Softball Ends 2012 Season with Honors
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 10 (final RPI) Texas A&M softball team finished the 2012 season in the NCAA College Station Regional and garnered a No. 19 final national ranking in both the USA Today/NFCA and the ESPN.com/USA Softball top 25 polls.
The Aggies worked to an 11th-straight and 23rd-overall NCAA Tournament berth, earning a No. 8 national seed and hosting the College Station Regional for the second year in-a-row. A&M walked away from the NCAA Regional in the championship series with a 41-18 overall record for a seventh 40-win season under head coach Jo Evans.
A&M received attention on the national stage as the Aggies ended the season with several top-25 rankings in various categories. As a team, A&M ranked No. 8 in home runs per game (1.31), No. 17 in slugging percentage (.478) and No. 22 in fielding percentage (.973).
Junior Mel Dumezich shined individually, sitting at 14th in home runs per game (0.34), and 10th with 20 home runs. The right-handed pitcher ranked 15th with 28 victories and was 12th overall in strikeouts thrown (307). Junior catcher Meagan May drew 0.95 walks per game to rank fourth in the nation.
In the team's final season in the Big 12, A&M led the conference with seven All-Big 12 awards. Dumezich and sophomores Nicole Morgan and Cassie Tysarczyk took first-team honors while sophomore Emily Albus, juniors May and Brittany Walker, and senior Natalie Villarreal were named to the league's second team.
Dumezich raked in several awards this season, including the second All-America appointment of her career. The junior hurler was also selected to the NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-Central Region first team and the All-College Station Regional Team.
May also earned another All-Central Region honor, while Tysarczyk and Albus took the award for the first time. Morgan joined May on the All-College Station Regional team as the host school took three awards home from the NCAA Tournament.
The Aggies also proved they had power in the classroom as four team members took Academic All-Big 12 honors. Senior Kelsea Orsak, junior Sydney Shannon, Tysarczyk and sophomore Kaydee Rayburn were each first-team selections. Orsak was a three-time recipient of the award over her four-year career.
A&M graduates three seniors from the 2012 team in Orsak, Villarreal and Lindsey Sisk, and will retain 17 letterwinners for next year while welcoming three incoming freshmen. The Aggies will lean on eight starters from this year's squad in 2013 as the team makes its debut in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
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