DULUTH, Ga. (AP) –Â Isabelle Harrison had 20 points and 13 rebounds and No. 6 Tennessee held off No. 15 Texas A&M 86-77 on Saturday to earn a spot in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game.
Tennessee (26-5) will play No. 12 Kentucky for the SEC title on Sunday. Kentucky beat No. 5 South Carolina 68-58 in Saturday’s first semifinal.
Meighan Simmons had 15 points and Bashaara Graves had 14 for Tennessee.
Courtney Walker led Texas A&M with 26 points. Courtney Williams added 22, but the high-scoring sophomores were not enough to beat the Lady Vols.
Texas A&M (24-8), the defending champion, led by 10 points in the first half but couldn’t match Tennessee’s inside game. The Lady Vols took a 48-26 advantage in rebounds and scored 50 points in the paint.
Tennessee has dominated the SEC tournament with 16 championships.
There were 11 ties, the last coming at 75 on a short jumper by Walker. The Lady Vols pulled ahead with seven straight points on baskets by Harrison and Graves and three free throws by Simmons.
Tennessee matched its biggest comeback of the year when it trailed by 15 points before beating LSU 77-65 in the quarterfinals on Friday.
The Lady Vols needed another comeback after twice trailing Texas A&M by 10 points, the last time at 21-11. A 15-5 run took care of the deficit, and Tennessee led 39-38. Texas A&M’s Jordan Jones, who had 12 points, ended the half with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
There was a delay with 1 minute remaining when Texas A&M’s Jones was knocked to the floor by an elbow. No foul was called.
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas âÂ The 13th-ranked Texas A&M softball team run-ruled No. 15 Missouri 11-2 in five innings, Saturday in the second game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at the Aggie Softball Complex. The Aggies (18-5, 1-1 SEC) evened the series count at 1-1 with the win over the Tigers (13-4, 1-1 SEC).
Seniors Cassie Tysarczyk and Nicole Morgan each had home runs on the day. The sluggers were each 1-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored, and Morgan added a walk and three RBI. Senior Emily Albus also scored two runs, going 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Missouri loaded the bases in the top of the first with one out, but a double play by freshman April Ryan shut down the half-inning before the Tigers could do any damage.
The Aggies also loaded the bases in the first and were sharp at the plate from the beginning, using four walks, a hit by pitch and an error to their advantage for a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
A bases-loaded walk by senior Amber Garza started the early advantage as Albus scored with one out on the board. Albus reached base on a fielding error, making all four of the Aggiesâ first-inning runs unearned.
A sacrifice fly-out by senior Taran Tyler sent the 2-0 run home before a fourth walk of the inning, by sophomore Breanna Dozier, loaded the bases for the third time of the half-inning. Sophomore Cali Lanphear singled through the right side to send a third run home, and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch by senior Jenna Stark added the fourth run of the inning for Texas A&M.
Missouri cut the Aggiesâ lead in half in the top of the second with a two-run blast over centerfield, but the pair of runs was all the Tigers would produce through the five-inning game.
Tysarczykâs bomb dropped in the bottom of the second inning. The solo shot topped the wall in right-centerfield and gave Texas A&M a 5-2 lead.
Morganâs home run came in the next inning, after the Aggies scored three more runs on the Tigers. Tyler led off with a double up the middle and was joined on base by Dozier, who drew her second walk of the game, and Stark, who added her second hit-by-pitch to load the bases.
Albus hammered a pitch to left field for a two-RBI double that scored Tyler and Dozier, and a shot through the left side by Ryan sent Stark home for the 8-2 advantage. With Albus and Ryan in scoring position, Morgan needed no wind to her advantage. Her long ball flew over right-centerfield and hit the top half of the scoreboard as three runs were added to Texas A&Mâs tally for an 11-2 lead.
Just one Missouri runner reached base through the final three innings of the run-rule, and the Aggies evened the SEC series with the convincing win over the Tigers.
Sophomore pitcher Katie Marks (9-0) continues her unbeaten streak in the circle, throwing five complete frames for the win. Marks gave up two earned runs on six hits and a walk, while fanning four batters. Missouriâs Casey Stangel (6-2) suffered the loss after allowing seven earned runs on six hits and six walks. She tossed two strikeouts through four innings of work.
The Aggies and Tigers close out the three-game SEC series Sunday at noon at the Aggie Softball Complex. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.
HEAD COACH JO EVANS
On the game overallâ¦
âThe difference in the ballgame is that both teams had bases loaded in the first inning, and our team managed to find a way to capitalize and get the four runs. April Ryan was really heady turning the double play. That, to me, set the tone for it. They got a couple of little cheap hits in the first inning. Thereâs nothing you can do about it, and Katie [Marks] didnât panic. She just went out there and threw her ground balls.â
On Marksâ performance in the circle after allowing a two-run home runâ¦
âI said something to her. âDonât you dare be timid out there. You need to go right at them.â I just wanted to see her bow up, and she did that. I saw her in the first inning, and even the second a little bit, questioning herself. And she just settled in right there and got after it. We have to keep the ball in the yard. Our pitchers have got to keep the ball in the yard, but aside from that one mistake she really looked good, looked comfortable. If she can throw us ground balls, weâll make plays out there.â
On successful hitters drawing walksâ¦
âTheyâre being unselfish. Sometimes in that situation they want to be the one hitting one out, because all three of those kids â [Nicole] Morgan, [Cassie] Tysarczyk and [Amber] Garza â can hit a long ball at any given time. For them to be selfless and take their walks because they know someone else can hit them in is really key. What I think is also key is Taran Tyler behind them, because our kids trust that she can get up there and get her job done. Sheâs done a nice job in that six hole for us. Emily Albus is a catalyst for us. She gets up there and just gets herself on right away. We hit through the lineup in the first inning, we hit through the lineup in the third inning, and our kids got a lot of really good looks. Something I thought we were a lot better about today, which was the huge difference for us offensively, was our discipline at the plate. And we didnât change our plan. We didnât get out of our approach at the plate. I thought that was a big difference for us as well.â
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas âÂ No. 25 Texas A&M held Louisiana Tech to just four hits and the Maroon and White scratched out single runs in five different innings as the Aggies scored a 5-3 decision over the Bulldogs on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park on Friday evening.
The win was the third in a row for the Aggies who improved to 10-4 on the season.
Louisiana Tech (4-9) took advantage of a pair of Aggie errors to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. With one out, Tyler Qualls drew a six-pitch walk. Taylor Nichols followed by bouncing a grounder to Logan Nottebrok at the hot corner. Nottebrokâs throw for the force play at second pulled Patrick McLendon off the bag, giving the Bulldogs two base runners on the error. Thomas Simoneaux put a bunt down the third base line and this time Nottebrokâs throw skipped past Cole Lankford at first base for his second error, allowing Qualls to score and putting two runners in scoring position. Aggie starting pitcher Daniel Mengden worked out of the jam by inducing a short flyout to the shortstop in leftfield and a groundout to shortstop.
Nottebrok atoned for his errors in the top of the inning with a dinger in the home half. The junior led off the frame, pouncing on a 2-1 pitch to provide pyrotechnics with a home run to the left of the videoboard in leftfield, his fourth tater of the season, knotting the game at 1-1.
JB Moss manufactured a run in the bottom of the third inning, staking the Aggies to a 2-1 advantage. The sophomore outfielder drew a six-pitch, stole second base and hustled to third on a groundout by Krey Bratsen. Moss scored when Louisiana Tech starting pitcher Adam Derouen balked on his first pitch to Cole Lankford.
The Aggies used a pair of hits to inflate the cushion to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth. Troy Stein laced a double down the leftfield line and came around to score with two outs when Patrick McLendon gapped a single to left centerfield.
The Bulldogs trimmed a run off the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Ryan Jones reached on an infield single deep in the whole at short to start the inning and Breâshon Kimbell followed with a seven-pitch walk. A wild pitch by Mengden put both runners in scoring position and Colby Johnson bounced a grounder to second to knock in Jones, cutting the Aggie edge to 3-2.
Texas A&M tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh inning. McLendon drew a four-pitch walk to start the frame and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Moss. Bratsen drew a four-pitch walk to put two runners on base and Lankford flied out to leftfield for the second out of the inning. Blake Allemand pinch-ran for McLendon at second base and scored when Hunter Melton dropped a double down the leftfield line for the 4-2 lead.
Louisiana Tech provided a firework of their own to start the eighth inning as Tyler Ervine sent a 1-1 offering over the fence in left centerfield, to cut the A&M margin to 4-3.
The Aggies re-established a two-run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. With one out, Logan Taylor reached on a single off the glove of a diving Bulldogsâ third baseman. Allemand followed with a single to leftfield and Moss loaded the bases with a single to rightfield. Bratsen bounced into a fielderâs choice grounder to short, driving in Taylor for the 5-3 lead.
The Bulldogs threatened to mount a rally against Aggie closer Jason Jester in the top of the ninth. With one out, Jones and Kimbell were issued walks, but Jester enticed Johnson into flying out to left and Ervine followed with a fly out to centerfield to end the game.
Moss, Melton and Stein each logged two hits for the Aggies who pounded out 10 for the game, including four extra-base hits. Moss went 2-for-3 with one run, one double, one stolen base and one sacrifice bunt. Melton went 2-for-4 with one double and one RBI. Stein went 2-for-3 with one double and one run scored.
Mengden (2-2) earned the victory on the mound for the Maroon and White. He allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits and four walks while striking out eight over 7.0 innings.
Jester earned his first save of the season, issuing two walks in 1.1 shutout innings. The save marked the 15th of his career, tying with Travis Starling (2007-09) for third place on A&Mâs all-time save list.
Bratsen got the start in centerfield for Texas A&M. It marked his 200th career game, making him the 16th player in school annals to reach the 200-game plateau.
Derouen (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Bulldogs. He allowed three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out one over 4.0 innings.
The Aggies and Bulldogs continue the series on Saturday with Game Two slated for 1:05 pm on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
Check the schedule below for the latest updates to the Aggie Athletics weekend calendar on campus.
Changes are indicated are bold
(updated 9:30 PM CT, Friday March 7)
SATURDAY (March 8)
11:00 AM – Equestrian vs Oklahoma State, Hildebrand Equine Complex
1:00 PM – Softball vs Missouri, Aggie Softball Complex (was 4:00 PM)
1:05 PM – Baseball vs Louisiana Tech, Blue Bell Park (was 6:35 PM)
3:00 PM – Men’s Basketball vs Auburn, Reed Arena
SUNDAY (March 9)
12:00 PM – Softball vs Missouri, Aggie Softball Complex
12:00 PM – Women’s Tennis vs Vanderbilt, Mitchell Tennis Center
1:05 PM – Baseball vs Louisiana Tech, Blue Bell Park
TheÂ third timeÂ was a charm for the Mumford Mustangs.
LaKendric Hyson had 19 points and Dion Mack and Aubrie King had 18 apiece as Mumford out ran Muenster in the 1A Division 1 state title game 64-57.
The Mustangs are no stranger to the championships, they’ve been there 3 years in a row and the program is only been around for thirteen years.
Click below for comments from head coach Chris Sodek, visiting with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.ChrisSodek030814.mp3
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) –Â Courtney Walker sank her first seven shots and scored 25 points, leading No. 15 Texas A&M to a runaway 86-54 win over Auburn on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Texas A&M will play No. 6 Tennessee in Saturday’s second semifinal. Tennessee beat Texas A&M 76-55 on Jan. 26.
Karla Gilbert had 15 points and Courtney Williams added 12 for the Aggies (24-7), the defending SEC tournament champion.
Tyrese Tanner led Auburn (17-14) with 14 points. Brandy Montgomery had 12.
Texas A&M already held a comfortable 45-30 lead early in the second half before turning the game into a rout with an 18-0 run for a 63-30 lead. Walker had six points in the run and then sat out the final 10 minutes.
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas âÂ The No. 13 Texas A&M softball team dropped a 7-0 game to No. 15 Missouri in the first game of the Aggiesâ Southeastern Conference-opening series, Friday at the Aggie Softball Complex. With the win, the Tigers (13-3, 1-0 SEC) lead the three-game series, 1-0, and the Aggies (17-5) fall to 0-1 in conference play.
The Aggies struggled at the plate against the Tigers, picking up just three hits while allowing 11 and committing two errors. Junior Rachel Fox (5-3) suffered her first conference loss in the circle after giving up three earned runs on four hits. Fox did not walk any batters and struck out two through 3 1/3 innings of work.
Missouri struck early, scoring an unearned run in the top of the first inning. Tiger leadoff hitter Taylor Gadbois singled and reached second on an error before a wild pitch and another base hit sent her home for the 1-0 Mizzou lead.
A pair of home runs and a two-base error stretched the Tigersâ advantage to 6-0 in the top of the fourth. Aggie freshman Abby Donnell entered to pitch in midway through the half-inning, tossing the final two outs. Donnell allowed one earned run on one walk and four hits, while fanning two in 3 2/3 frames of relief.
Texas A&M had a couple of bright spots defensively with two outfield assists at second base that caught Missouri runners off guard as they attempted to take extra bags on a base hit. Senior Cassie Tysarczykâs throw from right in the top of the first gave the Aggies their first out of the game. Sophomore Cali Lanphear also recorded an out when her throw from left in the top of the third sent Missouriâs only base runner of the inning back to the visiting dugout.
Senior Nicole Morgan continued to be dominant behind the plate, catching a runner stealing to end the top of the second inning. The catcher has caught four runners stealing this season, and leads the SEC by a long shot with seven pickoffs.
Missouri hit a third home run, a solo shot over left in the sixth inning, to pick up the Tigersâ final run of the game for the 7-0 lead.
Seniors Emily Albus and Amber Garza, and freshman April Ryan had one hit each on the night for the Aggies, and Garza and Morgan reached base on walks. Ryan was the only Texas A&M player with an extra-base hit, as she reached on a hard-hit double to right-center in the bottom of the fourth.
Missouri pitcher Tori Finucane (6-2) allowed just three hits and walked two batters for the shutout, striking out seven Aggies on the way to her first SEC victory of the season.
The SEC-opening game ended with 1,001 shots of fireworks in honor of Texas A&M Head Coach Jo Evansâ 1,000thÂ victory, earned last weekend against Wisconsin. Evans is the only active SEC coach to have reached the milestone.
The Aggies and Tigers will rematch Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Aggie Softball Complex. Texas A&M softball officials will meet prior to the game to discuss Sundayâs weather forecast, and could possibly combine Saturday and Sundayâs contests into a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.
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COLLEGE STATION, TexasÂ â The 10th-ranked Texas A&M womenâs tennis team held serve at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on Friday evening, defeating 22nd-ranked Kentucky, 4-2. The Aggies improve to 8-3 overall and 2-1 in SEC play while the Wildcats fall to 12-3 and 2-1 in conference action.
âGive Kentucky a lot of credit,â A&M head coach Howard Joffe said. âThey fought very hard. The match became very exciting in the end. Weâre just happy to get away with a win this evening.â
A&M was able to jump out to an early lead by claiming the doubles point with victories on courts one and two. The tandem of Ines Deheza and Saska Gavrilovska remained perfect at the No. 2 line this season as they jumped out to a 4-1 lead on their way to an 8-2 win over the 57th-ranked pair of Nadia Ravita and Aldila Sutjiadi. Moments later, the Aggies would clinch the point when the duo of Cristina Stancu and Stefania Hristov ousted Caitlin McGraw and CeCe Witten, 8-4, at the No. 1 line. The top-team for the Maroon and White improved to 6-2 with the victory.
After Kentucky evened the match at 1-1, A&Mâs 57th-ranked Gavrilovska dispatched Kelsey Dieters, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 3 line to regain the lead. The freshman jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set and won the final four games in the second set on her way to the victory.
A&M would expand its lead to 3-1 when Hristov battled back from a 0-3 deficit in the second set to post a 6-4, 6-3 win over Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff at the No. 4 singles line to put even more pressure on the Wildcats. The sophomore won her first four games in the first set before she secured the win.
Needing only one more singles victory to secure the overall team victory, A&Mâs highest-ranked individual and lone senior, Stancu, cruised to a 6-0 victory in the pivotal third set, dropping 51st-ranked Ravita, 6-2, 5-7, 6-0, at the No. 1 line to give the Aggies the win. The nationâs 15th-ranked player also built a four-game cushion in the first set before posting her sixth win of the season.
âThe young lady that Cristina played is a very fine, young player,â Joffe said on his senior. âThey had a very strange match. Stancu got off to a great start and was reeled in a little in the first set. She had some opportunities in the second set to close the door. I donât feel she did anything wrong. Ravita of Kentucky played some of the big points better. Iâve got to give Stancu a lot of credit. She came out with the match on the line and performed her best to give us the victory.â
The team will be in action again on Sunday for a top-10 showdown with the seventh-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores. First serve in that contest is slated for noon. To learn more about the womenâs tennis team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieWTEN on Twitter.
No. 10 Texas A&M 4, No. 22 Kentucky 2
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas
March 7, 2014
*1.Â Â Â Â #15 Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. #51 Nadia Ravita (UK) 6-2, 5-7, 6-0
2.Â Â Â Â Â Â Aldila Sutjiadi (UK) def. Ines Deheza (TAMU) 7-5, 6-2
3.Â Â Â Â Â #57 Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU) def. Kelsey Dieters (UK) 6-2, 6-2
4.Â Â Â Â Â Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff (UK) 6-4, 6-3
5.Â Â Â Â Â #118 Anna Mamalat (TAMU) vs. Kirsten Lewis (UK) 7-5, 4-4 (unfinished)
6.Â Â Â Â Â Caitlin McGraw (UK) def. Jana McCord (TAMU) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles (TAMU wins the point)
1. Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) def. Witten/McGraw (UK) 8-4
2. Deheza/Gavrilovska (TAMU) def. #57 Ravita/Sutjiadi (UK) 8-2
3. McCord/Mamalat (TAMU) vs. Lewis/Morin-Kougoucheff (UK) 2-7 (unfinished)
Order of finish
Singles: 6, 3, 4, 2, 1*
Doubles: 2, 1
Texas A&M: 8-3, 2-1 SEC
Kentucky: 12-3, 2-1 SEC
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IRVING, Texas (AP) _ The Dallas Cowboys have released center Phil Costa and reworked guard Mackenzy Bernadeau’s contract to get under the salary cap.
Costa’s agent, George Mavrikes, said Friday his client would look to compete for a starting job elsewhere after rookie first-round pick Travis Frederick started all 16 games last year. Costa was the starter in 2011.
The Costa move saves the Cowboys $1.5 million on the salary cap. They were slightly less than $1 million over the cap after restructuring the contracts of quarterback Tony Romo, linebacker Sean Lee and cornerback Orlando Scandrick earlier this week.
Bernadeau started 10 games at right guard last season. He signed a four-year deal worth $11 million as a free agent in 2012.
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Santa Fe @ Bryan, 7 p.m.
Rudder @ Caney Creek, 7 p.m.
College Station @ Lufkin Tournament
A&M Consolidated @ Waco Midway Tournament
A&M Consolidated @ Bryan, 7 p.m.
Rudder @ Waller, 7 p.m.
Tarkington @ College Station, 7 p.m.
Lufkin @ Bryan, 6 p.m.
A&M Consolidated @ College Park, 6:30 p.m.
College Station @ Sealy, 7 p.m.
Brenham @ Rudder, 7 p.m.
Bryan @ Lufkin, 6 p.m.
College Park @ A&M Consolidated, 7 p.m.
Rudder @ Brenham, 7 p.m.
Johnny Football is now property of Nike.
Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and potential first overall pick in May’s NFL draft, informed the world’s largest shoe and apparel brand that it had won the sweepstakes to outfit his feet and use him in marketing campaigns, Nike spokesman KeJuan Wilkins confirmed Thursday night.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but sources told ESPN.com that it’s a multiyear deal that will be the highest price paid for a rookie in this year’s class. Manziel’s team negotiating the deal includedÂ LeBron James‘ business manager, Maverick Carter, and Fenway Sports Group.
Adidas, Under Armour and New Balance’s Warrior brand all submitted bids for Manziel’s marketing rights.
Although his future prospects are far from certain, Manziel is the prize rookie of this year’s class.
Landing Manziel eventually might lead to Nike using the phrase “Johnny Football.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office currently is evaluating the application filed by an organization in College Station, Texas, which claims “Johnny Football” does not refer to a living person. Manziel, who filed the application later on, obviously claims otherwise.
Manziel wore adidas for the two years he was a starter at A&M.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama â Selections for the 2014 SEC Indoor awards, voted on by the leagueâs coaches, included Texas A&M junior Kamaria Brown being named the womenâs Co-Runner of the Year as she shared the honor with Floridaâs Cory McGee.
Brown totaled 20 points at the SEC Indoor Championships in claiming a historic double in winning the 200 and 400 meters. She is the first sprinter to accomplish the feat, male or female, in the history of the SEC Indoor. Brown recorded world leading times of 22.51 and 22.50 in the prelims and finals of the 200, becoming the fifth-fastest U.S. and collegian sprinter all-time. Her time of 50.94 broke the meet record in the 400, making her the eighth-fastest U.S. and collegian all-time with the second fastest time in the world for 2014.
The menâs Runner of the Year honor went to Arman Hall of Florida with the Field Athlete of the Year awarded to Mississippiâs Sam Kendricks. The womenâs Field Athlete of the Year is Erica Bougard of Mississippi State.
Freshman honors were shared for menâs Runner of the Year between Sean Tobin of Mississippi and Arkansasâ Omar McLeod while the womenâs honor went to Rebekah Greene of Florida. Freshman Field Athlete of the Year honors went to Jeremiah Green of Alabama and Kendell Williams of Georgia.
Receiving Coach of the Year honors were Arkansasâ Chris Bucknam and Mike Holloway of Florida.
First-Team All-SEC honors were awarded to winners of events at the SEC Indoor Championships while Second-Team All-SEC recognition went to second and third place finishers in the conference meet.
Earning first-team All-SEC honors for the Aggies were Kamaria Brown in the 200 and 400 meters, Deon Lendore in the 400 meters as well as in the 4×400 relay along with Shavez Hart, Aldrich Bailey, Jr., and Carlyle Roudette.
Second-team All-SEC selections for Texas A&M included Olivia EkponÃ© in the 60, Shavez Hart in the 200, Shamier Little in the 400, Grace Fletcher in the 5000, Wayne Davis II in the 60 hurdles, Devion Harris in the high jump, Chase Wolfle in the pole vault, LaQue Moen-Davis in the triple jump, Brea Garrett in the weight throw and the menâs distance medley relay that consisted of Isaac Spencer, Greg Coleman, Hector Hernandez and Cameron Villarreal.
Named to the SEC All-Freshman team for being the top freshman finisher in their event were A&Mâs Aaliyah Brown in the 60 meters and Shamier Little in the 400 meters.
Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics
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The Texas A&M football team is already thin in the defensive backfield, and today Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin announced in a press release that redshirt freshman Kameron Miles has been dismissed from the team.
Miles was a four-star recruit from Mesquite High School, and he took to twitter apologizing to his head coach and his team.
“I want to issue an apology to Coach Sumlin & the coaching staff, teammates, my family, WMHS for my misjudgement and mistake I made,” Miles said on twitter.Â “My actions does not reflect my character, I made a mistake and I accept full responsibility & the consequences of my actions, Aggie always.”
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Teams will no longer be penalized 15 yards when officials overturn a targeting penalty, the NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel voted on Thursday, sources told ESPN.
The new rule will go into effect this season.
Last year, if an official threw a flag for targeting but then after reviewing the replay, decided there was not a targeting foul, the team was still penalized 15 yards. That will no longer be the case for the 2014 season.
The targeting penalty — when confirmed by replay — remains unchanged. The team is penalized 15 yards and the player is ejected. If the foul occurs in the first half, the player is ejected for the remainder of the game. If it occurs in the second half or overtime, the player is ejected for the remainder of the game and the first half of the next game.
The 11-member oversight panel also was scheduled to vote on the 10-second rule proposal that would have slowed down offenses. However, the NCAA Football Rules Committee on Wednesday tabled that proposal for at least a year.
The 10-second rule proposal would have prohibited snapping the ball until at least 10 seconds run off the 40-second play, allowing defenses to substitute. The only exception would be in the final two minutes of each half or if the play clock began at 25 seconds.
AUSTIN, TexasÂ The Mumford boys’Â basketballÂ team beat Smyer 59-48 Thursday morning in the semi-finals of the Class A Division 1 State Tournament at the Erwin Center in Austin. The Mustangs will face Muenster in the state championship game Saturday morning at 8:30am at the Erwin Center.
Mumford had to fight back from a seven point halftime deficit to get past Smyer. LaKendric Hyson led the Mustangs with 25 points. Dion Mack added 15 points.
This is the third straight season Mumford has advanced to the state title game. The Mustangs lost to Dallas Triple A Academy last season. In 2012 Mumford lost to Clarksville,
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COLLEGE STATION, TexasÂ â The Texas A&M Aggies scored five runs in the first two frames en route to a 6-0 victory over the Texas Southern Tigers on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. With Wednesday eveningâs win, the Aggies improve to 9-4 while the Tigers fall to 5-9.
Matt Kent (2-0) earned the victory for the Maroon and White, posting career-highs for strikeouts (nine) and innings pitched (6.0). Cole Lankford went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI to lead the A&M offense.
The Aggies jumped on Texas Southern starter Ryan Rios from the first at-bat. JB Moss drove an 0-2 pitch into the right-center gap for a leadoff single. Krey Bratsen was hit by pitch before Lankford grounded out to the right side to advance the runners. After Hunter Melton hit a comebacker to the pitcher for the second out, both runs scored after the Tigers first basemen was unable to handle Logan Nottebrokâs grounder, giving the Aggies the early edge. A&M has outscored opponents 12-0 in the opening frame this season.
A&M would tack on three additional runs in the bottom half of the second to jump out to a 5-0 lead. Nick Banks led off the frame with a four-pitch walk and the Tigers were plagued by a second error on a grounder by Ryne Birk. With two outs later in the frame, Bratsen reached base again without recording an at-bat, loading the bases with a walk. Lankford hit a line drive into the rightfield corner for a double to clear the bases.
The Maroon and White added an additional run in the bottom of the fourth after Nottebrok drew a walk with the bases loaded to push the lead to 6-0.
Kent baffled Tigers hitters for much of the night, allowing only three hits and one walk while striking out nine over 6.0 innings. Corey Ray, Rex Hill and Mark Ecker each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to keep Texas Southern off the board.
Ryan Rios (2-1) took the loss for the Tigers after throwing 2.0 innings, giving up two hits and five runs.
Texas A&M will be in action again this weekend as it welcomes Louisiana Tech on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. First pitch on Friday is slated for 6:35 p.m. To learn more about the team, visit AggieAthletics.com and follow @Aggie_Baseball on Twitter.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Texas A&M Head Coach Rob Childress
On the teamâs performanceâ¦
âI was really proud of our pitching. We played great defense behind our guys. We were very professional in our approach tonight. I thought we came out and took care of business.â
On Matt Kentâ¦
âMatt Kent can flat-out pitch. He threw all four pitches for a strike tonight. He was out in front of every count. He didnât give them any hope to get back into it.â
On hitting with two outsâ¦
âWe got some big hits. We put some balls in play with two outs. We put pressure on them. We were able to capitalize on those. Cole Lankford got a big hit that inning. We were able to go from there. Those three guys out of the bullpen, for not getting that much work so far this year, all came in and did a great job.â
On getting the winâ¦
âIt felt great to come out here and get another W in the win column. Thatâs the ultimate goal: try to get as many wins as possible.â
On the teamâs performanceâ¦
âThe team did awesome today. This was definitely an overall team win.â
On what was working for himâ¦
âEarly on I was able to locate the fastball. They were taking pitches early. As the game went on, they got more and more aggressive so we started throwing them in reverse. I was lucky enough for them to swing at a couple pitches out of the zone.â
On early run supportâ¦
âIt makes it a lot easier to perform. You can be a little more risky with your pitch calls. With a lead, it makes it a lot easier on myself and on the defense because they know they can play well.â
Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics
SAN MARCOS, Texas â Senior Amber Garza hit two home runs as the 13th-ranked Texas A&M softball team (17-4) defeated Texas State (13-9), Wednesday at the Bobcat Softball Stadium.
Garza was 3-for-4 on the night with two home runs and a bunt single for four RBI. Senior Emily Albus reached base four times on the day, with a double, two base hits and a hit-by-pitch. The centerfielder also had an RBI and a run scored.
A pair of base hits put Texas State on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a 1-0 lead.
The Bobcat advantage didnât last long, however, as the Aggies took the lead in the top of the second. Freshman April Ryanâs bases-loaded single to right field plated a pair of runs, both unearned after a fielding error at third. Another fielding error by the Bobcats added two more runs for the 4-1 lead.
Senior Emily Albus and Ryan both had base hits in the inning, and seniors Nicole Morgan and Jenna Stark each reached on walks.
A leadoff home run over the 225 mark in centerfield by Garza in the top of the third stretched the Aggie advantage to 5-1. Senior Taran Tyler followed Garza with a base hit chipped into left field and took second when sophomore Breanna Dozier reached on a walk. With two outs, Albus hit a double to left-centerfield, picking up an RBI when Tyler scored the 6-1 run on the laser.
Texas State also hit a solo home run in the third, narrowing the Aggie lead to 6-2 after three full frames.
The Bobcats had a pair of base hits in the fourth inning, but a solid Aggie defense prevented any damage from being done. Senior Cassie Tysarczyk fielded a ball at the wall in right field, and hurled a throw across the diamond to catch a runner taking extra bases at third. In the next at-bat, sophomore pitcher Katie Marks snagged a line drive and doubled a runner off at first to end the inning.
Garzaâs second home run of the game came in the top of the sixth with runners on the corners. The three-run shot over left gave the Aggies a 9-2 lead. Morgan and Tysarczyk each scored on the play after reaching on a base hit and a walk, respectively.
The Bobcats got a runner aboard in the sixth and seventh innings, but were unable to rally and the Aggies earned their 17th win of the season.
Marks (8-0) earned the win for the Aggies, after throwing five complete innings. The Katy, Texas, native allowed two earned runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out one. Redshirt junior Rachel Fox closed the game, tossing two full innings for no decision. Texas Stateâs Rayn House (10-5) took the loss after giving up five earned runs on nine hits and six walks, despite fanning six batters.
The Aggies begin Southeastern Conference play this weekend at home against No. 15 Missouri. The three-game series starts at 7 p.m. Friday. Fans can enjoy fireworks at the ballpark following Fridayâs game. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.
Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics
COLLEGE STATION â Texas A&M will have 19 athletes competing at the NCAA Indoor Championships amid 14 events on March 14-15 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Aggie women have advanced 11 athletes in eight events while the A&M men qualified eight athletes in six events. The Aggies will total 22 entries in the national meet.
Collegiate leaders heading into the national championship meet include Kamaria Brown in the 200 and 400 meters, Deon Lendore in the 400, Brea Garrett in the weight throw and the Aggie menâs 4×400, which set a collegiate record with a 3:03.20 at the SEC Indoor Championships.
NCAA Indoor qualifiers for the A&M men by event: 60m â Prezel Hardy, Jr.; 200m â Shavez Hart, Aldrich Bailey, Jr., Hardy, Michael Bryan; 400m â Deon Lendore; 60 hurdles â Wayne Davis II; Pole Vault â Chase Wolfle; and the Aggies 4×400, which includes Hart, Bailey, Carlyle Roudette and Lendore. The Aggie men will have nine entries in the meet.
Texas A&M women NCAA Indoor qualifiers by event: 60m â Olivia EkponÃ©, Jennifer Madu, Aaliyah Brown; 200m â Kamaria Brown, EkponÃ©, Ashton Purvis; 400m â Shamier Little, Janeil Bellille; Long Jump â LaQue Moen-Davis; Triple Jump â Moen-Davis; Weight Throw â Brea Garrett; Pentathlon â Jena Hemann; and the Aggies 4×400, which includes Ibukun Mayungbe, K. Brown, Bellille and EkponÃ©. The Aggie women will have 13 entries in the meet.
Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics
Updated national rankings following the conference meets held this past weekend have the Aggies ranked No. 3 in both the menâs and womenâs national team computer rankings. Florida is No. 1 in both rankings with Arkansas No. 2 among the men and Oregon No. 2 among the women.
The menâs top 10 national rankings include: 1. Florida, 2. Arkansas, 3. Texas A&M, 4. Oregon, 5. Wisconsin, 6. Arizona, 7. Florida State, 8. Penn State, 9. Villanova, and 10. USC. The womenâs top 10 national rankings include: 1. Florida, 2. Oregon, 3. Texas A&M, 4. Georgia, 5. Arkansas, 6. Texas, 7. Kentucky, 8. Providence, 9. Maryland, and 10. Stanford.
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