Feb. 26, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan.--Texas A&M sophomore Becca Murray earned a victory on the final ride of the afternoon to lift the undefeated and top-ranked Aggie equestrian team to a 10-9 win over No. 8 Kansas State on Saturday at Timbercreek Stables.

Murray (Burbank, Calif.) was A&M's first competitor in reining, but was forced to re-ride when the horse her opponent was on pulled a shoe. Murray had to wait out the rest of the round and take the final ride of the day with the teams deadlocked at 9-all. She scored a 73, besting K-State's Sam Etsell by half a point to keep the Aggies' perfect record intact.

Texas A&M (9-0) took an early two-point lead over the Wildcats (4-7) into the western competition after identical 3-2 victories in equitation on the flat and equitation over fences. K-State then took the lead, scoring four times in horsemanship, before the A&M reiners tied it up and set the stage for Murray's ride.

The Aggies' lone MVP award of the day went to junior Abigail Grabein in reining, as she registered a 72-69 victory over the Wildcats' Jordan Cox.

The victory was Texas A&M's ninth in a row over Kansas State in regular-season action.

A&M returns to action Sunday morning when the Aggies face No. 4 Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Show time is set for 10 a.m. at Animal Science Arena on the OSU campus and admission is free.