Men’s Basketball Topped by Bulldogs, 93-81

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)– Abdul Ado scored 19 points and Mississippi State defeated Texas A&M 93-81 on Tuesday night.

The Aggies, ranked 21st last week, dropped out of the rankings this week following consecutive road losses at Missouri and Arkansas. MSU overwhelmed A&M in points off turnovers (19-5) and bench points (23-6).

The Bulldogs (20-8, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) improved to 2-7 in SEC road games, while the Aggies (17-11, 6-9) fell to 5-3 at home against league competition.

Bulldog forward Aric Holman was questionable for Tuesday’s game after hurting his knee on Saturday in a victory over Mississippi, but played 19 minutes and contributed 13 points and five rebounds. Quinndary Weatherspoon added 17 points as five Bulldogs scored in double figures

A&M center Tyler Davis led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. TJ Starks added 19 points.


RECORDS / SERIES NOTES

  • Texas A&M fell to Mississippi State, 93-81, on Tuesday night at Reed Arena in College Station … the Aggies’ record on the season now stands at 17-11 with a 6-9 record in SEC play.
  • The MSU win leaves the all-time series at 6-5 in favor of Texas A&M.

TEAM NOTES

  • Texas A&M shot 50.8 percent (30-for-59) for the game, while Mississippi State shot 45.6 percent (31-of-68) … However, the Bulldogs went 23-of-29 from the free throw line (79.3 percent) while the Aggies were 16-of-28 (57.1 percent) from the charity stripe.
  • A&M used the starting lineup combination of TJ Starks, Admon Gilder, DJ Hogg, Robert Williams and Tyler Davis for the eighth time this season (4-4).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Junior Tyler Davis tied his career-high with 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to register his 10thdouble-double of the season (16th career) … the performance also left Davis with 1,245 points during his three-year
  • career and left him in sole possession of 16th on A&M’s all-time scoring list … the 11 rebounds also moved Davis into 13th place on the school’s rebounding list.
  • Freshman TJ Starks added 19 points giving the freshman from Dallas at least 17 points in three of his last four games.
  • Robert Williams (11 points), Admon Gilder (10) and DJ Hogg (10) also reached double-digits for Texas A&M.
  • Aggie head coach Billy Kennedy fell to 132-95 during his seven-year tenure at Texas A&M and 343-274 in 20 seasons as a head coach.

UP NEXT

  • The Aggies are back on the road this weekend as they travel to Nashville, Tenn., to face Vanderbilt inside Memorial Gym … the game will tip off at 3 p.m. and be televised by ESPN or ESPN2.
 Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy and center Tyler Davis

 

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CSISD Announces New Mascots, Colors for Middle Schools

College Station I.S.D. has unveiled new mascots and color schemes for A&M Consolidated Middle School and College Station Middle School, set to be implemented in the fall of 2018.

The district made the announcement during Thursday night’s school board meeting, with AMCMS principal Jeff Mann and CSMS principal Oliver Hadnot making the presentations.

AMCMS, currently known as the Tigers, will change its name to the Bobcats and leave behind its current color scheme of maroon and white for silver and black.

(Source: CSISD)

Meanwhile, CSMS, will change its mascot from the Cougars to the Knights, forgoing its purple and white colors for blue and silver.

Incoming Wellborn Middle School, which is set to open in the fall of 2018, will take on the moniker of Warhawks with colors of black and gold.

“It’s an opportunity as we move from 2 middle schools to 3 middle schools for all three of them to get a fresh start and a fresh new look,” said CSISD Director of Communications Chuck Glenewinkel. “It’ll pay dividends for the school district moving forward.”

The re-branding process is set to begin this summer with changes expected to be finished by the start of the 2018-19 school year.

CSISD Director of Communications Chuck Glenewinkel 

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Tuesday’s Aggie Softball Game Rescheduled for March 28

COLLEGE STATION – Due to inclement weather expected in the College Station area, Tuesday’s game between Texas A&M and Lamar has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 28. A start time will be announced at a later time.

The Aggies return to action Thursday at 5 p.m. against Notre Dame before squaring off with Nebraska at 7:30 p.m. at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.

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

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DeLoach Tabbed SEC Freshman of the Week

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M centerfielder Zach DeLoach was named SEC Freshman of the Week following the Aggies’ three-game sweep of Rhode Island over the weekend, the league announced on Monday.

The Hebron, Texas, native made an immediate impact in his first weekend, including serving up some Olsen Magic with a walk-off, two-run single in the Aggies’ 4-3 victory Saturday. He batted .467 (7-for-15) on the weekend with four runs, one double, one triple, one home run and three RBI.

After going 0-for-5 in his collegiate debut, DeLoach rebounded to go 7-for-10 on Saturday and Sunday. He hit 4-for-5 with a triple and two RBI on Saturday and followed it up with a 3-for-5 effort in the finale, including his first career home run. He scored three runs in Sunday’s 10-2 victory.

It marks the second consecutive season an Aggie has picked up SEC Freshman of the Week recognition following the opening weekend. Last year, Braden Shewmake earned the first of his two honors following a sweep of Bowling Green. Logan Foster and Hunter Coleman each earned SEC Freshman of the Week once last season. Others to garner the honor, include Jonathan Moroney (2013), Matt Kent (2013), Hunter Melton (2013) and Nick Banks (2014).

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

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Texas A&M Women’s Swimming and Diving wins SEC Championship; Men Finish Second

Texas A&M women win third-straight SEC Championship

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 2-ranked Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team won its third straight conference title after a dominating, wire-to-wire performance in its home pool at the 2018 Southeastern Conference Championships on Saturday.

Head Coach Steve Bultman said:
(About winning the team’s third straight SEC title) “I’m very pleased. We had some great swims especially without everybody being totally rested and shaved. We picked up some new (NCAA qualifying) cuts and we got a couple more on the bubble – we’ll see. But it’s awesome – especially doing it at home. It makes it special.”

(On team responding to having a target on its back) “We had a little bit of a target, for sure, but at least we’re in the discussion. That’s different from when we first started when we weren’t even considered a threat. So it’s nice to be considered a threat now.”

Notables …
· In just its sixth year in the elite conference, Texas A&M becomes the fourth team to win at least three straight SEC women’s team titles – joining Auburn, Florida and Georgia.
· The 2018 victory marked the Aggies’ seventh conference title of the Steve Bultman era (2000-present). In addition to the last three SEC crowns, Bultman’s Aggies also won Big 12 titles in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
· The 2016-18 conference title string marked the first time the Aggies have ever won three straight conference titles in program history.
· The winning point total of 1,319 points was the most ever scored by the Aggies at the SEC Championships and the fourth-most ever by a winning women’s team at the Championships.
· The eight relay or individual conference championships matched the most by the Aggies since joining the SEC.
· The seven individual wins were the most by the Aggies since joining the SEC.
· Junior Alais Kalonji’s victory in the platform dive marked the first time an Aggie has won a SEC women’s diving title.

In the Team Standings…
1. Texas A&M 1,319
2. Georgia 1,030
3. Tennessee 950.5
4. Kentucky 877.5
5. Auburn 770
6. Missouri 739
7. Florida 619
8. South Carolina 591
9. Alabama 539
10. Arkansas 461
11. LSU 374
12. Vanderbilt 182

Texas A&M’s 2018 SEC Championships (8):
· 800 freestyle relay (Katie Portz, Claire Rasmus, Kristin Malone, Sydney Pickrem) – 6:55.60
· 200 IM (Sydney Pickrem) – 1:52.69
· 400 IM (Sydney Pickrem) – 3:59.30
· 200 freestyle (Claire Rasmus) – 1:43.62
· 200 butterfly (Jing Quah) – 1:53.05
· 100 breaststroke (Anna Belousova) – 58.86
· 200 breaststroke (Sydney Pickrem) – 2:04.62
· Platform dive (Alaïs Kalonji) – 308.70 points

Final Day Action recaps
Freshman trio contribute points in the 1,650 free
The Aggies received valuable points from the next generation of swimming standouts as a trio of freshmen added to the team point total in the 1,650 freestyle. Haley Yelle was the Aggies’ top finisher in ninth place with a lifetime best time of 16:15.44 that moved her to No. 4 in school history. Joy Field was close behind in 12th with a time of 16:24.86, and Taylor Pike was 23rd in 16:41.84.

Bratton becomes first Aggie under 1:50 in 200 backstroke
Senior Lisa Bratton became the first Aggie to break the 1:50 barrier in the 200 backstroke as she lowered her own school record to 1:49.83. Bratton’s record-setting effort produced a runner-up effort in the race behind Kentucky’s Asia Seidt (1:49.65).

Four Aggies score in the 100 free
Four Aggies contributed points in the 100 freestyle. Senior Kristin Malone placed fourth in 48.31 and junior Claire Rasmus was eighth in 48.56 in the A final. Sophomore Katie Portz was fourth in the B final (12th overall) in 48.99, while junior McKenna DeBever was sixth in the C final (22nd overall) in 49.27.

Aggies clinch crown with breaststroke dominance
Texas A&M removed all doubt in the team race with a dominating 142-point outburst in the 200 breaststroke. The Aggies swept the top four spots with junior Sydney Pickrem leading the way in a SEC meet record time of 2:04.62. Trailing Pickrem in 2-3-4 were sophomore Anna Belousova (2:05.08), senior Bethany Galat (2:06.77) and senior Esther Gonzalez (2:07.15). Senior Jorie Caneta was seventh (2:09.16) and junior Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo was 19th (2:12.53).

Kalonji wins platform dive
Junior Alais Kalonji was victorious in the final individual event of the meet as she cruised to her first SEC title with a score of 308.70.

Fourth in the 400 free relay
The Aggies closed out the meet with a fourth-place finish in the 400 free relay as the foursome of Malone, Portz, Pickrem and Rasmus touched in 3:14.76.

 

Texas A&M men break through with a runner-up finish at SEC Championships

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 11 Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team broke through for its highest conference finish since joining Southeastern Conference with a runner-up finish in its home pool at the 2018 SEC Championships on Sunday.

In the Team Standings…
1. Florida 1,237
2. Texas A&M 994
3. Georgia 975.5
4. Tennessee 899
5. Missouri 794.5
6. Auburn 791.5
7. South Carolina 765
8. Alabama 661.5
9. Kentucky 575.5
10. LSU 430.5

Head Coach Jay Holmes said:
(On being in the hunt for the SEC title) “It was exciting for our team. It was exciting for our alums and our fans up in the stands. It was very exciting for me too to be that relevant in a meet like the SEC Championships. This is the best conference meet in America. For our team to hop up there and be in the hunt was fun, and it was also frustrating seeing all these points slip through our fingers. For us to make a run at Florida, we knew what we had to do but we just couldn’t catch them.”

Day 5 event recaps
1,650 freestyle
Freshman Felipe Rizzo scratched a point for the Aggies with a 24th place finish in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 15:21.07.

200 backstroke
Sophomore Anthony Kim, who had a lifetime best of 1:41.49 in the prelims, placed seventh in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:41.87. Senior Brock Bonetti placed 14th with a time of 1:43.29.

100 free
Sophomore Adam Koster placed 10th in the 100 free with a lifetime best time of 43.08, which put him No. 4 on the Aggies’ all-time list in the race.

200 breaststroke point outburst puts Aggies into second place
The Aggies used a 115-point scoring outburst in the 200 breaststroke move into second place with only the 400 free relay remaining. The Aggies put four swimmers into the Championship final and received a runner-up effort from Mauro Castillo in a time of 1:52.15. Castillo was trailed by teammates Jonathan Tybur (4th, 1:53.55), Tanner Olson (6th, 1:54.29) and junior Austin Van Overdam (7th, 1:54.81). Sophomore Ben Walker also chipped in a 13th place finish in 1:55.50.

400 free relay
With second place virtually assured, the Aggies placed eighth in the 400 free relay with the foursome of Koster, sophomore Mike Thibert, junior Steven Richardson and junior Connor Long touching in 2:54.73.

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No. 17 Women Fall To No. 2 Mississippi State 76-55

STARKVILLE, Miss.- The No. 17 Texas A&M women’s basketball team fell 76-55 to No. 2 Mississippi State inside Humphrey Coliseum Sunday.

The Bulldogs (28-0, 14-0 SEC) came out of the gates with an 11-0 run, and led by as many as 17 in the first half. Texas A&M (20-8, 9-5 SEC) cut the deficit to as few as six in the second quarter, but trailed 36-25 at halftime. Mississippi State used an 11-2 run midway through the third quarter to take control of the game for good.

Chennedy Carter led the Aggies (20-8, 9-5 SEC) with 31 points, her fifth 30+ point game of the season, and the third-most points scored by a Texas A&M freshman in a single-game, trailing only her own performances at USC and South Carolina.

Anriel Howard had her fourth straight double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The Aggies next game is Thursday, February 22 at Arkansas as the Aggies play their final road game of the regular season. Texas A&M’s regular season finale is February 25 against No. 13 Missouri at Reed Arena, with tip set for 3 p.m., and Senior Day activities starting at approximately 2:40 p.m.


QUICKIE NOTES
Texas A&M

  • The Aggies fall to 20-8 on the season and 9-5 in SEC play. Mississippi State is now 28-0 and 14-0 in SEC play
  • Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 351-149 in 15 seasons at Texas A&M and 759-312 in his Hall of Fame career, which ranks eighth among active coaches in career wins.
  • The Aggies are 1-6 against ranked teams this season

Chennedy Carter

  • Moved up to third on Texas A&M’s single-season points list, passing Peggy Pope (1978-79, 578), Kelsey Bone (2012-13, 582), Takia Starks (2007-08, 587) and Courtney Walker (2015-16, 590). She has 605 points this season.
  • Her 31 points tie for the third-most for a Texas A&M freshman in a single game. She has all of the top five marks on that list.
  • Had her fifth 30+ point game of the season
  • Scored 20+ points for the 17th time this season and the 10th time in her past 12 games
  • Scored in double figures for the 27th time in 28 career games

Anriel Howard

  • Had her fourth straight double double, and the 15th of her season. She extends her Texas A&M record with the 28th double double of her career.
  • Scored 10+ points for the 17th time this season and the 37th time in her career
  • Had 10+ rebounds for the 24th time this season and the 52nd time in her career

Khaalia Hillsman

  • Moved past La Toya Micheaux (2005-09, 814) for fifth on Texas A&M’s career rebound list. She has 819 career rebounds.

Caylinne Martin

  • Made her first career senior college start

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Aggies Complete Sweep of Rhode Island with 10-2 Win

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies homered five times including two by Michael Helman to complete the sweep of the Rhode Island Rams, 10-2, Sunday on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

After scratching eight runs in the first two games without the benefit of the long ball, the Aggie bats came to life with a handful of homers, including a pair of back-to-back jacks. Helman’s two homers completed a 6-for-11 weekend for the transfer. DeLoach batted 3-for-5 for the day, including his seventh-inning homer, one day after going 4-for-5. Chris Andritsos and George Jancaadded dingers for the Maroon  & White.

On the mound, Texas A&M’s (3-0) Mitchell Kilkenny (1-0) faced the minimum through five frames and finished with 6.1 innings to his record. The junior allowed four base hits and two runs while fanning seven. Kaylor Chafin came on for the second time in three days and pitched out the frame. Nolan Hoffman made his Aggie debut pitching the final two innings and securing the sweep.

The Aggies improved to 30-1 on opening weekend since 2009. The lone loss coming in A&M’s season opener against Illinois-Chicago in 2013.

SCORING SUMMARY
B1 | DeLoach stayed hot after a 4-for-5 Saturday by ripping a leadoff single to left. With one down, Braden Shewmake put two Aggies in scoring position with a double followed up by a Hunter Coleman RBI groundout, scoring DeLoach. Shewmake would also cross the plate courtesy of a passed ball.  A&M 2, URI 0

B3 | With one on and one out, Helman connected on the first Aggie long ball of the season. Helman’s two-run shot ricocheted high off the left-field scoreboard plating DeLoach.  A&M 4, URI 0.

B6 | Cole Bedford narrowly missed a solo homer to left settling for a leadoff double high off the wall in right. After Rhode Island pulled starter Vitaly Jangols (0-1) in favor of reliever Nick Robinson. Will Frizzell drove in the fifth Aggie run on a single before being an inning-ending double   A&M 5, URI 0.

T7 | Rhode Island (0-2) got the run right back with Jordan Powell connecting on a homer to left. After a Ram single, the Aggies called upon Chafin who got out of the inning after allowing an RBI single that put the lead at three.  A&M 5, URI 2.

B7 | With two down in the bottom half, Zach DeLoach ripped a bomb to right off new reliever Cam LaFleur. Helman made it back-to-back Aggie newcomer long balls connecting on his second of the game, again taking one out to left. A&M 7, URI 2

B8 | The fourth Aggie long ball of the game came from George Janca, who entered the game as defensive replacement in the 8th. The junior sent the first pitch he saw off the screen in left for a two-run dinger. Chris Andritsos bookended the second pair of back-to-back homers of the game, with a no-doubter to left-center. A&M 10, URI 2

NEXT UP
The Aggies play host to Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday with a 6:30 game at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park before welcoming Cornell for a three-game series starting Friday.

Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress

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Aggie RHP Mitchell Kilkenny

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Aggie CF Zach DeLoach

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Aggie 2B Michael Helman

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Sunday’s Contest Against Butler Declared A No Game

COLLEGE STATION – Sunday’s finale of the Texas A&M Invitational between the sixth-ranked Aggie softball team and the Butler Bulldogs was called off in the third inning due to travel restrictions.

The Aggies, who were trailing 9-6, had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the third before the drop dead time was reached.

Since the game did not meet the five-inning requirement to be considered an official contest, no stats from this game will be incorporated into the official playing record.

The Aggies return to action Tuesday at 5 p.m. against Lamar at the Aggie Softball Complex. The game can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM or online at www.12thMan.com/showcase.

Fans can follow the Aggies wherever they go by following @AggieSoftball on Instagram and Twitter or on Facebook at Facebook.com/TAMUSoftball.

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No. 21 Men Drop Road Contest at Arkansas

(Source: AP Photo/Michael Woods)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP)–Jaylen Barford scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Arkansas to its fourth straight win, 94-75 over No. 21 Texas A&M on Saturday.

The triumph was the 10th straight over the Aggies in Fayetteville for the Razorbacks (19-8, 8-6 Southeastern Conference), who lost 80-66 in College Station on Jan. 30. It was also Arkansas’ third home win over a ranked opponent this season, joining victories over Minnesota and Tennessee.

Barford added five rebounds and five assists for the Razorbacks, who have won seven of their last nine. Daryl Macon finished with 20 points for Arkansas, the eighth time in the last nine games he’s scored 20 or more.

Freshman Daniel Gafford scored 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, and C.J. Jones had 13 points for the Razorbacks.

Robert Williams had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead Texas A&M (17-10, 6-8), which lost its second straight after entering the rankings this week. The 6-foot-10 sophomore also had three blocks and finished 10 of 13 from the field.

Admon Gilder also scored 20 points for the Aggies. Tyler Davis added 15 points and T.J. Starks had 12.


RECORDS / SERIES NOTES

  • Texas A&M fell to Arkansas, 94-75, on Saturday inside Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville … Texas A&M’s record this season is now at 17-10 with a 6-8 mark in SEC play.
  • The all-time series now stands at 102-55 in favor of the Razorbacks.

TEAM NOTES

  • Texas A&M set a season high with 35 free throw attempts during the contest (23-for-35, 66 percent).
  • The 94 points allowed by the Aggies were the most they have yielded to an opponent this season … the previous high was 87 in a win over Penn State on Nov. 21.
  • Arkansas owned a 43-32 lead at the intermission.
  • A&M used the starting lineup combination of TJ Starks, Admon Gilder, DJ Hogg, Robert Williams and Tyler Davis for the seventh time this season (4-3).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Sophomore Robert Williams produced his 17th career double-double (sixth this season), finishing with 20 points and 14 rebounds along with three blocked shots … Williams was 10-of-13 shooting from the floor.
  • Junior Admon Gilder also scored 20 points in the contest, ending play 6-of-10 from the floor with a 6-of-7 mark from the free throw line … Gilder and Williams are the second pair of Aggie teammates to hit the 20-point mark together in a game this season, joining Duane Wilson (23) and Savion Flagg (21) who accomplished the feat on Dec. 21 vs. Buffalo.
  • Junior Tyler Davis was 11-for-17 from the free throw line, setting season-highs for a Texas A&M player in both free throws made and attempted as well as career highs for him personally … Davis finished with 15 points to move in 19th place on A&M’s all-time scoring list with 1,220 career points.
  • Aggie head coach Billy Kennedy fell to 132-95 during his seven-year tenure at Texas A&M and 343-274 in 20 seasons as a head coach.

UP NEXT

  • The Aggies take a break from the road to return home to Reed Arena, where they will host Mississippi State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. … The game will be televised by SEC Network.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Aggies Win with DeLoach Walk-off Single

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Aggie freshman Zach DeLoach singled to rightfield with one out in the ninth to push two runs across as the No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies conjured up Olsen Magic to beat the Rhode Island Rams, 4-3, at Blue Bell Park on Saturday afternoon.

DeLoach’s heroics followed a pair of clutch two-strike hits and a sacrifice bunt. Logan Foster started the frame, fighting back from a 1-2 count to foul off two pitches before bouncing a 2-2 offering up the middle for a single. Pinch-hitter Allonte Wingate, was unable to get a sac bunt down, falling behind 1-2. He also worked the count to 2-2 before slipping a single through the right side of the infield. Baine Schoenvogel pushed both runners into scoring position with a bunt and DeLoach ended the game with his fourth hit of the day.

Offensively, Texas A&M (2-0) registered double-digit hits for the second consecutive game. DeLoach went 4-for-5 with one triple, one run and two RBI. Cole Bedford was 2-for-3 with a double. Braden Shewmake had two RBI with a double and a sacrifice fly.

John Doxakis (1-0) was a bulldog out of the bullpen to pick up the win. He scattered two hits and a hit batsmen while striking out eight in 6.0 shutout innings.


SCORING SUMMARY

B1 | DeLoach hit a leadoff triple and scored two batters later when Shewmake flied out to deep rightfield for the seal breaker. A&M 1, URI 0

T2 | Rhode Island (0-2) offered an immediate response with Greg Cavaliere hitting a leadoff triple and Laurence Hill following with an RBI double. Aggie starter Chandler Jozwiak battled back to induce two pop ups and a groundout to end the frame. A&M 1, URI 1.

T3 | The Rams used a two-out rally to wrangle the lead. With two outs, Jordan Powell walked, stole second and moved to third on throwing error. Cavaliere plated Powell with a single, stole second base and scored on Hill’s second double of the game.  URI 3, A&M 1.

B8 | The Aggies benefited from a Rhody error with Michael Helman reaching on shortstop Matt Daller’s gaffe. Shewmake followed with a triple to put the tying run 90 feet from home. Rams’ reliever Nick Johnson buckled down to get a pop up and two strikeouts to strand Shewmake at third base.  URI 3, A&M 2.

B9 | Texas A&M rallied with Rhode Island’s career saves leader Tyler Barss on the mound. Foster and Wingate singled to start the frame and Schoenvogel pushed both runners into scoring position with a sac bunt. DeLoach ended the game stroking a 1-1 pitch to shallow right-center for a two-run single.  A&M 4, URI 3.


NEXT UP
The Aggies look for the sweep Sunday with a noon game at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. Mitchell Kilkenny gets the start for Texas A&M with Vitaly Jangols toeing the rubber for the Rams.

Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress

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Aggie LHP John Doxakis

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Aggie OF Allonte Wingate

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Aggie OF Zach DeLoach

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Childress Earns 500th Win in Aggies’ Season Opener

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Head Coach Rob Childressearned his 500th career win Friday night as the No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies team opened up the season with a 4-1 win over Rhode Island Rams on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Texas A&M (1-0) gave the ball to Stephen Kolek (1-0) who worked into the sixth in his first opening day start. The junior fanned 10 Rams and allowed just one unearned run in his 5.2 innings. Kaylor Chafin pitched the next 2.2 frames for A&M, striking out three, before Cason Sherrod came in for the final two outs. The trio combined for 14 Ks allowing just one walk and limiting all nine Rhode Island’s hits to singles.

Offensively, Logan Foster led the Aggies with a 3-for-4 day out of the eighth spot in the order. The sophomore finished with one RBI, one run and a double. In his first Aggie appearance, Michael Helman reached base in four plate appearances, including two hits. He also drove in one run and stole a bag. The bottom three in the A&M order combined to hit 7-for-12 with three doubles and three of the four Aggie runs.

KEY INNINGS
B2 | In his first collegiate at bat, Will Frizzell led off the second with a double down the left-field line.  Foster singled Frizzell home to open the scoring before Baine Schoenvogelrifled a double to left plating Foster. After Schoenvogel moved to third on a groundout, Helman brought him home with an RBI groundout. A&M 3, URI 0.

T4 | Rhode Island got on the scoreboard with an unearned run in the fourth. Greg Cavaliere singled and moved to second on a failed pickoff. With one down, Xavier Vargas brought in the run as he singled up the middle. Kolek erased the threat inducing a 5-4-3 twin killing. A&M 3, URI 1.

B5 | Chris Andritsos worked a walk to begin the fifth, chasing Rhode Island starter Tyler Wilson (0-1) from the game. Cole Bedford doubled off the new reliever, Taso Stathopoulus, plating Andristsos from first. The Aggies loaded the bases with one out, but were unable to scratch across any more runs.  A&M 4, URI 1.

NEXT UP
The Aggies and Rams will be back in action for game two Saturday with a 1 p.m. first pitch. Lefty Chandler Jozwiak is set to get the start on the mound in his Aggie debut with Matt Murphy getting the call for Rhode Island.

Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress

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Aggie RHP Stephen Kolek

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Aggie 2B Michael Helman

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Aggie OF Logan Foster

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No. 2 Texas A&M women extend team lead at SEC Championships

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 2-ranked Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team continued its pursuit of a third-straight conference title with another strong day at the 2018 Southeastern Conference Championships on Friday at the Student Recreation Natatorium.

In the Team Standings…
The Aggies have scored 737 points and hold a 192.5 point lead over second-place Tennessee (544.5 points). Trailing the Aggies and Volunteers were Georgia (543), Auburn (374.5), Missouri (355), Kentucky (350), Florida (347.5), South Carolina (333.5), Alabama (319), Arkansas (252), LSU (210) and Vanderbilt (120).

Head Coach Steve Bultman said:
“It was another great day today. We added to our lead a little bit. We’ve got two more days, four more sessions. We need to keep plugging away, keep on battling. The girls are doing a great job in the morning getting qualified for finals. If we continue to do that, we’re going to be in pretty good shape.”

Pickrem, Galat go 1-2 in SEC 400 IM for second straight year
Junior Sydney Pickrem and senior Bethany Galat grabbed the top two spots in the 400 IM at the SEC Championships for a second straight year. Pickrem took down her own school record with a time of 3:59.30, which also bettered the pool record of 3:59.53 by Florida’s Elizabeth Beisel from 2013. Galat was runner-up with a time of 4:04.17. Chipping in valuable points in the B and C finals were junior Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo (12th, 4:09.34) and senior Esther Gonzalez (17th, 4:08.86).

Bultman said, “Getting 1-2 is pretty incredible. We have some good IMers, but this is the SEC. To get 1-2 at the SEC Championships is pretty special. Those two are hard workers and they push each other, and there are other IMers that help push them too.”

Rasmus tallied first-ever SEC individual title
Junior Claire Rasmus tallied the first SEC individual title of her career with a victory in the 200 freestyle. Rasmus, who already had a couple of SEC relay crowns on her resume, ran away from the 200 free field with a winning time of 1:43.62, which was more than a half-second faster than the second-place finisher. Also scoring valuable points in the Championship final were sophomore Katie Portz (4th, 1:45.08) and junior McKenna DeBever (6th, 1:46.36). Senior Kristin Malone placed 16th with a time of 1:47.69.

Bultman said, “She a hard worker. She wants to get better and she’s willing to work hard to do it. She had a breakthrough last year making the U.S. National Team that went to the World University Games and winning her first SEC Championship was the next step along the way. ”

100 butterfly …
Freshman Jing Quah placed sixth in the 100 butterfly in 52.05, while fellow freshman Taylor Pike was 12th in 53.22. Winning the C final was sophomore Raena Eldridge in 53.18, and sophomore Golf Sapianchai placed 22nd in 53.77.

3m diving
The Aggies dive crew contributed 39 points in the three-meter dive with top 16 placements from junior Alaïs Kalonji (12th, 306.20), freshman Charlye Campbell (14th, 301.40) and freshman Kaja Skrzek (16th, 280.35).

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No. 11 Texas A&M men surge into second place at SEC Championships

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 11 Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team surged into second place in the team standing with another strong day at the 2018 Southeastern Conference Championships on Friday at the Student Recreation Natatorium.

In the Team Standings…
The Aggies have scored 527 points and trail leader Florida (595) by 68 points after three days of action. Looking up at the Gators and Aggies were Georgia (514), Tennessee (506), Auburn (438.5), Missouri (424.5), South Carolina (381), Alabama (360.5, Kentucky (326) and LSU (253.5).

Head Coach Jay Holmes said:
“We are in a good place right now, but there’s a lot of things that just need to happen right the next two days. There were some things that went right the past two and a half days, but there were also some opportunities that we let get away from us. It’s a typical SEC meet. Every team is out there ‘all-in’ and laying it on the line. It’s fun stuff.”

Castillo, Martinez make the 100 butterfly podium
The Aggies put two swimmers on the podium for the first time since joining the SEC with senior Mauro Castillo and junior Angel Martinez teaming for a 2-3 finish the 100-yard butterfly. Castillo, the final qualifier out of the morning prelims, came roaring out of lane eight to grab second in 45.63 while lowering lifetime best by nearly a second and a half. It matched the highest SEC finish by an Aggie swimmer since joining the elite league in 2013. Martinez was right on his tail to grab the bronze in 46.69, which was also a lifetime best.

Holmes said, “It was a lot of fun to watch especially those two guys are such good friends. In a lot of ways, I don’t think they were that concerned about the rest of the field, they just wanted to beat each other. After the race, you could tell that Angel wasn’t happy and he primarily wasn’t happy because Mauro had beat him. Those two guys love competing against each other. Mauro was all-out from the word ‘go.’ Mauro probably isn’t our best swimmer, but he is our best racer.”

Van Overdam lowers 400 IM twice
Junior Austin Overdam lowered the school record in the 400-yard IM twice on Friday with a breakthrough time of 3:43.76 in the prelims and then he was even faster in the evening with a time of 3:43.35 while placing sixth. He took down the old record of 3:44.33 by Simon Frank at the 2014 SEC Championships. Sophomore teammate Ben Walkerchipped in an eighth place finish in 3:47.97.

Lifetime bests for Richardson in the 200 free
Junior Steven Richardson posted lifetime bests in the morning prelims and the evening finals as the placed fifth in the 200 freestyle consolation final (13th overall) in a time of 1:35.97. Richardson’s time makes the Aggies’ No. 5 all-time performer in the race.

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Vidales Powers No. 6 Aggies Past Butler and Tulsa in Day One of the Texas A&M Invitational

COLLEGE STATION – The No. 6 Texas A&M softball team swept day one of the Texas A&M Invitational Friday, defeating Butler, 10-1, in 5 innings, and Tulsa, 7-0, behind an impressive offensive performance by Tori Vidales at the Aggie Softball Complex.

The La Porte, Texas, native went 5-for-7 on the night with two grand slams, a home run and 9 RBI. The senior made her way to third in the record book for career RBI, passing her former teammate, Cali Lanphear (2013-16) after tallying 9 RBI on the night and 177 in her career. Vidales now ranks fourth all-time in runs in her career with 162, moving in front of Cassie Tysarczyk (2011-14).

After Butler opened game one with a run in the first, the Maroon & White immediately responded in the home half of the inning with three runs off of three singles and a double. Kaitlyn Alderink singled up the middle and was followed by an Ashley Walters double, the 43rd of her career, moving her past Amanda Scarborough (2005-08) for sixth all-time. Riley Sartain delivered a two-RBI single, scoring Alderink and Walters and was plated by a Sarah Hudek single to centerfield.

In the second, Vidales blasted the second grand slam of her career over the left field wall, scoring Erica Russell, Keeli Milligan and Alderink.

The Aggies tacked on three insurance runs in the fourth to give the Aggies a 10-1 advantage. Vidales opened the inning with her second long ball of the game. Hudek and Kristen Cuyos reached base on a walk and fielder’s choice, respectively, and scored on Payton McBride’s first double of her career.

Freshman Maddie MacGrandle earned a win in the first start of her career, tossing all five innings while recording five strikeouts and giving up only five hits.

Against Tulsa, the game remained scoreless until the fifth inning when the Aggies scored two. Cuyos reached base on a walk and Milligan showed her speed as she drove in Kylie George, who pinch ran for Cuyos, and came around to score on a dropped fly ball in left field.

Texas A&M broke the game open with a five-run sixth inning. Hudek led off the inning with an infield single, McBride followed with a walk and Milligan with another infield single. The Aggies capitalized on a passed ball to score a run before Vidales stepped up and drove them all in with her third home run of the night and second grand slam.

Trinity Harrington continued her great start in the circle for her senior campaign as she hasn’t allowed an earned run in 27 innings of work and has recorded back-to-back shutouts. The senior moved to 3-0 on the season after fanning two and allowing only three hits and one walk in seven innings of work.

Top Offensive Performances:
Tori Vidales – 5-for-7,  3 HR,  9 RBI
Sarah Hudek – 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Payton McBride – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Pitching Breakdown:
Maddie MacGrandle (1-0) – W, 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 5 K, 3 BB
Trinity Harrington (3-0) – W, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 K, 1 BB

WHAT THEY SAID

Texas A&M Head Coach Jo Evans

On Tori Vidales on the plate…
“As you can tell she is seeing the ball really well and also trying not to do much. She’s not up there trying to hit a homerun I guarantee it. She just locked into the strike zone today. I thought she did a good job of not getting to eager and chase some. She just really held her ground and showed great patience at the plate today and when she got something to hit, she hit it hard.”

On Trinity Harrington on the mound…
“She was really comfortable on the mound. She maybe had a couple of walks but was just really good. Anytime they threaten a little bit, she threw us a ground ball and we would make a great play or double play. She was terrific all night long and her defense, she played great defense for us out there on the mound. I can’t say enough about that kid, how she just keeps her cool out there and puts us on her back.”

On Maddie MacGrandle’s first career start …
“I thought she did a nice job. I said to her after game and when I was talking to our ball club and I said, “Maddie, I guess you learned a lot right there? You learned a lot about yourself and what you can get away with and what you can’t.” She put the ball up down the middle and the ball got hit hard. She got behind hitters and struggled. When she got through those first couple innings, she started locating so much better and getting ahead and was a completely different pitcher. I thought she got better and better as the game went on. That’s a kid that works hard and wants to be out there.”

On going 2-0 for the day…
“I really liked the way we played today. I’m very pleased. That defense looks familiar to me. For Riley to come up and make plays all across the field and Kaitlyn did such a great job turning that double play and shutting things down. I liked our fight. In that first game we just got out there and crushed the ball and the second game just patience. Early on we chased the pitch that was out of the zone a little too often and then we settled in. And as soon as you saw us work the kinks out and worked more to our advantage things started happening. It paid off.”

ON DECK
The Aggies return to action Saturday at 12:15 p.m. against Iowa and at 3 p.m. with a rematch against Tulsa. Both games can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM or online at www.12thMan.com/showcase.

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No. 17 Women Clinch 13th Straight 20-Win Season With 85-80 Win Over Florida

COLLEGE STATION- No. 17 Texas A&M clinched its 13th straight 20+ win season, defeating Florida 85-80 in a women’s basketball game at Reed Arena Thursday.

The Aggies (20-7, 9-4 SEC) have won at least 20 games in every season since 2005-06, and has the ninth-longest active streak of 20+ win seasons. It marks head coach Gary Blair‘s 27th straight 20+ win campaign, which ranks seventh among active coaches.

Chennedy Carter led the Aggies with 28 points, helping the Aggies battle back from a 43-37 halftime deficit. Carter took control of the game late in the fourth quarter, hitting a jumper and a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions, extending A&M’s lead to six with 1:01 to play.

Anriel Howard had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Aggies, marking her fourth 20+ point, 10+ rebound game of the season. Danni Williams added 15 points and five assists, and Jasmine Lumpkin chipped in 10 points.

Florida (10-16, 2-11) was led by Funda Nakkasoglu, who had 24 points and Haley Lorenzen, who scored 22.

Texas A&M made 20 of their 24 free throws in the game, including a clutch 16-of-17 mark in the second half.

The game was Texas A&M’s 12th Annual BTHO Breast Cancer game, which has raised over $175,000 over the past 11 years for breast cancer support and research. The Aggies are 11-1 all-time in the BTHO Breast Cancer Game.

The Aggies return to action on Sunday, February 18 at No. 2 Mississippi State at 4 p.m., with television coverage on ESPN2. Texas A&M’s final home game is February 25 at 3 p.m. against No. 13 Missouri.

Notes

Texas A&M

  • The Aggies improve to 20-7 on the season and 9-4 in SEC play. Florida is 10-16 overall and 2-11 in SEC play
  • This clinches Texas A&M’s 13th straight 20+ win season, which is the ninth-longest active streak of 20+ win seasons in Division I
  • Texas A&M is 14-3 at home this season and 68-13 at home since the start of the 2013-14 season
  • The Aggies are 159-6 against unranked teams at home since February 2005
  • The Aggies are 11-1 all-time in the BTHO Breast Cancer game
  • Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 351-148 in 15 seasons at Texas A&M and 759-310 in his Hall of Fame career, which ranks 8thamong active coaches in career wins

Chennedy Carter

  • Her 28 points ties for the sixth-most by a Texas A&M freshman in a single game. She has seven of the top eight single-game scoring marks for a freshman
  • Moved past Khaalia Hillsman (2016-17, 556 points), Lisa Branch (1995-96, 557), Danni Williams (2016-17, 563) and Courtney Walker(2013-14, 563) into seventh on Texas A&M’s single-season points list with 574. She already has Texas A&M’s freshman season record for points
  • Scored 20+ points for the ninth time in the past 11 games and the 16th time this season
  • Scored in double figures for the 26th time in 27 games this season

Anriel Howard

  • Had her fifth career 20+ point, 10+ rebound game and her fourth such game of the season
  • Posted her 27th career double-double, extending her Texas A&M career record. It is her 14th double-double of the season.
  • Tied Kelsey Bone (2012-13, 326) for third on the Texas A&M single-season rebound list with 326, moving past Danielle Adams (2010-11, 324) in the game
  • Scored in double figures for the 16th time this season and the 36th time in her career
  • Had 10+ rebounds for the 23rd time this season and the 51st time in her career

Danni Williams

  • Moved into a tie for seventh on Texas A&M’s single-season 3-pointers made list with 54, tying Lisa Branch (1994-95, 54)
  • Scored 10+ points for the 22nd time this season and the 52nd time in her career

Jasmine Lumpkin

  • Scored 10+ points for the eighth time this season and the 15th time in her Texas A&M career

POSTGAME QUOTES
Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair
Opening Statement…
“Well first I’d like to commend Cameron Newbauer and Florida. We were their sixth straight top-25 team and they have been in almost every game. They are a very good offensive team, similar to Vanderbilt. They ran some stuff, shot three-pointers well and rebounded with us. You have to give them credit. When you can win a ball game and not play your best, it says a lot for a team. We cut a six point lead down to one at the end of the third quarter and that gave us a lot of confidence. This is one of her best games overall. Chennedy Carter and Danni Williams were just doing their thing. They are two of the best in the league and country. Jasmine Lumpkin shot double figures tonight. I had Carter, Lumpkin and Williams playing forty minutes again. I was pleased with the outcome but was not pleased with the defense. Give Florida credit because they were running their stuff very well. It would have been a let down to lose in front of breast cancer survivors and the students who came out. I just admire them for coming and I know it is hard to draw people out to any sport here at Texas A&M on a Thursday night. However, we kept them entertained. I thought we did some good things offensively.”

On being able to see poise from team… 
“The poise was good. I am tired of being Revered Blair at halftime but sometimes this is what the team responses to. We had two bad practices leading up to this and they are not a light switch; you can’t just turn them on at 7 o’clock in the morning. When you prepare to win you find a way. We made some key play down the stretch and give us credit we only turned it over six times. We just have to take care of business and go forward 4-0 some way.”

On if winning this game will give momentum against Mississippi State…
“It makes that team want to come see me and practice a little more because I don’t think they would have wanted to see me or the coaching staff if we couldn’t have pulled it off. It was tough. We were one coach short tonight but we stepped up to the plate and played well.”

Texas A&M Freshman Guard Chennedy Carter 
On what made Florida’s Funda Nakkasoglu so hard to guard tonight… 
“She’s a great player. She’s a great three-point shooter. She can shoot with hands in her face. There was nothing we could do to stop her. She can put it on the floor too; she can do both. She was a little hard to guard tonight but we took it as a team. We played together as a team to stop her. It wasn’t an individual effort, it was all of us.”

On what was working well for her tonight…
“I just took what the defense was giving me. I was knocking down shots the whole fourth quarter and I felt pretty confident. My teammates kept the confidence in me. My coach told me to shoot if I was open. At the end I was able to come off and feed a teammate which was a bigger play than hitting shots myself.”

On the message from Coach Blair coming into the second half…
“We just have to play harder. We just have to fight. There are people out there with breast cancer that are out here supporting us who are fighting right now. Coach was in the locker room telling us that we have to fight for them because they’re fighting for their life right now. We came out and tried to play hard, play tougher and give people a chance to come out and watch basketball and have fun tonight.”

Florida Head Coach Cameron Newbauer
Opening statement…
“To be able to compete in the SEC and play for Kay and breast cancer awareness was great. I appreciate all the pink here tonight at A&M. There was great support and awareness for such an awful disease. I appreciate the fact that all the people showed up tonight; It’s a great thing. The game was a stinker. I am so proud of our kids for coming here and putting up the fight that we did. We played six top-25 teams in a row and have been in every game. We played our guts out tonight. Hats off to Carter. She stepped up and made big big plays when they had to. They had 24 attempts from the free throw line. That’s what they had to do and that’s what they do so well. We wanted to keep them off the free throw line but they just pounded inside and offensively rebounded it. That’s what we want to take away, points in the paint. 36 points in the paint is the difference in the game. Hats off to them but our bunch played so hard and did so many things so well. I couldn’t be more proud of our team. I love this group because of how hard they play and the fight they display every single day.”

On setting the season three-point shooting record in just 26 games… 
“I think last year we hit maybe 110 three-pointers as a team. Our players spend a lot of extra time in the gym working on their game, keeping their eyes on the rim and shooting with confidence. That’s how that happened tonight. The bright lights only reveal your work in the dark. There’s been a lot of work in the dark from our team to put us in this situation and these opportunities to play with these top-20 teams.”

On turnovers in the beginning of the fourth quarter…
“We got a little sped up in that moment. We had a combination that’s never really played together much with Delicia Washington not being in the game. That really threw us off. We’re more than capable in that moment but it jumped us quickly and we got a little flustered. Even with that we fought right back. That’s part of the game. You have to play through those mistakes and I think we did. It happened and we didn’t let the wheels fall off. We fought back and still had a chance. I wouldn’t say that was the decider of the game.”

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My Aggie Nation Podcast: Kaylor Chafin returns veteran savvy to the bullpen

Texas A&M senior pitcher Kaylor Chafin passed up the opportunity to start a professional career to return to Aggieland for his senior season. Chafin joined the show to discuss that decision and break down the 2018 squad.

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Coach Jimbo Fisher to be inducted into Samford Athletics Hall of Fame

Birmingham, Ala.— Texas A&M head football coach Jimbo Fisher will be inducted into the Samford University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018 this weekend in Birmingham, Alabama.

Fisher was a record-setting quarterback for Samford in 1987, turning in one of the most impressive seasons in school history. Fisher passed for a school record 2,394 yards and set school single-season records for total offense (2,631 yards) and touchdown passes (34). He set the school mark for touchdowns in a game with six on two different occasions. At the end of the 1987 season, Fisher was named the NCAA Division III National Player of the Year.

Fisher began his coaching career at Samford from 1988 to 1992. He helped the squad reach the 1991 and 1992 NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) playoffs.

After leaving Samford, Fisher worked in the Southeastern Conference as the quarterbacks coach at Auburn from 1993-98 before becoming the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Cincinnati in 1999. Fisher would return to the SEC at LSU as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator on Nick Saban’s staff helping the Tigers win the 2003 national championship in addition to two SEC titles. Fisher joined Bobby Bowden at Florida State in 2007 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for three seasons before taking over as the head coach of the Seminoles in 2010.

Fisher led FSU to the 2013 BCS National Championship and is currently the head coach at Texas A&M University.

This is the second group of inductees into the Samford Athletics Hall of Fame. Joining Fisher this year are the 1998-99 men’s basketball team, Billy Bancroft, Craig Beard, Michael Marseco and Alyssa Whitehead.

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No. 6 Texas A&M Blanks SFA Behind Harrington’s Gem

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The No. 6 Texas A&M softball team defeated SFA, 4-0, behind a one-hit complete game by Trinity Harrington Wednesday evening at the Aggie Softball Complex to improve to 5-0 on the season.

Harrington (2-0) fanned five and allowed only one hit to earn her second victory and first shutout of the season. The Greeley, Colo., native retired the first 12 batters she faced and only allowed five baserunners.

Offensively, Keeli Milligan, Tori Vidales and Ashley Walters each turned in multi-hit performances, and Erica Russell notched her first extra-base hit of the season with a double that bounced off the top of the wall in left. Milligan recorded her 79th and 80th career stolen bases and is now three swipes away from passing Jamie Hinshaw (2005-08) for third all-time in school history.

Texas A&M head coach Jo Evans

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Texas A&M’s Henschel makes it BACK-TO-BACK in 3m dive at SEC Championships

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M senior Tyler Henschel won his second straight three-meter springboard dive title to highlight the No. 11 Aggie men’s first day at the 2018 Southeastern Conference Championships at the Student Recreation Natatorium on Wednesday.

In the Team Standings…
With their talented dive crew scoring 93 points in the three-meter dive, the Aggies grabbed the first-day lead with 189 points. Trailing the Aggies after day one were Tennessee (174), Kentucky (151), Florida (135), Georgia (133), Missouri (129), Auburn (121), South Carolina (109), LSU (103) and Alabama (94).

Head Coach Jay Holmes said:
“Today was pretty much what you would expect – it’s the SEC and there are a lot of people out there competing at a high level. There were some really great competitions today. We had a good swim in the 200 medley relay, but there were so many places that we could make improvements. It was a good swim, but we know we’re better.

“Diving is a big part of our team. We have four guys on our roster that are very good and on any given day any one of them could be spectacular. We scored 93 points in diving today and they really set us up for the rest of the meet.

Back-to-Back for Henschel…
Henschel won the three-meter dive for a second straight year with a 469.05 point effort while out-distancing the runner-up finisher by more than 40 points. Henschel’s strong list featured four 80-plus point efforts, including a sparkling 91.80 score on his second dive. Henschel was out of the lead midway through the competition, but he closed the night with three-straight 80-point plus scores to grab the win over runner-up Juan Hernandez of LSU, who was last year’s SEC Diver of the Meet.

“I missed my senior meet because I was away competing at the Canadian Nationals and I was really disappointed about missing it,” Henschel said. “But since SECs are here in College Station, this is my senior meet and I couldn’t be happier to be able to come out with the gold medal.”

200 medley relay just misses podium…
The Aggies opened the night with a strong effort in the 200-yard medley relay as the foursome of senior Brock Bonetti, senior Mauro Castillo, junior Angel Martinez and sophomore Adam Koster just missed a trip to the podium with a fourth-place finish. The Aggies touched in a season-best time of 1:24.19, which makes them the second-fastest relay in school history behind the 2017 edition.

800 free relay…
The Aggies placed eighth in the 800 freestyle relay with the group of Martinez, Koster, sophomore Mike Thibert and junior Steven Richardson touching in a season-best time of 6:25.60.

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No. 2 Aggie Women bolt to lead at SEC Swimming & Diving Championships

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 2-ranked Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team began its defense of its back-to-back conference team titles by bolting to the top of team standings on Day 1 of the 2018 Southeastern Conference Championships at the Student Recreation Natatorium on Wednesday.

In the Team Standings…
The Aggies raced to 160 first-day points with solid points in all three finals of the day – the one-meter dive, 200-yard medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay. Trailing the Aggies were South Carolina (142), Tennessee (136), Georgia (124), Auburn (121), Arkansas (117), LSU (116), Kentucky (113), Florida (105), Missouri (100), Alabama (92) and Vanderbilt (76).

Head Coach Steve Bultman said:
“I was very pleased with the way we came out and competed,” Bultman said. “We would have liked to have won the 200 medley relay, but that’s the faster than we’ve been so far this year so we have to take that. We had some really good splits. The 800 free relay was outstanding. To break our school record by two seconds is pretty impressive. They really stepped up. All three divers scored so they all contributed and that’s what we were hoping for. ”

SEC runner-up finish for 200 medley relay …
The foursome of senior Lisa Bratton, senior Jorie Caneta, freshman Jing Quah and sophomore Raena Eldridge turned in a runner-up effort in the 200 medley relay with a season-best time of 1:35.54. The Aggies built a lead but couldn’t hold off the Tennessee Volunteers, who won by .33 of second in 1:35.21.

Back-to-Back for the Aggies in the 800 free relay…
The Aggies made it two in a row in the 800 free relay as the foursome of sophomore Katie Portz, junior Claire Rasmus, senior Kristin Malone and junior Sydney Pickrem lopped more than two seconds off the old school record. The foursome touched in a time of 6:55.60, which broke the old mark of 6:57.90 set by the 2017 Aggies at last year’s SEC Championships. The 2017 relay featured Pickrem, Portz and Rasmus, along with Sarah Gibson. Tennessee was the leader through the first three legs, but Pickrem split 1:42.98, which was the fastest leg of the day by more than a half-second, on the anchor leg to lead the Aggies to the victory.

Dive crew shines in 1m dive…
All three of the Aggies’ divers contributed points as the group combined to score 40 points in the one-meter springboard dive. Freshman Charlye Campbell led the way with an eighth-place finish with a score of 271.30. Fellow freshman Kaja Skrzek was right behind in 11th place with a 277.75 point total and junior Alais Kalonji placed 23rd with 242.65 points.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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