SEC Names 49 Aggies to Winter Academic Honor Roll

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Forty-nine Texas A&M student-athletes were named to the Southeastern Conference’s Winter Academic Honor Roll, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced on Thursday.

The student-athletes from the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the equestrian team and the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were honored for achieving either a cumulative 3.0 grade point average or a 3.0 GPA in the preceding academic year (based on 2014 Spring, Summer and Fall semesters).

Texas A&M (Hometown) – Sport – Major
Kyle Dobbins (Houston, Texas) – M Basketball – Mechanical Engineering
Antwan Space (DeSoto, Texas) – M Basketball – Agricultural Leadership & Development
Allison Chu (Plano, Texas) – W Basketball – Sport Management
Carolyn Day (Corpus Christi, Texas) – Equestrian – Mechanical Engineering
Rachel Lucht (College Station, Texas) – Equestrian – Mechanical Engineering
Kimmy Saul (Brookevile, Md.) – Equestrian – Communication
Kaci Fisher (Abilene, Texas) – Equestrian – Kinesiology
Brogan Horton (Larkspur, Colo.) – Equestrian – Animal Science
Catherine Bell (San Antonio, Texas) – Equestrian – Agricultural Leadership & Development
Sarah McEntire (Four Oaks, N.C.) – Equestrian – Animal Science
Randi Anderson (Bryan, Texas) – Equestrian – Agricultural Leadership & Development
Avery Farley (Happy Valley, Ore.) – Equestrian – Agricultural Communications & Journalism
Sophie Reiter (Summit, N.J.) – Equestrian – Agricultural Communications & Journalism
Laura Sumrall (Summit, Miss.) – Equestrian – Agricultural Communications & Journalism
Logan Pluhar (Canyon, Texas) – Equestrian – Sport Management
Gabrielle Ploth (Conroe, Texas) – Equestrian – Nutritional Sciences
Ashley Corona (Corona, Calif.) – Equestrian – Animal Science
Hannah Jechow (Uvalde, Texas) – Equestrian – Interdisciplinary Studies
Anne Bean (Beaumont, Texas) – Equestrian – Human Resource Development
Paige Linne (Queen City, Ariz.) – Equestrian – Animal Science
Marlena Parker (Cumming, Ga.) – Equestrian – Agricultural Communications & Journalism
Hannah Williams (Woodbine, Md.) – Equestrian – Psychology
Anna Rea – (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) Equestrian – Sport Management
Ashley Milberger (Navasota, Texas) – Equestrian – Psychology
Lauren Uhrich (Fall City, Wash.) – Equestrian – Management
Megan Phillips (Atlanta, Ga.) – Equestrian – Agricultural Leadership & Development
Haley Buchmiller (Bartlett, Ill.) – Equestrian – University Studies
Isabella Norton (Falls Church, Va.) – Equestrian – Sociology
Mateo Muzek (Zagreb, Croatia) – M Swim & Dive – Physics
Zachary Stockton (Houston, Texas) – M Swim & Dive – Kinesiology
Mitch Glander (Kingwood, Texas) – M Swim & Dive – Industrial Distribution
Alexandros Theocharidis (Serres, Greece) – M Swim & Dive – Kinesiology
Antoine Marc (Houston, Texas) – M Swim & Dive – Molecular & Cell Biology and Applied Mathematics
Luke Shaw (San Antonio, Texas) – M Swim & Dive – Sport Management
Emily Neubert (Waco, Texas) – W Swim & Dive – Economics
Sarah Gibson (San Antonio, Texas) – W Swim & Dive – Biomedical Engineering
Colleen Konetzke (San Antonio, Texas) – W Swim & Dive – Accounting
Meredith Oliver (Tyler, Texas) – W Swim & Dive – Accounting
Katherine Huff (Augusta, Ga.) – W Swim & Dive – Kinesiology
Julia Cook (Boerne, Texas) – W Swim & Dive – Forensic and Investigative Sciences
Ellen Quirke (Wellington, New Zealand) – W Swim & Dive – Kinesiology
Madison Hudkins (Murrieta, Calif.) – W Swim & Dive – Sport Management
Claire Brandt (Dallas, Texas) – W Swim & Dive – Chemistry
Kelli Benjamin (Gilbert, Ariz.) – W Swim & Dive – Interdisciplinary Studies
Samantha Bosma (Marietta, Ga.) – W Swim & Dive – Visualization
Sarah Henry (Garner, N.C.) – W Swim & Dive – Physics
Ashley McGregor (Pointe-Claire, Quebec) – W Swim & Dive – Renewable Natural Resources
Madeline Edwards (Austin, Texas) – W Swim & Dive – Allied Health
Liliana Ibañez (Celaya, Mexico) – W Swim & Dive – Land & Property Development

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Duncan and Leonard Help Spurs Beat Clippers 111-107 in OT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Tim Duncan scored 28 points, Kawhi Leonard added 23 and the defending champion San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Clippers 111-107 in overtime Wednesday night, tying their Western Conference playoff series at 1-1.

The Spurs blew 10-point leads in the third and fourth quarters, and got into overtime on a pair of free throws by Patty Mills with 8 seconds left in regulation. Duncan scored four straight points in the extra session while playing with five fouls.

His jumper snapped a 101-all tie, Mills followed with a fast-break driving layup off Leonard’s long pass and Leonard scored on a layup for a 107-101 lead with 56 seconds left. Mills finished with 18 points off the bench and Boris Diaw had 12.

Blake Griffin had his first career playoff triple-double of 29 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, but a couple of key late turnovers.

Effectively-wild Bradley Leads Arizona to 8-5 Win Over Texas

PHOENIX (AP) _ Archie Bradley shook off a shaky start to pitch six effective innings, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 8-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Bradley (2-0) walked five in the first three innings, including one that scored a run, but proved to be effectively wild, holding the Rangers to a run and two hits. He is the fifth pitcher since 1914 to allow two hits or fewer in six-plus innings in two of his first three big league starts.

Chris Owings homered off Yovani Gallardo (2-1) and had a run-scoring single for the Diamondbacks. Mark Trumbo also drove in two runs and shortstop Nick Ahmed made some nifty defensive plays to help Arizona turn four double plays.

Adrian Beltre hit a solo homer in the Rangers’ four-run ninth inning.

Happ, Mariners Hold Off Astros 3-2

SEATTLE (AP) _ J.A. Happ earned his first win with the Mariners as the Seattle bullpen held off the Houston Astros 3-2 Wednesday night.

Acquired from Toronto in an offseason trade, Happ (1-1) won in his third start. He gave up two runs and eight hits in 7 1-3 innings, walking none and striking out five.

Reliever Yoervis Medina walked the bases loaded with two outs in the eighth before striking out Chris Carter.

Fernando Rodney escaped a first-and-third, one-out jam in the ninth for his fourth save in five tries.

Roberto Hernandez (0-2) allowed three runs in seven innings.

Texas A&M Lands Three on All-SEC Team

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M’s Rachel Pierson was named to the All-SEC first team for women’s tennis, and Aggie teammates Saska Gavrilovska and Rutuja Bhosale were named to the second team, the Southeastern Conference announced today.

Playing in the nation’s toughest conference, which boasts four teams in the top 10 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings, the A&M trio helped lead the No. 9 Aggies to an 11-2 record in SEC matches, tying No. 4 Vanderbilt and No. 7 Georgia for second place in the league’s final standings.

Pierson, a sophomore from Princeton, N.J. who is in her first season at Texas A&M after playing her freshman campaign at Virginia, plays the No. 1 line in both singles and doubles. Currently ranked a career-high No. 26 in singles, Pierson went 8-5 in SEC matches only, including a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) victory over seventh-ranked Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt to clinch the Aggies’ 4-3 victory over the then-No. 8 Commodores. Pierson is tied with Bhosale for the team lead in overall singles victories with a 22-12 record.

The sophomore also leads the Aggies in doubles victories with a 20-9 overall record. Pierson went 7-3 in SEC matches with freshman partner Eva Paalma, including 6-3 at the No. 1 line. The duo, which closed out the SEC regular season riding a six-match win streak, is currently ranked a season-high No. 17 in the nation.

Gavrilovska is making her second consecutive appearance on the All-SEC second team, having also garnered the honor as a freshman. The Serbian is ranked No. 61 in singles with a 17-11 overall record, including an 11-6 mark against nationally ranked opponents. She went 7-4 in SEC singles matches, seeing action at the No. 1-4 lines.

Gavrilovska and Bhosale teamed in doubles and went 6-4 in SEC contests, including 3-0 against ranked opponents, as Texas A&M captured the doubles point in eight of 11 SEC matches.

Bhosale, a sophomore from India, led the Aggies with a 10-3 singles record in conference matches only, seeing action at the No. 2-4 lines. The SEC Player of the Week on March 25, Bhosale posted nine consecutive wins in SEC matches, including three wins against ranked opponents. She is 22-12 in all singles matches and ranked 64th in the nation.

The Aggies (15-5) now await the NCAA Tennis Selection Show and the announcement of the 64-team NCAA Championship field on Tuesday, April 28 at 4 p.m. on NCAA.com. A&M, which advanced to the Round of 16 last year after a runner-up finish in 2013, is expecting to make its 16th consecutive and 21st overall appearance in the postseason tournament.

Singles and doubles selections will be released on the NCAA website after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29.

Visit 12thMan.com for more information on Texas A&M women’s tennis. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M women’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieWTEN or on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Aggie-Womens-Tennis/143874782434654

A complete list of the SEC awards follows:

Player of the Year: Brooke Austin, Florida
Freshman of the Year: Brooke Austin, Florida
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Emily Zabor, Alabama
Coach of the Year: Geoff Macdonald, Vanderbilt

All-SEC First Team

Maya Jansen, Alabama
Erin Routliffe, Alabama
Brooke Austin, Florida
Josie Kuhlman, Florida
Brianna Morgan, Florida
Lauren Herring, Georgia
Joana Vale, Costa LSU
Julia Jones, Ole Miss
Jasmine Lee, Mississippi State
Rachel Pierson, Texas A&M
Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt
Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt

All-SEC Second Team

Yuliya Lysa, Arkansas
Pleun Burgmans, Auburn
Kourtney Keegan, Florida
Silvia Garcia, Georgia
Ellen Perez, Georgia
Kennedy Shaffer, Georgia
Aldila Sutjiadi, Kentucky
Skylar Kuykendall, LSU
Elixane Lechemia, South Carolina
Rutuja Bhosale, Texas A&M
Saska Gavrilovska, Texas A&M
Frances Altick, Vanderbilt 
Courtney Colton, Vanderbilt

All-Freshman

Brooke Austin, Florida
Josie Kuhlman, Florida
Ellen Perez, Georgia 
Kennedy Shaffer, Georgia 
Arianne Hartono, Ole Miss 
Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

SEC Champion Fabrizio Named Golfweek National Golfer of the Week

Texas A&M sophomore Bianca Fabrizio was named Golfweek’s national college women’s player of the week for April 13-19 after winning the SEC Championship individual title.

The Treviso, Italy native shot three rounds of under-par golf to post an SEC Championship-record 9-under 207. It was her second event win of the year, as she finished two shots ahead of teammate Maddie Szeryk.

Fabrizio helped the Aggies win their first SEC team title, as Texas A&M shot an SEC Championship-record 13-under par to win the tournament by 12 strokes. The Aggies were earlier named Golfweek’s national team of the week on April 7.

The Aggies have automatically qualified for the NCAA Regionals, and are making their 15th straight appearance in NCAA play. The NCAA Selection Show is Monday, April 27 at 6 p.m. on the Golf Channel.

NFL Suspends DE Greg Hardy for 10 Games

NEW YORK (AP) _ The NFL has suspended defensive end Greg Hardy, now of the Dallas Cowboys, for 10 games for conduct detrimental to the league.

Hardy, who joined the Cowboys as a free agent this year, was notified Wednesday of the decision in a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell. Hardy plans to appeal.

Goodell cited “sufficient credible evidence that Hardy engaged in conduct that violated NFL policies in multiple respects and with aggravating circumstances.” His assault case had been dismissed in a North Carolina court, but an NFL investigation concluded that Hardy used physical force against Nicole Holder in at least four instances.

Hardy was on the commissioner’s Exempt List last season and did not play for Carolina, although he was paid his $13.1 million salary.

Cowboys, Texans to Open the 2015 Regular Season at Home

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Oklahoma City Thunder Fire Coach Scott Brooks After 7 Years

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired coach Scott Brooks.

The team made the announcement Wednesday.

Brooks coached the Thunder for seven seasons. Starting in 2010-11, he led the team to the Western Conference Finals three out of four years, and the Thunder reached the NBA Finals in 2012. The Thunder failed to make the playoffs this past season, as injuries limited them to a 45-37 finish.

Brooks was 338-207 (.620) with the Thunder and was the 2009-10 NBA Coach of the Year.

Howard and Harden Lead Rockets over Mavericks 111-99

HOUSTON (AP) _ Dwight Howard scored 28 points and James Harden added 24 to help the Houston Rockets coast to a 111-99 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference playoff series.

Howard and childhood friend Josh Smith dominated early in the fourth quarter to help the Rockets pull away.

The Mavericks scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to take a three-point lead. But with Harden on the bench, Houston scored the next 11 points, powered by three alley-oop passes from Smith to Howard, to take a 92-84 lead with about 8 minutes left.

Smith, who connected with Howard on six alley-oop passes, finished with 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

Monta Ellis had 24 points for Dallas, but big men Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler combined for just 21 points.

Game 3 is in Dallas on Friday night.

SEC Athlete of the Week Honors for Kamaria Brown and Ioannis Kyriazis

BIRMINGHAM – A pair of Aggies were selected for weekly honors by the SEC with Kamaria Brown named women’s Runner of the Week and Ioannis Kyriazis earning a third Freshman of the Week accolade.

Brown set an outdoor career best in the 400 meters as her 51.76 clocking placed fourth in a star-studded race at Baylor’s Michael Johnson Classic this past weekend. Defending NCAA champion Courtney Okolo of Texas won the race in a world-leading 50.99 while Brown’s time is currently eighth on the 2015 world list, sixth among Americans, fifth among collegians and second best in the SEC. On the Aggie all-time list Brown’s time is the No. 5 performer.

Brown also ran third leg on the 4×100 relay as the Aggies reversed the result against Texas from their last encounter at the Texas Relays when the Longhorns held a 43.70 to 43.72 edge. In Waco, A&M defeated Texas by a margin of 43.61 to 43.91 in securing the victory with a crew that included Jennifer Madu, Ashton Purvis, K. Brown and Aaliyah Brown.

The Aggie women carry a collegiate leading time of 43.03 in the 4×100 heading into the Penn Relays this weekend. Texas A&M has claimed six consecutive 4×100 titles at the Penn Relay Carnival and won six of the past seven 4×200 titles.

Kyriazis established another career best in the javelin as his winning mark of 248-6 (75.74) bettered the field by nearly 30 feet at the Michael Johnson Classic. Kyriazis took only three throws as his best effort came in the third round. He passed on his three remaining attempts as Fabian Dohmann of Texas (218-7) was runner-up in the competition.

Currently third on the 2015 world junior list, Kyriazis ranks fourth among collegians and second in the SEC. Kyriazis is the top collegian among freshmen in the javelin by over 15 feet. He remains No. 3 on the Aggie all-time list.

Texas A&M men and women remain locked into the No. 1 position among the USTFCCCA national team computer rankings as they prepare for their annual trek to Franklin Field for the 121st Penn Relay Carnival, which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. Another group of Aggies travel to San Marcos for the Bobcat Classic on Saturday.

USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings

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1.            Texas A&M                    398.80

2.            Florida                             356.51

3.            Oregon                            302.89

4.            LSU                                  243.40

5.            Southern California      226.54

6.            Texas                               184.65

7.            Arkansas                         176.88

8.            Florida State                  172.58

9.            Alabama                         166.81

10.         Texas Tech                     163.40

11.         Georgia                           147.46

12.         Baylor                              115.08

13.         Tennessee                      111.57

14.         South Carolina               106.72

15.         Penn State                      103.86

16.         Virginia                            100.91

17.         Oklahoma State            99.38

18.         Mississippi State            88.58

19.         Nebraska                        81.50

20.         BYU                                  80.61

21.         UTEP                                76.27

22.         Arizona State                 75.98

23.         UCLA                               75.10

24.         Stanford                          74.17

25.         Syracuse                         68.46

WOMEN

1.            Texas A&M                    307.18

2.            Florida                             287.68

3.            Texas                               284.71

4.            Southern California      267.35

5.            Arkansas                         264.98

6.            Oregon                            258.49

7.            Georgia                           254.36

8.            Kentucky                         245.59

9.            Baylor                              172.00

10.         Kansas State                  165.88

11.         Oklahoma State            138.03

12.         Stanford                          131.85

13.         Florida State                  130.26

14.         Michigan State              113.16

15.         LSU                                  112.00

16.         Virginia Tech                  99.79

17.         Alabama                         94.04

18.         Texas Tech                     93.04

19.         Clemson                          93.02

20.         Iona                                 89.20

21.         Missouri                          87.23

22.         UCLA                               85.48

23.         North Carolina              84.12

24.         Notre Dame                   83.65

25.         Boise State                     83.47

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

No. 2 Aggie Baseball Edges UT-Arlington, 4-2

Cowboys Officially Re-Sign Running Back Dunbar, Punter Jones

The Cowboys have re-signed running back Lance Dunbar and punter Chris Jones to one-year contracts worth $1.5 million. Both were restricted free agents.

Dunbar worked his way into a change-of-pace role out of the Dallas backfield as an undrafted free agent out of North Texas three years ago. He had 362 all-purpose yards last season, topped by 217 yards receiving.

The 25-year-old Dunbar has a chance for an expanded role with NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray’s departure to Philadelphia in free agency.

Jones has been with the Cowboys four seasons, the past two as the full-time punter. He had a career-best 45.4-yard average last season. His career net average is 39.5 yards.

Texas A&M Wide Receiver Gonzalez Announces Transfer

Texas A&M wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez announced via twitter Monday afternoon that he will transfer from the football program.

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Gonzalez, a four-star recruit out of Cedar Hill back in 2013, played in 8 games as a sophomore for the Aggies last year, making 5 catches for 77 yards and 1 touchdown.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after the conclusion of spring practice.

Men’s Tennis, Women’s Golf Win SEC Titles

The Aggies claimed two SEC Championships in the span of an hour on Sunday afternoon.

The men’s tennis team completed the sweep of both the regular season and tournament titles on Sunday, as the Aggies knocked off top-seeded Georgia 4-2 in the SEC Tournament finals at the Mitchell Tennis Center.

Just over an hour later, the women’s golf team won the SEC Championship at Greystone Golf & Country Club by 12 strokes over South Carolina with a final score of 851 (-13). It is Texas A&M’s first conference title since 2010, and the Aggies’ first in the SEC.

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Aggie Men’s Golf Finishes 10th at SEC Championship

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Play at the 2015 SEC Men’s Golf Championship concluded on Sunday with Texas A&M finishing in 10th place.

The Aggies (286-282-287=855) were seven-over during their final round at Sea Island Golf Club to finish the tournament at 15-over par while LSU claimed the league’s title with a 13-under par showing. Vanderbilt (-10) and South Carolina (-10) shared runner-up honors while Alabama and Auburn tied for fourth place at seven-under to round out the top five on the leaderboard.

“Today was like a replay of the first two days of the tournament,” A&M head coachJ.T. Higgins said. “We were playing pretty good golf and then coming down the stretch we hit some balls into the water and had some three putts. We didn’t finish strong and those mistakes have haunted us all season. Even though we have worked hard to improve in all of those areas, it’s just not sticking. Today was disappointing because even though there was only so far we could have climbed on the leaderboard, I think we could have gotten a couple spots higher.”

Junior Adrià Arnaus (72-68-70=210, E) was the highest-finishing Aggie in the individual standings, shooting an even par 70 Sunday to check in at 22nd place. Fellow junior Ben Crancer (70-74-70=214, +4) also fired a 70 during the final round to move nine spots up the leaderboard to end play with a share of 36th.

“Ben and Adrià both played well today,” Higgins added. “They were really solid. All the kids fought their butts off, but it just wasn’t our week. We’ll get back to the drawing board and work to get better.”

Senior Greg Yates (71-67-74=212, +2) claimed a share of 27th place in the final standings while junior Andrew Lister (73-73-75=221, +11) and freshman Andrew Paysse (80-78-73=231, +21) finished in 59th and 69th places, respectively.

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Aggie Baseball Drops a Series for First Time in 2015

COLLEGE STATION – The No. 1 Texas A&M Aggies gave up six runs in the inning Sunday afternoon and were unable to recover, dropping a rubber match against the Arkansas Razorbacks, 8-2, on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The game was confined to seven-innings due to SEC weather and travel rules pertaining to games on the last day of a series which follow the resumption of a suspended game. Earlier in the day, A&M dropped a 9-8 decision in a game that carried over from Saturday night.

The Razorbacks needed just two batters to grab the lead. Clark Eagan reached base to start the game when A&M second baseman Ryne Birk was unable to glove a pop fly behind the mound. Joe Serrano knocked in Eagan with a gapper to right-center, staking Arkansas (24-17, 9-9 SEC) to a 1-0 lead.

Following Serrano’s double the area lightning warning beacon went off, starting a 2-hour, 6-minute weather delay.

When the teams returned to the field, Arkansas’ offense continued to churn. Andrew Benintendi drew a six-pitch walk and Tyler Spoon placed a perfect bunt down the third base line to load the bases. Luke Bonfield knocked in a pair of runs with a single to leftfield to inflate the cushion to 3-0. After Bobby Wernes pushed two runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, Brett McAfee bounced a single up the middle to knock in two more runs and drive A&M starter Matt Kent from the contest. Michael Bernal greeted Aggie reliever Andrew Vinson rudely, doubling down the leftfield to knock McAfee in for the 6-0 lead. Vinson prevented further damage in the frame with a strikeout and grounder to first.

In the bottom of the second, Texas A&M (35-5, 12-5 SEC) brewed up a rally that didn’t reach its full potential. With one out, Hunter Melton reached on an infield single and Birk and Ronnie Gideon drew walks to load the bases. JB Moss put a jolt in a first-pitch offering, but a shifting northwest wind kept the ball in the yard with leftfielder Serrano catching the ball three feet in front of the leftfield wall. Melton came home to score on the sacrifice bunt, trimming the lead to 6-1. The Aggies were unable to manufacture more runs in the frame as Michael Barash grounded out to short.

Spoon drove in the Razorbacks’ other two runs. He plated a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and tallied an RBI single in the sixth to give Arkansas an 8-1 lead.

The Aggies had another rally come up short of potential in the sixth. With one out, Melton and Birk poked back-to-back singles into centerfield and Gideon was issued a base on balls to load the bags with Ags. Moss chipped a single into shallow rightfield to plate Melton, cutting the Razorbacks advantage to 8-2. The Maroon and White left the bases loaded as Barash popped up to third base and Allemand struck out looking.

A&M got two aboard in their last at bat as Logan Taylor and Melton drew two-out walks, starting the seventh, but Birk struck out swinging to end the game.

Kent (6-1) suffered his first loss of the season. He allowed six runs, five earned, on four hits and one walk in 0.1 innings. Vinson was solid in relief, allowing one run on four hits and one walk while striking out five in 4.2 innings.

Only four Aggies managed hits on the day with Nick Banks, Melton and Birk accounting for two apiece. Melton scored A&M’s only two runs with Moss notching both RBI.

Benintendi led the Arkansas attack, going 2-for-2 with two walks, two stolen bases and two runs.

Keaton McKinney (3-1) picked up the win. He yielded two runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out three in 5.1 innings.

Texas A&M was doomed by the inability to get the leadoff man aboard (0-for-7) and the inability to hit with runners in scoring position (1-for-7).

The Aggies return to action Tuesday as the host the UT Arlington Mavericks in a 2:05 pm matinee on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

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#23/24 Softball Drops Second Game of LSU Series, 6-3

BATON ROUGE, La. – The No. 23/24 Texas A&M softball team (33-14, 8-9 SEC) couldn’t mount a comeback against LSU (41-5, 13-4 SEC) Sunday night and dropped the first second game of the series, 6-3.

Junior Katie Marks got the start in the circle, allowing four runs on five hits through two innings.

LSU scratched on across in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead on an RBI single, in a start similar to Saturday’s outing.

The Aggies were quick to answer in the visitor portion of the second, as sophomoreCelena Massey led off with the first hit of the game for A&M, a hard hit single to short, and freshman Erin Houthoofd came on to run at first. A sacrifice bunt from junior Breanna Dozier moved Houthoofd into scoring position and freshman Ashley Walters’s infield single put runners on the corners with junior Alex Masek at the dish. Masek hit a quick ball that, combined with a fielding error, allowed her to reach first and sent Houthoofd blazing home for the tying run.

The Tigers responded in kind, taking back the lead on an RBI single up the middle and adding two more runs on a deep triple to the warning track in center field.

After going down in order in the third, senior Lauren Ainsley came in to make her second relief appearance in as many games, finishing with two runs on two hits in two innings of work.

LSU added to its lead with a solo home run over the left field wall in the top of the fourth but Dozier stepped up to the plate and went yard to cut the lead to three, her seventh dinger of the year.

The Tigers tacked on another run on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fourth and pushed the lead back out to four at 6-2.

A&M loaded the bases on in the visitor half of the fifth, with a leadoff single through the left side for Masek, a perfectly placed bunt single from senior Brittany Clopton and a full-count walk issued to junior Cali Lanphear, but were unable to capitalize and left all three on base.

Freshman Kayla Ober entered the circle in the bottom of the fifth inning, making her fifth appearance of the year and third in league play. Ober retired the Tiger side in order and, for the first time all night, held LSU scoreless in a single inning.

Behind 6-2, Dozier led off with a single through the left side and freshman Erica Russell took her place on first base. Cuyos made her first appearance on the bags with a single to left field and Walters earned her first RBI of the night on a double to right center that sent Russell speeding home. With two runners in scoring position, the Aggies were unable to convert and the inning ended with the Aggies trailing by three.

Ober continued her tough play in the circle, allowing a single hit but held the Tigers scoreless for the second straight inning and the Aggies headed into their last at-bats down 6-3.

Freshman Tori Vidales’s first hit of the night came at the perfect time, a leadoff single to the left center wall in the top of the final inning, but A&M was unable to advance her and the game ended on a double-play.

Ober finished the night allowing only a single hit and holding off the LSU attack, keeping them scoreless in the final two innings with a single strikeout.

Coach Evans Post Game Sound
“I thought the bottom of our order did a nice job of setting the table. We hit tonight, the difference in the game was timely hitting. I thought their defense was having a difficult time with our bunts and we needed to put the ball down and in play with runners on base to make their defense made a difficult decision. LSU is a great ball club and so you can’t give them openings that extend the game for our pitchers. We had our chances in this game, we out hit LSU, and didn’t get a win to show for it. I was pleased to see the way our kids answered back and kept us in the game.”

Let’s Hear a Hullabaloo
…for rising to the occasion. Freshman Kayla Ober entered in relief in the bottom of the fifth inning and held the Tigers to a single hit in two innings of action, keeping them off base and scoreless in two consecutive innings. Gig ‘em, Kayla!

Coach Evans on Ober:
“I thought she did a great job and I keep saying our relievers’ job is to get stops for us. Kayla went out and did that. She threw ten pitches in the fifth inning and came back, got her outs quick in the sixth inning. I thought she looked really good and gave LSU a different look. I’m really proud of her, I thought she showed good composure and played good defense out there for herself. You need someone to go out there and bear down to give your team a chance.”

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The Aggies will face LSU in the final game of the series at 6:00 p.m. on Monday on the SEC Network. Follow along with live stats at 12thMan.com and @AggieSoftball on Twitter for all the hits, pitches and everything in between during the 2015 softball season.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

No. 6 Texas A&M Men’s Tennis Blanks LSU, Advances in SEC Tournament

The 6th ranked Aggie Men’s Tennis team defeated LSU, 4-0 in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals this morning at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

The Maroon & White advance to take on Mississippi State tomorrow in the semifinals. First-serve is slated for noon.

Browns QB Manziel Hopes to Earn Back Respect After Rehab

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has apologized to the team and its fans and asked for privacy during his recovery from an undisclosed substance problem.

Manziel released a statement through the Browns on Friday. He thanked doctors and staff at Caron, a Pennsylvania facility which specializes in the treatment of drugs and alcohol. Manziel was discharged last week following a 2 1/2-month stay.

Manziel says he takes “full responsibility for my actions” and he intends to “work very hard to regain everyone’s trust and respect.”

Manziel, who earned his “Johnny Football” nickname while winning the Heisman Trophy as a freshman at Texas A&M, intends to attend Cleveland’s offseason practices next week.

Earlier this week, he attended a Texas Rangers game followed by a visit to see the Dallas Mavericks play.

Manziel had a rough rookie season in 2014. He spent most of it as the team’s backup before making two starts.

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