Tori Scott Named to SEC Community Service Team

In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again highlighted a Community Service Team for women’s basketball for the 2014-15 season. Texas A&M senior guard Tori Scott was named to the team for her contributions to the Aggies’ mentor program with Bryan ISD for elementary school children.

Scott has visited Bonham Elementary every week since October to read with school children, in her second year making visits to Bonham Elementary. She also spoke to the school children on the importance of staying in school as part of A&M’s 12 Days of Madness Campaign and made community appearances at First Friday in Downtown Bryan as part of the 12 Days of Madness campaign.

This marks the 17th year for the SEC Community Service Team for women’s basketball as well as for men’s basketball. All league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men’s and women’s sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994.

Scott and the Aggies return to the floor tonight, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the team’s final regular season home game, against Missouri.


Nikki Hegstetter • Alabama
Junior • Forward • Kennesaw, Ga.

Habitat for Humanity… The Miracle League of Tuscaloosa… Alabama women’s basketball’s 5th Grade Fastbreak program… Volunteered at local high school basketball camps… Read to elementary school students… Talked with patients at the DCH Manderson Cancer Center… Spent time with residents of Capstone Village Retirement Community… Greeted veterans upon their return to Tuscaloosa from an Honor Flight from Washington, D.C.

Joey Bailey • Arkansas
Junior • Forward • Gunter, Texas

She spoke at the Red Ribbon Rally-about the dangers of drugs and alcohol… Sweat Hogs Salute to Excellence Program… Book Hogs Read to Win Program… Shop With the Razorbacks-SAAC… Lift Up America Program… She made a Visit to the Fayetteville Rehabilitation Center… Razorback Canned Food Drive… Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Day Activities Event… Reading With The Razorbacks… Book Hogs Pizza Party… Mayflower Tornado Relief Help… ALS Walk to Defeat Lou Gehrig’s Disease… Special Olympics Event area games… .    Northwest Arkansas Heart Walk

Tra’Cee Tanner • Auburn
Junior • Forward • Birmingham, Ala.

Involved with “Expressions of a BraveHeart,” a program that provides arts and recreation opportunities for youth and young adults with moderate to severe disabilities… Volunteers regularly at Lee County Humane Society… Joined team to adopt Boykin Daycare Center in Auburn, spending time with the children and donating needed supplies to the center… Helped with a Habitat for Humanity build during the summer… Has helped stuff backpacks as part of the End Hunger Initiative in conjunction with the Jason Dufner Charitable Foundation… Volunteered at the East Alabama Food Bank during Thanksgiving week.

Brooke Copeland • Florida
Freshman • Guard • Cleveland, Tenn.

Brooke’s enthusiasm working with children in the Gainesville community is un-matched… She is one of the top Gator student-athletes this year for volunteering hours in the community… Brooke has spent several hours at Girls Place, where its mission is to empower girls to grow courageous, strong and self-sufficient. We inspire our girls to celebrate themselves—their minds, their hearts, and their physical well-being… Brooke has given tours of the stadium to area youth and spent hours at UF Shands Hospital’s infusion room, helping young patients pass the time during a very difficult and sometimes painful situation…. She spent an entire morning and afternoon volunteering her time with children at Climb for Cancer.

Erika Ford • Georgia
Senior • Guard • Alpharetta, Ga.

Coordinated student-athlete efforts for the Hunger Bowl, which raised $1000 and 1000 pounds of food donations… Coordinated student-athlete participation in Homeruns of Hometown Rivals, a baseball game involving Special Olympians played at UGA’s Foley Field baseball stadium… Took a pie in the face at the Special Olympics Prom to raise money… In addition, took part in the Lady Bulldogs’ annual bike build which provided bicycles at Christmas for 65 worthy children; the SOAR Race to benefit Special Olympics; writing holiday card to deployed troops; collected Toys for Tots donations; raised money for Relay for Life.

Bria Goss • Kentucky
Senior • Guard • Indianapolis, Ind.

Throughout her Wildcat career, Goss has been an active in the Lexington community, but in the summer of 2014, she took it to a different level, traveling to Ethiopia for a week-long service trip. Goss distributed necessities to victims of leprosy, accomplished minor home repairs to impoverished families, served food to prisoners, played games with orphans and spent a day building relationships with street boys. Additionally, Bria delivered beds and mattresses and bedding to several widows, most of whom had been sleeping on dirt floors on piles of straw… Goss has also volunteered locally, packing lunches for underprivileged students in the Lexington school systems for God’s Pantry, and hand-delivering them to schools… She has volunteered to stock clothes at Goodwill for countries with limited clothing and she helped make blankets for sick children at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

Ann Jones • LSU
Junior • Forward • Memphis, Tenn .

Jones has participated in a variety of community service efforts which includes her work with the Big Buddy program where she volunteered at a local school to mentor youth…. Played a major role in the team’s participation in Thanksgiving with the Tigers, an event where each LSU athletic team adopts an underprivileged child for the holidays and welcomes the child along with his or her family to campus for a Thanksgiving style meal served by the student-athletes and games, activities, and gift exchanges… Jones and her teammates also spent time at the Halloween BOOzar which is an event that provides local children with a safe and fun Halloween experience playing games, getting candy and autographs, and interacting with their favorite LSU student-athletes…. Has volunteered with Alzheimer’s Services Walk/Run to Remember and the Arc of Baton Rouge where she played basketball with special needs children.

Gracie Frizzell • Ole Miss
Redshirt-Junior • Guard • Little Rock, Ark.

With her teammates Frizzell has done Reading With the Rebels, going into elementary schools in Oxford-Lafayette county and reading to elementary school classes… Frizzell has also teamed her teammates to play bingo and other games with residents at Oxford’s Graceland Care Center… Spent an afternoon in the fall helping to build walls on a house under construction with the Oxford – Lafayette County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity… In conjunction with the Ole Miss Athletic department, helped with tornado relief for Columbus, Miss, who was hit with deadly tornadoes over the holidays… In the summer months, helped with basketball clinics with the Horizons Learning Program on the Ole Miss campus, to promote summer learning and retention for local Oxford youth… Regularly helps with Ole Miss postgame clinics and autograph signings.

Savannah Carter • Mississippi State
Senior • Guard • Tulsa, Okla.

Made an immediate impact on the community since arriving on campus two years ago… One of MSU’s representatives on the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council… A member of MSU’s M-Club, Carter regularly visits area schools to speak to students… She has been actively involved in State’s Bully’s Book Blitz, an initiative that encourages local students on the importance of reading… Carter has also volunteered to assist with Starkville schools’ field day events, and she has been a guest speaker for the Starkville Boys & Girls Club… She joined her teammates the past two seasons and assisted at the City of Starkville’s Travis Outlaw Day… This past August she and her teammates had the opportunity to visit Serra Pearson, a Hatley High School student who was battling a rare illness, and present her an autographed basketball and a personalized Mississippi State jersey.

Morgan Eye • Missouri
Senior • Guard • Montrose, Mo.

A major contributor to Missouri’s team for the past four years, Morgan Eye is not only a major player on the court for the Tigers but also off the court. She has spent more than 101 hours serving in the community throughout her career at Mizzou… She is a member of Missouri’s Student Athlete Advisory Council and volunteers with Mizzou’s development department helping to thank donors to the university as well…  Eye volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia and has helped with the Ronald McDonald House Golf Tournament… She volunteered with the Adventure Club, working with children in an after school program… She volunteered at the Light it up Blue Autism Awareness event, and also spent time at local elementary schools reading to young students.

Elem Ibiam • South Carolina
Senior • Center • Fayetteville, Ga.

The most committed on the team to community outreach, doing many projects outside the work the team does as a whole… Spent time at local elementary schools being interviewed by students learning about journalism and as part of a panel about being a student-athlete… Served lunch to the homeless… Volunteered at several run/walk events for local charities… Helped with Sheriff’s Office event at local orphanage.

Cierra Burdick • Tennessee
Senior • Forward • Charlotte, N.C.

University of Tennessee DREAM Team, Captain and Founder, 2013-present… DREAM Team is a group of 12 student-athletes who are committed to being drug, alcohol, tobacco, and violence free while upholding a high standard of moral excellence on and off the playing surface… Water Angels Ministries, Mentor, 2014-present… Boys and Girls Republic of New York City, Coach, 2014… Hoops For Hope, Coach, 2011-14… Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Volunteer, 2014… Emerald Youth Foundation: Mount Zion Baptist Church, Counselor, 2013-14… Camp Montvale & Harmony Family Center, Public Speaker & Volunteer, 2013-14… UT Athletics VOLoween, Coordinator & Volunteer, 2012-14… Habitat For Humanity, Volunteer, 2011-13… Shannondale Nursing Home, Volunteer, 2012-13… Tennessee School for the Deaf, Volunteer, 2012… East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Volunteer, 2012… Let’s Move, Boys & Girls Club, Volunteer, 2012.

Tori Scott • Texas A&M
Senior • Guard • Marrero, La.

Team has partnered with the Bryan School District to form a mentor program for elementary school children… Scott has visited Bonham Elementary every week since October to read with school children… This is her second year making visits to Bonham Elementary… Spoke to the children on the importance of staying in school as part of A&M’s 12 Days of Madness Campaign… Also made community appearances at First Friday in Downtown Bryan as part of 12 Days of Madness.

Kendall Shaw • Vanderbilt
Redshirt-Sophomore • Center • Mont Belvieu, Texas

Kendall has given hours and hours of time with the Nashville Dolphins — a special-needs swim team… She has also worked numerous events around the Nashville area, including a Halloween event at Harris Hillman School, where she escorted students on trick-or-treating around the campus… Worked the School Fair at Eakin Elementary and has also have done “class readings” at the school for the past two years… Took Teddy Bears (from Vanderbilt’s WBB’s annual Teddy Bear toss promotion) to Children’s Hospital.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Lone Star NBA

Dennis Schroder led six Hawks in double figures with 17 points as Atlanta dumped Dallas 104-87. Monta Ellis had a game-high 19 points for the Mavericks, who blew a 14-point, first-half lead and ended a three-game winning streak. The Mavericks suspended Rajon Rondo for Wednesday’s game in Atlanta for conduct detrimental to the team. The punishment came a day after the point guard had a heated exchange on the court with coach Rick Carlisle and was benched. Carlisle explains the situation.

 

San Antonio suffered its fourth straight loss as Wesley Matthews had a game-high 31 points for the Trail Blazers in a 111-95 victory over the Spurs in Portland

 

Houston beat the Clippers for the first time in seven tries as James Harden scored 21 points in the Rockets’ 110-105 triumph against Los Angeles. Rockets Coach Kevin McHale was just happy to finally knock off the Clippers.

 

A&M Men’s Tennis Time Change

COLLEGE STATION – The start time for Friday’s tennis match between 9th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies and the Kentucky Wildcats at George P. Mitchell Tennis Center has been moved up 2 p.m.

With the forecast for inclement weather on Friday evening, the decision was made to move up the start of the contest an in order to better facilitate completion of match.

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

A&M Woman’s Basketball Play Last Regular Season Home Game Tonight

No. 12 Texas A&M plays its final women’s basketball regular season home game of the season on Thursday, February 26 at 7 p.m., as the Aggies take on Missouri.

The game is available exclusively on SEC Network Plus on WatchESPN, with Mike Wright and Tap Bentz on the call. Authenticated users can access the game via WatchESPN on their computers, tablets and mobile phones.

Listeners can tune into the game locally in Bryan-College Station on KZNE 1150 AM, with Gabe Bock and Bret Dark on the call. Fans can also tune into that broadcast on 12thMan.com or on the Radio Aggieland app.

The Aggies have won 17 straight home games, and six of their last seven overall. A&M is looking for its second perfect regular season at home, and first since going 16-0 at home in 2006-07. Texas A&M is also playing for seeding in the SEC Tournament, and could clinch a double-bye with a win against Missouri and a LSU loss to Ole Miss.

Prior to the game, A&M seniors Achiri Ade, Allison Chu, Tori Scott and Tavarsha Scott-Williams will be honored as they take the Reed Arena floor for the last time in the regular season.

Missouri is one of the great 3-point shooting teams in the nation, leading the SEC with 7.4 3-pointers per game. Mizzou senior Morgan Eye is second among active players with 352 3-pointers made in her career, and is just 40 away from matching the NCAA career record.

The Aggies conclude the regular season on Sunday, March 1 at LSU on ESPNU, with tip at 1 p.m.

Five Pitchers Combine to Silence Incarnate Word, 7-0

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Five Aggie pitchers combined to hold Incarnate Word to four hits as Texas A&M recorded a 7-0 win Wednesday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

With the win, the Maroon and White remained perfect on the season with a 9-0 start. It marks the best start for the Aggies since they went 10-0 to commence the 2006 campaign.

Brigham Hill (1-0) earned the victory in his first career start. After allowing the first batter of the game to hit a single, the freshman cruised through the rest of his outing, scattering three hits and two walks while striking out nine in 5.1 innings of work.

As it has done most of the season, the A&M bullpen put on a lockdown performance, facing the minimum 11 batters in 3.2 innings of work. The relievers allowed one single, but responded with a double play. In the last three games, Aggie relievers have allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out seven in 9.2 scoreless innings.

Ty Schlottmann was the first out of the pen. He entered the game with a runner on first base and one out in the sixth, but induced a groundout and fly ball to get out of the frame. It marked the 11th consecutive inherited runner left stranded by the Aggie bullpen.

Schlottmann finished with 1.0 scoreless inning in the books. Jason Freeman struck out one of the two batters he faced in 0.2 innings. Lee May Gonzalez made his first career appearance, allowing a hit, but inducing an inning-ending double play to get out of the eighth inning. Mark Ecker closed out the game striking out one of the three batters he faced in the ninth.

The Aggies drew first blood in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Ryne Birk threaded a single through the right side of the infield and Mitchell Nau punched a single to centerfield. GR Hinsley worked a six-pitch walk to fill the bags with Ags and Blake Kopetsky drew a five-pitch walk to stake A&M to a 1-0 lead. UIW starting pitcher Cody Richey avoided further damage in the frame by inducing Ronnie Gideon to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Texas A&M scratched out another run in the fourth. Kopetsky reached on a leadoff single to centerfield and stole second base. After Gideon was issued a base on balls, Blake Allemand attempted to put down a sacrifice bunt. His offering hugged the line for 90 feet before hitting third base for the bases-loading single. Jonathan Moroney knocked in Kopetsky with a sacrifice fly for the 2-0 lead. Another A&M rally failed to reach its full potential as the frame ended with a pair of groundouts.

The Aggies took advantage of a pair of Cardinals errors in the sixth to blow the game open. Allemand reached on an error by the UIW shortstop to start the inning. After Moroney singled to rightfield, Patrick McLendon attempted to sacrifice the runners into scoring position. Catcher Colton Besett’s throw to first was in the dirt and the error gave A&M saturated bases for the third time in the game.

With the infield drawn in, JB Moss nearly hit a Baltimore chopper over the third baseman’s head, but Brance Kahle was able to snare it with a leap. Kahle tried to retire Allemand, who broke on contact, at home, but the throw was late, giving Moss the RBI fielder’s choice. A wild pitch allowed Moroney to score for the 4-0 lead. With two runners in scoring position, Nau ripped a pitch off the pitcher’s abdomen. He was able to reach first on the infield single, but the runners were unable to advance, giving A&M loaded bases again. A balk brought McLendon home and Hinsley plated Moss with a grounder to short as Texas A&M scored its first six runs of the game without an RBI hit.

Gideon put the finishing touches on the game with a leadoff home run to leftfield, his third whammy of the season. It marked the 13th of the year for the Aggies who didn’t hit number 13 until the 36th game of the season in 2014.

Nau went 3-for-4 to lead all hitters. Moroney and Birk each added two hits for A&M. The Aggies registered 10 hits on the evening, reaching double-digits for the eighth time in nine games.

Incarnate Word (4-6) was paced by Mark White head who logged two of the Cardinals’ four hits.

Cody Richey (0-3) was saddled with the loss. He allowed two runs on six hits and five walks while striking out two over 4.1 innings.

The Aggies return to action on Friday when they host the Dartmouth Big Green in a three-game series. First pitch times are 6:35 on Friday, 2:05 on Saturday and 12:05 on Sunday.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES

Head coach Rob Childress

Thoughts on the game….

“I thought our pitching and our defense was outstanding tonight and it all started with Brigham Hill. The leadoff hitter of the game singled I think he retired thirteen in a row after that and just a marvelous performance. I’m very, very proud of him tonight.”

On Patrick McLendon getting his first start at second base…

“He’s a great defender and a great baseball player. He is a big part of everything we are trying to do whether he is starting or coming off the bench. I thought he played really well tonight.

Freshman pitcher Brigham Hill

On the first career start…

“It felt amazing. I was a little nervous out there at first but it was nice when your teammates make plays. Mitch (Nau) saved me a lot, framing up pitches and blocking a lot of balls in the dirt. It allows to me have to have the confidence to go out there and throw strikes. It felt good.”

On the defense behind him…

“They were incredible. That’s what gave me confidence out there, knowing they were behind me making plays and cheering me on.”

 Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

#22 Aggie Softball Knocks Off Houston 6-3 in Midweek Contest

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Senior Rachel Fox threw a complete-game as the 22nd-ranked Texas A&M softball team (13-4) downed Houston (7-12), 6-3 in a midweek contest.

Fox (8-3) gave up just three runs on five hits and two walks, while fanning three batters, through seven innings of work in the circle. Sophomore Abby Donnell was 3-for-3 with one run on the day.

After a scoreless first, the Aggies got on the board in the bottom of the second inning to take a 3-0 lead. Freshman Ashley Walters opened the home portion reaching first on an error at third base and was immediately joined on the bags by a double down the left field line from freshman Kristen Cuyos, putting both runners in scoring position.  A homer over the center field wall from sophomore Reagan Boenker brought both home and gave A&M the first lead of the game.

Houston tried to chip away at the Aggies’ lead in the third, putting two runners in scoring position with two outs. The Cougars managed to get one across home plate on an error at catcher, leading to a 3-1 Aggie lead.

The fourth inning was when the A&M ball club pulled away from the Cougars. Down two outs, Donnell hit a stand-alone double to left field and senior Brittany Clopton followed her with a single to third base. An error allowed junior Alex Masek to get to first and load the bases for the Aggies. Freshman Tori Vidales was walked on a full count, sending Donnell home for the fourth run. A streaking double from junior Cali Lanphear sent Clopton and Masek speeding around the bags for the final two runs of the inning and a 6-1 Aggie lead.

The Cougars weren’t ready to throw in the towel, scoring in the top of the fifth on an RBI double and a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh for a 6-3 final score.

Let’s Hear a Hullabaloo…

… for lucky number seven. Senior Brittany Clopton has been successful in the leadoff spot this spring, batting .333 with 18 hits and 14 runs. A single in the game against Houston gave her a hit in seven consecutive contests for the Aggies. Gig ‘em, Brittany!

Up Next

The Aggies host Boston University, Illinois State and UTSA at the Texas A&M Invitational this weekend. 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

Mavs Suspend Rondo for 1 Game After Exchange With Carlisle

DALLAS (AP) _ The Mavericks have suspended Rajon Rondo for one game for conduct detrimental to the team a day after the point guard had a heated exchange on the court with coach Rick Carlisle.

Rondo will miss Wednesday night’s game in Atlanta. The team didn’t comment beyond a statement announcing the suspension.

Rondo was benched with 8:10 remaining in the third quarter of Dallas’ 99-92 win over Toronto on Tuesday. He was bringing the ball up the court when Carlisle angrily shouted for a timeout and exchanged words with Rondo from several feet away as the player headed to the bench.

The Mavericks acquired Rondo in a trade with Boston in December. He missed six games this month after breaking a bone near his left eye.

Baylor Walk-On RB Ruled Ineligible for NCAA Rules Violation

Baylor says running back Silas Nacita will no longer be part of the football program because of rules violations that affect his eligibility.

Nacita, a walk-on reserve from Bakersfield, California, posted on Twitter on Wednesday he had been ruled ineligible by the NCAA because he accepted an offer from a close family friend to provide a place for him to live when he could not afford to pay for it himself.

Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw released a statement, confirming Nacita was off the team, though it did not give details as to why.

The NCAA tweeted it had not declared Nacita ineligible and Baylor had not requested a waiver for him to be reinstated. Typically, a school rules a player ineligible, and then requests an NCAA waiver for reinstatement.

Rinderknech Named SEC Freshman of the Week

COLLEGE STATION – For the second time this spring Texas A&M freshman Arthur Rinderknech clinched an upset win for his team over a top-5 opponent and was award SEC Freshman of the week honors for his efforts, the league office announced Wednesday morning.

Rinderknech dropped a tightly contested first-set tiebreaker to Oklahoma’s Spencer Papa last Friday evening at the George P Mitchell Tennis Center, but the Frenchman rebounded to win 6-3, 6-1 in the final sets to clinch the Aggies upset of then-No. 1 Oklahoma. The win marked the third time the team result came down to Rinderknech’s match in four spring matches and was the second straight clinch victory for the A&M freshman. Last Friday’s victory over the Sooners was the first in Texas A&M program history over the nation’s top-ranked team.

“Arthur has done it now in three matches and has come through for us in a major way,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton added. “Spencer (Papa) has just gotten to Oklahoma this January and Arthur just started playing for us. I was interested to see how that match turned out. It was a really close contest and Arthur was able to pick his game up at the right time and clinch the match for us.”

The pivotal doubles point against the Sooners came down to the third court and A&M’s freshman duo were up to the task. AJ Catanzariti and Rinderknech took a commanding 5-2 lead with a pair of breaks before clinching the night’s first point with a 7-5 result. The pair took down Papa and Florin Bragusi, moving to 2-0 this spring.

The SEC freshman of the week capped off his stellar weekend with a straight set win over Josip Smoljan of Incarnate Word Sunday afternoon at the Bryan Tennis Center.

“To be the last man standing in three matches in a career is outstanding but three times in a month is unreal,” Denton added. “Arthur has really played well under pressure for us and I could not be more proud of him. In his case, truly good things come to those who wait.”

Rinderknech and rest of the No. 8 Aggies will continue their nine-match home stand against No. 29 Kentucky Friday at 6 p.m. at the George P Mitchell Tennis Center.

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

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

A&M Women’s Golfer Marijosse Navarro Wins Individual Title at Invitational

SANTA ANA, Calif.- Marijosse Navarro notched a par on the fifth playoff hole to win the individual title at the UC Irvine Invitational, marking the second straight tournament that a member of the No. 15 Texas A&M women’s golf team won in a playoff. Navarro shot 211 (-5) for the tournament and shot a final round 71 (-1) at Santa Ana Country Club.

The victory for Navarro comes with a sponsor’s exemption into the LPGA’s Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, which runs from March 23-29. Navarro forced the playoff with Southern Cal’s Gabriella Then by birding the 54th and final hole of the regular tournament.

“Marijosse played like a champ today,” said Texas A&M women’s golf coach Trelle McCombs. “She was steady all day long, and her birdie on the 54th hole was awesome.”

“The win qualifies her for the LPGA Kia Classic next month, which is a greatprivilege for her,” added McCombs.

The Aggies finished third in the 13-team field with a three-round total of 870 (+6) on the par 72, 5,903 yard course. A&M shot a final round 292 (+4), and finished behind No. 4 Washington (854/-10) and No. 2 Southern Cal (865/+1) in the tournament standings.

Maddie Szeryk shot 217 (+1) for the tournament, posting a 75 (+3) in the tournament’s third and final round. Bianca Fabrizio, who won the individual title in a playoff in the Aggies’ last tournament, had the Aggies’ low round of the day, shooting a 69 (-3) to finish the tournament in a tie for 18th with a 218 (+2).

Thanya Pattamakijsakul finished in a tie for 36th with a three-round total of 226 (+10). Andrea Jonama shot a 77 (+5) on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 51st with a 230 (+14).

The Aggies return to action from Mar. 10-11 at the Dr Donnis Thompson Invitational in Kane’ohe, Hawai’i.

A&M Softball This Afternoon

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 22 Texas A&M softball team hosts Houston in a midweek contest this Wednesday, with first pitch at 6:05 p.m. at the Aggie Softball Complex.

This is the Aggies’ second Wednesday game of the season, the previous being a 5-1 loss to No. 2 ranked Oregon last week.

Fans unable to attend the game can listen to it live on 1620 AM, 12thMan.com or RadioAggieland.com. Download the RadioAggieland app to listen to the games, or tune in online. Additionally, each game on the Aggies’ home slate will be broadcast on SEC Network +, with seven contests on the ESPN family of channels.

Instantaneous live mobile stats can be seen from any mobile device, as well as any computer at TAMUstats.com. Live stats will also be available for every game of the 2015 season through 12thMan.com. Click on the live stats link on the Aggie softball schedule page any time after first pitch to follow the action.

A&M Men’s Hoops Fall to No. 18

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP)– Bobby Portis scored 22 points and No. 18 Arkansas won its seventh straight game with an 81-75 victory over Texas A&M on Tuesday night.

The win solidifies the Razorbacks (23-5, 12-3 Southeastern Conference) hold on second place in the SEC heading into a showdown with No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday. It also gives Arkansas, which has won 10 of 11 games overall, 12 wins in SEC play for the first time since the 1994-95 season.

Anthlon Bell added 14 points and Alandise Harris and Ky Madden had 11 each for the Razorbacks, who led by as many as 25 points in the first half before holding off a second-half rally by the Aggies (19-8, 10-5).

Danuel House led Texas A&M with 28 points, while Kourtney Roberson had 14 — 12 coming in the second half.

Aggie Baseball Remains Undefeated

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies improved to 8-0 on the season Tuesday evening as they scratched out a 4-1 win over the Houston Baptist Huskies on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The victory continued A&M’s best start since 2006 when the Aggies won their first 10 games to start the year.

The Texas A&M bullpen retired 11 of the 12 batters it faced in 3.2 innings of work. Jason Freeman (2-0) earned the win in relief. The senior entered a tie game with runners on the corners and one out in the sixth inning and induced a line out and closed out the frame with a strikeout. He worked 1.0 inning with one strikeout. Ty Schlottmann retired both batters he faced, including one strikeout and Andrew Vinson struck out one of his three batters in the eighth inning. Ryan Hendrix earned his first career save, allowing one hit and fanning out one in 1.0 innings.

Turner Larkins was solid in his start, allowing one run on seven hits and one walk while striking out two in 5.1 innings.

The Aggies gave up a run in the first inning for just the second time in 2015. Thomas Clay started the inning with an infield single to second base for Houston Baptist (5-3). Clay moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Louie Payetta and after Curtis Jones struck out for the second out of the inning, Samm Wiggins slapped a single up the middle to stake the Huskies to a 1-0 lead.

Texas A&M knotted the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Nick Banks was the catalyst of the rally with a leadoff single up the middle. Logan Nottebrok followed by bouncing a single over the head of the Houston Baptist third baseman to put runners at the corners. Banks came around to score the equalizer when Blake Kopetsky grounded into a double play, tying the score at 1-1.

After having the potential go-ahead runner thrown out at the plate on a double by JB Moss in the fifth, the Aggies finally claimed their first lead of the game in the sixth. Ryne Birk started the frame by dropping a double in front of a diving Houston Baptist rightfielder. Banks singled through the left side of the infield to put runners on the corners. Birk scored the go-ahead run on a groundout to short by Nottebrok. Kopetsky plated Banks with a gapper to right centerfield for a double, giving the Aggies a 3-1 lead.

Texas A&M tacked on an insurance run in the eighth. Notterbrok was domed with a pitch to start the inning. He was replaced at first base by pinch-runner Nick Choruby who stole second base. Kopetsky drew a seven-pitch walk and a bunt single by Logan Taylor filled the bags with Ags. Blake Allemand was unable to plate a runner as his grounder to second allowed HBU to retire Choruby at home. Hunter Melton followed with a sacrifice fly to leftfield to drive in Kopetsky for the 4-1 margin.

The Aggies registered 11 hits, reaching double digits in the hits column for the seventh time in eight games. Banks went 2-for-3 with two runs. Birk hit 2-for-4 with one run and one double. Michael Barash also added two hits.

Curtis Jones (0-1) was saddled with the loss for HBU, allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two over 5.1 innings.

Clay, Payetta and Zach Nehrir each logged two hits for Houston Baptist. Clay went 2-for-5 with one run and one stolen base. Payetta hit 2-for-3 with one sacrifice bunt. Nehrir slugged 2-for-4 with one triple and one stolen base.

The Aggies return to action Wednesday when they host the Incarnate Word Cardinals in a 6:35 pm contest on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

A&M Men’s Basketball Take On No. 18 Arkansas Tonight on WTAW

COLLEGE STATION – A clash of teams near the top of the SEC standings is on tap Tuesday evening as the Texas A&M men’s basketball team travels to Fayetteville to face No. 18 Arkansas inside Bud Walton Arena at 8 p.m.

Jostling for post-season position, the Aggies (19-7, 10-4 SEC) enter the week with a share of third place in the SEC standings, just one game back of the Razorbacks (22-5, 11-3), who own second place. Texas A&M is searching to secure the 14th20-win season in program history.

Tuesday’s contest will be nationally televised on ESPN with Brad Nessler calling the play-by-play and Sean Farnham providing color commentary. Additionally, radio coverage will be provided on the Aggie Sports Network, which can be heard locally in the Bryan/College Station area on WTAW (1620 AM).

Aggie junior Danuel House is coming off a standout week on the hardwood when the Fresno, Texas, native averaged 22.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in wins over LSU and South Carolina, while adding five assists, four blocks and a steal. Against the Gamecocks, House turned heads by hitting 7-of 11 shots from beyond the 3-point arc to fall just one long-distance basket short of A&M’s single game record.

House ranks fifth in the SEC with a 16.6 scoring average during league play.

The Aggies, who are 5-2 on the road in SEC play, will have a tall order on Tuesday as Arkansas’ Bud Walton Arena stands out as one of the toughest venues for road teams. This season is no exception as the Razorbacks are 16-1 on their home court.

On the court, Arkansas boosts one of the SEC’s best 1-2 offensive punches in sophomore forward Bobby Portis and junior guard Michael Qualls. Portis, who earned second-team All-SEC honors as a rookie last season, ranks second in the league this season, averaging 18.1 points per contest, while Qualls checks in at seventh by maintaining a 15.5 scoring average.

The Razorbacks enter the affair riding a six-game winning streak.

A&M Women’s Golf in 3rd at the UC Irvine Invitational

ANTA ANA, Calif.- The No. 15 Texas A&M women’s golf team is in third place after the first day of play at the UC Irvine Invitational presented by Kia, posting a 578 (+2) after playing 36 holes at the Santa Ana Country Club on Monday.

Two Aggies are in the top 10 after two rounds of place, with Marijosse Navarro sitting in a tie for second place and Maddie Szeryk in a tie for sixth. Navarro shot 72 (E) and 68 (-4) in her two rounds to shoot 140, and is two strokes back of tournament leader Gabriella Then of Southern Cal. Szeryk shot 70 (-2) and 72 (E) to post a 142 after two rounds.

As a team, the Aggies shot a 286 (-2) in Monday’s first round, and 292 (+4) in the second round on the par 72, 5,903 yard course. The Aggies, with a 578 (+2) for the tournament, are one shot behind second place No. 2 Southern Cal, and No. 4 Washington leads the tournament with a 566 (-10).

Thanya Pattamakijsakul shot 71-77 to post a 148 (+4) two-round total, good for a tie for 26. Bianca Fabrizio shot 74-75, and is one shot back of Pattamakijsakul at 149 (+5) in a tie for 32nd. Andrea Jonama shot 73-80 to post a 153 (+9) and is in a tie for 48th.

The UC Irvine Invitational presented by Kia concludes on Tuesday with the final of three rounds, with Texas A&M teeing off at 10:25 CT. 

Aggie Baseball This Afternoon on The Zone

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Aggies are looking to continue their perfect start. The Maroon and White are off to a 7-0 start, the best since 2006 when A&M started the year 10-0. The Aggies will be sending a pair of freshmen to the mound with Turner Larkins starting on Tuesday against Houston Baptist and BRIGHAM HILL starting Wednesday vs Incarnate Word. Texas A&M hopes to keep the engine churning as they have averaged 10.9 runs per game and they’ve reached the teens in the run column three times in 2014. A year ago, A&M scored 13 or more runs just four times in 62 contests.

College Station, Rudder Boys Playoff Games Postponed Due to Weather

A revised schedule of local high school playoff playoff games:

BOYS (BI-DISTRICT)

College Station vs. University (Waco): Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. – Cameron (ZoneHD 95.1-3)

Bryan vs. Temple: Tuesday, 7 p.m. – Bryan (ZoneHD 95.1-3)

Rudder vs. Pflugerville Connally: Tuesday, 8 p.m. – Pflugerville

GIRLS (REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS)

A&M Consolidated vs. Pflugerville Connally: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – Giddings

Rudder vs. Hutto: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – Rockdale

Rangers Rework Beltre’s Deal, Eliminate Right to Void 2016

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) _ Adrian Beltre and the Texas Rangers have reworked the final two seasons of the third baseman’s $96 million, six-year contract, eliminating the team’s conditional right to void his 2016 salary.

Beltre was due to be paid $18 million this year and $16 million in 2016, but the team had the right to void 2016 if the four-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner didn’t have at least 586 plate appearances this season.

Under the amendment announced Monday, Beltre is guaranteed $16 million this year and $18 million in 2016.

The 35-year-old made $17 million last season, when he hit .324 with 19 homers and 77 RBIs.

Courtney Walker Named SEC Player of the Week

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Texas A&M junior guard Courtney Walker was named SEC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday, February 23 after helping the Aggies to three wins, including a win at No. 11 Kentucky, over the past week.

Walker averaged 18.3 points and shot 48.9% from the field in the Aggies’ three wins last week, leading off the week with a career-high 27 points against Alabama on Monday. She had 19 points, 17 of which came as the Aggies took control of the game in the second half, in A&M’s 81-69 win at No. 11 Kentucky on Thursday.

Walker concluded the week with a strong defensive performance, holding Florida’s Cassie Peoples to no points, and scored nine of her own as the Aggies won 66-46 over Florida on Sunday.

The Edmond, Okla. native ranks second in the league in scoring, falling percentage points behind Kentucky’s Makayla Epps at 15.2 points per game. This week, she moved into the top 10 at Texas A&M in career scoring, passing Toccara Williams and Morenike Atunrase to move into ninth.

This is the second Player of the Week award for Walker this season and the third in her career. Walker won the first SEC Player of the Week award this season, after scoring 20.7 points in the Aggies’ season-opening tournament in Chicago.

This is the seventh time an Aggie has won SEC Player of the Week since A&M moved to the league in 2012-13.

The No. 15 Aggies, winners of 17 straight at home, return to action on Thursday, February 26 at 7 p.m. against Missouri for Senior Night at Reed Arena.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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