COLLEGE STATION - Texas A&M junior Cole Lankford was named to the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America Team.
As a sophomore, Lankford hit .352 with 76 hits, 18 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 40 RBI and was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team.
Texas A&M finished 2013 with a 34-29 record and a school-record seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
In addition to Lankford, the Aggies return eight other starters from last season, including catcher Troy Stein; infielders Blake Allemand and Hunter Melton; outfielders Jonathan Moroney, Krey Bratsen and Jace Statum; and designated hitters Daniel Mengden and Mitchell Nau. On the mound, the Maroon and White also welcome back Mengden, Grayson Long, Parker Ray and Corey Ray among starting pitchers and Jason Freeman, Jason Jester, Matt Kent, AJ Minter, Andrew Vinson in the bullpen.
The Aggies open the 2014 season February 14-16 with a three-game series against Northeastern on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.