Hartford wins individual LSC Championship with a birdie on playoff hole; Lions roar back to claim team runner-up.
ABILENE – It took the 55th hole of action, but a long birdie putt on the first playoff hole gave Blake Hartford the Lone Star Conference Championship, as the Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf team charged back and finished as the team runner-up in the championship field.
Hartford and Midwestern State’s Trip Hobson tied after 54 holes with a score of 1-under par 212, each carding a 1-under par 70 in Tuesday’s round. The duo played hole No. 18, and each had solid first two shots to the green, but Hartford drained a long putt to claim an emphatic win.
Hartford is the sixth Lion to win LSC medalist honors, joining Rex McCamey (1965), Blair Buttar (1997), Shawn Reeves (1998), Pinkey Hartline (2008), and Hagan Wood (2017).
The Lions entered Tuesday’s final round down ten strokes to Midwestern State and Cameron. Cameron fell by the wayside, as A&M-Commerce overtook the Aggies for good by the turn. After falling behind the Mustangs by as many as 15 strokes on the front nine, the Lions roared back to lead by as many as two strokes in the final stages of the tournament. However, Midwestern State was able to pull away late for a four-stroke win.
The Lions scored a 1-under par 284 in Tuesday’s round and finished with a three-round total of 864 (295-286-283, +12). Midwestern State shot 860 to win by four strokes.
Wilfredo Sanchez blistered the course with three birdies on Tuesday to shoot a 2-under par 69. He shot a tournament total of 219 (+6) to place 11th on the leaderboard.
Joe Wolcik and Lucas McCubbin each shot a 1-over par 72 in Tuesday’s round. Wolcik notched four birdies and ended the tournament at 9-over par 222 to tie for 15th. McCubbin had three birdies on Tuesday but did not place on the leaderboard after withdrawing from the first round.
Garrett Landers finished his tournament in 17th place at 223 (+10), carding two birdies on the way to an 80 on Tuesday.
The Lions now await the announcement of the field for the NCAA Division II South Central/West Super Regional, which will be in Amarillo on May 7-9. They announce the field Friday.
The Lions have qualified for the regional tournament in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007, and 2009 as a team, advancing to the national tournament in 1998.
|4.||Western New Mexico||289||297||289||875||+23|
|5.||West Texas A&M||296||287||300||883||+31|
|6.||UT Permian Basin||295||302||294||891||+39|
|Blake Hartford||69||73||70||212||-1||1st *|
Lion women place sixth at LSC Championship.
ABILENE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s golf team completed the 2018 Lone Star Conference Championship in sixth place after the completion of Tuesday’s second round.
The Lions finished with a score of 631 (306-315, +53). Tarleton State won the team title at 571.
A&M-Commerce had two players finish with identical scores of 9-over par 151 to place 15th. Lauren Bentley and Paige-Lee Garris both improved one stroke from the first round, shooting 75 after Monday’s 76.
Bentley improved her career best with Tuesday’s round, carding no worse than a birdie on any hole. Garris had a birdie on her fourth hole of the day.
Sophie-Charlott Hempel and Lauren Leslie placed 29th at 18-over par 160, followed by Makena Thomas in 32nd place at 19-over par 161.
This tournament will complete the Lions’ 2017-18 season. A&M-Commerce had a strong year, placing in the top five of four tournaments, including the program’s second-ever tournament victory to close out the regular season at the Henderson State Southern Bancorp Invitational.
|2.||West Texas A&M||288||293||581||+13|
|5.||Western New Mexico||298||316||614||+46|
Hartford, Lions in third after 36 holes of action at LSC Championship.
ABILENE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf team sits in third place after 36 holes of action on the first day of the 2018 Lone Star Conference Women’s Golf Championship on Monday.
The Lions improved by nine strokes from the first round to the second and shot a 13-over par 581 on the par-71 layout at the Diamondback Golf Course. A&M-Commerce is ten strokes back of co-leaders Midwestern State and Cameron.
Blake Hartford shot an even-par 142 in Monday’s action and is in a tie for third on the individual leaderboard. In the opening round, he shot a two-under-par 69 with four birdies. He followed that up with an up-and-down 2-over par 73 in the second round with five birdies. Hartford is three strokes back of the individual leader.
Garrett Landers is in seventh place at 143 (+1, 73-70). He closed out his day with a season-best round of 70 including three birdies and one bogey. He also had three birdies in his opening round.
Wilfredo Sanchez and Joe Wolcik tied for 21st at 8-over par 150. Sanchez struggled to a 78 in the opening round but rebounded with two birdies on the way to a 72 in the second round. Wolcik shot 4-over par 75 in both rounds with six total birdies.
Lucas McCubbin was unable to complete the first round but contributed an even-par 71 with five birdies to the team score in the second round.
The Lions group with golfers from co-leaders Cameron and Midwestern State in Tuesday’s final round, with the first group teeing off at 9:30 a.m.
|4.||West Texas A&M||296||287||583||+15|
|5.||Western New Mexico||289||297||586||+18|
|6.||UT Permian Basin||295||302||597||+29|
Mariah Jameyson, Kinsie Hebler both top 25 finalists for 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.– Texas A&M University-Commerce softball players Mariah Jameyson and Kinsie Hebler have both been named top 25 finalists for the 2018 Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II National Player of the Year. The list of finalists was released Monday by the NFCA. The Lions are one of just four teams with two players selected as finalists.
Jameyson– a senior from Seattle, Wash.– has led all of Division II in several statistical categories throughout the season. Coming into this last weekend, Jameyson was leading the nation in batting average, on-base percentage runs batted in and total bases. She was also second in slugging percentage and third in both hits and home runs. She was named NFCA/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week two weeks in a row earlier in the season, the first player in recent history to achieve that feat. She has also been named Lone Star Conference Hitter of the Week four different times, the most of any player in the LSC. Jameyson is currently hitting .531 with a .616 on-base percentage and a 1.094 slugging percentage. She has 20 home runs, 68 hits, 75 RBIs and 140 total bases. They named her to the Preseason Player of the Year watch list earlier in the year.
Hebler– a sophomore from Cypress, Texas– has been a two-time LSC Hitter of the Week and last week was named Fastpitch News National Player of the Week. Coming into last weekend, she was ranked 13th in the nation in slugging percentage, 18th in RBIs, 18th in walks, 19th in home runs, 20th in total bases and 26th in on-base percentage. Hebler is currently hitting .432 with a .521 on-base percentage and a .848 slugging percentage. She has 14 home runs, 57 hits, 53 RBIs and 112 total bases.
They announce the Top 10 finalists on May 15 with the 2018 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year revealed on June 4.
Jameyson, Hebler and the No. 14 Lions tied for third place in the LSC standings going into the final weekend of the regular season. The Lions face Texas Woman’s in a three-game road series, beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m. The teams will then play in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1:00 p.m. All games are at Pioneer Field in Denton. The Lions will then enter the LSC postseason tournament.
Schutt Sports/NFCA National Player of the Year Top 25 finalists
Mariah Jameyson, Sr., C, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Kinsie Hebler, So., UT/P, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Rosa’Lynn Burton, So., OF, Wilmington
Megan Deiter, Jr., P, Washburn
Haley Gilham, Sr., P, Chico State
Brooke Hodgson, Sr., UT, Colorado Mesa
Kylee Smith, So., P, North Georgia
Amber Johns, So., P, North Georgia
Jamie Johnson, Sr., 3B, UNC Pembroke
Emily Kenly, So., P, Lenoir-Rhyne
Alison Lipovsky, Jr., P, Grand Valley State
Brandy Marlett, Jr., P, Angelo State
Jessica Mohl, Sr., SS, Valdosta State
Taylor Moran, So., 1B, Lee
Callie Nunes, Fr., P, Concordia Irvine
Samantha Reilly, Jr., C, Georgian Court
Christa Reisinger, Jr., OF, Truman State
Hannah Schmoll, Sr., OF, Minnesota Duluth
Brooke Goad, R-Sr., OF, Southern Arkansas
Victoria Taylor, So., P, Southern Arkansas
Hannah Thieroff, Jr., DP/1B, California Baptist
Kylee Moore, Jr., IF, West Texas A&M
Suka Van Gurp, Jr., IF, West Texas A&M
Kelsey Vining, Sr., OF, Montevallo
Kaylynn Wheeland, R-Jr., DP, Bloomsburg
Bentley cards career low as Lions sit in fifth in after opening round of LSC Championship.
ABILENE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s golf team saw consistent scores across the board and sits in fifth place after 18 holes at the 2018 Lone Star Conference Women’s Golf Championship on Monday.
The Lions shot a 22-over par 306 in Monday’s round with beautiful conditions on the par 71 Diamondback Golf Course.
Lauren Bentley and Paige-Lee Garris are tied for 16th on the individual leaderboard at 5-over par 76, which sets a career low for Bentley. Bentley had two birdies in her round, while Garris carded four birdies.
Sophie-Charlott Hempel and Makena Thomas are tied for 20th on the leaderboard at 6-over par 77. Hempel notched three birdies in her round, while Thomas had two birdies. Lauren Leslie is in 23rd place at 7-over par 78 with two birdies.
Tarleton State leads the tournament at 1-over par 285, followed by West Texas A&M at 4-over par 288.
The Lions will group with golfers from Western New Mexico (298) and Angelo State (307) in Tuesday’s final round, with the first group teeing off at 8:50 a.m.
|2.||West Texas A&M||288||+4|
|4.||Western New Mexico||298||+14|
McCubbin is LSC Golfer of the Year; Hartford and Sanchez earn first-team all-LSC honors.
ABILENE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf team earned three first-team All-Lone Star Conference awards and the program’s first-ever Player of the Year award at the annual LSC awards banquet on Sunday night.
Lucas McCubbin was named the LSC Polfer of the Year and First Team All-Conference, while Blake Hartford and Wilfredo Sanchez were also named First Team All-LSC.
McCubbin had a 72.25 stroke average in his first season as a Lion and finished under par in four of his nine tournaments. He had a pair of top-five finishes with runner-up honors at the St. Mary’s Rattler Invitational and the Hardscrabble Invitational, as well as six total top 10 finishes. He was named the LSC Golfer of the Week once during the season. He is the first-ever Lion to win the LSC Golfer of the Year honor.
Hartford was a two-time LSC Golfer of the Week winner, with three top-five finishes and four top 10’s. He had a stroke average of 72.5 in his first season as a Lion and earns his second all-conference honor in his collegiate career.
Sanchez earns his second career all-LSC honor, as he was second team all-conference and the LSC Newcomer of the Year in 2017. He was a two-time LSC Golfer of the Week in his senior season and was the champion of The Classic at Firewheel. With a season stroke average of 72.13, he had three top-five finishes and five top 10’s.
The Lion trio will lead A&M-Commerce as the top seed in the LSC Championship on Monday and Tuesday. The women’s teams will play 18 holes each day, while the men’s teams will play 36 holes Monday and 18 holes Tuesday.
2018 Men’s Golf All-Conference
|Lucas McCubbin||A&M-Commerce||JR||Midland, Texas|
|Wilfredo Sanchez||A&M-Commerce||SR||The Woodlands, Texas|
|Blake Hartford||A&M-Commerce||SO||Spring, Texas|
|Trip Hobson||Midwestern State||SR||Crockett, Texas|
|Will Lovelace||Cameron||SO||Richardson, Texas|
|Michael Hodson||West Texas A&M||SO||Amarillo, Texas|
|Clayton Keck||Midwestern State||SR||Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|Sam Ruston||Western New Mexico||FR||Birmingham, England|
|Brayden Cruth||West Texas A&M||JR||Amarillo, Texas|
|Dario Gabriel||Cameron||JR||Felsberg, Switzerland|
|Gonzalo Pan De Soraluce||Western New Mexico||SO||Madrid, Spain|
|Pedro De La Vega||Western New Mexico||SO||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Tate McVay||West Texas A&M||SR||Sturgis, South Dakota|
Player of the Year: Lucas McCubbin, A&M-Commerce
Newcomer of the Year: Clayton Keck, Midwestern State
Freshman of the Year: Sam Ruston, Western New Mexico
Coach of the Year: Kent Beatty, Western New Mexico
2018 Women’s Golf All-Conference
|Sarah Gee||Tarleton State||SR||Warminster, England|
|Emily Brennan||Midwestern State||FR||Stoke-on-Trent England|
|Loukyee Songprasert||West Texas A&M||SO||Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|Jelina Fernando||West Texas A&M||SO||Haywards Heath, England|
|Casey Wild||Tarleton State||SR||Wodonga, Australia|
|Casey Leatherman||Tarleton State||SO||Huntsville, Texas|
|Lexi Read||Midwestern State||SO||Paradise, Texas|
|Kaylin Milholland||West Texas A&M||JR||Sachse, Texas|
|Mattye Mason||West Texas A&M||SR||San Marcos, Texas|
|Junie Khaw||Tarleton State||FR||Selangor, Malaysia|
|Sarah Moore||Midwestern State||SR||Burkburnett, Texas|
|Juanita Gomez||Midwestern State||FR||Medellin Colombia|
|Brenda Dominguez||Western New Mexico||SO||El Paso, Texas|
|Allison Duffin||Cameron||SO||San Antonio, Texas|
Player of the Year: Sarah Gee, Tarleton State
Freshman of the Year: Emily Brennan, Midwestern State
Coach of the Year: Meredith Jameson, West Texas A&M
No. 14 Lions honor program’s first four-year senior class before falling 12-3 to No. 6 Angelo State.
COMMERCE– The No. 14 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team lost 12-3 to No. 6 Angelo State on Sunday. The Rambelles had three big innings, and the Lions could not get their bats going to match.
The Lions fall to 35-8 on the season and 20-7 in the Lone Star Conference. ASU improves to 41-6 and 23-4 in LSC play.
The Lions finish the regular season with a road series against Texas Woman’s University. The teams will play a single game at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and conclude with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m. All games will be at Pioneer Field in Denton.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Ciera Nunez had two hits, including an RBI triple.
– Monica Cherry had two singles, scoring a run. Kimber Neal had an RBI single. Kayla Kilcrease also had an RBI.
– Mariah Jameyson and Kinsie Hebler both had hits. Chloe Horn and Precious Thompson both scored a run.
– Selena Rima, Lacie Bullard and Katie Dean all had a strikeout in the circle. Hebler struck out two batters.
– The Lions honored seniors Baylea Higgs, Mariah Jameyson, Monica Cherry, Selena Rima and Alex VanSickle before the game. Higgs, Cherry, and Rima were part of the inaugural signing class when the program started in 2015.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Rambelles had two hits in the top of the first, but the Lion defense was able to make a play at the plate to record the third out and keep ASU off the board. The Lions had a leadoff single in the bottom of the first but could not get a run across. The game was scoreless after one complete inning.
The Rambelles got on the board in the second inning. A single and three walks brought a run across. A groundout brought another run across and a double scored two more, bringing the score to 4-0.
The Lions brought a run across in the bottom of the second. Sims drew a walk, and Horn pinch ran. Horn advanced on a passed ball and scored on a single from Neal. The Lions trailed 4-1 after two complete.
The Rambelles added three more runs in the third inning. A throwing error brought two runs across, and another run came across on a single. The Lions drew two walks in the bottom of the inning but stranded the runners. ASU led 7-1 after three.
ASU added five runs in the fourth inning. Two leadoff singles and a hit by pitch loaded the bases. Two singles scored three more runs. An error brought another run home. The Lions scored another run in the inning. Cherry singled and scored on a triple from Nunez. The Lions trailed 12-2 after four innings.
Hebler came in in the fifth inning and struck out two to keep ASU off the board. The Lions scored one more run in the fifth. Hebler came up with a single. Jameyson followed with a double. A runner came across on a groundout by Kilcrease. The Lions could not make up the deficit, and the game ended after five complete.
TRACK AND FIELD
Clark’s school records dazzle on Super Saturday at Mt. SAC Relays.
TORRANCE, Calif. – Two school records and three improved marks highlighted an exceptional day for the Texas A&M University-Commerce track and field teams in the final day of action at the Mt. SAC Relays on Saturday.
Southern California native Rashard Clark put on a show for the hometown faithful, starting with a blazing performance in the 400-meter dash. He clocked a school record time of 45.70 seconds, which is an automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Division II Championships next month. His time is the second-fastest in Division II this season and the eighth-fastest in all collegiate divisions this season.
Clark was also the anchor leg of the men’s 4×400 meter relay team, which established a new school record and improved the Lions’ automatic qualifying time and national best at 3:07.47. The A&M-Commerce squad of Gabriel Peterson, Dedrian Windham, D’Lance Sharp, and Clark won their heat by more than three seconds over Illinois and placed fourth overall, only a second and a half behind Team USA.
DeVontae Steele improved his season-best mark in the men’s triple jump to 15.70 meters (51-6 ¼), placing fifth as the only collegian in a field of professional jumpers. He holds the fourth-best mark in the nation at this point in the season.
The women’s 4×400 meter relay team of Minna Svaerd, Ro’Nisha Simpson, Joy Spann, and Kamryn McKee ran a time of 3:47.41 to place 10th.
The Lions are back in action with two meets next week at Abilene Christian and Texas State for the final events before the Lone Star Conference Championships.
Softball game moved to Sunday at 1:00 pm. Weather rescheduled the home finale between No. 14 Texas A&M University-Commerce and No. 6 Angelo State University. A brief recognition of the Lion Softball seniors is at 12:45 pm.
TRACK AND TEAM
Lions earn three provisional marks on the first day at Mt. SAC Relays.
TORRANCE, Calif. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce track and field teams set or improved three provisional qualifying marks on the first day of action at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Minna Svaerd became the second woman in A&M-Commerce history to go under a minute in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.96 seconds, placing fourth in the event. Her time ranks sixth nationally in Division II.
Kamryn McKee earned a provisional qualifying mark in the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 55.33 seconds, marking the 11th fastest time in the nation this season.
The men’s 4×100 meter relay team earned a provisional qualifying time with a time of 40.81 seconds, which placed seventh in the event and is also the seventh-fastest time in the nation.
Sergio Marcello ran in the 10,000 meter run at the Long Beach State Open in the morning, placing third in the event with a time of 31:46.76.
D’Lance Sharp ran the men’s 200-meter dash in 21.44 seconds, Austin Yaeger ran the men’s 1,500-meter run in 4:00.16, and the duo of Dedrian Windham (48.34) and Gabriel Peterson (48.70) ran in the men’s 400-meter dash.
Ro’Nisha Simpson (58.47) ran in the women’s 400-meter dash, and Maiya Collins (2:22.04) ran in the women’s 800-meter dash.
The Lions have four entries in the prestigious invitational sections of the meet on Saturday. Rashard Clark will run the men’s 400-meter dash, and DeVontae Steele will participate in the men’s triple jump.
The 4×400 meter relay teams will also close out the meet. Svaerd, Joy Spann, Simpson, and McKee comprise the women. Jude Christine, Sharp, Windham, and Clark make up the men’s team.
Lions enter LSC Championship in third in South Central Region rankings.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf team is ranked third in the third release of the NCAA Division II Regional Rankings, as announced Friday.
These rankings are used to determine the field for the NCAA Championships in May. The South Central/West Super Regional Tournament will be in Amarillo on May 7-9. A total of 10 teams from both the South Central and West Regions will advance to this tournament. The top five teams at that tournament will advance to the NCAA Division II Championships on May 21-25 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals, Fighting Joe Course, in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
The Lions are the top-ranked team in the Lone Star Conference, which does not have an automatic qualifier to the tournament. A&M-Commerce finished in the top five positions in eight of the nine regular-season matches the Lions played in this season, including a tournament title at Arkansas-Fort Smith to close the season.
A&M-Commerce is ranked 19th nationally in the Golfstat team rankings. Also in the South Central Region are Colorado-Colorado Springs at No. 12 and St. Mary’s at No. 20.
The Lions are next in action at the Lone Star Conference Championship on April 23-24 in Abilene.
|SOUTH CENTRAL REGION|
|2||St. Mary’s (Texas)|
|6||Colorado School of Mines|
|10||Western New Mexico
Kinsie Hebler named Fastpitch News National Player of the Week.
COMMERCE– Texas A&M University-Commerce utility player Kinsie Hebler has been named the Fastpitch News Division II National Player of the Week. They announced the award Tuesday. Hebler is the second Lion to be named National Player of the Week this season.
Hebler– a sophomore from Cypress, Texas– had an offensive explosion last week in three games against Western New Mexico. She hit .786 with 11 hits, five home runs, a grand slam and 19 RBIs. She had two three-run home runs and an RBI single in the first game against WNMU. She then had two two-run homers and two RBI singles in the second game. In the final game of the series, she hit a grand slam and had two more RBI singles. 10 of her 11 hits scored runs. Hebler is third in the LSC in batting average, third in RBIs, fifth in slugging and fifth in on-base percentage.
Hebler and the No. 14 Lions are currently 35-5 on the season after sweeping Western New Mexico last week. The Lions return to action on Friday as they host No. 6 Angelo State for a three-game series. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday starting at 4 p.m. and a single game on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. All games will be at the John Cain Family Softball Complex. Admission is free for all three games of the series with a local ID. It is the final home games of the regular season for the Lions.
FASTPITCH NEWS DIVISION II NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Feb. 12 – AnnMarie Torres, Colorado Mesa
Feb. 20 – Karina Rocha, Angelo State
Feb. 27 – Sydney Sprague, North Georgia
Mar. 6 – Mariah Jameyson, A&M-Commerce
Mar. 13 – Hailey Hinson, Colorado Mesa
Mar. 20 – Ashley Mickschl, Augustana
Mar. 27 – Tanna Huie, Tarleton State
Apr. 3 – Kylie Moore, West Texas A&M
Apr. 10 – Sarah Pauscher, Saint Leo
Apr. 17 – Kinsie Hebler, A&M-Commerce
Feb. 12 – Haley Gilham, Chico State
Feb. 20 – Kiley Halbert, Angelo State
Feb. 27 – McKenzie Surface, Colorado Mesa
Mar. 6 – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman
Mar. 13 – Callie Nunes, Concordia
Mar. 20 – Courtney Smith, Limestone College
Mar. 27 – Jaycee Craver, Illinois-Springfield
Apr. 3 – McKenzie Surface, Colorado Mesa (2)
Apr. 10 – Cambrie Hazel, Dixie State
Apr. 17 – Taylor Armitage, Regis