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Aggie Baseball Announces Team Award Winners

June 04, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M baseball team announced its annual list of team honors on Wednesday after the Aggies concluded the 2014 campaign with a 36-26 record and a school-record eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

MARION PUGH MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – Cole Lankford
Junior Cole Lankford was awarded the Marion Pugh Most Valuable Player Award for the second consecutive season. Lankford led the Aggies with 47 RBI and 61 games played and ranked second in batting average (.319), runs (30) and home runs (5). He added 11 doubles and four stolen bases on the year. In league action, Lankford hit .315 with 12 runs, three doubles, one home run and 18 RBI.

Lankford provided big hits throughout the year with walk-off hits in wins against Columbia, Florida and LSU and he hit the Aggies’ lone grand slam of the season to spark a come-from-behind win over Rice at the Houston Regional.

C.E. "PAT" OLSEN OUTSTANDING PITCHER AWARD – Grayson Long
Sophomore pitcher Grayson Long was one of the league’s pitchers in SEC play and was selected by his teammates to receive the C.E. "Pat" Olsen Outstanding Pitcher Award.

The Mont Belvieu, Texas-native led the Aggies in victories, going 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 89.1 innings of work. His five wins in SEC action ranked eighth in the league.

WALLY MOON AWARD – Ty Schlottmann
The Wally Moon Award is given annually to the player who shows the most improvement from the fall to the end of the season. This year sophomore pitcher Ty Schlottmann was chosen by his teammates as the recipient of the honor.

After seeing limited action as a freshman (5.1 innings in 2013) and in the early part of the 2014 season, Schlottmann had a breakout performance with 6.2 scoreless innings against Kentucky and was one of the Aggies’ top pitchers down the stretch. He worked in 13 of the Aggies’ 24 games, going 0-1 with two saves, a 2.66 ERA, .208 opponent batting average and 14 strikeouts in 20.1 innings. He recorded saves in both of wins of the Aggies’ series win over Mississippi State.

or the year, Schlottmann pitched in 24 games, posting a 0-2 record with two saves and a 2.59 ERA. He held opponents to a .226 batting average and fanned 26 in 31.1 innings.

MARION PUGH SPIRIT AWARD – Jason Jester
A consummate teammate, senior Jason Jester was recognized for his efforts by his teammates who awarded him the Marion Pugh Spirit Award, which is given annually to the player who is most instrumental to team unity and who provides valuable leadership both on and off the field, for the second consecutive season.

Jester went 2-2 on the year with three saves and 26 strikeouts in 26.0 innings. He ended his career ranked second on A&M’s career saves list with 17.

The Hallsville, Texas-product also served as the catcher for ceremonial first pitches at home games this season.

LORAINE B. AND WILLIAM B. "BREEZY" BREAZEALE RBI AWARD – Cole Lankford
Lankford was the Aggies' best run-producer, earning the Loraine B. and William B. "Breezy" Breazeale RBI Award.

The Houston, Texas-native drove in a team-best 47 runs during the 2014 campaign, a figure that ranks 10th in the SEC.

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