13th-Ranked Aggies Set to Play Three at Georgia

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 13 Texas A&M softball team travels to Athens, Ga., this weekend to take on UGA in a three-game Southeastern Conference Series. The Aggies (35-9, 6-8 SEC) and Bulldogs (31-15, 8-7 SEC) will play at 5 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. All times are Central.

All three games can be heard live locally on Sports Radio 1150 AM, and worldwide via RadioAggieland.com and AggieAthletics.com.

Freshman Cali Lanphear was 3-for-3 with five RBI and three runs scored as the Aggies run-ruled Texas State on Tuesday in San Marcos. Lanphear was one of four Aggies to go yard on the night, as juniors Amber Garza, Taran Tyler and Jenna Stark also cleared the fence. Tyler’s home run was her first of the season.

The Bulldogs are 31-15 this season, and 8-7 in conference play. Paige Wilson leads the team with a .413 average overall and is hitting .396 in conference play. Wilson has hit 11 home runs this season, which pales in comparison to Geri Ann Glasco’s league-leading 17. Glasco is the younger sister of former Aggie catcher Erin Glasco, and the daughter of UGA Associate Head Coach Gerry Glasco. In the circle, Glasco is 17-6 this season, tossing 118 strikeouts in 126.1 innings of work while maintaining a 2.94 ERA. The Bulldogs swept series at Auburn and vs. Ole Miss, before getting swept at Arkansas and vs. Tennessee. Last weekend, UGA dropped the series opener at South Carolina before taking the final two games for the series win.

This is the first conference meeting between the Aggies and Bulldogs, who have met five times in history. Georgia holds a 4-1 all-time advantage over A&M. The teams last met in a 6-2 UGA victory at Cathedral City in February of 2011.

Junior Nicole Morgan has been invited to the ASA/USA Softball Selection Camp, set for June 9-13. If chosen for the national squad, Morgan will travel to and play in several exhibition and international events this summer, culminating in the 2015 Pan Am Games and 2014 World Championship qualifiers August 5-18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Dumezich threw three no-hitters over the span of 11 days for the Aggies, earning USA Softball National Player of the Week and SEC player of the Week honors on Feb. 26. The senior threw her career-first no-hitter against Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 20) and added a second vs. Southeastern Louisiana (Feb. 24) the same week. Dumezich’s third no-hitter in less than two weeks came against Illinois State and was her first seven-inning effort as the Aggies run-ruled SFA and SELU. Marking another milestone, Dumezich tossed her 100th career victory, against LSU, on April 12.

The Aggies have proven to be a threat at the plate with bases loaded, pounding six grand slams this season. Junior Nicole Morgan leads the way with three of her own. Morgan’s first four-RBI homer came early in the season as she topped the fence with three on base against Cal State Bakersfield on Feb. 9 for her second long ball of the game. On Feb. 17, Morgan plated four against Stephen F. Austin before clearing the bags at Missouri on March 9. Junior Amber Garza joined Morgan in the grand slam club with a four-RBI homer against Texas State on March 26 before adding her second and the team’s sixth against LSU on April 12. Junior Cassie Tysarczyk created the fifth grand slam for the team when she went yard with bases loaded vs. Colorado State on April 5.

A&M has hit 76 home runs this season, including 23 in SEC play. Lanphear leads the team with 15 long balls, followed by Morgan with 14. Senior Meagan May broke the program’s career home run record with 57 and reached the 60-bomb mark at Tennessee. Ten different Aggie hitters have gone yard this season, seven of them hitting seven or more long balls.

The Aggies’ early success in their first season in the Southeastern Conference has shown in the SEC overall statistics as the team tops league members in several areas through Tuesday’s games. A&M ranks second only to Georgia in the SEC in overall stats in slugging percentage, doubles, home runs and total bases, and leads the SEC with three runners picked off. Morgan ranks third in the league with 48 RBI, and her 14 home runs are a conference second, along with Lanphear. Dumezich’s 174 innings pitched, 35 appearances, 28 games started and 23 wins are bests among her peers.

Through games played on April 14 the Aggies hold a No. 12 RPI ranking and are among the best in the nation in several statistical areas. As a team, A&M is second in the country in home runs per game (1.67), fourth in slugging percentage (.589), 20th in scoring (6.3) and 18th in win-loss percentage (.791). Individually, Dumezich is fifth in victories (23), 24th in saves (3), 24th in strikeouts (188) and 14th in shutouts (6). Morgan and Lanphear rank 17th in home runs (14), and Lanphear sits at 20th in home runs per game (.35) and 19th in slugging percentage (.850).

A&M started the season ranked No. 17 in both national polls and is now sitting at No. 13 in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25 and the NFCA/USA Today poll. The team’s No. 4 national ranking on March 19 was the highest since the end of the 2008 season when the reigning national runners-up were second in the final poll. The Aggies’ remaining 2013 opponent in the polls is Georgia, who is receiving votes.

Individual game and season tickets may be purchased over the phone at 1-888-99-AGGIE OR 979-845-2311, online at Tickets.12thManFoundation.com, or in person at The Zone at Kyle Field ticket office.
Season tickets are currently available for just $125, while individual game tickets for softball are $10 for reserved (sections 4-8) and $8 for General Admission (sections 1-3). Youth GA tickets are available for $5 each. Group rates are also available to groups of at least 20, and cost $8 for reserved seats and $3 for GA.

Junior Aggie Club members are admitted free of charge to all Aggie softball games. Membership to the JAC is just $25, and information is available at www.JuniorAggieClub.com.

The “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” promotion returns in 2013, allowing four (4) kids under 12 to be admitted free on Sundays with the purchase of one adult ticket. All seats in this promotion are General Admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult purchasing a ticket to qualify for the promotion. Everyone, regardless of age, is required to have a ticket in the General Admission section, though GA tickets for children under 2 are free of charge.

Parking for all Aggie softball games is available in Reed Arena lot 100G and Olsen Field lot 100J. Visitors may park for free when there is not a conflict with an A&M men’s basketball or baseball game. This does not include 24-hour numbered, 12th Man or timed spaces. Visit transportation.tamu.edu for more information.

All of the Aggie softball team’s games this season will be broadcast by The Zone. Select games will be aired locally on Sports Radio 1150 The Zone, while the remaining contests can be heard on any smartphone or HD radio worldwide via 95.1-3 The Zone HD. Links to the online broadcasts for each game can be found at RadioAggieland.com and AggieAthletics.com.

The Zone’s Program Director, Louie Belina (away), and Tim Schnettler (home) will be calling the pitch-by-pitch, with David Batson providing color commentary. Former Texas A&M softball Director of Operations Stephen Grove will add analysis in select games as well.

For the 10th straight season, 12th Man TV will bring Aggies around the globe live video of Texas A&M softball. Fans will be able to watch all non-televised Aggie home games, along with select road games, through the all-new 12th Man TV. Subscription packages start at $11.95/month and include exclusive live and on-demand content not found anywhere else. For more information log on to AggieAthletics.com.

At least three Aggie softball games will be played on national television this season. A&M’s April 13 home game vs. LSU was aired on ESPN, while the Sunday, April 14, game between the two schools was broadcast live on FSN. ESPNU televised the A&M-Tennessee matchup on March 23 in Knoxville, Tenn. In addition to the three regular season games, the ESPN Network will show the entire SEC Tournament nationwide, including the two play-in games. All times are Central.

The Aggies travel to Oxford, Miss., for a three-game SEC series at Ole Miss next weekend. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.

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