Szeryk Tied for 10th Entering Final Round of NCAA Championship

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SUGAR GROVE, Ill.- Texas A&M junior Maddie Szeryk is in a tie for 10th place after the second of three rounds at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. Szeryk shot a 2-over 74 on Sunday to climb three places up the leaderboard.

Szeryk, a three time All-SEC selection, sits at 6-over 150 for the tournament, six strokes behind tournament leader Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest. Szeryk has made seven birdies, including five on Sunday, on the par 72 / 6,343 yard course at Rich Harvest Farms, ranking behind only Kupcho.

Szeryk tees off for the final round at 1:35 p.m. on Monday. The Golf Channel provides live coverage of the final round, starting at 3 p.m. and running until 7 p.m.

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Texas A&M Advances to Super Regional with 3-1 Victory over Texas

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COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M softball team advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals with a 3-1 victory over the Texas Longhorns Sunday afternoon at the Aggie Softball Complex.

In the teams’ first meeting in College Station since 2012, the Aggies (45-10) found themselves in an early hole as the Texas (33-26) put up the game’s first run up in the home half of the second. With runners on the corners and one out, Kaitlyn Washington plated Tuesday DerMargosian on a groundout to second.

In the third, Tori Vidales answered right back with a game-tying solo shot to right center, her 16th homer of the season and 50th of her career.

The Aggie offense kept the foot on the gas into the fourth, loading the bases with one out against Texas starter Tiarra Davis (8-11). Vidales blasted a two-RBI double off the wall in center, scoring Blake-Ann Fritsch and Erica Russell.

The three runs would be all Aggie starter Samantha Show (19-6) would need as the East Bernard, Texas, native finished with a complete game victory, her 14th of the season and second in as many days. The sophomore finished with four strikeouts as well as four hits allowed.

Keeli Milligan highlighted the Aggie offense during the weekend, hitting 7-for-10 in the Regional while walking twice and stealing a pair of bases. The Texas A&M pitching staff allowed just two runs in 19 innings of work fanning 16 while allowing just 12 hits.

With the win the Aggies will make their first appearance in a Super Regional since 2013 and will face Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. Dates and times of the series is to be determined.

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Martin’s Gem and Coleman’s Homer Power Aggies to 5-2 Win

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies took the middle game, 5-2, against the No. 16 Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday Night on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park to even the series.

Corbin Martin (6-3) weaved one of the best works of his career. He notched a career-high 12 strikeouts, allowing two runs on eight hits and one walk over 8.0 innings.

With the win Texas A&M improved to 36-19 on the season and 16-13 in SEC play. The victory guaranteed the Aggies a winning record in league action for the third consecutive season.

Arkansas (38-15, 17-11 SEC) opened the scoring with one run in the third inning when Eric Cole gapped a leadoff double to right-center and Jared Gates bounced a single up the middle. A&M avoided further damage escaping the inning with the bases full of Razorbacks. Arkansas ended up loading the bases with a single by Jax Biggers and a walk issued to Luke Bonfield, but Martin got Grant Koch to line out to centerfield to end the frame.

The Aggies answered back and then some in the home half of the third off previously unbeaten Razorback starter Dominic Taccolini (4-1). George Janca and Nick Choruby reached on singles before Cole Bedford tied the game on a sac fly. After the Hogs walked Braden Shewmake, Hunter Coleman made them pay blasting a three-run dinger to center. Coleman’s fourth homer of the season put the Aggies up 4-1.

Arkansas pushed one more across in the seventh on a double that just stayed fair down the left field line off the bat of Chad Spanberger. Martin limited them again getting his 10th strikeout of the game to end the threat.

Again, the Aggies answered the Hogs with a one-frame in the bottom half. Janca led the frame with a double and came around to score when Cole Bedford blasted a ball of the Arkansas first baseman with the infield drawn in.

Cason Sherrod came into the game for the ninth and closed the door on the Aggie victory. His perfect frame earned him his third save of the season.

On senior night, outgoing Aggie Blake Kopetsky went 2-for-4 while fellow seniors Walker Pennington and Choruby both came through with a base knock.

The two team will be wrap up the regular season at with an 11:02 a.m. start on Saturday. The rubber match will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES

Head Coach Rob Childress
On Corbin Martin‘s outing…
“What an amazing performance. He knew we needed some length out of him tonight. That’s an offensive as a club that we’ve faced since Kentucky and for him to slow them down tonight and get us some great innings, just a remarkable performance.”

On Martin’s effectiveness…
“He threw all four pitches for a strike. He was able to pitch backwards, the soft stuff early, use the fastball late and just never seemed to be in trouble.”

On the importance of Hunter Coleman‘s home run…
“Gigantic. It allowed us to breathe a little bit and allowed Corbin (Martin) to breathe a little bit.”

Freshman 1B Hunter Coleman
On Corbin Martin‘s outing…
“I think he competed. His stuff stayed good all night. His last pitch was 95 MPH, tough to do. I think he did a good job just controlling himself and putting us in a good spot to win.”

On his first start at first base as an Aggie…
“About a month and a half ago Coach (Childress) told me to start taking some groundballs, getting ready just in case. Bad luck for Joel (Davis) but I was ready to go. Definitely felt comfortable.”

Junior RHP Corbin Martin
On his approach on the mound throughout the game…
“The second time through the lineup we started mixing speeds more and giving them a different look. I think they started to adjust back to that. So we starting pitching a little bit backwards, which was nice, and just being able to pitch with different pitches and trust the guys behind me. Just holding them to the least amount of runs that I could, that was my goal.”

On how he feels after throwing a career-high amount of pitches…
“I feel really good. I was begging Coach (Childress) for that eighth inning. He was going to go with (Cason) Sherrod and I just said that I felt like I had been getting better throughout the game and it was nice to go back out there and be able to repeat what I’ve been doing. The guys were definitely having fun behind me so it made it a lot easier.”

On catcher Cole Bedford…
“Bedford caught the best game I think he’s ever caught. He was a bulldog back there and it always helps to have a guy like him behind the plate.”

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Texas A&M Overpowers Texas Southern, 14-0

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COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M softball team defeated Texas Southern, 14-0, Friday night to open play at the NCAA College Station Regional at the Aggie Softball Complex.

The Aggies (43-10) struck quickly, scoring three two-out runs in the first. Tori Vidales reached on a walk and moved to third as Kristen Cuyos reached on an error. Following a walk by Ashley Walters, Riley Sartain soared a double off the wall in right center to clear the bases.

Texas A&M broke the game open with an eight-run third inning to lead 11-0. Show began the scoring with a two-RBI double, before Russell tripled to right, scoring Show and Hudek, who reached on an error. An RBI, infield single from Keeli Milligan pushed Russell across and Milligan later scored on a single up the middle by Kaitlyn Alderink. Walters capped off the inning with a sacrifice fly to left.

Cuyos added to the lead in the fourth with a three-run homer to left, her 11th of the season.

Lexi Smith recorded her 12th win of the season, tossing a complete-game two-hitter with nine strikeouts.

The Aggies will face Texas State, who defeated Texas, 1-0, in 12 innings, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Coverage of tomorrow’s game can be seen on WatchESPN and the ESPN app, while the network affiliate is to be determined. The game can be heard locally on Willy 1550AM.

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Aggies Drop 10-inning Decision vs. Arkansas, 6-4

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies dropped the series opener, 6-4, to the No. 16 Arkansas Razorbacks in a 10-inning affair Thursday night on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Trailing 4-3 heading to the bottom of the ninth, Texas A&M (35-19, 15-13 SEC) rallied and tied the game with a sac fly from Jorge Gutierrez. But Arkansas’ Chad Spanberger gave the Razorbacks the final advantage with a two-run home run in the top of the tenth.

Arkansas (38-14, 17-10 SEC) opened the scoring with two runs in the second off Aggie starter Brigham Hill. The Razorbacks strung together four singles with the final coming on an infield hit with two outs.

Braden Shewmake gave Texas A&M the lead with one swing of the bat in the third inning. Trailing 2-0, the Aggies got two runners aboard with two outs as Nick Choruby reached on an infield hit and Cam Blake was hit by a pitch. On the next pitch, the freshman hammered a Trevor Stephan offering to the opposite field. His 10th homer of the year put the Maroon and White in front 3-2.

After both teams went silent for the next four innings, it was Arkansas’ turn to go from trailing to leading on one pitch. With no outs, a runner on second and Kaylor Chafin on the hill, Jax Biggers hooked a shot just inside the right field foul pole putting the Razorbacks up 4-3. They threatened for more but a bases-loaded double play kept the Razorbacks within Aggie reach.

Hunter Coleman got the Aggies’ ninth inning started with a leadoff walk. He was replaced at first base by Blake Kopetsky who was unsuccessful in a sacrifice bunt attempt. Cole Bedford doubled off the glove of Arkansas’ third baseman down the leftfield line to put both runners in scoring position. Gutierrez drove a deep fly ball to rightfield to knock in Kopetsky with the equalizer. With the winning run at third bae, Austin Homan swung and missed on a 2-2 pitch to end the threat.

The Aggies were unable to put together another rally in the home half of the 10th against Arkansas reliever Jake Reindl (3-1).

Hill got the no-decision working 5.0 innings and striking out seven. Chafin extended his scoreless inning streak to 28.1 innings before allowing the eighth inning homer. Sherrod worked 1.2 scoreless innings needing to face just four batters to do so. Kilkenny (3-3) got the loss after working the tenth.

Shewmake finished the day 2-for-4 bringing his RBI total up to 64. Choruby also reached twice going 2-for-5 and scoring his team-leading 49th run of the season.

The two programs will be back at it for the middle game of the series at 6:32 on Friday before wrapping up the regular season with an 11:00 a.m. first pitch on Saturday.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Rob Childress
On today’s game…
“It was a hard-fought loss. There are no moral victories in a loss here at Texas A&M. I’m proud of some things we did along the way, but at the end of the night we didn’t get it done.”

On converting opportunities on offense…
You’re not going to have many opportunities early in the series. You think back and the game may have been decided in the first inning. We had a runner at second base with no outs. We can’t move him, can’t score him. Turned out to be pretty important.”

Junior RHP Brigham Hill
On Arkansas’ offense…
“They were battling the whole game. They extended at bats and they were tough outs tonight. That ultimately led to me throwing 100 pitches through five innings.”

On the team’s mindset…
“The older guys just try to preach short-term memory. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what you’re doing now. It’s all about postseason. We’re just trying to set ourselves up for success later on. You definitely want to win every game you can, but you have to move on to the next one.”

Freshman 2B Braden Shewmake
On Texas A&M’s offensive performance…
“As an offense, scoring four runs is nice on a Thursday night, but we know we’re capable of a lot more. Our coaches have put an approach in our head that will lead us in a direction to score eight or nine runs every night. So we know we have to be a little better offensively. We’re pitching the ball fine.”

On the mindset of the younger players…
“We’re just following our seniors. Our seniors know it. They’ve been through it. We’ve never been through it on this stage. We don’t know what it’s like. This is all new for us. So we’re following the seniors. They haven’t led us in the wrong direction all year so we trust they’re going to lead us in the right direction again.”

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Texas A&M Men’s Tennis Falls to UCLA

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ATHENS, Georgia – The No. 13 Texas A&M men’s tennis team’s season came to an end Thursday afternoon in the NCAA Championship Round of 16 in Athens, Georgia. The Aggies (21-7) fell, 4-1, to No. 5 UCLA (22-5) at the Magill Tennis Complex.

The Aggies dropped the doubles point to open the match for the first time in the last seven matches. The Bruins claimed the first doubles match, 6-1, on the middle court as Austin Rapp and Joseph Di Giullo topped Jordi Arconada and Hady Habib. The Aggies’ third team evened the doubles tally at 1-1 as Aleksandre Bakshi and Max Lunkin topped Maxime Cressy and Ben Goldberg, 6-4. With the day’s first point on the line, No. 3 Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu edged out No. 9 AJ Catanzariti and Arthur Rinderknech 7-5 on the top court.

The Aggies and Bruins split singles first sets at three apiece, but the Bruins maintained the scoreboard advantage throughout the match. The Los Angeles squad took the first two singles points as Zhu topped No. 48 Arconada on court two, 6-4, 6-3, before Di Giulio bested Bakshi 7-5, 6-1 on court six.

The Maroon & White attempted to mount a comeback as No. 6 Rinderknech defeated No. 60 Redlicki, 6-4, 6-2, on court one. The Aggies needed to win the final three matches, but the Bruins advantage was too much to overcome. UCLA clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-4 win by Cressy on court five over Valentin Vacherot.

Rinderknech and Arconada will complete in next week’s NCAA Singles Championship, while Rinderknech and Catanzariti will feature in the doubles bracket. Rinderknech advanced to the NCAA Doubles Championship Final last season alongside Jackson Withrow.

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Post Game Quotes

Steve Denton, Texas A&M Men’s Tennis Head Coach
Thoughts on the match…
“Doubles is really important and we came up a little short there. We have been playing well in the doubles lately and were quite able to get that point today. UCLA did a good job of staying on top in the singles matches and kept the momentum on their side. That is what this game is about, momentum, and they were able to do that better than we were.”

On Arthur’s match and season…
“He has been a great leader on this team on and off the court. He has lead by example all season long and the guys have rallied around his leadership. That bodes well for him going into his senior season next year. He was able to take care of business against [Martin] Redlicki, he is one of the best players in college tennis and to win by that score line was very impressive today. I know he wanted the win for the team, I am really proud of how he was able to lead from the top of the lineup.”

On the season…
“I thought we did a great job of staying in the moment throughout the season. We had the mantra all year long of trying to be a tough team and that win streak through the heart of the schedule showed that we are a team to be reckoned with, it is unfortunate that the season ends so abruptly but we know that we are among the elite in college tennis and I am looking forward to coaching these guys next year. I was proud of the way we competed and played this whole season, we were picked to finish fifth or sixth in the conference and then we went out and won 11 of 12 matches in the SEC and shared the regular season championship. I think we have a lot to look forward to, our top six players are back next season and we have a lot to look forward to.”

Tennis Match Results
Texas A&M vs UCLA
May 18, 2017 at Athens, GA
(Magill Tennis Complex)

#5 UCLA 4, #13 Texas A&M 1

Singles competition
1. #6 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. #60 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) 6-4, 6-2
2. Evan Zhu (UCLA) def. #48 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Logan Staggs (UCLA) vs. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) 2-6, 6-4, 3-2, unfinished
4. Maxime Cressy (UCLA) def. Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Austin Rapp (UCLA) vs. Hady Habib (TAMU) 3-6, 6-3, 4-4, unfinished
6. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Aleksandre Bakshi (TAMU) 7-5, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #3 Martin Redlicki/Evan Zhu (UCLA) def. #9 AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 7-5
2. Austin Rapp/Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) def. Jordi Arconada/Hady Habib (TAMU) 6-1
3. Aleksandre Bakshi/Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. Maxime Cressy/Ben Goldberg (UCLA) 6-4

Match Notes:
Texas A&M 21-7; National ranking #13
UCLA 22-5; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3, 1); Singles (2, 6, 1, 4)
NCAA Championships
Round of 16
T-2:27

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Rangers win MLB-best 9th game in a row, 8-4 over Phillies

By STEPHEN HAWKINS

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Ryan Rua hit a tiebreaking three-run homer and the Texas Rangers stretched their MLB-best winning streak to nine games with an 8-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

The Rangers swept through an eight-game homestand against three teams, only their second time in franchise history to do that.

Philadelphia led 2-0 before Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor had consecutive two-out RBI singles off reliever Joely Rodriguez (1-2) in the fifth. Rua followed with his third homer, lining a shot that just cleared the 8-foot wall in right field.

Martin Perez (2-5), finally getting some run support, struck out eight with no walks in seven innings.

The Rangers have their longest winning streak since winning 12 in a row in July 2011. The only time they have won more was their team-record 14 in a row in May 1991.

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Pitching leads Astros, Rangers to Interleague Wins

McCullers helps Astros beat Marlins 3-0 to complete sweep

MIAMI (AP) _ Lance McCullers paid tribute to the late Jose Fernandez and pitched like him, allowing no earned runs for the third start in a row, and the Houston Astros beat the Miami Marlins 3-0 Wednesday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep.

McCullers (4-1) wore cleats with Fernandez’s initials and uniform number. Their friendship began when they were high school pitchers in the Tampa area, before Fernandez became the Marlins’ ace and then died in a boating accident last September.

McCullers limited Miami to three hits in six innings and lowered his ERA to 2.65.

Jose Altuve hit his first two triples of the year, doubled twice and had an RBI. George Springer hit a two-out, two-run single in the sixth.

The Astros (29-12) have the best record in the majors and their fourth consecutive win lifted them 17 games above .500 for the first time since 2004.

Jose Urena (1-2) limited Houston to three runs, one earned, in 5 2/3 innings.

Cashner finally wins in home state, Rangers top Phillies 9-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Andrew Cashner finally won in his home state of Texas, pitching seven solid innings to help the Rangers match the longest winning streak in the majors this year at eight games with a 9-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

The right-hander from the Houston area also got his first win with the Rangers, who scored all nine runs in the first five innings after getting just six in the first six starts by Cashner (1-3) when the stocky 30-year-old was in the game.

Jared Hoying hit his first big league homer and had his first four-hit game in his second start since coming up from the minors to replace center fielder Carlos Gomez, who is expected to miss at least a month with a right hamstring strain.

Zach Eflin (0-1) allowed 11 hits and seven runs in four innings.

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Brazos Cavalry FC Announce Founding Partners and Promotional Schedule

Bryan/College Station, Texas(May 17, 2016)- The Brazos Valley Cavalry FC are thrilled to announce the promotional schedule for the inaugural season. The schedule features a fireworks night and several theme nights to ensure entertainment for fans of all ages.

The press conference, held at Baylor Scott & White Health, announced the hospital as a founding partner.

The Cavalry FC director of player recruitment Daniel Roberts was in attendance, as well as two of the first Cavalry FC players.

(Cavalry owner Uri Geva & mascot ‘Friday’)

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June 5th- The Cavalry FC’s season opener will feature fireworks brought to you by Baylor Scott & White Health. This night will also serve as the “Show Your Scarf” night with a magnetic schedule giveaway.

June 8th- Cavalry FC presents Youth Soccer Night sponsored by FedStar Credit Union and will honor representatives of the Brazos Valley  Cavalry FC Youth Soccer Academy.

June 17th- The Cavalry FC presents Family Night with Battle Red Jersey Night and Kick 4 A Cure night brought to you by Baylor Scott & White Health.

June 22nd- Cavalry FC will feature an Aggie Night with special performances and scratch off giveaways.

June 24th- Cavalry FC presents a Mascot Birthday Bash sponsored by Burger King and thunderstix giveaways.

June 28th-  The Cavalry FC will honor the military with Armed Forces Night presented by Cavalry Court. This night will also be foam sword giveaway night.

July 8th- Cavalry FC will honor local first responders with Super Hero Night sponsored by Jones & Associates.

The Brazos Valley Cavalry FC is excited to unveil the uniforms which will feature red home jerseys and white away jerseys.

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(Cavalry winger Christian Molina)

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(Cavalry midfielder Mason Schuster)

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My Aggie Nation Podcast: Tournament time with Aggie softball’s Keeli Milligan

The NCAA Tournament is coming to College Station and Aggie softball left fielder Keeli Milligan joins the show to preview the College Station Regional that features Texas A&M, Texas Southern, Texas State and Texas. Also, KBTX’s Jake Kobersky helps hosts Travis L. Brown and Zach Taylor break down the Aggies’ chances to make the Women’s College World Series and the recent Aggie baseball skid.

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McKay Named Jerry Durant Auto Group NCEA Coach of the Year

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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M equestrian head coach Tana McKay was named the Jerry Durant Auto Group NCEA Coach of the Year, the association announced Tuesday.

McKay led the Aggies to their 12th national championship and first since 2012. The Maroon and White outscored opponents 55-8 at the NCEA Championship and became the first team under the current format to win four meets in three days to win the championship.

The title capped off a 13-5 season for Texas A&M, which included six Aggies earning NCEA All-America honors and 10 earning All-SEC accolades.

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Texas A&M’s Pierson Named ITA Texas Region Senior of the Year

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M’s Rachel Pierson was named ITA Senior Player of the Year in the Texas Region, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced. Pierson will now be considered for national honors, to be announced May 23rd.

The Princeton, New Jersey, native is ranked No. 7 in doubles, the highest ranking in the ITA Texas Region. Pierson also is ranked a career-high and team-high No. 16 in singles, the second-highest ranking by a senior in the Texas region.

Pierson is the first Texas A&M player in program history to earn All-American honors in doubles—along with partner Rutuja Bhosale—and she also is the first player to earn All-American accolades in both doubles and singles after being seeded in both the upcoming NCAA individual championships.

Pierson, who transferred to Texas A&M following her freshman season at Virginia, plays the No. 1 line in both singles and doubles and competes in the Southeastern Conference, which boasts three teams ranked in the top five and 10 teams in the top 25 and had 12 of 14 (.857) member schools competing in the 64-team NCAA Championship. The team captain closed out the conference regular season riding a five-match winning streak and leads Texas A&M with a 26-14 overall singles record, including a team-best 16-11 in dual matches only. Pierson is 26-10 overall in doubles, including 15-8 in dual matches only.

A two-time member of the All-SEC first team, Pierson recorded singles wins in A&M’s victories over No. 2 Georgia, No. 5 Auburn, No. 10 Duke and No. 11 Kentucky this season and also earned a point against No. 3 Pepperdine and No. 7 Vanderbilt. She earned SEC Player of the Week honors following a straight-set victory over SEC Player of the Year and then-No. 4 Astra Sharma of Vanderbilt, marking Pierson’s highest ranked win of her career.

Pierson and Bhosale received an all-time Texas A&M-high No. 4 doubles ranking on April 11, and last fall, Pierson reached the semifinals in both singles and doubles at the ITA Texas Region Championships.

Pierson, scheduled to graduate in August, was named the ITA Texas Region Player to Watch in 2015. She leads the Aggies back into action Friday when they take on No. 1 Florida in the NCAA Championship round at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia. First serve is at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. CT). She will begin play in the NCAA singles and doubles championships on May 24 in Athens.

A complete list of the 2017 ITA Texas Region award winners follows, and the list of all region winners is available at http://www.itatennis.com/Awards_4114/ITA_Award_Winners/2017_DI_Regional_Awards.htm

Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year: Todd Petty – Texas Tech
ITA Assistant Coach of the Year: Ric Mortera – Texas Tech
ITA Most Improved Player (Senior): Blair Shankle – Baylor University
ITA Senior Player of the Year: Rachel Pierson – Texas A&M
ITA Rookie of the Year: Bianca Turati – University of Texas
ITA Player to Watch: Felicity Maltby – Texas Tech
ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award: Katherine Ip – Rice University
ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship: Sabrina Federici – Texas Tech
ITA Community Service Award: TCU

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Texas A&M Softball Selected to Host NCAA Regional

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COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M softball team will make its 16th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division I Softball Championship as the Aggies were selected to host the College Station Regional as the No. 9 seed, the NCAA Division I Softball Committee announced Sunday.

Texas A&M (42-10) will face Texas Southern (25-19) on Friday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3 while Texas State (41-15) will square off against Texas (31-24) at 4:00 p.m. on the Longhorn Network.

The Aggies will be making their 28th appearance in at the NCAA Championships and hold a 77-60 record all-time. Under head coach Jo Evans, the Aggies have appeared in the tournament 18 times.

Tickets for the College Station Regional will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. online at www.12thman.com/tickets. All-session reserved seating is $35, all-session general admission is $25 and all-session youth general admission is $15.

Single day reserved seats are $15 and single day general admission is $10. Youth single day tickets are $6, while children under the age of two will get in free. Group general admission is $5.

Students can get in free courtesy of the Softball Double Play Club.

The winner of the College Station Regional will face the winner of the Knoxville, Tenn., Regional hosted by Tennessee in a Super Regional. The Knoxville Regional features Tennessee, Ohio State, USC Upstate and Longwood.

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No. 1 Aggie men win SEC Outdoor Championship team title

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina – Texas A&M captured the SEC Outdoor Championship men’s team title with 119 points, 81 of which were accumulated on the third and final day of the conference meet held at Cregger Track on the University of South Carolina campus.

Victories for the Aggie men on the final day included Fred Kerley in the 400m, Devin Dixon in the 800m, Audie Wyatt in the pole vault and the 4×400 relay as those four wins accounted for 40 points.

“This is a huge accomplishment for this group,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “But this is just one achievement among other things they are trying to accomplish. This group is trying to become the national champions, and this is a great step in that direction.

“It’s a different meet when you go to the national championships, but this team victory at the conference meet kind of hones it. This one gets you thinking right between your ears.”

In winning its second SEC outdoor team title since joining the conference five years ago, Texas A&M produced its second highest total of points in the process. The Aggie men won the 2014 team title with 155.5 points.

With 119 points Texas A&M defeated defending champion Arkansas, who finished runner-up with 106 points. Alabama placed third at 103 with Florida fourth with 81.5 points and they were followed by Georgia (75), Mississippi (67), LSU (57), South Carolina (46), Auburn (45.5), Tennessee (45.5), Kentucky (31.5), Missouri (28) and Mississippi State (14).

On the women’s side Arkansas won the league title for a fourth consecutive year, totaling 127 points. LSU scored 100 as runner-up while Kentucky placed third with 80. Rounding out the top six were Georgia (77), Florida (76) and Texas A&M (72). Only eight points separated places third through sixth.

The rest of the women’s team scoring included Alabama (57), Mississippi (46.5), Missouri (46), Auburn (42), South Carolina (31), Tennessee (27), Mississippi State (24) and Vanderbilt (13.5).

“I can pick out five ladies who I think should have scored three or four points more, and that’s the difference,” noted Henry. “I think they know, but it’s a hard way to find out. I think they do know they have to contribute at a different level for the team to win.”

The Aggie women produced an individual win with Jazmine Fray in the 800m and had a relay victory in the 4×400 to close out the meet. Texas A&M also finished runner-up in the 4×100 relay, produced 15 points in the javelin with a 3-4-6-8 finish led by Audrey Malone, and had a third-place result in the discus from Serena Brown.

Rain during the early portion of Saturday’s meet didn’t dampen the Aggies drive for points. Jeffrey Prothro moved from sixth to first place on his last triple jump attempt, which measured 52-6w.

“I always pride myself on being resilient,” noted Prothro. “With the conditions what they were, I just wanted to stick with it. I knew I could jump with the best of them. It was just a matter of going out there and executing. I was thankful I could get that done on the last round.”

The Aggies then placed fourth in the men’s 4×100 relay in 39.21 behind LSU (38.71), Arkansas (39.02) and Florida (39.20). Alex Riba picked up a pair of points in the 1,500 as he placed seventh in 3:55.05.

Fred Kerley posted a 44.30 victory in the 400m, while his brother, Mylik, placed fifth in 45.60. After Fred clocked a world-leading 44.09 in the prelims the night before, he ran the second-fastest time in school history and the seventh-fastest collegiate performance to secure the win.

“Winning is always fun, but at the end of the day you’re still learning from every win,” said Kerley. “Every win is not necessarily a perfect race. In the final I didn’t adjust anything for the weather, but I was racing instead of just running my race today.”

Finishing behind Kerley were a pair of freshman from Auburn, Nathon Allen (44.52) and Akeem Bloomfield (44.81), with Michael Cherry of LSU (45.09) in fourth.

Dixon moved past Florida’s Andres Arroyo in the homestretch of the 800m and clocked 1:45.71 for the win as teammate JaQwae Ellison grabbed a point in eighth place at 1:48.97.

Dixon, who was clipped from behind during the SEC Indoor 800m final, becomes the No. 2 performer with the No. 3 performance on the Aggie all-time list and is currently fourth among all collegians this season. Arroyo finished in 1:46.14 for second while Craig Engels of Mississippi claimed third in 1:46.93.

Another Aggie combo delivered points in the 400m hurdles as career best times for Robert Grant and Ilolo Izu placed them third and sixth. Grant clocked 49.15, just a tenth of a second away from the Texas A&M school record of 49.05 set in 1987, in finishing behind Kemar Mowatt of Arkansas (48.79) and Florida’s Eric Futch (48.82) as Izu ran 51.34.

The earlier rain created a delay for the start of the pole vault. When the event ended, just prior to the 4×400 relay, the Aggies had 22 extra points. Wyatt won at 17-5 ½ (5.32) as Carl Johansson tied for second and Jacob Wooten placed fourth when each cleared 17-1 ½ (5.22).

“I’m pleased with my first SEC outdoor title, but I can guarantee you we are not satisfied with the heights that we jumped today,” said Wyatt, who attempted 18-0 ½ (5.50) after passing 17-9 ¼ (5.42). “We’re happy with the win, where we placed and to contribute that many points to the team despite a rain delay of three and half hours.”

Going into the final event, Texas A&M had 109 points with Arkansas at 103 and Alabama in third with 97.

Winning with a world-leading time of 3:00.72, the fourth-fastest performance ever at Texas A&M, locked down the team championship for the Aggie men. Texas A&M’s foursome on the relay included Richard Rose, Fred Kerley, Robert Grant and Mylik Kerley.

Auburn (3:02.10) led the chase pack as runner-up with Alabama (3:02.75), LSU (3:02.84), Florida (3:03.08) following. Arkansas (3:03.83) placed sixth in the race.

Fray posted a time of 2:02.00 to run away with the women’s 800m title after she covered the first 400m in 58.83 to put a gap on the field. LSU’s Ruby Stauber finished second in 2:03.95 while Vanderbilt’s Courtney Clayton had a 2:04.12 in third. Fray’s time is the No. 2 performance at Texas A&M behind her school record of 2:01.43 from this season.

Fray later split 52.39 as third leg of the Aggie 4×400 and Jaevin Reed closed with a 51.92 on the anchor leg for a 3:29.83 victory. The first two legs were supplied by Briyahna Desrosiers and Kadecia Baird. Finish behind Texas A&M were Florida (3:30.65), Alabama (3:30.94) and LSU (3:31.08).

In the open 400m, Desrosiers (54.28) and Baird (54.30) placed seventh and eighth, while Reed was disqualified.

A very competitive women’s javelin produced a 191-0 (58.23) for Rebeka Wales of LSU with Florida’s Marja Vucenovic runner-up at 183-6 (55.93). Audrey Malone finished third with a 181-6 (55.33) while teammate Madalaine Stulce hit a career best of 181-5 (55.31), which is No. 4 all-time at Texas A&M, to place fourth. Additional Aggie points came from Kristen Clark (171-6) in sixth and Shelby Poncik (162-11) in eighth place.

Serena Brown, who competed in the discus during the bulk of the rain, produced her best throw in the first round and her 170-7 (52.01) placed her third behind a 185-7 (56.58) by Missouri’s Gabi Jacobs and a 179-0 (54.57) for Janeah Stewart of Mississippi.

In the 4×100 relay, won by LSU in a meet record 42.56, the Aggie quartet of Diamond Spaulding, Jaevin Reed, Brenessa Thompson and Aaliyah Brown, posted a time of 43.31 for second place ahead of Auburn (43.35), Kentucky (43.49) and Florida (43.96). LSU bettered the meet record of 42.61 set by Texas A&M in 2015.

Among the sprint finals, the Aggie tandem of Thompson (11.29) and Brown (11.29) placed sixth and seventh in the 100m as they were separated by 0.006 to determine their respective finish. Brown (23.16) led three Texas A&M sprinter in the 200m as they finished 6-7-8 with Thompson (23.19) and Spaulding (23.37).

Kara Erickson cleared 5-7 (1.70) amid an inclement high jump for 10th place. Jeff Bartlett placed 10th in the shot put with a mark of 54-10 ¾ (16.73).

Distance events included Kelsie Warren clocking 16:39.20, No. 8 all-time at Texas A&M, for 12th place in the women’s 5,000m. On the men’s side Austin Wells finished 12th in 14:15.04 with Cameron Villarreal 13th at 14:15.53.

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Texas A&M Advances to NCAA Second Round With 4-2 Win Over ULM

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WACO, Texas — No. 20 Texas A&M punched its ticket into the second round of the NCAA Championship with a 4-2 victory over Louisiana-Monroe in first-round action today at the Hurd Tennis Center.

The Aggies (17-12) will take on No. 16 Baylor (22-6) in the second round on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center, with the winner advancing to the round of 16 and the final championship site, the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia.

Texas A&M, making its 18th-consecutive and 23rd overall appearance in the NCAA tournament, won two of the three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead over the Warhawks. Domenica Gonzalez and Eva Paalma trailed, 2-1, at the No. 2 line after ULM’s Karolina Snita and Madalina Grigoriu went up a break, but the Aggie duo was first off the court after winning the next five consecutive games to take the match, 6-2.

ULM’s Luana Stanciu and Tiffany Mylonas then evened the race for the doubles point with a win at No. 3. The Warhawks pair began the match by winning the first three games against A&M’s Saska Gavrilovska and Stefania Hristov at No. 3. ULM went on to hold a lead the entire match in a 6-3 win.

The point came down to the No. 1 line, where A&M’s seventh-ranked Rutuja Bhosale and Rachel Pierson had built a 4-1 lead over Stefana Andrei and Petra Horakova. ULM rallied and was within 5-4 before A&M closed out the match, 6-4, to clinch the point for the Aggies.

Singles was closely contested with A&M winning three first sets and ULM also winning three first sets. Macarena Olivares gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead with a straight-set win over Grigoriu at No. 6. Olivares won the first seven games in the match and held a 5-1 lead in the second set when Grigoriu began a comeback. Olivares was up 5-2 before Grigoriu fought off three match points, including two no-ad points to get within 5-4. Grigoriu, who entered the match riding a 12-match winning streak and was 11-0 at the No. 6 line, fought off another match point in the final game to force a third consecutive no-ad situation before Olivares came away with the 6-0, 6-4 victory.

ULM quickly tied the score with two straight-set wins at the top of the lineup. Mylonas had lost the opening three games against 53rd-ranked Bhosale at No. 2 but reeled off six straight games to win the first set, 6-3. The second set stayed on serve until Mylonas went up a break at 4-3. Bhosale was unable to break back before Mylonas closed out the 6-3, 6-4 win to put the Warhawks within 2-1.

Andrei knotted the team score at 2-2 after upsetting 16th-ranked Pierson at No. 1. In the opening frame, Andrei jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Pierson climbed back within 5-4 before Andrei finished out the 6-4 win. It was Pierson who jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set, but she was unable to hold off Andrei, who stormed back to win five consecutive games to complete the 6-4, 6-4 straight-set victory.

Gonzalez returned the lead to the Aggies with a straight-set, 6-1, 6-4 win over Patricia Villar at No. 3. Gonzalez closed out the first set by winning five consecutive games and went on to build a 4-1 lead in the second set. Villar came back to tie the set, 4-4, before Gonzalez won the next two games to put the Aggies ahead, 3-2.

Paalma held off Snita at the No. 5 line to clinch the win for the Aggies. After jumping out to a 4-0 lead to begin the match and comfortably winning the first set, 6-2, Paalma had to come from behind late in the second set to get the win and extend her team-leading winning streak to six matches.

Paalma held a 2-0 lead at the start of the second set, but Snita won the next three games to put the set back on serve, 3-2. Paalma held and then broke to go up 4-3, but Snita broke back and then held serve to retake the lead, 5-4. Paalma, however, would persevere, winning the next three games to win the match, 6-2, 7-5, to clinch the victory and send the Aggies on to the second round.

In the only three-set match of the day, Gavrilovska rebounded from a 6-4 first-set loss to Horakova to win the second set, 6-2. The third set had just gotten underway with Gavrilovska holding a 1-0 edge over Horakova, who entered the match 16-0 in dual matches, when Paalma clinched and the match was stopped.

Texas A&M advances to the second round for the sixth consecutive year, while ULM had its 15-match winning streak snapped and ends its season 16-2.

Baylor advanced to the second round with a 4-0 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Aggies fell to Baylor, 4-0, on March 22 in Waco, but A&M was using a makeshift lineup with Pierson missing the match because of an injury.

Live scoring of the match will be available at http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/m-tennis/live-stats.html.

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Texas A&M head coach Mark Weaver quotes:
“I’m overall pleased with the win. Obviously, it would have been nice to have not been so close there at the end, but on the other hand I thought we did quite well. The doubles point was close for a while and we kind of pulled away and stepped our games up in the doubles, so I think that was a critical point in the match. I do like the idea that we actually got some tough matches in. I think it will help us going into our match tomorrow, Baylor or Corpus Christi, whoever it is we are playing. It will just make us that much more match ready for tomorrow.”

Tennis Match Results
Louisiana Monroe vs Texas A&M
May 13, 2017 at Waco, Texas
(Hurd Tennis Center)

#20 Texas A&M 4, Louisiana Monroe 2

Singles competition
1. Stefana Andrei (ULM) def. #16 Rachel Pierson (A&M) 6-4, 6-4
2. Tiffany Mylonas (ULM) def. #53 Rutuja Bhosale (A&M) 6-3, 6-4
3. Domenica Gonzalez (A&M) def. Patricia Villar (ULM) 6-1, 6-4
4. Saska Gavrilovska (A&M) vs. Petra Horakova (ULM) 4-6, 6-2, 1-1, unfinished
5. Eva Paalma (A&M) def. Karolina Snita (ULM) 6-2, 7-5
6. Macarena Olivares (A&M) def. Madalina Grigoriu (ULM) 6-0, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #7 Rachel Pierson/Rutuja Bhosale (A&M) def. Stefana Andrei/Petra Horakova (ULM) 6-4
2. Eva Paalma/Domenica Gonzalez (A&M) def. Karolina Snita/Madalina Grigoriu (ULM) 6-2
3. Luana Stanciu/Tiffany Mylonas (ULM) def. Stefania Hristov/Saska Gavrilovska (A&M) 6-3

Match Notes:
Louisiana Monroe 16-2
Texas A&M 17-12; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,2,1,3,5)
NCAA Team Championship First Round

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Aggie Men’s Tennis Advances to Round of 16 With Sweep of Oregon

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 12th-seeded Texas A&M Men’s Tennis team swept No. 24 Oregon, 4-0, at the George P Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas Saturday afternoon. Texas A&M advanced to the Round of 16 for the 15th time in program history and sixth time in the past nine seasons. The Aggies improved to 21-6 on the season, while the Ducks’ season ended at 19-7.

With the win the Aggies advanced to the NCAA Championships in Athens, Georgia to take place May 18-23 at the Dan Magill Tennis Center. The Maroon & White will take on 5th-seeded UCLA Thursday at 3 p.m. (CT) in the Round of 16 and are looking to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the third time in program history.

The Maroon & White picked up the doubles point for the sixth straight match, claiming wins on courts one and three. Thomas Laurent and Cormac Clissold took the first doubles match of the day, topping Jordi Arconada and Hady Habib 6-4 on the middle court. The Aggies pulled even with a 6-4 triumph by Aleksandre Bakshi and Max Lunkin over Simon Stevens and Ty Gentry on the third doubles court. No. 9 AJ Catanzariti and Arthur Rinderknech clinched the day’s first point with a 7-2 tiebreaker over Jayson Amos and Armando Soemarno on the top doubles court.

The match evened out in singles play, with each team claiming three first sets. Despite splitting first sets, Texas A&M was able to pick up points in straight sets on the top three courts. Catanzariti was the first Aggie off the court for the second straight day, topping Akihiro Tanaka 6-3, 6-2 on court three. The win was the second straight for the Pittsburgh, Penn. native and team-leading 70thof his collegiate career.

No. 48 Arconada inched the Aggies closer to Athens with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Stevens on court two. The Buenos Aires, Argentina native picked up his team-leading 19th dual victory to improve to 21-4 overall on the year.

No. 6 Rinderknech clinched the team match for the second straight day, defeating No. 27 Laurent 6-4, 6-2 on court one. The Paris, France native improved to 17-7 against ranked foes and 26-8 overall on the season.

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Post Game Quotes

Steve Denton, Texas A&M Men’s Tennis Head Coach
Thoughts on the match…
“The doubles was really big. Our guys stepped up. We were leading 4-2 and 40-0 on AJ’s (Catanzariti) serve and then they broke back and things got complicated. But in that tiebreaker, we were able to win that convincingly and then we that first set kept the pressure on them. That was the difference in the match.”

On the double point…
“We had a couple of the close, typical doubles volley exchanges and we won those in the tiebreaker. We’ve been working on those a bit and the guys have better hands at the net and they are more comfortable up there. It paid off for us in a couple of key points. We had some good returns and typically if you’re hitting those first serves you have a good chance in a tiebreaker. We’ve gotten better at doubles as the season went along and I’m proud of the guys for sticking with it. ”

On last year’s loss as a catalyst…
“New team, new season but we were motivated to not let that happen again. We put ourselves in a position to host again. Our guys started playing well toward the end of the season and I was hopefully that they could carry it on.”

On the play of AJ Catanzariti
“The key for AJ is to take the ball early and be looking to move forward. Yesterday he only came in a couple time and today he came in a lot more and was pretty successful. He’s playing his best when he’s aggressive with his feet. Trying to look to get in and he did a great job against a guy who was a tough out with a lot of match wins. AJ took the racket from his hands by his aggressive play.”

Nils Schyllander, Oregon Men’s Tennis Head Coach
On the match…
“I think that the doubles point was crucial. It went down to a tiebreaker. If we had pulled that out, then I like our chances. We still came out in the singles and battled hard and split the first sets. In the end, Texas A&M was just a little too tough.”

On the season…
“It has been good. We had 19 wins and made it to the regional finals. It is always sour when you lose because you have big goals, but it has been a good year.”

Tennis Match Results
Oregon vs Texas A&M
May 13, 2017 at College Station, TX
(George P Mitchell Tennis Center)

#13 Texas A&M 4, #24 Oregon 0

Singles competition
1. #6 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. #27 Thomas Laurent (OREGON) 6-4, 6-2
2. #48 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Simon Stevens (OREGON) 6-2, 6-4
3. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Akihiro Tanaka (OREGON) 6-3, 6-2
4. Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) vs. Jayson Amos (OREGON) 3-6, 5-5, unfinished
5. Hady Habib (TAMU) vs. Cormac Clissold (OREGON) 4-6, 6-3, 0-0, unfinished
6. Aleksandre Bakshi (TAMU) vs. Ethan Young-Smith (OREGON) 5-7, 2-4, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #9 AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Jayson Amos/Armando Soemarno (OREGON) 7-6 (7-2)
2. Thomas Laurent/Cormac Clissold (OREGON) def. Jordi Arconada/Hady Habib (TAMU) 6-4
3. Aleksandre Bakshi/Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. Simon Stevens/Ty Gentry (OREGON) 6-4

Match Notes:
Oregon 19-7; National ranking #24
Texas A&M 21-6; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 3, 1); Singles (3, 2, 1)
T-2:16 A-305

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Aggies Claim Series Opener at Ole Miss, 12-5

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OXFORD, Mississippi – The No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies pounded out 14 hits, including three doubles and three home runs, to topple the Ole Miss Rebels, 12-5, in the series opener Friday evening at Swayze Field.

Logan Foster led the hit parade going 3-for-4 with one home run, two runs and one RBI. Braden Shewmake batted 2-for-4 with two home runs, three runs and three RBI. Joel Davis, Cole Bedford and Jorge Gutierrez chipped in with two hits apiece. Bedford batted 2-for-2 with one sac bunt, one hit-by-pitch, one sac fly and two RBI. Gutierrez was 2-for-5 with two doubles, one run and one RBI.

Kaylor Chafin (7-1) earned the win in relief with 3.2 shutout innings of relief. He scattered two hits while striking out five. Chafin has not yielded a run since March 26, a span of 25.1 scoreless frames.

The Aggies pounced on the Rebels for three runs in the top of the first inning. Nick Choruby started the game by roping a single through the right side. With one out, Shewmake was hit by a pitch to put two runners on. Davis gapped a single to right-center, plating Choruby for the lid lifter. Blake Kopetsky followed with a single to centerfield, knocking in Shewmake and Davis came around to score on Bedford’s sacrifice squeeze bunt, staking the Maroon and White to a 3-0 lead.

Ole Miss (29-21, 11-14 SEC) shaved a run off the lead in the home half of the first. With one out, Will Golsan slapped a single to centerfield and Cody Bortles was issued a base on balls. Nick Fortes punched a single to centerfield, driving in Golsan before the Aggies turned an inning-ending double play.

Texas A&M (35-15, 15-10 SEC) tacked on three more runs in the top of the third. Logan Foster laced a single through the left side on the first pitch of the frame and Shewmake followed with a two-run dinger that stayed on the fair side of the rightfield foul pole to stake the Maroon and White to a 5-1 lead. The inning continued as Joel Davis drew a base on four balls and advanced to second on a balk. A wild pitch on Kopetsky’s swing-and-miss on strike three allowed Davis to move third and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Bedford.

The Rebels responded with their second run of the game in the home half of the fourth. Bortles, Fortes and Ryan Olenek started the frame with consecutive singles to load the bases. Bortles came home when Tim Rowe bounced into a 4-6-3 double play.

Foster stretched the lead back out to five runs in the top of the fifth as his leadoff dinger gave the Maroon and White a 7-2 edge.

Ole Miss scored two in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single by Grae Kessinger and an RBI double by Golsan, cutting the lead to 7-4.

The Aggies answered again with back-to-back doubles by Bedford and Gutierrez in the sixth to inflate the cushion to 8-4.

Ole Miss errors in the seventh and eighth helped the Aggies score a pair of runs and an RBI single by Homan in the eighth and solo home run by Shewmake in the ninth gave Texas A&M a 12-4 advantage before Ole Miss scored a meaningless run in the their last at-bats.

Aggie starter Brigham Hill was left with no decision as he battled through traffic to complete 4.1 innings. He yielded four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four.

Ole Miss starter James McArthur (3-5) got roughed up to the tune of seven runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out three in 5.0 innings.

The Aggies and Rebels return to action Saturday with a 6:02 pm contest.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES

Head Coach Rob Childress
On the Friday night road win…
“It’s always nice to get a road win. Road wins are never easy in the SEC, especially on Friday nights. The guys had a great approach at the plate today and they were the aggressors from the first inning on. Brigham (Hill) didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but once again Kaylor (Chafin) answered the call when we needed him.”

Freshman INF Braden Shewmake
On his day at the plate…
“It was a great night. It was set up by the guys ahead of me. We did a real good job at the plate making their guys make good pitches.”

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Texas A&M Men’s Tennis Defeats Buffalo in NCAA Tournament First Round

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 12th-seeded Texas A&M men’s tennis team topped Buffalo, 4-0, at the George P Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas Friday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament first round. The Aggies improved to 20-6 on the season, advancing to Saturday’s second round against No. 24 Oregon at 2 p.m.

With the win, the Aggies claimed their 20th victory of the 2017 season. The 20-win season is the fourth straight for Texas A&M and sixth in Head Coach Steve Denton‘s 11-seasons at the helm. The Aggies won their opening match of the NCAA Tournament for the 20th straight season and marked the 9th straight season to win round one by the score of 4-0.

The Aggies opened the day claiming the doubles point, picking up 6-3 wins from No. 9 AJ Catanzariti and Arthur Rinderknech along with Aleksandre Bakshi and Max Lunkin. The Bulls took the first doubles match of the day, 6-3, as Willhelm Fridell and Petr Vodak topped Jordi Arconada and Hady Habib on the second court.

Catanzariti and Rinderknech picked up their sixth straight victory, defeating Filip Grbic and Hao Sheng Koay. Bakshi and Lunkin secured the day’s first point by defeating Tony Miller and Ethan Nittolo on doubles court three.

The Maroon & White maintained the momentum into singles action, winning first sets on four of six courts. Catanzariti doubled the Texas A&M advantage, topping Grbic 6-3, 7-5 on court three. Points three and four came in quick succession as Bakshi and Rinderknech sealed the Maroon & White win. Bakshi bested Vodak 6-4, 7-5 on court five followed by No. 6 Rinderknech ousted Sheng Koay 6-3, 6-4 on court one.

Oregon advanced to the second round with a 4-2 triumph over Memphis earlier in the day on Friday. The Aggies and Ducks have faced off one time prior to Saturday’s match, the Maroon & White are 1-0 all-time against the Pac-12 squad, winning 7-0 in 2003.

The winner of Saturday’s match will advance to the NCAA Round of 16 in Athens, Georgia, the Aggies have reached the Sweet 16 fourteen times in the program’s history and five times in the past eight seasons.

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Post Game Quotes
Steve Denton, Texas A&M Men’s Tennis Head Coach
Thoughts on the match…
“This was the first time in a while that I think we’ve had a four seed that came in here like this and I knew that they were going to give us a hard time. I knew about the effort and attitude from Buffalo. They were going work hard and play gritty. I knew we were going to have a fight on our hands. I’m hopeful that this will actually works in our favor. We had to dig down, and dig deep today to get that win. Doubles was certainly a question. They tested us in all the matches. There were no easy matches. The hard part about the season is that in the last couple weeks we’ve only played a couple matches and to get a tough match under our belt will help us.”

On what it took to win…
“Our guys had to work. There’s no doubt about it. They came to play and you have to give them a lot of credit. Our guys stepped up. It felt like an NCAA tournament match. Our guys our going to have to elevate their play if they want to advance.”

On facing Oregon on Saturday…
“They are good everywhere, doubles singles. They are going to be a tough test for us here tomorrow. They’ve had a successful year facing Pac-12 teams and we have not fared very well against Pac-12 teams here in the past. Hopefully we’ll have a different result here on Saturday. Our guys are going have to come out and compete hard if we want to get to Athens.”

Tennis Match Results
Buffalo vs Texas A&M
May 12, 2017 at College Station, TX
(George P Mitchell Tennis Center)

#13 Texas A&M 4, Buffalo 0

Singles competition
1. #6 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Hao Sheng Koay (BUFF) 6-3, 6-4
2. #48 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) vs. Vidit Vaghela (BUFF) 7-5, 5-2, unfinished
3. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Filip Grbic (BUFF) 6-3, 7-5
4. Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) vs. Villhelm Fridell (BUFF) 5-7, 3-5, unfinished
5. Aleksandre Bakshi (TAMU) def. Petr Vodak (BUFF) 6-4, 7-5
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Ethan Nittolo (BUFF) 3-6, 7-5, 2-0, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #9 AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Filip Grbic/Hao Sheng Koay (BUFF) 6-3
2. Villhelm Fridell/Petr Vodak (BUFF) def. Jordi Arconada/Hady Habib (TAMU) 6-3
3. Aleksandre Bakshi/Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. Tony Miller/Ethan Nittolo (BUFF) 6-3

Match Notes:
Buffalo 14-6
Texas A&M 20-6; National ranking #13
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 1, 3); Singles (3, 5, 1)
NCAA Division 1 Men’s Tennis Championship
First Round
College Station Regional
T-2:14 A-276

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Lindon Victor breaks his decathlon collegiate record to defend SEC title

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – Texas A&M’s Lindon Victor defended his SEC Championship decathlon title by breaking his own collegiate record with a score of 8,539 points on Friday at Cregger Track during the second day of the conference meet.

“It’s always a good thing when you win and break a collegiate record,” said Victor. “I still think there is a lot to improve upon in the decathlon. I’m still disappointed in some of my events and really happy in others. It’s typical of the decathlon, though, to up and down. It’s all about having a level head and refocusing every time.”

Later in the evening Aggie sprinter Fred Kerley broke the SEC Championship record in the prelims of the 400m with a time of 44.09, the second fastest time by a collegian ever. Kerley’s impressive run bettered the SEC meet record of 44.29 set in 1999 by LSU’s Derrick Brew.

Kerley also broke the Texas A&M school record of 44.36 set by Deon Lendore in winning the 2014 SEC title. The collegiate record is 44.00 set in 1992 by USC’s Quincy Watts. Currently, that is the only collegiate time faster than Fred’s performance.

“I still have to produce tomorrow, that is the one that will count,” noted Kerley. “The race felt very smooth. Now, I just need to prepare for tomorrow’s final.”

Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry added: “This was a day of big performances. Lindon had a huge performance and Fred at 44.09, you can’t say much more. I think both are capable of doing even more, they’re going to get even better.”

In the process of Victor improving his previous collegiate record and the 2017 world-leading score by 67 points, Victor scored 4,174 on the second day to produce a collegiate best. Victor bettered the previous standard of 4,145 points on the second day of a decathlon set in the 2007 NCAA meet by Arizona’s Jake Arnold.

During his Texas Relays victory in March, when Victor set a collegiate record with 8,472 points, he established the best collegiate first day score with a tally of 4,516 points that bettered the previous mark of 4,500 set by Ashton Eaton at the 2010 NCAA meet.

“It shows my versatility,” noted Victor. “If I have a bad first day, I know I can come back and have a good second day. Now it’s a matter of putting both of them together. It you add together my best two days, then I have a score of 8,690.

“Nationals is going to be a lot harder than this. There are some really good guys in the NCAA and I’m not going to take my competition lightly. I think there are three or four guys who could break this collegiate record. So, it’s going to be really fun competing against these guys.”

Victor was the lone decathlon to surpass 8,000 points in the competition. Georgia’s Karl Saluri placed second with 7,948 points as South Carolina’s Markus Leemet scored 7,720 in third place.

After scoring 4,365 points on day one, Victor opened the second day with a career best in the 110m hurdles, clocking 14.45 (1.8 wind) for 917 points.

In the discus Victor established another collegiate best in the decathlon as he hurled the discus 181 feet, 2 inches (55.22) for 980 points. Victor had set the collegiate best of 179-0 (54.56) during the 2016 SEC decathlon. The second best discus toss in the meet was 143-9 (43.83).

Moving onto the pole vault, Victor needed a third attempt to clear 15-5 (4.70) as he secured 819 points with the effort. After eight of the 10 events, Victor’s score of 7,081 was 74 points ahead of the 7,008 he had during his Texas Relays performance.

Victor bettered the field in his fourth consecutive event on the second day when he claimed the javelin with a throw of 226-3 (68.97) for 874 points. The next best effort was a 193-8 (59.03). Victor’s nine-event score reached 7,955 points, which was 108 points ahead of his Texas Relays effort (7,847) at that stage.

Closing out his decathlon victory with the 1,500m, Victor clocked 4:55.91 for 584 points to secure his second SEC title and another collegiate record.

When Victor set the collegiate record at the Texas Relays he was asked how long he thought his record would last since the previous standard set by Trey Hardee of Texas had lasted 11 years. Victor quipped: “I don’t think my record will last as long as Trey’s did. I think it will only last a few months, until I do my next one.”

Victor proved to be accurate on his prediction as he generated his fourth score over 8,300 points in the past two seasons. In addition to the collegiate record, Victor also improved his national record for Grenada as well as the Texas A&M school record.

On the all-time collegiate list, Victor now has the Nos. 1, 2, 6, and 7 performances. He also moves to No. 3 on the Central American and Caribbean all-time list.

Kerley, meanwhile, is currently No. 2 on the all-time collegiate list, equal No. 11 on the U.S. all-time list and equal No. 17 on the all-time world list. His performance in the prelims, though, is the top collegiate time ever produced in a qualifying round and seventh-best in the world.

“Fred is a special guy,” noted Henry, who coached the previous SEC meet record holder Brew at LSU. “If he has a good day tomorrow, with good competition, I think he might even run a little faster. Fred is on a roll right now and looks really good. He’s healthy and feels good about what he is doing.”

Finals on the second day of the SEC Championships included Garrett Cragin placing fourth in the high jump as he cleared 7-0 ½ (2.15). He nearly cleared 7-2 ¼ (2.19) on a third attempt. The winning height was 7-4 ½ (2.25) by Georgia’s Keenon Laine.

Will Williams placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 24-9 ¼ (7.85) while Jeff Bartlett finished sixth in the discus with a toss of 184-1 (56.12).

The Aggies had a pair of scorers in the women’s pole vault as Augusta Thomason tied for fifth place at 13-2 ¼ (4.02) and Sara Kathryn Stevens tied for eighth place with a 12-8 ¼ (3.87) clearance.

Ashton Hutcherson ran the second fastest time in school history to place eighth in the 3,000m steeplechase final. Her time of 10:31.78 was just shy of the 10:29.53 Aggie record set in 2007 by Sarah Ravenelle.

Shaina Burns completed the heptathlon with 5,336 points to place eighth. Her score was four points better than her best tally as an Aggie and remains No. 8 on the Texas A&M all-time list.

Qualifying went very well for the Aggies as they advanced eight athletes in four more events for Saturday’s finals.

Alex Riba posted the second fastest time in the 1,500m prelims as his 3:46.36 was runner-up to a 3:46.14 by Craig Engels of Mississippi. Mylik Kerley won his heat of the 400m in 45.72 to join his brother Fred in the final.

The Aggie women advanced three in the 400m with Jaevin Reed leading the way with a 52.71 heat victory. Briyahna Desrosiers (52.86) and Kadecia Baird (53.36) also advanced. In the 100m, Brenessa Thompson (11.25) and Aaliyah Brown (11.29) reached the finals.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Aggie Softball Falls In Extra Innings In SEC Tournament Opener

Courtesy of Texas A&M athletics:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The No. 11 Texas A&M softball team fell to No. 16 Alabama, 2-1, in 10 innings on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

Alabama snagged an early 1-0 lead in the third on a Marisa Runyon single to left, scoring Elissa Brown.

In the seventh, Tori Vidales tied the game on a home run to left, the Aggies’ first hit of the game and her 15th dinger of the season.

The Crimson Tide regained the lead in the 10th as Bailey Hemphill hit a homer to center. Texas A&M recorded its second hit of the game in the bottom half of the frame as Kristen Cuyos sent a two-out flare that dropped in down the right field foul line.

Alexis Ocasio closed out the game with a grounder to second to complete a two-hit, 15-strikeout complete game.

Trinity Harrington earned the start for the Aggies and struck out three in 6.2 innings of working, allowing four hits and a run. Payton McBride was saddled with loss to move to 1-1 on the year.

The 10-inning affair tied the record for the longest game in SEC Tournament history.

The Aggies will learn their postseason destination on Sunday as the 2017 NCAA Division I Softball Championship bracket will be announced on ESPN2 at 9 p.m.

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