Briles withdraws court filing amid settlement reports

WACO, Texas (AP) _ Fired Baylor coach Art Briles has withdrawn a demand for new lawyers in a federal civil rights lawsuit against him and the university amid reports he has settled a contract dispute with the school.

Briles’ lawyers had told a federal court Thursday he wanted attorneys separate from Baylor and had no intention of settling the lawsuit filed by a woman who was raped by a Baylor football player. The filing suggested a bitter court fight was brewing between Baylor and the coach who claimed his May 26 firing was wrongful termination.

Briles withdrew the motion Friday as multiple media outlets cited anonymous sources in reporting Briles and Baylor had reached a settlement on his contract, which ran through 2023. According to USA Today’s coaches’ salary database, Briles made $4.2 million in 2015. Baylor, a private school, has not disclosed contract details.

A Baylor spokeswoman declined comment. Briles’ attorneys did not respond to requests for comment.

Baylor fired Briles after an investigation found the school mishandled sex assault allegations for years, including some made against football players.

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USATF Athlete of the Week honor for Donavan Brazier’s NCAA record-breaking victory

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Texas A&M freshman Donavan Brazier has been recognized as USATF Athlete of the Week following his record-breaking performance in winning the NCAA 800m title last weekend at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Brazier dominated the NCAA Outdoor final with an astonishing performance of 1:43.55 and bettered quite a few records along the way, including a 50-year-old standard set by Jim Ryun at 880 yards when he was a freshman at Kansas. Both Brazier (1997) and Ryun (1947) were born in the month of April and each set their mark on the same date of June 10.

Performances bettered by Texas A&M’s Donavan Brazier:

Collegiate best                            1:44.3h    Jim Ryun (Kansas) [1:44.9y – 880]                                         6/10/1966

Collegiate record                        1:44.55    Julius Achon (George Mason)                                   5/04/1996

American Collegiate record      1:44.70    Mark Everett (Florida)           6/01/1990

NCAA meet record                     1:44.70    Mark Everett (Florida)           6/01/1990

American Junior record             1:44.9y    Jim Ryun (Kansas)                  6/10/1966

Hayward Field record [equals]1:43.5h    Rich Wohlhuter (UCTC)         6/08/1974

Texas A&M record                     1:45.07    Donavan Brazier                    6/08/2016

Extended season (past NCAA meet)

American Collegiate best          1:43.74    Earl Jones (Eastern Michigan)                               6/19/1984

Brazier became the first freshman winner since 1988 (Paul Ereng, Virginia) and is just the fifth freshman overall to win the NCAA 800m title. He also moves to No. 8 on the all-time U.S. list and No. 7 on the World Junior list, where he is the lone American among the top 10.

During the NCAA semifinal race in Eugene, Brazier broke the Aggie school record with a 1:45.07 clocking, which also served as the fastest qualifying time ever in a NCAA semifinal. The previous best NCAA qualifying time was 1:45.54 set in 2010 (Robby Andrews, Virginia).

Brazier’s semifinal time bettered the Texas A&M record of 1:46.15 recently set by teammate Hector Hernandez as runner-up during the SEC Championships. Brazier finished third in that race with a 1:46.19.

Brazier now has recorded six of the top 12 performances on the all-time U.S. junior list. They include the record of 1:43.55, followed by 1:45.07 (No. 3), 1:45.93i (No. 7), 1:46.08i (No. 8), 1:46.19 (No. 9), and 1:46.53 (No. 12).

This is the second time the 19-year-old Brazier of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has received the USATF honor this season. He was also named Athlete of the Week when he broke the American indoor junior record with a 1:45.93 victory in January.

Now in its 15th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport.

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Haley Franc Selected to Represent Team Canada at AQHA Youth World Cup

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M equestrian’s Haley Franc was selected to represent Team Canada at the America Quarter Horse Association Youth World Cup held at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre from June 19-July 3 in Tamworth, Australia.

Franc, who is one of five riders for Canada, will begin competition with Cutting on June 26 before competing in Ranch Riding on June 30 and July 2. The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native will also participate in Reining on July 1.

The event will feature riding teams from 13 countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom and the United States.

Live streaming of the AQHA Youth World Cup can be found online athttp://www.ywc2016.com/youth/live_webcast/index.asp.

To learn more about the Aggie equestrian team, log onto 12thman.com or follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter.

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Colby Lewis loses no-hit bid in 9th, Rangers beat A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Colby Lewis took a no-hit bid into the ninth inning for Texas before Max Muncy broke it up with a leadoff double that glanced off right fielder Nomar Mazara’s glove Thursday in the Rangers’ 5-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Lewis was perfect until walking Yonder Alonso with two outs in the eighth.

Muncy began the ninth with a drive to deep right field. Mazara, a rookie who made a nice running catch to rob Muncy in the third, ran hard toward the corner and tracked down this ball but couldn’t hold onto it as he crashed into the padded wall.

Mazara looked at his glove as he retrieved the ball. Official scorer David Feldman immediately called the play a double, ending Lewis’ quest for Texas’ first no-hitter in 22 years.

Two batters later, Lewis (6-0) lost his shutout when left fielder Ryan Rua couldn’t make a diving catch on a blooper by Coco Crisp that went for an RBI double.

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National honors for Texas A&M’s Lindon Victor and assistant coach Kris Grimes

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NEW ORLEANS – National honors from USTFCCCA were awarded to Texas A&M junior Lindon Victor and Aggie assistant coach Kris Grimes after each had been recognized for South Central region awards a week ago.

The USTFCCCA men’s Field Athlete of the Year honor went to Victor while Grimes was named the men’s Assistant Coach of the Year.

Victor became the first Texas A&M athlete to win a NCAA decathlon title when he produced a score of 8,379 points to defeat a field that included five scorers over 8,000 points. The deep field also generated the best score for place in second through 10th place.

Following his career best score of 8,446 to win the SEC title, which ranks fourth on the all-time collegiate list, Victor’s tally in Eugene became the fifth best performance all-time. It was also the second best score in a NCAA meet, with only Ashton Eaton’s score of 8,457 in 2010 being better.

During the SEC Championships, Victor threw the discus 179 feet to record the best throw by a collegian during a decathlon. In the NCAA competition his discus throw of 175-5 set the meet record within the decathlon and it was also the best performance at Hayward Field among any decathlon ever held at the venue.

Coach Grimes guided a pair of athletes to national titles with Latario Collie claiming the triple jump off an opening round mark of 55-8 ¼ along with Victor’s decathlon win. In addition Lathone Collie finished seventh in the triple jump as the trio of athletes combined for 22 points in the NCAA meet.

The women’s Field Athlete of the Year was awarded to Georgia’s Keturah Orji, who set an American record of 47-8 to win the NCAA triple jump. Track Athlete of the Year honors went to Jarrion Lawson of Arkansas and Courtney Okolo of Texas.

National Coach of the Year honors went to Florida’s Mike Holloway and Lance Harter of Arkansas as they claimed the men’s and women’s team titles, respectively, during the NCAA Championships. Joining Grimes in receiving an Assistant Coach of the Year award was Oregon’s Curtis Taylor, who was awarded the women’s honor.

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Fired coach Art Briles lambastes Baylor

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(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Fired Baylor coach Art Briles is ripping his former employer, accusing the school of wrongful termination and indicating he has no interest in settling a federal lawsuit filed against him and the university by a woman who was raped by a football player.

In a motion filed Thursday as part of the lawsuit, Briles said he wants a judge to assign him new counsel and his personal attorney Ernest Cannon, said the school was using the coach as a scapegoat for its failings in handling allegations of sexual assault.

“The conclusion is inescapable that the motive of Baylor and the Board of Regents was to use its head football coach and the Baylor athletic department as a camouflage to disguise and distract from its own institutional failure to comply” with federal civil rights protections, Cannon wrote to Baylor’s attorneys in the latest development in a scandal that has gripped the world’s largest Baptist university for months .

He also demanded that Baylor “immediately turn over to me the entire contents of each and every one of their litigation files” — including information given to the Pepper Hamilton law firm that investigated Baylor’s response to assault allegations in recent years.

Pepper Hamilton gave university regents an oral presentation and issued a 13-page “Finding of Fact” that was publicly released to support the school’s decision to fire Briles and demote school president and chancellor Ken Starr on May 26. In his only previous public statement, Briles had complained he hadn’t seen the evidence used to fire him. Since then, Baylor has resisted calls — including a demand from its largest alumni group — to release more details from the Pepper Hamilton investigation.

Baylor officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Behind an explosive and exciting offense, the Bears went 65-37 in eight seasons under Briles and won two Big 12 Conference titles. Baylor and Briles could also face NCAA discipline for some of the actions outlined in the Pepper Hamilton report, though is career is already likely crippled. He was replaced by former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe amid fallout that included the resignation of athletic director Ian McCaw.

The letter from Briles’ attorney suggests the coach is still vigorously fighting the decision to fire him and is willing to wage a disruptive legal fight with his former school. Court documents say Briles met with Baylor attorneys on April 7 — and they ended up sharing information he says was used to support his firing.

Briles was named with Baylor as a co-defendant a lawsuit filed in March by former Baylor student Jasmin Hernandez, who was raped in 2012 by a player who was later convicted and sent to prison.

Hernandez’ lawsuit claims Baylor knew Tevin Elliott had a history of assaults, failed to protect her and others who were attacked, and ignored her pleas when she sought help. The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify sexual assault victims, but Hernandez has spoken publicly to draw attention to the case.

Baylor attorneys last week told the court that the defendants were seeking a settlement with Hernandez.

But without a chance to review the evidence collected by Baylor or Pepper Hamilton, “Mr. Briles does not wish to settle the (lawsuit) and does not consent to any settlement in that case or any other case in which (Briles) is jointly named as a defendant and currently outstanding or filed in the future,” Cannon said in his letter.

According to Cannon’s letter to Baylor, a mediation meeting on the Hernandez lawsuit is scheduled Friday.

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Marshals Can’t Catch up to the Bombers

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Bryan-College Station, TX (June 15, 2016) – The Brazos Valley Bombers take home another win against the Texas Marshals. Tonight’s game was a close one, but the Bombers fought hard and finished with a 3-2 victory.

The Bombers took the lead in the top of the second, as Spencer Hemphill hit his first homerun of the season, driving in Ivan Estrella for the first two runs of the game. Estrella’s quick swing and fast feet earned him another run after hitting a double in the fourth inning and securing the lead for the night.

Bombers pitcher, Austin Kerns, was in the zone, striking out six batters giving up only 2 hits. The Bombers rotated through the bullpen and the pitching staff continued Kerns successes by striking out a total of 12 Marshals as they secured their 7th consecutive win.

Check out the Bombers game tonight, live on bvbombers.com as the Bombers travel to Victoria to face the Generals at 7:05pm.

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CSCAA Recognizes Texas A&M Swimming & Diving’s Academic Prowess

Texas A&M was just one of 15 NCAA Div. I universities to have both its men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs recognized as a Scholar All-America Team by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) and to have finished in the top 25 at the 2016 NCAA Championships.

To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher over the Spring semester. The Texas A&M women’s team, which finished fourth at nationals, posted a 3.44 GPA, while the men’s team, No. 25 at NCAAs, achieved a 3.02 GPA.

Joining the Aggies in the rare double achievement were Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, USC, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.

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Four Aggies Named NCBWA All-Americans

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies equaled their largest All-America haul ever from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on Wednesday. The Maroon and White had four players named to the NCBWA All-America teams, including Mark Ecker and Boomer White on the Second Team and Brigham Hill and Hunter Melton on the Third Team.

The Aggies also had four NCBWA All-Americans in 1998, including Casey Fossum, Daylan Holt, Ryan Rupe and Jason Tyner.

Ecker, Hill and White each earned All-America honors a week ago from Baseball America, along with Ryne Birk. Melton became the fifth Aggie to earn All-America status in 2016, the most Texas A&M has had recognized in a single season. The Aggies had four All-Americans in 1998 and 2015.

Ecker, an All-SEC Second Team pitcher, finished 4-2 with eight saves, a 0.39 ERA, .155 batting average and 56 strikeouts in 46.2 innings. His WHIP (0.66) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.00) were spectacular. In SEC play, he went 3-1 with a 0.00 ERA, three saves and a 34 strikeouts.

White, the SEC Player of the Year, batted .386 on the season with 49 runs, 19 doubles, five home runs, 46 RBI and 10 stolen bases. The Houston, Texas native led the squad with a .517 slugging percentage and .462 on-base percentage. He set the SEC record for most hits in league play, notching 57 knocks in 30 games. White batted .471 with 24 runs, 13 doubles, three home runs and 28 RBI in league play.

Hill went 9-2 on the year with a 2.51 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 97.0 innings. He went 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 54 strikeouts over 51.1 innings in 12 appearances, including seven starts.

Melton led the Aggies with 67 RBI, batting .300 with 56 runs, 13 doubles, two triples and 12 RBI. He logged a .510 slugging percentage and .375 on-base percentage on the year. In SEC play, Melton hit .290 with 20 runs, six doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 33 RBI.

Texas A&M finished 49-16 on the year, finishing 20-10 in the SEC. The Aggies won the SEC Tournament championship game and advanced to the College Station Super Regional after winning their eighth regional crown.

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Springer Homer Boosts Astros Past Cardinals 4-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ George Springer hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth
inning and the Houston Astros completed a two-game sweep of the St. Louis
Cardinals with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday night.

Tony Sipp (1-2) got the last out of the seventh in relief of Collin McHugh,
Carlos Correa’s two-run single off Trevor Rosenthal made it a three-run lead in
the ninth and Will Harris finished for his fifth save in as many chances.

The Astros are 15-7 since moving Springer to the leadoff spot ahead of Jose
Altuve. But he had been in a 4-for-37 slump before connecting to straightaway
center off Kevin Siegrist (4-2) with two outs for his 15th homer.

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright worked seven innings of four-hit ball and
Greg Garcia, batting for the pitcher in the bottom half, hit an RBI single off
McHugh to open the scoring.

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Chirinos, Odor Lead Rangers Over A’s 7-5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor both homered twice as
the Texas Rangers rallied from a five-run deficit to defeat the Oakland
Athletics 7-5 on Wednesday night.

Texas has homered 17 times in the first six games of a 10-game road trip.

The A’s lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

Three of Chirinos’ four homers on the season have come in the last two days.
Chirinos hit a solo homer off A’s reliever John Axford (3-2) in the top of the
seventh inning that broke a 5-5 tie.

Texas trailed 5-0 in the sixth when Chirinos started a five-run rally with a
leadoff homer off starter Sonny Gray. Odor’s two-run homer off Gray tied the
game. He added a solo shot _ his 12th _ in the eighth off Sean Doolittle.

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More women sue Baylor over reaction to rape allegations

WACO, Texas (AP) _ Three more women have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Baylor University, claiming the school did nothing to help them after they reported being sexually assaulted.

The Baptist school in Waco, Texas has come under intense criticism for mishandling allegations of sexual assault over several years, including cases involving football players. University president and chancellor Ken Starr was demoted and head football coach Art Briles was fired.

The women, all listed as “Jane Doe,” say they were attacked on or near campus in 2004, 2012 and 2014. None of the alleged assailants are identified, but the woman in the 2014 case alleges the attacker was a football player.

Baylor officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Baylor is currently trying to settle a similar lawsuit filed in March.

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Bombers Victory Against Marshals

Bryan-College Station, TX (June 14, 2016) – The Brazos Valley Bombers defeated the Texas Marshals 5-1 Tuesday evening thanks to a few stolen bases, great offense, and solid pitching from Garrett Hofstad who fought for six long innings.

The Marshals took a one-run lead in the first inning after earning a double to start the game. It was not until the top of the fifth inning when Hunter Wilson’s single advanced Anthony Herrera and Baine Schoenvogel to score the first two runs for the Bombers. John Grimsley’s RBI brought Wilson in for the third run. Wilson’s second single brought Schoenvogel and Herrera around the bases causing McGuire to score the fourth run for the Bombers. Logan Bottrell’s sacrifice fly led to the second out of the sixth inning, but the fifth and final run for the Bombers.

Garrett Hofstad pitched six hard innings with seven strikeouts and only one run earned. The Bombers tight fielding kept the Marshals from advancing to third base no more than three times throughout the game. The Bombers to extended their win streak to 6, and maintained first place.

The Bombers will take on the Texas Marshals again tomorrow, Wednesday June 15th, starting at 7:05pm in McKinney.

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Baylor: No Vote on Fired Art Briles’ Employment Status

WACO, Texas (AP) _ A Baylor spokeswoman says the school’s governing board did
not take a vote on the future of former football coach Art Briles amid reports
some prominent donors wanted to bring him back.

Briles was suspended “with intent to terminate” on May 26 when Baylor
officials released a 13-page summary of an investigation into how the school
mishandled sexual assault allegations, including several against football
players.

The report said the football program operated like it was “above the rules,”
and Briles was fired after eight seasons. Reports Monday said a group of
prominent school donors wanted to bring him back in 2017.

Baylor spokesman Tonya Lewis said the board met Monday night to discuss a
“variety of matters,” but there was no vote on Briles’ employment status.

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Fister Leads the Way for Astros. with Solid Pitching and Batting

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Doug Fister pitched effectively into the eighth inning and
gave the Houston Astros breathing room with a two-run single in a 5-2 victory
over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Colby Rasmus hit his 150th career homer in his first game back in St. Louis
since 2011. Fister had been 0 for 2 on the season before hitting the first pitch
from reliever Seung Hwan Oh up the middle to put the Astros up by three in the
seventh.

Matt Adams and Brandon Moss homered for the Cardinals, whose season-best
five-game winning streak ended.

Fister (7-3) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings, his longest
outing of the season, to win his sixth consecutive decision. The Astros have won
the right-hander’s last nine starts overall.

The hit gave Fister four career RBIs, and the first since he had one in 2013
for Detroit.

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Andrus, Rua, Chirinos Power Rangers to 10-6 Win Over A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Elvis Andrus, Ryan Rua and Robinson Chirinos all homered
to lead the Texas Rangers to a 10-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics on
Tuesday night.

Rua had two hits and three RBIs, Andrus had three hits and two RBIs and Ian
Desmond had three hits. Chirinos also drove in three runs for the Rangers, who
have 13 homers while winning four of five halfway through a 10-game road trip.

Martin Perez (6-4) retired 14 of 15 batters before allowing three straight
one-out hits in Oakland’s three-run seventh. Perez allowed four runs and nine
hits with no walks in seven innings _ his longest start.

Khris Davis led Oakland with two hits and two RBIs and Yonder Alonso added a
two-run double in the ninth.

Eric Surkamp (0-4), called up from the minors for a fourth time, allowed seven
runs, seven hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings.

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Aggie Baseball Announces Team Award Winners

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M baseball team announced its annual list of team honors on Tuesday after the Aggies concluded the 2016 campaign with a 49-16 record, extending their school-record string of consecutive NCAA Championship appearances to 10 seasons and claiming their eighth overall NCAA Regional title. The Aggies also captured the program’s first-ever SEC Tournament crown.

The 2016 campaign also saw the Aggies lead the nation with 13 players selected in the MLB First Year Player Draft. The 13 draftees established a new school record.

MARION PUGH MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – Boomer White
White was awarded the Marion Pugh Most Valuable Player Award. White started all 65 games for the Aggies and was one of only three Texas A&M players to appear in every game. On the year, he batted .386 with 100 hits, 49 runs, 19 doubles, five home runs, 46 RBI and 10 stolen bases. White logged a .517 slugging percentage and a .462 on-base percentage. He set the SEC record for most hits in league play, logging 57 knocks in 30 games.

White filled up his trophy case in 2016. In addition to earning the Aggies’ first SEC Player of the Year honor, he was named All-America First Team by Baseball America, All-America Third Team by Collegiate Baseball, All-SEC First Team and NCAA College Station Regional All-Tournament Team.

C.E. “PAT” OLSEN OUTSTANDING PITCHER AWARD – Brigham Hill
Sophomore pitcher Brigham Hill was one of the league’s top pitchers and was selected by his teammates to receive the C.E. “Pat” Olsen Outstanding Pitcher Award.

Hill earned All-America Second Team status from Baseball America and garnered All-Tournament status at both the SEC Tournament and the NCAA College Station Regional.

Hill finished the year with a 9-2 record with one save, a 2.51 ERA, 99 strikeouts and a .234 opponent batting average in 97.0 innings over 24 games, including 13 starts.

The Nacogdoches, Texas native was 4-1 with one save in league play, posting a 2.63 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 51.1 innings.

WALLY MOON AWARD – J.B. Moss
The Wally Moon Award is given annually to the player who shows the most improvement from the fall to the end of the season. This year senior J.B. Moss was chosen by his teammates as the recipient of the honor.

Moss, who entered his senior season with a career .251 batting average in 108 games, led the team with 65 runs. He batted .320 on the season with 81 hits, 17 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 42 RBI and 16 stolen bases.

In SEC action, Moss batted .299 with 28 runs, eight doubles, two triples, two home runs, 20 RBI and 10 stolen bases. He earned All-Tournament recognition at the NCAA College Station Regional.

MARION PUGH SPIRIT AWARD – Corbin Martin
A consummate teammate, sophomore Corbin Martin was recognized for his efforts by his teammates for the second consecutive season. They awarded him the Marion Pugh Spirit Award, which is given annually to the player who is most instrumental to team unity and who provides valuable leadership both on and off the field.

Martin went 2-1 with a 5.47 ERA and 33 strikeouts over 26.1 innings in his 16 appearances, including three starts.

The Cypress, Texas-native continued to be the driving force in the dugout where was instrumental in the emergence of the Whammy Movement and garnered national attention with the rally Cheez-its box hat.

LORAINE B. AND WILLIAM B. “BREEZY” BREAZEALE RBI AWARD – Hunter Melton
Melton was the Aggies’ best run-producer, earning the Loraine B. and William B. “Breezy” Breazeale RBI Award.

The Houston, Texas-native drove in a team-best 67 runs during the 2016 campaign. He batted.300 with 56 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 67 RBI.

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Thirteen Aggies Taken in 2016 MLB Draft

Nick Banks, OF (Jr) – Washington Nationals (4th Rd, No. 124)

Jace Vines, RHP (Jr) – Kansas City Royals (4th Rd, No. 133)

Ryan Hendrix, RHP (Jr) – Cincinnati Reds (5th Rd, No. 138)

JB Moss, OF (Sr) – Atlanta Braves (7th Rd, No. 199)

Michael Barash, C (Sr) – LA Angels (9th Rd, No. 276)

Boomer White, IF (Jr) – San Diego Padres (10th Rd, No. 294)

Andrew Vinson, RHP (Sr) – LA Angels (10th Rd, No. 306)

Ryne Birk, IF (Jr) – Houston Astros (13th Rd, No. 397)

Hunter Melton, IF (Sr) – Colorado Rockies (18th Rd, No. 530)

Brigham Hill, RHP (So) – Oakland Athletics (20th Rd, No. 592)

Ronnie Gideon, IF (Jr) – Milwaukee Brewers (23rd Rd, No. 681)

 

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Keuchel, Astros Dropped by Rays, 5-0; Rangers hold off Marinerers, 6-4

Rays beat Astros 5-0, dropping Keuchel to 3-9

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel became the first major league pitcher to lose nine games this season when Matt Moore pitched two-hit ball over seven innings to lead the Tampa Bay Rays over the Houston Astros 5-0 Sunday.

After going 20-8 with a 2.48 ERA last season, Keuchel (3-9) has a 5.54 ERA this year. He is 1-8 with a 6.58 ERA in his last 11 starts, allowing 83 hits in 67 innings, and he is 0-4 in six career starts against Tampa Bay.

Moore (3-4) gave up singles to Jose Altuve in the fourth and sixth innings while striking out 10 and walking one. Enny Romero got one out and Tyler Sturdevant completed the two-hitter for the Rays, who have won seven of nine.

Hamels reaches 2,000 Ks as Rangers beat Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) _ Cole Hamels became the seventh active pitcher to reach 2,000 strikeouts and Mitch Moreland homered to lead the Texas Rangers to a 6-4 win against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

The AL West-leading Rangers took two out of three games in the series against second-place Seattle to open up a season-high five-game division lead. The Rangers have won seven straight series and 12 of their last 15 games.

Hamels (6-1) picked up strikeout No. 2,000 in the third inning when he got Leonys Martin swinging. It was one of five strikeouts for Hamels, who allowed one run on four hits in seven innings.

Hamels has now lasted seven innings in each of his last three starts, although he ended up with no-decisions in the previous two. Hamels has won nine straight decisions against AL West opponents, and has won four straight against Seattle.

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Aggies’ Season Ends with 4-1 Loss

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies had their season come to a close Sunday with a 4-1 loss to the TCU Horned Frogs in a rubber match of the College Station Super Regional on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

TCU (47-16) scored the decisive three runs in the top of the seventh. A pair of Aggie relievers who had issued just 12 walks in 92.2 innings all season were squeezed for three walks in the frame. The Horned Frogs scored runs on a bases-loaded walk issued by Andrew Vinson to break a 1-1 tie. Mark Ecker came on to relieve Vinson and yielded a sacrifice fly to Cam Warner and uncorked a wild pitch to allow the final run to score as TCU mounted a 4-1 lead.

Texas A&M (49-16) broke the scoring seal in the first inning. J.B. Moss led off the frame with a single and moved to second on an error by a grounder hit by Nick Banks. A groundout by White pushed both runners into scoring position and Ryne Birk knocked Moss in with a sacrifice fly.

The Horned Frogs tied the game in the top of the fifth. Watson led off the inning with a single to rightfield. Watson moved to third on a one-out infield single by Ryan Merrill and a groundout by Connor Wanhanen. He would eventually come home to score the equalizer on a passed ball.

Vinson (4-3) was saddled with the loss for Texas A&M. He was tagged for three unearned on one hit and two walks while striking out two in 1.2 innings.

Turner Larkins was solid in the start for the Aggies. He worked 4.2 innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits and one walk while striking out four.

The loss ended a season that featured Texas A&M’s first SEC Tournament championship and their seventh NCAA Regional title.

(TAMU P Turner Larkins, 2B Ryne Birk & HC Rob Childress)

(TAMU P Turner Larkins, 2B Ryne Birk & HC Rob Childress)

 

(TCU OF Josh Watson, P Brian Howard & HC Jim Schlossnagle)

(TCU OF Josh Watson, P Brian Howard & HC Jim Schlossnagle)

 

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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