COLLEGE STATION, Texas – On the eve of the Texas A&M softball team’s 25th NCAA Region appearance, five Aggies were selected to National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-South Region teams.
Senior Nicole Morgan led the way with a spot on the NFCA All-South Region first team, while seniors Amber Garza, Emily Albus (pronounced OWL-bus) and Cassie Tysarczyk (pronounced tie-SAR-check) were second-team selections. Sophomore Katie Marks was honored on the region’s third team.
Morgan (The Woodlands, Texas) is earning All-South Region first-team honors for the second straight season, being selected as a first baseman in 2013 and as a catcher this year. The senior led the Aggies in power hitting this season with 14 home runs, eight doubles, two triples, 54 RBI and a .741 slugging percentage. She ranked among the top-10 in the Southeastern Conference with nine pickoffs (1st), a .741 slugging percentage (6th), a .503 on base percentage (8th), 54 RBI (T-6th), 14 home runs (7th), 42 walks (T-4th), and five sacrifice flies (T-1st).
Garza (Missouri City, Texas) takes the first all-region honors of her career with the selection to the second team at third baseman. The senior is one of three Aggies hitting in the double digits in home runs – including the seventh grand slam of her career against Auburn on April 25 – and has a team second-best 10 doubles. Garza has collected 43 hits on the year while scoring 25 runs and drawing 20 walks, amassing 83 total bases and ranking third on the team with a .568 slugging percentage. Defensively, the strong-armed third baseman turned three double plays on the year.
Albus (Brenham) was named to the All-SEC Second Team after leading the Aggies on the year with a .420 average at the plate. The senior team captain owns an SEC second-best 81 hits, six of them doubles, and has scored 37 runs and contributed 21 RBI. Albus leads the team with 16 stolen bases in 18 attempts and seven sacrifice bunts. The speedy lefty is hitting .755 while bunting, with 37 hits on 49 at bats. A pro in centerfield, Albus has thrown four outfield assists and contributed one double play turned. This is the first all-region honor of her career.
Tysarczyk (San Antonio, Texas) is the 2014 SEC All-Defensive Right Fielder, and also earned a spot on the All-SEC Second Team. The team captain ranks third on the team with a .357 average, .656 slugging percentage, 28 walks, 12 home runs and nine doubles. Tysarczyk was perfect on the bases with three swiped bags in as many attempts. The senior led the Aggie outfield with eight assists and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. This is the second all-region honor of her career, after being named to the 2012 NFCA All-Central Region First Team.
Marks (Katy, Texas) led the Aggie bullpen with a 15-5 record and 3.10 ERA in the circle. The sophomore transfer tossed the first no-hitter of her career in a five-inning shutout over Lamar (April 30) and appeared in 28 contests with 23 starts and eight complete games. Marks threw three complete-game shutouts and combined for one, adding a save on the year vs. California on Feb. 21. She struck out 73 batters in 126.1 innings of work and recorded big wins against No. 15 Missouri (March 8, March 9), at South Carolina (March 14), and at Arkansas (March 29). This is the first all-region accolade of her young career.
The Texas A&M softball team begins its hunt for the program’s fourth national championship Friday when the Aggies face Hofstra in the first game of the NCAA Norman Regional. The Aggies and Pride are set to play at 5 p.m. CT. Host school and No. 7 seed Oklahoma will play Bryant in game two of the regional, at 7:30 p.m. CT. Each game of the Norman Regional will be broadcast live from the OU Softball Complex on ESPN3.
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