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SOFTBALL

Softball cracks top 10 in NFCA rankings, as Lions come in at No. 9.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.– The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team has cracked the top 10 in the country in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association rankings as announced Wednesday. The Lions are ranked No. 9, their highest ranking in school history. They have listed the Lions nationally five weeks in a row.

The No. 9 Lions had a busy spring break, picking up eight wins to improve their record to 25-3 on the year. They defeated Missouri Western State in both games of a home doubleheader on Monday. The Lions then finished a halted game against St. Edward’s before beating the Hilltoppers in their regularly scheduled road doubleheader on Wednesday. A&M-Commerce finished off the week by sweeping UT Permian Basin in their three-game home series over the weekend. The Lions have won nine games in a row, eight via the run-rule. The Lions are averaging 11.3 runs per game during the streak and have given up more than two runs only once during the streak.

A&M-Commerce is 10-2 in the Lone Star Conference, which is good for second place. They return to conference action on Friday, hosting Texas A&M University-Kingsville for a three-game series. The first game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. The teams will then play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. All three games will be at the John Cain Family Softball Complex.

2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll – Mar . 21 (Week 5) 

 RANK  TEAM (First Place)  TOTALS  Record  Last Poll
 1  Colorado Mesa (12)   396  26-0  1
 2  North Georgia (4)  388  32-1  2
 3  Chico State  355  26-3  5
 4  North Alabama  347  23-2  6
 5  Angelo State  344  27-3  4
 6  Dixie State  318  22-2  3
 7  Southern Arkansas  308  21-3  8
 8  Winona State  270  25-3  7
 9  A&M-COMMERCE   262  25-3  11
 10  Palm Beach Atlantic  252  19-2  13
 11  Lenoir-Rhyne  238  25-4  12
 12  Indianapolis  207  21-5  16
 13  Sonoma State  201  19-7  14
 14  Minnesota State  192  19-5  10
 15  West Texas A&M  176  23-5  15
 16  West Florida  146  17-9  21
 17  Harding  103  18-6  18
 18  Grand Valley State  102  15-5  23
 19  Southern New Hampshire  100  17-3  20
 20  Saint Leo  98  23-9  9
 21  Queens (N.C.)  94  24-4  19
 22  UC San Diego  90  20-7  22
 23  California Baptist  50  21-4  25
 24  Valdosta State  42  22-7  RV
 25  Tarleton State  36  23-6  RV

 

MEN’S GOLF

Hartford named LSC Golfer of the Week.

RICHARDSON – The LSC office Wednesday morning named Texas A&M University-Commerce sophomore Blake Hartford the Lone Star Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week. This is Hartford’s second LSC Golfer of the Week Award.

Hartford earned runner-up placement at the Lion Invitational at Tanglewood with a 139 (-5). In his opening round 66, he carded seven birdies against only one bogey. He was 1-over in his second round. It is his second top-five finish and third top ten finish in his first season as a Lion. Hartford previously won LSC Golfer of the Week after leading the Lions to the championship of the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate.

The Lions have won four of the nine LSC Golfers of the Week awarded in men’s golf this season. They have finished in the top four in six of their seven tournaments played this season, and will return to action in the first week of April at the DBU Patriot Classic.

WEEKLY AWARDS
Men’s
S-14 Brayden Cruth, West Texas A&M
O-5 Blake Hartford, A&M-Commerce
O-19 Trip Hobson, Midwestern State
O-25 Clayton Keck, Midwestern State
N-2 Wilfredo Sanchez, A&M-Commerce
F-22 Lucas McCubbin, A&M-Commerce
M-8 Brayden Cruth, West Texas A&M (2)
M-14 Tate McVay, West Texas A&M
M-21 Blake Hartford, A&M-Commerce (2)

Women’s
S-14 Kamryn Cummings, Angelo State and Sarah Gee, Tarleton State
S-21 Loukyee Songprasert, West Texas A&M
S-28 Sarah Gee, Tarleton State (2)
O-5 Kamryn Cummings, Angelo State (2)
O-12 Makena Thomas, A&M-Commerce
O-19 Emily Brennan, Midwestern State
O-25 Casey Wild, Tarleton State
F-15 Jelina Fernando, West Texas A&M
F-22 Casey Wild, Tarleton State (2) and Loukyee Songprasert, West Texas A&M (2)
M-1 Junie Khaw, Tarleton State
M-8 Lauren Leslie, A&M-Commerce
M-14 Loukyee Songprasert, West Texas A&M (3)
M-21 Junie Khaw, Tarleton State (2)

 

MEN’S GOLF

Lions take fourth place, Hartford is runner-up at Lion Invitational.

POTTSBORO – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf top team placed in fourth at the Lion Invitational at Tanglewood Resort, with the B squad finishing in seventh place.

Blake Hartford claimed runner-up honors on the individual leaderboard with a 5-under par 139 for the tournament. He shot a 1-over par 73 in Tuesday’s round for the lowest score by a Lion. Average scores for the event went up from the first to second rounds with stronger wind conditions.

Wilfredo Sanchez placed sixth at 145 (+1) after a 74 on Tuesday, while Joe Wolcik placed in the top 10 at 148 (+4).

Lucas McCubbin placed 18th at 152 (+8) after carding a 152 on Tuesday, cutting four strokes from his first round score. Garrett Landers placed 26th at 155 (+11).

Zach Burch dropped nine strokes from his opening round and placed 30th at 157 along with Nick Louy and Tyler McDonough.

Jordan Brown placed 49th at 170, and Dallas Millin placed 52nd at 177.

Southeastern Oklahoma State took the team title at 580, followed by Ranger College at 592 and Midland College at 596.

The Lions were one stroke behind the Chaps at 597 (300-297) on the A squad. The B group placed seventh at 617 (302-315), tied with Western Texas College.

A&M-Commerce has two more spring tournaments before the Lone Star Conference Championships. The Lions return to the links on April 2-3 at the Dallas Baptist Patriot Classic.

 Rank   Team Scores  Total   Par 
1.  Southeastern Oklahoma State  287  293  580   +4
2.  Ranger College  295  297  592   +16
3.  Midland College  305  291  596   +20
4.  A&M-Commerce   300  297  597   +21
5.  Northwestern Oklahoma State  303  304  607   +31
6.  Southeastern Oklahoma State B  306  304  610   +34
7.  A&M-Commerce B   302  315  617   +41
 Western Texas College  310  307  617   +41
9.  St. Thomas (Texas)  309  325  634   +58
10.  Oklahoma Panhandle State  340  344  684   +108
A&M-Commerce 300 297   597    +21   4th
Blake Hartford 66 73   139    -5   2nd
Lucas McCubbin 78 74   152    +8   t-18th
Garrett Landers 75 80   155    +11   t-26th
Zach Burch 83 74   157    +13   t-30th
Nick Louy 81 76   157    +13   t-30th
A&M-Commerce B 302 315   617    +41   t-7th
Wilfredo Sanchez 71 74   145    +1   t-6th
Joe Wolcik 70 78   148    +4   t-10th
Tyler McDonough 77 80   157    +13   t-30th
Jordan Brown 87 83   170    +26   49th
Dallas Millin 84 93   177    +33   52nd

 

Josh Manck

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