COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 10th-ranked Texas A&M softball team (34-9) starts a seven-game road swing with a single game at Texas State (11-30), Tuesday at 6 p.m. Central.
The Aggies and Bobcats face each other for the second time this season, after A&M took a 9-1 run-rule victory in College Station on March 26. The game can be heard locally on Sports Radio 1150 AM and worldwide on AggieAthletics.com.
LAST TIME OUT
The Aggies dropped a three-game conference series to No. 13 LSU at the Aggie Softball Complex. A&M took the first game, 6-2, with the help of an Amber Garza grand slam. Despite a late rally, the Aggies dropped a 9-6 decision in game two on ESPN. A two-run double by junior Jenna Stark and a two-RBI home run by senior Mel Dumezich in the bottom of the seventh tied the game at six, but the Tigers plated three runs in the top of the eighth to secure the win and tie the series. The rubber match ended in a 5-inning, 10-2 run-rule by LSU on FSN. Junior Nicole Morgan plated two on a home run, but the Aggies were unable to produce any more runs and a seven-run fourth inning by the Tigers proved too much for a comeback by A&M.
SCOUTING TEXAS STATE
The Bobcats are 11-30 this season with a 6-6 mark in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play. Haley Lemons leads the team with a .306 average at the plate, recording 17 runs, 37 hits, 12 RBI and 24 walks. Jordan Masek, sister of A&M freshman Alex Masek, has a Bobcat-best four home runs this year. In the circle, Rayn House (4-13) and Ashley Wright (6-12) have split time, accounting for 120.2 and 109 innings, respectively. House owns a 3.42 ERA and has thrown a team-best 77 strikeouts this season. Wright is throwing 3.85 with 38 fanned batters.
A&M and Texas State have played many times in history, dating back to 1985. The Aggies hold a 60-10 advantage, last facing the Bobcats in a 9-1 victory on March 26. Garza hit her first grand slam of the season along with a second home run to tally six RBI on the night.
MORGAN AT ASA/USA WNT TRYOUTS
Junior Nicole Morgan has been invited to the ASA/USA Softball Selection Camp, set for June 9-13. If chosen for the national squad, Morgan will travel to and play in several exhibition and international events this summer, culminating in the 2015 Pan Am Games and 2014 World Championship qualifiers August 5-18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Dumezich threw three no-hitters over the span of 11 days for the Aggies, earning USA Softball National Player of the Week and SEC player of the Week honors on Feb. 26. The senior threw her career-first no-hitter against Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 20) and added a second vs. Southeastern Louisiana (Feb. 24) the same week. Dumezich’s third no-hitter in less than two weeks came against Illinois State and was her first seven-inning effort as the Aggies run-ruled SFA and SELU.
GRAND SLAMS GALORE
The Aggies have proven to be a threat at the plate with bases loaded, pounding six grand slams this season. Junior Nicole Morgan leads the way with three of her own. Morgan’s first four-RBI homer came early in the season as she topped the fence with three on base against Cal State Bakersfield on Feb. 9 for her second long ball of the game. On Feb. 17, Morgan plated four against Stephen F. Austin before clearing the bags at Missouri on March 9. Junior Amber Garza joined Morgan in the grand slam club with a four-RBI homer against Texas State on March 26 before adding her second and the team’s sixth against LSU on April 12. Junior Cassie Tysarczyk created the fifth grand slam for the team when she went yard with bases loaded vs. Colorado State on April 5.
HOME RUN HITTERS
A&M has hit 72 home runs this season, including 23 in SEC play. Morgan and freshman Cali Lanphear lead the team with 14 long balls each. Senior Meagan May broke the program’s career home run record with 57 and reached the 60-bomb mark at Tennessee. Nine different Aggie hitters have gone yard this season, seven of them hitting six or more long balls.
VS. THE NCAA
Through games played on April 7 the Aggies hold a No. 11 RPI ranking and are among the best in the nation in several statistical areas. As a team, A&M is fourth in the country in home runs per game (1.66) and slugging percentage (.579), 24th in scoring (6.21) and 15th in win-loss percentage (.816). Individually, Dumezich is fourth in victories (22), 19th in saves (3), 19th in strikeouts (176) and 12th in shutouts (6). Morgan ranks 21st in sacrifice flies (3) and 15th in home runs (13). Freshman Cali Lanphear sits at 29th in home runs per game (.34) and slugging percentage (.822).
A&M started the season ranked No. 17 in both national polls and is now sitting at No. 11 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25 and No. 10 in the NFCA/USA Today poll. The team’s No. 4 national ranking on March 19 was the highest since the end of the 2008 season when the reigning national runners-up were second in the final poll. The Aggies’ remaining 2013 opponent in the polls is Georgia, which is receiving votes.
Individual game and season 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, while individual game tickets for softball are $10 for reserved (sections 4-8) and $8 for 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.
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.
The “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” promotion returns in 2013, allowing four (4) kids under 12 to be admitted free on Sundays with the purchase of one adult ticket. All seats in this promotion are General Admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult purchasing a ticket to qualify for the promotion. Everyone, regardless of age, is required to have a ticket in the General Admission section, though GA tickets for children under 2 are free of charge.
Parking for all Aggie softball games is available in Reed Arena lot 100G and Olsen Field lot 100J. 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.
EVERY GAME ON RADIO
All of the Aggie softball team’s games this season will be broadcast by The Zone. Select games will be aired locally on Sports Radio 1150 The Zone, while the remaining contests can be heard on any smartphone or HD radio worldwide via 95.1-3 The Zone HD. Links to the online broadcasts for each game can be found at RadioAggieland.com and AggieAthletics.com.
The Zone’s Program Director, Louie Belina (away), and Tim Schnettler (home) will be calling the pitch-by-pitch, with David Batson providing color commentary. Former Texas A&M softball Director of Operations Stephen Grove will add analysis in select games as well.
WATCH THE AGGIES ONLINE
For the 10th 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.
AGGIES ON THE TUBE
At least three Aggie softball games will be played on national television this season. A&M’s April 13 home game vs. LSU was aired on ESPN, while the Sunday, April 14, game between the two schools was broadcast live on FSN. ESPNU televised the A&M-Tennessee matchup on March 23 in Knoxville, Tenn. In addition to the three regular season games, the ESPN Network will show the entire SEC Tournament nationwide, including the two play-in games. All times are Central.
The Aggies travel to Athens, Ga., this weekend for a three-game SEC series against UGA. The Aggies and Bulldogs will face off at 5 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. All times are Central. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.