Softball Travels to Kansas for Big 12 Action

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COLLEGE STATION -- The 5th-ranked Texas A&M softball team will head to Lawrence, Kan. to take on the Kansas Jayhawks in a two-game series set to begin on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Arrocha Ballpark.

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 Arrocha Ballpark on or around 88.9 FM.

“We are looking forward to our series against Kansas,” A&M head coach Jo Evans said. “They did a great job last year in conference and ended up winning the Big 12 Tournament. Every opponent in the Big 12 is tough so we will have to play well to beat Kansas.”

The Aggies (32-6, 5-3 in Big 12) swept Nebraska last weekend (1-0, 1-0) before run-ruling A&M- Corpus Christi (9-0) on Wednesday. Sharonda McDonald’s run in the first inning pushed her ahead of former Olympian Jennifer McFalls for most runs scored in an Aggie career (171). McDonald also holds the career record for most steals at A&M (143).

Megan Gibson holds a .405 batting average for the Aggies. The junior pitcher/first baseman has 28 RBIs with two triples, three doubles and 10 home runs. She owns the career lead for long balls (40). In the circle, Gibson is 13-2 with 97 and 1/3 innings pitched. She has a 1.58 ERA and is holding opposing batters to a .235 average.

Kansas (27-14-1, 3-4 in Big 12) was scheduled to face Missouri on Wednesday, but the game was cancelled due to cold and rainy conditions. Stevie Crisosto is batting .346 for the Jayhawks. The sophomore infielder has eight doubles, four home runs and 16 RBIs. Kassie Humphries is 13-7 with a 2.10 ERA. The senior has logged 130 innings of work in the circle with 153 strike outs.

A&M leads the all-time series 38-14. A&M won both games between the two teams last season, in College Station. In the first game, Jami Lobpries hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Aggies to the 2-1 win. In the series finale, a home run by Gibson in the first and a passed ball in the seventh gave A&M the 3-2 victory over Kansas.