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TAMUC – Sports


Broadcast structure announced for Lion Basketball in NCAA Tournament.

COMMERCE – With the Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s and men’s basketball teams both in the NCAA Division II Tournament, simultaneous competition has necessitated a unique broadcast structure for the Lion Sports Network.

All NCAA Tournament games for both teams will be broadcast on KETR 88.9 FM, either live or tape delayed. All games will also have live online audio and video options free of charge. Lion Athletics will also host watch parties for all games at Luigi’s in Commerce.

The Lion men are making their third consecutive NCAA appearance and fourth in the last five seasons. Charlie Chitwood – 2018 Jake Trussell Award winner for LSC Broadcaster of the Year – is with the Lions in Canyon. The Lions’ regional quarterfinal game against Dallas Baptist is slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday, and the regional semifinal would be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. All men’s games will be broadcast LIVE on KETR 88.9 FM and KETR.org. The video is available at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/wtamu/.

The Lion men are making their second NCAA appearance and first since 2017. Associate Athletics Director for Marketing and Communications Josh Manck is with the Lions in Grand Junction, Colo. The Lions regional quarterfinal game against Colorado Mesa is set for 6:00 p.m. MDT (7:00 p.m. CDT) Friday, and the regional semifinal would be at 7:00 p.m. MDT (8 p.m. CDT) Saturday. All women’s game will be broadcast LIVE online at LionAthletics.com/live, with updates on KETR during men’s action. The games will then be replayed in their entirety on KETR 88.9 FM and KETR.org following the completion of the men’s game. The video is available at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/cmumavericks/.



No. 15 Lions add road doubleheader against New Mexico Highlands.·

COMMERCE– The No. 15 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team has added a doubleheader to its schedule. The Lions will face New Mexico Highlands in a doubleheader on Monday beginning at 11″00 a.m. MDT (12:00 p.m. CDT) in Las Vegas, N.M. The games will be played at HU Softball Field.

The Lions are currently 20-6 on the season with a 9-3 record in conference play. The Lions are coming off of a series sweep against Eastern New Mexico, where they outscored their opponent 27-1 in three games. Before their series against NMHU, the Lions will face No. 8 West Texas A&M in three games spanning Friday and Saturday.

Further schedule updates will found on LionAthletics.com and the Lion Softball Twitter page (@Lion_Softball).



Lions jump to No. 15 in latest NFCA National Poll.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.– The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team is ranked 15th in the nation in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association national poll. The poll was released on Wednesday by the NFCA. The Lions were ranked 18th in last week’s poll and nationally ranked in 18 consecutive NFCA polls.

The Lions are coming off of a 3-0 weekend, sweeping Eastern New Mexico. They outscored ENMU 27-1, shutting out the Greyhounds twice. The team hit nearly .400 while ENMU hit just .125 and the Lions had a .552 on-base percentage and were a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen bases.

The Lions are currently 20-6 on the season, with a 9-3 record in the Lone Star Conference. The Lions are one of three teams from the LSC in the poll. West Texas A&M ranks eighth, followed by A&M-Kingsville at 12th and A&M-Commerce at 15th.

The Lions will head to Canyon to face No. 8 WT in a three-game series over the weekend. The teams will meet in a single game on Friday at 3:00 p.m. before playing a doubleheader on Saturday at Noon. All games will be at Schaeffer Park in Canyon.

2019 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll – March 13 (Week 4)

Rank School Totals 2019 Record Previous Week
1 Concordia Irvine (11) 389 14-1 3
2 West Florida (1) 376 22-2 2
3 North Georgia (2) 369 20-6 4
4 Central Oklahoma (2) 356 20-1 8
5 Chico State 323 15-4 6
6 Southern Arkansas 308 18-6 1
7 Carson-Newman 301 13-0 7
8 West Texas A&M 294 18-5 9
9 Valdosta State 281 16-5 5
10 Grand Valley State 264 14-2 11
11 Florida Tech 229 19-6 10
12 Texas A&M Kingsville 217 22-4 15
13 UC San Diego 198 16-4 14
14 UAH 185 19-6 16
15 A&M-COMMERCE 178 20-6 18
16 Wayne State University 170 11-2 24
17 Colorado Mesa 131 16-6 12
18 Augustana 121 10-4 22
19 Cedarville 96 12-2 NR
20t Cal State San Bernardino 79 10-3 19
20t Wingate 79 16-4 21
22 Southern New Hampshire 64 7-3 23
23 Mississippi College 53 17-6 RV
24 Indianapolis 48 13-5 17
25 Winona State 34 8-2 RV



Wongsinth, Lions finish in top five at MSU Texas Invitational.

WICHITA FALLS – Led by a top-five finish from Sarah Wongsinth, the Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s golf team placed fifth in the team standings at the MSU Texas Invitational.

The Lions shot a 640 (322-318, +64) and tied with Tarleton for the fifth spot in the standings, one stroke behind their conference foe Angelo State.

“I’m pleased with another top-five finish. Scores were not great, but considering the difficult conditions, I’m pleased,” said Lion head gold coach Matt Ward. “The ladies battled hard and never gave up and managed to move up a few spots with only a couple of holes to play in the tournament.

“We have lots of work to do this week to get ready for our next event, but we know what we need to work on, and Coach Mason and I will have them ready for the Rogers State event. If we continue to make small improvements each week, we should be peaking for the Lone Star Conference Tournament.”

Wongsinth (Udon Thani, Thailand) notched her third top-five performance and fifth top 10 finish in six events this season, tying for fourth place on the leaderboard with a 153 (+9, 76-77). She had two birdies in her round Tuesday.

Sophie-Charlott Hempel (Pirmasens, Germany) placed 15th at 159 (83-76, +15) and closed the tournament strong, carding birdies on three of the final four holes.

Paige-Lee Garris (West Palm Beach, Fla.) was 24th at 163 (+19, 81-82), Makena Thomas (San Antonio – Reagan) was 33rd at 165 (+21, 82-83), and Lauren Leslie (Fair Oaks Ranch – Clear Brook) was 40th at 168 (+24, 85-83).

The Lions have finished in the top five in the team standings in all six of their events this season. Their next tournament is the Rogers State Hillcat Classic at Bailey Ranch Golf Club in Owasso, Okla., next Monday and Tuesday, closing out a run of three matches in three weeks.



Emily Otto earns third LSC Pitcher of the Week award of 2019 season.·

RICHARDSON– Texas A&M University-Commerce softball player Emily Otto has been named Lone Star Conference Pitcher of the Week. The award was announced by the conference office on Tuesday. It is the third time this season Otto has been named LSC Pitcher of the Week, and the fourth time in her career.

Otto was sensational for the Lions in all three games against the Greyhounds. The sophomore ace from Richmond (Lamar Consolidated HS) picked up three wins, starting all three games in the circle against ENMU. She had an ERA of just 0.47, surrendering just seven hits and one run in 15.0 innings. She held hitters to a .140 average, striking out 15 batters against only two walks.

Otto gave up three hits and struck out four batters in four innings of game one of the series. She followed that with a seven-inning shutout in game two, giving up just two hits against seven strikeouts. She finished the series with a 4.0 inning outing in game three, allowing two singles while striking out four in another shutout game.

Otto continues to lead the LSC with a league-low 1.17 ERA, while also leading the league in innings pitched, complete games, shutouts and lowest opponent batting average.

Otto and the No. 18 Lions return to action on Friday against No. 9 West Texas A&M, and the teams will meet in a single game on Friday at 3:00 p.m. The teams will then play a doubleheader beginning at Noon on Saturday. All games will be played at Schaeffer Park in Canyon.

Rank   Team Scores  Total   Par 
1.  Oklahoma Christian  304  310  614   +38
2.  Cameron  312  318  630   +54
3.  MSU Texas  314  319  633   +57
4.  Angelo State  318  321  639   +63
5.  A&M-COMMERCE  322  318  640   +64
 Tarleton  324  316  640   +64
7.  Regis  322  323  645   +69
8.  Colorado State-Pueblo  324  324  648   +72
9.  Newman  328  322  650   +74
10.  Texas Wesleyan  342  336  678   +102
11.  Metro State  335  346  681   +105
12.  Ranger College  343  343  686   +110
13.  UT Permian Basin  351  336  687   +111
14.  Northwestern Oklahoma State  360  349  709   +133
15.  Truman State  361  352  713   +137
A&M-Commerce 322 318   640    +64   t-5th
Sarah Wongsinth 76 77   153    +9   t-4th
Sophie-Charlott Hempel 83 76   159    +15   t-15th
Paige-Lee Garris 81 82   163    +19   t-24th
Makena Thomas 82 83   165    +21   t-33rd
Lauren Leslie 85 83   168    +24   t-40th


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