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SOFTBALL

Mariah Jameyson named LSC Hitter of the Week a record fifth time.

RICHARDSON– Texas A&M University-Commerce catcher Mariah Jameyson has been named the Lone Star Conference Co-Hitter of the Week. The award was announced Monday by the conference office. Jameyson has been named Hitter of the Week five times this season, an LSC record for the weekly award that dates back to 2003.

Jameyson– a senior from Seattle, Wash.– reached base in all 13 of her plate appearances against Texas Women. She had both a perfect 1.000 batting average and on-base percentage with a 3.000 slugging percentage, hitting two home runs, an RBI single and drawing ten walks. For the majority of the series, the Pioneers wanted nothing to do with Jameyson, intentionally walking her nine times. During the few times she faced pitches, Jameyson made the defense pay. She hit a home run in the first game of the series, breaking her single-season school record for home runs. She also drew three walks. In the second game of the series, she brought two more intentional walks while also hitting a three-run home run and an RBI single. In the final game of the series, Jameyson, intentionally walked, in all four of her plate appearances. The senior finished the regular season as the conference leader in batting average, hits, RBIs, slugging percentage, walks and on-base percentage.

Jameyson and the No. 13 ranked Lions, are the third seed in the LSC Championship Tournament and will face sixth-seeded Texas A&M-Kingsville in the first round of the single-elimination tournament. The Lions swept the regular season series against the Javelinas. The game is set for 11 a.m. on Friday in San Angelo. Should the Lions advance, they would face second seed West Texas A&M at 4 p.m. on Friday. The LSC Championship game will be played Saturday at 2 p.m. All games will be at Mayer Field in San Angelo.

LONE STAR CONFERENCE SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Hitter
Feb. 6 – Kinsie Hebler, A&M-Commerce
Feb. 13 – Kourtney Coveney, West Texas A&M
Feb. 20 – Kinsie Hebler, A&M-Commerce (2)
Feb. 27 – Mariah Jameyson, A&M-Commerce
Mar. 6 – Mariah Jameyson, A&M-Commerce (2)
Mar. 12 – Madison Greenwell, Angelo State
Mar. 19 – Mariah Jameyson, A&M-Commerce (3)
Mar. 26 – Mariah Jameyson, A&M-Commerce (4)
Apr. 2 – Jodie Hill, A&M-Commerce
Apr. 10 – Meghann Wrinkle, Tarleton State
Apr. 17 – Ashley Hardin, West Texas A&M
Apr. 23 – Roxy Chapa, Texas A&M-Kingsville
Apr. 30 – Mariah Jameyson, A&M-Commerce (5)
Ashley Hardin, West Texas A&M

Pitcher
Feb. 6 – Emily Otto, A&M-Commerce
Feb. 13 – Jordan Withrow, Tarleton State
Feb. 20 – Morgan Hill, Angelo State
Bethany Hines, Cameron
Feb. 27 – Brandy Marlett, Angelo State
Mar. 6 – Katie Dean, A&M-Commerce
Mar. 12 – Jordan Withrow, Tarleton State (2)
Mar. 19 – Megan Rosewell, Tarleton State
Mar. 26 – Jordan Withrow, Tarleton State (3)
Apr. 2 – Jordan Withrow, Tarleton State (4)
Apr. 10 – Shayne Starkey, West Texas A&M
Apr. 17 – Brandy Marlett, Angelo State (2)
Apr. 23 – Brandy Marlett, Angelo State (3)
Apr. 30 – Kilee Halbert, West Texas A&M

 

MEN’S GOLF

Lions qualify for NCAA Division II South Central/West Super Regional.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf team has been selected to participate in the 2018 NCAA Division II South Central/West Super Regional Tournament, as announced by the NCAA on Friday.

The Lions are ranked 21st nationally in the Golfstat rankings and are coming off of a strong runner-up performance at the Lone Star Conference Championship earlier this week. A&M-Commerce has finished in the top five teams at nine of their ten tournaments this season.

Blake Hartford was named first team all-LSC and won the LSC medalist championship on the first playoff hole. Lucas McCubbin was named first team all-LSC and the LSC Golfer of the Year, and Wilfredo Sanchez was named first team all-LSC for his second straight all-conference honor.

There are 20 total teams at the South Central/West Super Regional, which will be held at Tascosa Golf Club’s La Paloma Course in Amarillo on May 7-9. The top five teams at the Super Regional will advance to the NCAA Division II Championship on May 21-25 in Muscle Shoals, Ala., at the Fighting Joe Course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals.

A&M-Commerce is the third seed from the South Central Region and qualifies for the regional round of competition for the seventh time. The Lions have qualified for the regional tournament in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007, and 2009 as a team, advancing to the national competition in 1998.

Pairings and tee time announcements for the tournament released as the championship approaches.

SOUTH CENTRAL/WEST REGIONAL
Tascosa Golf Club, Amarillo, Texas; West Texas A&M University, host.
South Central Region:
1. Colorado-Colorado Springs
2. St. Mary’s (Texas)
3. A&M-Commerce
4. Arkansas-Fort Smith
5. Oklahoma Christian
6. Colorado School of Mines [Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference] 7. Colorado Christian
8. Colorado State-Pueblo
9. Midwestern State
10. Rogers State [Heartland Conference]

Individuals:
1. Grant Olinger, Colorado Mesa
2. Pedro De La Vega, Western New Mexico
3. Joaquin Arguelles, Dallas Baptist University
4. Nicholas Tenuta, Regis (Colo.)

West Region:
1. Chico State [California Collegiate Athletic Association] 2. Cal State Monterey Bay
3. Dixie State [Pacific West Conference] 4. Sonoma State
5. California Baptist
6. Simon Fraser
7. Dominican (Calif.)
8. Western Washington
9. Holy Names
10. Cal State San Marcos

Individuals:
1. Jeffrey Yamaguchi, Stanislaus State
2. Nick Huff, Concordia Portland
3. Cody Hall, Cal State San Bernardino
4. Gabriel DeLeon Manotoc, Academy of Art

 

TRACK AND FIELD

Lions claim seven provisional qualifying marks in final regular season meets.

ABILENE and SAN MARCOS – The nationally-ranked Texas A&M University-Commerce track and field teams competed in meets at Abilene Christian and Texas State this week, compiling seven provisional qualifying marks at ACU.

Mackenzie Clark was part of two qualifying times in the sprints. Her time of 11.86 seconds in the 100-meter dash now ranks 12th in Division II. She was also part of the 4x100m relay team with Courtlyn Gant, Kamryn McKee, and Joy Spann that finished in 46.30 seconds for the eighth-fastest time in Division II.

The Lion jumping duo of Markie Abbott and Chelsea Cheek both cleared 1.72 meters (5-7 ¾) in the women’s high jump for the ninth-best mark in the nation this season.

Dedrian Windham added to the Lions’ already impressive haul of men’s 400-meter times with a race of 47.27 seconds, ranking 15th in Division II this year.

Two Lions put up improved marks in the men’s long jump, as Sir Morgan Loudd leaped 7.45m (24-5 ½) for the eighth-longest in the nation, and DeVontae Steele went for 7.34m (24-1) and the 20th-best mark in Division II.

On Saturday at Texas State, Laura Alicke won the women’s 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:05.40.

The Lions return to the track on May 3-5 at the Lone Star Conference Championships in San Angelo at Angelo State’s Legrand Stadium.

Provisional Qualifying Marks
Women’s 100-meter dash – Mackenzie Clark – 11.86 (ranks 12th in Division II)
Women’s 4×100 meter relay – Mackenzie Clark, Courtlyn Gant, Kamryn McKee, Joy Spann – 46.30 (ranks 8th in Division II)
Women’s High Jump – Markie Abbott – 1.72m (5-7 ¾, ranks 9th in Division II)
Women’s High Jump – Chelsea Cheek – 1.72m (5-7 ¾, ranks 9th in Division II)
Men’s 400-meter dash – Dedrian Windham – 47.27 (ranks 15th in Division II)
Men’s Long Jump – Sir Morgan Loudd – 7.45m (24-5 ½, ranks 8th in Division II)
Men’s Long Jump – DeVontae Steele – 7.34m (24-1, ranks 20th in Division II)

Event Winner
Women’s 5,000 meter run – Laura Alicke – 18:05.40

 

SOFTBALL

No. 13 Lions set a program record for wins in a sweep over TWU.

DENTON– The No. 13 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team swept Texas Woman’s University in two games on Saturday. The Lions won the first game 13-0 and the second game 6-4.

The wins bring the Lions to 38-8 on the season, setting a program record for most wins in a single year. They improve to 23-7 in the Lone Star Conference. The Pioneers fall to 25-20 and 13-14 in conference play.

The Lions finish tied for third in the LSC standings and will be the third seed in the LSC Tournament. They will face Texas A&M-Kingsville in the first round of the single-elimination tournament. The game will be played in San Angelo on Friday at 11 a.m. Should the Lions advance, they would play in the second game of the tournament later in the day at 4:00 p.m. The LSC Championship game is Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE (Game 1)
– Mariah Jameyson hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and had two hits for four RBIs, three intentional walks and two runs scored.
– Kayla Kilcrease had two hits and two RBIs and scored three runs. Kinsie Hebler also had two RBIs on two hits. Bri Sims also had two RBIs on one hit.
– Allie Thompson, Vanessa Avina, and Cally Pausewang also all had RBIs.
– Hebler, Sims, Avina, Ciera Nunez, Baylea Higgs, Chloe Horn, Precious Thompson and Jodie Hill all scored runs.
– Emily Otto pitched a complete game shutout, striking out three.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Game 1)
Otto had two strikeouts in the first inning as neither team could get a run across. She continued to pitch well throughout. Both remained scoreless through the first three innings.

The Lions got on the board in the fourth inning. Jameyson was intentionally walked to lead off. Hebler then followed and hit a two-run home run. Kilcrease then reached and came home on a two-run homer from Bri Sims. The Lions led 4-0 after four.

The Lions brought two more across in the fifth inning. Jameyson drew another intentional walk. She scored on a two-run homer from Kilcrease. The Lions led 6-0 after four.

After neither team scored in the sixth, the Lions brought seven runs across in the seventh inning. Chealsea Slider drew a walk. Higgs then had a bunt single. The Pioneers attempted to intentionally-walk Jameyson, but the pitch got away and went right over the center of the plate. She took advantage and smashed the ball over the center field fence to score three. Avina brought in a run on a hit by pitch. Pausewang then pinch-hit and scored a run. Thompson also drew a walk to bring a run home. Jameyson came up again and hit a single to bring in the final runner of the frame.

Otto had a strikeout in the seventh inning, and the Lions ran away with the 13-0 win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE (Game 2)

– Vanessa Muro went 3 of 4 with a double and an RBI.
– Ciera Nunez, Baylea Higgs, Monica Cherry and Kinsie Hebler also all had RBIs.
– Higgs, Muro, Kayla Kilcrease, Precious Thompson, Jodie Hill and Chloe Horn all scored runs.
– Katie Dean earned her 13th win of the year, pitching five innings with three strikeouts. Lacie Bullard pitched the final two innings and made her first save.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Game 2)
Neither team scored in the first two innings of the game. Dean had a strikeout in each of the innings.

Muro hit a single in the third inning and was pinch run for by Horn. She advanced to third on a single from Higgs, who stole second base. After Mariah Jameyson was intentionally-walked, Hebler hit into a fielder’s choice, but a weak tag had all runners safe, and both Higgs and Horn scored. The Pioneers scored a run in the bottom of the inning, and the Lions led 2-1 after three complete.

After neither team scored in the fourth, the Pioneers took the lead for the first time in the series in the fifth inning. A fielding error with the bases loaded allowed two runs to score. The Pioneers held a 3-2 lead after five innings.

The Lions answered back with four runs in the sixth inning. Kilcrease led off with a walk. Bri Sims singled and was pinch run for by Thompson. Hill then hit a single down the line to load the bases. Muro, Cherry, and Nunez all had RBI singles to bring three runs across. Higgs then had a sacrifice fly to bring in a fourth-run. TWU scored a run in the bottom of the inning to bring the score to 6-4.

After the Lions could not add to their lead, Bullard closed out the game, retiring all three TWU batters in the final inning and the Lions won the game 6-4.

 

SOFTBALL

Jameyson breaks the single-season home run record as No. 13 Lions defeat TWU 7-3.

DENTON– The No. 13 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team defeated Texas Woman’s University 7-3 on Friday. The Lions took the lead in the top of the first and never let it go.

The win brings the Lions to 36-8 on the season and 21-7 in the Lone Star Conference. TWU falls to 25-18 and 13-12 in conference play.

The Lions and Pioneers will meet in a doubleheader on Saturday to close out the regular season. The first game will start at 1 p.m. at Pioneer Field in Denton.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Mariah Jameyson hit a solo home run in the third inning, breaking her single-season record on her 21st home run of the season. She also drew three walks.
– Kayla Kilcrease hit a solo home run in the third inning and also had a double. She had three RBIs.
– Baylea Higgs had two hits and an RBI. Monica Cherry also had two hits.
– Ciera Nunez and Bri Sims also had RBIs. Chloe Horn scored a run, and Kimber Neal scored twice.
– Emily Otto pitched a complete game, including five strikeouts while holding hitters to a .174 average.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions got the scoring started early. Nunez drew a leadoff walk. Hebler then hit a single and Jameyson drew a walk to load the bases. A single from Sims brought in Nunez, and Kilcrease drove in a run on a sacrifice fly. Otto also started strong, retiring the side in order, including a strikeout. The Lions led 2-0 after one.

The Lions had two walks and a bunt hit in the second inning, loading the bases with one out. However, a hard-hit ball was gloved, and the Pioneers turned a double play to get out of the inning. The Pioneers hit a home run in the bottom of the second inning. Otto then struck out two more batters. A&M-Commerce led 2-1 after two innings.

Jameyson led off the third inning with a jack over the left field fence, breaking her single-season record for home runs. Kilcrease also hit a solo home run. Neal drew a walk and scored on a single from Nunez. The Pioneers scored another run in the bottom of the inning. The Lions led 5-2 after three complete.

Jameyson was intentionally walked to lead off the fourth. She went to second on a wild pitch and scored on the double from Kilcrease. The Pioneers retired in order again, and the Lions led 6-2 after four.

The Lions had two runners in scoring position in the fifth but could not get a run across. The Pioneers had two base runners reach and scored on a double steal run down. The Lions led 6-3 after five.

Neither team could do damage in the sixth inning. The Lion defense played tough behind Otto. Both Nunez and Kilcrease made diving catches to keep runners off the paths. The Lions held their 6-3 lead through six.

The Lions added to their lead in the seventh. Neal led off with a single. She scored on the double from Higgs, and the Lions led 7-3. Otto got another strikeout in the bottom of the inning and two fly outs to end the game.

Josh Manck
Associate Athletics Director for Marketing and Communications | Texas A&M University-Commerce