NCAA Softball Scouting Report: No. 2 Texas A&M

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NCAA Softball Scouting Report: No. 2 Texas A&M

BATON ROUGE – Leading into to Friday’s NCAA Baton Rouge Regional at Tiger Park, LSUsports.net will profile each of the visiting schools. Take a look at the field, and get all-session tickets for the softball regional in Baton Rouge.

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General Information

Location: College Station, Texas
Founded: 1872
Enrollment: 48,787
Nickname: Aggies
Colors: Maroon and White
Conference: Big 12
Home Field (capacity): Aggie Softball Complex (1,750)
2010 Record: 42-14 (12-6 Big 12)
NCAA Appearances: 21 (Last in 2009)

NCAA Tournament Notes:
The Texas A&M Aggies are making their ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and their 21st overall.

On the season, the Aggies have a record of 42-14 (12-6 Big 12). They played 14 games this season against teams who were ranked at the time, going 6-8. Remarkably, eight of these games were against a total of four teams who were each No. 11 at the time the Aggies played them.

The Aggies are led by record-setting freshman catcher Meagan May, who recorded a team-high .411 batting average. She set the new single-season home run record at Texas A&M by smashing 22 home runs and also established new marks for total bases with 144. She leads the Big 12 in those categories as well as on-base percentage, walks and slugging percentage.

In the circle, the Aggies have been boosted by another freshman in Melissa Dumezich. Dumezich has racked up a 17-2 record, while holding opponents to just a .218 batting average. She also had the team-best ERA with a scant 2.10 mark. The Aggies also feature sophomore Rebecca Arbino, who tallied a record of 19-9. She logged a team-best in innings pitched and posted the staff’s most strikeouts, complete games, and lowest batting average against.

Texas A&M placed a total of five players on the All-Big 12 Conference squads in 2010. May and first baseman Rhiannon Kliesing each earned spots on the first team while Dumezich, Lauren Schwirtlich and Alex Reynolds were named to the second team. Kliesing’s first team selection was unanimous.

While Texas A&M didn’t face any of their three regional opponents in the regular season, there will be some familiar faces if they go up against McNeese in the regional. McNeese boasts 10 players from Texas and Lindsey Langner played high school softball with two members of the Aggies, Kliesing and Kelsea Orsak.

Texas A&M is coached by Jo Evans, who has a record of 543-269-2 in 14 seasons. She guided the Aggies to Women’s College World Series appearances in both 2007 and 2008 highlighted by a national runner-up finish in ’08. She also led Utah to the WCWS in 1991 and 1994 before going to Texas A&M prior to the 1996 season.

Probable starters:

11 Rebecca Arbino
Sophomore 6-0 Pitcher
Clovis, Calif.
19-9, 2.33 ERA, 142 strikeouts, .214 Batting average against

Season Profile
Pitched in 33 of the team’s 56 games this season… Compiled a 19-9 record in the regular season… Led the team in strikeouts, sitting down 142 in 186.0 innings… Displayed control in only walking 37, a ratio of nearly four strikeouts per walk… Threw 15 complete games.

1 Melissa Dumezich
Freshman 5-8 Pitcher
Whiting, Ind.
17-2, 2.10 ERA, 110 strikeouts, .218 Batting average against

Season Profile
Pitched in 32 games this season, starting in 17… Allowed a team-low 2.10 ERA while putting together an impressive record of 17-2 in her freshman campaign… Struck out 110 batters and walked 49… Opponents hit only .214 against her this season… Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for 3/30 and 5/11… Named to Big 12 All-Tournament Team… Second Team All-Big 12 Conference selection.

13 Meagan May
Freshman 6-0 Catcher
Spring, Texas
.411 avg, 43 runs, 60 RBIs, 22 home runs

Season Profile
Played in all 56 games this season… As a freshman, set the Texas A&M single-season records for home runs (22) and total bases (144)… Leads the Big 12 in Slugging percentage (.974), on base percentage (.570), and walks as well as the aforementioned home runs and total bases… Had a team-high 60 RBISs and 43 runs were second-most for the Aggies… Big 12 Player of the Week for 2/16 and 3/23… Named to Big 12 All-Tournament Team… First Team All-Big 12 Conference selection.

22 Rhiannon Kliesing
Junior 5-10 First Base
Pearland, Texas
.373 avg, 33 runs, 51 RBIs, 11 home runs

Season Profile
Played in 55 of 56 games this season… Made only one error and recorded a team-best fielding percentage of .997… Hit .373 and scored 33 runs… Launched 11 home runs and batted in 51 runs… Also notched 10 doubles for the season… Unanimous First Team All-Big 12 Conference selection.

9 Lauren Schwirtlich
Freshman 5-7 Second Base
Corpus Christi, Texas
.258 avg, 19 runs, 8 RBIs, 0 home runs

Season Profile
Played in 50 games this year… Compiled a .258 average while plating eight runs and scoring 19 of her own… also stole eight bases in 10 attempts, both of which were team highs… Second Team All-Big 12 Conference selection.

5 Alex Reynolds
Senior 5-8 Third Base
Tomball, Texas
.302 avg, 26 runs, 31 RBIs, 3 home runs

Season Profile
Played in all 56 games this year… Scored 26 runs and also batted in 31 runs… Hit 11 doubles as well as three home runs…Also proved valuable defensively with a .964 fielding percentage… Second Team All-Big 12 Conference selection.

14 Macie Morrow
Senior 5-8 Shortstop
Sugar Land, Texas
.280 avg, 43 runs, 16 RBIs, 1 home run

Season Profile
Played in all 56 games this season… Recorded a .280 batting average while scoring 43 runs and belting 16 RBISs… Also had one home run and one triple… Stole six bases in nine attempts… Committed 14 errors, most on the team.

10 Kelsey Spittler
Junior 5-6 Left Field
Caldwell, Texas
.280 avg, 46 runs, 38 RBIs, 6 home runs

Season Profile
Played and started in all 56 games… Batted a solid .280 for the season… Tied for second on the team in both stolen bases and attempts, swiping six bases in nine tries… Scored 46 runs and batted in 38 runs… Also swatted six home runs… Was the only Aggie to hit more than one triple, belting five of the team’s seven total.

2 Kelsea Orsak
Sophomore 5-10 Centerfield
Pearland, Texas
.234 avg, 26 runs, 21 RBIs, 2 home runs

Season Profile
Played in every game this season… Scored 26 runs and belted 21 RBISs… Tied for second in stolen bases with six… The only starting outfielder to have a fielding percentage above .900 by a wide margin, as hers was .960.

4 Bailey Schroeder
Senior 5-4 Right Field
College Station, Texas
.191 avg, 12 runs, 10 RBIs, 1 home run

Season Profile
Played in 51 games this year… Hit .191 while scoring 12 runs and knocking in 10 runs… Struck out less than any other regular starter… Also hit five doubles, one home run, and stole two bases in two tries.

20 Sydney Shannon
Freshman 5-5 Designated Player
Marlow, Okla.
.202 avg, 16 runs, 18 RBIs, 5 home runs

Season Profile
Played in 46 games this season, starting in 37… Notched 16 runs and 18 RBISs while hitting .202… Displayed flashes of power, connecting for five home runs as well.

Bench
# Name, Pos Ht Cl Avg, Runs, RBIS, HR
3 Kara Rau INF 5-5 Jr. .231, 13, 4, 0
7 Lindsey Sisk OF 5-10 Jr. .000, 0, 0, 0
8 Andrea Tovar OF 5-5 Jr. .250, 18, 0, 0
12 Missy Siegel C 5-8 Jr. .167, 1, 0, 0
15 Eden Morris UT 5-10 So. .333, 0, 0, 0
21 Victoria Lehrmann OF 5-7 Fr. 1.000, 0, 0, 0