COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M senior Cassie Tysarczyk was named the Southeastern Conference All-Defensive Right Fielder and joined senior Emily Albus on the All-SEC Second Team, the league office announced today. The seniors anchored the Aggie outfield while leading the team offensively in several statistical categories and as team captains.
Tysarczyk (pronounced tie-SARR-check) solidified her position as the best right fielder in the league, producing 69 putouts for a 1.000 fielding percentage. Opponents quickly learned not to test the San Antonio native’s arm as she recorded eight outfield assists on the year. Offensively, Tysarczyk ranks third on the team with a .357 average and .656 slugging percentage with 28 walks, 12 home runs and nine doubles. She was perfect on the bases with three swiped bags in as many attempts and led the conference with five sacrifice flies.
Albus (pronounced OWL-bus) led the Texas A&M offense with a .420 average this season, and produced an SEC-best 81 hits, six of them doubles The Brenham, Texas, native has scored 37 runs and contributed 21 RBI, while leading 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. Defensively, she contributed four assists from centerfield and turned a double play on the year, recording a .978 fielding average.
The seniors are receiving the first SEC honors of their careers, though Tysarczyk was named to the 2012 All-Big 12 First Team and Albus was named to the 2012 All-Big 12 Second Team.
The Aggies hold a No. 22 RPI ranking and will learn their fate in the NCAA Tournament when the field of 64 is announced Sunday on ESPNU. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.