EVERYTHING ISN'T THE WORST. After a tumultuous week of high profile decommitments, staff overreactions to decommitments, additional decommitments due to said overreactions, salty DM's that take the whole thing to a stupid new level, and a ridiculous level of coverage assigned to the whole sitch... we got some pleasant news on Saturday:
Kyle Simonds threw the 12th no-hitter in Texas A&M Baseball history.
The kid was dominant, needing only 83 pitches and falling one error short of a perfect game. The no-no also clinched a critical series win against Vanderbilt, our fifth straight series win in conference play (full series coverage is coming later this morning).
Ross Stripling, the last Aggie to toss a no hitter, was quick to offer his congratulations via Twitter. Which apparently is a tool that can be used constructively. Who knew.
Aggie Baseball takes a midweek break before a weekend series against yet another top ten foe (#7 South Carolina), because SEC Baseball is a meat grinder that can sometimes make football blush.
What's that, you say? A video of every single out Simonds recorded? We've got you covered.
MORE GOOD THINGS. This was a rough conference run for Aggie Softball, but our ladies closed strong with a series win at Auburn to finish the regular season at 37-17 (9-15). The Aggies open SEC Tournament play as the #10 seed, and will face #7 LSU in the opening round this Wednesday at 1:30pm (SECN).
The full Tournament slate is available here.
FORCED BASKETBALL SEGUE. You knew I'd sneak basketball in somehow, which is why they probably shouldn't let me do this again. Aggie Hoops made a huge scheduling announcement late last week, inking a two year stint against the Arizona Wildcats.
Arizona will play Texas A&M & Texas will face Arkansas in a doubleheader at the Toyota Center on 12/17 in Houston, sources told @CBSSports .— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 4, 2016
The Aggies will make a return trip for a game in Phoenix during the following season.
When added to the recent news of another big time grad transfer, the 2016-2017 campaign is starting to shape up.
SO TRANSFERS AREN'T ALWAYS THE WORST? Right. Because sometimes they help us. Here's a good peek behind the facemask at new A&M signal-caller Trevor Knight.
A COMMITMENT TO BRANDING. Our women's golf team finished 12th at the Bryan Regional, firing a 24 over-par 888 at the event that qualifies only six teams for the national championship in Eugene, Oregon. To make matters worse, Texas A&M Sophomore Maddie Szeryk finished one agonizing shot short of the individual qualifying line, a pain exacerbated by a bogey on 18. Remember, kids... golf is a good walk spoiled.
It was a rough finish to the season for our 23rd-ranked Aggies, who looked much better at the SEC championships in mid-April.
NEW YORK CITY? The New York Times chimed in with some interesting thoughts on the shape of our program. Set aside your general angst for everything north of the Mason-Dixon, friends. This is a good read.