Aggies Punch Ticket to Women’s College World Series with 5-3 Victory at Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Texas A&M softball team punched its ticket to the Women’s College World Series with a 5-3 victory at Tennessee Sunday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

The Aggies will make their eighth appearance at the WCWS and their first since going back-to-back in 2007 and 2008.

Tennessee (48-12) grabbed an early 3-0 after the first two innings. In the first, the Volunteers scored on a Brooke Vines single to left and plated two more on an Aubrey Leach sacrifice fly and a throwing error in the second.

The Aggies (47-11) responded with four runs in the third, highlighted by a Riley Sartain three-run homer. Kaitlyn Alderink reached on a fielding error and moved to second on a Tori Vidales single to right. After Kristen Cuyos was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Ashley Walters plated Alderink with a sacrifice fly. Sartain then blasted her 12th dinger of the season with a no-doubter that hit off the light pole in left.

Texas A&M doubled its lead in the fifth as Tori Vidales led off the frame with a solo shot to left, her 17th of the season.

Trinity Harrington earned the win throwing a six-hit complete game, giving up three runs, two earned and a strikeout. Matty Moss suffered the loss, giving up five runs, one earned with three walks in 4.0 innings of work.

Texas A&M will face Florida in the first round with time and TV affiliate to be determined. Ticket information for the Women’s College World Series is pending at this time and will be announced as soon as details are confirmed.

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Cavs Blow Out Celts to Reach Finals

BOSTON (AP) _ If you loved the last two NBA Finals, you’ll love this year’s.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are back in the finals after clobbering the Celtics,
135-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. The outcome creates a third
straight finals matchup between the Cavs and Golden State Warriors.

LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan as the NBA career
points leader in the postseason. James did it with a three-pointer in the third
quarter.

Kyrie Irving finished with 24 points, while Kevin Love added 15 and a game-high
11 rebounds.

The Cavs were up 43-27 after one quarter and pushed their lead into the 30s by
the third quarter. They finished 19-for-41 from 3-point range, with James and
Irving each hitting four.

Avery Bradley finished with a team-high 23 points for the Celtics.

The Cavaliers are 12-1 in the playoffs as they seek their second straight
championship. The Warriors would like to regain the title they earned by
defeating Cleveland in the 2015 Finals.

Game 1 is next Thursday in Oakland.

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TEXAS A&M SET TO FACE TENNESSEE IN NCAA SUPER REGIONAL

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Texas A&M softball team continues its run in the NCAA Softball Championship against Tennessee in the Super Regionals beginning Friday at 5 p.m. at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

Texas A&M enters the weekend with a 45-10 record and is led by Riley Sartain, who leads the team with a .358 average and 44 RBI. Tori Vidales paces the Aggies with 16 home runs and is tied for first on the team in RBI at 44. Texas A&M holds a 1.78 team ERA, led by Trinity Harrington (13-2, 1.56) and Samantha Show (19-6, 1.78 ERA). Lexi Smith claims a 12-1 record and a 1.57 ERA.

Last time out, the Aggies swept the College Station Regional, defeating Texas Southern, 14-0, and Texas State and Texas, 3-1. Keeli Milligan led the team, batting 7-for-10 with two doubles, four runs and an RBI. Milligan also recorded two stolen bases. Show tossed two complete games and struck out seven in 14 innings. Smith blanked Texas Southern with a two-hitter and nine strikeouts.

Tennessee, the nation’s No. 8 seed, is 47-10 after winning the Knoxville Regional, which featured Ohio State, USC Upstate and Longwood. The Volunteers are led by Meghan Gregg, who dons a .440 average with 14 home runs and 77 RBI. Brooke Vines is hitting .388 with four homers and 57 RBI. In the circle, Matty Moss is 25-2 with a 1.67 and 186 strikeouts in 180.2 innings. Caylan Arnold is 20-8 with a 2.00 ERA with 142 strikeouts in 150.2 innings.

The Aggies are making their sixth appearance in the Super Regionals since the format was adopted in 2005. The Knoxville Super Regional marks the first appearance in Supers since 2013. The Aggies hold an all-time record of 6-5 and advanced to the Women’s College World Series in 2005, 2007 and 2008.

Coverage of Friday and Saturday’s game can be seen on ESPN2, while Sunday’s contest can be seen on ESPN with Alex Loeb and Megan Willis on the call. All three games can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM.

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Texas A&M Advances Seven to Championship Field During NCAA West First Day

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AUSTIN – First day action in the NCAA West Preliminary rounds had seven Aggies advancing to the NCAA Championship field in Eugene, Oregon as they joined Texas A&M decathlete Lindon Victor.

The crew that the Aggies advanced to the NCAA Championship field included Ioannis Kyriazis and Sam Hardin in the men’s javelin, Madalaine Stulce and Audrey Malone in the women’s javelin, Alison Ondrusek in the women’s hammer, Austin Cook in the men’s hammer and Will Williams in the men’s long jump.

In races that advanced individuals to the second round of the NCAA West, Texas A&M did just as well. A total of 12 Aggies moved on in seven events.

The group included Alex Riba (1500), Robert Grant (400m Hurdles), Aaliyah Brown (100), Brenessa Thompson (100), Fred Kerley (400), Mylik Kerley (400), Richard Rose (400), Jaevin Reed (400), Briyahna Desrosiers (400), Kadecia Baird (400), Jazmine Fray (800), and Devin Dixon (800).

The first pair of Aggie qualifiers for the NCAA Championship weekend in Eugene from the NCAA West preliminary round competition came from the men’s javelin as Kyriazis and Hardin both advanced.

Kyriazis, the collegiate leader this season with a 288-9 (88.01), had one throw of 249-7 (76.09) amid a gusting wind that placed him second among the field of 48. The top mark in the competition was 249-11 (76.18) by Utah State’s Sindri Gudmundsson. Hardin placed sixth with a first round toss of 228-8 (69.70).

“It wasn’t a very good throw, but it advanced me to Eugene for a third consecutive year,” noted Kyriazis. “The conditions were pretty good, and I was just looking for one throw over 75 meters (246-0) to advance. I’ll finally get to use my full approach when we are in Eugene.”

Madalaine Stulce and Audrey Malone finished first and second in the women’s javelin. Stulce led the field of 48 with a throw of 172-5 (52.55) from the third round. That improved upon her opening round toss of 164-5 (50.11). Malone’s best measured 171-11 (52.40) and also came in the third round to improve upon her second round mark of 167-5 (51.03).

“Even though I finished in the lead, I still believe the competition is fierce this season,” said Stulce. “We still have a lot to work on. Audrey and I are going to pound out these next two weeks and train really hard.

“I want to use my experience of being at nationals last year and build on it. My goal this year is to score for the team. I believe Audrey and I can do it.”

Malone added: “Maddy is such a fierce competitor and I love competing against her. I feel we push each other so much. We didn’t do as well as we wanted to, but the goal is to come out and qualify. Top 12 is all we had to get. Now we want to score points at nationals for our team.”

Will Williams topped the men’s long jump field with a wind-aided leap of 26-6 ½ (8.09) on his first attempt. Runner-up to Williams was a windy 26-4 ¼ (8.03) by USC’s Eric Sloan. For Williams his marks ranks fourth best among collegians this season under all-conditions.

“My coaches were telling me coming in to this meet all it takes is one jump,” stated Williams, who placed second in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor in March. “I usually jump pretty well in this stadium, and I’m pretty consistent here.

“Walking over here that was the plan, to get the mark on the first jump. Everything felt good with the jump, the run was consistent and set things up well. I was just in the air gliding and knew it was far.”

In the women’s hammer a third round attempt of 205-8 (62.69) moved Alison Ondrusek into eighth place and she finished in ninth place to secure a trip to the NCAA Championships in Eugene. The mark by Ondrusek ranks as the No. 3 performance behind her school record of 208-0 (63.41).

“Coming into this meet I was ready to qualify with my first throw,” said Ondrusek. “When I had a sector foul on a distance that would probably have gotten me in, I had to really regroup and calm down. I had to trust my form and myself to get a mark that would get me in.

“I’m so excited to go to Eugene and compete for Texas A&M. It’s been a dream and I didn’t want my season to end today. I was able to extend my season and throw the hammer one more time.”

Austin Cook improved his school record in the men’s hammer to 214-8 (65.45) on his first throw. That effort, which bettered his previous career best of 212-6 (64.76), placed him third after two flights of the hammer. Waiting through the final flight of 16 throwers, Cook placed 10th overall. Finishing among the top 12 is all he needed to advance to the NCAA Championship field.

Texas A&M also has some close finishes where individuals just missed making the top 12.

Kristen Clark finished 13th in the women’s javelin as her throw of 155-11 (47.53) was two feet off the 157-11 (48.15) that placed Sydney Otto of Nebraska 12th in the competition. Shelby Poncik, the fourth Aggie thrower in the women’s javelin field, placed 21st with a toss of 150-10 (45.98).

A career best outdoor vault of 13-9 ¼ (4.20) by Emily Gunderson left her in a three-way tie for 14th place. Gunderson needed to clear the next height of 14-1 ¼ (4.30) to secure a top 12 position, since a lone miss at 13-5 ¼ (4.10) kept her out of a jump-off to contend for the final two qualifying spots.

A three-way tie for 11th place in the pole vault, which included a trio who had not registered a miss prior to 14-1 ¼, advanced Kathryn Tomczak of Air Force and UTA’s Helen Falda while Allison Jeffries of Boise State placed 13th.

A total of 10 vaulters cleared 14-1 ¼ to break the previous best in the NCAA West of 13-11 (4.24) that was shared by 11 from 2015 when Austin served as host of the NCAA West meet.

William Petersson finished 19th in the men’s javelin with a mark of 210-7 (64.19). Augusta Thomason and Sara Kathryn Stevens both cleared 12-11 ½ (3.95). Thomason tied for 32nd and Stevens tied for 36th. In the women’s hammer, Carissa van Beek placed 35th with a toss of 184-10 (56.35). Austin Wells ran 31:53.10 to place 40th in the 10,000m.

Amid first round races held on Thursday, Robert Grant eased along with a heat win in 50.60 for the 400m hurdles. Alex Riba placed sixth in his heat of the 1,500 in 3:50.80, which was the sixth fastest time among the first round.

Aaliyah Brown sped to an 11.05w (5.2 wind) with Brenessa Thompson clocking 11.19w (2.8 wind) in the women’s 100m. They both earned auto qualifiers to round two by placing second in their respective heats.

Texas A&M advanced all six runners they had entered in the 400m, three each for the men and women. Jaevin Reed (52.75) and Briyahna Desrosiers (53.08) were both runner-up in separate heats and automatic advancement. Kadecia Baird, meanwhile, snared the final time qualifier by 0.005 with a 54.14.

Richard Rose led the Aggie men in the 400m with a 45.89 as he placed third in his heat. Fred Kerley ran a comfortable 45.95 to win his heat while Mylik Kerley finished second in his heat with a 46.05.

SEC champions Jazmine Fray and Devin Dixon each advanced in the 800m. Fray claimed her women’s 800m heat in 2:07.22 while Dixon finished first in his men’s heat with a 1:50.54.

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Marisnick Homers in 8th to Lift Astros Past Tigers, 7-6

HOUSTON (AP) _ Jake Marisnick hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning
for Houston’s fourth homer of the game, lifting the Astros to a 7-6 victory over
the Detroit Tigers Thursday night.

The Tigers tied it 6-6 in the top of the eighth when Jose Iglesias doubled off
reliever Luke Gregerson (2-1) to drive in Andrew Romine.

Marisnick’s homer to deep center off Detroit reliever Alex Wilson (1-2) gave
Houston the lead back. Ken Giles got the last three outs for his 13th save as
the Astros won three of four from the Tigers.

Carlos Correa, Marwin Gonzalez and Juan Centeno all homered off Justin
Verlander in Houston’s five-run fourth that gave the Astros a 5-3 lead.

Justin Upton’s RBI single in the fifth pulled the Tigers within one, before
Evan Gattis’ run-scoring double in the bottom of the inning extended Houston’s
lead to 6-4. Upton then homered in the seventh to pull Detroit within one again.

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Red Sox Win 4th Straight, 6-2 Over Rangers

BOSTON (AP) _ Drew Pomeranz pitched six strong innings and tied his career high
with 11 strikeouts to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 6-2 victory over the Texas
Rangers Thursday night.

Xander Bogaerts and Deven Marrero hit their first home runs of the season
helping Boston to their fourth straight win.

Pomeranz (4-3) made it as far as six innings for the third time this season and
beat Texas for the first time in nine career outings.

Elvis Andrus homered and Nomar Mazara had two hits and an RBI for Texas, which
has lost four of five overall and has lost 15 of 21 on the road.

Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland had RBI singles in the first inning as
Boston got to Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez (1-3) early.

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Red Sox Score 7 in 7th to Beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP) _ Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch,
then singled in two more during Boston’s seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday
night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight
victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the
first pitcher in baseball’s modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine
straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk
in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone
than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four
hits, three walks _ two intentional _ and a wild pitch without retiring a
batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a
10-game winning streak.

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Iglesias, Kinsler Lead Tigers to 6-3 Win Over Astros

HOUSTON (AP) _ Jose Iglesias finished a triple shy of the cycle, Ian Kinsler
had two hits and scored twice, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Houston Astros
6-3 Wednesday night to snap a three-game skid.

Iglesias, who scored three runs, doubled to lead off the eighth. He moved to
second on a single by Kinsler before scoring on Alex Avila’s RBI grounder off
Chris Devenski (3-3) to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead. Following an intentional
walk to Miguel Cabrera, Kinsler scored on Victor Martinez RBI grounder.

Iglesias then hit a two-run homer in the ninth.

In the third, Iglesias scored on Charlie Morton’s wild pitch before Kinsler
scored on Cabrera’s double-play grounder to give Detroit a 2-0 lead.

Shane Greene (1-0) retired all five batters he faced for the win.

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Aggies Drop Matches at NCAA Singles Championship

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ATHENS, Ga. — Texas A&M seniors Rutuja Bhosale and Rachel Pierson both suffered first-round losses on the opening day of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championships today at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.

Bhosale fell in her morning match against No. 4 seed and fifth-ranked Ena Shibahara of UCLA, 6-4, 6-2. Pierson, a No. 9-16 seed in the 64-player field, suffered a 7-6 (5), 6-3 loss to Hawaii’s Petra Melounova in a match that started late due to weather and also was interrupted due to lightning.

“Rachel and Rutuja each ran into very tough competition today,” Texas A&M head coach Mark Weaver said. “Shibahara was the No. 4 seed and the national freshman of the year, so she obviously can play. However, the 6-4, 6-2 score does not give justice as to just how close the match was. Fourteen of the 18 games were decided on no-ad points. Unfortunately most of those deciding points didn’t go our way today.

“Melounova also played at a very high level and with a lot of confidence. She literally hasn’t lost a match all year other than her first dual match dating back to January 12th, and she lost that match in three sets. She came up with some very good tennis when the sets were on the line.”

Bhosale, ranked 53rd and making her first appearance in the NCAA Singles Championship, had fallen behind, 4-1, in the opening set against Shibahara but won two no-ad points while winning three consecutive games to put the set back on serve, 4-4. Shibahara, the ITA National Rookie of the Year, broke Bhosale’s serve to go up, 5-4, and then held serve by winning a crucial no-ad point to win the first set, 6-4.

Bhosale, from Pune, India, won a no-ad point to hold serve in the opening game of the second set, but Shibahara went on to win the next five games to go up, 5-1. Bhosale won a no-ad point to get within 5-2 before Shibahara closed out the straight-set victory to advance to the second round.

Shibahara improves to 39-6 overall. Bhosale finishes 78-50 over her four-year singles career after going 20-14 this season, including 7-9 against ranked opponents.

Pierson, making her second appearance in the singles tournament, trailed Melounova, 4-2, in the opening set but won the next two games to put the set back on serve, 4-4. Neither player was able to hold serve over the next four games, and the set went into a tiebreaker after Pierson evened the set at 6-6.

Melounova, No. 70 in the ITA singles rankings, built a 5-3 lead in the tiebreaker, and although 16th-ranked Pierson twice got within a point, she was unable to overcome the deficit and fell, 7-5.

Melounova jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second set before Pierson won three consecutive games to get within 4-3. Melounova, however, would win the next two games to secure the straight-set victory and advance to the second round with a 14-1 overall record.

Pierson, A&M’s first-ever All-American in both doubles and singles, finishes the season 26-16, including 11-14 against ranked opponents. The Princeton, New Jersey, native, who transferred to Texas A&M following her freshman season at the University of Virginia, finishes 64-43 in singles over her three-year Aggie career.

Bhosale and Pierson will represent Texas A&M in the 32-team NCAA Doubles Championship beginning tomorrow at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. A No. 5-8 national seed in the 32-team field, Texas A&M’s first-ever All-American doubles team will open against Astrid Gehre and Anna Wichert of Texas-Arlington at 3:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. CT).

“It was tough knowing that these were the last singles matches that I will have the pleasure of coaching these two individuals who have accomplished so much for our program and made many Aggies out there very proud,” Weaver added. “I know that we will bounce back tomorrow and bring a lot of fire and energy in the doubles. Rachel and Rutuja, having accomplished All-American doubles honors for the first time in the history of our program, have really, really done something special this year, and I am looking forward to seeing them take the court against UTA in the first round tomorrow.”

All matches in the championships are best-of-three sets. No-ad scoring and a seven-point tiebreaker (first to seven points, must win by two points) at six-games-all will be used for all matches. In doubles, a 10-point match tiebreaker will be played in lieu of a third set.

Live video and scoring of the matches are available at http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/vid-stream-ncaa.html

The tournament concludes Monday, May 29.

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Results:

NCAA Singles Championship
First Round, Wednesday, May 24
No. 5 Ena Shibahara (UCLA) def. No. 53 Rutuja Bhosale (Texas A&M), 6-4, 6-2
No. 70 Petra Melounova (Hawaii) def. No. 16 Rachel Pierson (Texas A&M), 7-6 (5), 6-3

NCAA Doubles Championship
First Round, Thursday, May 25
No. 7 Bhosale/Pierson (Texas A&M) vs. Gehre/Wichert (UTA), 3:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. CT)

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Texas A&M Women Finish No. 16 in ITA Rankings

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M women’s tennis team is No. 16 in the final 2017 Oracle/ITA Women’s National Team Rankings, released today by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Under the direction of second-year head coach Mark Weaver, the Aggies, who were No. 21 in the preseason rankings released on Jan. 4, went 18-13 and advanced to the NCAA Championship round of 16, where they fell to No. 1 seed and eventual national champion Florida.

This marks the sixth consecutive year the Aggies have finished ranked in the top 20. Last year, Texas A&M was No. 19 in the final rankings following Weaver’s first season at the helm of the Aggies.

The Southeastern Conference leads the nation with six teams ranked in the final top 16, as well as 11 teams ranked in the top 25.

Rank Avg School Previous
1 86.63 University of Florida 1
2 79.69 Stanford 6
3 77.55 Ohio State University 2
4 76.66 Vanderbilt University 3
5 75.92 North Carolina 4
6 67.55 University of Georgia 5
7 65.32 Texas Tech University 7
8 62.95 Pepperdine 12
9 61.31 Georgia Tech 8
10 61.17 Oklahoma State University 9
11 56.71 University of Michigan 10
12 53.46 Duke University 15
13 52.97 California 13
14 52.97 Auburn University 11
15 51.84 University of South Carolina 14
16 45.75 Texas A&M University 20
17 44.99 Baylor University 16
18 42.87 University of Kentucky 17
19 39.39 University of Arkansas 19
20 38.14 Mississippi State University 18
21 36.75 LSU 21
22 34.88 University of Texas at Austin 22
23 32.34 UCLA 23
24 30.21 University of Tennessee 24
25 28.16 University of Miami (Florida) 28

For the complete final team rankings, go to http://www.itatennis.com/ResultsAndRankings/Rankings/Oracle_ITA_Division_I_Women_s_Collegiate_Tennis_Rankings/Oracle_ITA_Division_I_Women_s_National_Team_Ranking_-_May_24.htm

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ARCONADA ADVANCES AT NCAA SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP

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ATHENS, Georgia – Texas A&M junior Jordi Arconada advanced at the 2017 NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championship Wednesday afternoon, defeating Filip Vittek of San Diego, while junior Arthur Rinderknech fell to Borno Gojo of Wake Forest. Rinderknech and AJ Catanzariti will begin play at the NCAA Doubles Championship, Thursday, against Charlie Emhardt and Jeffrey Schorsch of Valparaiso.

The singles and doubles competition will take place May 24-29 at the Dan Magill Complex in Athens, Georgia, hosted by the University of Georgia.

No. 48 Arconada raced out to a 5-1 advantage in the first set before No. 93 Vittek was forced to retire due to injury. The Buenos Aires, Argentina native, will take on No. 12 Florian Lakat of California or No. 22 Ronnie Schneider of North Carolina Thursday for a place in the Round of 16. Arconada has picked up a career-best seven wins against ranked opponents this year, including wins over then-No. 26 Jose Salazar of Arkansas and No. 32 Wayne Montgomery of Georgia. Arconada has improved his win total each season in Aggieland, earning 10 victories as a freshman, 20 as a sophomore and 22 as a junior.

Rinderknech took an early advantage in his singles match, breaking Gojo twice in the first set, going on to win the first set 6-2 before dropping the final two sets, 6-4, 6-3. The junior finished his singles season at 27-9 to lead the Aggies in singles wins for the second straight season. Currently ranked as the nation’s No. 6 singles player, Rinderknech was named to the SEC All-Tournament team for the third consecutive season, helping the Aggies advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals for the fifth straight year. The Paris, France native was named the No. 4 seed in the singles bracket, confirming Rinderknech’s inclusion on the singles All-American team for the second straight year.

Rinderknech and Catanzariti will open the doubles bracket Thursday against No. 41 Emhardt and Schorsch of Valparaiso. The duo earned a season-high No. 9 ranking in the latest ITA doubles poll after compiling an 8-3 mark over the past two months. The junior pair are currently one of the hottest doubles teams in the country, going from unranked to the Top-10 in in just over two months after compiling a 6-1 against ranked tandems including wins over then No. 2 Robert Loeb and Jan Zeilinski of Georgia and No. 9 Trevor Foshey and Niclaus Braun of Mississippi State.

The Texas A&M duo earned a national seed in the upcoming doubles tournament to earn them All-America honors. Rinderknech earned his second straight All-American honor in doubles after advancing to the NCAA Doubles Championship final alongside Jackson Withrow last season, while the 2017 honor is the first in Catanzariti’s career.

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Post Match Quote
Jordi Arconada, Texas A&M junior
On the match…
“I felt pretty good out there today, a couple deuce points went my way. I hate to see a guy go down with an injury, but I am excited to play either [Florian] Lakat or [Ronnie] Schneider tomorrow.”

NCAA Singles Championship Results
First Round
No. 45 Borna Gojo (WF) def. No. 6 Arthur Rinderknech (Texas A&M) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 48 Jordi Arconada (Texas A&M) def. No. 93 Filip Vittek (San Diego) 5-1, ret.

Second Round
No. 48 Arconada (Texas A&M) vs. No. 12 Florian Lakat (Cal)/No. 22 Ronnie Schneider (UNC)

NCAA Doubles Championship
First Round
No. 9 Catanzariti/Rinderknech (Texas A&M) vs. No. 41 Charlie Emhardt/Jeffrey Schorsch (Valpo)

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My Aggie Nation Podcast: Jo Evans previews the Super Regionals

In this week’s episode, A&M softball head coach Jo Evans discusses the changes her team has made since they faced Super Regional foe Tennessee at the end of the regular season. Also, hosts Travis L. Brown and Zach Taylor analyze the softball team’s reemergence through the College Station Regional and break down the A&M baseball team’s postseason odds.

MyAggieNation_0523.mp3

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Warriors earn third straight trip to NBA Finals

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Stephen Curry scored 36 points and the Golden State Warriors closed out the Western Conference Final against the injury-ravaged San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory Monday night, becoming the first team in league history to start the playoffs 12-0.

Golden State led by as many as 22 points in cruising to its third straight NBA Finals. The Warriors await a possible third straight championship matchup with Cleveland, which leads Boston 2-1 in the East finals.

San Antonio’s only lead came on the opening possession when Manu Ginobili tossed in a left-handed scoop shot. The Spurs started Ginobili in what could be his final game with the team. The 39-year-old had maintained he will not ponder whether to retire or return until after the season.

Kyle Anderson scored 20 points to lead the Spurs, who were without Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and David Lee.

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Bombers Announce New Franchise Partners and Firework Packed Promotional Schedule

Bryan, Texas (May 22, 2017) – The four time defending TCL Champion Brazos Valley Bombers are thrilled to announce several explosive 2017 promotional theme nights for the upcoming season. The star-studded 2017 promo lineup includes 6 fireworks shows, the most in Bombers history, eight custom jersey auctions, and a slew of theme nights and special events for the entire family to enjoy.

(Bombers manager Trey Porras)

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Opening Weekend
The Brazos Valley Bombers kick off their first 2017 home stand with four games in a row at the Renovated Nutrabolt Stadium. Festivities for Opening Weekend include a magnetic schedule giveaway, a local SuperHero night honoring first responders with a custom Spiderman Jersey presented by TEEX, a night full of team spirit with onfield performances by several local competitive cheer squads, as well as an evening honoring local Teachers in a celebration of the end of the school year, where one lucky teacher will win a free vacation for 2 for the Summer!

New Partners
Joining long time official automotive partner Sterling Auto Group and Cognizant Technologies as new Franchise Partners are Jones & Associates the official insurance partner of the 4-Time Defending TCL Champions along with Baylor Scott & White Health as the official healthcare provider of the Bombers. Nutrabolt continues to lead the charge with the facility naming rights. The generosity and true partnership of these Franchise Partners allow for all of these great quality events to come to life with the Bombers.

Fireworks
The Bombers will feature six different post-game fireworks shows that are sure to amaze all in attendance. Following the June 2nd showing presented by Fedstar Credit Union, the rest of the firework nights will take place on June 9 powered by BTU as they light up the sky, June 10 fireworks by GATX, June 16 fireworks by Hilton CS, June 30 celebrating 60 years of KBTX and August 4th presented by Cognizant Technologies.

Jersey Giveaways
In addition to the dazzling fireworks displays, the Bombers will also be having jersey auctions that take place during the games throughout the season. The first auction will be held on June 12, and will be sponsored by TEEX. The second auction will occur on June 9, thanks to Urban Optics. On June 16, the third jersey auction will take place, presented by the Livewire. Jones and Associates Insurance is sponsoring the fourth auction on June 30, George W. Bush Library is sponsoring the July 15 auction, and Baylor Scott & White Health is sponsoring the July 24 jersey auction. We will wrap up the season with Nutrabolt sponsoring the August 4th jersey auction and Cognizant sponsoring the auction on the following day, August 5th.

Seasonal Highlights

June 15
Bombers baseball is very excited to have famous on field entertainer and extraordinary bat boy BBoy McCoy join us on June 15th, immediately following the Chamber Celebrity Softball Game. BBoy is known for his outstanding Minor League sideline entertainment and surprising fans with his impressive dance moves. Kaboom, watch out!

June 16
Bombers baseball presents Casino Night and 9 Innings of Winning on an extravagant Fireworks Friday. Everyone in attendance will get a chance to win a prize between each inning with casino games being played throughout the entire game. Don’t miss out on the Bombers’ 3rd annual car show prior to first pitch.

June 26
Time for dinner but in the mood for breakfast? Join us for Brinner (Breakfast/Dinner) in the park while getting to meet and mingle with a very special Minion appearance.

July 5
Nutrabolt Stadium is proud to host the 2017 TCL All Star Game featuring all of the best players in the TCL getting a chance to play together. Don’t miss a chance to see the TCL’s best all together on one night.

July 19
What’s better than enjoying a Bombers game in Margaritaville with $1 margaritas? Winning a free vacation for 2 adults to a tropical destination of your choice.

July 31
Mondays at Nutrabolt Stadium are never a drag, especially with $1 hot dogs, Bark in the Park presented by the Bryan Animal Clinic and an extremely entertaining night of olympic games between mascots from throughout the Brazos County. Also, don’t miss the biggest birthday bash of the year, Kaboom’s 11th birthday.

For tickets and information on how to see the Bombers #Drive4Five 2017 season, please call (979) 779-PLAY, or go to www.bvbombers.com. To follow all upcoming news and developments for the Brazos Valley Bombers, follow or like us on facebook.com/bvbombers, and follow us on Twitter: @BV_Bombers and Instagram: bvbombersbaseball.

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Shewmake Named SEC Freshman of the Year, Four Aggies Earn SEC Honors

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies had four players honored by the Southeastern Conference on Monday as the league announced the 2017 Baseball Awards and All-SEC Teams, recognizing standout performances from the season.

Braden Shewmake led the Aggie contingent, earning SEC Freshman of the Year, First-Team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman Team honors. Hunter Coleman and Logan Foster joined Shewmake on the SEC All-Freshman Team. Brigham Hill rounded out the honorees as he was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team.

Shewmake is hitting .342 (81-for-237) with 39 runs, 16 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 64 RBI and 11 stolen bases. He ranks 13th in the nation in RBI (64) and 27th in hits (81). He leads all Division I freshmen in hits, total bases and RBI.

The Wylie, Texas native, a two-time SEC Freshman of the Week, ranks second in the league in RBI and fourth in hits and total bases.

Shewmake is the first Aggie to earn SEC Freshman of the Year recognition. The only other Texas A&M player to be named a league’s top freshman was Jason Meyer who was named the Big 12 Freshman Pitcher of the Year in 2004.

Coleman is hitting .291 (34-for-117) with 22 runs, four doubles, one triple four home runs and 18 RBI. He earned SEC Player of the Week recognition on one occasion.

Foster is batting 293 (51-for-174) with 32 runs, 13 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 23 RBI. He earned SEC Freshman of the Week after his All-Tournament Team performance at the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic where he hit .412 (7-for-17) with six runs, three doubles, one triple and one home run.

Prior to this season, the Aggies had just one player named to the SEC All-Freshman Team with Nick Banks recognized in 2014.

Hill is 7-3 on the season with a 2.96 ERA, .238 opponent batting average and 95 strikeouts in 85.0 innings over his 14 starts. The junior was errorless on the mound and helped turn one double play. He became the third Aggie pitcher to earn SEC All-Defensive Team recognition, joining Daniel Mengden in 2013 and Kyle Simonds in 2016. Cole Lankford (1B – 2013) and Ryne Birk (2B – 2016) also garnered all-defensive honors for the Maroon and White.

Texas A&M opens play at the SEC Tournament Tuesday as they play the Missouri Tigers in the second game of the day at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. The tournament opener is slated for 9:30 am with Vanderbilt and South Carolina squaring off.

2017 SEC Baseball Awards

Player of the Year: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State
Pitcher of the Year: Sean Hjelle, Kentucky
Freshman of the Year: Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M
Coach of the Year: Nick Mingione, Kentucky
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Zach Logue, Kentucky

First-Team All-SEC
C: Grant Koch, Arkansas
1B: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State
2B: Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M
3B: Jordan Rodgers, Tennessee
SS: Ryan Gridley, Mississippi State
OF: Greg Deichmann, LSU
OF: Tristan Pompey, Kentucky
OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt
DH/UT: Michael Curry, Georgia
SP: Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt
*SP: Sean Hjelle, Kentucky
*SP: Alex Lange, LSU
RP: Logan Salow, Kentucky

Second-Team All-SEC Team
C: Troy Squires, Kentucky
1B: Evan White, Kentucky
2B: Riley Mahan, Kentucky
3B: Colby Bortles, Ole Miss
*SS: Kramer Robertson, LSU
*SS: Jax Biggers, Arkansas
OF: Jonah Todd, Auburn
OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State
OF: Chandler Taylor, Alabama
DH/UT: JJ Schwarz, Florida
SP: Alex Faedo, Florida
SP: Brady Singer, Florida
RP: Michael Byrne, Florida

Freshman All-SEC Team
C: Hunter Coleman, Texas A&M
1B: Andre Lipcius, Tennessee
2B: Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M
3B: Josh Smith, LSU
SS: Cam Shepherd, Georgia
OF: Carlos Cortes, South Carolina
OF: Zach Watson, LSU
OF: Dominic Fletcher, Arkansas
DH/UT: Logan Foster, Texas A&M
SP: Ryan Rolison, Ole Miss
SP: Eric Walker, LSU
RP: T.J. Sikkema, Missouri

SEC All-Defensive Team
C: Michael Papierski, LSU
1B: Evan White, Kentucky
2B: Deacon Liput, Florida
3B: Josh Smith, LSU
SS: Dalton Guthrie, Florida
OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt
OF: Jonah Todd, Auburn
OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State
P: Brigham Hill, Texas A&M

* – Denotes a tie in voting. Ties are not broken.

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Szeryk Tied for 10th Entering Final Round of NCAA Championship

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SUGAR GROVE, Ill.- Texas A&M junior Maddie Szeryk is in a tie for 10th place after the second of three rounds at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. Szeryk shot a 2-over 74 on Sunday to climb three places up the leaderboard.

Szeryk, a three time All-SEC selection, sits at 6-over 150 for the tournament, six strokes behind tournament leader Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest. Szeryk has made seven birdies, including five on Sunday, on the par 72 / 6,343 yard course at Rich Harvest Farms, ranking behind only Kupcho.

Szeryk tees off for the final round at 1:35 p.m. on Monday. The Golf Channel provides live coverage of the final round, starting at 3 p.m. and running until 7 p.m.

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Texas A&M Advances to Super Regional with 3-1 Victory over Texas

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COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M softball team advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals with a 3-1 victory over the Texas Longhorns Sunday afternoon at the Aggie Softball Complex.

In the teams’ first meeting in College Station since 2012, the Aggies (45-10) found themselves in an early hole as the Texas (33-26) put up the game’s first run up in the home half of the second. With runners on the corners and one out, Kaitlyn Washington plated Tuesday DerMargosian on a groundout to second.

In the third, Tori Vidales answered right back with a game-tying solo shot to right center, her 16th homer of the season and 50th of her career.

The Aggie offense kept the foot on the gas into the fourth, loading the bases with one out against Texas starter Tiarra Davis (8-11). Vidales blasted a two-RBI double off the wall in center, scoring Blake-Ann Fritsch and Erica Russell.

The three runs would be all Aggie starter Samantha Show (19-6) would need as the East Bernard, Texas, native finished with a complete game victory, her 14th of the season and second in as many days. The sophomore finished with four strikeouts as well as four hits allowed.

Keeli Milligan highlighted the Aggie offense during the weekend, hitting 7-for-10 in the Regional while walking twice and stealing a pair of bases. The Texas A&M pitching staff allowed just two runs in 19 innings of work fanning 16 while allowing just 12 hits.

With the win the Aggies will make their first appearance in a Super Regional since 2013 and will face Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. Dates and times of the series is to be determined.

To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to 12thMan.com or follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.

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Martin’s Gem and Coleman’s Homer Power Aggies to 5-2 Win

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies took the middle game, 5-2, against the No. 16 Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday Night on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park to even the series.

Corbin Martin (6-3) weaved one of the best works of his career. He notched a career-high 12 strikeouts, allowing two runs on eight hits and one walk over 8.0 innings.

With the win Texas A&M improved to 36-19 on the season and 16-13 in SEC play. The victory guaranteed the Aggies a winning record in league action for the third consecutive season.

Arkansas (38-15, 17-11 SEC) opened the scoring with one run in the third inning when Eric Cole gapped a leadoff double to right-center and Jared Gates bounced a single up the middle. A&M avoided further damage escaping the inning with the bases full of Razorbacks. Arkansas ended up loading the bases with a single by Jax Biggers and a walk issued to Luke Bonfield, but Martin got Grant Koch to line out to centerfield to end the frame.

The Aggies answered back and then some in the home half of the third off previously unbeaten Razorback starter Dominic Taccolini (4-1). George Janca and Nick Choruby reached on singles before Cole Bedford tied the game on a sac fly. After the Hogs walked Braden Shewmake, Hunter Coleman made them pay blasting a three-run dinger to center. Coleman’s fourth homer of the season put the Aggies up 4-1.

Arkansas pushed one more across in the seventh on a double that just stayed fair down the left field line off the bat of Chad Spanberger. Martin limited them again getting his 10th strikeout of the game to end the threat.

Again, the Aggies answered the Hogs with a one-frame in the bottom half. Janca led the frame with a double and came around to score when Cole Bedford blasted a ball of the Arkansas first baseman with the infield drawn in.

Cason Sherrod came into the game for the ninth and closed the door on the Aggie victory. His perfect frame earned him his third save of the season.

On senior night, outgoing Aggie Blake Kopetsky went 2-for-4 while fellow seniors Walker Pennington and Choruby both came through with a base knock.

The two team will be wrap up the regular season at with an 11:02 a.m. start on Saturday. The rubber match will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES

Head Coach Rob Childress
On Corbin Martin‘s outing…
“What an amazing performance. He knew we needed some length out of him tonight. That’s an offensive as a club that we’ve faced since Kentucky and for him to slow them down tonight and get us some great innings, just a remarkable performance.”

On Martin’s effectiveness…
“He threw all four pitches for a strike. He was able to pitch backwards, the soft stuff early, use the fastball late and just never seemed to be in trouble.”

On the importance of Hunter Coleman‘s home run…
“Gigantic. It allowed us to breathe a little bit and allowed Corbin (Martin) to breathe a little bit.”

Freshman 1B Hunter Coleman
On Corbin Martin‘s outing…
“I think he competed. His stuff stayed good all night. His last pitch was 95 MPH, tough to do. I think he did a good job just controlling himself and putting us in a good spot to win.”

On his first start at first base as an Aggie…
“About a month and a half ago Coach (Childress) told me to start taking some groundballs, getting ready just in case. Bad luck for Joel (Davis) but I was ready to go. Definitely felt comfortable.”

Junior RHP Corbin Martin
On his approach on the mound throughout the game…
“The second time through the lineup we started mixing speeds more and giving them a different look. I think they started to adjust back to that. So we starting pitching a little bit backwards, which was nice, and just being able to pitch with different pitches and trust the guys behind me. Just holding them to the least amount of runs that I could, that was my goal.”

On how he feels after throwing a career-high amount of pitches…
“I feel really good. I was begging Coach (Childress) for that eighth inning. He was going to go with (Cason) Sherrod and I just said that I felt like I had been getting better throughout the game and it was nice to go back out there and be able to repeat what I’ve been doing. The guys were definitely having fun behind me so it made it a lot easier.”

On catcher Cole Bedford…
“Bedford caught the best game I think he’s ever caught. He was a bulldog back there and it always helps to have a guy like him behind the plate.”

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Texas A&M Overpowers Texas Southern, 14-0

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COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M softball team defeated Texas Southern, 14-0, Friday night to open play at the NCAA College Station Regional at the Aggie Softball Complex.

The Aggies (43-10) struck quickly, scoring three two-out runs in the first. Tori Vidales reached on a walk and moved to third as Kristen Cuyos reached on an error. Following a walk by Ashley Walters, Riley Sartain soared a double off the wall in right center to clear the bases.

Texas A&M broke the game open with an eight-run third inning to lead 11-0. Show began the scoring with a two-RBI double, before Russell tripled to right, scoring Show and Hudek, who reached on an error. An RBI, infield single from Keeli Milligan pushed Russell across and Milligan later scored on a single up the middle by Kaitlyn Alderink. Walters capped off the inning with a sacrifice fly to left.

Cuyos added to the lead in the fourth with a three-run homer to left, her 11th of the season.

Lexi Smith recorded her 12th win of the season, tossing a complete-game two-hitter with nine strikeouts.

The Aggies will face Texas State, who defeated Texas, 1-0, in 12 innings, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Coverage of tomorrow’s game can be seen on WatchESPN and the ESPN app, while the network affiliate is to be determined. The game can be heard locally on Willy 1550AM.

Tickets may be purchased at the Kyle Field or Reed Arena box offices, online at www.12thman.com/tickets or by phone at 888-99-AGGIE or 979-845-2311.

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Information regarding the NCAA Regional can be found online at www.12thMan.com/NCAASoftball.

To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to 12thMan.com or follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.

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Aggies Drop 10-inning Decision vs. Arkansas, 6-4

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies dropped the series opener, 6-4, to the No. 16 Arkansas Razorbacks in a 10-inning affair Thursday night on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Trailing 4-3 heading to the bottom of the ninth, Texas A&M (35-19, 15-13 SEC) rallied and tied the game with a sac fly from Jorge Gutierrez. But Arkansas’ Chad Spanberger gave the Razorbacks the final advantage with a two-run home run in the top of the tenth.

Arkansas (38-14, 17-10 SEC) opened the scoring with two runs in the second off Aggie starter Brigham Hill. The Razorbacks strung together four singles with the final coming on an infield hit with two outs.

Braden Shewmake gave Texas A&M the lead with one swing of the bat in the third inning. Trailing 2-0, the Aggies got two runners aboard with two outs as Nick Choruby reached on an infield hit and Cam Blake was hit by a pitch. On the next pitch, the freshman hammered a Trevor Stephan offering to the opposite field. His 10th homer of the year put the Maroon and White in front 3-2.

After both teams went silent for the next four innings, it was Arkansas’ turn to go from trailing to leading on one pitch. With no outs, a runner on second and Kaylor Chafin on the hill, Jax Biggers hooked a shot just inside the right field foul pole putting the Razorbacks up 4-3. They threatened for more but a bases-loaded double play kept the Razorbacks within Aggie reach.

Hunter Coleman got the Aggies’ ninth inning started with a leadoff walk. He was replaced at first base by Blake Kopetsky who was unsuccessful in a sacrifice bunt attempt. Cole Bedford doubled off the glove of Arkansas’ third baseman down the leftfield line to put both runners in scoring position. Gutierrez drove a deep fly ball to rightfield to knock in Kopetsky with the equalizer. With the winning run at third bae, Austin Homan swung and missed on a 2-2 pitch to end the threat.

The Aggies were unable to put together another rally in the home half of the 10th against Arkansas reliever Jake Reindl (3-1).

Hill got the no-decision working 5.0 innings and striking out seven. Chafin extended his scoreless inning streak to 28.1 innings before allowing the eighth inning homer. Sherrod worked 1.2 scoreless innings needing to face just four batters to do so. Kilkenny (3-3) got the loss after working the tenth.

Shewmake finished the day 2-for-4 bringing his RBI total up to 64. Choruby also reached twice going 2-for-5 and scoring his team-leading 49th run of the season.

The two programs will be back at it for the middle game of the series at 6:32 on Friday before wrapping up the regular season with an 11:00 a.m. first pitch on Saturday.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Rob Childress
On today’s game…
“It was a hard-fought loss. There are no moral victories in a loss here at Texas A&M. I’m proud of some things we did along the way, but at the end of the night we didn’t get it done.”

On converting opportunities on offense…
You’re not going to have many opportunities early in the series. You think back and the game may have been decided in the first inning. We had a runner at second base with no outs. We can’t move him, can’t score him. Turned out to be pretty important.”

Junior RHP Brigham Hill
On Arkansas’ offense…
“They were battling the whole game. They extended at bats and they were tough outs tonight. That ultimately led to me throwing 100 pitches through five innings.”

On the team’s mindset…
“The older guys just try to preach short-term memory. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what you’re doing now. It’s all about postseason. We’re just trying to set ourselves up for success later on. You definitely want to win every game you can, but you have to move on to the next one.”

Freshman 2B Braden Shewmake
On Texas A&M’s offensive performance…
“As an offense, scoring four runs is nice on a Thursday night, but we know we’re capable of a lot more. Our coaches have put an approach in our head that will lead us in a direction to score eight or nine runs every night. So we know we have to be a little better offensively. We’re pitching the ball fine.”

On the mindset of the younger players…
“We’re just following our seniors. Our seniors know it. They’ve been through it. We’ve never been through it on this stage. We don’t know what it’s like. This is all new for us. So we’re following the seniors. They haven’t led us in the wrong direction all year so we trust they’re going to lead us in the right direction again.”

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