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Aggies begin post-season competition after end of spring semester
Published: Monday, May 28, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 19:07
The past two weeks for Aggieland sports have been filled with action as many teams have been fighting their way into the NCAA playoffs.
The women’s golf team had struggled to find their rhythm at the Big 12 Tournament while battling the elements in Lawrence, Kan. The Aggies finished in sixth place, but were able to make it into the NCAA East Regional, which took place at Penn State in State College, Pa.
The Aggies showed their resolve and finished tied for second out of 24 teams to advance to the NCAA championship round. Led by East Regional winner sophomore Katerina Ruzickova, the Aggies finished tied for 16th place to end their season. During the season Ruzickova wasn’t in top game form but maintained her composure and kept grinding through the season until her victory in the East Regional. The women’s golf team will return seven letter winners next season, in hopes of another successful season.
The men’s golf team advanced to their fifth straight NCAA Championship as the Aggies took second place in the Bowling Green Regional. True freshman Ty Dunlap finished tied for third place, shooting five-under 211, with seniors Geoff Shaw and Jordan Russell finishing in 11th and 14th place respectively. The 2009 NCAA champions will look to add another championship this year as they make their way to Pacific Palisades, California.
The Texas A&M men’s track and field team claimed another Big 12 championship and the women’s track and field team finished in third place, 11.5 points behind Big 12 champion Texas. On the men’s side, the Aggies saw Henry Lelei win the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Prezel Hardy Jr. win the 100-meter and 200-meter races, and Deon Lendore win the 400-meter race. The men’s 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay teams also brought back home victories.
While the Aggie women’s track team fell short of the Big 12 championship, the Aggies had great showings in the 100-meter hurdles, the 100-meter dash and 5,000-meter race. Overall, the Aggies will be sending 25 entries (13 entries from the men, 12 from the women) to the NCAA championships in hopes of a fourth consecutive national title.
The Aggie softball team saw their season end at the hands of LSU as the Aggies came back after an early loss in the NCAA College Station Regional. The Aggies defeated Bethune-Cookman 11-0, lost to LSU 6-2, and beat Texas State 7-4 before losing one last time to LSU 2-1. Aggie catcher Meagan May, pitcher Mel Dumezich and first baseman Nicole Morgan took All-Regional honors. The Aggies return 17 letter winners for next season.
The Aggie baseball team dropped a 5-3 decision to the Kansas Jayhawks in the Big 12 tournament loser’s bracket to fall out of contention for the conference title. Pitcher Ross Stripling threw a no-hitter against San Diego State the same day in which he was graduating, to make him the 11th pitcher in A&M history to throw a no-hitter. The Aggies have earned a top-16 seed and will host a regional Friday in College Station with TCU, Ole Miss and Dayton joining the Aggies at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.