Harry Francis Retiring as Bryan ISD Athletics Director

Photo of Harry Francis courtesy of Bryan ISD.

Photo of Harry Francis courtesy of Bryan ISD.

News release courtesy of Bryan ISD:

After nearly 30 years of dedication to teaching, coaching and mentoring, Bryan ISD’s Athletic Director Harry Francis has announced he will retire this summer.

“It’s truly a bittersweet time for us,” said Superintendent Tommy Wallis. “We are happy for Coach Francis as he embarks on a new chapter of life, but we will miss him tremendously. He is a man of impeccable character and a high caliber administrator. He is also a respected coach, instructor and friend. We wish Harry, his wife Pam and their family many blessings in the years ahead.”

The veteran coach and administrator’s career has spanned 29 years, with 26 years in Bryan ISD and a three-year stint in Brenham coaching varsity baseball.

A native of Bryan, Francis graduated from Bryan High in 1976. He attended Texas A&M University and graduated in 1985. Prior to that, he played baseball at A&M from 1977 through 1980 and was drafted in the sixth round by the California Angels.

After graduating from A&M, he accepted his first appointment in Bryan ISD, where he taught and coached at Stephen F. Austin School. He coached in Brenham from 1988-1991, when he returned to Bryan ISD as head baseball coach at Bryan High. Francis served dual roles, as a head coach and an instructor of history and government. His team’s overall record was 192-152-1, with playoff appearances in seven of the 13 years Francis spent coaching the Vikings.

He was President of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association from 2004-2005 and served for 10 years as an official of the Association.

Building upon his successful career in coaching, he served two years as assistant athletic director before becoming athletic director in 2007.

During his tenure as director, he oversaw the hiring of Bryan High’s Head Football Coach and Athletic Coordinator Ross Rogers. He also helped usher in the athletics program at Rudder High, as the district expanded to two high schools with comprehensive athletics programs. During his tenure, the Rudder High School boys’ gymnastics team won their first state championship in 2011, and he recently led the hiring process for the school’s new athletic coordinator and head football coach, Will Compton.

“I’m very proud to have served this district, both as an educator and also in the field of athletics,” Francis said. “The student athletes, staff and administration have meant so much to me throughout my years in Bryan ISD, and now I’m looking forward to the next chapter in life.”

The search for the district’s next athletic director begins immediately.

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College Station Softball on Zone HD 95.1-3 Tonight

College Station vs. Lorena (Game 1 of best-of-three series). 7 p.m., Hutto (Zone HD 95.1-3)

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Dallas Cowboys 2014 Regular Season Schedule

September 7     3:25 p.m.    vs. 49ers

September 14   12     p.m.     @ Titans

September 21   10     p.m.     @ Rams

September 28   7:30 p.m.    vs. Saints

October 5           12      p.m.     vs. Texans

October 12         3:25 p.m.     @ Seahawks

October 19         3: 25 p.m.    vs. Giants

October 27        7:30 p.m.     vs. Redskins

November 2      12     p.m.      vs. Cardinals

November 9       12    p.m.      @ Jaguars

BYE WEEK

November 27    3:30 p.m.     vs. Eagles

December 4       7:25  p.m.     @ Bears

December 14     7:30 p.m.     @ Eagles

December 21     3: 25 p.m.     vs. Colts

December 28     12      p.m.     @ Redskins

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Houston Texans 2014 Regular Season Schedule

September 7      12        p.m.         vs.Redskins

September 14    3:25    p.m.        @  Raiders

September 21    10        p.m          @  Giants

September 28    12        p.m.         vs. Bills

October 5            12        p.m.         @  Cowboys

October 9            7:25   p.m.         vs. Colts

October 20         7:30  p.m.          @ Steelers

October 26         12       p.m.          @ Titans

November  9     12      p.m.           vs. Eagles

BYE WEEK

November 16    12      p.m            @ Browns

November 23    12      p.m.          vs. Bengals

November 30    12     p.m.           vs. Titans

December   7      12    p.m.            @ Jaguars

December  15     12    p.m.            @ Colts

December  21     12    p.m              vs. Ravens

December 28      12   p.m              vs. Jaguars

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Aggie Baseball vs. Mississippi State Tonight on WTAW

The Aggies head to Starkville for a pivotal three-game series against the No. 21 Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Maroon and White are looking to build on consecutive wins over Top 25 foes No. 24 Kentucky (W, 14-2) and No. 16 Rice (6-5).

Texas A&M has won four of their last five road games, including three wins against Top 25 competition. The run includes a 9-5 win at Georgia in the series finale, wins in two of three games at No. 7 Vanderbilt and a victory on Tuesday at No. 16 Rice.

Entering the series, Blake Allemand boasts a streak of reaching base in 18 consecutive games. During the span he boasts a .464 batting average with 13 walks and a .357 batting average (25-for-70). He has 14 runs, two doubles, one triple, 17 RBI, four sacrifice bunts and two stolen bases. He has helped spark an offense that is averaging 6.72 runs per game, up from 5.21 runs per game in the first 24 games.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (25-17, 8-10 SEC) vs #21 MISSISSIPPI STATE (27-15, 10-8 SEC)
Dudy Noble Field/DeMent Stadium (15,000) • Starkville, Mississippi

SCHEDULE - Thursday 6:30 pm; Friday 6:30 pm; Saturday 2:15 pm
TELEVISION - THU – ESPNU; SAT – Fox Sports Network
RADIO - WTAW-AM 1620  (Dave South – play-by-play)
LIVE VIDEO - THU & SAT – ESPN3/WatchESPN; FRI – aggieathletics.com (premium subscription)
LIVE AUDIO - aggieathletics.com  •  radioaggieland.com (free)
LIVE STATS - tamu.statbroadcast.com/tamustats.com (mobile devices)/hailstate.com
RANKINGS - A&M – unranked; MSU – #20 (BA) / #20 (CB) / #21 (NCBWA) / #22 (USAT)
SERIES HISTORY - Mississippi State leads the series 10-8
SERIES STREAKS - Mississippi State has won the last six meetings

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
• THURSDAY: Tyler Stubblefield (Fr., LHP, 3-1, 3.45) vs Trevor Fitts (Jr., RHP, 2-2, 3.30)
• FRIDAY: Daniel Mengden (Jr., RHP, 2-6, 4.09) vs Ross Mitchell (Jr., LHP, 6-3, 2.13)
• SATURDAY: Grayson Long (So., RHP, 5-1, 2.44) vs TBA

TEXAS A&M/MISSISSIPPI STATE SERIES NOTABLES
Mississippi State owns a 10-8 advantage in the all-time series against Texas A&M. The Bulldogs have won the last six meetings, in-cluding all four games last season. Mississippi State swept a three-game series in College Station and beat A&M 6-4 at the SEC Tournament. Among returnees, Krey Bratsen was the top offensive performers against Mississippi State, hitting .400 (6-for-15) with one double, two RBI and two stolen bases. Blake Allemand hit .357 (5-for-14) with two RBI.

MORE ON MISSISSIPPI STATE
The Bulldogs enter the fray with a 27-15 overall record and 10-8 mark in SEC play. The Bulldogs enter the series on a five-game win streak.

Mississippi State is batting .270 as a team with a .372 on-base percentage and .333 slugging percentage. The Bulldogs boast four players hitting .300 or better. Brett Pirtle leads the team with a .338 (54-for-160) batting average and has 25 runs, five doubles, one triple, one home run and 18 RBI. Derrick Armstrong is hitting .327 (33-for-101) with 22 runs, one double, 11 RBI and 13 stolen bases. Wes Rea (.248) leads the team with three home runs and 30 RBI.

The pitching staff owns a 3.30 ERA and has fanned 345 batters in 379.0 innings. Ross Mitchell is the ace of the staff with a 6-3 record and 2.13 ERA. Closer Jonathan Holder is 4-1 with four saves and a 3.00 ERA.

The Bulldogs have a proud baseball tradition, including nine trips to the College World Series. Last season, Mississippi State advanced to the championship series of the CWS where they fell to UCLA. The Bulldogs have earned a bid in the NCAA Championship on 33 occasions, including each of the last three years.

Mississippi State boasts 46 former players who have gone on to play in the Major Leagues. The group is led by 20-year veteran, four-time MLB All-Star and 3000-hit club member Rafael Palmeiro, five-time MLB All-Star Jonathan Papelbon and six-time MLB All-Star and 1989 NL Championship Series MVP Will Clark. Former Bulldog Del Unser is one of only two MLB players (Lee Lacy) to hit three pinch-hit home runs in consecutive at-bats.

THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTER: #51 TYLER STUBBLEFIELD
Making his ninth career start, owning a 3-0 record with a 2.61 ERA and 40 strikeouts over 38.0 innings in his first eight… Earned wins in starts against Houston Baptist, Texas-Arlington and Texas-Pan American… Held Florida to two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three over 6.0 innings in his first career SEC start… Also pitched 3.1 innings and 5.1 innings in no-decisions against Georgia and Alabama, respectively… Fanned three of the four batters he faced in a relief appearance against No. 7 Vanderbilt.

FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTER: #15 DANIEL MENGDEN
Mengden earned All-SEC Second Team recognition as a utility player as well as SEC All-Defensive Team recognition as a pitcher… in 2013, Mengden ranked fourth in the SEC in innings pitched (110.2), fifth in opponent batting average (.201), sixth in strikeouts (94), seventh in wins (8), ninth in ERA (2.11)… pitched the Aggies’ only two complete games in 2013, both in SEC play… went 4-2 with a 1.88 ERA in league games… in SEC action, ranked second in the league in innings (71.2), fourth in ERA (1.88) and opponent batting average (.198) and fifth in strikeouts (56)… pitched for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team last summer… in his start against Alabama, became 16th Aggie to reach the 200-strikeout plateau for a career… Moves into tie with John Stilson (209) for 15th place on the Aggie career strikeout list with his next K… Heads into the weekend ranked second in the SEC in strikeouts (73) and seventh in innings pitched (66.0).

SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTER:  #38 GRAYSON LONG
Appeared in 12 games as a freshman, including 10 starts, registering a 4-2 record and a 3.52 ERA… Notched a 4-0 record with a 2.28 ERA in six midweek starts, logging 23 strikeouts in 27.2 innings… Started the season by working 21.0 scoreless innings… After averaging just 4.37 innings per start as a freshman, Long has stretched his average innings per start to 62.7 in 2014… Held No. 7 Vanderbilt to two runs on 11 hits and one walk while striking out four over 7.2 innings two weekends ago… Last weekend he held hard hitting No. 21 Kentucky to two runs on eight hits while striking out eight over a career-long 8.0 innings.

TOUGH TESTS SPANGLE THE 2014 SCHEDULE
Ten teams on Texas A&M’s 2014 schedule will be coming off NCAA tournament campaigns.

Of the 14 squads who earned a berth in the field of 64 in ‘13, three hosted regionals and LSU and Mississippi State both advanced to the College World Series in Omaha where the Bulldogs finished as national runner-up to UCLA. Three of the Aggies’ oppo-nents racked up 50 or more wins.

The Aggies will play a total of 25 games against 2013 NCAA tourney teams this spring.

NOTTEBROK TOUCHED WITH OLSEN MAGIC
Hundreds of Aggies before him have gone their whole career without providing Olsen Magic. Logan Nottebrok delivered a special moment for the 12th Man twice in his first six games in College Station.

The first weekend of the season wrapped up with a 1-0 win over Northeastern to complete a three-game sweep. The victory was earned when Logan Nottebrok hit a 1-0 offering from the Huskies’ Brad Burcroff over the leftfield fence for a leadoff and walk-off home run. It marked the first walk-off home run for Texas A&M since May 29, 2011 when Andrew Collazo hit a walk-off dinger in the Big 12 Championship title game against Missouri for a 10-9 victory.

In the Aggies’ 7-5 win vs. Sacramento State, Nottebrok hit a two-run home run to the same location, to break the 5-5 tie for the walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth.

BRATSEN CLIMBING AGGIES’ ALL-TIME GAMES LIST
After missing the beginning of the season with an illness, Krey Bratsen has seen action in 33 games, including 21 starts and 12 games as a defensive replacement/pinch-hitter. Bratsen has a chance to set the Aggies’ all-time record for games played. He currently has 225 career games under his belt, 16 shy of the career record of 241 set by Scott Livingstone (1985-88). Over the weekend he passed Robert Harris (222 – 1992-95) and Brian Thomas (223 – 1990-93) fifth place. With three more games, he will equal the 228 games registered by Brodie Greene from 2007-10.

As a freshman, Bratsen played in all 69 games, including 68 starts. In 2012, he played in 60 games, including 55 starts. Last sea-son, Bratsen was the only Aggie to start all 63 games.

IN A PINCH
The Aggies are currently hitting .364 (16-for-44) with four walks, one sacrifice fly, one sac bunt, one double, one triple, one home run and 11 RBI in 50 pinch-hit appearances. Mitchell Nau (3-for-4, one double, one home run, 6 RBI) and Ryne Birk (5-for-10, one triple, 3 RBI) are the top pinch-hitting options. Jace Statum (2-for-5), Krey Bratsen (1-for-1, one sac bunt, 1 RBI), Nick Banks (1-for-2), Nick Choruby (1-for-2), Jonathan Moroney (1-for-7, one sac fly, 1 RBI) and JB Moss (1-for-2, two walks) account for the other seven hits.

DIFFERENT LOOKS
Through 42 games this season, the Aggies have posted 40 different batting orders. No Aggie has started every game, with Cole Lankford leading the squad with 41. Fourteen different Aggies have started at least 12 games this season. Nick Banks (35 – RF), Lank-ford (37 – 1B) and Logan Taylor (37 – SS) are the only three Aggies to start more than 31 games at the same position. Nine different players have batted in the sixth spot and the eighth spot in the batting order and eight different players have hit in the seven hole. Last season, A&M used 52 different batting orders in their 63 games.

REVERSED EARLY GAME FORTUNES
In the first 18 games, the Aggies outscored opponents in the first inning of games 17-0. The Maroon and White went 13-5 over that span. The Aggies also outscored foe 61-11 in the first four innings of games.

In the last 24 games, Texas A&M is being outscored 19-15 in the first inning. During the stretch the Aggies are 12-12. The Maroon and White are still outscoring opponents in the first four innings, but the margin is down to 68-59. The negative trend slowed the last eight games, with A&M outscoring Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Abilene Christian and Rice 13-4 in the first inning and 41-14 in the first four innings.

BANKS SETTLING IN AS A FRESHMAN
After a slow start in which he hit just .160 (4-for-25) in the Aggies’ first 16 games, Nick Banks has heated up to the tune of .368 (35-for-95) over the last 26 contests. His on-base (.276/.413) and slugging (.200/.516) are also up substantially over the span. On the year, Banks is hitting .325 (39-for-120) with five doubles, two triples, two home runs and 15 RBI in 37 games, including 35 starts.

ALLEMAND ENTERS WITH 18-GAME STREAK REACHING BASE
Blake Allemand has reached base in each of the last 18 games. During the span he boasts a .464 batting average with 13 walks and a .357 batting average (25-for-70). He has 14 runs, two doubles, one triple, 17 RBI, four sacrifice bunts and two stolen bases. He has helped spark an offense that is averaging 6.72 runs per game, up from 5.21 runs per game in the first 24 games.

SCHLOTTMANN SEES INCREASED WORKLOAD
After amassing just 7.2 innings in the Aggies’ first 35 games, Ty Schlottmann has twice logged career-long outings in A&M’s last seven games. Since the Maroon and White’s Saturday game at Vanderbilt, Schlottmann has worked 12.0 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out nine and holding opponents to a .150 batting average. He worked 6.2 scoreless innings against Kentucky, holding the Wildcats to two hits and one walk while striking out five. The sophomore pitched two blank frames in A&M’s 6-5 win over No. 16 Rice, holding the Owls to one hit and one walk. Prior to his 3.1 inning outing against Vanderbilt, Schlottmann’s career-long was 2.1 innings against Houston and he had only worked more than 1.0 inning on four occasions in his first 18 appearances

BREAKOUT WEEK FOR BIRK
Ryne Birk had a breakout week last week with the Aggies’ midweek game against Abilene Christian and three-game series against No. 24 Kentucky. In the four games, he got two starts and hit .636 (7-for-11) with one double and two home runs. In the four games, he logged a 1.273 slugging percentage, seven runs and eight RBI. The week, included a 2-for-4 performance against Kentucky in which he logged a home run and five RBI. Thirty-seven games into the season, Birk appeared in just 14 games with five starts. He hit just .192 (5-for-26) with one double, one triple and three RBI. Despite the limited action, he did have an impact in those first 37 games logging four of his five pinch-hits, including a three-run triple at No. 7 Vanderbilt.

HEALTHY TAYLOR STARTING TO HIT
After missing much of the preseason practice and the first five games, Logan Taylor took some time to warm up at the plate. He hit just .167 (5-for-30) in his first eight games, all starts at shortstop. But in the last 25 games, Taylor is hitting .301 (31-for-103) with 11 doubles and 13 RBI. His on-base (.219/.339) and slugging (.200/.456) numbers are also up substantially over the span. On the year, Taylor is hitting .275 (41-for-149) with 20 runs, 12 doubles, two triples, one home run and 21 RBI in 37 games, all starts at shortstop.

PINCH-HIT SPARKS ALLEMAND HOT STREAK
After being pulled from the starting lineup with a .175 batting average (7-for-40) through the first 13 games, Blake Allemand registered a pinch-hit on March 7 against Louisiana Tech. Since the pinch-hit, Allemand is batting .349 (30-for-86) with 18 runs and 12 RBI in 23 games, including 11 starts. For the year, Allemand is batting .294 with 24 runs and 18 RBI in 36 games, including 33 starts.

EVERY DAY PITCHER
Andrew Vinson has logged plenty of work in the first 42 games, making 22 appearances. Vinson enters the weekend ranked sec-ond in the SEC in appearances, trailing just Missouri’s Austin Tribby who has pitched in 25 contests.

He is 1-1 with a 2.67 ERA and two saves. He earned his first career save in the Aggies’ 5-4 win at UT Arlington and earned save in A&M’s 6-5 win at No. 16 Rice. He also garnered a win in relief in the Aggies’ 9-5 victory over Georgia on Sunday by retiring all six batters he faced. He has allowed nine runs, eight earned, on 15 hits and six walks while striking out 28 in 26.2 innings of work. He has already exceeded his 2013 workload when he made 16 appearances and pitched 20.0 innings.

BRATSEN STEALING THE SHOW
With his three stolen bases in last Sunday’s game against Kentucky last Sunday and his steal at Rice on Tuesday, senior Krey Bratsen passed Chuck Knoblauch (83 – 1987-89) for second place on A&M’s career list for stolen bases with 84. Jason Tyner owns the school record with 118 from 1996-98.

Bratsen stole 31 bases as a freshman, the seventh-best season in school history. As a sophomore he swiped 21 bases and followed up with 18 in 2013.

MENGDEN REACHES 200 STRIKEOUT PLATEAU
In his outing against Alabama, Daniel Mengden reached the 200-strikeout plateau for his career. He is believed to be the 16th player in school history to reach the milestone. He enters the weekend with 208 strikeouts and with one more strikeout, Mengden will tie John Stilson (209 – 2010-11) for 15th place on A&M’s career list. He need 39 more strikeouts to crack the Aggie Top 10. Ca-sey Fossum owns the school career record with 404 from 1997-99.

AGGIES HIT 2,500-WIN MARK
Texas A&M enters the weekend with a 2,504-1,421-42 mark. At Vanderbilt, the Aggies became the 12th NCAA Division I program and first SEC team to hit the 2,500-win plateau. The last team to reach the milestone was Washington State in 2011. Fellow SEC teams Mississippi State and Alabama both enter the weekend less than 15 wins shy of the plateau and have the possibility of reach-ing the mark this season.

WALK-OFF WINS
Texas A&M has four walk-off wins this season at Blue Bell Park. The first weekend of the season wrapped up with a 1-0 win over Northeastern to complete a three-game sweep. The victory was earned when Logan Nottebrok hit a 1-0 offering from the Huskies’ Brad Burcroff over the leftfield fence for a leadoff and walk-off home run. It marked the first walk-off home run for Texas A&M since May 29, 2011 when Andrew Collazo hit a walk-off dinger in the Big 12 Championship title game against Missouri for a 10-9 victory.

In the Aggies’ 7-5 win vs. Sacramento State, Nottebrok hit a two-run home run to the same location, to break the 5-5 tie for the walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth.

Cole Lankford got in on the fun with a game-winning double in the 11th inning of the Aggies’ 8-7 win against Columbia. Three games later Lankford delivered an RBI single in the 11th inning to seal a series’ triumph against Florida with a 4-3 victory.

NIP-AND-TUCK
The Aggies are 7-4 in one-run games and 7-5 in games decided by one run or/or extra innings. In their most recent tightly contest game, A&M held on for a 6-5 win against No. 16 Rice.

BIG INNINGS
The Aggies have already produced 15 innings in which they have scored four or more runs this season. By contrast, A&M pro-duced just 11 “big innings” in the entire 63-game season in 2013. In four games the Aggies have produced multiple “big innings”: the Aggies’ 11-2 win over Northeastern, 12-3 win over Stephen F Austin, 13-8 win vs Alabama and 20-2 win against Abilene Christian. The highest run total in an inning this season is seven in the seventh inning of A&M’s win against ACU. The Aggies also scored six runs in the fourth inning. The only time this season the Aggies have lost when posting a big inning was in their 10-8 loss to Houston when the Cougars responded with a big inning of their own, scoring five runs in the fourth after A&M scored four in the third.

In all, Texas A&M pitchers have allowed five “big innings” by opponents, five runs in the sixth inning of the Aggies’ 6-5 loss at Fresno State, four runs in the eighth inning of the series finale against Louisiana Tech, four runs in the second inning of an 8-1 loss to Sam Houston State and four runs in the eighth inning of their 11-4 loss in the second game against Kentucky, in addition to the aforementioned five-run fourth inning against Houston.

OFFENSIVE TURNAROUND
After starting the season batting .252 (103-for-408) in the first 13 games, the Aggie offense has revved up the last 29 contests, hitting .303 (313-for-1,032) over the span. A&M’s on-base (.351/.372) and slugging (.343/.402) numbers are also up over the span. It is starting to translate into a jump in runs as the Aggies scoring has ticked up from 5.15 runs per game in the first 13 contests to 6.17 in the last 29.

BRATSEN GETTING UP TO SPEED
After missing the beginning of the season with an illness, Krey Bratsen took time to get in the groove in 2014. He played in just 16 of A&M’s first 24 games, including seven starts, hitting .219 (7-for-32). Bratsen has heated up to the tune of .320 (16-for-50) over the Aggies’ last 18 contests. His on-base (.306/.364) and slugging (.219/.400) are also up substantially over the span and he owns team-highs with 17 runs and 10 stolen bases in the A&M’s 18 games (17 games/14 starts). On the year, Bratsen is batting .280 (23-for-82) with 22 runs, two doubles, one triple, eight RBI and 14 stolen bases.

ROAD WORK
The Aggies are 6-8 on the road this season. Krey Bratsen is the top hitter on the road, batting .357 (10-for-28) with 10 runs, two doubles, one triple, four RBI and six stolen bases. Cole Lankford is batting .352 (19-for-54) with eight runs, three doubles, one home run and nine RBI. On the mound, Grayson Long is 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in four road starts.

A&M has won four of its last five road games. The Aggies are batting .320 (55-for-172) over the span and the Maroon and White are averaging 7.6 runs per game. The stretch includes three wins over Top 25 teams. Bratsen is hitting .471 (8-for-17) with nine runs, two doubles, one triple, three RBI and six stolen bases. Lankford is batting .429 (9-for-21) with one home run and seven RBI. Blake Allemand is hitting .421 (8-for-19) with one triple and seven RBI.

UP NEXT
The Aggies return to Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park next Tuesday for a 6:35 pm contest against Texas State.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Aldridge’s 43 Lifts Blazers Over Rockets 112-105

UNDATED (AP) _ LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points and Damian Lillard made six free throws down the stretch to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 112-105 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night and a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

James Harden knocked down a 3-pointer with about 30 seconds left to get the Rockets within three. Lillard made two free throws before Harden fouled out about 10 seconds later. Mo Williams and Lillard both made a pair of free throws after that to secure the win.

Aldridge became the first player with consecutive 40-point games in the playoffs since LeBron James did it in May of 2009 after scoring a career-high and franchise playoff-record 46 in an overtime win in Game 1.

Dwight Howard was unstoppable early and scored 25 points in the first half, but managed just seven in the second half.

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Mavs Roll Past Spurs 113-92, Even Series at 1-1

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Monta Ellis scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece.

Shawn Marion scored 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16, Devin Harris had 18 and Jose Calderon 12 for Dallas, which never trailed after the opening minutes of the second quarter.

Manu Ginobili had 27 points, Tony Parker added 12 and Tim Duncan 11 for the Spurs.

Dallas didn’t relent in Game 2 after blowing a 10-point lead in the final eight minutes of the series opener. San Antonio’s ineptness had as much to do with tying the series, however. The Spurs averaged 14.4 turnovers during the regular season, but had 15 with 3 minutes left in the first half. They finished with 22 turnovers, which resulted in 33 points for the Mavericks.

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Stars Beat Ducks 4-2, Even Series 2-2

DALLAS (AP) _ Cody Eakin and Alex Goligoski scored on Dallas’ first two shots in the third period and the Stars beat the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on Wednesday in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series that is all even now.

Even without captain Ryan Getzlaf, a surprise late scratch with an upper-body injury, and healthy scratch Teemu Selane, the Ducks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period.

But the Stars, who got physical at home after a pair of one-goal losses in Anaheim to start the series, dominated the rest of the way.

Game 5 is Friday night in Anaheim, and Game 6 is Sunday in Dallas.

Dallas captain Jaime Benn scored off a faceoff only 27 seconds into the second period, his third goal in the series.

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Rangers 3, Athletics 0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Martin Perez pitched his second consecutive shutout to extend his scoreless innings streak to 26 and the Texas Rangers wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 3-0 victory Wednesday.

Donnie Murphy homered and Michael Choice scored one run and drove in another for the Rangers, who moved a half-game ahead of Oakland in first place in the AL West with their first sweep of the A’s since August 2011.

Perez (4-0) outpitched Sonny Gray (3-1) in a heralded matchup of emerging stars, allowing just three hits and two walks in his first start since throwing a three-hitter against the White Sox for his first career shutout.

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Rangers Acquire Robertson, Place Figueroa on DL

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ The Texas Rangers have bought outfielder Dan Robertson from the San Diego Padres.

Texas also placed left-hander Pedro Figueroa on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of left elbow inflammation. Figueroa is the 11th player on the Rangers’ DL, although third baseman Adrian Beltre is set to return Friday from a left quadriceps injury.

Robertson is a career .304 hitter in the minors in 723 games in the Padres organization.

Figueroa left Tuesday night’s game against Oakland after hitting Josh Reddick with his only pitch. He will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of his injury. Figueroa is 2-1 with a 4.00 ERA in 10 appearances this season.

Also, righty Neftali Feliz has left Triple-A Round Rock because of soreness and fatigue, but the Rangers said he is not injured.

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Texas A&M’s Stancu, Gavrilovska Garner All-SEC Tennis Honors

COLLEGE STATION, Texas  – Texas A&M senior Cristina Stancu (pronounced STAHN-coo) was named to the All-SEC first team for women’s tennis, and Aggie teammate Saska Gavrilovska (pronounced sausa-kah gav-ril-ov-ska) was named to the second team as well as to the SEC All-Freshman team, the conference office announced today.

Playing in the nation’s toughest conference, which boasts five teams in the Top 10 in Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings, Stancu and Gavrilovska helped lead the fifth-ranked Aggies to a 10-3 record in SEC matches. A&M finished in fifth place in the conference standings, only one game behind a three-way tie for second, and two games behind regular season champion and No. 3-ranked Alabama.

Stancu, who played the No. 1 line in both singles and doubles, went undefeated in SEC singles matches with an 8-0 record and was 7-1 in SEC doubles matches. From Constanta, Romania, Stancu is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation in singles, matching her career high. She also is a season-high No. 12 in doubles with partner Stefania Hristov.

Stancu leads A&M in overall singles wins with a 31-7 mark, tying for seventh for most wins in the A&M all-time season records. She will enter the NCAA Championship riding a career-best 13-match win streak. Stancu is 23-9 overall in doubles matches.

An All-SEC second team selection as a junior, this season Stancu was named the SEC Player of the week on March 12 and was recently named to the SEC All-Tournament team after leading the Aggies to the semifinals.

Gavrilovska is a four-time SEC Freshman of the Week honoree and also was named SEC Player of the Week after defeating fifth-ranked Haley Carter in the last match standing in the Aggies’ 4-3 victory at No. 3 North Carolina. The victory marked the highest ranked win by an A&M freshman in school history.

From Serbia, Gavrilovska is currently ranked No. 57 in the nation in singles and No. 87 in doubles with partner Ines Deheza. Gavrilovska went 7-2 in SEC singles matches, including 5-0 at the No. 2 line. She is tied for the team lead for most wins in dual matches with a 15-4 record and will enter the NCAA Championship riding a six-match win streak.

Gavrilovska is 10-7 in doubles in all dual matches, including 8-3 at the No. 2 line. She was 6-1 with Deheza in SEC matches only, all at the No. 2 position.

The Aggies (19-6) now await the NCAA Tennis Selection Show and the announcement of the 64-team NCAA Championship field on Tuesday, April 29. The men’s selection show will begin at 4 p.m., and the women’s selections will be revealed at 4:30 p.m. only on NCAA.com. Last year, the A&M women were seeded an all-time high No. 3 and reached the championship match for the first time in school history.

Singles and doubles selections will be released on the NCAA website after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30.

Visit AggieAthletics.com for more information on Texas A&M women’s tennis. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M women’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieWTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieWomensTennis.

SEC Women’s Tennis All-SEC Team:

First Team All-SEC

Erin Routliffe, Alabama

Pleun Burgmans, Auburn

Alexandra Cercone, Florida

Brianna Morgan, Florida

Olivia Janowicz, Florida

Silvia Garcia, Georgia

Lauren Herring, Georgia

Maho Kowase, Georgia

Georgiana Patrasc, Mississippi State

Elixane Lechemia, South Carolina

Cristina Stancu, Texas A&M

Frances Altick, Vanderbilt

Second Team All-SEC

Luicelena Perez, Alabama

Maya Jansen, Alabama

Emily Flickinger, Auburn

Sofie Oyen, Florida

Aldila Sutjiadi, Kentucky

Joana Vale Costa, LSU

Julia Jones, Ole Miss

Cierra Gaytan-Leach, Missouri

Eve Repic, Tennessee

Saska Gavrilovska, Texas A&M

Marie Casares, Vanderbilt

Georgina Sellyn, Vanderbilt

 

All-Freshman Team

Erin Routliffe, Alabama

Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt

Joana Vale Costa, LSU

Saska Gavrilovska, Texas A&M

Eve Repic, Tennessee

Danielle Spielmann, Alabama

Player of the Year

Lauren Herring, Georgia

Co-Freshman of the Year

Erin Routliffe, Alabama

Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt

Coach of the Year

Jenny Mainz, Alabama

Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Mary Anne Daines, Alabama

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Aggie Softball Put up 25 in a Twin Bill v. A&M Corpus Christie

The No. 23 Texas A&M softball team (31-17) swept a Tuesday doubleheader with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (13-32) at the Aggie Softball Complex, taking a 10-3 win in game one before run-ruling the Islanders, 15-0, in game two.

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A&M Baseball Knocks Off No. 16 Rice

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Starting pitcher Corey Ray held Rice at bay early and Texas A&M built a 6-0 lead as the Aggies held on for a 6-5 win over the No. 16 Owls at Reckling Park on Tuesday night.

The Aggies turned the Owls from predator to prey early in the contest with two runs in the top of the first inning. With one out, Logan Taylor drew a walk and Cole Lankford lashed single to rightfield and an error in the outfield allowed both runners to move into scoring position. Nick Banks plated Taylor with a single to rightfield and Jonathan Moroney sent Lankford home with a sacrifice fly to stake the Aggies’ to a 2-0 lead.

The Owls spotted A&M three more runs in the top of the third. Ryne Birk worked a walk to start the frame and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Krey Bratsen. Jace Statum drew a walk to drive starter Caleb Smith from the contest. Reliever Ryan McCarthy induced a grounder to second base, but a bobble by Connor Teykl prevented the double play from being turned and the Aggies found themselves with two runners in scoring position. Taylor hit a wall-banger to leftfield for a two-run triple and scored when Lankford slapped a single into leftfield for the 5-0 advantage.

Texas A&M (24-17) manufactured what proved to be an important insurance run in the top of the sixth. Bratsen slapped a single to centerfield, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Statum and scored when Allemand laced a single up the middle for the 6-0 advantage.

Rice tallied a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Shane Hoelscher singled to the gap in left-center and Chase McDowell looped a single down the rightfield line to put runners on the corners. Connor Teykl put the Owls on the scoreboard, dropping a single in front of A&M centerfielder Bratsen to knock in Hoelscher. With one out, Blake Fox singled to leftfield to load the bases and McDowell came home to score when pitcher Corey Ray’s pickoff attempt at second base sailed into centerfield, cutting the margin to 6-2.

With the Aggies holding a four-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, Parker Ray came in to close out the game. He gave up singles to Michael Aquino and Hunter Kopycinski to start the fame and loaded the bases by issuing a walk to Keenan Cook. Charlie Warren knocked in Aquino with a sacrifice fly to trim the lead to 6-3. The Aggies would call on the flying shoes of Nick Banks to record the second out as Hoelscher hit a slicing drive down the rightfield line, but the A&M outfielder made a diving catch to rob Hoelscher of extra-bases. Rice loaded the bases with a four-pitch walk to pinch-hitter Kirby Taylor and Teykl cut the A&M lead to 6-5 gapping a single to right-center to drive in two.

Rice had runners on the corners and two outs when AJ Minter came in and hit Ford Stainback with a pitch to load the bases. The Aggies went back to the bullpen and called on Andrew Vinson. The A&M sophomore faced pinch-hitter Andrew Murphy and got him to fly out to centerfield for the final out of the game and his Vinson’s second save of the season.

Corey Ray (4-0) earned the win in the outing as he cruised through the first five innings, allowing just one hit and exited game after working 6.0 innings, yielding two runs, one earned, on five hits and three walks while striking out three. Ty Schlottman retired six of the seven batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings. 

Smith (1-2) was saddled with the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on two hits and three walks while striking out two over 1.1 innings.

Lankford led all hitters at the plate, going 4-for-5 with one run and one RBI. Stein added a pair of hits.

Teykl paced Rice’s offense, going 2-for-4 with three RBI.

The Aggies return to action on Thursday when Texas A&M and Mississippi State are featured in the Thursday Night SEC Game of the Week at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville.

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NHL Playoffs

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Final     Montreal      4  Tampa Bay      3
Final     Boston        3  Detroit        0
Final     N-Y Rangers   4  Philadelphia   1
Final OT  San Jose      4  Los Angeles    3

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NBA PLayoffs

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Final     Indiana     101  Atlanta    85
Final     Toronto     100  Brooklyn   95
Final OT  Washington  101  Chicago    99

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MLB Scores

INTERLEAGUE

Final      L.A. Angels    7  Washington      2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final      Kansas City    8  Cleveland       2
Final      Toronto        9  Baltimore       3
Final      Detroit        8  Chi White Sox   6
Final      Tampa Bay      7  Minnesota       3
Final      N-Y Yankees    9  Boston          3
Final      Texas          5  Oakland         4
Final      Houston        5  Seattle         2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final      Cincinnati     4  Pittsburgh      1
Final      Miami          1  Atlanta         0
Final      St. Louis      3  N-Y Mets        0
Final      Chi Cubs       9  Arizona         2
Final      San Diego      2  Milwaukee       1, 12 Innings
Final      Colorado       2  San Francisco   1
Final      Philadelphia   3  L.A. Dodgers    2, 10 Innings

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Mumford Basketball Coach Leaves for Flatonia

Mumford head boys’ basketball coach Chris Sodek has been hired for the same position at Flatonia High School, along with the job of Assistant Principal.

A 2001 graduate of Texas A&M, Sodek spent 13 years at Mumford, compiling a 288-107 record and leading the Mustangs to the Class 1A Division 1 State Championship in 2014.

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Spurs’ Popovich Named ‘Coach of the Year’

Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs was named the NBA Coach of the Year on Tuesday, becoming just the third three-time winner of the award in league history.

Popovich, who guided the Spurs to an NBA-best 62-20 regular-season record, joins Pat Riley and Don Nelson as the only coaches to win the Red Auerbach Trophy three times. The longtime Spurs coach also won the award after the 2002-03 and 2011-12 seasons.

This marked the 15th consecutive season the Spurs have reached the 50-win mark under Popovich.

Popovich tallied 59 first-place votes and 380 points in balloting among sportswriters and broadcasters, finishing just ahead of Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, who had 339 points (37 first-place votes).

Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau (159 points), Charlotte’s Steve Clifford (127) and Toronto’s Dwane Casey (70) rounded out the top five.

The award has been handed out since the 1962-63 season.

Story courtesy of ESPN.com

 

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Aggie Baseball On The Road

The Aggies hit the road for four games in the next five days, all against teams ranked in the Top 25. On Tuesday, the Maroon and White head to Houston to battle old Southwest Conference foe Rice, currently ranked No. 16. The Aggies then travel to Starkville for a three game series against No. 21 Mississippi State from Thursday-Saturday.

Entering the week, Blake Allemand boasts a streak of reaching base in 17 consecutive games. Over the span, the junior is hitting .369 (24-for-65) with 14 runs, two doubles, one triple and 10 RBI. He also owns a .481 on-base percentage with 13 walks and four sacrifice bunts.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (24-17, 8-10 SEC) vs #16 RICE OWLS (29-13, 16-5 C-USA)
Reckling Park (6,193) • Houston, Texas

SCHEDULE – Tuesday 6:30 pm
RADIO – WTAW-AM 1620 (Dave South – play-by-play)
RANKINGS – A&M – unranked; Rice – #11 (USAT) / #12 (BA) / #16 (NCBWA) / #19 (CB)
SERIES HISTORY – Texas A&M leads 178-95-2
SERIES STREAKS – Texas A&M won the most recent meeting

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
• TUESDAY: Corey Ray (Jr., RHP, 3-0, 1.38) vs Chase McDowell (Sr., RHP, 3-3, 3.11)

ALLEMAND ENTERS WITH 17-GAME STREAK REACHING BASE
Blake Allemand has reached base in each of the last 17 games. During the span he boasts a .481 batting average with 13 walks and a .369 batting average (24-for-65). He has 14 runs, two doubles, one triple, 10 RBI, four sacrifice bunts and two stolen bases. He has helped spark an offense that is averaging 6.76 runs per game, up from 5.21 runs per game in the first 24 games.

SCHLOTTMANN SEES INCREASED WORKLOAD
After amassing just 7.2 innings in the Aggies’ first 35 games, Ty Schlottmann has twice logged career-long outings in A&M’s last six games. Since the Maroon and White’s Saturday game at Vanderbilt, Schlottmann has worked 10.0 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out nine and holding opponents to a .147 batting average. He worked 6.2 scoreless innings against Kentucky, holding the Wildcats to two hits and one walk while striking out five. Prior to his 3.1 inning outing against Vanderbilt, Schlottomann’s career-long was 2.1 innings against Houston and he had only worked more than 1.0 inning on four occasions in his first 18 appearances

BREAKOUT WEEK FOR BIRK
Ryne Birk had a breakout week last week with the Aggies’ midweek game against Abilene Christian and three-game series against No. 24 Kentucky. In the four games, he got two starts and hit .636 (7-for-11) with one double and two home runs. In the four games, he logged a 1.273 slugging percentage, seven runs and eight RBI. The week, included a 2-for-4 performance against Kentucky in which he logged a home run and five RBI. Thirty-seven games into the season, Birk appeared in just 14 games with five starts. He hit just .192 (5-for-26) with one double, one triple and three RBI. Despite the limited action, he did have an impact in those first 37 games logging four of his five pinch-hits, including a three-run triple at No. 7 Vanderbilt. 

TEXAS A&M/RICE SERIES NOTABLES
Texas A&M and Rice have met on 275 prior occasions with Texas A&M owning a 178-95-2 advantage in the all-time series. Despite A&M’s wide margin in the overall series, Rice has won 31 of the last 42 meetings. Last season, Texas A&M disposed of the Owls, 8-3, in their only meeting, at the Astros Foundation College Classic. Daniel Mengden picked up the win with 8.0 innings of work, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out eight. Mikey Reynolds led the Aggies with three hits while Blake Allemand knocked in three runs.

MORE ON RICE
The Owls are 29-13 on the year with a 16-5 mark in Conference USA.

Rice is hitting .287 on the season with a .357 on-base percentage and .366 slugging percentage. Four of the Owls’ regulars are hitting over .300, paced by John Clay Reeves with a .351 batting average with 22 runs, seven hits, three home runs and 27 RBI. Shane Hoelscher is batting .333 with 26 runs, 15 doubles and 16 RBI. The top slugger is Skyler Ewing with a .327 batting average, 35 runs, nine doubles, six home runs and 38 RBI.

The Rice pitching staff owns a 2.44 ERA and is holding opponent to a .225 batting average. Tuesday starter Chase McDowell is 3-3 with a 3.11 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 46.1 innings.

The Owls have won 18 consecutive conference titles, including the SWC (1996), Western Athletic Conference (1997-2005) and Conference USA (2006-12). Rice also has 19 consecutive 40-win seasons. The Owls boast 36 former players who went on to Major League Baseball, headlined by six-time All-Star Lance Berkman, two-time AL batting champion Pete Runnels, former Nasty Boy Norm Charlton and 12-year veteran Jose Cruz Jr.

TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTER: #22 COREY RAY
Making his second start of the season and the 11th of his career. As a sophomore, made six starts going 3-2 with a 4.28 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 27.1 innings of work… Made three starts as a freshman going 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 15.0 innings… This season earned wins in relief against UT Pan American and Columbia… Last week earned a midweek game against Abilene Christian, holding the Wildcats scoreless over 5.0 innings, scattering four hits and one walk while striking out five.

BRATSEN CLIMBING AGGIES’ ALL-TIME GAMES LIST
After missing the beginning of the season with an illness, Krey Bratsen has seen action in 32 games, including 20 starts and 12 games as a defensive replacement/pinch-hitter. Bratsen has a chance to set the Aggies’ all-time record for games played. He currently has 224 career games under his belt, 17 shy of the career record of 241 set by Scott Livingstone (1985-88). Over the weekend he passed Robert Harris (222 – 1992-95) and Brian Thomas (223 – 1990-93) fifth place.

As a freshman, Bratsen played in all 69 games, including 68 starts. In 2012, he played in 60 games, including 55 starts. Last season, Bratsen was the only Aggie to start all 63 games.

IN A PINCH
The Aggies are currently hitting .364 (16-for-44) with four walks, one sacrifice fly, one sac bunt, one double, one triple, one home run and 11 RBI in 50 pinch-hit appearances. Mitchell Nau (3-for-4, one double, one home run, 6 RBI) and Ryne Birk (5-for-10, one triple, 3 RBI) are the top pinch-hitting options. Jace Statum (2-for-5), Krey Bratsen (1-for-1, one sac bunt, 1 RBI), Nick Banks (1-for-2), Nick Choruby (1-for-2), Jonathan Moroney (1-for-7, one sac fly, 1 RBI) and JB Moss (1-for-2, two walks) account for the other seven hits.

BRATSEN STEALING THE SHOW
With his three stolen bases in last Sunday’s game against Kentucky last Sunday, senior Krey Bratsen moved into a tie with Chuck Knoblauch (83 – 1987-89) for second place on A&M’s career list for stolen bases. Jason Tyner owns the school record with 118 from 1996-98.

Bratsen stole 31 bases as a freshman, the seventh-best season in school history. As a sophomore he swiped 21 bases and followed up with 18 in 2013.

OFFENSIVE TURNAROUND
After starting the season batting .252 (103-for-408) in the first 13 games, the Aggie offense has revved up the last 28 contests, hitting .302 (302-for-999) over the span. A&M’s on-base (.351/.371) and slugging (.343/.401) numbers are also up over the span. It is starting to translate into a jump in runs as the Aggies scoring has ticked up from 5.15 runs per game in the first 13 contests to 6.17 in the last 28.

BRATSEN GETTING UP TO SPEED
After missing the beginning of the season with an illness, Krey Bratsen took time to get in the groove in 2014. He played in just 16 of A&M’s first 24 games, including seven starts, hitting .219 (7-for-32). Bratsen has heated up to the tune of .350 (14-for-40) over the Aggies’ last 14 contests. His on-base (.306/.365) and slugging (.219/.404) are also up substantially over the span and he owns team-highs with 16 runs and nine stolen bases in the A&M’s 17 games (16 games/13 starts). On the year, Bratsen is batting .278 (22-for-79) with 21 runs, two doubles, one triple, eight RBI and 13 stolen bases.

MENGDEN REACHES 200 STRIKEOUT PLATEAU
In his outing against Alabama, Daniel Mengden reached the 200-strikeout plateau for his career. He is believed to be the 16th player in school history to reach the milestone. He enters the weekend with 208 strikeouts and with one more strikeout, Mengden will tie John Stilson (209 – 2010-11) for 15th place on A&M’s career list. He need 39 more strikeouts to crack the Aggie Top 10. Casey Fossum owns the school career record with 404 from 1997-99. 

AGGIES HIT 2,500-WIN MARK
Texas A&M enters the week with a 2,503-1,421-42 mark. At Vanderbilt, the Aggies became the 12th NCAA Division I program and first SEC team to hit the 2,500-win plateau. The last team to reach the milestone was Washington State in 2011. Fellow SEC teams Mississippi State and Alabama both enter the weekend less than 15 wins shy of the plateau and have the possibility of reaching the mark this season.

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Bryan Lady Vikings Softball

The Bryan Lady Vikings softball team had their season ended last night in Montgomery in a District 14-5A play-off with College Park by a final score of 6 to 4.  The Lady Vikings finished their year with a 17 and 16 record and missed out on the bi-district round of the play-offs for the first time in 15 years.

 

The regular season comes to an end for three local high school teams tonight.  The A&M Consolidated Tigers will wrap-up their season with a District 14-5A game on the road at Conroe.  The Rudder Rangers, needing a win to stay in contention for a play-off spot, will play a District 18-4A game at Montgomery.  And, the top-ranked College Station Cougars will try to end the schedule undefeated in District 18-3A as they host Navasota.  The Cougars-Rattlers game will be broadcast tonight on partner station 1150 The Zone. Bryan will not complete its schedule until Friday.

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