Aggies Win on Wild Pitch in the 12th

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Braden Shewmake scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the 12th inning as the No. 20 Texas A&M Aggies beat the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, 6-5, on Blue Bell at Olsen Field Tuesday evening.

With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 12th, Shewmake got the frame started with a single to leftfield. After Walker Pennington was called out on interference, Joel Davis singled up the middle putting the winning run 90 feet away. Lumberjack pitcher Josh Ponder (0-1) attempted to intentionally walk Cole Bedford but misfired. A mad scramble on the wild pitch saw Shewmake scamper home to win the game.

The Aggies (4-0) dug themselves an early hole in the game after SFA’s eventful third inning. John Doxakis, making his first start as an Aggie, ran into trouble with two runners in scoring position and one out. A close bunt play at the plate went against A&M for the first run of the game. The next two Lumberjacks reached bringing the score to 3-0 and chasing Doxakis from the game. Kaylor Chafin worked the remainder of the frame, but the lefty was unable to keep the inherited runners from scoring. By the final out, SFA had posted a five-run frame.

SFA (2-3) gave the ball to Austin Hagy to start the game. Hagy started last year’s game against A&M and was tagged for six unearned runs in 3.0 innings of work. Tonight, Hagy kept the A&M bats silent for the first three frames before giving up two unearned runs in fourth and ending up with a no-decision.

The Aggies scratched away at the SFA lead in the fourth, fifth and sixth. After a two-out error extended the fourth inning, George Janca tripled for the third time this season scoring Davis and Blake Kopetsky. In the subsequent frame, Shewmake tripled setting up Walker Pennington for the RBI single.

The game-tying hit in the sixth came from the hot-hitting Jorge Gutierrez. The freshman cranked his third homer of the young season, a two-run shot off the scoreboard in left. He is hitting .714 (5-for-7) with one triple, four home runs, four walks and five RBI in 11 plate appearances.

The game fell into a stalemate from innings seven through eleven, with neither team plating a run. SFA used 10 different pitchers to quiet the Aggie bats that had scored 50 runs in the previous three games.

For Texas A&M, the bullpen worked nine scoreless frames after the misstep in the third. Landon Miner, Cason Sherrod, Corbin Martin and Mason Cole all worked two scoreless frames. Cole (1-0) picked up his first career win, stranding two runners in the top of the 12thto bring the Aggies up to bat for the final heroics.

The Aggies return to the diamond over the weekend for a three-game set with Pepperdine. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:32 pm.

 

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Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress

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Aggie 2B Braden Shewcrafte

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Aggie 1B Joel Davis

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Aggie DH Jorge Gutierrez

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Dave Elmendorf, Pat Henry Enter Texas Sports Hall of Fame

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

WACO— The Texas Sports Hall of Fame (TSHOF) will enshrine the Class of 2017 and Aggie three-way All-American Dave Elmendorf and legendary Aggie track coach Pat Henry are among the group of eight inductees. The formal induction ceremony and banquet will take place at the Waco Convention Center on Tuesday.

The 2017 Hall of Fame class will honor the following athletes:

  • Volleyball legend and two-time Olympian Rita Buck-Crockett
  • Three-time volleyball All-American and Olympian Flo Hyman (deceased)
  • Multitalented football and track athlete Eric Metcalf
  • Legendary football coach Wade Phillips
  • Star football and baseball player Dave Elmendorf
  • Three-time Super Bowl champion Darren Woodson
  • Legendary Texas A&M track and field coach Pat Henry
  • Olympic gymnastics champion Nastia Liukin

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame is one of four separate halls of fame housed within its physical structure, including the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, and the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.

Elmendorf was a terrific student-athlete at Westbury High School in Houston before coming to Texas A&M to play football for head coach Gene Stallings and baseball for head coach Tom Chandler. Elmendorf lettered three years in football and earned All-America honors as a defensive back in the fall of 1970. In the spring of 1971, he earned All-America honors as an outfielder as well as earning Academic All-America honors. Elmendorf lettered all four years in baseball.

Upon his graduation with a degree in economics, Elmendorf was drafted by the NFL Los Angeles Rams and was drafted by the New York Yankees in the Major League Baseball draft. Elemendorf signed with the Rams and played nine seasons in the NFL and was part of the Rams’ Super Bowl XIV team.

Elmendorf was inducted into the Texas A&M Athletics Hall of Fame in 1978 and was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1996.

He has been a part of the Aggie football radio network broadcasts since 1989 with the exception of two seasons.

Coach Henry is in his 13th season as the Aggies head track and field coach and he will be looking for the men’s and women’s teams to finish in the Top 10 at the NCAA Championships for the 10th consecutive year. The Aggie women’s team will be looking to make it 12 straight seasons to finish among the NCAA Top 10.

Coach Henry became the first NCAA coach to lead a school to three consecutive men’s and women’s NCAA Outdoor Championships when Texas A&M accomplished the feat winning it all in the 2009-2010-2011 seasons.

In 2013, the Aggie men claimed their fourth NCAA Championship while the Aggie women achieved a fourth National Championship in 2014.

With his eight national championships in Aggieland, Coach Henry has compiled 35 Division I national titles in his career. In addition, Henry coached Blinn Junior College in Brenham to a pair of juco national titles before he accepted the head coaching position at LSU (1988-2004).

Coach Henry and the Aggies will travel to Nashville later this week to compete in the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships before returning home to College Station to host the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Mar. 10-11.

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Shewmake Tabbed SEC Freshman of the Week

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M second baseman Braden Shewmake was named SEC Freshman of the Week following the Aggies’ sweep of Bowling Green over the weekend, the league announced on Monday.

The Wylie, Texas native made an immediate impact in his first weekend in the Maroon and White with an SEC-leading eight RBI over three games. Shewmake drove in multiple runs in each game and finished the weekend hitting .462 (6-for-13) with two doubles and a walk.

In his collegiate debut, Shewmake drove in four while hitting 3-for-5 at the plate in the Aggies’ 15-1 victory over the Falcons.

With Shewmake in the three-hole, the Aggie offense compiled 50 runs in the series and won each game by double digits. He performed his best with runners in scoring position, reaching base in 7-of-10 plate appearance with six hits, a walk and a couple doubles in those situations.

Shewmake joins Nick Banks, Hunter Melton, Grayson Long and Johnathan Moroney as Aggies to capture SEC Freshman of the Week honors and the first since Banks in 2014.

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

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Williams Picks Up Third SEC Freshman of the Week Award

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the second straight week and third overall time this season, Texas A&M’s Robert Williams has been named SEC Freshman of the Week after a standout week on the hardwood for the Maroon & White.

The 6-foot-9, 237-pound forward from Vivian, La., averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and 2.5 assists last week in contests against Vanderbilt and Auburn. Williams posted his third consecutive and team-leading eighth double-double of the season last Thursday against Vanderbilt, finishing with 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds.

Returning to action Saturday against Auburn, Williams narrowly missed another double-double, finishing with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. Additionally, he blocked a career-high six shot attempts, giving him 69 swats on the season, the second most for a season in A&M history (108, David Harris [1989-90]).

During SEC play, Williams is averaging 12.6 points per game while leading the league in blocked shots with 31 blocks (2.8 per game) and ranking second in both rebounding (9.2 boards per game) and field goal percentage (.540).

Arkansas’ Daryl Macon was named the SEC’s Player of the Week.

Williams and his teammates return to the court for a pair of games this week, beginning with a road contest at Arkansas on Wednesday before the Aggies come home to host Alabama inside Reed Arena Saturday evening.

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Davis scores 52 in Pelicans’ arena as West defeats East, 192-182

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Anthony Davis scored an All-Star game record 52 points in his home arena, and the Western Conference squad defeated the East 192-182 Sunday night.

Davis broke the record of 42 points set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.

Russell Westbrook was gunning for his third straight All-Star MVP honors. He scored 41 points, including seven 3-pointers, but West coach Steve Kerr subbed Westbrook out of the game for the final minutes while leaving Davis in, and the Pelicans’ star scored eight more points. Westbrook’s highlights included an alley-oop dunk set up by former teammate Kevin Durant

Milwaukee’s emerging 22-year-old star, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the East squad with 30 points. LeBron James highlighted a 23-point night with emphatic dunks and shot from nearly half court.

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Women’s Basketball Falls Just Short to No. 3 Mississippi State

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION- No. 23 Texas A&M fell 72-67 to No. 3 Mississippi State in a women’s basketball game at Reed Arena.

The Aggies (19-8, 9-5 SEC) led 67-66 with 1:34 remaining after a layup by Khaalia Hillsman, but Mississippi State (27-1, 13-1 SEC) answered with baskets on their next two possessions to take a 3-point lead.

Danni Williams led the Aggies with 23 points. She was joined in double figures by Curtyce Knox (19), Hillsman (13) and Taylor Cooper (10).

The Aggies went 7-of-7 on 3-pointers, the most 3-point makes without a miss in Texas A&M history.

Mississippi State was led by Victoria Vivians, who scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half.

The Aggies return to action on Thursday, February 23 to host No. 6 South Carolina at 8 p.m.


QUICKIE NOTES

  • Texas A&M falls to 19-8 overall and 9-5 in SEC play. Mississippi State is 27-1 overall and 13-1 in SEC play
  • The Aggies are 3-2 against ranked teams this season
  • Texas A&M went 7-of-7 on 3-pointers, the most makes without a miss in school history
  • Khaalia Hillsman has scored in double figures in all 27 games this season
  • Curtyce Knox scored 10+ points for the 13th time this season
  • Taylor Cooper scored in double figures for the seventh time this season and fourth time in six games since moving to the starting lineup
  • Danni Williams scored 20+ points for the ninth time this season
    • She reached double figure points for the 25th time in 27 games this season
  • Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 328-137 in 14 seasons at Texas A&M and 736-300 in his Hall of Fame career

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No. 17 Aggies Edge Out Ladyjacks, 8-7, to Sweep Texas A&M Invitational

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION – The 17th-ranked Texas A&M softball team concluded the Texas A&M Invitational with a tight 8-7 victory over Stephen F. Austin Sunday at the Aggie Softball Complex. The Aggies conclude the tournament with a seamless 5-0 record and move to 10-0 on the season.

The Aggies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over the Ladyjacks (2-8) in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Kaitlyn Alderink led off with a single up the middle and moved into scoring position at third after a double from junior Tori Vidales. The Aggies scored two runs on a sacrifice fly to left field from freshman Sarah Hudek, which was dropped and allowed Vidales to touch home.

SFA cut into the Aggies’ lead, 2-1, in the top of the third as Katie Clark doubled to left field to bring home Kiriany Hornberger.

The Maroon and White responded in the bottom of the third scoring four runs to extend their lead, 6-1. A pair of walks put junior Ashley Walters and Hudek on base and later scored off of a two-run double from sophomore Samantha Show. Junior Kristen Cuyos singled to center and was brought in by a double from sophomore Riley Sartain, who later reached home on a single from Alderink.

In the sixth, freshman Miranda Miles hit and RBI infield single, before Cuyos delivered a two-out, two-run blast for her second home run of the season to push the Aggies ahead 8-1.

The Ladyjacks battled back in the top of the seventh, scoring six runs on five hits and four walks. Autumn Holloway and Clark started the inning with a pair of singles. A trio of walks brought home two Ladyjacks, closing the Aggie lead, 8-3. Amber Landry and Hornberger tacked on two more runs with back-to-back singles. A bases loaded walk for Lauren Becker added another run for SFA and a single from Clark brought home Landry making the score 8-7 before a groundout to first base ended the game.

Junior Lexi Smith (3-0) earned the win for the Aggies after throwing 6.1 innings and notching a season high of 12 strikeouts. Show relieved Smith in the seventh inning and recorded her second save of the season.

The Maroon and White return to action Thursday as they travel to Cathedral City, Calif., to compete in the Mary Nutter Classic. The Aggies will face Long Beach State in game one at the Big League Dreams at 5:00 pm. CT.

A live stream of every game at the Mary Nutter Classic can be seen online at FloSoftball.com and can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM.

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

Texas A&M Quotes
Head Coach Jo Evans

On the seventh inning…
“These are the games that we had every opportunity to go out there and shut these guys down, sending them out in five and instead we let them hang around. Tip your hat to SFA. They didn’t quit. They didn’t give up. They kept going out there and going at it and took their walks. You figure if they take 11 walks during the day, they have a good chance at winning the ball game. We need to do a better job on the mound in that situation. We had all those opportunities with runners on base and the right people stepping up, and we are not taking advantage of that and we hurt ourselves.”

On Cuyos and Walters…
“I thought Ashley (Walters) was terrific this weekend on the plate, Kristen too. She [Kristen] had a break out weekend going 2 for 3 on the plate today. Riley Sartain, I don’t know anyone that looked better than her all weekend. Every game she got better and better when she stepped on, it didn’t matter if there were two outs or if there was nobody out. Runners on, or no runners on, she looked exceptional today.”

On no errors all weekend…
“I don’t remember an error. I don’t think we made any, which is hard to do no matter who we play. I thought our team was exceptional. We were smart when we knew we didn’t have a play and took outs when we had outs. I thought Riley (Sartain) had a really nice weekend defensively and she looked really good out there; all of the infielders did. I am really pleased to see what the defense is doing out there.”

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Texas A&M Men Break Nine School Standards, One SEC Meet Record at SEC Championships

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team broke nine school records, including one meet record, while finishing seventh at the 2017 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships that ended on Saturday at Jones Aquatic Center on the University of Tennessee campus.

The Aggies scored 759 points over the five days of competition and trailed Florida (1,271,5 points), Georgia (985), Auburn (925.5), Alabama (897), Missouri (771.6) and Tennessee (770.5) in the team standings. Rounding out the field were South Carolina (696), LSU (641) and Kentucky (481.5). The 759 points were easily the biggest point total for the Aggies since joining the SEC for the 2012-13 and the seventh-place finish also matched the team’s highest finish.

At the 2017 SEC Championships, the Aggies set an SEC meet record in the three-meter dive and shattered nine school records — 50-yard free style, 100 backstroke (twice), 200 backstroke, 200 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 200 IM (twice), three-meter dive, as well as the 200 and 400 medley relays.

“There were so many great things that happened this week,” Aggie head coach Jay Holmes said. “We set nine school records and were able to accomplish a lot. We’re not happy with the placing. We had it in our hands to be fifth here but we weren’t able to get it done and that’s frustrating. I’m happy that we gave ourselves a chance to be top five with a really strong morning today. We knew we had to be great to give ourselves a chance and they did that. We just needed a little more tonight.”

Highlighting the Aggies’ final day in Knoxville was the strong diving of junior Tyler Henschel, who finished his strong 2017 SEC meet with a third-place finish in the platform dive with a score of 435.40. In the prelims, Henschel flirted with the school record with a lifetime best of 444.45. In addition to Saturday’s effort, Henschel was victorious in the one-meter dive and third in the three-meter dive.

“Tyler’s definitely come a long way,” Aggie diving coach Jay Lerew said. “This is really the first time he’s been healthy for the SEC meet. He had a little bit of a rough start tonight. He had great tops, but little things happened that hurt him score-wise. But he fought back for that medal and I thought that was a quite an accomplishment.”

Additionally, sophomore Sam Thornton narrowly missed the Championship final in the platform dive, finishing ninth with a score of 341.40. For the meet, the Aggies’ dive crew produced at least two scorers in all three dives and put five entries in Championships finals.

“We committed early to bringing as many divers as we could to this meet,” Holmes said. “Our divers do a great job for us. They gave us a huge kick-start on the first night when they combined to score 94 points in the one-meter. The divers played a huge role in what we’re trying to do here.”

After breaking four school records on Friday night, the Aggies got another record-breaking performance from junior Brock Bonetti in the 200-yard backstroke. Bonetti became the first Aggie to go under 1:42 while lowering his own school record to 1:41.77 and placing sixth in the race. Texas A&M also got a strong effort in the race from freshman Anthony Kim, who placed 14th with a time of 1:43.05 in the B final. In the morning prelims, Kim produced a lifetime best time of 1:42.93, which puts him No. 2 on the Aggies’ top 10 list in the race.

“We’ve known that Brock has that in him, it was just a question of him having the right opportunity and putting him in the right place to do it,” Holmes said. “Brock lowering his own school records was probably our highlight of the day on the swimming side. He’s a hard worker, a great leader and he loves to compete.”

The Aggies also scored solid points in the 100 freestyle with three swimmers advancing to the finals and combining for 34 points. Senior Cory Bolleter led the way with an eighth place finish in a time of 43.26 after he had produced a lifetime best time of 43.05 in the prelims. Senior Jacob Gonzales placed 16th with a time of 43.90 and freshman Adam Koster chipped in a 24th place effort in 44.58 (after producing a lifetime best 44.00 in the prelims).

Three Aggies combined to score 48 points in the 200 yard breaststroke with junior Jonathan Tybur taking eighth in the A final in 1:56.43 in the A final and junior Mauro Castillo winning the B final in 1:54.42. Freshman Ben Walker contributed a 19th place final in the C final in 1:58.74.

Texas A&M closed out the meet with an eight-place finish in the 400 free relay with the foursome of Koster, Bolleter, Gonzalez and Bonetti touching in 2:54.88.

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Aggies Complete Series Sweep of BGSU with 16-5 Win

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 20 Texas A&M Aggies ransacked the Bowling Green Falcons in the nightcap of Saturday’s twinbill, 16-5, to cap off a dominating three-game series sweep on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The Aggies outscored the Falcons by a combined tally of 50-8 for the opening weekend. It marked the most runs the Maroon and White have produced in an opening three-game weekend, topping the 48 scored in 1999. It also marked Texas A&M’s top run tally for a three-game series since scoring 53 against Texas Tech in March 1989. The last time Texas A&M won three games in a series by more than 10 runs apiece came in March of 1999 against UT Pan American.

Nick Choruby led the Aggies at the plate, going 3-for-4 with four runs and two RBI. Logan Foster, Braden Shewmake, Walker Pennington and Jorge Gutierrez all notched a pair of hits.

For the third time in the series, the Aggies produced a run in the first inning. Choruby reached on an error by second baseman Mitchell Schneider, moved to second in an infield single by Logan Foster and scored when Pennington laced a single through the left side of the infield for the 1-0 lead.

A defensive lapse allowed the Falcons to tie the score in the third. Nick Piazza drew a leadoff walk moved to second on a wild pitch on strike three to Justin Mott. Schneider then bounced a ball back to Aggie starter Mitchell Kilkenny. In a bit of confusion, Kilkenny threw the ball to second with no force play at the bag and the runners reached safely at the corners. Jake Wilson made Texas A&M pay for the mistake, putting down a squeeze bunt to score Piazza.

Bowling Green took its first lead of the series in the fourth. With one out, Randy Righter reached on an infield single and Derek Drewes singled to leftfield. Riley Minorik knocked both runners in with a triple for a 3-1 lead. Kilkenny was able to regroup, stranding Minorik at third with strikeouts of Piazza and Mott.

The Aggies offered an immediate response in the home half of the fourth. With one out, Gutierriez tripled to the gap in left-center and scored on a single to leftfield by Austin Homan. With two outs, Choruby singled rightfield to put runners on the corners and Foster singled to leftfield to plate the equalizer. An RBI single by Shewmake and an error gave Texas A&M a 5-3 lead.

The Maroon and White lead ballooned to 11-3 with a six-run fifth. Highlights of the frame included a two-run infield single by Choruby and RBI doubles by Shewmake and Pennington.

Texas A&M delivered the knockout blow with a five-run seventh. The inning include an RBI double by Baine Schoenvogel and a two-run triple by George Janca.

Mitchell Kilkenny (1-0) earned the winning, yielding three runs on three hits and one walk while striking out six in 5.0 innings. John Doxakis each worked scoreless innings.

Zac Carey (0-1) was saddled with the loss for Bowling Green. He allowed seven runs, three earned, on 10 hits and one walk while striking out one in 4.1 innings.

Texas A&M returns to action Tuesday when the Maroon and White host the SFA Lumberjacks in a 6:32 pm contest on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

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Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress

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Aggie CF Nick Choruby

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Aggie C Jorge Gutierrez

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No. 17 Texas A&M Downs New Mexico and Missouri State

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION – The 17th-ranked Texas A&M softball team swept day two of the Texas A&M Invitational on Saturday, defeating New Mexico, 10-1, and Missouri State, 8-2, at the Aggie Softball Complex.

In the first game, New Mexico (4-5) grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI infield single by Cameryn O’Grady.

Texas A&M (9-0) responded in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead on a two-out two-run homer by sophomore Samantha Show.

The Maroon and White extended their lead in the third when sophomore Kaitlyn Alderink reached base on a walk and scored on a junior Tori Vidales single up the middle. Junior Ashley Walters hit a double to center, followed by a single from freshman Sarah Hudek to bring Vidales around to score.

Junior Kristen Cuyos delivered a two-RBI double, plating Hudek and Walters. A walk with the bases loaded to junior Erica Russell added another run to the Aggie’s five-run inning.

Vidales opened the bottom of the fourth with a single to left field, and scored on Walters’ first career triple. Hudek doubled to left field, scoring freshman Blake-Ann Fritsch, who came in to pinch run for Walters. Seniors Reagan Boenker and Celena Massey both delivered pinch-hit singles in their first at-bats of the season, giving the Aggies a 10-1 advantage.

Junior Trinity Harrington earned the win to move to 3-0 on the year. The Greeley, Colo., native threw her second complete game of the season, giving up only two hits with five strikeouts.

Against the Bears, the Aggies took a 1-0 lead in the first on a solo home run to left center by Vidales. The Bears responded in the second to take the lead, 2-1, off of a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly.

The Maroon and White tied the game in the second as freshman Kelbi Fortenberry drew a bases loaded walk.

The Aggies opened up the game up with a five-run third inning to extend the lead to 7-2. Walters led off with a walk and moved to third on a single by Hudek. Show then singled through the left side to score Walters, before junior Kristen Cuyos hit a three-run homer, her first of the season. Vidales capped off the inning with a RBI single to left.

Show tossed a complete game six-hitter to her fourth victory of the season. The East Bernard, Texas, native gave up six hits, two earned runs and struck out two.

The Maroon and White close out the Texas A&M Invitational on Sunday against SFA at 11:00 a.m. The game can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM.

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Texas A&M Quotes
Head Coach Jo Evans

On the offensive performance….
“I was really happy to see how we started to get comfortable at the plate. We got more aggressive. You saw us earlier in the season where we weren’t doing a good job of going with the pitch. I think what we are seeing out of our team right now is that we can show power going to the opposite field. When you can do that, it is really promising. It was nice to see us hit throughout our order. We had so many scoring opportunities on the day. I can’t even imagine how explosive this day would have been with another two or three timely hits. I talked to our players a little bit when we were struggling offensively to score runs and I said that we are too good to worry about it. We just need to go out and work hard. Hitting is contagious, so when it opens for us I feel bad for the teams that have to face that. That is what we saw today.”

On the pitching staff….
“With Samantha [Show in the second game], the second inning she was pulling the ball down in the middle of the plate. I think she was getting way too much plate. I went out to the mound before we started that third inning and had a chat with her that she needed to sharpen up and command some presence on the mound. She just flipped it. She turned it around and started hitting spots and throwing harder. I thought she really buckled down and made a transition to win this game on the mound. I thought Trinity [Harrington] had a good day. She looked good out there. She had to make a couple of adjustments and she did. The story for us right now is our pitching staff and how they are managing their pitch counts and playing defense. It’s nice to see our kids get out there and be athletic.”

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Gilder, Williams Help Aggies Power Past Auburn

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Admon Gilder scored 17 points and Robert Williams blocked a career-high six shots as Texas A&M defeated Auburn 81-62 on Saturday.

The Aggies (14-12, 6-8 Southeastern) led 20-6 less than eight minutes into the game and held on to a double-digit lead the rest of the way. A&M shot a season-best 68.9 percent from the field (31 of 45), also third-best showing in school history, compared to 34.3 percent (23 of 67) for Auburn.

In addition to Williams collecting six of the Aggies’ eight blocks, the dynamic freshman also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and added 13 points.

Mustapha Heron led the Tigers (16-11, 5-9) with 20 points and Ronnie Johnson followed with 12.

Both teams entered Saturday’s action having lost two consecutive SEC games.

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Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy

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Aggie G Kobie Eubanks & C Tonny Trocha-Morelos

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Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl

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No. 17 Aggies Overpower SFA, Missouri State in Day One of Texas A&M Invitational

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION – The No. 17 Texas A&M softball team swept day one of the Texas A&M Invitational on Friday, blanking Stephen F. Austin, 8-0, in five innings, and Missouri State, 5-0, at the Aggie Softball Complex.

Against SFA, the Aggies (7-0) grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first inning as sophomore Kaitlyn Alderink reached base on a walk and quickly stole second. Junior Ashley Walters singled through the right side before sophomore Samantha Show plated Alderink with a sacrifice fly to center.

In the second inning, junior Erica Russell and sophomore Keeli Milligan reached base on a walk and fielder’s choice, respectively, and took advantage of a wild pitch and throwing error to give the Aggies a 3-0 lead.

The Maroon and White added to their lead in the third when freshman Sarah Hudek scored as Russell reached base on a throwing error. Milligan continued the two-out rally with a triple to left and later scored on an Alderink single. Back-to-back RBI singles by junior Tori Vidales and Walters extended the lead to eight.

Show recorded her third win of the season with a four-hit complete-game shutout. The East Bernard, Texas native struck out six with a walk. On the season, Show is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 16 innings.

In the nightcap, the Aggies took a 3-0 lead in the third on a Walters home run to center, her first of the season. Walters finished the night going 4-for-5 at the plate.

Texas A&M added to their lead in the fourth as sophomore Riley Sartain hit a two-run dinger off the scoreboard in right center. The blast was Sartain’s first of the season and seventh of her career.

Junior Lexi Smith earned the win to move to 2-0 on the year, throwing her second complete game of the season. The Temple, Texas, native allowed just three hits while striking out nine.

The Aggies return to action Saturday at 12:15 p.m. against New Mexico and at 3 p.m. versus Missouri State.

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Texas A&M Quotes
Head Coach Jo Evans

On going 2-0 to start the tournament…
“I feel good about today. I thought our kids looked good. I thought we played good defense, and I thought pitching wise both those kids did well on the mound. It was nice to see us hit for power the other way and get some balls out of the yard.”

On Lexi Smith‘s performance…
“I was really pleased to see her come back. I was a little surprised in her first outing that she did not have a better outing. She was so fired up and jacked up [in her first start] and tonight she really settled herself down and was calm. The great thing with her tonight was she could throw strikes on both sides of the plate, which really kept those hitters off balance.”

On Kaitlyn Alderink…
“I thought she was terrific in the leadoff spot and I am really happy to see it. We talk about her flying under the radar a lot but she finds ways to get on base. She understands where she is in the lineup, whether she is a table setter or in a two-hole. She is letting Keeli steal bases and hitting behind her. She has a really high softball IQ and just a smart player. You want that leadoff hitter to set the tone for the game and she did that.”

On Keeli Milligan…
“Tonight is the first time I have seen that kid be comfortable all season. Coach (Joy) Jackson has been working a lot with her on slapping and getting more explosive out of the box and she did that tonight. She just looked like herself. She was faster and more aggressive on the bases. She was having fun playing the game instead of second guessing herself.”

On Samantha Show‘s performance against SFA…
“It makes me so happy. I thought she was in total control today. She threw 76 pitches on the day which is huge. That kid can throw all day when she is throwing that few of pitches. I thought it was huge that our offense did what it did to allow Sam to get us on and off. I thought she was really good today out on the mound.”

On hitting two home runs…
“We needed that. We have been looking so bad on that outside pitch. It’s been way too easy of outs and really getting ourselves out by not doing a good job on that pitch. You saw today we just started sitting on it and going the other way. When you start hitting balls over the wall, you know hitters are starting to see the ball, get it in their legs and getting a lot more comfortable. We needed to see that because we have way too much power in that lineup to not be hitting the ball out of the park.”

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Phillips Wins Burns Intercollegiate; Aggies Finish Second

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

LIHUE, Hawai’i – Sophomore Chandler Phillips carded the second-best 54-hole total in school history at 15-under par to claim medalist honors at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate Tuesday at Wailua Golf Club. Meanwhile, as a team the Aggies finished second in the 18-team field.

Phillips’ three round total of 15-under ((67-66-68=201, -15) trailed only a 16-under performance by Ben Crancer during the 2013 Dick’s Challenge Cup.

The win was also the second medalist showing of the season for the Huntsville, Texas, native who also topped the field at the Golfweek Conference Challenge during the fall.

“Chandler is just a stud,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “He was three-under and hit it out of bounds on the 12th hole to drop him down into a tie for the lead. After a few pars, he the birdied the last three holes to win by three. That was pretty impressive because they weren’t easy holes or easy birdies. He just made up his mind he was going to win this thing … The way he’s been playing the last few weeks, I think he’s proving himself to be one of the best players in the country.”

On the team leaderboard, Texas A&M (276-281-282=839) ended the tournament at 25-under par to finish just four shots back of team champion Virginia (-29) and hold off UNLV (-24), which charged up the leaderboard Friday with the day’s lowest round of 14-under. The team score was the fourth-lowest team total during a 54-hole event in school history.

Additionally, the top-three showing in the team standings was A&M’s fourth in six tournaments this season.

Joining Phillips near the top of the leaderboard was junior Kavan Eubank (69-69-72=210, -6) who carded his third top-10 finish of the year by ending play in ninth place.

Rookie Dan Erickson (71-75-71=217, +1) completed the tournament in a tie for 26th place, while sophomore Brandon Smith (69-72-77 =18, +2) and junior Andrew Paysse (74-74-71=219, +3) earned shares of 32nd and 40th place, respectively.

“I am so proud of these guys for the way they played, fought and battled all week,” Higgins added. “It was a really great effort on their part. We got off to a rough start today, I think we were feeling the heat a little bit and tried to do too much, because they really wanted to win. That put us behind the eight-ball early, but we finished like champions.”

A trio of Aggies also competed in the event as individuals, highlighted by Jake Goodman (72-71-70=213, -3) in a tie for 13th. Also participating were Max Miller (76-70-71=217, +1) and Josh Gliege (75-72-72=219, +3).

Texas A&M men’s golf team returns to action Feb. 15-17 when it travels to Lafayette, La., to take part in the Louisiana Classics.

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Aggie Men, Women Rack up Successfull Day 4 at SEC Championships

Texas A&M Men Break School Records in Every Race on SEC Day 4

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team produced a school record in every race on day four at the 2017 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday at Jones Aquatic Center on the University of Tennessee campus.

After four days of competition, the Aggies were in fifth place in the team standings behind Florida (929.5), Georgia (788), Auburn (663.5) and Alabama (614).  Rounding out the team standings were Tennessee (526.5), Missouri (521), South Carolina (505), LSU (482) and Kentucky (321.5).

Under the direction of Texas A&M coaches Jay Holmes and Jason Calanog, the Aggies shattered school standards in the 200-yard butterfly, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 400 medley relay.

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

“We had some great fight in us tonight,” Holmes said. “We still need to figure out how to be a little better in prelims, but this a typical SEC Championship dogfight and you have to be ready to go. There’s a lot of teams battling and fighting for position and there’s nothing easy here. I’m proud of the way we are progressing and I believe we have even greater things in our future.”

Sophomore Angel Martinez took down the first school record of the day while winning the B final of the 200 fly in a time of 1:43.25, which eclipsed the oldest record in the Aggies’ record book. Martinez’s quick swim broke the old record of 1:43.98 by Israel Duran from the 2008 NCAA Championships in Federal Way, Wash.

Junior Brock Bonetti continued the record-breaking streak by lowering his own school record in the 100 backstroke twice on Friday. Bonetti broke it the first time while placing fifth in the A final of the 100 back in 46.21 and then broke it again on the opening leg of the Aggies’ 400 medley relay in 46.07. Also contributing points in the 100 back for the Aggies was freshman Anthony Kim, who placed 16th in 47.54 after producing a lifetime best of 47.10 in the prelims (No. 5 in school history).

Junior Mauro Castillo lowered his own school record in the 100 breaststroke while winning the B final in a time of 52.63. Junior teammate Jonathan Tybur chipped in a 16th place finish in 53.71 after producing a lifetime best of 53.30 in the morning prelims. Tybur now ranks as the second-fastest 100-yard breaststroker in school history.

The Aggies closed out the day with a sixth-place finish in the 400 medley relay with the foursome of Bonetti, Castillo, senior Turker Ayar and senior Cory Bolleter touching in 3:07.85, which broke the old mark of 3:08.03 set by Jason Bergstrom, Nathan Lavery, Boris Loncaric and Casey Strange at the 2009 NCAA Championships.

Aggie Women Win Three Races, Take Team Lead Into Final Day at SEC Championships

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team won three races on Friday and will take a 118-point lead into the final day at the 2017 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at the Jones Aquatic Center on the University of Tennessee campus.

The Aggies, who are seeking to repeat as SEC Champions, finished day four with 961 points and a 118-point lead over second-place Georgia (843 points). Rounding out the field were Tennessee (673), Kentucky (659), Auburn (648), Missouri (631), Florida (493), LSU (448), South Carolina (391), Alabama (342), Arkansas (215) and Vanderbilt (74).

“It was another great night,” Aggie head coach Steve Bultman said. “We won three races in the pool and were third on the platform, so the day was definitely a success. The prelims on the last day are so important. Everyone is tired and you have to find a way to get yourself ready and get qualified where you need to get qualified. The prelims set up the finals so that will be the key to the last day.”

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

Senior Sarah Gibson threw her hat into the ring for Swimmer of the Meet with her third individual victory of the meet with a victory in the 200-yard butterfly. Gibson, a runner-up in the race in 2016, got her hand to the wall in a lifetime best time of 1:52.64, which ranks as the second fastest 200 fly time in school history behind only two-time U.S. Olympian and two-time NCAA 200 fly champ Cammile Adams. In the first four days of the 2017 Championships, Gibson has won the 100 and 200 fly and 500 free and swam legs on the Aggies’ winning 800 free relay and 400 medley relay.

Like the 100 fly, the 200 fly was a battle between Gibson and Georgia’s Chelsea Britt. Also like the 100 fly, Britt grabbed the early lead and held the advantage at the 50-, 100- and 150-yard marks, but Gibson covered the final 50 in 29.19 to make up the deficit and out-touch Britt by .08.

“I was concerned going into the race because I know that Georgia has some very talented girls,” Gibson said. “I was a little bit worried, but Steve (Bultman) just told me ‘I think they are going to bring the best out of you’ and he tends to be right. I put my faith in him and the training and tried to push it on that last 25 to get it in there. I think we were both on the ‘struggle bus’ in that last 50 and I’m glad I was able to get my hand to the wall first.”

Add Bultman, “Great, great race with Sarah. She and (Britt) were just battling and it wasn’t real pretty at the end but she just wanted it, fought through it and got her hand to the wall.”

Junior Jorie Caneta earned her first-ever SEC crown with a win in the 100-yard breaststroke. Caneta, who transferred to Texas A&M from Arizona State last year, led from start to finish and won with a time of 59.49. Caneta led a 95-point scoring outburst in the race for the Aggies with senior Ashley McGregor placing fourth in 1:00.13 and senior Franko Jonker taking sixth in 1:00.28. Senior Sycerika McMahon chipped in a 14th place finish in 1:01.93 in the B final.

“It’s been a long journey, especially after transferring and getting adjusted to a new program,” Caneta said. “It’s great to get stability under Steve (Bultman) and T (Tanica Jamison). Buying into the program and trusting their training has really helped and it’s paying off this year. I knew I had to trust my race plan. This morning was really a rough swim. I jammed every single wall so I was just hoping to fix my walls and I knew doing that would give me a shot.”

The Aggies also got significant points from diver Alaïs Kalonji, who made the SEC award podium in the platform for a second straight year with a third-place finish. Kalonji grabbed the bronze medal with a score of 291.25 after producing her career-best of 297.90 in the morning prelims.

Also contributing individual points was junior Laura Norman, who placed 13th in the 100 backstroke in a time of 53.27 after posting a season-best of 53.05 in the morning prelims.

The Aggies closed out the fourth day of the Championships by defending their 2016 crown in the 400-yard medley relay with the foursome of junior Lisa Bratton, Caneta, Gibson and junior Beryl Gastaldello producing a season-best time of 3:29.81, which makes them the No. 3 400 medley relay in school history.

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Houston Dynamo PDL Affiliate Team Name Revealed

(Source: Brazos Valley Cavalry F.C.)

(Source: Brazos Valley Cavalry F.C.)

Bryan – College Station, TX (February 17, 2017) – After more than 2600 votes were cast, the new Houston Dynamo Premier Development team will be named…. Brazos Valley Cavalry F.C..
 
“The Cavalry is such a great tie-in to the rich military history of the Brazos Valley” said Uri Geva, Partner in the Clutch Entertainment Group the management group for the Brazos Valley Bombers and the new PDL franchise. Geva continued by sharing “We are thrilled to have seen such a great alignment between the thousands of votes and our organizations goals of being a major part of our community”.
 
The Brazos Valley Cavalry F.C. won an on-line vote and was the favorite, garnering over 63% of the vote. Some of the other names considered were the Rail Runners, Volts, Brigade and Cannons. 
 
The team crest and colors will be Black, Red & White with the crest having two stars representing the two largest communities in the Brazos Valley “Bryan” & “College Station”.
 
Brazos Valley Cavalry F.C. will get the season started at Nutrabolt Stadium on Monday, June 5th and will play a total of 8 home games for their inaugural season in the Premier Development League.
 
To keep up with the inaugural season for the Cavalry F.C. go to BVCavalryFC.com

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Turnovers Costly in Aggie Women’s Loss at LSU

BATON ROUGE, La.- No. 23 Texas A&M had chances on two late possessions, but fell 67-63 to LSU in a women’s basketball game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

“We just didn’t get the job done tonight,” said Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair. “I told the team before the game that this game was going to come down to the last minute, like so many other of our conference games.”

“I thought we were doing a good job when we were coming back in the second half, but we made a lot of uncharacteristic bad turnovers,” added Blair.

Neither team led by more than seven points during the game, but the Lady Tigers (18-8, 7-6 SEC) led heading into the game’s final minute. The Aggies (19-7, 9-4 SEC) had a chance to erase a 1-point deficit with 43.2 to play but turned the ball over. After LSU hit a free throw on the other end, the Aggies again had a chance to tie with 23.4 to play, but the Texas A&M shot bounced off the rim.

Khaalia Hillsman led the Aggies with 24 points and after going 12-of-17 from the field. She was joined in double-figures by Taylor Cooper, who scored 12 points.

Curtyce Knox added 10 assists.

The Aggies return home on Sunday, February 19 to host No. 3 Mississippi State at 4 p.m. on SEC Network.


QUICKIE NOTES

  • Texas A&M falls to 19-7 on the season and 9-4 in SEC play. LSU is now 18-7 on the season and 8-5 in the SEC.
  • Khaalia Hillsman scored 20+ points for the ninth time this season
    • She has scored in double figures in all 26 games this season
    • She made her first seven shots from the field
  • Taylor Cooper scored in double figures for the sixth time this season and the seventh time in her Texas A&M career
  • Curtyce Knox passed Dawn Marsh (Tennessee, 1987-88, 243 assists) and Brandi McCain (Florida, 1998-99, 246 assists) for seventh on the SEC single-season assist list. Knox has 247 assists this season.
    • She had 10+ assists for the 13th time this season
  • Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 328-136 in 14 seasons at Texas A&M and 736-199 in his Hall of Fame career. He is 14th all-time and eighth among active coaches in career wins.

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Aggies Battle, Fall Just Short at Vandy

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)–Luke Kornet scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Vanderbilt rallied from an 11-point deficit in beating Texas A&M 72-67 Thursday night.

With the win, the Commodores (13-13, 6-7) snapped a four-game home skid in Southeastern Conference play. They also swept the Aggies after winning at Texas A&M 68-54 on Jan. 31.

Vanderbilt used its 3-point shooting prowess as the SEC’s best team outside the arc to overcome the Aggies’ dominance inside the paint.

Matthew Fisher-Davis scored 14 points off the bench for Vanderbilt, and Joe Toye tied his career-high with 13. Riley LaChance finished with 12.

Texas A&M (13-12, 5-8) announced before tipoff that sophomore guard DJ Hogg will miss the rest of the season with an injured foot. Tyler Davis scored 25 points, and Robert Williams added 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Aggies outscored Vanderbilt 42-22 inside the paint.

Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy

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Texas A&M Basketball
Postgame Notes
Vanderbilt 72, Texas A&M 67
Feb. 16, 2017  Memorial Gym (Nashville, Tenn.)

RECORDS & SERIES NOTES

  • Texas A&M saw its season record fall to 13-12 with a 5-8 mark in SEC play following a 72-67 loss to Vanderbilt at Memorial Gym on Wednesday evening.
  • The all-time series between the schools now stands at 7-2 in favor of Vanderbilt.

TEAM NOTES

  • Texas A&M enjoyed control of the interior, finishing with a 42-22 edge for points in the paint as well as a 41-36 rebounding advantage … Vanderbilt, however, was able to hit 10-of-26 3-point field goal attempts (38.5 percent) while A&M converted only 3-of-16 shots from distance (18.8 percent).
  • Vanderbilt, on the strength of eight first half 3-point field goals, carried a 35-34 lead into the intermission.
  • A&M used the starting lineup combination of Admon Gilder, JC Hampton, Tonny Trocha-Morelos, Robert Williams and Tyler Davis for the fourth time this season (2-2).

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Sophomore Tyler Davis tied his career-high with 25 points, converting 11-of-18 shot attempts.
  • Sophomore Admon Gilder played all 40 minutes for the eighth straight game, finishing with 14 points, five assists and a personal-best eight rebounds.
  • Freshman Robert Williams posted his third consecutive and team-leading eighth double-double of the season, finishing with 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds … The Vivian, La., native also blocked a pair of Commodore shot attempts, giving him 63 swats on the season and extending his nation-leading blocked shot streak to 25 games.
  • Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy fell to 112-82 in his sixth season at Texas A&M and 323-261 in 19 seasons as head coach.

UP NEXT

  • Texas A&M returns home to Reed Arena where it will host Auburn on Saturday afternoon … The game is slated to be televised on ESPNU with tip off at 3 p.m. (CT).

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Phillips Tops Leaderboard After 36 Holes in Hawai’i

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

LIHUE, Hawai’i – Aggie sophomore Chandler Phillips shot his way atop the leaderboard at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate Thursday as the No. 18 Texas A&M men’s golf team maintained second place after second round action on Wailua Golf Course.

Phillips (67+66=133, -11) reeled off six birdies in a seven-hole stretch on his way to tie his best collegiate round. Phillips passed first-round leader Jimmy Stranger of Virginia to take the top spot and holds a three-stroke advantage over the rest of the field. His 11-under score is the third-best 36-hole score in Aggie golf history and the top output in the last four seasons. The Huntsville, Texas, native is in search of his second tournament win with his other coming in the Golfweek Conference Challenge earlier this season.

“Chandler has been really impressive this entire trip,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “He’s playing some of the best golf I’ve ever seen him play. With the way he’s playing, converting all the opportunities, chipping and putting great, he’s got a great a chance to win the tournament tomorrow.”

The Aggies (276+281=557, -19) came into the day eight strokes back of Virginia (268+283=551, -25) and moved two shots closer to the Cavs after another low-scoring day. The 19-under tally is their best 36-hole score in seven years and helped them distance themselves from third-place UNLV (282+284=566, -10).

“I’m really proud of the guys today,” added Higgins. “We got off to a slow start and were able to shoot well on the back nine. We rallied and cut into the lead and we’re looking forward to playing in the final group for the fifth time in six tournaments this year. That’s always the goal, to have a chance to win. We are right there with Virginia who has a great team and we’ll be looking forward to the opportunity tomorrow.”

Texas A&M was aided by another good day from Kavan Eubank (69+69=138, -6). The junior birdied his final two holes to vault into a share of fifth. Sophomore Brandon Smith (69+72=141, -3) played the course at even par and holds a share of 14th place in pursuit of his first top-ten finish. Also in the Aggie lineup, newcomer Dan Erickson (71+75=146, +2) fell into 44th place shooting three-over and junior Andrew Paysse (74+74=148, +4) is in a tie for 59th after an up-and-down round where he shot just six pars.

Jake Goodman (72+71=143, -1) leads the Aggie contingent competing as individuals with a share of 22nd place. Max Miller (76+70=146, +2) and Josh Gliege ended (75+72=147, +3) in ties for 44th and 54th, respectively.

The Aggies tee off the concluding round at 12:30 p.m. (CT) Friday morning paired with leaders Virginia along with UNLV and BYU. Live scoring for the final round will be available atGolfStat.com. Stay tuned to 12thMan.com or follow the Aggies on Twitter (@AggieMensGolf).

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Aggie Men, Women Continue to Roll at SEC Swimming and Diving Championships

Texas A&M’s Henschel sets School Record, SEC Meet Record in 3M Dive Victory

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Texas A&M junior Tyler Henschel won the three-meter dive in school and meet record fashion to highlight the Aggie men’s third day at the 2017 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday at Jones Aquatic Center on the University of Tennessee campus.

After three days of action, the Aggies were in fifth place with 414 points and were chasing Florida (759.5), Georgia (537), Auburn (495.5) and Alabama (415.5) in the team standings. Rounding out the field were Tennessee (409.5), South Carolina (380), LSU (340), Missouri (326.5) and Kentucky (248.5).

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

Henschel, from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, was consistent and sharp through his entire list and built a solid lead entering the final round, but had to produce an 80-point plus score on his final dive after LSU freshman Juan Celaya Hernandez scored an incredible 99.45 on his final effort. Henschel calmly produced an 88.35 score on a forward 3 ½ somersault pike for the victory.

“I knew going into it that I was capable of winning but that I was going to have to some serious damage. I knew that every single dive had to be my very best,” Henschel said. “As the event kept progressing, I tried to stay cool and collected. I’m sort of blind so I can’t actually see the scores on the scoreboard, but I knew that Juan had done one of the hardest dives in the world – the triple out – and he scored 99 points on that. So I just stayed calm and do my final dive like normal and try to come out on top. And that exactly what happened and I couldn’t be more proud of myself.”

In other action, junior Jonathan Tybur placed 22nd in the 400-yard IM with a lifetime best time of 3:50.97, which moved him to No. 6 on the Aggies’ all-time top 10 list in the race. Senior Turker Ayar become the fourth Aggie to post a sub-47 second time in the 100-yard butterfly with a lifetime best time of 46.79 while placing second in the C final (18th overall). Ayar now ranks No. 3 in school history behind Boris Loncaric (45.53) and Henrik Lindau (46.50).

Texas A&M Posts Two Wins, Extends Lead at SEC Swimming & Diving

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Texas A&M women’s team stacked up another strong day to extend its lead in the team standings at the 2017 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday at the Jones Aquatic Center on the University of Tennessee campus.

The Aggies, who are seeking to repeat as SEC Champions, finished day three with 729 points and a 128-point lead over second-place Georgia (601 points). Rounding out the field were Auburn (493), Tennessee (454), Missouri (430), Kentucky (406), Florida (331), LSU (291), South Carolina (248), Alabama (221), Arkansas (146) and Vanderbilt (30).

“We’ve been doing a good job in the morning sessions to get people qualified and then moving up a little bit at night,” head coach Steve Bultman said. “It’s been good and I’m proud of the way that we are competing. We have two more days and four more sessions, and we just have to continue to race well in the morning and get the position that we need in the finals.”

The Aggies’ talented IM crew got the team off to a fast start with a dominating performance in the 400-yard IM that accumulated 106 points from five swimmers. Texas A&M got a 1-2 finish from sophomore Sydney Pickrem and junior Bethany Galat for a second straight year. Pickrem cruised to her lifetime best of 4:02.25, which was the second-fastest in school history and shattered the old pool record of 4:03.27 by Florida’s Elizabeth Beisel from the 2012 SEC Championships.

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

 “I tried to not to think too much about repeating, I wanted to just trust in the process and not really think about the final outcome,” said Pickrem, who competed at the 2016 Olympic Games last summer. “I’m obviously pleased with the best time —  you can’t go wrong with that. There’s a lot to work on still, but I’m definitely happy with the race.”

Galat earned the silver medal with a lifetime best of 4:03.88, which was the fourth-fastest in school history. Also in the A final, sophomore transfer Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo took sixth in a lifetime best time of 4:07.90. Junior Lisa Bratton won the B final with a season-best time of 4:07.01 and junior Esther Gonzalez placed 23rd in a season best of 4:15.00.

“I saw ‘Big Beth’ through the whole race and it’s kind of what we do every day in practice,” Pickrem said. “It’s nice to be next to someone that you know their training and what they do. As soon as we finished, we’re out of breath and Beth is like ‘THIS … WAS … SO … FUN!’ That’s what you live for — races like that.”

Senior Sarah Gibson kept the Aggies’ big night rolling by rallying to defend her 2016 SEC crown in the 100-yard butterfly with an SEC meet and pool record time of 50.71. Gibson was well behind Georgia’s Chelsea Britt at the 50- and 75-yard marks, but covered the final 25 yards in a blistering 13.34 seconds to make the up the deficit.

“I saw at the turn that I was trailing and all I could think about was that we need these points and the team is counting on me,” Gibson said. “I knew I had to abandon all caution and go for it. I was pretty sure my legs were going to fall off on that last underwater, but I put faith in my training and it seemed to work out okay.”

Junior Beryl Gastaldello was fifth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.82 and junior Laura Norman won the C final (17th overall) in 53.51.

The Aggies nearly completed a clean sweep of the day’s races with sophomore Claire Rasmus earning a runner-up finish in the 200 freestyle in a lifetime best time of 1:44.51. Junior Kristin Malone placed seventh with a time of 1:46.61, freshman Amy Miller took 11th in 1:46.84 and freshman Katie Portz was 23rd in 1:48.53.

Stories courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Rangers, Napoli finally reunited for 3rd stint

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) _ Mike Napoli has rejoined the Texas Rangers for the third time, calling it a great opportunity to be back with his first World Series team.

The Rangers re-introduced Napoli on Thursday morning. He got an $8.5 million, one-year contract that includes a club option for 2018.

Napoli is expected to be the primary first baseman for the Rangers and provide a needed big bat in the middle of their lineup.

Over the past six seasons, Napoli has played in the World Series for three different teams. He went to the World Series with Texas in 2011, was part of a championship in Boston in 2013 and went with Cleveland last year in his only season there.

The 35-year-old Napoli, going into his 12th major league season, set career highs with 34 homers and 101 RBIs with Cleveland last year.

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