Cowboys Ink Scandrick to New Deal

UNDATED (AP) _ The Dallas Cowboys and cornerback Orlando Scandrick have agreed to a new contract. The one year contract extension is worth $9.5 million and pushes the total value of his deal to $20 million through 2019.

The 28-year-old Scandrick was Dallas’ best cornerback last year but was set to make $1.5 million this season. Under the new deal he will get $4 million this year.

College Station Baseball Drops Game 1 to Tomball in Regional Quarterfinals

THE WOODLANDS — Coming up shy of a few key hits and routine defensive plays, the College Station baseball team is going back into the dangerous territory it survived twice last year on the way to a state championship.

The fourth-ranked Cougars were limited to seven hits and committed three errors that led to a pair of unearned runs, including the game-winner in the top of the ninth inning that lifted Tomball to a 4-3 victory in the opener of their Class 5A Region III quarterfinal series on Thursday night.

Story courtesy of “The B/CS Eagle”

Warriors Hold Off Harden, Rockets 99-98 to Take 2-0 Lead

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Stephen Curry scored 33 points to turn back another spectacular performance by James Harden, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Harden rallied the Rockets from 17 points down in the second quarter and had a chance to finish off the comeback in the final seconds of the fourth. Instead, Klay Thompson and Curry trapped Harden, who lost the ball as time expired.

Harden fell to the floor and put his hands over his head as the Warriors celebrated on the court, the sellout crowd roared and golden-yellow confetti fell from the rafters.

Harden had 38 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Dwight Howard overcame a sprained left knee that slowed him down to finish with 19 points and 17 rebounds for a Rockets team headed home in a major hole.

Game 3 is Saturday in Houston.

Rangers’ Rodriguez Keeps Red Sox Bats Quiet in 3-1 Win

BOSTON (AP) _ Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and drove in two runs, Wandy Rodriguez pitched 6 2-3 solid innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Red Sox and their listless offense 3-1 on Thursday night.

Moreland added two singles for the Rangers, who won for the third time in four games to capture the series after losing the opener.

Rodriguez (2-2) allowed one run and four hits, struck out five and walked two after not getting out of the fifth inning in his previous start.

Shawn Tolleson got three outs for the save after earning the first of his career on Wednesday.

Clay Buchholz (2-5) gave up three runs _ two earned _ and five hits in 7 2-3 innings.

David Ortiz drove Boston’s run, tying Fred McGriff for 43rd all time with his 1,550th RBI. Boston hasn’t scored more than four runs in nine straight games.

Aggie Men, Women Fall in Doubles Championships

WACO, Texas – Texas A&M’s pair of doubles team were defeated in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Doubles Championship Thursday afternoon at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas. The maroon and white will be represented in the NCAA Singles Round of 16 Friday as Jeremy Efferding takes on No. 8 Ryan Shane of Virginia Friday at 11 a.m.

No. 10 Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant were the first Aggie duo to take the courts facing No. 8 Diego Galeano and Julian Lenz of host-Baylor. The first set stayed on serve through each team’s first two serves before the Bear duo were able to break serve twice and take a 6-2 win.

Facing elimination the A&M duo flipped the script, claiming a pair of breaks en route to a 6-2 win of their own forcing a deciding third set. Adams was impressive on serve in the second set recording a trio of aces. Vinsant was nearly as impressive to put the Aggies ahead 5-2, holding off a break and winning three straight points.

With the crowd gathering near the well-played match the pressure intensified on both teams. Baylor was able to get a break on Vinsant’s first serve and hold to go up 2-0 and put the Aggies on their heels. Adams and Vinsant were unable to break serve and get back in the match, falling 6-2. The duo finish the season with 17 wins, including 12 over ranked opponents.

Efferding was sitting in the stands prepared to root on Adams and Vinsant when head coach Steve Denton got the call that a substitute was needed for the doubles bracket. Axel Alvarez and Dane Webb of Oklahoma were forced to withdraw due to an injury and Efferding and fellow senior Jordan Szabo were called to fill in.

No. 56 Efferding and Szabo took the courts on fire going up 4-1 with a pair of breaks early in the match, No. 41 Tomislav Gregurovic and Tin Ostojic returned the favor getting a trio of break to win the first set 7-5. The Shocker pair wrapped up the straight-set victory winning 6-4 in the second set.

Thursday morning Efferding became an All-American for the first time in his collegiate career, advancing to the Round of 16 with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over No. 16 Romain Bogaerts of Wake Forest. The A&M senior will face No. 8 Ryan Shane of Virginia Friday at 11 a.m.

Texas A&M recently completed the team portion of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship, finishing the season 24-5 after being eliminated by eventual national champion Virginia, 4-0, in the national quarterfinals. It marked the second time in program history the Aggies advanced to the Elite 8.

Visit 12thMan.com for an updated bracket and to find out more about Texas A&M men’s tennis. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M men’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieMTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieMensTennis.

 

Quotes

Texas A&M Head Coach Steve Denton

On Harry and Shane’s match…

I thought we played well in spurt. I think one of the differences in the match was first serve percentages and that was what really hurt us in the first and third sets. Baylor was able to get to the net and make first serves and that ended up being the difference. Our aggressiveness at the net is something that we need to work on as a team, Harry and Shane are a really good returning team and defending team. When they play their best doubles they are making first serves and making high percentage volleys.

On Harry and Shane’s progression as a team…

I think these two can be as good of a team as we have had, they are different types of players than Jeff [Dadamo] and Austin [Krajicek] were when they won the NCAA Doubles championship. These guys are good quality servers and volleyers and they bring another dimension in that they play really well on the receiving end of the match. They are capable of being as good as anyone in the country next year and they would expect that. Even though that is something they are capable of that is not their focus,  they are just trying to become better players and more skilled on the courts.

Junior Harrison Adams

On today’s match and looking ahead to next season…

I’m looking forward to getting started and working hard this summer, we are losing a really good senior class but overall we have come a long way this season and we have learned how to work a little harder in the past. We have seen a really high level of tennis all season and especially at this tournament falling to Virginia that won the national championship.

On progression alongside Shane…

I don’t think we have ever really put a limit on ourselves. Throughout this season we have proven that we can play with anyone that lines up across the net from us. Anytime we step on the court we have a chance to win. We have a couple things to work on and we will be even harder to beat next season.

Junior Shane Vinsant

On today’s match and looking ahead to next season…

Today was a really good college doubles match, they are a really good team and it gives Harry and me a couple things to work on heading into this summer. That loss doesn’t really hurt our confidence as a team. I’m really looking forward to next season, we will both be seniors and I think we have a really good chance to have really good singles and doubles seasons.

On progression alongside Harry…

If we take the season match by match and really focus on just getting better we could be ranked really high, but that is not our focus as a team. We are just trying to get better and win match and not focus on rankings.

Texas A&M Assistant Coach Bob McKinley

On Jeremy and Jordan’s match…

They started out very well and unfortunately I thought they lost the match when they were serving up 4-1 in the first set. They played a loose match mentally and missed a couple volleys after a double-fault, not really making the other team earn it. After that the Wichita State pair really started to play well and cranked the intensity up. We had them where they were doubting their game, but let them gain some confidence and get back into the match.

Senior Jordan Szabo

On today’s match and the last minute call to play…

It was a decent match and we really had our chances being up a break in both sets. It was really weird sitting at home and getting a call at about 1 o’clock, having not hit since we lost to Virginia on Saturday. I was not really ready for it, but considering the circumstances it was alright. We had fun out there like Jeremy and I always seem to do. It was great to get back on the court one more time for A&M.

Senior Jeremy Efferding

On today’s match and the last minute call to play…

Initially we were really excited and happy to be able to play alongside Jordan one more time. It was really special for Szabo and I to get to end our doubles career in the doubles tournament. We had fun on the court and it is tough when a guy hasn’t played for a little while, but we still had our chances. We still had fun and gave it one more go.

 

2015 NCAA Doubles Championships

Round of 32

No. 8 Julian Lenz & Diego Galeano (Baylor) def. No. 10 Harrison Adams & Shane Vinsant (TAMU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2

No. 41 Tomislav Gregurovic & Tin Ostojic (WSU) def. No. 56 Jeremy Efferding &Jordan Szabo (TAMU) 7-5, 6-4

 

WACO, Texas – The Texas A&M doubles team of Eva Paalma and Rachel Pierson fell to 26th-ranked Desirae Krawczyk and Stephanie Vlad of Arizona State, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championship today at the Hurd Tennis Center.

The Sun Devils were up a break, 3-2, in the opening set and then won three consecutive games to close out the frame. The ASU pair jumped out to a 5-1 second-set lead. A&M was able to get within 5-3 before the Sun Devils broke to win the set and complete the straight-set victory.

“ASU’s tandem played exceptional tennis, while Rachel and Eva really struggled with their tennis and with themselves,” Aggie head coach Howard Joffe said. “After nine nights in Waco, I think I certainly won’t be too critical of our ladies for having a little mental fatigue.”

Pierson, a sophomore from Princeton, N.J., and Paalma, a freshman from Estonia, finish the season 11-6. Krawczyk and Vlad improve to 15-4 and advance to take on Baylor’s 14th-ranked Ema Burgic and Blair Shankle in the round of 16 on Friday.

Saska Gavrilovska continues to represent the Aggies in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship after defeating No. 8 seed Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt, 6-4, 6-3, in the second round. Gavrilovska, a sophomore from Vrsac, Serbia, earns All-American honors by reaching the round of 16.

Gavrilovska will take on 11th-ranked and No. 9-16 seed Stephanie Wagner of Miami on Friday in the round of 16 at 10 a.m. It will mark only the fifth time in the history of the tournament an A&M player will compete in the round of 16 of the NCAA Singles Championship.

All matches are the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.

Visit 12thMan.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.

Stories courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Baseball Downs No. 9 Vanderbilt to Advance to SEC Semis

HOOVER, ALABAMA – Junior left-handed pitcher Matt Kent stymied the No. 9 Vanderbilt Commodores with his first career complete-game performance and No. 6 Texas A&M hit three home runs off SEC Pitcher of the Year Carson Fulmer as the Aggies registered a 6-1 win Thursday afternoon at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

The win sends Texas A&M to the semifinal of the SEC Tournament for the first time. The Aggies will play the winner of Friday’s Alabama-Vanderbilt matchup in a 12 pm contest on Saturday.

 

A&M Postgame (Rob Childress, Matt Kent, Ryne Birk, Blake Allemand)

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Kent (7-1) cruised through 9.0 frames allowing just six base runners on four hits, one walk and one hit batsmen. The southpaw struck out six and held the Commodores to 0-for-7 batting with runners in scoring position. It marked the first complete-game for an Aggie pitcher in 2015.

Texas A&M roughed up Fulmer (11-2) for six runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four in 5.0 innings. He had given up just four home runs in 95.2 innings of work coming into the play. The Aggies touched him up for three dingers, including two by Blake Allemand.

The Aggies pounced on the Commodores for two runs in the top of the first inning. With one out, Ryne Birk stroked a single to left-center and Mitchell Nau was hit by a pitch. After Logan Taylor swung and missed at strike three for the second out of the inning, Nick Banks bounced a single up the middle to drive in Birk and Hunter Melton golfed a single into shallow leftfield to push Nau across for the 2-0 advantage.

Texas A&M (45-10) used back-to-back home runs to inflate the cushion to 5-0 in the top of the second. With one out, Michael Barash worked a seven-pitch walk and Allemand followed by depositing a first-pitch offering into the visitors bullpen down the rightfield line. Two pitches later, Birk launched a 1-1 service into the same location, staking the Aggies to the five-run lead.

The teams traded solo home runs in the fourth, with Allemand hitting a shot out of the stadium down the rightfield line in the top half and Dansby Swanson sending a leadoff dinger over the leftfield wall in the home half.

The Aggies No. 1 and No. 2 hitters combined to go 4-for-9 with one walk, four runs, two home runs and three RBI. Allemand batted 2-for-4 with one walk, two home runs and three RBI. Birk went 2-for-5 with one home run, two runs and one RBI.

Vanderbilt (40-18) managed just four hits on the day, with Swanson leading the offense. He went 2-for-4 with one double and one home run.

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McCann Hits Leadoff HR in 11th, Sends Tigers over Astros

DETROIT (AP) _ James McCann hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday, lifting the Detroit Tigers over the Houston Astros 6-5 Thursday.

McCann sent an 0-2 pitch from Tony Sipp (2-1) into the Tigers’ bullpen, just beyond the reach of leaping left fielder Colby Rasmus. It was the second homer of his career.

Alex Wilson (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Detroit led 5-0 after six innings. Pinch hitter Preston Tucker tied it with one out in the ninth, connecting off Joakim Soria for his first career homer.

Efferding, Gavrilovska Advance, Named All-Americans

WACO, Texas – Texas A&M’s Jeremy Efferding stormed through the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships Thursday morning at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, defeating No. 16 Romain Bogaerts of Wake Forest 6-2, 6-0. The senior earned ITA All-America status for the first time in his career as he advanced to the Round of 16 on Friday.

No. 47 Efferding and Bogaerts spent the first 45 minutes of the match playing out the first four games, each holding serve twice, then the maroon and white captain landed what amounted to the knock-out blow. The Boca Raton native earned a break to go up 3-2 in the first set and did not drop a game afterwards, winning 6-2 in the first set and 6-0 in the second.

The A&M senior became an ITA All-American for the first time in his collegiate career. Efferding will face the winner of the 11 a.m. match-up between No. 8 Ryan Shane of Virginia and No. 46 Benjamin Lock of Florida State on Friday, the match time will be posted following the conclusion of singles and doubles action Wednesday evening.

With Wednesday’s win Efferding has won five straight matches to improve to 26-8 on the season including a team-high 10 wins against ranked opponents. The University Studies major enters Friday’s match with 98 career wins, the most on the current roster.

Texas A&M will be represented in the doubles bracket set to start Wednesday afternoon as No. 10 Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant will challenge no. 8 Diego Galeano and Julian Lenz of Baylor at 2:30 p.m.

Texas A&M recently completed the team portion of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship, finishing the season 24-5 after being eliminated by eventual national champion Virginia, 4-0, in the national quarterfinals. It marked the second time in program history the Aggies advanced to the Elite 8.

Visit 12thMan.com for Friday’s match times and an updated bracket once they are available from the NCAA. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M men’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieMTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieMensTennis.

 

Quotes

Senior All-American Jeremy Efferding

On advancing to the round of 16…

Today was really special, I have never been this far in this tournament and it is a special moment as a senior in my last run. I really did not know who I was going to play today until late yesterday, I have been taking each of the matches one at a time and not worrying about who will be across the net from me. I felt my mental game was really strong today and I ended up getting finished a lot quicker than yesterday’s first match.

On the turning point in the match…

When I was serving down 15-40 in my first two serves and I managed to hold despite him have like seven or eight break points, for him that had to be a tough thing to overcome mentally because he was so close breaking and was holding his serve so easily the first couple times through. Then I was able to counterpunch and get a break and the tides kind of turned in my favor. After the break I really focused on holding my serves and making him work.

Texas A&M Head Coach Steve Denton

On Jeremy becoming an All-American…

It is a great honor to be a named an All-American and he has worked so hard and is very deserving. He has been on a great run the last couple months and is playing his best tennis. It was great to see him come out and compete knowing there was a lot on the line.

On how the match turned in Jeremy’s favor…

Jeremy won a couple really big points and got that first break of serve which was huge for him. Jeremy is really tough mentally and he hung in there and got himself in front. Getting out front encouraged him to play better then he raised his level even further at the right time and really took over the match.

On Jeremy’s magical senior season…

I can’t say enough how well deserved Jeremy is to be named an All-American. He has worked so hard on his game for the past four years and has been a great ambassador for Texas A&M University beyond just tennis. He is the epitome of a captain on our team and makes everyone else on our roster better. We talked early in the season about the success that the freshman were having, but ultimately the season would be determined by our senior leadership and he exemplified that for us.

 

2015 NCAA Singles Championship

Waco, Texas – Hurd Tennis Center

Round of 64

#47 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. #27 Ore Ram-Harel (Tulsa) 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-2

Round of 32

#47 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. #16 Romain Bogaerts (WF) 6-2, 6-0

Round of 16

#47 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) vs. #8 Ryan Shane (UVA) or #46 Benjamin Lock (FSU)

 

WACO, Texas – Texas A&M’s Saska Gavrilovska (saush-kuh gav-ril-ov-skuh) garnered All-America honors with her 6-4, 6-3 victory over eighth-ranked and No. 8-seed Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship today at Baylor University’s Hurd Tennis Center.

Gavrilovska, from Vrsac, Serbia, becomes the first-ever A&M underclassman to reach the round of 16, and she is A&M’s first underclassman to achieve All-America distinction, which is earned by meeting any of the following criteria: top 16 seed in NCAA Singles Championship; reach round of 16 in NCAA Singles Championship; finish in the Top 20 of the final ITA national singles rankings.

This is the fourth consecutive year Aggie fourth-year head coach Howard Joffe has produced an All-American, and it marks the eighth time in program history an A&M player has earned the accolade.

Gavrilovska, who tied the second-highest ranked win of her singles career with the victory against Campbell and improved to 20-12 overall in singles, will take on 11th-ranked and No. 9-16 seed Stephanie Wagner of Miami on Friday in the round of 16 at a time to be announced. It will mark only the fifth time in the history of the tournament an A&M player will compete in the round of 16 of the NCAA Singles Championship.

Gavrilovska began her second-round match by jumping out to a 3-0 lead against Campbell, who earlier this week helped lead the Commodores to the team national championship. Campbell eventually put the match back on serve at 4-4, but Gavrilovska broke again to go up 5-4. The Aggie then held serve to take the opening set, 6-4.

The second set was on serve with Campbell leading 2-1 before Gavrilovska won four consecutive games to go up, 5-2. Campbell, who earlier this season fell to A&M’s Rachel Pierson in the last match standing in the Aggies’ thrilling 4-3 victory over the favored Commodores, broke Gavrilovska in the next game to get within 5-3, but Gavrilovska broke back in the ensuing game to  clinch the historic 6-4, 6-3 victory.

Gavrilovska is the second A&M player to compete in the 64-player NCAA Singles Championship as both a freshman and sophomore – former Aggie standout Nazari Urbina (2010-13) was a four-time participant but had a 0-4 career record in the tournament. Gavrilovska, who last year was eliminated in the opening round, began the 2015 NCAA tournament with a 6-4, 6-2 first-round victory over 97th-ranked Taylor Ng of Dartmouth on Wednesday. With the win, Gavrilovska became only the second underclassman in Texas A&M history to reach the round of 32, joining Lynn Staley who accomplished the feat as a sophomore in 1990.

Texas A&M’s Rachel Pierson and Eva Paalma will open play in the NCAA Doubles Championship at 5 p.m. today against Desirae Krawczyk and Stephanie Vlad of Arizona State. Pierson, a sophomore from Princeton, N.J., and Paalma, a freshman from Estonia, are 11-5 and ranked 13th in doubles, and the pair is coming off an 8-5 victory over ninth-ranked Robin Anderson and Jennifer Brady of UCLA in the round of 16 of the team championship.

Krawczyk and Vlad are ranked 26th with a 15-4 record. The winner between the Aggies and the Sun Devils will take on the winner between Auburn’s eighth-ranked Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger and Baylor’s 14th-ranked Ema Burgic and Blair Shankle in the round of 16 on Friday.

All matches will be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.

Visit 12thMan.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.

Quotes:

Texas A&M head coach Howard Joffe

On Saska Gavrilovska’s match today…

“Both sets today actually mimicked each other. In the first set, Saska was up 3-0 and 5-2 before the match got close at 5-4 and Saska was able to close it out. The same situation happened in the second set. She faced a tough opponent, the No. 1 player off the team that just won the national championship, so today was a very good win for Saska. It was not surprising in a sense that I know Saska is a very good player and is capable of playing very high-level tennis, and it was really encouraging to see her handle herself so well in the match. She controlled her nerves, and that was why she was able to close out the match today.”

On Gavrilovska earning All-America honors…

“It was super-duper exciting. This year we have not had that player that has been in the top10 all season like we have the past couple seasons, so (associate head coach Mark Weaver) and I are really proud of Saska going out and performing so well in this tournament. It was a really good day for us.”

Texas A&M Sophomore Saska Gavrilovska

On today’s match…

When I came into the match I was very nervous. I knew I was playing one of the best players here, and she just won the national championship with Vanderbilt. I was very motivated to play her; the match started well for me. She got back into the match and started to get a little control of the match. When the match got tight, I tried to toughen up and not play scared. The motivation was there and I was inspired seeing all the great players around me today.”

On playing tomorrow…

“Playing tomorrow is very exciting, and being an All-American is a great honor. I am looking at the big picture and want to just keep playing well. I hope to get some good experience out of playing in this tournament and am hoping for some good results.”

Texas A&M all-time NCAA Individual Championship results:

2015 (Baylor University, Waco, Texas)
Round of 64
Saska Gavrilovska, Texas A&M def. Taylor Ng, Dartmouth, 6-4, 6-2
Viktoriya Lushkova, Oklahoma State, def. Rachel Pierson, Texas A&M, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

Round of 32
Saska Gavrilovska, Texas A&M def. Sydney Campbell (8), Vanderbilt, 6-4, 6-3
Rachel Pierson/Eva Paalma, Texas A&M vs. Desirae Krawczyk/Stephanie Vlad, Arizona State, May 21, 5 p.m.

Round of 16
Saska Gavrilovska, Texas A&M vs. Stephanie Wagner, Miami, May 22, TBD

2014 (University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.)

Round of 64
Anett Schutting (9-16), California, def. Saska Gavrilovska, Texas A&M, 6-4, 6-1
Zsofi Susanyi, California, def. Cristina Stancu (9-16), Texas A&M, 6-0, 6-4

Round of 32
Masa Grgan/Abigail Tere-Apisah, Georgia State def. Stefania Hristov/Cristina Stancu, Texas A&M, 6-3, 7-6 (4)

2013 (University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.)

Round of 64
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (4), Texas A&M def. Courtney Collins, Memphis, 6-1, 6-3
Sabrina Santamaria (2) def. Nazari Urbina, Texas A&M, 6-3, 6-2

Round of 32
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (4), Texas A&M def. Maho Kowase, Georgia, 6-2, 6-1
Hermon Brhane/Whitney Ritchie (5-8), Oklahoma def. Stefania Hristov/Cristina Stancu, Texas A&M … 5-7, 6-2, 6-4

Round of 16
Nicole Gibbs (9-16), Stanford def. Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (4), Texas A&M, 6-4, 6-4

2012 (University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.)

Round of 64
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (7), Texas A&M def. Alexa Guarachi, Alabama, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (3)
Cristina Stancu, Maryland def. Nazari Urbina, Texas A&M, 7-6 (3), 6-0

Round of 32
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (7), Texas A&M def. Joelle Kissell, North Carolina State, 6-2, 6-0
Lorraine Guillermo/Khunpak Issara, Pepperdine def. Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar/Wen Sun, Texas A&M … 6-4, 6-2

Round of 16
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (7), Texas A&M def. Petra Niedermayerova, Kansas State, 6-4, 6-3

Quarterfinals
Allie Will (1), Florida def. Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (7), Texas A&M, 6-3, 6-3

2011 (Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.)

Round of 64
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, Maryland def. Nazari Urbina, Texas A&M … 6-3, 6-4

2010 (University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.)

Round of 64
Caitlin Whoriskey (9-16), Tennessee def. Nazari Urbina, Texas A&M … 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
Alison Ramos, USC def. Elzé Potgieter, Texas A&M … 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

2007 (University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.)

Round of 64
Susie Babos (5), California def. Anna Lubinsky,  Texas A&M … 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-2

Round of 32
Caitlin Collins/Sanaz Marand, North Carolina def. Tiffany Clifford/Sarah Foster, Texas A&M … 6-2, 6-2

2006 (Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.)

Round of 64
Anna Lubinsky, Texas A&M def. Gira Schofield, South Carolina … 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

Round of 32
Amber Liu (8), Stanford def. Anna Lubinsky, Texas A&M … 6-1, 6-2
Tiffany Clifford/Sarah Foster, Texas A&M def. Megan Moulton/Katrina Zoricic, William & Mary … 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2)

Round of 16
Sara Anundsen/Jenna Long (5-8), North Carolina def. Tiffany Clifford/Sarah Foster, Texas A&M … 6-2, 7-6 (4)

2005 (University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.)

Round of 64
Helga Vieira, Texas A&M def. Nicole Leimbach (9-16), Southern California … 7-5, 6-2

Round of 32
Helga Vieira, Texas A&M def. Zsuzsanna Fodor, Mississippi State … 5-7, 6-4, 6-2

Round of 16
Riza Zalameda, UCLA def. Helga Vieira, Texas A&M … 6-1, 7-5

2004 (University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.)

Round of 64
Dianne Hollands (9-16), Arizona def. Jessica Roland, Texas A&M … 6-0, 6-2

Round of 32
Jessica Roland/Helga Vieira, Texas A&M def. Sofia Holden/Barbora Zahnova, BYU … 6-2, 6-4

Round of 16
Maja Kovacek/Sandy Lukowski, New Mexico def. Jessica Roland/Helga Vieira, Texas A&M … 6-1, 6-4

2003 (University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.)

Round of 64
Jessica Roland, Texas A&M def. Alicia Pillay, Tulsa … 2-6, 6-4, 6-0

Round of 32
Amber Liu (5), Stanford def.  Jessica Roland, Texas A&M … 6-3, 6-3
Ziva Grasic/Kendra Strohm, Texas def. Jessica Roland/Roberta Spencer, Texas A&M … 6-4, 6-4

2002 (Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.)

Round of 32
Simone Jardim/Kim Niggemeyer, Fresno State def. Ashley Hedberg/Jessica Roland, Texas A&M … 7-5, 7-6 (6)

1997 (Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.)

Round of 32
Caroline Hora/Victoria Hunt, Miami (Fla.) def. Lisa Dingwall/Nancy Dingwall, Texas A&M … 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2

1996 (Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.)

Round of 32
Bonnie Bleeker/Divya Merchant, Florida def. Wilson Pate/Nancy Dingwall, Texas A&M … 6-4, 7-5

1994 (University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.)

Round of 32
Rebecca Jensen/Nora Koves (3), Kansas def. Wilson Pate/Nancy Dingwall, Texas A&M … 7-5, 6-1

1993 (University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.)

Round of 64
Katrin Guenther, William & Mary def. Janine Burton-Durham, Texas A&M … 6-2, 6-2

1990 (University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.)

Round of 64
Lynn Staley, Texas A&M def. Camilla Ohrman, Pepperdine … 6-3, 6-2

Round of 32
Susan Gilchrist (9-16), Texas def. Lynn Staley, Texas A&M … 6-1, 6-2

1989 (University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.)

Round of 32
Sharon Fletcher/Jean-Marie Lozano (5-8), California def. Robin Mawdsley/Lisa Keller,  Texas A&M … 6-1, 6-1

1988 (UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif.)

Round of 32
Allyson Cooper/Stella Sampras (3), UCLA def. Gaye Lynne Gensler/Lisa Keller, Texas A&M … 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

1987 (UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif.)

Round of 64
Kim Labuschagne (9-16), Texas A&M def. Leslie Hakala, BYU … 6-0, 6-4

Round of 32
Kim Labuschagne (9-16), Texas A&M def. Mary Dineen, Rollins … 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

Round of 16
Kim Labuschagne (9-16), Texas A&M def. Ranata Baranski, Oklahoma State … 7-5, 6-4

Quarterfinals
Jennifer Santrock (9-16), SMU def. Kim Labuschagne (9-16), Texas A&M … 7-5, 6-2

1986 (University of Texas, Austin, Texas)

Round of 32
Jill Hetherington/Jan Martin (5-8), Florida def. Vanne Akagi/Gaye Lynne Gensler, Texas A&M … 6-1, 7-5
Jennifer Fuchs/Jane Thomas, UCLA def. Kim Labuschagne/Karen Marshall, Texas A&M … 6-3, 6-4

Texas A&M All-Americans

2015    Saska Gavrilovska (Soph.)              singles
2014    Cristina Stancu (Sr.)                        singles
2013    Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (Sr.)    singles
2012    Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (Jr.)    singles
2005    Helga Vieira (Sr.)                            singles
2004    Jessica Roland (Sr.)                         singles
1991    Lynn Staley (Jr.)                              singles
1987    Kim Labuschagne (Jr.)                    singles

Stories courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

A&M’s Matthews, Garrett Named Preseason All-Americans

A pair of Texas A&M football standouts received preseason All-America mention from CFBMatrix.com. The Aggies, who were ranked No. 15 in the publication, open the 2015 season against Arizona State in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sept. 5.

Senior offensive center Mike Matthews, who was also recently named to the Rimington Trophy watch list, was named first-team All-American, while sophomore defensive end Myles Garrett earned fourth-team mention from the publication, which puts emphasis on 2014 production and 2015 potential.

Matthews, from Missouri City, Texas, will be entering his third season as the Aggies’ starter at center and has 23 career starts to his credit. With Matthews helping clear the way the past two seasons, the Aggies have generated two of top five offensive outputs in school history – 6,999 yards in 2013 and 5,920 in 2014. The Aggies led the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense in 2013 and led the conference in passing and passing touchdowns in 2014.

Garrett, from Arlington, Texas, is coming off a Freshman All-America season that saw him lead the team in quarterback sacks, tackles for loss and QB hurries. Garrett’s 11.5 sacks broke the SEC freshman record of eight set by Jadeveon Clowney in 2011. In addition to his 11.5 sacks, Garrett finished his first season in the maroon and white with 53 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 10 QB hurries.

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A&M’s Efferding, Gavrilovska Advance to NCAA Second Round

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M senior Jeremy Efferding advanced to the second round of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championship, defeating No. 27 Or Ram-Harel of Tulsa in three sets Wednesday afternoon. Juniors Harrison Adams and Shane Vinsant open the NCAA Men’s Tennis Doubles Championship Thursday at Baylor University’s Hurd Tennis Center in Waco.

No. 47 Efferding rebounded from dropping the first set 6-3, getting broke on his second serve to go down 3-1 and unable to get the match back on serve. The right-hander was nearly eliminated down 5-3 in the second set, fighting off match point to win three straight games and force a tie-breaker. In front of a maroon and white contingent the senior prevailed 7-2 in the breaker to force a decisive third set.

As play continued, conditions and stellar play from Efferding seemed to begin to get the best of Ram-Harel. The SEC Tournament MVP broke the Tulsa sophomore’s serve the three times in the final set to advance to the second round Thursday afternoon. Efferding will face No. 16 Romain Bogaerts of Wake Forest for a spot in the round of 16 and ITA All-American status. With his fourth straight win, Efferding improved to 25-8 on the season including a team-high nine wins against ranked opponents.

Adams and Vinsant drew No. 8 Diego Galeano and Julian Lenz of Baylor in the first round of the doubles bracket Thursday. The A&M junior tandem ranks No. 10 in the latest ITA doubles rankings, going 12-4 against ranked duos, including an unheard of 4-1 ledger against top-5 tandems. Adams and Vinsant are making their first appearance in the NCAA doubles field; both competed in the singles bracket in 2014. Vinsant earned All-American honors after advancing to the Round of 16 a season ago. The duo was an impressive 11-3 against ranked duos, including an unheard of 5-1 ledger against top-5 tandems this season.

Texas A&M recently completed the team portion of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship, finishing the season 24-5 after being eliminated by eventual national champion Virginia, 4-0, in the national quarterfinals. It marked the second time in program history the Aggies advanced to the Elite 8.

Start time for Thursday’s matches will be determined following the conclusion of the first round Wednesday evening. Visit 12thMan.com for more match times and an updated bracket once they are available from the NCAA. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M men’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieMTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieMensTennis.

 

2015 NCAA Singles Championship

Waco, Texas – Hurd Tennis Center

First Round

#47 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) def. #27 Ore Ram-Harel (Tulsa) 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-2

Second Round

#47 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) vs. #16 Romain Bogaerts (WF)

 

NCAA Doubles Championship

Waco, Texas – Hurd Tennis Center

First Round

#10 Harrison Adams / Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. #8 Diego Galeano / Julian Lenz (Baylor)

 

 

WACO, Texas – Texas A&M’s Saska Gavrilovska played her way into the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Taylor Ng of Dartmouth today at Baylor University’s Hurd Tennis Center in Waco.

Aggie teammate Rachel Pierson was not as fortunate, suffering a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 setback to 17th-ranked Viktoriya Lushkova of Oklahoma State.

Gavrilovska, who was eliminated in the first round of the 64-player singles tournament as a freshman in 2014, becomes only the second sophomore in Texas A&M history to reach the round of 32, joining Lynn Staley who accomplished the feat in 1990.  Gavrilovska, also the second player in program history to compete in the tournament as both a freshman and a sophomore, will face No. 8-seed Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt Thursday at noon.

Ng, the automatic qualifier from the Ivy League and ranked 97th in the nation in singles, broke Gavrilovska’s serve to open the match and went on to hold a 4-2 lead. Gavrilovska then rallied to win the next four games to win the set, 6-4.

The second set was on serve until Gavrilovska broke to take a 3-1 lead. Ng was unable to break back, and Gavrilovska pulled away to win, 6-2, snapping Ng’s 10-match win streak. Gavrilovska, ranked 54th, improves to 19-12 overall, including 12-7 against ranked opponents.

“The match was real tough at the beginning,” Gavrilovska said. “I got off to a slow start. I was really tight and nervous just playing the first round of NCAAs, but I was able to overcome it, just being tougher. In the second set, everything started to fall into place and I was able to win the set fairly easily.

“It feels really good to be going to the second round. It is always tough in the first round of the tournament. You have to be tougher than your opponent, so in some ways I believe I will be much better tomorrow but I also didn’t play that well today, so I have to just focus really well and not be that nervous.”

Pierson, a sophomore from Princeton, N.J., also got off to a slow start as Lushkova reeled off four straight games to close out a 6-2 first-set victory.

The 26th-ranked Pierson found herself down a break at 2-1 in the second set. Pierson would break back to tie the score at 2-2 and then broke again to go up 4-2. Lushkova later got within 5-4, but Pierson broke Lushkova for the third time in the frame to win the set, 6-4, and force a third set.

Pierson carried the momentum into the final set and built a 5-3 lead. Lushkova broke to get within 5-4, but Pierson was at match point, 40-30, in the ensuing game. Lushkova, a sophomore who earned All-America honors as a freshman after advancing to the round of 16, overcame the deficit and held serve to even the set at 5-5. Lushkova would also win the next two games to close out the match.

“I had a really slow start and she came out hitting all the right shots,” a disappointed Pierson said. “She wasn’t missing. It’s kind of hard to get used to these courts. They are really slow, and I thought my timing was a little bit early. I lost the first set pretty quickly, but the second set I was able to get my timing back on track and I was able to pull it out. In the third set I felt like I was ready to go. She started playing well again, but I felt like I had a good chance in the third. I found myself up 5-3, match point. She had a really good solid serve game and then broke me. I was kind of frazzled after that, not being able to close out. She ended up closing out 7-5, staying mentally tough the whole time. It is something to learn from.”

Pierson, the 2015 ITA Texas Region Player to Watch and a member of the All-SEC first team, was making her first career appearance in singles and ends the season 22-14.  She will get another shot for a postseason victory Thursday as she and Eva Paalma, a freshman from Estonia, begin competition in the 32-team NCAA Doubles Championship. The Aggie duo will take on Desirae Krawczyk and Stephanie Vlad of Arizona State in the first round at 5 p.m.

“Motivation,” Pierson said when asked what she takes from today’s match into her doubles match tomorrow. “This means I have to work harder. I have to know I can win. Tomorrow I’m going to be more motivated to fight out there and win a couple of matches with Eva and hopefully go all the way.”

Pierson and Paalma are 11-5 in doubles, and the pair is coming off an 8-5 victory over ninth-ranked Robin Anderson and Jennifer Brady of UCLA in the round of 16 of the team championship.

Krawczyk and Vlad are ranked 26th with a 15-4 record. The winner between the Aggies and the Sun Devils will take on the winner between Auburn’s eighth-ranked Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger and Baylor’s 14th-ranked Ema Burgic and Blair Shankle in the round of 16 on Friday.

All matches will be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.

Visit 12thMan.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.

Stories courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

Cavaliers Take Opener in NBA Eastern Final

ATLANTA (AP)_ Going on the road didn’t faze the Cleveland Cavaliers. They took the opener of the NBA Eastern Conference finals by topping Atlanta 97-89 as LeBron James led all scorers with 31.

But it was J.R. Smith who provided the surprise offense punch for the Cavs. The ex-Knick made 8 of 12 from three-point range to score 28 points.

To make matters worse for Atlanta, Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll left Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals in the late stages against the Cleveland Cavaliers with what appeared to be a serious left leg injury. Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 27 points.

Game 2 is Friday night in Atlanta

Rangers and Astros Propelled to Wins with Solid Pitching

RANGERS-RED SOX

Klein wins 1st major league start, Rangers top Red Sox 2-1

BOSTON (AP) _ Phil Klein allowed one run in his first major league start, Robinson Chirinos hit a solo homer and the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Wednesday night.

The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Elvis Andrus after singles by Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland. They made it 2-0 in the third when Chirinos hit his fourth homer of the season.

Klein, called up Wednesday from Triple-A Round Rock, allowed four hits through four scoreless innings before giving up a leadoff homer to Xander Bogaerts, his second of the year, in the fifth.

Texas won for only the second time in six games and split the first two games of the three-game series.

Klein (1-0), who has 23 relief appearances in his career, left with runners at first and second and one out in the sixth.
ATHLETICS-ASTROS

Keuchel solid again to help Astros over A’s 6-1

HOUSTON (AP) _ Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer to help Dallas Keuchel earn his eighth straight win, and the Houston Astros kept rolling with a 6-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

The Astros improved to an American League-best 27-14, giving them the best start through 41 games in franchise history. Sitting atop the AL West, this is the latest the Astros have led their division since May 22, 2004.

Keuchel (6-0) allowed six hits and no earned runs in seven innings to lower his ERA to 1.67. He’s won eight straight decisions dating back to last year, which is the longest streak by a starter in the majors. And his 6-0 mark this year is

Aggie Baseball Edges Alabama, 4-3, to Open SEC Tournament

HOOVER, ALABAMA – An eighth-inning single by Nick Banks gave No. 6 Texas A&M its first lead of the game and leftfielder Logan Taylor preserved the lead by throwing a runner out at the plate in the ninth as the Aggies opened up their SEC Tournament action Wednesday morning with a 4-3 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

Tied 3-3 in the eighth, the Aggies started a one-out rally. Mitchell Nau was hit by a pitch from Crimson Tide reliever Ray Castillo and Taylor threaded a single through the right side of the infield to put two aboard. Alabama went to the bullpen, summoning Thomas Burrows. Nick Banks offered a Burrows a rude greeting, bouncing his first pitch for an RBI single, plating Nau for the 4-3 margin. Burrows fanned the next two Aggies to send the game to the ninth.

Andrew Vinson came on to close in the ninth. He started the frame by getting Kyle Overstreet to pop up to short, but followed by issuing a five-pitch walk to Cody Henry. Daniel Cucjen pinch-ran for Henry at first and JC Wilhite followed with a single through the right side to put two runners on. The A&M lead appeared precarious as Will Haynie roped a 1-2 offering into leftfield for a single, but Taylor bypassed the cut-off man on a perfect throw home and Michael Barash received the ball in plenty of time to retire Cucjen at the plate for the second out of the inning. The situation did not get any less tense as Vinson hit Riley Colburn with a 2-0 offering to load the bases, but Chandler Avant flied out to shallow centerfield to end the game.

 

A&M Postgame (Rob Childress, Grayson Long, Logan Taylor)

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Alabama Postgame

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Ryan Hendrix (5-2) retired all six batters he faced, including two strikeouts, to pick up the win. Vinson tiptoed around two hits and a walk in the ninth to pick up his fourth save of the season.

Grayson Long put forth a strong effort on the mound but was left without a decision. He yielded three runs, two earned, on six hits and one walk while striking out 10 in 6.0 innings.

Alabama starter Jake Walters allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four over 5.1 innings. Castillo (3-1) was saddled with the loss. He allowed one run on one hit in 2.0 innings of work.

Alabama took advantage of an A&M error to draw first blood in the second inning. Hughston drew a leadoff walk looking at a full count pitch near the knees. Kyle Overstreet followed with a sharp grounder to second that Ryne Birk was unable to handle. The error gave the Tide two runners with no one on base. Cody Henry threaded a ball between the third base line and a diving Logan Nottebrok. Henry’s double plated Hughston for the game’s first run. Wilhite followed with a single to centerfield to plate Overstreet, staking the Crimson Tide to a 2-0 lead.

The Crimson Tide tacked on a run in the third. With two outs, Hughston singled to leftfield, stole second base and came home to score when Overstreet slapped a single to centerfield, increasing the Alabama advantage to 3-0.

After going 0-for-9 the first time through the order, the Aggies’ engine started to rev in the third. Blake Allemand drew a two-out walk to start the rally. Birk laced a double down the rightfield line to plate Allemand with A&M’s first run. Nau poked a single to rightfield and Birk hustled home, sliding under the tag at the plate to cut the lead to 3-2. Logan Taylor capped off the rally with a gapper to right-center, driving in Nau for the equalizer on his double.

Taylor paced the Aggie offense, going 2-for-4 with one double and one RBI.

Henry and Wilhite each logged two hits for Alabama.

The Aggies return to action on Thursday when they face No. 2 seed Vanderbilt in a 4:30 pm game at Hoover Met. The winner of the game earns a day off, advancing to a semifinal game on Saturday. The loser will face an elimination game on Friday.

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Warriors Rally Past Rockets 110-106 in Game 1 of West Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Stephen Curry hit two free throws in the final seconds to finish with 34 points, and the Golden State Warriors rallied from 16 points down in the second quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 110-106 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

With the Rockets seemingly ready to rout the home team, the Warriors went to a smaller lineup and closed the first half on a 21-4 run. Shaun Livingston scored 14 of his 18 points in the quarter, helping Golden State go ahead 58-55 at halftime.

The Warriors held off Houston in the final minute of the fourth.

James Harden, the runner-up to Curry in the MVP voting, nearly brought the Rockets back after Dwight Howard departed with a left knee injury. Harden finished with 28 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals.

Game 2 is Thursday night in Oakland.

Kruger puts Chicago past Ducks 3-2 in 3rd OT of Game 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Marcus Kruger deflected Brent Seabrook’s shot 16:12 into the third overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks evened the Western Conference finals with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 on Tuesday night.

Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa scored power-play goals in the opening minutes of the longest game in the Blackhawks’ 89-year history.

Chicago then played nearly 110 consecutive scoreless minutes in the longest game in Honda Center history, but Kruger got in front and made a fortunate deflection past Frederik Andersen, who made a career-high 53 saves.

Shaw attempted to end it during a power play in the second overtime by knocking a rebound into the net with his head in a remarkable soccer-style play, but the goal was illegal.

Game 3 is Thursday night in Chicago.

Astros Power Past A’s; Rangers Fall Short to Red Sox

ATHLETICS-ASTROS

HOUSTON (AP) _ Chris Carter and Colby Rasmus each hit two-run homers, Roberto Hernandez pitched six strong innings to help the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 6-4 on Tuesday night.

Carter hit his homer off the facade in left in the second to give Houston a 2-0 lead, and Rasmus launched his homer to right in the eighth to extend the Astros’ advantage to 5-2.

Two batters after Rasmus, Jason Castro added a solo home run to right.

Roberto Hernandez (2-3) gave up two runs and seven hits with three strikeouts for his first win in four starts. He has gone at least six innings in each of his last seven starts.

Pat Neshek got the final out for his first save.

Houston (26-14) has the best record in the American League and is off to its best start in franchise history through 40 games.

RANGERS-RED SOX

BOSTON (AP) _ David Ortiz and Mike Napoli each homered and drove in two runs, Wade Miley pitched seven strong innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Boston got a scare when Leonys Martin led off the ninth with a pinch-hit homer off Koji Uehara, ending the closer’s streak of eight straight hitless appearances. Uehara, however, held on for his 10th save in 11 opportunities.

After going 5-5 on their road trip, the Red Sox got off to a strong start on their six-game homestand with one run and four hits in the first inning while Miley (3-4) held the Rangers scoreless through the fifth.

Boston took a 1-0 lead in the first against Yovani Gallardo (3-6) when Dustin Pedroia doubled with one out and scored on a single by Ortiz. Singles by Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval loaded the bases, but all three runners were stranded.

Aggie Men’s and Women’s Tennis Set for NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M senior Jeremy Efferding will begin play in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championship on Wednesday and juniorsHarrison Adams and Shane Vinsant open the NCAA Men’s Tennis Doubles Championship on Thursday at Baylor University’s Hurd Tennis Center in Waco.

First-round opponents of the 64-player singles bracket and the 32-doubles team bracket were revealed today. Efferding, from Boca Raton, Florida, will face No. 27 Or Ram-Harel of Tulsa at 1:30 p.m. in Wednesday’s opening round. In doubles, Adams and Vinsant drew No. 8 Diego Galeano and Julian Lenz of Baylor in the first round. Thursday’s start time is to be determined following the first round of singles action.

No. 47 Efferding, All-SEC First Team member and SEC Tournament MVP, will represent the back-to-back SEC Tournament Champions in the singles field. The senior tallied 12 dual wins this spring in singles competition to bring his career wins total to 95, the most on the Aggie roster. The senior teamed with classmate Jordan Szabo and stand at 16-6 in doubles matches and 7-2 in SEC action.

The A&M junior tandem ranks No. 10 in the latest ITA doubles rankings, going 12-4 against ranked duos, including an unheard of 4-1 ledger against top-5 tandems. Adams and Vinsant are making their first appearance in the NCAA doubles field; both competed in the singles bracket in 2014. Vinsant earned All-American honors after advancing to the Round of 16 a season ago. The duo was an impressive 11-3 against ranked duos, including an unheard of 5-1 ledger against top-5 tandems this season.

Texas A&M recently completed the team portion of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship, finishing the season 24-5 after being eliminated by eventual national champion Virginia, 4-0, in the national quarterfinals. It marked the second time in program history the Aggies advanced to the Elite 8.

Visit 12thMan.com for more information on Texas A&M men’s tennis. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M men’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieMTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieMensTennis.

WOMEN

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M sophomores Rachel Pierson and Saska Gavrilovska begin play in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship on Wednesday, and Pierson and partner Eva Paalma open the NCAA Women’s Tennis Doubles Championship on Thursday at Baylor University’s Hurd Tennis Center in Waco.

First-round opponents of the 64-player singles bracket and the 32-doubles team bracket were revealed today. Pierson, from Princeton, N.J., will face Viktoriya Lushkova of Oklahoma State at 4 p.m. in Wednesday’s opening round, while Serbia native Gavrilovska will take on Taylor Ng of Dartmouth at 4:30 p.m.

In doubles, Pierson and Paalma, a freshman from Estonia, drew Desirae Krawczyk and Stephanie Vlad of Arizona State in the first round. Thursday’s start time is to be determined.

Pierson, who is in her first season at Texas A&M after transferring from the University of Virginia, is ranked a career-high 26th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national singles rankings and a season-high No. 13 in the national doubles rankings with Paalma.

The 2015 ITA Texas Region Player to Watch and a member of the All-SEC first team, Pierson is 22-13 in singles, including an 11-8 mark against ranked opponents. She is 11-5 in doubles with Paalma, and the pair is coming off an 8-5 victory over ninth-ranked Robin Anderson and Jennifer Brady of UCLA in the round of 16 of the team championship.

Pierson is making her first appearance in the singles tournament and will be competing in her second consecutive NCAA Doubles Championship, having been a No. 5-8 seed with Cavaliers partner Julia Elbaba as a freshman in 2014. The UVA duo suffered a first-round 6-3, 7-6 (8) loss to Brynn Boren and Zoe Katz of USC in Athens, Ga.

Lushkova, a sophomore from Ukraine, is ranked 17th with a 24-7 overall singles ledger after leading the 12th-ranked Cowgirls to the round of 16 of the team championship for the first time since the tournament field was expanded to 64 teams in 1996 . Lushkova earned All-America honors as a freshman by reaching the round of 16 at the 2014 NCAA Singles Championship.

The winner between Pierson and Lushkova will take on the winner between 13th-ranked Josie Kuhlman of Florida and 35th-ranked Kyle McPhillips on Thursday.

Gavrilovska will be competing in the singles tournament for the second consecutive season and will become only the second A&M player to compete in the prestigious event as both a freshman and sophomore. Former Aggie standout and A&M’s only four-time NCAA singles participant Nazari Urbina is the only other A&M player to have competed in singles in each of her first two years.

Gavrilovska is currently No. 54 in the nation in singles with an 18-12 overall record. A member of the All-SEC second team for the second consecutive year, Gavrilovska is 11-7 against ranked opponents. Last year, Gavrilovska fell to No. 9-16 seed and senior All-American Anett Schutting of California, 6-4, 6-1, in the opening round.

Ng, an automatic qualifier from the Ivy League who is riding a 10-match win streak, is ranked 97th with a 36-6 overall singles record. The winner between Gavrilovska and Ng will take on the winner between No. 8 seed Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt and 18th-ranked Klara Fabikova of California on Thursday.

In doubles, ASU’s Krawczyk and Vlad are ranked 26th with a 15-4 record. The winner between the Aggies and the Sun Devils will take on the winner between Auburn’s eighth-ranked Pleun Burgmans and Emily Flickinger and Baylor’s 14th-ranked Ema Burgic and Blair Shankle in the round of 16 on Friday.

All matches will be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.

This is the sixth consecutive year and 14th time overall A&M has been represented in the singles championships. A&M players are a combined 13-17 in singles matches since Kim Labuschagne became the first Aggie to compete in the postseason event in 1987. Labuschagne and Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar are tied for the best finish in school history, reaching the quarterfinals in 1987 and 2012, respectively.

A&M is represented in the doubles tournament for the fourth consecutive year and the 15th time overall. Aggies are a combined 2-15 since Labuschagne and partner Karen Marshall along with the A&M duo of Vanne Akagi and Gaye Lynne Gensler first represented the Maroon and White at the 1986 NCAA Doubles Championship. Only Jessica Roland and Helga Vieira (2004) and Tiffany Clifford and Sarah Foster (2006) have reached the round of 16.

Last year, all three A&M entries were eliminated in the first round, with Gavrilovska and then-senior Cristina Stancu each suffering opening-round losses in singles, and Stancu and partner Stefania Hristov also suffering a first-round loss in doubles.

Texas A&M recently completed the team portion of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship, finishing the season 17-6 after being eliminated by defending national champion UCLA, 4-1, in the round of 16. It marked the third consecutive year and the fourth time in program history the Aggies reached at least the round of 16.

Visit 12thMan.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.

Texas A&M all-time NCAA Individual Championship results:

2014 (University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.)

Round of 64
Anett Schutting (9-16), California, def. Saska Gavrilovska, Texas A&M, 6-4, 6-1
Zsofi Susanyi, California, def. Cristina Stancu (9-16), Texas A&M, 6-0, 6-4

Round of 32
Masa Grgan/Abigail Tere-Apisah, Georgia State def. Stefania Hristov/Cristina Stancu, Texas A&M, 6-3, 7-6 (4)

2013 (University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.)

Round of 64
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (4), Texas A&M def. Courtney Collins, Memphis, 6-1, 6-3
Sabrina Santamaria (2) def. Nazari Urbina, Texas A&M, 6-3, 6-2

Round of 32
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (4), Texas A&M def. Maho Kowase, Georgia, 6-2, 6-1
Hermon Brhane/Whitney Ritchie (5-8), Oklahoma def. Stefania Hristov/Cristina Stancu, Texas A&M … 5-7, 6-2, 6-4

Round of 16
Nicole Gibbs (9-16), Stanford def. Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (4), Texas A&M, 6-4, 6-4

2012 (University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.)

Round of 64
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (7), Texas A&M def. Alexa Guarachi, Alabama, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (3)
Cristina Stancu, Maryland def. Nazari Urbina, Texas A&M, 7-6 (3), 6-0

Round of 32
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (7), Texas A&M def. Joelle Kissell, North Carolina State, 6-2, 6-0
Lorraine Guillermo/Khunpak Issara, Pepperdine def. Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar/Wen Sun, Texas A&M … 6-4, 6-2

Round of 16
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (7), Texas A&M def. Petra Niedermayerova, Kansas State, 6-4, 6-3

Quarterfinals
Allie Will (1), Florida def. Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (7), Texas A&M, 6-3, 6-3

2011 (Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.)

Round of 64
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, Maryland def. Nazari Urbina, Texas A&M … 6-3, 6-4

2010 (University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.)

Round of 64
Caitlin Whoriskey (9-16), Tennessee def. Nazari Urbina, Texas A&M … 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
Alison Ramos, USC def. Elzé Potgieter, Texas A&M … 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

2007 (University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.)

Round of 64
Susie Babos (5), California def. Anna Lubinsky,  Texas A&M … 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-2

Round of 32
Caitlin Collins/Sanaz Marand, North Carolina def. Tiffany Clifford/Sarah Foster, Texas A&M … 6-2, 6-2

2006 (Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.)

Round of 64
Anna Lubinsky, Texas A&M def. Gira Schofield, South Carolina … 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

Round of 32
Amber Liu (8), Stanford def. Anna Lubinsky, Texas A&M … 6-1, 6-2
Tiffany Clifford/Sarah Foster, Texas A&M def. Megan Moulton/Katrina Zoricic, William & Mary … 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2)

Round of 16
Sara Anundsen/Jenna Long (5-8), North Carolina def. Tiffany Clifford/Sarah Foster, Texas A&M … 6-2, 7-6 (4)

2005 (University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.)

Round of 64
Helga Vieira, Texas A&M def. Nicole Leimbach (9-16), Southern California … 7-5, 6-2

Round of 32
Helga Vieira, Texas A&M def. Zsuzsanna Fodor, Mississippi State … 5-7, 6-4, 6-2

Round of 16
Riza Zalameda, UCLA def. Helga Vieira, Texas A&M … 6-1, 7-5

2004 (University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.)

Round of 64
Dianne Hollands (9-16), Arizona def. Jessica Roland, Texas A&M … 6-0, 6-2

Round of 32
Jessica Roland/Helga Vieira, Texas A&M def. Sofia Holden/Barbora Zahnova, BYU … 6-2, 6-4

Round of 16
Maja Kovacek/Sandy Lukowski, New Mexico def. Jessica Roland/Helga Vieira, Texas A&M … 6-1, 6-4

2003 (University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.)

Round of 64
Jessica Roland, Texas A&M def. Alicia Pillay, Tulsa … 2-6, 6-4, 6-0

Round of 32
Amber Liu (5), Stanford def.  Jessica Roland, Texas A&M … 6-3, 6-3
Ziva Grasic/Kendra Strohm, Texas def. Jessica Roland/Roberta Spencer, Texas A&M … 6-4, 6-4

2002 (Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.)

Round of 32
Simone Jardim/Kim Niggemeyer, Fresno State def. Ashley Hedberg/Jessica Roland, Texas A&M … 7-5, 7-6 (6)

1997 (Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.)

Round of 32
Caroline Hora/Victoria Hunt, Miami (Fla.) def. Lisa Dingwall/Nancy Dingwall, Texas A&M … 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2

1996 (Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.)

Round of 32
Bonnie Bleeker/Divya Merchant, Florida def. Wilson Pate/Nancy Dingwall, Texas A&M … 6-4, 7-5

1994 (University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.)

Round of 32
Rebecca Jensen/Nora Koves (3), Kansas def. Wilson Pate/Nancy Dingwall, Texas A&M … 7-5, 6-1

1993 (University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.)

Round of 64
Katrin Guenther, William & Mary def. Janine Burton-Durham, Texas A&M … 6-2, 6-2

1990 (University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.)

Round of 64
Lynn Staley, Texas A&M def. Camilla Ohrman, Pepperdine … 6-3, 6-2

Round of 32
Susan Gilchrist (9-16), Texas def. Lynn Staley, Texas A&M … 6-1, 6-2

1989 (University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.)

Round of 32
Sharon Fletcher/Jean-Marie Lozano (5-8), California def. Robin Mawdsley/Lisa Keller,  Texas A&M … 6-1, 6-1

1988 (UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif.)

Round of 32
Allyson Cooper/Stella Sampras (3), UCLA def. Gaye Lynne Gensler/Lisa Keller, Texas A&M … 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

1987 (UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif.)

Round of 64
Kim Labuschagne (9-16), Texas A&M def. Leslie Hakala, BYU … 6-0, 6-4

Round of 32
Kim Labuschagne (9-16), Texas A&M def. Mary Dineen, Rollins … 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

Round of 16
Kim Labuschagne (9-16), Texas A&M def. Ranata Baranski, Oklahoma State … 7-5, 6-4

Quarterfinals
Jennifer Santrock (9-16), SMU def. Kim Labuschagne (9-16), Texas A&M … 7-5, 6-2

1987 (University of Texas, Austin, Texas)

Round of 32
Jill Hetherington/Jan Martin (5-8), Florida def. Vanne Akagi/Gaye Lynne Gensler, Texas A&M … 6-1, 7-5
Jennifer Fuchs/Jane Thomas, UCLA def. Kim Labuschagne/Karen Marshall, Texas A&M … 6-3, 6-4

Stories courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

 

Texas A&M’s Matthews Named to Rimington Watch List

Texas A&M senior center Mike Matthews was one of 52 players named to the Spring “watch list” for the Rimington Trophy, which is given annually to Division I-A college football’s most outstanding center.

It is the second straight year that Matthews has been named to the prestigious list and he is the second Matthews brother to be named to the watch list, joining older brother, Kevin, who was a Rimington Trophy candidate for the Aggies in 2009.  Another brother, Jake, won the Southeastern Conference’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy as a tackle for the Aggies in 2013 and was a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2014.

Matthews, from Missouri City, Texas, enters his senior season in 2015 with 23 career starts, which are the fourth-most on the team behind defensive end Julien Obioha, cornerback De’Vante Harris and offensive tackle Germain Ifedi. With Matthews providing protection for the SEC’s top passing attack in 2014, the Aggies led the Southeastern Conference in passing yards (305.5 per game) and passing touchdowns (39).

2015 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List (by Conference)

Conference School First Name Last Name Class Year Height Weight
SEC
Alabama Ryan Kelly SR 6’5 301
Arkansas Mitch Smothers SR 6’3 315
Kentucky Jon Toth JR 6’5 295
LSU Ethan Pocic JR 6’7 301
Missouri Evan Boehm SR 6’3 320
South Carolina Alan Knott RS SO 6’4 268
Texas A&M Mike  Matthews SR 6’2 290
Vanderbilt Spencer Pulley RS SR 6’4 305
American
Cincinnati Deyshawn Bond JR 6’2 298
Connecticut Ryan Crozier SO 6’4 294
Memphis Gabe Kuhn RS SO 6’4 290
SMU Taylor Lasecki SR 6’2 294
Temple Kyle Friend SR 6’2 305
ACC
Clemson Ryan Norton SR 6’3 285
Georgia Tech Freddie Burden RS JR 6’3 302
North Carolina Lucas Crowley JR 6’3 290
Pittsburgh Alex Officer RS SO 6’4 335
Big Ten
Iowa Austin Blythe SR 6’3 290
Michigan State Jack Allen RS SR 6’2 295
Ohio State Jacoby Boren SR 6’2 285
Purdue Robert Kugler SR 6’3 294
Wisconsin Dan Voltz JR 6’3 311
Big 12 
Baylor Kyle Fuller JR 6’5 305
Oklahoma Ty Darlington SR 6’2 299
TCU Joey Hunt SR 6’3 295
Texas Taylor Doyle SR 6’4 303
Texas Tech Jared Kaster SR 6’3 293
West Virginia Tyler Orlosky RS JR 6’4 297
C-USA
Louisiana Tech Kirby Wixson SR 6’4 325
Marshall Michael Selby JR 6’2 276
Middle Tennessee Josh Chester RS JR 6’3 305
North Texas Kaydon Kirby JR 6’3 329
UTEP Eric Lee SR 6’1 295
WKU Max Halpin RS JR 6’3 295
MAC
Ball State Jacob Richard RS SR 6’1 275
Bowling Green Tim McAullife RS SO 6’0 275
Central Mich. Nick Beamish SR 6’3 310
Eastern Mich. Jake Hurcombe RS JR 6’1 295
Massachusetts Matt Sparks SR 6’4 280
Northern Illinois Andrew Ness SR 6’3 298
Mtn. West
Fresno State Bo Bonnheim SR 6’2 283
Utah State Austin Stephens JR 6’3 305
Pac-12
Arizona State Nick Kelly SR 6’2 294
Colorado Alex Kelley JR 6’2 310
Oregon State Josh Mitchell SR 6’3 306
Stanford Graham Shuler SR 6’4 287
UCLA Jake Brendel RS SR 6’4 285
USC Max Tuerk SR 6’6 285
Utah Siaosi Aiono SR 6’2 305
Sun Belt
Troy Dalton Bennett SR 6’3 301
Independent
Army Matt Hugenberg SR 6’5 309
Notre Dame Nick Martin Grad. 6’4.5 301

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

NFL to Change Extra-Point Kicks to Longer Distance

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on 2-point conversion turnovers.

The owners on Tuesday approved the competition committee’s proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PATs to make them more challenging. In recent seasons, kickers made more than 99 percent of the kicks with the ball snapped from the 2.

That proposal places the 2-point conversion at the 2, and allows the defense to return a turnover to the other end zone for the two points, similar to the college rule. The defense can also score two points by returning a botched kick.

The vote was 30-2. Washington and Oakland voted no. The rule change will be reviewed after one year.

New England and Philadelphia also made suggestions on changing the extra point, but the owners went with the powerful committee’s recommendation.

Lightning Thump Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Tampa Bay Lightning have knotted the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals at a game apiece by dealing the New York Rangers their most lopsided postseason loss since 2009.

Tyler Johnson scored the Lightning’s first three goals and Alex Kallorn added a pair of third-period tallies as the Lightning ripped the Blueshirts 6-2 at Madison Square Garden. Johnson opened the scoring with a short-handed goal 5:38 into the game before netting one of the Lightning’s three power-play goals later in the first period.

It was the first hat trick in Tampa Bay playoff history.

Killorn and Steven Stamkos added power-play tallies to close the scoring as Tampa Bay ended the Rangers’ NHL-record string of 15 consecutive one-goal games.

Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist stopped just 20 of 26 shots after entering the game with a 1.56 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage, both league bests.

Ben Bishop made 15 of his 35 saves in the final period for the Lightning, who host Game 3 on Wednesday.

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