Texas A&M finds themselves in a regional with the Longhorns once again this season, last year in Louisiana and this year in College Station. The Aggies won their way through the losers bracket a year ago, besting the Longhorns on the second matchup of the weekend to make it to the regional final where they would fall in extra innings.
They didn’t have the season they wanted, but they did just enough to make it back to the tournament 31-24 record, 16-10 at home, 10-10 away and 5-4 at neutral sites putting them at No. 36 in the RPI rankings. The Longhorns bet Texas Tech to open Big 12 tournament play, but fell to Oklahoma and to Baylor to be eliminated from title contention.
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The Longhorns have already played their day one opponent, Texas State, twice this year. They fell both times 2-1 and will look to avenge those losses in tournament play. They are also familiar with Texas Southern, having taken them down 5-0 earlier this year.
Getting to Know the Team
Texas had four players make All Big-12 teams this season. Freshman starting catcher Taylor Ellsworth was added to the All-Big 12 First Team as well as the All-Freshman Team. She is batting .422 overall, good for third in the conference.
Senior pitcher Tiarra Davis and shortstop Devon Tunning each earned second team selections. Davis is one of the strongest pitchers the Texas program has seen. With her efforts this year, she has moved into fifth all-time in wins, innings pitched, appearances, complete games and strikeouts . Tunning is the teams second leading hitter, batting .341 while holding down the shortstop position as a veteran should.
Freshman outfielder Kaitlyn Washington joined slugger Ellsworth on the All-Freshman Team. She is hot as of late, hitting at a .326 clip with 15 hits, 10 runs scored, a team-leading six doubles, seven walks and six RBIs in the last fourteen games. All five of her multi-hit efforts have come down this stretch.
***STATS FROM LONGHORN ATHLETICS, BOBCAT ATHLETICS, TIGER ATHLETICS***