COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 13 Texas A&M softball team (16-4) travels to Texas State (13-8) Wednesday to play a single game against the Bobcats at Bobcat Softball Stadium in San Marcos, slated for a 6 p.m. first pitch.
Fans can follow Wednesday’s action by listening to the live audio broadcast worldwide on AggieAthletics.com or RadioAggieland.com, or on Sports Radio 1150 AM in Bryan-College Station. Each game this season can be heard worldwide on HD radio or smartphone via 95.1-3 The Zone HD. Download the RadioAggieland app to listen to the games, or tune in online. Select games this season can also be heard in the Bryan-College Station area on Sports Radio 1150 AM.
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.
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.
LAST TIME OUT
The Aggies swept the Texas A&M Invitational last weekend, starting the action with a 14-4 run-rule of UConn and a 6-1 win over Wisconsin on Friday evening. The Aggies 6-2 rematch win over the Badgers marked Evans’ 1000th win before the team finished tournament play with a 6-1 win against the Huskies on Saturday night. Sunday’s game between the Aggies and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was postponed for rain and rescheduled as an April 22 doubleheader in College Station.
Senior Cassie Tysarczyk led the team from the plate on the weekend with a .636 average, going 7-for-11 with four runs, four walks, seven RBI, three doubles and a home run. Sophomore Katie Marks was 2-0 in the circle, allowing just two earned runs through 12 innings of work with five strikeouts.
SCOUTING TEXAS STATE
The Bobcats enter the midweek contest with a record of 13-8 after dropping their previous three games at the Gulf Coast Classic in Mississippi this past weekend. Texas State posted narrow victories over Memphis (2-0) and Ohio (3-2) in Gulfport before falling to Baylor (11-1), Nicholls State (6-2) and Mississippi State (2-1). The most impressive win for the Bobcats this season came at the Campbell Cartier Classic against then 23rd-ranked California (4-3). As a team, Texas State hits .272 with 12 home runs and 88 runs scored. Pacing the offense is senior Timishia North and sophomore Kendall Wiley, who are hitting .343 and .323, respectively. Wiley leads the team with 13 RBI while junior Kortney Koroll has slugged four long balls. In the circle for the Bobcats, Rayn House has made 12 starts and 14 appearances, posting a 10-4 mark with a 1.61 ERA over 87.0 innings. The senior has struck out 98 batters and yielded only 27 walks. Freshman Kaylee Garner has posted a 1-3 record over six starts with a 4.61 ERA. Through five games at Bobcat Softball Stadium, Texas State is 4-1.
VS. THE BOBCATS
The Aggies own a 61-10 all-time advantage over the Bobcats in a series that dates back to 1985. The teams last met in April of 2013 in San Marcos. Texas A&M left the Bobcat Softball Stadium with a 14-0, five-inning run-rule win over Texas State. Then-freshman Cali Lanphear was 3-for-3 on the night with five RBI, a triple and a home run. The teams also played in College Station last season, in a 9-1 Aggie win in March.
Texas A&M sophomore Alex Masek’s sister, Jordan, is a senior on the Bobcat softball team. The athletic family also includes Jordan’s twin brother, Trey, who pitched for Texas Tech and is now playing in the Chicago Cubs organization.
Senior Nicole Morgan leads the Southeastern Conference with a .964 slugging percentage, ranks fourth among conference hitters with a .473 average, and sits at second in RBI (27), home runs (7) and total bases (53). Morgan's accurate arm behind the plate makes her the No. 1 pickoff thrower in the SEC by a long shot, collecting seven through 20 games - over three times more pickoffs than the No. 2 player on the list. Senior Emily Albus' 30 hits rank third among her peers.
THE 2014 AGGIES
In its second season in the Southeastern Conference, Texas A&M welcomes six newcomers to the 2014 squad with addition of sophomore transfer Katie Marks (Katy), and freshmen Abby Donnell (Wichita Falls), Reagan Boenker (Bryan), April Ryan (Keller), Suzanne White (Richmond) and Celena Massey (Bulverde). Returning to action are five sophomores, four juniors, including redshirt transfer Rachel Fox, and an invaluable eight-player senior class.
Lanphear – who led the Aggies’ home run game in 2013 – was named an NFCA All-American and Freshman All-SEC, and Morgan joined her on the NFCA All-South Region first team. Albus earned Hammer Strength All-American Athlete honors at the end of last season, and senior Allison Garrett represented the team on the SEC Softball Community Service Team.
Texas A&M could field nearly a full starting lineup from the senior class alone, as the Aggie Softball Class of 2014 has eight members that account for 23 years of combined experience in maroon and white.
TRANSFER OF POWER
The Aggies inherit two transfer student-athletes from major Division I programs for the 2014 season. Right-handed pitchers Rachel Fox and Katie Marks join the team from Texas and South Carolina, respectively. Fox (Sugar Land) entered the clubhouse before the 2013 season but was forced to sit out last year due to NCAA transfer rules. The former Longhorn standout collected 32 wins in two years at Texas. Marks spent her rookie season in the circle for the Gamecocks, making 28 appearances for an 8-8 record. She will see playing time in 2014 after receiving a hardship waiver from the Southeastern Conference.
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. 16 the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll. The Aggies’ remaining 2014 opponents in the top 25 are No. 1/1 Florida, No. 3/2 Tennessee, No. 8/10 Kentucky, No. 15/18 Missouri and No. 18/19 Georgia. In addition, Auburn and Arkansas are 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.
The Aggies start SEC action with a three-game home series vs. Missouri this weekend at the Aggie Softball Complex, beginning with a 7 p.m. game Friday. Friday night’s series opener will feature postgame fireworks at the ballpark. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.