COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The second-ranked Texas A&M softball team (16-2) is set to host the 14th-ranked University of Houston Cougars in a mid-week doubleheader Wednesday at the Aggie Softball Complex. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 4 p.m.
As a 2-for-1 package, all fans who have tickets to Wednesday’s basketball game against Texas Tech will receive free admission to softball. Fans will be required to present their basketball ticket at the ticket window in order to receive entry into the softball game.
“Houston is a very good ballclub, A&M head coach Jo Evans said. “We saw that last year we they came here for the College Station Regional. Every time we play them it’s a dogfight to the end. They always want to beat us and they show great intensity. We know we’re going to have to play our best to beat them.”
Houston improved to a perfect 14-0 on the season after sweeping the Marriott Houston Classic held at the Cougar Softball Stadium over the weekend. U of H posted wins over Cal State Northridge (3-1), Boston University (8-0), Kansas (7-3), Centenary College (7-1), and Texas State (4-0).
Laurie Wagner leads the Cougars at the plate carrying a .500 batting average heading into Wednesday’s doubleheader. The junior has driven in 10 runs off 16 hits, including six doubles and three homeruns.
In the circle for Houston, Angel Shamblin owns a 7-0 record, recording three shutouts in seven appearances. She boasts a 0.74 ERA, striking out 56 hitters in 47 innings of work and holding opponents to a .170 batting average.
A&M is coming off a successful weekend that saw them improve to 16-2 on the season. The Aggies went 5-0, sweeping their annual Texas A&M Invitational held at the Aggie Softball Complex. Over the course of the three-day tournament, A&M outscored its opponents 37-2, collecting wins over Temple (7-0 and 6-0), North Texas (13-1 and 9-1) and Sam Houston State (2-0).
Rhiannon Kliesing finished the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record and a 0.26 ERA. The freshman right-hander leads the Big 12 with the lowest ERA at 0.41 in 34 innings of work, having made seven appearances for the Aggies and logging three shutouts in her first three starts. She set a career-high eight strikeouts against North Texas on Sunday. In 27 innings of work this week, Kliesing surrendered just one run as she struck out a total of 22 batters. With Kliesing on the mound, A&M outscored its opponents 20-1. Kliesing helped her cause at the plate batting .545 on the week, going 6-for-11 at the plate with four runs scored and four RBIs.
In seven games for the Aggies this week, Villarreal batted .389 at the plate. She blasted four doubles and a homerun, while drawing five walks as the Aggies’ leadoff batter and scoring nine runs. She racked up eight RBIs on the week and stole three bases. The four doubles moved her into a tie for the Big 12 lead (6). Her 17 runs scored also leads the conference.
Heading into the 14th meeting between the two schools, A&M leads the all-time series with a 10-3 record.
The two teams are no strangers having faced each other five times in 2007. A&M won both games of the doubleheader in Houston on March 7 before meeting again in the College Station Regional later in the season. UH took the first game, 8-1, but the Aggies went on to double-dip the Cougars, 13-2 and 5-0, to advance to Super Regionals.
Live stats of Wednesday’s games will be available on aggieathletics.com. Fans can also listen to the games live and free of charge on aggieathletics.com through the new Aggies All-Access.
Fans wanting to tickets to the Texas A&M Invitational can do so by calling 1-888-99-AGGIE or logging on to www.aggieathletics.com.
Parking will be available in Reed Arena Lot 100e and Tennis Center Lot 100d.