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Aggie softball to compete in Cathedral City Classic

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 20:07

No. 14 Aggie softball is headed to California riding a five-game win streak from this weekend and is ready to face ranked teams at the Cathedral City Classic.

A&M struggled to score runs throughout the weekend and barely pulled out several victories. The Aggies' last game was saved by a walk-off home run from sophomore Taran Tyler to continue the streak.

"I didn't know what was going to happen up there," Tyler said. "I was just looking to have a good at-bat and that was the best thing that could happen."

The No. 1 Florida Gators are coming into the tournament as the 2011 runner-up at the Women's College World Series. Brittany Schutte is hitting a huge .560 with twelve RBI's, followed by Sami Fagan hitting .552.

Florida pitching has been on par this season, as Hannah Rogers has pitched 23.2 innings with a 0.00 ERA and 5-0 record.

Following their matchup with the Gators, the Aggies will then face New Mexico. The Lobos finished last season with a 19-26 record, but are off to a 9-1 start this season. A strong offensive team, New Mexico will be difficult for A&M to stop.

No. 5 Washington is 10-0 on the year and is returning several key players in Kimi Pohlman, Niki Williams, and Taylor Smith. Last year, Pohlman and Williams were co-offensive MVP's on last year's squad.

The two teams met last season at this tournament, where the Huskies easily triumphed over A&M in an 11-4 game.

BYU handed the Aggies their first loss this season at the Kajikawa Classic in a 3-2 contest. The Cougars have won the last four meetings between the teams. Delaney Willard leads the team with a .536 batting average and a powerful seven home runs.

A&M will finish the tournament against Pacific, a team that has struggled so far this season. The 2-5 squad is hoping to pick up some key victories in California.

For the Aggies, Mel Dumezich and Lindsey Sisk lead the defense each with 4-1 records in the circle. Sisk has a 1.26 ERA in 33.1 innings pitched and was named the College Sports Madness national pitcher of her week and Big 12 Player of the week for her 3-0 effort.

"Our two pitchers are doing a great job out there and are doing everything we are asking them to do," head coach Jo Evans said following this weekend's games. "We just need to do a better job out there in terms of scoring runs for them and just being more aggressive offensively."

Sophomore Emily Albus paces the offense with a .455 batting average, with Dumezich leading in the RBI category with eight. Junior Meagan May has recorded a team-high 16 walks in just ten games.

"I think the team is playing really well right now and we will only continue to get better and play more consistent," junior Sydney Shannon said after this weekend's tournament.

A&M schedule for the tournament is as follows: against Florida at noon on Thursday, New Mexico at 2:30, Washington at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, BYU at 3:00 p.m., and Pacific at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.


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