M Consolidated Tigers will wrap-up their season with a District 14-5A game on the road at Conroe.  The Rudder Rangers, needing a win to stay in contention for a play-off spot, will play a District 18-4A game at Montgomery.  And, the top-ranked College Station Cougars will try to end the schedule undefeated in District 18-3A as they host Navasota.  The Cougars-Rattlers game will be broadcast tonight on partner station 1150 The Zone. Bryan will not complete its schedule until Friday.

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NHL Playoffs (Stars Win)

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS<

Final OT  Minnesota    1  Colorado    0
Final     Pittsburgh   4  Columbus    3
Final     Chicago      2  St. Louis   0
Final     Dallas       3  Anaheim     0

DALLAS (AP) _ Kari Lehtonen had 37 saves, with some tremendous stops, for his
first career postseason victory, and the Dallas Stars beat Anaheim 3-0 Monday
night in their first home playoff game in six years.

Dallas captain Jamie Benn skated out of the penalty box to score late in the
first period, and 19-year-old rookie Valeri Nichushkin added a goal for the
Stars in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series. The top-seeded Ducks won each of
the first two games at home, both one-goal results.

Game 4 is Wednesday night.

Lehtonen, who held up through five Anaheim power plays, had a kick save near
the end of one of those in the final minute of the first period. That came right
before Benn came out of the penalty box and skated toward the other end for the
winning goal.

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NBA Playoffs

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Final OT  Memphis       111  Oklahoma City  105
Final     L-A Clippers  138  Golden State    98

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Tony Romo Participates in Workouts

By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo participated in the team’s voluntary offseason program which started Monday morning, according to a source.

Romo missed the final game of the 2013 season to undergo back surgery and is on target in his rehab program.

In the first phase of the offseason workouts, players can lift weights, run sprints and conduct football activities without the supervision of coaches and scouts.

This is the first of several offseason workouts the Cowboys will conduct. After the May 8-10 NFL draft, the Cowboys will host a rookie minicamp the following weekend.

Starting on May 28, the Cowboys will have organized team activities until June 12.

The offseason program ends with the mandatory veteran minicamp June 17-19.

Romo’s availability is expected in most, if not all, of those activities.

Last summer, Romo missed several days of the offseason program as he recovered from surgery to remove a cyst from his back.

But last December, Romo underwent a discectomy to repair a herniated disk after injuring his back in a Week 16 game at Washington.

Team officials said Romo recovered well from the surgery.

“It’s going good,” Romo told ESPN in March after watching a Duke basketball game.”We’re getting close now to [returning]. Usually takes three months, it’s just the normal kinda roundabout date that they give you, and we’re right on schedule.

“Really ahead in a lot of ways. Just going to be ready to go here in about a month and rehab is going good, no setbacks of any kind. Mine [surgery] was just a normal small version of it, so I should be good to go here shortly.”

Romo finished the 2013 season throwing for 3,828 yards with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

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Texas A&M’s Stancu Named to SEC All-Tournament Team

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M’s Cristina Stancu was named to the SEC Women’s Tennis Championship all-tournament team, the Southeastern Conference announced.

The senior from Romania went 2-0 at No. 1 singles and 1-1 at No. 1 doubles with partner Stefania Hristov during the tournament while leading the Aggies to the semifinals for the second consecutive year.

In the quarterfinal match against four-time defending tournament champion and fourth-ranked Florida, Stancu and Hristov overcame a 7-5 deficit to force a tiebreaker against 25th-ranked Kourtney Keegan and Olivia Janowicz. In a match that would determine the crucial doubles point, Florida was at match point, 6-3, in the tiebreaker when the Aggie pair reeled off five consecutive points to win and give A&M the 1-0 lead.

With A&M and Florida later knotted at 3-3, the decisive point came down to the No. 1 singles line, where Stancu would win her 12th consecutive match while posting the highest ranked singles win of her senior season with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over 15th-ranked Brianna Morgan.

The victory equaled A&M’s second highest ranked win in program history, while the Gators failed to reach the semifinals for the first time in the 27-year history of the SEC tournament.

In A&M’s semifinal loss against regular-season champion and third-ranked Alabama, Stancu put the Aggies within a point at 3-2 and won her 13th consecutive match after pulling away for a 6-4, 6-3 victory over 55th-ranked Mary Anne Daines.

Stancu and the Aggies (19-6) now await the NCAA Tennis Selection Show and the announcement of the 64-team NCAA Championship field on Tuesday, April 29. The men’s selection show will begin at 4 p.m., and the women’s selections will be revealed at 4:30 p.m. only on NCAA.com. Last year, the A&M women were seeded an all-time high No. 3 and reached the championship match for the first time in school history.

Singles and doubles selections will be released on the NCAA website after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30.

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

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Bryan Softball vs. The Woodlands College Park Tonight

The Bryan Lady Vikings and The Woodlands College Park will square off tonight for a must-win game to determine who will advance to the playoffs. First-pitch is at 6:00 p.m. in Montgomery with coverage beginning at 5:45 on Sportsradio 1150 the Zone.

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American Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon

BOSTON — American Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon, a year after a bombing at the finish line left three dead and more than 260 people injured.

Keflezighi is a former New York City Marathon champion and Olympic medalist. He ran the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to the finish on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay on Monday in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds.

Keflezighi held off Wilson Chebet of Kenya who finished 11 seconds behind. The 38-year-old from San Diego looked over his shoulder several times over the final mile. After realizing he wouldn’t be caught, he raised his sunglasses, began pumping his right fist and made the sign of the cross.

No U.S. runner had won the race since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach took the women’s title in 1985; the last American man to win was Greg Meyer in 1983.
Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press

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Texas A&M Men’s Tennis Wins SEC Championship

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The No. 11 Texas A&M men’s tennis team defeated No. 15 Florida 4-2 to win the 2014 SEC Men’s Tennis Championship at the Currey Tennis Center in Nashville, Tenn. hosted by Vanderbilt. The Aggies improved to 24-6 on the season, while Florida fell to 15-9 on the year.

“I was really proud of how our guys played today,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “We played well in the doubles, that’s something we’ve been able to do this whole weekend, and then our guys competed really hard there in the singles, didn’t give up any free points. We didn’t win the regular season, we were disappointed. We had a chance to do that, had it in our own hands. They came in here determined this weekend, we had a second chance. They came here determined to win this SEC Tournament, and they did an unbelievable job.”

For the 26th time this season the Aggies started a dual match on the right side of the ledger. The maroon and white doubles teams captured the doubles point with wins on doubles court two and three. The sophomore tandem of Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant claimed the first win over Maxx Lipman and Elliot Orkin. Clinching the match was the junior duo of Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo over Mike Alford and Diego Hidalgo.

As the play switched to singles play the momentum swung in the Gator’s favor as they claimed first set victories on four of six courts. Junior Jackson Withrow doubles the A&M lead to 2-0 with a straight-set victory over No. 92 Elliot Orkin on court five. Junior Oreand Vinsant both came back to win the second set on their courts forcing third sets.

The Gators got on the scoreboard with No. 70 Florent Diep’s win over No. 14 Harrison Adams on court one. Moments later Florida evened the score as Maxx Lipman defeated No. 57 Jeremy Efferding on court three.

As the match turned to the final three courts the Aggies led on all three. After dropping the first set Junior Ore put pressure on Diego Hidalgo winning 10 straight games. The Aggies’ third point came from No. 23 Shane Vinsant over No. 99 Gordon Watson on court two.

Junior Jordan Szabo clinched the A&M win on court six in straight sets over Mike Alford. The Australia native, went 3-0 at the SEC tournament clinching both the championship match and against South Carolina.

“This is kind of a test for the NCAA tournament and physically, we held up pretty well,” Denton said. “Mentally, it’s a strain to play games three days in a row. It’s been a long season thus far and I know they’re tired but they kind of hung in there. They were on some fumes today, but they did a great job finishing for us.”

The 2014 NCAA Men’s Tennis Selection Show will be on April 29 at 4 p.m. (CT) and will be broadcast on NCAA.com. The top-16 seeded teams will receive the right to host a regional and the First and Second Rounds at their home site. Entering this week’s SEC Tournament, Texas A&M was No. 11 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.

Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter for information regarding Texas A&M men’s tennis.

No. 11 Texas A&M def. No. 15 Florida

Texas A&M (24-6, 10-2); Florida (15-9, 8-4)

Singles

No 1 – No. 70 Florent Diep (UF) def. No. 14 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-3, 6-4

No 2 – No. 23 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. No. 99 Gordon Watson (UF) 1-6, 6-3, 6-0

No 3 – Maxx Lipman (UF) def. No. 57 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) 6-3, 7-6(5)

No 4 –  Junior Ore (TAMU) vs. Diego Hidalgo (UF) 4-6, 6-0, 5-3 unfinished

No 5 – Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. No. 92 Elliot Orkin (UF) 6-4, 7-5

*No 6 – Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Mike Alford (UF) 7-6(3) 6-3

Doubles

No 1 – No. 6 Junior Ore/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) vs. No. 29 Florent Diep/Gordon Watson (UF) 7-6, unfinished

No 2 – No. 66 Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Maxx Lipman/Elliot Orkin (UF) 8-6

No 3 – No. 78 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) def. Mike Alford/Diego Hidalgo (UF) 8-4

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,1,3,2,6)

*clinched the match

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Aggies Top Colorado in Match Play

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Texas A&M men’s golf team defeated Colorado 3-2 on Sunday during match play competition at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

“That was a terrific match,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “Ben and Adria went all the way to 18 while Andrew and Greg’s matches were decided on the 17th hole. It was good to see Johannes play so well and get a win for us in the first match; that always takes some pressure off. The others went back and forth all day and were very competitive.”

Senior Johannes Veerman defeated CU’s Drew Trujillo 5&3 to notch the first win of the day while sophomores Andrew Lister and Adrià Arnaus followed with individual victories, allowing the Aggies to clinch the team win.

Meanwhile, junior Greg Yates and sophomore Ben Crancer dropped close matches during Sunday’s round on the course which will be the site of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship May 23-28.

“I’m also glad we got a couple rounds on Prairie Dunes,” Higgins added. “It is an incredible course that will crown a deserving champion next month. It’s also a similar course to Sea Island so it was good prep for the SEC Championship next week (April 25-27). All in all, it was a successful trip.”

 

MATCH PLAY RESULTS RESULTS

Jeremy Paul (CU) def. Greg Yates (A&M), 2&1

Adrià Arnaus (A&M) def. Ethan Freeman (CU), 1 up

Philip Juel-Berg (CU) def. Ben Crancer (A&M), 1 up

Andrew Lister (A&M) def. David Oraee (CU), 2&1

Johannes Veerman (A&M) def. Drew Trujillo (CU), 5&3


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Florida Sweeps Series With 8-0 Shutout in Sunday Finale

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 21 Texas A&M softball team (29-17, 9-12 SEC) lost an 8-0 six-inning game to 5th-ranked Florida (40-8, 11-7 SEC), Sunday in the Southeastern Conference series finale at the Aggie Softball Complex. With the win, the Gators sweep the series 3-0. The game was the Aggies’ second-straight run-rule loss of the weekend.

Freshman Abby Donnell had the Aggies’ only hit of the day as Florida’s Hannah Rogers (20-6) held a no-hitter through 5  2/3 innings with nine strikeouts and no walks. Freshman April Ryan was the only other Texas A&M runner to reach base, after she was hit by a pitch in the third inning.

A rocket to left-centerfield from senior Taran Tyler could have been a base hit in the third, if not for a diving catch by Florida’s centerfielder.

Aggie pitcher Rachel Fox (20-6) threw six strikeouts on the day, but allowed seven earned runs on 11 hits and three walks to take the loss in the circle.

The Gators hit three home runs on the day, including two in the first inning, to earn the shutout win. Leading 3-0 after the first, Florida added two more runs in the top of the second on a pair of doubles and a base hit.

The UF lead stretched to 6-0 in the third with two more base hits and a walk. A fifth-inning hit-by-pitch turned into a run after an RBI groundout, and the final run of the game was scored on a lead-off home run in the top of the sixth.

Donnell’s hit came in the bottom of the sixth with two outs. Pinch hitting in the ninth spot in the lineup, the true freshman lined a shot up the middle of the field to cut the no-hitter.

Up next, the Aggies host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.

HEAD COACH JO EVANS
On the offensive performance…
“I felt like we really pressed today at the plate. We got blown out yesterday, but I thought our approach at the plate was a lot better than it was today. I thought we got flustered and frustrated. We have to do better than that.”

 On Florida starter Hannah Rogers…
“Rogers did a nice job. She hammered strikes and worked off the plate nicely. I thought Florida called a really smart game. She used her off-speed more. We didn’t do a good job of tracking the ball and staying with it. We didn’t make adjustments.”

 On the defensive plays from Florida…
“We knew coming in they were a really good defensive ball club. They are going to make great plays. I thought the play the centerfielder made was exceptional. We didn’t put enough pressure on the defense to make things happen for ourselves. Rachel struggled a little bit early on, but she settled in and got better as the game progressed. They got smarter on pitch selection. I think she can learn a lot from this game right here.”

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Aggies Enjoy Dominant Performances Amid 16 Wins at LSU Alumni Gold

BATON ROUGE – A total of 16 victories highlighted Texas A&M’s performance at the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational at Bernie Moore Stadium on Saturday which included a sizzling 20.14w from Prezel Hardy, Jr. in the 200 along with an impressive 52.26 world junior leading time by Shamier Little in the 400.

The Aggies, with the women ranked No. 1 in the nation and the men No. 4, had nine overall winners, four top collegian finishes and three winners in B section events.

“For me there were some people who overcame and did some great things today,” noted Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “Prezel Hardy is one as he did some things today that made him look like a senior member of our team who has been in our program for a while.

“He stepped it up when Shavez Hart wasn’t able to go on the mile relay. PJ steps in and runs 45 second split after running 20.14 in the 200 as well as competing in the 100 and running on the sprint relay.”

Overall winners also included Devin Bogert (238-6) in the javelin, Deon Lendore (45.47) in the 400, Wayne Davis II (13.46w) in the 110 hurdles, Hector Hernandez (1:48.91) in the 800, the women’s 4×100 (43.51) as well as both 4×400 relays with the women (3:33.38) and the men (3:02.64).

Aaliyah Brown (11.31) and Olivia Ekponé (22.80w) were the top collegians in their respective races over 100 and 200 meters that were won by former LSU NCAA champion Kimberlyn Duncan in 11.20 and 22.39w. Top collegian finishes for A&M also included Chase Wolfle (17-3) in the pole vault and Ryan Teel in the 3,000m steeplechase (9:30.59).

Claiming wins in B section races were Jermaine Davis (10.60) in the 100, LaQue Moen-Davis (13.43) in the 100 hurdles and Deon Hickey (47.77) in the 400.

Hardy, Jr. displayed his speed in the 200 meters with a windy 20.14 (3.2 wind) clocking that currently ranks second in the world under all-conditions for the 2014 season. Teammate Shavez Hart finished third in the race with a 20.39 behind a 20.32 by Southern’s Devin Jenkins. In the 100 Hardy ran 10.32 (1.6) as the third collegian and placed sixth overall.

“It was windy, but at the end of the day it was 20.14 so I’ll take it,” stated Hardy. “I’m very blessed to have run it. To be honest I didn’t think it was me when I crossed the line. I looked up, saw 20.1 and thought ‘aw, somebody got me.’ Then I saw my name and it was ‘oh, all right, I’ll take it.’ “

Little, who is the current collegiate leader at 400 hurdles, posted the third fastest collegiate time this season and sixth fastest American with her 52.26 in the 400 meters. The time, which is an outdoor career best for the Aggie frosh, places Little No. 5 on the A&M all-time list.

As the world junior leader in the 400 from her indoor time of 51.86, Little has now produced the fastest world junior time outdoors this season. She is also the world junior leader in the 400 hurdles at 56.55.

Arizona’s Shapri Romero finished second to Little with a 52.70 while Tennessee’s Felicia Brown race to third in 53.56. Former A&M sprinter Kanika Beckles placed fourth in 53.65 with Ibukun Mayungbe fifth in 54.39.

Ekponé ran down LSU anchor leg Rushell Harvey for a 43.51 victory in the women’s 4×100 relay with the Tigers second in 43.72,Louisiana Tech third at 44.88 and Tennessee fourth in 45.26. The first three legs for A&M include Aaliyah Brown, Ashton Purvis and Jennifer Madu while LSU ran with a line-up of Jasmin Stowers, Kiersten Duncan, Jada Martin and Rushell Harvey.

“I was a little nervous when we were running, but I was excited I was able to close on LSU and finish off a great race,” said Ekponé. “I was really happy to run on the anchor leg of this 4×100.”

In the 200 Ekponé faced a field that included Duncan as well as teammate Kameria Brown. In running a 22.80w (2.1), Ekponé ran the second fastest collegian time this season while Brown recorded the fourth fastest with a 22.83w for third place. LSU’s Kiersten Duncan, younger sister of Kimberlyn was fourth overall after taking the second section in a wind legal 23.52.

“I enjoyed racing against Kamaria and Kimberlyn,” said Ekponé. “Going into the race I knew I had to focus on my lane and focus on myself. This whole week we’ve been practicing curve starts and executing where I could get my legs going quicker in the race since I’m usually better at closing.”

Ekponé closed out her day with the opening leg on the A&M 4×400, where she split 53.3 as the Aggies won comfortably in 3:33.38 over Louisiana Tech’s 3:39.09 as LSU opted not to run. The next three legs for A&M included Little (53.5), Janeil Bellille (53.6) and K. Brown (53.0).

In the men’s 400 Lendore won with a 45.47 over a 45.64 from LSU’s Vernon Norwood. A&M teammate Carlyle Roudette finished third in 46.34 ahead of LSU’s tandem of Darrell Bush (46.99) and Cyril Grayson (47.00).

Later in the meet Roudette and Lendore teamed up as the final two legs of the Aggie 4×400 to secure a 3:02.64 victory over NCAA Indoor champion LSU, who ran 3:03.24. It was a season best time for A&M as they remain second on the 2014 collegiate list. Hinds CC finished third with a 3:09.33 while a second Aggie 4×400 won the second section in 3:12.49 to place fourth overall.

“Coach Henry told me they may need me run since one of my teammate may not be able to,” said Hardy. “He said they may need me to step up and be a leader, just see what I could do to get around the track. For the sake of the team I had to. I gave my best and it ended up being a PR split for me and a season best time for the team.”

Texas A&M, the indoor collegiate record holders in the 4×400, was running in second place behind LSU after the first two legs from Gregory Coleman (47.4) and Hardy (45.5). Then a 44.9 split from Roudette made up the gap on LSU’s Grayson and the two teams were even on the final exchange. Lendore quickly moved into the lead over LSU anchor Norwood and never relinquished it as he split 44.8.

“It’s about a lot of pride in that group,” said Henry. “Carlyle is solid as a rock right now. The guy is going to give you everything he’s got every time. Deon is just running smarter all the time.”

The second group of Aggies in the 4×400 included Kenneth Minkah, Deon Hickey (47.0), Gaines Kinsey (48.2) and Hector Hernandez (46.9).

Dominating the 110 hurdle field Davis breezed to a 13.46w (2.4) victory with Harvard’s Jarvis Harris second in 13.80 and LSU’s Joshua Thompson third at 13.88. In two previous finals this outdoor season Davis has produced winning times of 13.45w at Texas Relays and 13.50 at Stanford.

A 238-6 (72.70) earned a javelin victory for Devin Bogert, who was just a foot off his career best set last week. Bogert threw just twice and passed his remaining four attempts with the runner-up mark only measuring 218-3 by Louisiana Tech’s Joshua Cox. Aggie decathlete Daniel Martin placed eighth in the event with a 179-9 (54.80).

Controlling the pace of the 800, Hernandez defeated LSU’s Blair Henderson with a 1:48.91 to 1:49.18 while Gaines Kinsey ran 1:52.71 for sixth. Earlier in the day during the B section races, Cameron Cardwell led a crew of five Aggies with a 1:52.86 for fourth place. Cameron Villarreal placed fifth in 1:52.92 while Isaac Spencer won the second section and placed sixth overall with a 1:53.22.

A. Brown’s 11.31 (0.8) in the 100 meters moves her equal No. 7 on the Aggie all-time list as teammates Jennifer Madu ran 11.33 for third and Ashton Purvis clocked 11.54 to place fifth.

Wolfle cleared 17-3 to match the winning height of post collegian Joseph Caraway. But misses placed Wolfle second overall. It was the opening height for Wolfle, who needed three attempts to clear. Both missed 17-8.25.

In the steeplechase Teel clocked 9:30.59 as the top collegian with teammate Elliott Farris third in 9:39.79. Adam Saloom of adidas won the race in 9:06.15.

A busy day for Coleman included his specialty of the 400 hurdles in between anchoring the 4×100 and leading off the 4×400. Coleman ran 50.57 as runner-up to a 50.27 from Sergio Rios of Texas A&M-Kingsville. The time for Coleman was just off his career best of 50.50 set in the NCAA West preliminary round last season.

The women’s 400 hurdles had Bellille working hard from lane one to place fourth with a season best time of 57.58, which places her No. 4 on the A&M all-time list. LSU’s Nikita Tracey won the race in 56.80 with Arizona’s Nnenya Hailey runner-up at 57.07 and Iowa State’s Eseroghene Okoro third in 57.21.

An outdoor career best of 7-1.5 (2.17) placed Devion Harris third in the high jump and No. 11 on the Aggie all-time list. Harris needed three attempts to claim the milestone height and then moved up to 7-2.5 (2.20) where he had three misses. Arizona’s Nick Ross won the high jump with a 7-5 clearance.

Harris just needs another quarter of an inch to make the all-time top 10 list at A&M, where he would become the first addition since 1993.

An early morning discus throw had Dalton Rowan placing third overall with a 181-5 (55.31) as he finished as the second collegian behind the winning effort of 191-10 (58.47) by Rodney Brown of LSU. Jared Thomas, competing unattached, finished second with a 190-5. A&M’s Ben Skrla placed seventh (166-8) while Jeff Bartlett finished ninth (161-1).

The men’s 4×100 ran 39.48 for third with a crew of Prezel Hardy, Jr., Shavez Hart, Michael Bryan and Gregory Coleman. LSU won the race in 38.90 with a line-up of Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Aaron Ernest, Tremayne Acy and Shermund Allsop. A squad of former LSU sprinters, including Richard Thompson, placed second in 39.19 while Louisiana Tech finished fourth in 39.78.

Micah Dettmer and Aaron Murray finished 2-3 in the 1500 with times of 3:54.86 and 3:55.18 while another pair of Aggies finished fifth and sixth with Dylan Williams (3:56.36) and Ryan Miller (3:57.07). In the 5,000 meters, Austin Geerts claimed second place with a 15:12.20 while a trio of Aggies placed 4-5-6 with Austin Wells (15:18.30), Miller (15:18.31) and Julian Castellano (15:22.68).

Brittany Wooten placed third in the women’s pole vault, clearing 12-6.25 (3.82), as she finished behind Tulane’s Joanna Lapucha and Tennessee’s Linda Hadfield, who both cleared 13-0.25 (3.97).

Winners of B sections for the Aggies included Jermaine Davis, LaQue Moen-Davis and Deon Hickey.

Davis equaled his PR in the 100 with a 10.60 that placed him ahead of a 10.61 by Darius Roy of New Orleans and a 10.62 by Arizona’s Mohammad Alhasan. Davis also finished second in the 200 with a 21.35 (1.8) behind a 21.32 by Roy.

Moen-Davis lowered her career best in the 100 hurdles for the third time this season with a 13.43 (1.4 wind) to better a 13.51 from Southern’s Tershauna Broadnax and a 13.66 by Erin Busbee of Michigan. Moen-Davis later finished second in the long jump with a windy mark of 20-2.25 (6.15) while Jennifer Madu placed third with a 19-9 leap. Mississippi State’s Rochelle Farquharson reached a distance of 21-3.25 for the win.

Hickey clocked 47.77 for a victory in the 400 a step ahead of Mississippi State’s Alistair Moona, who ran 47.81 as runner-up with Keenan Jackson of Northwestern State third in 48.04.

A group of fourth-place efforts included career best efforts for Texas A&M. Katie Willard ran 2:07.41 in the 800, moving to No. 3 on the Aggie all-time list with the No. 3 performance while Aliese Hyde clocked 2:08.82 for seventh place. While post-collegian Charlene Lipsey controlled the race with a 2:01.09 victory, Willard strong close had her challenging Alexis Panisse of Tennessee (2:06.44) and Ahlivia Spencer of Illinois (2:07.40) to the finish.

In the hammer Alison Ondrusek threw 179-6 (54.72) to improve her hold on the No. 3 spot on the A&M all-time list while Brea Garrett placed sixth with a 178-3 (54.54). Casey Strong placed fourth in the men’s hammer as his 207-4 was the fourth best performance all-time at A&M behind his school record. Austin Cook improved again, reaching 199-2 (60.72) for fifth place and the No. 2 performer on the Aggie all-time list.

Kendall Munoz tossed the javelin 153-1 (46.66) for fourth place while Jena Hemann had a 140-11 for seventh place. Hemann also had a 18-11.75 for fifth place in the B section of the long jump.

Hillary Montgomery and Gabby Salazar finished in fourth and fifth place in the 1500 with times of 4:31.21 and 4:41.53. Montgomery just missed her career best time of 4:31.08 from her first outdoor meet in San Antonio this season.

Sierra Patrick tied for fourth in the high jump with a 5-7.25 clearance. Kara Erickson matched that height in tying for sixth place. Haley Gooch jumped a windy 40-8.75 for sixth in the Invitational triple jump.

In the B section of the 800 Ashley Chamberlain lowered her career best to 2:11.32 in placing third. Kaila Brooks ran 2:17.44 as she finished third in the second section and was 11th overall. Wells also ran in the B section of the 1500 where his 4:02.71 placed second. Jessica Laseak clocked 1:02.61, setting a PR, for second in her section of the 400 hurdles, placing 12th overall.

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