COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Making up for a previously postponed game, the 18th-ranked Texas A&M softball team (26-9, 7-5 SEC) travels to Houston Wednesday to face the University of Houston (19-10, 6-0 American Athletic Conference) in a 6:30 p.m. nonconference game at Cougar Softball Stadium.
Fans can follow the action on Wednesday by listening to the game locally on Sports Radio 1150 AM The Zone, online at AggieAthletics.com or RadioAggieland.com, or via the Radio Aggieland app.
Instantaneous live mobile stats can be seen from any mobile device, as well as any computer at TAMUstats.com. Live stats will also be available for every game of the 2014 season through AggieAthletics.com. Click on the live stats link on the Aggie softball schedule page any time after first pitch to follow the action.
PINK OUT GAME
Houston Softball hosts the eighth annual Striking Out Breast Cancer Game this Wednesday at Cougar Softball Stadium. The annual Pink Game partners Houston Softball and Susan G. Komen for the Cure with all proceeds from the event given to the foundation. During the game vs. Texas A&M, 1,000 fans will receive free pink t-shirts.
LAST TIME OUT
The Aggies earned their first SEC series sweep of the season at Arkansas last weekend, battling in all 21 innings for a trio of close wins against the Razorbacks. Emily Albus led the Aggies on the week, hitting at a .615 clip as she went 8-for-13 at the plate. At one point in the weekend, the senior reached base eight consecutive times, including in each plate appearance of game two. Albus drew two walks and added three runs and three RBI to her tally, hitting six bunt singles and an infield single over the course of three games. Freshman Abby Donnell picked up a win and a save in the circle, appearing in all three games for the Aggies.
The Cougars enter the midweek contest with a record of 19-10, winners of seven-straight and nine of their last 10 games, with a perfect 6-0 start in American Athletic Conference play. Houston also holds an impressive 13-2 mark at the Cougar Softball Stadium. The Cougars boast four players hitting above the .300 mark in Katie St. Pierre (.381), Tiffani McKnight (.377), Selena Hernandez (.306) and Kendra Cullum (.301). Haley Outon leads the team in slugging numbers, with seven home runs and 26 RBI. Cullum leads the team on the bases, swiping 11 bags in 13 attempts. In the circle, Diedre Outon leads the team with a 9-5 record to go along with a 2.29 ERA over 88.2 innings. The senior has also logged three shutouts on eight complete games and locked down two saves. Julana Shrum (6-3, 3.82 ERA) and Summer Groholski (4-2, 4.20 ERA) have also started games for the Cougars.
VS. THE COUGARS
The Aggies and Cougars have met 21 times, officially, in history with Texas A&M holding a 16-5 all-time advantage. The last true meeting between the teams was in 2012 when Houston played in the Texas A&M Invitational, splitting games with Texas A&M. The teams got a taste of each other this fall when the Aggies dropped a 7-4 exhibition game to the Cougars in Houston. The teams were set to face off on Feb. 26, but rain forced the game to be postponed.
MORGAN DRAFTED BY REBELLION
Senior Nicole Morgan was chosen as the No. 17 overall pick in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Draft by the Pennsylvania Rebellion Monday night. Morgan was the first selection of the fifth round of the draft, and the fifth pick by the Rebellion. The Rebellion are in their first season in the NPF after coming together in November of 2013, inheriting the roster of the NY/NJ Comets. Based in Washington, Penn., the team will play at CONSOL Energy Park as they compete for the first time in 2014.
EVANS NEARING 700 WINS AT A&M
Texas A&M Head Coach Jo Evans is closing in on her 700th win at Texas A&M. In her 18th season with the Aggies, Evans is just two wins away from the milestone heading into Wednesday’s game against Houston. Also closing in on her 700th win at Texas A&M is Associate Head Coach Joy Jackson, who has been with Evans since day one with the Aggies. Evans reached the 1,000th win of her career on March 1 when the Aggies beat Wisconsin, 6-2. The milestone makes Evans the only active Southeastern Conference coach with 1,000 Division I wins, and one of just eight DI coaches nationwide with 1,000 victories as a DI head coach. The Aggie skipper began her head coaching career at Colorado State, posting a 91-67 record from 1986-89. Taking a job at her alma mater next, Evans led Utah to the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) in 1991 and recording a 222-143 mark from 1990-96.
In the latest statistical updates, the Aggies continue to lead the league in runners picked off with eight. Individually, senior Morgan’s seven pickoffs as the Aggies’ starting catcher are a Southeastern Conference best, and she ranks among the top ten in the SEC in slugging percentage (6th), on base percentage (8th), RBI (4th), home runs (t-3rd) and walks (2nd). Senior Emily Albus is first among league hitters with 56 hits, sits at third with a .452 batting average and ranks sixth with 14 stolen bases. Donnell has finished more games than any other hurler in the league (17), while ranking first among SEC pitchers with five saves.
RANKING THE AGGIES
Texas A&M started the 2014 season with a No. 11 preseason ranking in both national polls and are currently ranked No. 18 in the NFCA/USA Today Top 25 Poll and No. 21 the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll. The Aggies’ remaining 2014 opponents in the top 25 are No. 2/2 Tennessee, No. 6/7 Florida, No. 12/12 Kentucky and No. 19/19 Auburn. In addition, Houston is receiving votes in both polls.
FOLLOW THE AGGIES
Get the latest news, updates and action from Aggie Softball by following the team’s official Twitter account @AggieSoftball. Fans on Facebook can also stay connected by liking the Aggie Softball page (facebook.com/TAMUSoftball).
Aggie Softball fans worldwide can listen to each game of the 2014 season live on AggieAthletics.com. All contests are provided by The Zone and can be heard on smartphones and HD radios via 95.1-3 The Zone HD on the Radio Aggieland app. Select games are also available in the Bryan-College Station area on Sports Radio 1150 AM. Every game will be live online at RadioAggieland.com and AggieAthletics.com.
MOBILE LIVE STATS
Fans who wish to follow the action of each game this season can also receive free, instantaneous live stats on any computer or smartphone by visiting TAMUstats.com. Users can access current live stats and stats from past games.
WATCH THE AGGIES ONLINE
For the 11th 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.
AGGIE SOFTBALL ON TV
The Aggies will play at least five games on national TV this season, beginning with a pair of SEC games vs. Kentucky on Saturday, April 5 at 5 p.m. CT and Sunday, April 6 game noon CT. Both A&M-UK matchups will be broadcast live on Fox Sports South. Of the Aggies’ five televised contests, four will be played at the Aggie Softball Complex. The Aggies will host 2013 national runner-up and top-ranked Tennessee on ESPNU on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. CT and Sunday, April 13 at noon CT. A week later the Aggies and No. 3 Florida will face off on ESPNU – Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m. CT and Saturday, April 19 at 5 p.m. CT.
In addition to the five regular-season games, the entire SEC tournament, including both play-in games, will be broadcast on ESPN networks. The SEC Tournament is set for May 7-10 in Columbia, S.C.
All 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. Individual game tickets for softball will go on sale in January and are $10 for reserved (sections 4-8) and $8 for Adult 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. Texas A&M students with no all-sports option may purchase a student walkup ticket for $5. 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.
Each game at the Aggie Softball Complex features special promotions and incentives for fans in attendance. To check out updates to the team’s full 2014 promotional calendar, go to www.AggieAthletics.com/promotions.
Parking for all Aggie softball games is available in Lot 100 at both Reed Arena and Olsen Field. For games that do not conflict with baseball, the entry gate on the Reed Arena side of the stadium will not be opened; fans are encouraged to park at Olsen Field for those games to allow easy access to the stadium entrance. 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.
Texas A&M will end its seven-game road trip with a three-game Southeastern Conference series at No. 12 Kentucky this weekend. The Aggies and Wildcats will face off on TV twice, with both Saturday and Sunday’s games being aired on FOX Sports South. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.