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Aggie Softball Hosts Georgia in Top-15 SEC Series

March 20, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 15th-ranked Texas A&M softball team (22-7, 3-3 SEC) hosts No. 14 Georgia (26-2, 3-0 SEC) in a three-game Southeastern Conference series this weekend at the Aggie Softball Complex. Game one between the Aggies and the Bulldogs is set for a 7 p.m. first pitch on Friday, followed by game two Saturday at 4 p.m. and the series finale Sunday at noon. All times are Central.

Fans can follow the action this weekend by listening to each game via 95.1-3 The Zone HD on AggieAthletics.com, RadioAggieland.com or on 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.

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS
Maroon Fridays
Come to each Friday home game covered in maroon and you could win a prize as the Fan of the Game, who will also be entered into a grand prize drawing that will be announced at the end of the season.

Softball Bingo
Also on Fridays, get ready for Softball Bingo by picking up a card at the 12th Man Rewards table to play along. The first three single bingo winners will receive a prize, and the first blackout card wins a team-autographed softball or poster.

Saturday Autograph Session
The team will be available for a postgame autograph session. One item per fan may be signed, and official team posters will be provided. Kids are also encouraged to come on to the field and run the bases after the game.

Sunday Koozie Giveaway
The first 250 fans through the gate on Sunday will receive a free Aggie Softball Koozie, perfect for tailgating all year long.

Take a Kid to the Ballgame
Children under 12 will receive free admission to Sunday’s game with the purchase of one adult general admission (GA) ticket.

Sidewalk Chalk Sundays
Kids can have fun with sidewalk chalk on the concourse at each Sunday Aggie Softball game this season. Write a message to the team or play some hopscotch!

LAST TIME OUT
The Aggies snapped a two-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over Northwestern State at home on Tuesday night. Senior Emily Albus was 2-for-3 on the night with a pair of bunt singles, a walk and two runs scored, and senior Jenna Stark hit her second home run of the season. Freshman Abby Donnell went 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate, and picked up her third save of the season in the circle.

SCOUTING GEORGIA
The Bulldogs come to College Station with a 26-2 mark and a perfect 3-0 record in SEC play after sweeping Mississippi State at home last weekend. Georgia outscored MSU 21-3 on the series, and Alex Hugo was named both the USA Softball National Player of the Week and the SEC Player of the Week. The sophomore was 7-for-13 at the plate for a .538 average, leading the team with seven hits, six runs scored, seven RBI, three home runs and a 1.308 slugging percentage. Hugo is one of eight Bulldogs hitting above .300 this season. Anna Swafford leads the starters with a .403 average, contributing 29 hits and 29 runs. Hugo’s 12 home runs and 31 RBI are a team best, and her 28 runs rank second. Geri Ann Glasco (12-0) and Chelsea Wilkinson (14-2) have split time in the circle for UGA, with 1.22 and 1.25 ERAs, respectively. Wilkinson has hurled an impressive 141 strikeouts in 89.1 innings of work for five solo shutouts.

VS. THE BULLDOGS
The Aggies and Bulldogs have met eight times in history, with UGA holding a 7-1 all-time advantage. The teams last met in Athens last season, in the first SEC series between the two teams. Georgia swept the three-game matchup. The teams have never faced off in College Station.

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 six wins away from the milestone heading into Friday’s game against Georgia. The Aggie skipper 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.

LEAGUE LEADERS
In the latest statistical updates, the Aggies continue to lead the league in runners picked off with eight, adding a pickoff at College of Charleston last week. Individually, senior Nicole Morgan leads the league with seven pickoffs, ranks second in the SEC with 10 home runs and 27 walks, and sits at third in slugging percentage (.896) and RBI (38). 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 42 hits, and freshman Abby Donnell has finished more games than any other hurler in the league (11), while ranking second among SEC pitchers with three 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. 15 in the NFCA/USA Today Top 25 Poll and No. 18 the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll. The Aggies’ remaining 2014 opponents in the top 25 are No. 1/2 Florida, No. 4/3 Tennessee, No. 8/10 Kentucky, No. 14/14 Georgia and No. 21/21 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 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.

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 will begin a seven-game road trip when the team travels to Arkansas next weekend for a three-game SEC series. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.

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