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LUFKIN â Lufkin scored two runs in the first and never trailed in grabbing a 3-1 victory over the Bryan Lady Vikings on Monday in 14-5A softball action. Bryanâs Taylor Curtis was 2-for-3 batting with a double and knocked in the only run. Ashleigh Perez, Courtney Meier and Jenna Snelgrove each had a hit for Lady Vikings (13-10, 2-2) who will play host to The Woodlands on Tuesday with the JV game at 3 p.m. And varsity at 5.
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A&M Consolidated lost in its best defensive game of the softball season largely because of two catches that werenât made.
The Woodlands College Park broke away in the late innings, claiming a 7-2 victory over Consol in a District 14-5A game on Monday afternoon.
Wet field conditions forced the game to be played at College Station High School. The Lady Tigers delivered enough nice defensive plays on the foreign turf to put themselves in position to make the short ride home a happy one, but two near-misses in the outfield prevented Consol from its first league win.
Key play No. 1 came as Consol (11-11, 0-4) batted in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Hallie Zimmerman sent a sinking liner into right field that College Parkâs Chelsea Dowell charged and knocked down on a short hop. The runner from third scored, but the runner on first was unsure whether Dowell would catch the ball in the air and she was forced out at second.
That turned the would-be hit into an RBI fielderâs choice. Even worse, it turned into an inning-ending double play when, in the confusion, the runner who started on second tried to score and was out at the plate.
Consol had to settle for a 1-1 tie, and its best scoring chance was gone.
âThat was monumental,â Consol coach Rusty Erwin said. âI was telling the girl to go back to second base because I thought [Dowell] caught it, but the girl thought I told her to go home. That was a base hit into a double play.â
The 10th-ranked Lady Cavaliers (12-2, 2-1) took command with four runs in the sixth. Two nice defensive plays by shortstop Kayla Bowman to start the inning preceded a bunt single, a bloop single and an RBI hit to limit College Park to a not-so-daunting 2-1 lead.
After a walk loaded the bases, Julie Charbonneau lifted a fly ball to the opposite field that couldnât be tracked down by turning left-fielder Ally Herrera. Three runs scored on the double, making it 5-1.
The play wasnât an error, but it was an exception on a day Consol got good defense from second baseman Madison Brooks, third baseman Beth Ashley and Bowman.
âDefensively thatâs the best weâve played all year,â Erwin said. âIf we can keep playing defense like that, weâll win some games.â
College Park pushed the lead to 7-1 in the seventh with a two-run double by leadoff hitter Julie French, one of three Lady Cavs with three hits on the day.
The Lady Tigers managed just three hits against Peyton Hutchens. Bowman singled and scored in the fourth. Paige Kopetsky had an infield single in the sixth and Brooks added a single as Consol scored a run in the seventh.
Lady Cavs 7, Lady Tigers 2
College Park 010 004 2 â 7 14 0
Consol 000 100 1 â 2 3 0
Ashley Contreras and Hallie Zimmerman. Peyton Hutchens and Ally Holland. W — Hutchens. L — Contreras, 5-8. 2B — College Park: Julie French, Julie Charbonneau. Records: College Park 12-2, 2-1; Consol 11-11, 0-4.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. âÂ 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 men’s basketball for the 2013-14 season.
This marks the 16th year for the SEC Community Service Team for men’s basketball as well as for women’s basketball. All 21 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.
Habitat for Humanity (2012, 2013), Project Angel Tree â Books for Kids (2011-13) … Halloween Extravaganza (2011-13) … Spoke to numerous local high schools and churches regarding to the importance of staying in school, how to succeed in life and rigors of life as a student-athlete … Mentored younger kids at a boarding school back in his hometown of Antwerp, Belgium … Also volunteered at Sarrell Dental free sports camps for underprivileged kids … Helped disabled students on campus get jobs and an education.
Volunteered at Youth Bridge, an organization that provides care to troubled teams and their families â¦ volunteered at the Arkansas Childrenâs Hospital â¦ assisted with the Razorback canned food drive â¦ participated in the Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club backpack/school supplies giveaway â¦ part of the Razorback basketball teamâs involvement with the Make-A-Wish foundation â¦ took part in the Champions for Kids walk â¦ assists with the Special Olympics â¦ serves as a mentor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters â¦ participated in both Book Hogs and Read Across America, programs which encourage reading among local elementary school students â¦ helped serve underprivileged children and their families at the Yvonne Richardson Center â¦ four-year member of the Razorback Leadership Academy â¦ volunteered at the Veteranâs Hospital on Valentineâs Day â¦ participated in the Sweat Hawgs program, which encourages local students to exercise or play at least 30 minutes each day.
Visited cancer patients and children at East Alabama Medical Center during the holidays â¦ Donated to SAACâs annual Toys for Tots drive â¦ Donated to an Auburn University school supply drive for underprivileged children in Lee County â¦ Was one of three Auburn University student-athletes selected to be a special guest at the Auburn University Womenâs Philanthropy Board Fall Luncheon commemorating 50 years of integration at Auburn University â¦ Read to elementary school students â¦ Volunteers regularly to speak to children with the Little Tigers Program, a free basketball clinic for area residents.
Yeguete is involved in a variety of community service activities, dedicating a majority of his time to volunteering with Goodwill Gators, UFâs student-athlete service organization … Visits children at UF Health in the intensive care unit, the cancer area and others to brighten their spirits and get to know special individuals who are going through extremely tough times in their lives … Forms meaningful relationships with the children and visits them on his own, on a regular basis as he has proved he is very generous with his time. Specifically, Yeguete has developed an unbreakable bond with a young boy named Kaden who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year … Will and Kaden regularly spend time playing together as they hold a special place in each otherâs hearts … Also loves to speak to children at local elementary schools about making the right decisions, staying fit and being involved in and out of the classroom … Along with teammate Patric Young regularly visit the schools and enjoy attending their physical education classes to teach them about basketball.
Participated in annual âHosea Feed the Hungryâ program in Atlanta â¦ Christmas Shopping with a member of the Athens Boys and Girls Club â¦ Volunteer at the annual Do It For Brophy 5K Run/Walk â¦ Participated in American Cancer Society Relay for Life â¦ SEC Tournament elementary school visit in March 2013 â¦ Volunteer at East Lake YMCA in Atlanta in 2013 â¦ Volunteer at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta in 2013 â¦ Participated in âHome Runs for Hometown Heroesâ, an event where Special Olympians play a softball game at UGAâs Foley Field
Has given countless hours for the community since his arrival at Kentucky â¦ Constantly spends spare time visiting children at the UK Childrenâs Hospital â¦ Befriends young children in need or who have terminal illnesses â¦ Has volunteered for Godâs Pantry multiple times â¦ Volunteered for Hoops for Haiti â¦ Samaritanâs Feet and Campton Elementary school project volunteer â¦ Helped work clothing drives and the Hurricane Sandy Telethon with other teammates â¦ A mainstay at UK menâs basketball camps serving as a counselor and mentor to young players.
Andre has spent close to 50 hours this year contributing his time to the Baton Rouge community … He participated in Move â In Day where he assisted incoming freshmen move into the dorms before the start of school, Boys II Men Breakfast where he was a mentor for elementary school male students encouraging them to work hard and achieve their dreams, Special Olympics, Halloween BOOzar-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, retirement home holiday visit where he cheered up patients and sang carols with his team, and he also made a semester long commitment with the local Big Buddy program where he worked with the mentoring program for local youth.
Held basketball clinic for local Boyâs and Girlâs Club â¦ Participated in âMove Mississippiâ to promote combat child obesity by educating youth and parents about the benefits of physical fitness and living a healthy lifestyle â¦ Volunteered during the year at the Oxford Exchange Club Family Center â¦ Participated in the âReading with the Rebelsâ program, where he visited local elementary schools to read to children.
Tyson was part of the development team that created the âKids With âCharacterâ Basketball Camp at Columbus High School … He also works with ManHood Camp, which is designed for young boys to teach them how to grow up and be real men with character and standards … He also created the Lace-Up Program, which is for middle school kids centered toward academics in the summer and exposing them to different educational opportunities as well as enrichment activities … Team Captain, Named to the 2013 Community Service Team … He is also active in Big Brother and serves as a volunteer and chaperon at various church camps and programs … He also travels to numerous churches to give his testimony or sing … Heâs sang the national anthem at numerous MSU sporting events.
Williams is a member of the Mizzou Student-Athlete Advisory Council â¦ Special Olympics Volunteer â¦ Volunteers at theÂ MU Children’s Hospital â¦ Participates in Mizzou’s Starlight reading program, reading to elementary children via Skype.
Has visited with members of the community at the Edgewood Community Empowerment Event â¦ Has volunteered at the Tunnels To Towers Charity Walk/Run in Columbia â¦ Has done several community service efforts on campus, such as visiting with fans prior to a Carolina football game, acting as a guest host for USC Trivia and he also participated in a Thank-A-Thon, calling season ticket holders to thank them for supporting Gamecock Athletics …Â Williams has done other community service efforts as well, such as visiting with an AAU youth basketball team after practice, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, helping to paint a house, and also volunteering with Harvest Hope food drive.
Edwards has been a huge part of the Tennessee basketball program’s community outreach efforts since he became a Volunteer, and he has demonstrated an ability to make tremendous connections with children. This was evident during team visits to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, where Edwards and his teammates made children smile, laugh and temporarily forget their ailments â¦ Edwards also has twice served as an on-court coach for participants at the annual “Hoops for Hope” basketball event in Knoxville that benefits the Down Syndrome Awareness Group of East Tennessee … For each of the past two summers, he has led by example when the Vols spent the day building roof trusses and constructing and raising exterior walls of new homes for Knoxville Habitat for Humanity â¦ 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team Nominee.
Team coordinator for STAAR Testing Pep Rally, motivating elementary students to do well on STAAR testing â¦ Participated in Big Event (day-long community service project in the Bryan/College Station area) â¦ Helped raise donations for Still Creek Boys and Girls Ranch (childrenâs home in Bryan, TX) â¦ Coordinated A&M menâs basketball participation in Aggies Can, a canned food drive in the Bryan/College Station area â¦ Took part in Nothing But Nets, helping A&M United Methodist Church buy mosquito nets for needy in Africa â¦ Participated in Aggies Move, educating elementary students on proper exercise and hydration habits;
Fuller, a senior guard from Moreno Valley, Calif., volunteers his time at the Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital on the Vanderbilt campus â¦ Also is a frequent visitor to the Monroe Carroll Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
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MINNEAPOLIS — Texas A&M divers Ford McLiney and Zoe Alaniz grabbed ninth place finishes to highlight the Aggiesâ first day of action at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota.
McLiney, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., placed ninth in the menâs three-meter springboard with a 12-dive total of 769.05, while Alaniz, a freshman from Corpus Christi, Texas, took ninth on the womenâs one-meter board with a 593.05 total. Neither finish was high enough to garner a coveted qualifying spot at the NCAA Championships.
In other action involving the Aggies, senior Adam Ruiz placed 18th (673.70 in 12 dives), freshman Zachary Stockton placed 19th (331.70 in six dives) and freshman Colton Haffey placed 26th (284.0 in six dives) in the menâs three-meter dive, while senior Jessica Macaulay finished 30th (242.15 in six dives) and freshman Courtney Hattie placed 33rd (231.95 in six) in the womenâs one-meter springboard.
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With the Blue Jackets leading 1-0 early in the first period on Monday night, play was quickly halted when Peverley had a heart problem while on the bench.
Play was halted 6:23 in as Peverley was quickly carried down the tunnel. A public address announcement was made several minutes later that the 31-year-old Peverley was conscious and taken to a hospital.
“We treated (Peverley) for a cardiac event successfully,” said Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern Hospitals. “We provide oxygen for him. We started an IV. We did chest compressions on him and defibrillated him, provided some electricity to bring a rhythm back to his heart, and that was successful with one attempt, which is very reassuring.
“As soon as we treated him, he regained consciousness. He was able to tell me where he was.”
A hush fell over the crowd during the lengthy delay between the time play was stopped and when the game was called off.
There was no immediate announcement of when the game would be made up.
“Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well and is in stable condition,” the NHL said in a statement. “As a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency, the game is being postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank the fans.”
Peverley’s wife, Nathalie, accompanied him in the ambulance to UT Southwestern St. Paul University Hospital.
The Stars conveyed the message to the Blue Jackets that they weren’t up for finishing the game on Monday.
“They’re shaken and they want to reschedule. We understand that,” John Davidson, the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, told Fox Sports Ohio. “They were shaken to the core.”
Peverley missed the preseason and the season opener because of a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, a condition diagnosed during a training camp physical. He made his Stars debut on Oct. 5 against Washington.
“We monitor him closely for a different type of arrhythmia he has,” Dr. Salazar said. “He does have a pre-existing condition, and the condition — a normal quivering of the heart that does not allow him to send blood to places where he needs to, in his brain and heart.”
Peverley sat out last week’s game at Columbus because of an irregular heartbeat. He had felt strange after last Monday’s game and couldn’t fly.
Peverley then played in Dallas’ next two games before Monday.
“There wasn’t any concern,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said regarding Peverley’s return to the lineup. “Our doctors have done a fabulous job monitoring the situation.”
Both teams skated off the ice after Peverley’s collapse. The Stars didn’t go directly through the tunnel next to their bench, but through a door at the south end of the rink.
“I was scared,” Ruff said.
As Ruff turned to seek medical help from the stands, players from both teams tried to attract the officials’ attention by banging their sticks on the boards and the ice.
“If it wasn’t for our doctors and all the members (of the training staff) reacting so quickly, I could be standing here with a different story,” Ruff said. “They were there ASAP. It’s an absolute marvel after what he went through.”
The scene inside the arena was tense before the news of Peverley’s condition improved.
“When he dropped, it was red alert,” Ruff said. “Don’t worry about the game. It was about getting the doctors.
“As soon as he came off the ice, I started screaming into the crowd for a doctor. The players don’t want to play, and I don’t want to coach the team right now.”
In 62 games this season before Monday, Peverley had seven goals and 23 assists.
“The first thing (Peverley) asked me was how much time was left in the first period,” Ruff said.
Ruff wouldn’t speculate on whether the Stars might seek to have Tuesday’s game at St. Louis postponed.
“He’s going to be OK,” Ruff said. “The care he’s getting and the care going forward is the most important thing.”
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The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 9, total points based on
25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:<
^ Record Pts Prv
1. Florida (50) 29-2 1,610 1
2. Wichita St. (15) 34-0 1,574 2
3. Villanova 28-3 1,454 6
4. Arizona 28-3 1,435 3
5. Louisville 26-5 1,237 11
6. Virginia 25-6 1,186 5
7. Duke 24-7 1,185 4
8. Michigan 23-7 1,143 12
8. San Diego St. 27-3 1,143 10
10. Kansas 23-8 1,087 8
11. Syracuse 27-4 1,055 7
12. Wisconsin 25-6 973 9
13. Cincinnati 26-5 922 15
14. Creighton 24-6 752 13
15. North Carolina 23-8 709 14
16. Iowa St. 23-7 572 16
17. Oklahoma 23-8 472 23
18. Saint Louis 26-5 433 17
19. Memphis 23-8 367 20
20. New Mexico 24-6 344 21
21. UConn 24-7 330 19
22. Michigan St. 23-8 318 22
23. VCU 24-7 205 _
24. Ohio St. 23-8 165 _
25. SMU 23-8 152 18
Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 82, Stephen F. Austin 56, Oregon 39, Texas 31,
Harvard 27, Kentucky 19, Baylor 18, UCLA 14, Nebraska 8, Iowa 4, Tennessee 2,
George Washington 1, NC Central 1
COLLEGE STATION, Texas âÂ Texas A&M softball senior Nicole Morgan led the Aggies to their first Southeastern Conference series win last weekend and was named the SEC Player of the Week for her efforts, the conference office announced today.
Morgan (The Woodlands,Texas) was vital at the plate last week for the Aggies, who rallied to a 2-1 series win over 15th-ranked Missouri after struggling against the Tigers on Friday night. After the first weekend of conference play, Morgan ties for first in SEC stats with a 1.143 slugging percentage, six RBI and two home runs. Despite Mizzou pitchers throwing around her, Morgan hammered two three-run home runs to lead the Aggies in both conference wins. The sluggerâs three-run shot in the series finale win over Mizzou stunned the Tigersâ ace as it tied the ballgame.
Morganâs most impressive stats of the week, however, were her .533 on-base percentage and her .900 slugging percentage through four contests that included a midweek game at Texas State. She drew five walks on the week, including an intentional walk against Missouri, patiently waiting on pitches and reaching base by any means possible to help her team.
The senior solidified her position as the top catcher in the league as she led the Aggies to a 3-1 week with a spotless performance behind the plate. The sure-armed senior caught her fourth runner of the season stealing base in the Aggiesâ Friday game against the Tigers, and continues to lead the conference with an unheard of seven pickoffs. Of opponentsâ runners attempting to steal a base this season, less than two-thirds have been successful against Morgan.
This is Morganâs first-ever SEC Player of the Week honor, and the first for the Aggies this season.
The team travels to the state of South Carolina this week, playing a single game at College of Charleston Wednesday before facing off with USC in the Aggiesâ second SEC series of the season this weekend. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @Aggie Softball on Twitter.
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By DOUG FERGUSON
DORAL, Fla. (AP) _ Patrick Reed won the Cadillac Championship for this third PGA Tour title in seven months, and this was a big one.
Dressed in a red shirt he always wears on Sunday _ with Tiger Woods in the group ahead of him _ Reed made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 3 and 4 at Doral to pull away early. He played the 18th conservatively and made bogey for an even-par 72 and a one-shot victory over Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson of Wales.
At 23, Reed became the youngest winner of a World Golf Championship.
Woods failed to make a birdie in the final round for the first time in his career and closed with a 78, his highest Sunday score ever.
It was the second straight time Reed has won wire-to-wire.
LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Brad Keselowski has won NASCAR’s Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, surging ahead on the final lap when Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of fuel.
When Earnhardt’s Chevy slowed in the final miles, Keselowski roared past in his Penske Ford for the first weekend sweep in his career. He followed up Saturday’sÂ Nationwide Series victory with his first Vegas Cup win.
Keselowski virtually assured himself of a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship after missing it entirely last season. Earnhardt finished second for the second straight week after opening the season with a win in the Daytona 500.
Paul Menard was third, followed by pole-sitter Joey Logano and Carl Edwards.
UNDATED (AP) _ Wichita State has become the second team in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history to open a season with 34 straight wins, and the first since UNLV in 1990-91. The Shockers did it by winning the Missouri Valley Conference title game, downing Indiana State 83-69.
Fred VanVleet scored 22 points for the Shockers, while tournament MVP Tekele Cotton drained four 3-pointers to finish with 20 points. VanVleet scored 13 points in the final six minutes and was named to the all-tournament team along teammates Cleanthony Early and Cotton.
In other top 25 action:
_ The fifth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers were upset by Maryland 75-69 in overtime as Seth Allen scored five of his 20 points in the extra session. Dez Wells finished with 18 points in the Terrapins’ final home game as a member of the ACC before leaving for the Big Ten.
_ No. 7 Syracuse snapped a two-game losing streak with a 74-58 win over Florida State. C.J. Fair led the way with 22 points for the visiting Orange, who had lost 4 of 5 after starting the season 25-0.
_ Nebraska’s hopes for an NCAA tournament berth received a huge boost with a 77-68 home win against ninth-ranked Wisconsin. Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway scored 26 points apiece as the Cornhuskers won for the 10th time in 12 games to clinch fourth place in the Big Ten, their highest conference finish in 16 years.
_ No. 17 Saint Louis snapped a three-game losing streak with a 64-62 win over Massachusetts. Jordair Jett scored on a driving layup with three seconds left to give the Billikens the win. Jett finished with 17 points, including the Billikens’ last six of the game.
_ LaQuinton Ross scored 22 points and Aaron Craft added 12, to lead Ohio State past No. 22 Michigan State 69-67. Keith Appling’s jumper with two seconds left was off the mark for the Spartans, who failed to score over the final 4:30 as Ohio State scored the game’s final four points.
HOUSTON (AP) _ James Harden scored 41 points, Jeremy Lin had 26 and the Houston Rockets rallied for a 118-113 overtime win against the Portland Trail Blazers on
The Trail Blazers led by 3 in overtime after two free throws by Wesley Matthews. Houston took over from there, using an 8-2 run with a 3 from Harden and four points from Lin to make it 116-113 with 35.4 seconds left. Lin added two free throws after that to help the Rockets secure their fifth straight win.
Harden hit a 3-pointer with seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers with 28 points and 12 rebounds, but managed just two points in OT.
Dwight Howard added 17 points with 12 rebounds and Chandler Parsons had 16 points for Houston.
Mavs extend Pacers’ skid to 4 with 105-94 win
DALLAS (AP) _ Monta Ellis and Devin Harris scored 20 points apiece and the Dallas Mavericks extended Indiana’s season-long losing streak to four games with a 105-94 victory against the Pacers on Sunday night.
The Pacers rallied from 17 points down in the first half and almost wiped out another double-digit deficit after halftime, but had the same offensive troubles late that plagued them early in the game.
Paul George had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pacers, who stayed a game and a half up on Miami for the lead in the Eastern Conference after the Heat lost in overtime to Chicago.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 points on a tough shooting night as the Mavericks swept the two-game season series from the Pacers, who were coming off their most lopsided loss in a 26-point defeat at Houston.
GRANITEVILLE, SCÂ â The Texas A&M womenâs golf team topped Clemson and GRU Augusta after 36 holes of play Sunday at the Battle at the Valley in Graniteville, SC. FreshmanÂ Marijosse NavarroÂ finished atop the individual leaderboard with seniorKaterina RuzickovaÂ finished second.
âThe team really battled today,â head coachÂ Trelle McCombsÂ said. âThis was one of the hardest golf courses we have played with exceptionally fast greens. The first round allowed the teams to get used to the course because we were not able to play a practice round. Once we got comfortable with the course they started to put up some really good scores in the afternoon.â
The Aggies (306-291) topped the leaderboard by nine strokes over GRU Augusta (308-298) thanks to a three-over par second round. Clemson (305-310) finished third, trailing GRU Augusta by nine strokes.
Individually the Aggies took first and second place honors at the event. FreshmanMarijosse NavarroÂ (74-70) placed first finishing two rounds at even par. Navarro from Mexico City, Mexico enrolled at A&M in January and has only competed for the maroon and white two times including this weekendâs tournament.
âI am really proud of how MJ played today,â McCombs said. âThis was just her second start as a college golfer and she is not wasting any time getting her feet wet. She is a special player and I know she will have many more wins in her future in Aggieland.â
SeniorÂ Katerina RuzickovaÂ (77-71) was the runner-up at four over par, finishing in the top-5 for the fifth time this year. Â The Czech Repulic native has finished in the top-20 of all seven tournaments that Aggies have competed in this year.
Completing the A&M lineup were freshmanÂ Andrea JonamaÂ (80-73, t6th),Â Bianca FabrizioÂ (79-77, 12th) andÂ Callie SchefflerÂ (76-85, 15th). SeniorÂ Chelsea MocioÂ (79-75) competed at an individual in South Carolina and finished tied for eighth.
âToday was just another example of a great team win for us,â McCombs added. âEveryone on the course contributed for us today, even Chelsea helped us out despite playing as an individual. She faced a tough task of playing without her clubs, because they did not arrive in time so we borrowed a set of clubs from a former player of mine and Chelsea teed it up and played the hand she was dealt today. Her attitude today really helped us as a team.â
The Aggies will return to action this Friday at the SunTrust Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Florida. Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieWomensGolf on Twitter for coverage of Texas A&M womenâs golf.
Texas A&M Player Rounds
*played as an individual
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas âÂ The No. 25 Texas A&M Aggies were unable to capitalize on a 10-hit effort by the offense and a strong pitching performance by starter Grayson Long, losing a 5-1 decision to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. Sundayâs loss prevented the Aggies from registering the three-game series sweep and snapped a four-game win streak.
On the afternoon, A&M was doomed by four runners retired on the base paths, including two each in the second and fifth frames. The Bulldogs thrived despite stranding 11 base runners on the day.
Louisiana Tech (5-10) broke the scoring seal in the top of the second inning. With one out, Taylor Burch fouled off a couple of pitches to draw an eight-pitch walk, moved to second on a groundout to second by Thomas Simoneaux and scored when Ryan Jones laced a single through the right side of the infield for the 1-0 lead.
Texas A&M (11-5) missed an opportunity to responded in the home half of the second as the Maroon and White logged two hits in the inning, but had both runners thrown out on the base paths. Hunter Melton led off the inning with a single to right field and advanced to second when a pickoff attempt by Louisiana Tech starter Richie Navari sailed past the first baseman for an error. After Logan Nottebrok hit a fly out to leftfield for the first out of the inning, Troy Stein doubled to the gap in right centerfield. Melton was hung up waiting to see if a tag-up was needed on the play before making the break for third. He rounded third and headed home where he was retired as Bulldog rightfielder Breâshon Kimbell hit the cut-off man, Simoneaux, at second and the relay throw to catcher Tyler Qualls beat Melton home by two steps. Stein advanced to third on the throw home but was tagged out trying to score on wild pitch with Logan Taylor at the plate.
The Aggies posted an equalizer in the bottom of the third. With one out, Patrick McLendon drew a five-pitch walk and Jace Statum put two runners in scoring position with a double to the gap in right centerfield. JB Moss bounced a high, chopping grounder to third allowing McLendon to score, knotting the game at 1-1.
In the fifth inning, McLendon hit a leadoff single to leftfield, but was retired at second trying to stretch it into a double. With two outs, Moss singled to shallow centerfield but stumbled after rounding first base and was tagged out for the final out of the frame.
The Bulldogs came unleashed in the eighth inning. With Ryan Hendrix on the mound after getting the Aggies out of a jam in the seventh, Taylor Love was issued a five-pitch walk to start the inning. Jason Freeman came in from the bullpen and struck out Chandler Hall looking for the first out of the inning, Qualls singled to centerfield to put two runners on and Burch knocked in the go-ahead run with a single to leftfield. The rally continued in the when Simoneaux reached on a bunt single. Jones was hit by a pitch to inflate the lead to 3-1 and the Bulldogs finished off the rally with an RBI single by Kimbell and a run-scoring groundout by Colby Johnson.
Long was left with no decision despite a strong outing. The northpaw allowed just one run on four hits and four walks while striking out three in 6.2 innings of work. Hendrix (0-1) was saddled with the loss, yielding the go-ahead run on a walk in the eighth inning.
Navari (3-0) crafted a complete game for the Bulldogs. He allowed one run, scattering 10 hits and two walks while striking out two in 9.0 innings of work.
Krey Bratsen was the only A&M starter not to log a hit in the contest. Stein went 2-for-3 with one walk and one double. The Aggie catcher had two hits with runners in scoring position but was left without an RBI. McLendon went 2-for-2 with one walk, one run and one sacrifice bunt.
Kimbell was the lone LA Tech player with multiple hits, going 2-for-5 with one RBI. Jones led the Bulldogs with two RBI and Burch accounted for two runs.
Texas A&M returns to action on Tuesday when the Aggies host the UT Pan American Broncs in a 6:35 pm contest on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Rob Childress
On not taking advantage of opportunities…
âWe had 10 hits against a guy who threw strikes with three pitches. We gave away four outs on the bases. Iâd like to have those back to see what would happen. We gave them some opportunities and they made the most of them.â
On Grayson Long…
âAnother great performance by Grayson got us deep in the game with a chance to win. You figure when you give up one run with your Sunday starter you are going to have a chance to win, and we werenât able to do it for him offensively.â
On base-running plays…
âA couple of them were aggressive mistakes. We tried to get to second on a ball down the line and they make a great throw. Iâd say three of the four were mistakes. Those four outs that we made on the basesâI wouldâve liked to have those at-bats, and made him go get outs from our hitters rather than making those outs on the bases.â
Senior Catcher Troy Stein
On base-running plays…
âWe couldnât get a big hit today. No matter what the situation was, we couldnât get a big hit. We ran ourselves out of a couple innings, and just didnât play Aggie baseball. We need to be better than that, and when there are guys in scoring position we need to get big hits.â
On giving them opportunities…
âWhether it be physical errors on defense or giving up free base runners, we let them hang around long enough for them to snake an inning and put up a couple runs in an inning where they donât hit a ball hard. A couple dink hits here, a bunt hit, a leadoff walk, and a hit batter, it kind of fell right into their hands today. That comes from us not coming out and playing our game.
Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics
NASHVILLE, Tenn.Â â The No. 8 Texas A&M menâs tennis team shutout No. 18 Vanderbilt Sunday afternoon at the Currey Tennis Center in just over two hours in Nashville, Tenn.
âThis was the most dominating performance against a good team on the road that we have experienced since I have been at A&M,â head coachÂ Steve DentonÂ said. âI am very proud of how we responded after a tough loss on Friday night.â
The Aggies (12-5, 3-1) made quick work of the Commodores (11-3, 2-1) to capture the doubles point in just less than 40 minutes. The No. 37 ranked duo ofÂ Jeremy EfferdingandÂ Jordan SzaboÂ swept Suresh Eswaran and Jeffery Offerdahl on doubles court three. Not too long afterwardsÂ Shane VinsantÂ andÂ Harrison AdamsÂ captured the first seven points en route to an 8-1 victory clinching the point.
âWe really played well in doubles today,â Denton said. âThat set the stage for us to carry that momentum in to the singles matches as well.â
Texas A&M continued their form of play from doubles taking the first set on all six courts.Jackson WithrowÂ worked quickly to defeat Anton Kovrigin on court five in straight sets to put A&M ahead 2-0.
Shortly after Withrowâs win No. 38 Efferding defeated Rhys Johnson on court three to put the Aggies ahead 3-0.Â SzaboÂ clinched the match for A&M on court six with a straight set win over Offerdahl.
The Aggies will keep to the road next weekend taking on Arkansas and LSU, Friday and Sunday respectively. Stay tuned to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieMTEN on Twitter for coverage of Texas A&M menâs tennis.
No. 8 Texas A&M def. No. 18 Vanderbilt, 4-0
Texas A&M (12-5, 3-1); Vanderbilt (11-3, 2-1)
No 1 â #11Â Harrison AdamsÂ (TAMU) vs. #15 Gonzales Austin (VANDY); 7-5, 1-4 (unfinished)
No 2 â #26Â Shane VinsantÂ (TAMU) vs. #122 Ryan Lipman (VANDY); 6-2, 3-4 (unfinished)
No 3 â #38Â Jeremy EfferdingÂ (TAMU) def. Rhys Johnson (VANDY); 6-2, 6-2
No 4 âÂ Junior OreÂ (TAMU) vs. Kris Yee (VANDY); 6-4, 2-2 (unfinished)
No 5 âÂ Jackson WithrowÂ (TAMU) def. Anton Kovrigin (VANDY); 6-1, 6-2
*No 6 âÂ Jordan SzaboÂ (TAMU) def. Jeffrey Offerdahl (VANDY); 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,3,6)
*clinched the match
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COLLEGE STATION, TexasÂ â The 10th-ranked Texas A&M womenâs tennis team upended seventh-ranked Vanderbilt, 4-2, on a chilly Sunday afternoon at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. The Aggies improve to 9-3 overall and 3-1 in SEC play while the Commodores fall to 10-4 and 3-1 in conference action.
âThe win today is a very big win for us, especially when you consider we were without one of our top players,â A&M head coachÂ Howard JoffeÂ said. âIn the context of rankings and things people tend to worry about, itâs a great victory for us. For such a young team, we were very well composed. We fought hard. Itâs a horrible clichÃ©, but we are getting better every single day. Hopefully matches like these will keep us in good stead as the heat gets turned up.â
The Aggies jumped out to a quick start in doubles play, claiming the early 1-0 advantage with wins on courts two and three. The duo ofÂ Rutuja BhosaleÂ andÂ Anna MamalatÂ rolled through the Commodores team of Frances Altick and Sydney Campbell, 8-2, at the No. 3 line. Trailing 6-5 on court two, the tandem ofÂ Ines DehezaÂ andÂ Saska GavrilovskaÂ broke the serve of Vanderbiltâs 50th-ranked pair of Ashleigh Antal and Marie Casares on their way to claiming the final three games for the 8-6 win.
A&M expanded its lead to 2-0 when 15th-rankedÂ Cristina StancuÂ defeated 60th-ranked Georgina Sellyn 6-4, 6-0 at the No. 1 line. The senior struggled early in the first set, trailing 2-0, but hit her stride and surrendered only two games for the remainder of the match.
The Aggies pushed the lead to 3-0 after Gavrilovska ousted 107th-ranked Campbell in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. The 57th-ranked player leads the Maroon and White in singles victories with eight and improved to 3-1 in SEC play.
Vanderbilt would cut into A&Mâs lead to swing the momentum of the match. FreshmanÂ Jana McCordâs late surge came up just short at the No. 6 line, falling to Casares, 6-2, 7-5. SophomoreÂ Stefania HristovÂ dropped her match at the No. 3 line to Frances Altick, 6-2, 6-3, pushing the overall score to 3-2 in favor of A&M.
After dropping the first set, 2-6, Mamalat, the 118th-ranked player for the Aggies was able to break No. 81 Courtney Coltonâs serve early in the second set to gain the advantage, which would prove to be the deciding factor in the frame as the sophomore from A&M forced a deciding third set. With the match on her shoulders, Mamalat cruised to a 6-1 victory in the third set to secure the match win for the Aggies.
âMore than anything, I was proud of our fight,â Joffe said. âWe lost four-of-six first sets in singles and we kept fighting. We remained composed. Anna was a perfect example of that. She kept fighting and ran out the winner quite comfortably in the third set. I am very proud of her and proud of our team.â
The womenâs tennis team will be in action again on Friday when it welcomes Arkansas for an SEC showdown at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. First serve is slated for 5 p.m. To learn more about the team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieWTEN on Twitter.
No. 10 Texas A&M 4, No. 7 Vanderbilt 2
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas
March 9, 2014
1.Â Â Â #15Â Cristina StancuÂ (TAMU) def. #60 Georgina Sellyn (VU) 6-4, 6-0
2.Â Â Â #57Â Saska GavrilovskaÂ (TAMU) def. #107 Sydney Campbell (VU) 6-3, 6-3
3.Â Â Â Â Frances Altick (VU) def.Â Stefania HristovÂ (TAMU) 6-2, 6-3
4.Â Â Â Â #118Â Anna MamalatÂ (TAMU) def. #81 Courtney Colton (VU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
5.Â Â Â Â Â Rutuja BhosaleÂ (TAMU) vs. Lauren Mira (VU) 5-7, 5-4 (unfinished)
6.Â Â Â Â Mari Casares (VU) def.Â Jana McCordÂ (TAMU) 6-2, 7-5
Doubles (TAMU wins the point)
1. Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) vs. #36 Mira/Colton (VU) 4-6 (unfinished)
2. Deheza/Gavrilovska (TAMU) def. #50 Antal/Casares (VU) 8-6
3. Bhosale/Mamalat (TAMU) def. Altick/Campbell (VU) 8-2
Order of finish
Singles: 1, 2, 6, 3, 4
Doubles: 3, 2
Texas A&M: 9-3, 3-1 SEC
Vanderbilt: 10-4, 3-1 SEC
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas-Â Senior Cassie Tysarczyk came through with an eighth-inning walk-off hit as the No. 13 Texas A&M softball team took its first Southeastern Conference series, 2-1, with a 4-3 win over No. 15 Missouri in the series finale. The Aggies improve to 19-5 on the season and 2-1 in the SEC after the first weekend of conference action, and the Tigers fall to 13-5 with a 1-2 SEC mark.
Tysarczykâs [pronounced tie-SARR-chick] blast to the wall in left field was her only hit of the day, but it was all the Aggies needed as senior Emily Albus easily scored the game winner from third.
Senior Nicole Morganâs three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning brought Texas A&M back into the game after Missouriâs three-run bomb in the top of the inning. The slugger hit two three-run home runs against the Tigers this weekend.
The game started in a pitcherâs duel with senior Taran Tyler being the only runner to reach base through two complete innings. Tylerâs laser up the middle hit Missouri pitcher Tori Finucane in the shin and stopped play as the hurlerâs leg was examined, but she finished the game in the circle for the Tigers.
Missouri struck first with a third-inning home run down the right-field line that plated three runs after a pair of runners reached on infield singles, but the Aggies didnât let the lead last long.
Morgan hit her ninth home run of the season to continue to lead the team in the bottom of the third. The blast over left-centerfield tied the game as three unearned runs were added to the board for Texas A&M. Senior pinch Allison Garrett, running for senior Jenna Stark after a base hit put her on first, and freshman April Ryan, who reached on an error, scored on the play.
Mizzou put a runner on base in the top of the fourth, but a double play turned by Tyler sent two back to the dugout before Aggie reliever Katie Marks caught the final batter looking with her first strikeout of the game.
The Tigers also turned a double play to end the fifth, after Stark reached on her first hit-by-pitch of the game and her third of the weekend.
Ryan led off with a base hit to right in the bottom of the sixth, but a pair of fielderâs choices and a groundout ended the inning with the game locked in a 3-3 tie.
Marks worked the Aggies out of a jam in the top of the seventh when a Missouri reached third with two outs. The sophomore transfer tossed her third strikeout of the day to end the inning.
Texas A&M quickly went three-up, three-down in the bottom of the seventh and the game entered extra innings with the teams still tied at 3-3. Missouri had the game right where they wanted it with their powerful top of the lineup due up to bat. The leadoff hitter reached on a bunt single and sped to second on a sacrifice bunt, but a stingy Aggie defense shut down the next two to stay in the game.
Stark led off in the final half-inning, taking her fourth hit-by-pitch of the weekend to reach base before being replaced at first by senior pinch runner Kaydee Rayburn. Rayburn was tossed out at second in the next at-bat as a fielderâs choice by Albus put an out on the board.
Albus stole second and took third on a groundout by Ryan. The Tigers opted out of pitching to Morgan and sent her to first with an intentional walk. Tysarczyk took the cue in the next at-bat and slammed a pitch that looked like it would top the wall for a home run. Instead, the Mizzou left fielder just missed the inning-ending catch as Tysarczykâs shot hit the wall and gave Albus plenty of time to score the game-winning, 4-3 run.
With the win over the Tigers, the Aggies take their first SEC series win of the season, 2-1. Marks (10-0) earned the win after tossing five shutout innings of relief. The sophomore fanned three and gave up three hits. Junior Rachel Fox started the game in the circle for the Aggies, allowing three earned runs on four hits while striking out two through three complete frames.
Finucane (6-3) suffered the loss after giving up just one earned run on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
The Aggies travel to the state of South Carolina this week, playing a game at College of Charleston Wednesday before facing the University of South Carolina in a three-game series, Friday through Sunday. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.
HEAD COACH JO EVANS
On the walk-off win over Missouriâ¦
âIt was a heck of a ballgame. They come up and [Missouri shortstop Sami] Fagan hits that bomb. Really, Rachel Fox was throwing really well and keeping the ball down and she just made a mistake to Fagan, and Fagan made her pay for it. Obviously, the difference in the game for us is us answering right back. We take advantage of a ball between [Missouri second baseman Corrin] Genoveseâs legs and [Nicole Morgan] makes them pay for it. Weâve had so many opportunities early in the season when we dropped games stranding 12 runners, 13 runners. Teams are giving us an opening, and what Iâm seeing right now is that if you give us an opening, weâre going to take it. I know nobody wants to throw to Nic and she did a great job out there driving that ball in the north wind. Itâs a day when that ball is not necessarily going to carry a ton. And then we step up and get it done at the end.â
On Cassie Tysarczyk coming through in a pinchâ¦
âWeâve seen that a lot lately. Thatâs a kid who has done a great job when theyâre walking Nic. They donât want Nic to have an opportunity to win a ballgame for us. Every team is going to say, âWeâre not going to let one certain kid beat us,â and itâs going to be Nic right now. So Cassie [Tysarczyk] is getting lots of opportunities. Sheâs done that a bunch lately with two outs â big opportunities. She got up there and just really scorched the ball. They threw her away a lot and she was making adjustments. She got a little frustrated early in the game when she didnât like a couple of calls on the strike zone, and Iâm proud of her for settling in and wanting to be the one in that situation. It all starts with Jenna Stark getting herself on base. A couple of weeks ago, Jenna Stark was one of our worst hitters. She was feeling horrible about herself, in terms of not being able to help her team out. For her to make some adjustments, she drove the ball well today in the gap, and she got herself hit. She found a way to get herself on base and thatâs a huge difference. Even Emily [Albus] getting a stolen base there, where it takes some pressure off of us having to hit the ball out of the yard. Iâm really proud of Cassie. Sheâs such a great leader and Iâm really happy for that kid because itâs all about our team with her.â
On Marksâ performance in the circleâ¦
âSheâs feeling good about herself out there. Even when she makes a mistake, itâs not hurting her. Sheâs out there with good movement on her pitches. Sheâs keeping the ball down in the zone. Sheâs able to throw strikes on both sides of the plate. She got some big strikeouts in key situations, and sheâs giving us ground balls and our defense is making plays and getting outs. Also, you might not see it in the scorebook, but I thought Taran Tyler was terrific out there at shortstop. She got lots of opportunities and she doubled a kid off at first in one inning. She just makes all the plays sheâs supposed to make, and thatâs what we need out of her. You can tell she feels good about herself and sheâs comfortable out there.â
Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics
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