Aggie Spring Football Practice: Jeff Banks

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Texas A&M special teams coach Jeff Banks

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U.S. whips Puerto Rico to win WBC

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The United States has won the World Baseball Classic for the first time in four tries.

Marcus Stroman was named the tournament MVP after carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning to lead the Americans to an 8-0 rout of Puerto Rico in the title game at Los Angeles. Stroman allowed just three balls past the infield until Angel Pagan’s double in the left-field corner leading off the seventh. The Toronto Blue Jays hurler silenced a Puerto Rican club that had outscored the opposition 55-26 while winning its first seven games of the tournament.

Ian Kinsler slammed a two-run homer for the U.S.

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SEC Implements Clear Bag Policy for All Football Games

In the interest of enhancing existing security measures at games involving Southeastern Conference schools, the SEC will implement a new security policy regulating the size and type of bag that may be carried into all stadiums in which SEC schools host games, beginning with the 2017 football season, it was announced Yesterday. Although the new conference-wide bag policy will be in effect beginning with the 2017 football season, a number of SEC institutions implemented the policy during the 2016 football season. Click here for a full list of details.

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No. 7 Aggies Blank Prairie View, 15-0

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION – The No. 7 Texas A&M Softball team posted their largest victory of the season with a 15-0 win over the Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers Wednesday night at the Aggie Softball Complex.

The Aggies (26-2) had both sides of the ball clicking in their shutout victory. Aggie bats posted crooked numbers in every frame and the pitching staff allowed only one Panther to reach base. The 15-run margin was Texas A&M’s largest since a 21-0 victory over San Diego in March of 2016.

Trinity Harrington (7-1), making her eighth start of the year, retired all nine Panthers she faced over her three innings of work. The junior fanned four, not allowing a ball to leave the infield. She was relieved by Payton McBride who completed the shutout. The lone Panther baserunner reached on infield hit to begin the fourth. Aggie pitching used just 50 pitches in the ballgame and combined for six strikeouts throwing only nine balls.

The Maroon and White wasted no time posting a four-run first. Kaitlyn Alderink started the inning with a one-out single and was followed up by Riley Sartain reaching on an error. Consecutive doubles from Ashley Walters and Sarah Hudek gave the Aggies a 3-0 advantage. McBride singled home the final run of the frame with a single to right.

Tori Vidales began the second with line-drive homer off Panther starter Taylor Drury (3-8). The laser just cleared the left field wall for Vidales’ fifth dinger of the season. The Aggies would make it back-to-back four-run innings with the big hit delivered on Kristen Cuyos‘ two-run single.

In the third, Reagan Boenker went opposite field with a two-run blast, her first of the season. In their final at bats, the Aggies posted a five-spot aided by a pair Panther errors and two walks.

In just four innings at bat, 11 different Aggies scored and 10 different Aggies recorded a base hit. They finished with six walks and just one strike out.

Texas A&M returns to action Friday with a three-game series against Missouri at the Aggie Softball complex. The Sunday game will be available on ESPNU and the first two games be seen on the SEC Network +, available through WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Each game can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM.

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

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My Aggie Nation Podcast: Robert Williams is staying in Aggieland

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In this week’s episode, hosts Travis L. Brown and Zach Taylor break down the decision of A&M freshman forward Robert Williams to return for his sophomore season. Also, A&M softball left fielder Keeli Milligan returns on her weekly segment Keeli’s Korner, running through the week in Aggie softball. Finally, Brown and Taylor round out the show with a look at the Aggie baseball team’s three losses to Kentucky over the weekend and the women’s basketball trip to Los Angeles for the NCAA Tournament.

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Bakshi Named SEC Co-Player of the Week

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – For the first time this season Texas A&M’s Aleksandre Bakshi has been named SEC Co-Player of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday morning.

Bakshi clinched wins at Alabama and against No. 2 Ohio State for the Aggies, helping Texas A&M improve to 12-3 on the season and 5-0 in SEC play and increasing their SEC-best win streak to 11 matches. The pair of clinch victories bring the left-hander’s tally to three on the season, the second most on the team. Bakshi’s triumph over No. 66 Herkko Pollanen of Ohio State was the highest ranked win of his career and his second ranked win of the season. The Tblisi, Georgia native has won three straight dual matches, the second longest streak of his career, to improve to 13-6 this year and 7-3 in dual matches.

The honor was the third straight for the Aggies as No. 12 Arthur Rinderknech and No. 116 AJ Catanzariti earned Player of the Week status the last two weeks. Additionally, the Maroon & White have captured Freshman of the Week honors three times, twice by Valentin Vacherot (Feb. 15 & March 1) and once by Hady Habib (March 8). The Aggies’ six SEC honorees tops the league this season, with No. 12 Georgia (4) the only other school to receive more than two honors.

Bakshi shared Player of the Week honors with South Carolina’s Harrison O’Keefe while Mississippi State’s Giovanni Oradini was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week.

Bakshi and the Aggies will host Tennessee Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center followed by a road swing at LSU and No. 19 TCU on Saturday and Monday, respectively. All Texas A&M students are granted free admission to home matches by presenting a valid student ID. Additionally, fans are reminded the Mitchell Tennis Center adheres to the Texas A&M Athletics ‘Clear Bag’ policy, for more information about the policy visit 12thMan.com/beclear .

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.

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Bohman, Hake Named SEC Riders of the Month

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M Equestrian’s Madison Bohman and Rachael Hake were named SEC Riders of the Month, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Bohman was named the Reining Rider of the Month after finishing with a 1-0-1 record in March. The Morgan, Utah, native defeated Auburn’s Ali Fratessa, 74-0, to earn her fourth MOP of the season and tied TCU’s Carley Montemuro at 72.5. Bohman leads the team with eight wins in the event on the year.

Hake began the month with an 80-79 victory over Auburn’s Tory Hoft in Equitation on the Flat, her first SEC win of the season. The Washington, Mich., native helped lead the Maroon and White to a 4-1 win in Flat against TCU, defeating Maddy Fithian, 65-62.

Bohman and Hake become the sixth and seventh Aggie to earn the conference honor, joining Sarah Orsak, Maddie Swem, Kai DeVoglaer, Kaci Fisher and Avery Ellis.

The Aggies begin their hunt for the SEC Championship on Friday against Auburn at 9 a.m. in Auburn, Ala.

To learn more about the Texas A&M equestrian team, log onto www.12thman.com or follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter.

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Aggies Topple Rice, 8-5

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 23 Texas A&M Aggies defeated the Rice Owls 8-5 Tuesday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

The Aggies got back on the winning track, in part due to the A&M bats pilling up six runs in their final four times at-bat. They trailed 3-2 heading into the fifth before a three-run frame gave them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Rice took an early lead with a one-run first off Aggie starter Corbin Martin (2-2). With two outs and men on the corners, the Owls executed a double steal scoring two-hole hitter Ryan Chandler from third.

Joel Davis answered back in the bottom of the second. The senior sent his third dinger of the season way over the right field wall to even the score.

The deadlock was short lived as Rice grabbed the lead back posting a run in consecutive frames. Dane Myers singled home the run in the third and Dayne Wunderlich’s drove in the other with a sac fly off reliever John Doxakis in the 4th.

Doxakis (1-1) kept the Owls quiet for the rest of his 4.0-inning relief outing. The first-year lefty fanned four en route to his first career win.

The Aggies chipped away in the fourth loading the bases with nobody out. Davis again had the RBI, this time on sac fly to center that sent Austin Homan home.

The A&M offense captured the lead for good posting a three-run fifth. With one out, George Janca and Nick Choruby reached via consecutive singles though the left side off Rice reliever Addison Moss (0-1). Homan tied the game up on a single of his own before Shewmake’s sacrifice fly put the home team in front. Logan Foster plated the final run of the frame on a double to center.

The Aggie bats plated insurance runs in the seventh with a pair of runs. Foster and Davis added to their RBI totals with a single and double, respectively. In the eighth, Shewmake tallied his second sac fly of the game for the eighth A&M run.

Rice scored one run in the eighth and ninth off the third aggie pitcher Mitchell Kilkenny. They would put the tying run at the plate before Kilkenny recorded the final out of the game on a liner to Homan.

Davis highlighted the Texas A&M lineup going 2-for-3 and plating runs in three different innings. Homan started in the two-hole and reached four times, scoring on three occasions. Altogether, the two-through-five hitters went 8-for-13 with all eight RBI.

Next up, the Aggies hit the road for a three-game set with Vanderbilt in Nashville. First pitch from Hawkins Field on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m.

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Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress

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Aggie Spring Football Practice: Kevin Sumlin

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Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin

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Three Aggies earn SEC Athlete of the Week honors to open outdoor season

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

BIRMINGHAM – A trio of Aggies were named Athletes of the Week by the SEC office. Honors were awarded to Robert Grant as men’s Runner of the Week, Jeff Bartlett as men’s Field Athlete of the Week and Aaliyah Brown as women’s Runner of the Week.

Preseason national team computer rankings for the outdoor season released by USTFCCCA this week have the Texas A&M men ranked No. 4 with the Aggie women at No. 12. Texas A&M will compete within the state of Texas the next two weeks. First they will be in San Antonio this weekend at the UTSA Roadrunners Invitational and the following week they travel to Austin for the Texas Relays.

Brown, a senior from Frankfort, Illinois, broke a 19-year-old meet record in the 100m at the Baldy Castillo Invitational as she posted a time of 11.26 to clip the 11.27 set in 1998 by LSU’s Kwajalein Butler. It’s the fastest time by Brown to open an outdoor campaign and she currently ranks second on the 2017 world list while leading the collegiate ranks.

Grant, a junior from Phoenix, Arizona, raced to a 50.07 victory in the 400m hurdles as he produced his sixth fastest time ever and his best opener to a season. Grant is the current U.S. and collegiate leader and ranks seventh in the world. Grant bettered the field at Arizona State by nearly a full second.

Bartlett, a senior from Dallas, Texas, produced his best opener and the second best discus mark by a collegian in the early stages of the outdoor season with a toss of 186-6 (56.84). The effort placed Bartlett second in the competition behind Iowa’s Reno Tuufuli, who set a collegiate leading mark of 193-8 (59.04). Bartlett’s series included four of his six throws over 180 feet with three attempts better than 185 feet.

USTFCCCA Outdoor Preseason Rankings
Men: 1. Florida, 2. Oregon, 3. Arkansas, 4. Texas A&M, 5. LSU, 6. Virginia, 7. Texas, 8. Alabama, 9. Georgia, 10. Stanford, 11. USC, 12. Texas Tech, 13. Mississippi, 14. Tennessee, 15. Nebraska, 16. Syracuse, 17. Kansas, 18. UCLA, 19. Minnesota, 20. Houston, 21. Virginia Tech, 22. Kentucky, 23. Western Kentucky, 24. Auburn, 25. South Carolina.

Women: 1. Oregon, 2. Kentucky, 3. Arkansas, 4. LSU, 5. USC, 6. Florida, 7. Georgia, 8. Texas, 9. Stanford, 10. Florida State, 11. Tennessee, 12. Texas A&M, 13. Washington, 14. Harvard, 15. Alabama, 16. Miami, 17. Baylor, 18. Nebraska, 19. Oklahoma, 20. Virginia Tech, 21. Michigan, 22. South Carolina, 23. Mississippi, 24. Auburn, 25. San Diego State.

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Wade Leaving VCU for LSU

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Will Wade is leaving VCU to take over LSU after guiding the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in both his seasons as coach. LSU vice chancellor and athletic director Joe Alleva made the announcement Monday night on the school’s athletics website and Twitter. Wade guided the Rams to the Atlantic 10 championship game and the NCAA Tournament in both of his seasons. A person familiar with negotiations says he’s agreed to a six-year contract with LSU.

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Statement from Texas A&M’s Robert Williams

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

TEXAS A&M FRESHMAN FORWARD ROBERT WILLIAMS
“First of all, I would like to thank God for blessing me with the awesome opportunity to play at a great university like Texas A&M. I would also like to thank my parents, family, coaches, teammates and fans for supporting me through my freshman year. I love A&M and it was a great experience which helped me grow and get better as a player and a person. Although I’ve grown, I still feel like I would benefit from another year of college. This will give me more time to mature and develop my game before moving on to the NBA. With that being said I’ve decided I owe it to myself to stay another year at Texas A&M. Again, I would like to thank everyone for their support and I know next year will be even better. Gig ’em Aggies!”

TEXAS A&M HEAD COACH BILLY KENNEDY
“I’m thankful that Robert loves Texas A&M and his teammates. I know this was a difficult decision for him and his family. He’s not only a special talent but a special young man. His desire to be the best and his trust in us in humbling. I can’t wait for next season!”

 

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Freshman sensation Robert Williams announced Tuesday that he plans to return to Texas A&M for his sophomore season after weighing the option of entering the 2017 NBA Draft after just one season in Aggieland.

Williams, a native of Oil City, La., emerged as a star on the hardwood for the Aggies during his rookie campaign, garnering SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors in addition to being named to both the All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Freshman squads.

The 6-foot-9 forward made 17 starts during his rookie year while averaging 11.9 points, a team-leading 8.2 rebounds per contest and shooting an impressive 55.8 percent from the field. Williams totaled 11 double-doubles on the season, second only to Ole Miss senior Sebastian Saiz among all SEC players.

On the defensive end, Williams stood out as one of the NCAA’s most disruptive forces this season. He owns the nation’s longest active blocked shot streak, having collected a swat in all 31 contests, while posting 22 multi-block games as well as eight affairs with four or more blocks. A three-time SEC Freshman of the Week honoree, Williams’ 77 total blocked shots are 19th-most among all Division-I players this season (as of 3/18 games) were the second most by an Aggie in a single season, trailing only David Harris’ 108 in 1989-90.

SEC play saw Williams’ productivity reach another level as he led the league in blocked shots (2.6 per game), while checking in at second in both rebounding (9.6 boards per game) and field goal percentage (54.2 percent).

Texas A&M men’s basketball now stands to return one of the SEC’s formidable rosters to the hardwood for the 2017-18 campaign, bringing back four starters and 13 total players, representing 86.1 percent of the Aggies’ total scoring output.

Additionally, A&M will be boosted on the hardwood by the addition of freshman JJ Caldwell, a highly-regarded point guard who redshirted the 2016-17 season, and welcome another nationally-ranked signing class to Aggieland. 247 Sports regards Texas A&M’s incoming class as the 14th best in the country while ESPN slots the four Aggie commits among the top 12 players in the state of Texas.

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Aggie Women’s Season Ends with Second Round Loss to UCLA

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

LOS ANGELES- Fifth-seeded Texas A&M fell 75-43 to 4-seed UCLA in the Second Round of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on Monday inside Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA (25-9) made 3-pointers on their first three shot attempts of the game, racing out to a 22-9 lead after a quarter. The Bruins led 42-21 at halftime, paced by eight first-half 3-pointers. Texas A&M never was able to close the deficit in the second half.

Khaalia Hillsman, Danni Williams and Curtyce Knox each had 10 points to co-lead the Aggies. Williams finished the season with 563 points, which ties the Texas A&M sophomore scoring record, set by Courtney Walker in 2013-14.

It was the final collegiate game for Texas A&M seniors Curtyce Knox, Taylor Cooper and Alyssa Michalke. Knox finished the season with 8.9 assists per game, which leads the nation. Knox set the Texas A&M and Southeastern Conference single-season records with 304 assists.

The Bruins advance to the Sweet 16 to face No. 1 Connecticut. This marks UCLA’s first back-to-back trips to the NCAA Sweet 16. The win extends UCLA’s home winning streak to 29, the second-longest in the nation.

The Aggies conclude their season at 22-12, having made their 12th straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017.


QUICKIE NOTES

  • Texas A&M finishes the season at 22-12, marking the Aggies’ 12th straight 20+ win season and 12th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament
  • Texas A&M is 23-13 in NCAA Tournament games and 6-5 in the Second Round
  • Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair is 35-22 in the NCAA Tournament, which is the seventh-most wins among active coaches. He is 10-11 in the Second Round.
  • Curtyce Knox finishes the season with 8.9 assists per game which leads Division I. She set the Texas A&M and SEC single-season record for assists with 304
  • Khaalia Hillsman scored in double figures for the 32nd time in 34 games this season
    • Hillsman finishes the season with 556 points, which ranks 10th on Texas A&M’s single-season list
  • Danni Williams scored in double figures for the 31st time in 34 games this season
    • Williams matches Courtney Walker‘s sophomore scoring record with 563 points on the season. She finishes the season tied for 7th with Walker on Texas A&M’s single-season list
  • Curtyce Knox scored in double figures for the 16th time this season and 19th time in her career
  • Blair is 330-141 in 14 seasons at Texas A&M, and 739-304 overall in his Hall of Fame career. He is tied for 12th on the Division I career wins list, and ranks eighth among active coaches.

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Aggie Women to play UCLA in Second Round of NCAA Tournament on The Zone

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

Game 34 • NCAA Second Round • Monday, March 20, 2017 • 9 p.m. CT/7 p.m. PT
[5] Texas A&M Aggies (22-11, 9-7 SEC) at
No. 15 AP / No. 14 Coaches [4] UCLA Bruins (24-8, 13-5 Pac-12)
Los Angeles, Calif. | Pauley Pavilion (12,829)
Radio: Sportsradio 1150 & the Zone 102.7 FM (Tom Turbiville, Steve Miller)
TV: ESPNU (Sam Gore, Julianne Viani)

LOS ANGELES- Texas A&M takes on UCLA on Monday, March 20 at 9 p.m. inside Pauley Pavilion in the NCAA Second Round. The Aggies survived their first game by erasing a 21-point fourth quarter deficit against Penn on Saturday.

The game is broadcast in its entirety on ESPNU, with Sam Gore and Julianne Viani on the call. Authenticated subscribers can access the game on WatchESPN and the ESPN app on their mobile phones, computers, tablets, smart TVs and other connected devices. Tom Turbiville and Steve Miller bring listeners the action on the Texas A&M Sports Network.

The 5-seed Aggies trailed 58-37 with 8:54 to play on Saturday, before rattling off a 26-3 run to finish the game, holding Penn without a field goal during that span. The 21-point comeback is the largest in the history of the NCAA Tournament, and matches the Texas A&M school record comeback, set in November 2003. Khaalia Hillsman led the Aggies with a career-high 27 points, and capped the comeback with a basket with 19.1 seconds remaining, her fourth last-minute go-ahead or game-tying basket of the year.

No. 15 UCLA, who earned the right to host this game as a 4-seed, defeated Boise State 83-56 in the NCAA First Round on Saturday. Jordin Canada leads the Bruins with 17.9 points and 6.9 assists per game.

The winner of this game advances to the Bridgeport (Conn.) Regional and plays the winner of 1-seed Connecticut and 8-seed Syracuse on Saturday, March 25.

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Late Rallies Come Up Short in 11-7 Loss to Kentucky

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas –The No. 13 Texas A&M Aggies scored six runs in the last three innings, but it wasn’t enough to erase a 10-run deficit as the Maroon and White dropped an 11-7 decision to the Kentucky Wildcats Sunday on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Texas A&M (14-7, 0-3 SEC) were powered by the bottom of the order. Eight-hole hitter Cole Bedford batted 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs. Nine-hole hitter George Janca was 2-for-4 with one home run, two runs and three RBI.

Trailing by 10 runs, Texas A&M mounted a rally in the home half of the seventh. With one out, Bedford gapped a double to left-center and Janca flared a single to leftfield, driving Kentucky starter Justin Lewis from the game. With Colton Cleary on the mound, Choruby pushed a run across with an infield single and Braden Shewmake knocked in two with a single through the right side to cut the Wildcat advantage to 11-4.

In the eighth inning, Jorge Gutierrez reached on an infield single with one out and, with two outs, Bedford doubled to leftfield. Janca got ahead in the count 3-1 before unleashing his first career home run, a three-run shot, to leftfield, trimming the UK edge to 11-7.

The Aggies were unable to sustain the charge in the ninth, going down in order.

The Wildcats pounced on Aggies for two runs in the top of the first inning. With one out, Tristen Pompey worked a five-pitch walk and Kole Cottam singled to left. After Mitchell Kilkenny got Luke Becker to swing and miss on strike three for the second out, Riley Mahan hit a wall-banger to centerfield to drive in both runners for the 2-0 lead.

The Aggies responded with a run in the home half of the first. Leadoff batter Nick Choruby was issued a base on balls and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Homan. After Shewmake flew out for the second out of the inning Logan Foster slapped a single to centerfield, plating Choruby.

Kentucky (15-6, 3-0 SEC) stacked up three more runs in the top of the second. Troy Squires singled to left and an error on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Marshall put runners on the corners with no outs. Connor Heady put down a squeeze bunt to knock in Squires. Carson, Pompey and Cottam strung together three consecutive singles with the last two driving each driving in a run to inflate the Wildcats’ cushion to 5-1.

The Wildcats strung the lead out to 11-1 with one run in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the seventh.

Kilkenny (2-1) struggled in the start, allowing five runs, four earned on seven hits and one walk while striking three in 1.1 innings.

Lewis (3-1) earned the victory going 6.1 innings, yielding three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four in 6.1 innings.

The Aggies return to action Tuesday as they host the Rice Owls in a 6:02 pm contest on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

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Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress

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Aggie LHP Kaylor Chafin

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No. 7 Texas A&M Completes Road Sweep Over No. 22 Ole Miss, 3-1

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 7 Texas A&M Softball team completed its road sweep over No. 22 Ole Miss, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.

Texas A&M (25-2, 5-1 SEC) snagged an early 1-0 lead in the first on a Riley Sartain sacrifice fly. Kaitlyn Alderink reached base on a one-out walk and moved to second on a fielding error. After advancing to third on a passed ball, Sartain sent a fly ball to the warning track in center, allowing Alderink to score.

In the second, the Aggies doubled the lead to 2-0. The Aggies loaded the bases on back-to-back two-out singles from Keeli Milligan and Alderink, before Tori Vidales walked. Sartain then worked a 10-pitch at bat to walk, pushing across Milligan.

Alderink led off the fourth with an infield single and recorded her ninth stolen base of the season. Following a walk by Vidales, Sartain plated Alderink on a RBI double to right, extending the advantage to three.

Ole Miss (21-6, 0-3 SEC) chipped away at the lead in the sixth on a RBI single to right by Brittany Finney.

Lexi Smith scattered just two hits and recorded a season-high 14 strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work to stay perfect on the season at 8-0. Trinity Harrington notched her first save of the season, striking out one in the seventh.

The Aggies return to action Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at home against Prairie View A&M. The game can be seen on the SEC Network +, available through WatchESPN and the ESPN app and can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM.

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Texas A&M Quotes
Head Coach Jo Evans

On today’s game…
“Today’s game was a grind. It wasn’t easy by any means. We stranded so many runners I think at one point we had left 12 on in five innings. We did a great job of scoring in that first inning. Riley Sartain was a superstar today, getting all of our RBI. I thought we put a complete game together.”

On Lexi Smith‘s performance…
“I thought Lexi was terrific today. Her 14 strikeouts were huge, because that is 14 times our defense doesn’t have to make a play. I thought she did a nice job keeping them off balance. She got gassed there at the end, but she deserved the win. She threw a gem of a game.”

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Women’s Basketball Posts NCAA Tournament Record Comeback, Defeats Penn In NCAA First Round

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

LOS ANGELES- Texas A&M used a 25-1 run to make an NCAA Tournament record 21-point comeback to defeat Penn 63-61 in the First Round of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament inside Pauley Pavilion on Saturday.

Down 58-37 with 8:57 to play, the five-seed Aggies (22-11) rattled off their 25-1 run, holding the Quakers (22-8) without a field goal in that span. Khaalia Hillsman, who had a career-high 27 points, put the Aggies ahead 60-59, Texas A&M’s first lead since the first quarter, with 19.1 seconds to play.

On the ensuing Penn possession, Jasmine Lumpkin stole the ball, leading to two Danni Williams free throws, giving the Aggies a three-point margin and securing the comeback.

The 12-seed Quakers made five of their seven 3-pointers during the first half, shooting a blistering 54.5 percent beyond the arc in the first half, jumping out to a 36-24 halftime lead.

The Aggies’ 21-point comeback matches the largest in school history, a 21-point comeback against Seton Hall on Nov. 29, 2003, Gary Blair‘s fourth game as Texas A&M head coach.

Curtyce Knox, with eight assists, became the first Texas A&M and first Southeastern Conference player to record 300 assists in a season, and has 303 assists on the season.

The Aggies return to action in the NCAA Second Round on Monday, March 20, taking on host and 4-seed UCLA at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.


QUICKIE NOTES

  • Texas A&M had the largest comeback in NCAA Tournament history, erasing a 21-point fourth quarter deficit due a late 25-1 run
  • It matches the largest comeback in Texas A&M history, set against Seton Hall in 2003-04
  • The Aggies are now 22-11 on the season
  • Texas A&M is now 23-12 in the NCAA Tournament all-time, including a 11-3 mark in the First Round
  • Gary Blair is now 739-303 in his Hall of Fame career, tying Debbie Ryan for 12th all-time in career wins. He is 35-21 in the NCAA Tournament. He is 330-140 in 14 seasons at Texas A&M
  • Khaalia Hillsman had a career-high 27 points, including the go-ahead basket with 19.1 to play
    • She scored 20+ points for the 10th time this season
    • She scored in double digits for the 31st time this season and 44th time in her career
  • Curtyce Knox became the first Texas A&M and first SEC player to record 300+ assists in a season, with 303 on the season
  • Anriel Howard had 10+ rebounds for the 23rd time this season. She has 13+ rebounds in all three of her career NCAA Tournament games
  • Danni Williams scored in double figures for the 30th game this season

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Men’s NCAA First Round

EAST

(1) Villanova – 76  (16) MSM – 56

(8) Wisconsin – 84  (9) Virginia Tech – 74

(5) Virginia – 76  (12) UNC Wilmington – 71

(4) Florida – 80  (13) ETSU – 65

(3) Baylor – 91  (14) New Mexico St – 73

(11) USC – 66  (6) SMU – 65

WEST

(1) Gonzaga – 66  (16) South Dakota St – 46

(8) Northwestern – 68  (9) Vanderbilt – 66

(5) Notre Dame – 60  (12) Princeton – 58

(4) West Virginia – 86  (11) Bucknell – 80

(11) Xavier – 76  (6) Maryland – 65

(3) FSU – 86  (14) FGCU – 80

(7) St. Mary’s – 85  (10) VCU – 77

(2) Arizona – 100  (15) North Dakota – 82

MIDWEST

(5) Iowa St – 84  (12) Nevada – 73

(4) Purdue – 80  (13) Vermont – 70

(7) Michigan – 92  (10) Oklahoma St – 91

(3) Oregon – 93  (14) Iona – 77

(2) Louisville – 78  (15) Jacksonville St – 63

SOUTH

(12) Middle Tennessee St – 81  (5) Minnesota – 72

(4) Butler – 76  (13) Winthrop – 64

(8) Arkansas – 77  (9) Seton Hall – 71

(1) North Carolina – 103  (16) Texas Southern – 64

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Texas A&M women grab silver in 400 medley relay, break two school records at NCAAs

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team matched its highest national meet relay finish and broke a pair of school records to highlight its second day at the 2017 NCAA Championships on Thursday at the IU Natatorium.

The Aggies stand in fifth place after two days of action with 108 points and trail Stanford (213 points), California (136), Texas (119) and Georgia (112). Rounding out the top 10 in the team standings were Louisville (93), Michigan (74), NC State (71), Southern California (68) and Indiana (61).

Texas A&M closed out the night with a huge effort in the 400-yard medley relay by grabbing runner-up honors and shattering the school record in the process. The foursome of junior Lisa Bratton, junior Jorie Caneta, senior Sarah Gibson and junior Béryl Gastaldello touched in a record-setting time of 3:27.60. The 2017 edition took down the old school record of 3:28.13 set by the 2014 group of Paige Miller, Breeja Larson, Caroline McElhany and Liliana Ibanez. The second-place effort matched the Aggies’ NCAA runner-up finish in the 800 free relay at the 2008 national meet.

“That was great – new school record and tied for the highest relay finish in school history,” Aggie head coach Steve Bultman said. “That was Lisa’s best time, Jorie’s best split, it was just a shade off of Sarah’s best split and Beryl just gutted out that last 25. They did a great job of racing and got our hand on the wall. It was a lot of fun to see.”

The Aggies opened the night with a big swim in the 200-yard freestyle relay as the foursome of Gastaldello, junior Kristin Malone, freshman Raena Eldridge and Gibson won the consolation final with a season-best time of 1:27.78. The quick time moved the group, which was swimming together for the first time on Thursday, into the No. 2 spot on the Aggies’ top five fastest performers list.

“The 200 free relay winning the consolation was big for us,” Bultman said. “It got us off to a good start, which was important. We were hoping to slip into the top eight and just missed (in the prelims), but if we had done that time this morning we would have. Still, going from 11th to winning the consols was big.”

Texas A&M earned big points in the 200-yard IM with four Aggies earning evening swims in the race. Sophomore Sydney Pickrem led the way for the Aggies with a school record effort of 1:53.30 that earned her fourth place. Junior Bethany Galat, competing in the pool that was the site of five of her Indiana state high school championships, was right behind in fifth place with a lifetime best time of 1:54.16. Also chipping in valuable points in the B final were Bratton (14th, 1:55.22) and Malone (16th, 1:57.44).

“Sydney broke her own school record and Bethany broke Julia’s (Wilkinson) old school record, so it was lifetime bests for those two and you can’t ask for much more than that,” Bultman said. “Lisa and Kristin picked up some valuable points for us in the B final so the 200 IM was a very good event for us.”

Also contributing individual points was Gastaldello, who finished 12th in the 50 free with a time of 21.96.

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Seguin gets power-play goal as Stars beat Canucks 4-2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Tyler Seguin scored on the power play in the third period and the Dallas Stars beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Thursday night.

Ales Hemsky, Esa Lindell and Radek Faksa had the other goals for Dallas, which got 26 saves from Kari Lehtonen. John Klingberg and Jason Spezza each added two assists.

Sven Baertschi and Ben Hutton scored for Vancouver. Ryan Miller stopped 32 shots in his 12th start in the last 13 games.

Both teams are well back in the Western Conference playoff race, and the Stars entered losers of three straight while getting outscored 17-4, including a 7-1 demolition at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

The Canucks, meanwhile, finished winless on their five-game homestand (0-3-2), with the last three losses coming in regulation.

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