COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 13 Texas A&M softball team (21-7) hosts Northwestern State (12-11) in a single game, Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT at the Aggie Softball Complex.
Fans can listen to the action live in Bryan-College Station on Sports Radio 1150 AM The Zone, online on AggieAthletics.com or RadioAggieland.com, or on mobile 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.
LAST TIME OUT
The Aggies went 2-2 in the state of South Carolina last week, beating College of Charleston, 11-3, before dropping a three-game Southeastern Conference series at South Carolina, 1-2. Both of the Aggies’ losses were by just one run against the Gamecocks, and seniors Jenna Stark, Nicole Morgan and Amber Garza each had home runs at USC. Two freshmen had the first hits of their careers against College of Charleston, both as pinch hitters in the seventh inning. Celena Massey had a base hit against the Cougars, and Suzanne White hit a grand slam in just the second at bat of her career.
SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN STATE
The Lady Demons won the Southland Conference Tournament in 2013, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002. The team is 12-11 this year with a 4-2 Southland Conference mark. Northwestern State returns 11 players from last year’s NCAA Regional squad and welcomes 10 newcomers. Four Lady Demons are batting at an above .300 clip, with Cassandra Barefield (.354) leading the way. Barefield has a team-best 16 runs, eight home runs and 21 RBI. Tara McKenney’s 25 hits and five doubles are NSU bests, while Brittany Virgoe leads the team with 17 runs scored. Kaylee Guidry (5-2), Shelby Sells (3-4) and Skylar Cagle (3-4) have done most of the work in the circle for the Lady Demons. The NSU pitching staff holds a 3.95 cumulative ERA and 111 strikeouts through 143.2 innings, combining for six shutouts.
VS. THE LADY DEMONS
The Aggies and Northwestern State have met 12 times in history, with Texas A&M holding a 12-0 all-time advantage. The ball clubs last met in College Station in 2005.
EVANS JOINS 1,000 WINS CLUB
Texas A&M Head Coach Jo 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. The Utah native is in her 18th season with the Aggies, and has taken Texas A&M to 14 NCAA Tournaments, two WCWS appearances and three conference championships.
The Aggies continue to lead the league in runners picked off with eight, adding a pickoff at College of Charleston last week. Texas A&M also ties for second among league opponents with 12 double plays turned after posting three against the Gamecocks. Individually, senior Nicole Morgan leads the league with seven pickoffs and ties for second in the SEC with 10 home runs, while ranking third in slugging percentage (.893), RBI (36) and total bases (67). Morgan was the SEC Player of the Week last week, the Aggies' first honor this season. Senior Emily Albus ranks third among league hitters with 40 hits, and freshman Abby Donnell has finished more games than any other hurler in the league (10).
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. 13 in the NFCA/USA Today Top 25 Poll and No. 15 the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll. The Aggies’ remaining 2014 opponents in the top 25 are No. 1/1 Florida, No. 4/2 Tennessee, No. 9/11 Kentucky, No. 15/17 Georgia and No. 24/23 Auburn. In addition, Arkansas is receiving votes.
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 FSN 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 host Georgia in a three-game SEC series at the Aggie Softball Complex this weekend. Game one of the series is set for a 7 p.m. start on Friday. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.