Texas - The Texas A&M softball team finishes opponent play in the fall
exhibition season Sunday as the Aggies host Sam Houston State and North Texas
at the Aggie Softball Complex. Entrance to all fall games in Aggieland are FREE
to the public.
The mini tournament features a 10 a.m. game between A&M
and SHSU, followed by a neutral site game between the Bearkats and the Mean
Green at 12:15 p.m. The Aggies will then play UNT at 2:30 p.m. in the final
game of the day. The A&M-SHSU game will be broadcast live on 95.1-3 The Zone
HD. The app can be found at RadioAggieland.com or fans can listen to the
pitch-by-pitch at AggieAthletics.com. The A&M-UNT game will not be
The Bearkats will return 17 of 22 players from a 2012 squad
that worked its way into the school's record books. Last year's team broke the
school record for home runs in a season, clearing the fence 50 times, and tied
a school record with eight all-conference selections. Despite a 1-13 start that
included a tough schedule against several nationally-ranked teams, the Bearkats
won 25 of the next 29 games to create a banner year. Head coach Bob Brock, who
was at the helm of A&M softball through its three national championships,
earned his 1000th career victory in 2012, becoming just the 22nd
Division I head coach to do so.
North Texas also had a record year, winning a program-best
13 Sun Belt Conference games before ending its season in the conference tournament
semifinals. The Mean Green was 28-26 on the season; 28 wins were a program
second-best and 26 losses were a program second-fewest. North Texas has a
fairly young team headed into the 2013 season, with eight freshmen and three
sophomores in the 19-player lineup. Just two players return for their fourth year
of action, including pitching standout Brittany Simmons.
The Aggies will officially close out the fall season in the
upcoming week with the Maroon & White Series. The annual intra-squad
scrimmage is a best-of-five series that starts on Monday, Oct. 15, and could
continue through Friday, Oct. 19, if necessary. Those games will be aired live
on AggieAthletics.com and the games will start at 3:45 p.m. (CST) each day.
To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to
AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.