COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 24 Texas A&M softball team (31-20, 9-15 SEC) finishes the regular season with four home games this week, beginning with a Wednesday doubleheader against Lamar (20-25, 12-11 Southland) at the Aggie Softball Complex. First pitch of game one is set for 4 p.m. CT, and game two will follow approximately 30 minutes after the final out of game one.
Fans can listen to both games on Wednesday worldwide via 95.1-3 The Zone HD online at AggieAthletics.com or RadioAggieland.com, or on mobile through the Radio Aggieland app. Live mobile stats are also available at tamustats.com.
LAST TIME OUT
The Aggies ended conference play with a three game SEC series at then-No. 22 Auburn, dropping each game to the Tigers to fall to No. 11 in the conference with a 9-15 league record. A high point of the weekend was senior Amber Garza’s first-inning grand slam in game one, the seventh of her career. Texas A&M will learn its fate in the conference tournament after the rest of the league’s members end conference play this weekend.
The Lady Cardinals prepare for their final weekend of Southland Conference action at McNeese State with the Wednesday doubleheader, holding a fifth-place standing in the league. The top six SLC teams qualify for the conference tournament in Hammond, La. Beverly Corry (.317, 20 R, 38 H, 26 RBI, 25 BB) leads the Lamar hitters, pounding eight home runs and five doubles for a .575 slugging percentage. Casey Cromwell is also hitting above .300, and has scored a team-best 29 runs. Stephanie Meeuwsen has swiped six bags an hit nine doubles while drawing 30 walks on the year. Tina Schulz (9-12, 3.87 ERA, 134.0 IP) and Shannon Millman (8-12, 4.83 ERA, 103.0 IP) have done most of the work in the circle for the Lady Cards, tossing 48 and 76 strikeouts, respectively.
VS. THE LADY CARDINALS
The Aggies and Lady Cards have met three times in history, with Texas A&M holding a 3-0 all-time advantage over Lamar. The teams last met in a doubleheader just over a year ago in College Station, resulting in a pair of run-rule wins for the Aggies.
Through games played on April 27, Texas A&M is ranked 11th in the conference. This weekend’s SEC games will decide the Aggies’ fate the Southeastern Conference Tournament, which features just the top 10 teams in the league. Though the Aggies are done with regular-season SEC games, the rest of the conference has one series left to play. Mississippi State and South Carolina are each 1.5 games ahead of Texas A&M. In the event of a tie after this weekend’s games, South Carolina holds the head-to-head advantage over the Aggies. Texas A&M and Mississippi State have not met this season, and a tiebreaker between the two schools would mean comparing the win-loss record of the Aggies and the Bulldogs vs. the highest-seeded common opponent in the conference. Currently, the highest-seeded common opponent is No. 2 Tennessee, who hosts No. 13 Ole Miss this weekend. Mississippi State holds an advantage in that instance, having taken a 2-1 series win over the Lady Vols earlier this year.
Among conference opponents, the Aggies continue to lead the league with 10 pickoffs. Senior Emily Albus' .431 batting average ranks fifth among SEC hitters and her 78 hits are a league best, while her 16 stolen bases are listed at fifth. Senior Nicole Morgan ranks among the top 10 in the league with nine pickoffs (1st), a .704 slugging percentage (7th), a .495 on base percentage (9th), 50 RBI (6th), 12 home runs (T-7th) and 41 walks (4th). Donnell's 22 games finished and 26 games in relief are each league bests, and her five saves rank second among league pitchers.
VS. THE NATION
The Aggies are currently No. 22 in the latest RPI rankings and are among the nation's best in several statistical categories in the latest standings (through April 20). As a team, Texas A&M ranks 22nd in fielding percentage (.973) and 30th in both home runs per game (1.04) and scoring (5.83). Seniors Nicole Morgan and Cassie Tysarczyk are tied for 13th in the nation in sacrifice flies with four each, and Morgan ranks ninth with 0.91 walks per game. Freshman Abby Donnell's five saves rank fifth.
RANKING THE AGGIES
Texas A&M started the 2014 season with a No. 11 preseason ranking in both national polls and is currently ranked No. 24 in the NFCA/USA Today Top 25 Poll and 25th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll. The Aggies have played eight top-25 opponents this season, including seven in the top 15.
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 played six games on national TV during the regular season, beginning with two games vs. Kentucky that were aired on FSN South in early April. Of the Aggies’ six televised contests, four were played at the Aggie Softball Complex. The Aggies hosted 2013 national runner-up Tennessee on ESPNU in mid-April, and Texas A&M played another pair of games on ESPNU last when Florida came to College Station.
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 ends the regular season with a two-game series against former conference rival Oklahoma State this weekend. Game one is set for a 7 p.m. CT first pitch Friday, followed by game two at 4 p.m. CT Saturday. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.