Westbrook, Thunder Top Mavs 92-91 with 14-0 Finishing Run

DALLAS (AP) _ Russell Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper with seven seconds left
and the Oklahoma City Thunder erased a 13-point deficit in the final four
minutes to beat the Dallas Mavericks 92-91 on Monday night.

Westbrook scored 37 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, with 13
rebounds and 10 assists for his third straight triple-double and 37th of the
season.

The Thunder finished on a 14-0 run, capped when they gained possession on a
replay reversal with 13 seconds to go and Westbrook hit the decisive shot from
just beyond the free throw line over Wesley Matthews. Westbrook scored 12 of the
final 14 points.

Dallas didn’t call a timeout, and Harrison Barnes missed a long 3-pointer just
before the buzzer, clinching the first losing season for the Mavericks (31-42)
since 1999-2000, the season that owner Mark Cuban bought the team with Dirk
Nowitzki in his second year.

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Leonard Scores 25 as Spurs Dismantle Ailing Cavs, 103-74

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs
dismantled the ailing Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 on Monday night in a showdown
that turned into a major letdown for the defending NBA champions.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol added 14 points apiece for the Spurs, who won
their fifth straight.

Cleveland (47-26) dropped its second in a row and fell a half-game behind
Boston (48-26) for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

In addition to scoring a season-low 17 points, Cavaliers superstar LeBron James
was injured late in the third quarter after taking an elbow to the base of his
neck. He remained on the bench for a while receiving medical attention, then
headed toward the locker room and didn’t return to the game.

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A&M Baseball Preview: Texas State

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies continue their season-long seven-game road trek Tuesday as the Maroon and White travel to San Marcos for a 6:05 pm contest against the Texas State Bobcats.

Braden Shewmake continues to lead the Aggies at the plate. The freshman is hitting .393 and ranks seventh in the nation in hits (42), and RBI (33), 17th in total bases (65) and 33rd in doubles (10).

George Janca is swinging a hot bat recently. He enters Tuesday with a career-long six-game hit streak, logging two hits in five of the contests. Over the six-game stretch, Janca is batting .478 (11-for-23) with nine runs, one double, three home runs and 10 RBI.

Texas A&M will send southpaw John Doxakis to the mound. Last Tuesday, the freshman picked up his first career win with a solid effort out of the bullpen against Rice. He held the Owls to one run on three hits while striking out four in 4.0 innings.

For the most part, the Aggies have taken care of business in the midweek in recent years. The Maroon and White have won 35 of their last 38 midweek contests, dating back to the 2014 campaign, including a 6-1 mark in 2017.

After starting the season 3-6, Texas State has won 13 of their last 15 games. The string includes winning two-of-three against defending national champion Coastal Carolina. Last week Texas State beat Texas in a midweek contest and swept Appalachian State on the road.

The game will air throughout parts of Texas where Spectrum Sports is available. Kit McConnico (play-by-play) and Aggie standout Kelly Wunsch (color analyst) will be on the call. The game will also be available for streaming on the Texas State athletics website TXStateBobcats.com.

The game airs on SportsRadio 1150/102.7 The Zone.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (16-9) at TEXAS STATE BOBCATS (16-8)
Bobcat Ballpark (2,500) • San Marcos, Texas

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
• TUESDAY: #14 John Doxakis (Fr., LHP, 1-1, 5.32 ERA) vs. #32 Cam Baird (Jr., RHP, 0-2, 5.84)

SCHEDULE Tuesday, 6:05 p.m.
RADIO SportsRadio 1150/102.7 The Zone • Dave South (play-by-play)
TELEVISION Spectrum Sports • Kit McConnico (play-by-play), Kelly Wunsch (color analyst)
LIVE VIDEO TXStateBobcats.com
LIVE AUDIO 12thMan.com
LIVE STATS TXStateBobcats.com
RANKINGS Texas A&M – unranked; Texas State – unranked
SERIES HISTORY Texas A&M leads 42-13

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No. 23 Aggie Baseball’s Saturday game vs Vanderbilt moved up to 12:30 p.m. on The Zone

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The start time for Saturday’s game between Texas A&M and Vanderbilt has been moved up to 12:30 pm Central due to the forecast of extreme inclement weather for Nashville for Saturday evening.

Broadcast of the game can be found on Sportsradio 1150 and the Zone 102.7 FM, as well as SEC Network+.

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No. 23 Texas A&M Baseball to Visit Vanderbilt Friday Night on Sportsradio 1150 and the Zone 102.7 FM

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 23 Texas A&M Aggies head to Nashville for their first SEC road trip of the season. The Aggies and Vanderbilt Commodores rekindle what has become a premier interdivisional rivalry in the SEC.

Since the Aggies joined the SEC for the 2013 campaign, the squads have met on 12 occasions, including six times in SEC Tournament play. Texas A&M holds a 7-5 edge in the series. The Maroon and White have claimed both regular-season series, including 2014 in Nashville and 2016 in College Station. The 2016 series included Kyle Simonds‘ perfect game in a 3-0 victory to clinch the series. Vanderbilt knocked Texas A&M out of the SEC Tournament in 2013 and 2015 and the Aggies returned the favor in 2016.

Braden Shewmake continues to swing a hot bat for the Aggies. He enters the fray with a career-best eight-game hit streak. He ranks second in the nation in hits (39), ninth in total bases (62), 11th in RBI (28) and 16th in doubles (10).

Saturday’s and Sunday’s games will be televised nationally on the SEC Network. Mike Couzens will handle the play-by-play chores with Gabe Gross providing color analysis.

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

#23 TEXAS A&M AGGIES (14-7, 0-3 SEC) at VANDERBILT COMMODORES (14-8, 1-2 SEC)
Hawkins Field (3,700) • Nashville, Tennessee

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
• FRIDAY:  #15 Brigham Hill (Jr., RHP, 4-1, 2.61 ERA) vs. #44 Kyle Wright (Jr., RHP, 0-3, 4.33 ERA)
• SATURDAY:  #32 Stephen Kolek (So., RHP, 1-0, 2.54 ERA) vs. #29 Patrick Raby (So., RHP, 3-2, 1.71 ERA)
• SUNDAY:  TBA vs. #66 Drake Fellows (Fr., RHP, 3-0, 1.72 ERA)

SCHEDULE Friday, 6:32 p.m. • Saturday, 7:02 p.m. • Sunday, 3:02 p.m.
RADIO SportsRadio 1150/102.7 The Zone  •  Dave South (play-by-play)
TELEVISION Saturday & Sunday – SEC NETWORK •  Mike Couzens (play-by-play), Gabe Gross (color analyst)
LIVE VIDEO SEC Network + (WatchESPN credentials required through cable provider)
LIVE AUDIO 12thMan.com
LIVE STATS Vucommodores.com (mobile devices)
RANKINGS Texas A&M – 23rd (USAT), 29th (NCBWA); Vanderbilt – 24th (CB)
SERIES HISTORY Texas A&M leads 7-5

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No. 7 Texas A&M Continues SEC Action Against Missouri on Willy 1550

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION – The No. 7 Texas A&M Softball team hosts Missouri for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aggie Softball Complex.

The Aggies enter the weekend with a 26-2 (5-1 SEC) record and are led by Riley Sartain, who paces the offense with a .437 average. Kristen Cuyos has a team-high six home runs and is tied for the team lead in RBI with Ashley Walters at 23. The Aggies hold a 1.08 team ERA, anchored by Samantha Show (10-1, 0.79 ERA) and Trinity Harrington (7-1, 0.80). Lexi Smith holds an 8-0 record and a 1.24 ERA.

The Aggies posted their largest victory of the season Wednesday night with a 15-0 win over Prairie View A&M. Eleven different Aggies scored while 10 recorded a base hit in just four innings. Payton McBride drove in a team-high three runs, while also closing out the game in the circle with two strikeouts in two innings. Trinity Harrington tossed three perfect innings with four strikeouts in her eighth start of the season to move to 7-1 on the year.

Missouri is currently in the midst of a four-game win streak and is 17-11 (0-2 SEC) on the year. The Tigers began conference play with Florida in a rain-shortened series, falling 6-0 and 1-0. Last weekend, Missouri competed at the USF Tournament in Clearwater, Fla., defeating Rutgers, North Dakota State, South Florida and Monmouth.

Braxton Burnside powers the lineup with a .375 average, nine home runs and 37 RBI. Kirsten Mack is batting .372 with four dingers and 17 RBI. In the circle, Cheyenne Baxter is 5-2 with a 2.49 ERA and 56 strikeouts, while Madi Norman is 7-5 with a 2.94 ERA. Danielle Baumgartner rounds out the pitching staff with a 4-4 record and 3.16 ERA.

Former Big 12 rivals, Texas A&M and Missouri have met 64 times in the series history as the Aggies lead 34-30. Last season, the Tigers swept the Aggies in Columbia, Mo. In the 2014 meeting in College Station, the Aggies took two of three, winning 11-2, in game two and 4-3 in game three.

Sunday’s contest will be televised on ESPNU and the first two games be seen on the SEC Network +, available through WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Each game can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM.

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

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  • Bingo Friday: Pick up a bingo card at the marketing kiosk for chances to win Aggie gear and more!
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  • Gig ‘Em Group Packs are available for groups of 20 or more and can enjoy $3 tickets and a special pregame group experience (when available) while those of 50 or more receive $3 tickets and a concessions voucher of a $50 value. If interested, contact 12thManMarketing@athletics.tamu.edu.
  • Chances to win Whataburger, Jason’s Deli, Aggie gear and more!

Sunday Only

  • Princesses and Pirates Day: All kids encouraged to dress up as their favorite princess or pirate. Photo booth and pregame programming for those participating. All princesses and pirates invited to stand out on the field with the team for the National Anthem!
  • Buy 1 Adult ticket and get up to 4 kids in FREE
  • Pregame kids zone featuring inflatable pirate ship and castle!
  • Chances to win Whataburger, Jason’s Deli, Aggie gear and more!
  • ALL Kids in attendance invited to run the bases after the game

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Two School Records Fall, Seven Aggies Earn All-American Status

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

INDIANAPOLIS – Two school records fell and seven Aggies earned honorable mention All-America honors to highlight the Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team’s second day at the NCAA Championship on Thursday at the IU Natatorium.

The Aggies scored 23 points on Thursday and were in 17th place in the team standings at the end of the day. Texas was the day two leader with 225.5 points, followed by California (143), Florida (138.5), NC State (123), Indiana (121), Stanford (105), USC (75), Georgia (73), Missouri (71.5) and Auburn (69.5) to round out the top 10. Other SEC teams in the top 25 were South Carolina (12th, 40 points), Alabama (16th, 32), Tennessee (19th, 19) and LSU (22nd, 12).

Scoring individual points for the Aggies were divers Tyler Henschel and Sam Thornton, who earned All-America status in the one-meter springboard dive. Henschel placed 10th with a score of 365.85 points, while Thornton took 11th with a score of 358.40.

“Doing that well against the field of divers they were facing was pretty impressive,” Aggie head coach Jay Holmes said. “They scored some valuable points for us and their best boards are still ahead of them so I’m really happy with the way they competed today.”

Also shining for the Aggies was the 200-yard freestyle relay, which broke the school record and placed fourth in the consolation final (12th overall). The foursome of senior Cory Bolleter, senior Jacob Gonzales, freshman Adam Koster and senior Turker Ayar finished in a time of 1:17.19, which took down the old mark of 1:17.32 set by Kyle Troskot, Henrik Lindau, Bolleter and Paul-Marc Schweitzer from the 2014 SEC Championships. Also earning honorable mention All-America status for his part in the morning prelims was freshman Raiz Tjon-A-Joe.

“That was a great effort for those guys and I’m proud of them for getting their names on the record wall,” Holmes said. “This is such a fast meet and any tiny error is magnified, but they did a great job of competing and getting their hand to the wall.”

Another school record fell in the morning prelims when the Aggies lowered their school standard in the 400-yard medley relay. The foursome of junior Brock Bonetti, junior Mauro Castillo, Ayar and Bolleter lowered their own school record to 3:07.16 while just missing out on a trip to the finals by two spots. The old record of 3:07.85 was set by the same four swimmers last month at the SEC Championships.

In other action, Bolleter, the school record holder in the 50 free, tied for 24th in the race with a time of 19.41. Bolleter now owns the three fastest 50 free times by an Aggie at the national meet – 19.39 in 2015, 19.41 in 2017 and 19.44 in 2015 (tie with John Dalton in 2012).

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Aggie Men’s Tennis Sweeps Volunteers for 12th Straight Victory

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 8 Texas A&M men’s tennis team defeated Tennessee, 7-0, at the George P Mitchell Tennis Center Thursday evening to claim their SEC-best 12th straight victory. With the win, the Aggies improved to 13-3 on the season and 6-0 in SEC play, while the Volunteers fell to 9-9 overall and 1-5 in league matches.

The Maroon & White claimed the doubles point for the sixth time this season, opening the day with a 1-0 advantage. The junior duo of AJ Catanzariti and Arthur Rinderknech topped No. 80 Scott Jones and Timo Stodder, 6-2, on the top court followed by Hady Habib and Jordi Arconada besting Luca Wiedenmann and Srdjan Jakovljevic, 6-3, on court three to secure the point.

The Aggies held the advantage throughout the opening set, taking the first set on five of six courts. Habib picked up his seventh straight win to push the Texas A&M lead to 2-0, the Houstonian defeated Wiedenmann 6-2, 6-4 on court six. Shortly thereafter SEC Player of the Week, Aleksandre Bakshi, defeated Jakovljevic 6-4, 6-4 to give the Aggies a 3-0 lead.

Arconada clinched Friday’s match, his team-leading fifth clinch victory, as he outlasted Jones 6-1, 7-6(7) on court three. The Buenos Aires, Argentina native, claimed his 11th straight win this season. No. 116 Catanzariti poached the fifth point for Texas A&M on the night, topping Luis Valero 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 on court two.

Freshman Valentin Vacherot picked up his team-best 12th straight win, defeating Jack Schipanski 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 on court five followed by No. 12 Rinderknech securing the sweep with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 triumph over No. 34 Stodder on court one.

Next, the Aggies will take a road swing to LSU and No. 19 TCU on Saturday and Monday, respectively. The Maroon & White return to the Mitchell Tennis Center on March 31 as Ole Miss returns to College Station, the Aggies and Rebels faced off at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on January 28, with Ole Miss claiming the tight 4-3 victory.

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Post Match Quotes
Steve Denton, Texas A&M Men’s Tennis Head Coach
About the match…
“Obviously we got off to a good start today after having a solid doubles effort. I thought our guys played pretty well out there and that set the tone for us for the night. We were able to keep the momentum going in singles. I was impressed with how Tennessee played, they have some really good players and our guys had to step up to a good challenge tonight. Especially with how the conditions were tonight it was a hard night to play good tennis. For the conditions, I thought the level of tennis was really high. Throw Tennessee’s record out the window, just look around the league and see how close all of the matches are. We came out on the right side of three tiebreakers, otherwise the match would have looked really different at the end of the night.”

On Jordi’s winning streak and match clinching of late…
“Jordi is playing with a lot of confidence and that continued tonight. He has continued to play well and even after playing the tough match he did on Sunday. Coming back from the dead, losing eight of the first nine game, he just keeps finding a way. He continues to come out every match and compete for every point. I thought all of our guys did that tonight.”

Tennis Match Results
Tennessee vs Texas A&M
Mar 23, 2017 at College Station, TX
(George P Mitchell Tennis Center)

#8 Texas A&M 7, Tennessee 0

Singles competition
1. #12 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. #34 Timo Stodder (UT) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2)
2. #116 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Luis Valero (UT) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
3. #119 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Scott Jones (UT) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
4. Aleksandre Bakshi (TAMU) def. Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT) 6-4, 6-4
5. Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) def. Jack Schipanski (UT) 6-3, 6-7 (7-9), 1-0 (12-10)
6. Hady Habib (TAMU) def. Luca Wiedenmann (UT) 6-2, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. #80 Scott Jones/Timo Stodder (UT) 6-2
2. Aleksandre Bakshi/Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) vs. #42 Luis Valero/Jack Schipanski (UT) 4-3, unfinished
3. Hady Habib/Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Luca Wiedenmann/Srdjan Jakovljevic (UT) 6-3

Match Notes:
Tennessee 9-9, 1-5
Texas A&M 13-3, 6-0; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (1, 3); Singles (6, 4, 3, 2, 5, 1)
A-251

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Aggie Spring Football Practice: Jeff Banks

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Texas A&M special teams coach Jeff Banks

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U.S. whips Puerto Rico to win WBC

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The United States has won the World Baseball Classic for the first time in four tries.

Marcus Stroman was named the tournament MVP after carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning to lead the Americans to an 8-0 rout of Puerto Rico in the title game at Los Angeles. Stroman allowed just three balls past the infield until Angel Pagan’s double in the left-field corner leading off the seventh. The Toronto Blue Jays hurler silenced a Puerto Rican club that had outscored the opposition 55-26 while winning its first seven games of the tournament.

Ian Kinsler slammed a two-run homer for the U.S.

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SEC Implements Clear Bag Policy for All Football Games

In the interest of enhancing existing security measures at games involving Southeastern Conference schools, the SEC will implement a new security policy regulating the size and type of bag that may be carried into all stadiums in which SEC schools host games, beginning with the 2017 football season, it was announced Yesterday. Although the new conference-wide bag policy will be in effect beginning with the 2017 football season, a number of SEC institutions implemented the policy during the 2016 football season. Click here for a full list of details.

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No. 7 Aggies Blank Prairie View, 15-0

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION – The No. 7 Texas A&M Softball team posted their largest victory of the season with a 15-0 win over the Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers Wednesday night at the Aggie Softball Complex.

The Aggies (26-2) had both sides of the ball clicking in their shutout victory. Aggie bats posted crooked numbers in every frame and the pitching staff allowed only one Panther to reach base. The 15-run margin was Texas A&M’s largest since a 21-0 victory over San Diego in March of 2016.

Trinity Harrington (7-1), making her eighth start of the year, retired all nine Panthers she faced over her three innings of work. The junior fanned four, not allowing a ball to leave the infield. She was relieved by Payton McBride who completed the shutout. The lone Panther baserunner reached on infield hit to begin the fourth. Aggie pitching used just 50 pitches in the ballgame and combined for six strikeouts throwing only nine balls.

The Maroon and White wasted no time posting a four-run first. Kaitlyn Alderink started the inning with a one-out single and was followed up by Riley Sartain reaching on an error. Consecutive doubles from Ashley Walters and Sarah Hudek gave the Aggies a 3-0 advantage. McBride singled home the final run of the frame with a single to right.

Tori Vidales began the second with line-drive homer off Panther starter Taylor Drury (3-8). The laser just cleared the left field wall for Vidales’ fifth dinger of the season. The Aggies would make it back-to-back four-run innings with the big hit delivered on Kristen Cuyos‘ two-run single.

In the third, Reagan Boenker went opposite field with a two-run blast, her first of the season. In their final at bats, the Aggies posted a five-spot aided by a pair Panther errors and two walks.

In just four innings at bat, 11 different Aggies scored and 10 different Aggies recorded a base hit. They finished with six walks and just one strike out.

Texas A&M returns to action Friday with a three-game series against Missouri at the Aggie Softball complex. The Sunday game will be available on ESPNU and the first two games be seen on the SEC Network +, available through WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Each game can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM.

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My Aggie Nation Podcast: Robert Williams is staying in Aggieland

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In this week’s episode, hosts Travis L. Brown and Zach Taylor break down the decision of A&M freshman forward Robert Williams to return for his sophomore season. Also, A&M softball left fielder Keeli Milligan returns on her weekly segment Keeli’s Korner, running through the week in Aggie softball. Finally, Brown and Taylor round out the show with a look at the Aggie baseball team’s three losses to Kentucky over the weekend and the women’s basketball trip to Los Angeles for the NCAA Tournament.

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Bakshi Named SEC Co-Player of the Week

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – For the first time this season Texas A&M’s Aleksandre Bakshi has been named SEC Co-Player of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday morning.

Bakshi clinched wins at Alabama and against No. 2 Ohio State for the Aggies, helping Texas A&M improve to 12-3 on the season and 5-0 in SEC play and increasing their SEC-best win streak to 11 matches. The pair of clinch victories bring the left-hander’s tally to three on the season, the second most on the team. Bakshi’s triumph over No. 66 Herkko Pollanen of Ohio State was the highest ranked win of his career and his second ranked win of the season. The Tblisi, Georgia native has won three straight dual matches, the second longest streak of his career, to improve to 13-6 this year and 7-3 in dual matches.

The honor was the third straight for the Aggies as No. 12 Arthur Rinderknech and No. 116 AJ Catanzariti earned Player of the Week status the last two weeks. Additionally, the Maroon & White have captured Freshman of the Week honors three times, twice by Valentin Vacherot (Feb. 15 & March 1) and once by Hady Habib (March 8). The Aggies’ six SEC honorees tops the league this season, with No. 12 Georgia (4) the only other school to receive more than two honors.

Bakshi shared Player of the Week honors with South Carolina’s Harrison O’Keefe while Mississippi State’s Giovanni Oradini was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week.

Bakshi and the Aggies will host Tennessee Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center followed by a road swing at LSU and No. 19 TCU on Saturday and Monday, respectively. All Texas A&M students are granted free admission to home matches by presenting a valid student ID. Additionally, fans are reminded the Mitchell Tennis Center adheres to the Texas A&M Athletics ‘Clear Bag’ policy, for more information about the policy visit 12thMan.com/beclear .

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

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Bohman, Hake Named SEC Riders of the Month

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M Equestrian’s Madison Bohman and Rachael Hake were named SEC Riders of the Month, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Bohman was named the Reining Rider of the Month after finishing with a 1-0-1 record in March. The Morgan, Utah, native defeated Auburn’s Ali Fratessa, 74-0, to earn her fourth MOP of the season and tied TCU’s Carley Montemuro at 72.5. Bohman leads the team with eight wins in the event on the year.

Hake began the month with an 80-79 victory over Auburn’s Tory Hoft in Equitation on the Flat, her first SEC win of the season. The Washington, Mich., native helped lead the Maroon and White to a 4-1 win in Flat against TCU, defeating Maddy Fithian, 65-62.

Bohman and Hake become the sixth and seventh Aggie to earn the conference honor, joining Sarah Orsak, Maddie Swem, Kai DeVoglaer, Kaci Fisher and Avery Ellis.

The Aggies begin their hunt for the SEC Championship on Friday against Auburn at 9 a.m. in Auburn, Ala.

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Aggies Topple Rice, 8-5

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 23 Texas A&M Aggies defeated the Rice Owls 8-5 Tuesday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The Aggies got back on the winning track, in part due to the A&M bats pilling up six runs in their final four times at-bat. They trailed 3-2 heading into the fifth before a three-run frame gave them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Rice took an early lead with a one-run first off Aggie starter Corbin Martin (2-2). With two outs and men on the corners, the Owls executed a double steal scoring two-hole hitter Ryan Chandler from third.

Joel Davis answered back in the bottom of the second. The senior sent his third dinger of the season way over the right field wall to even the score.

The deadlock was short lived as Rice grabbed the lead back posting a run in consecutive frames. Dane Myers singled home the run in the third and Dayne Wunderlich’s drove in the other with a sac fly off reliever John Doxakis in the 4th.

Doxakis (1-1) kept the Owls quiet for the rest of his 4.0-inning relief outing. The first-year lefty fanned four en route to his first career win.

The Aggies chipped away in the fourth loading the bases with nobody out. Davis again had the RBI, this time on sac fly to center that sent Austin Homan home.

The A&M offense captured the lead for good posting a three-run fifth. With one out, George Janca and Nick Choruby reached via consecutive singles though the left side off Rice reliever Addison Moss (0-1). Homan tied the game up on a single of his own before Shewmake’s sacrifice fly put the home team in front. Logan Foster plated the final run of the frame on a double to center.

The Aggie bats plated insurance runs in the seventh with a pair of runs. Foster and Davis added to their RBI totals with a single and double, respectively. In the eighth, Shewmake tallied his second sac fly of the game for the eighth A&M run.

Rice scored one run in the eighth and ninth off the third aggie pitcher Mitchell Kilkenny. They would put the tying run at the plate before Kilkenny recorded the final out of the game on a liner to Homan.

Davis highlighted the Texas A&M lineup going 2-for-3 and plating runs in three different innings. Homan started in the two-hole and reached four times, scoring on three occasions. Altogether, the two-through-five hitters went 8-for-13 with all eight RBI.

Next up, the Aggies hit the road for a three-game set with Vanderbilt in Nashville. First pitch from Hawkins Field on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m.

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Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress

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Aggie SS Austin Homan

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Aggie LHP John Doxakis

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Aggie Spring Football Practice: Kevin Sumlin

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Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin

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Three Aggies earn SEC Athlete of the Week honors to open outdoor season

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

BIRMINGHAM – A trio of Aggies were named Athletes of the Week by the SEC office. Honors were awarded to Robert Grant as men’s Runner of the Week, Jeff Bartlett as men’s Field Athlete of the Week and Aaliyah Brown as women’s Runner of the Week.

Preseason national team computer rankings for the outdoor season released by USTFCCCA this week have the Texas A&M men ranked No. 4 with the Aggie women at No. 12. Texas A&M will compete within the state of Texas the next two weeks. First they will be in San Antonio this weekend at the UTSA Roadrunners Invitational and the following week they travel to Austin for the Texas Relays.

Brown, a senior from Frankfort, Illinois, broke a 19-year-old meet record in the 100m at the Baldy Castillo Invitational as she posted a time of 11.26 to clip the 11.27 set in 1998 by LSU’s Kwajalein Butler. It’s the fastest time by Brown to open an outdoor campaign and she currently ranks second on the 2017 world list while leading the collegiate ranks.

Grant, a junior from Phoenix, Arizona, raced to a 50.07 victory in the 400m hurdles as he produced his sixth fastest time ever and his best opener to a season. Grant is the current U.S. and collegiate leader and ranks seventh in the world. Grant bettered the field at Arizona State by nearly a full second.

Bartlett, a senior from Dallas, Texas, produced his best opener and the second best discus mark by a collegian in the early stages of the outdoor season with a toss of 186-6 (56.84). The effort placed Bartlett second in the competition behind Iowa’s Reno Tuufuli, who set a collegiate leading mark of 193-8 (59.04). Bartlett’s series included four of his six throws over 180 feet with three attempts better than 185 feet.

USTFCCCA Outdoor Preseason Rankings
Men: 1. Florida, 2. Oregon, 3. Arkansas, 4. Texas A&M, 5. LSU, 6. Virginia, 7. Texas, 8. Alabama, 9. Georgia, 10. Stanford, 11. USC, 12. Texas Tech, 13. Mississippi, 14. Tennessee, 15. Nebraska, 16. Syracuse, 17. Kansas, 18. UCLA, 19. Minnesota, 20. Houston, 21. Virginia Tech, 22. Kentucky, 23. Western Kentucky, 24. Auburn, 25. South Carolina.

Women: 1. Oregon, 2. Kentucky, 3. Arkansas, 4. LSU, 5. USC, 6. Florida, 7. Georgia, 8. Texas, 9. Stanford, 10. Florida State, 11. Tennessee, 12. Texas A&M, 13. Washington, 14. Harvard, 15. Alabama, 16. Miami, 17. Baylor, 18. Nebraska, 19. Oklahoma, 20. Virginia Tech, 21. Michigan, 22. South Carolina, 23. Mississippi, 24. Auburn, 25. San Diego State.

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Wade Leaving VCU for LSU

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Will Wade is leaving VCU to take over LSU after guiding the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in both his seasons as coach. LSU vice chancellor and athletic director Joe Alleva made the announcement Monday night on the school’s athletics website and Twitter. Wade guided the Rams to the Atlantic 10 championship game and the NCAA Tournament in both of his seasons. A person familiar with negotiations says he’s agreed to a six-year contract with LSU.

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Statement from Texas A&M’s Robert Williams

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

TEXAS A&M FRESHMAN FORWARD ROBERT WILLIAMS
“First of all, I would like to thank God for blessing me with the awesome opportunity to play at a great university like Texas A&M. I would also like to thank my parents, family, coaches, teammates and fans for supporting me through my freshman year. I love A&M and it was a great experience which helped me grow and get better as a player and a person. Although I’ve grown, I still feel like I would benefit from another year of college. This will give me more time to mature and develop my game before moving on to the NBA. With that being said I’ve decided I owe it to myself to stay another year at Texas A&M. Again, I would like to thank everyone for their support and I know next year will be even better. Gig ’em Aggies!”

TEXAS A&M HEAD COACH BILLY KENNEDY
“I’m thankful that Robert loves Texas A&M and his teammates. I know this was a difficult decision for him and his family. He’s not only a special talent but a special young man. His desire to be the best and his trust in us in humbling. I can’t wait for next season!”

 

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Freshman sensation Robert Williams announced Tuesday that he plans to return to Texas A&M for his sophomore season after weighing the option of entering the 2017 NBA Draft after just one season in Aggieland.

Williams, a native of Oil City, La., emerged as a star on the hardwood for the Aggies during his rookie campaign, garnering SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors in addition to being named to both the All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Freshman squads.

The 6-foot-9 forward made 17 starts during his rookie year while averaging 11.9 points, a team-leading 8.2 rebounds per contest and shooting an impressive 55.8 percent from the field. Williams totaled 11 double-doubles on the season, second only to Ole Miss senior Sebastian Saiz among all SEC players.

On the defensive end, Williams stood out as one of the NCAA’s most disruptive forces this season. He owns the nation’s longest active blocked shot streak, having collected a swat in all 31 contests, while posting 22 multi-block games as well as eight affairs with four or more blocks. A three-time SEC Freshman of the Week honoree, Williams’ 77 total blocked shots are 19th-most among all Division-I players this season (as of 3/18 games) were the second most by an Aggie in a single season, trailing only David Harris’ 108 in 1989-90.

SEC play saw Williams’ productivity reach another level as he led the league in blocked shots (2.6 per game), while checking in at second in both rebounding (9.6 boards per game) and field goal percentage (54.2 percent).

Texas A&M men’s basketball now stands to return one of the SEC’s formidable rosters to the hardwood for the 2017-18 campaign, bringing back four starters and 13 total players, representing 86.1 percent of the Aggies’ total scoring output.

Additionally, A&M will be boosted on the hardwood by the addition of freshman JJ Caldwell, a highly-regarded point guard who redshirted the 2016-17 season, and welcome another nationally-ranked signing class to Aggieland. 247 Sports regards Texas A&M’s incoming class as the 14th best in the country while ESPN slots the four Aggie commits among the top 12 players in the state of Texas.

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