BOCA RATON, FL -- The 3rd-ranked Texas A&M softball team (21-2) will look to extend its eight-game winning streak as it takes part in the FAU Parents’ Weekend Tournament at FAU Softball Stadium this weekend in Boca Raton, Fla.
Fans can listen to this weekend’s games live and free of charge on aggieathletics.com through the new Aggies All-Access. Those attending the games can listen to the action inside FAU Softball Stadium on or around 88.9 FM.
“We look forward to getting back on the field for the FAU tournament,” commented A&M head coach Jo Evans. “It's been over a week since we have competed in a game and I expect our players to be well-rested and ready to go. We will have the opportunity to play several teams outside our region and I expect it to be a very competitive field.”
The Aggies will compete in round-robin games for the first two days of the three-day tournament. On Friday, A&M will take on Rutgers (4-13) at 12 p.m. (CDT) and follow up with a game against Michigan State (12-10) at 3 p.m.
Saturday has the Aggies pitted against UMass (8-8-1) at 3 p.m. and FAU (14-10) at 7 p.m. Bracket play for the tournament championship will begin on Sunday morning.
Last Wednesday, the Aggies swept a doubleheader in Houston against the Cougars, 3-0, 4-3. Macie Morrow’s home run in the top of the seventh of the second game earned the Aggies the win, Coach Evans’ 700th career victory as a Division I head coach.
Rutgers enters the tournament after having dropped a tight 2-1 decision to Florida International University on Tuesday night at the FIU Softball Stadium. The Aggies and Scarlet Knights met earlier this season in the Aggie Classic in College Station. A&M won both games 9-1, 7-4. The Aggies hold the all-time series record 5-0.
Michigan State comes into the weekend having posted a 3-4 record in the USF-adidas Invitational. The Spartans logged wins over Mercer, Chattanooga and Robert Morris. MSU lost to Indiana in the Bronze Bracket of playoff action on Sunday. The last time the Aggies and Spartans met was in 2005 in the FAU Parents’ Weekend Tournament. The Aggies won both contests 7-0, 1-0. A&M owns the all-time series record 4-1.
The UMass softball team also took part in the USF-adidas Invitational and fell just short to Ohio State, 4-1, in the silver flight semifinal game Sunday morning. A&M last met UMass in the Kajikawa Classic in 2005. The Aggies handed the Minutewomen an 8-0 loss. UMass holds a 2-1 advantage over A&M in the all-time series.
FAU handed Rutgers a 9-1 run-rule loss last weekend in six innings. The Owls last faced the Aggies in this tournament in 2005. A&M won the game 6-2, improving the all-time series record to 2-0 in the Aggies’ favor.