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Aggies Host Islanders in Tuesday Twin Bill

By: TAMU Sports Information Department/Meredith Collier
By: TAMU Sports Information Department/Meredith Collier

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The No. 21 Texas A&M softball team (29-17, 9-12 SEC) takes a break from conference action Tuesday when it hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (13-30, 8-12 Southland) in a 4 p.m. CT doubleheader at the Aggie Softball Complex. The twin bill was originally scheduled as a single game, but a March 2 game between the Aggies and Islanders was postponed due to bad weather in Bryan-College Station.

Fans can listen to both games of Tuesday’s doubleheader live through 95.1-3 The Zone HD on AggieAthletics.com or RadioAggieland.com, and on mobile via the Radio Aggieland app.

SCOUTING TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
The Islanders are 13-30 this season, but have had recent success in Southland Conference action, culminating in two TAMUCC players taking SLC weekly honors on Monday. Freshman Liz Carter was named the conference Pitcher of the Week and senior Valerie Perez took Player of the Week accolades after a three-game sweep of Lamar. Perez hit .625 on the week with two home runs and six RBI, and Cater added two wins in the circle for a 0.93 ERA over 15 innings. Perez is pacing the Islander offense with a .326 average, collecting 43 hits and 29 RBI on the season. Power hitter Brittney Morse has a team-best seven home runs and matches Perez’s nine doubles, and Dani Tefft has swiped a team-high 11 bases. Carter is 10-16 on the season after tossing 89 strikeouts in 172.2 innings of work for a 4.74 ERA.

VS. THE ISLANDERS
The Aggies and Islanders have met eight times in history. Texas A&M holds a 7-1 all-time advantage after most-recently splitting games with A&M-Corpus Christi in College Station in 2010.

LAST TIME OUT
The Aggies dropped a three-game series to No. 5 Florida, with two of the weekend’s games being aired on ESPNU. The Gators took a 5-1 win in game one before topping the No. 21 Aggies in a pair of run-rule victories on Saturday and Sunday.

EVANS AND JACKSON WIN NO. 700
In their 18th season with the Aggies, Head Coach Jo Evans and Associate Head Coach Joy Jackson reached the 700th win of their Texas A&M careers against Tennessee. The Aggies’ 4-1 victory over the Lady Vols on April 11 sealed the deal for the duo. 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.

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 on March 31. 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.

LEAGUE LEADERS
Among conference opponents, the Aggies continue to lead the league with eight pickoffs. Senior Emily Albus' .423 batting average ranks sixth among SEC hitters and her 69 hits are tied for a league best, while her 16 stolen bases are listed at sixth. Morgan ranks among the top 10 in the league with seven pickoffs (1st), a .711 slugging percentage (7th), a .509 on base percentage (8th), 46 RBI (6th), 11 home runs (T-6th) and 41 walks (4th). Donnell's five saves, 21 games finished and 24 games in relief are each league bests.

VS. THE NATION
The Aggies are currently No. 15 in the latest RPI rankings and are among the nation's best in several statistical categories. As a team, Texas A&M ranks 22nd in fielding percentage (.973) and 30th in both home runs per game (1.04) and scoring (5.83). Seniors Nicole Morgan and Cassie Tysarczyk are tied for 13th in the nation in sacrifice flies with four each, and Morgan ranks ninth with 0.91 walks per game. Freshman Abby Donnell's five saves rank fifth.

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. 21 in the NFCA/USA Today Top 25 Poll and No. 22 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll. The Aggies’ remaining 2014 opponents in the top 25 are No. 5/7 Florida and No. 23/23 Auburn.

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).

LISTEN LIVE
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 played six games on national TV during the regular season, beginning with two games vs. Kentucky that were aired on FSN South in early April. Of the Aggies’ six televised contests, four were played at the Aggie Softball Complex. The Aggies hosted 2013 national runner-up Tennessee on ESPNU in mid-April, and Texas A&M played another pair of games on ESPNU last when Florida came to College Station.

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.

TICKETS
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.

SEASON PROMOTIONS
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
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.

UP NEXT
Texas A&M heads to Auburn for a three-game Southeastern Conference series this weekend, finishing out league play against the Tigers. Game one of the series is set for 6 p.m. CT/7 ET on Friday. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.


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