COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M baseball team announced its annual list of team honors on Tuesday after the Aggies concluded the 2013 campaign with a 34-29 record and a school-record seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
MARION PUGH MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – Cole Lankford
Sophomore Cole Lankford was awarded the Marion Pugh Most Valuable Player Award following his breakout campaign in 2013. Lankford led the Aggies with a .352 batting average, 18 doubles, four triples, 40 RBI and .514 slugging percentage. He played in 57 games, including 54 starts. He also added 26 runs, three home runs and four stolen bases. In 26 league games Lankford hit .327 with seven doubles, one triple, two home runs and 11 RBI.
The first baseman earned SEC All-Defensive Team recognition, posting a .990 fielding percentage on the year.
Lankford was named to the Corvallis Regional All-Region team after hitting .588 (10-for-17) with three doubles, one triple and six RBI in four games. He set an A&M NCAA tournament single-game record with five hits in the Aggies win over UTSA, going 5-for-5.
C.E. "PAT" OLSEN OUTSTANDING PITCHER AWARD – Daniel Mengden
Sophomore pitcher Daniel Mengden was one of the SEC's most dominant starters down the stretch and was selected by his teammates to receive the C.E. "Pat" Olsen Outstanding Pitcher Award.
The Houston, Texas-native led the Aggies with eight wins, two complete-games, 110.2 innings pitched and 94 strikeouts. He went 8-4 with a 2.11 ERA and held opponents to a .201 batting average in 16 starts. He was stingier in league games, going 4-2 with a 1.88 ERA and .198 opponent batting average in 10 starts.
Mengden was named All-SEC Second Team and garnered SEC Pitcher of the Week on one occasion.
WALLY MOON AWARD – Parker Ray
The Wally Moon Award is given annually to the player who shows the most improvement from the fall to the end of the season. This year junior pitcher Parker Ray was chosen by his teammates as the recipient of the honor.
After 33 relief appearances in his first year and a half in College Station, Ray emerged as the Saturday starter. Ray finished the season with a 2-1 record and 44 strikeouts in 67.2 innings. The right-hander ranks fourth in the SEC with his 1.73 ERA, holding opponents to a .213 batting average. In six starts, the right-hander went 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA and 28 strikeouts, holding opponents to a .207 batting average over 41.2 innings.
Ray registered two of the Aggies’ four post-season victories, with a win over No. 1 Vanderbilt at the SEC Tournament and UTSA at the NCAA Corvallis Regional.
MARION PUGH SPIRIT AWARD – Jason Jester
A consummate teammate, junior Jason Jester was recognized for his efforts by his teammates who awarded him the Marion Pugh Spirit Award, which is given annually to the player who is most instrumental to team unity and who provides valuable leadership both on and off the field.
Jester went 3-4 on the year with 14 saves, a .200 opponent batting average and 39 strikeouts in 47.1 innings. He ranked fifth in the SEC in saves, second in games finished (30) and fourth in appearances (33).
The Hallsville, Texas-product also served as the catcher for ceremonial first pitches at home games this season.
LORAINE B. AND WILLIAM B. "BREEZY" BREAZEALE RBI AWARD – Cole Lankford
Lankford was the Aggies' best run-producer, earning the Loraine B. and William B. "Breezy" Breazeale RBI Award.
The Houston, Texas-native drove in a team-best 40 runs during the 2013 campaign, a figure that ranks 15th in the SEC.