2017-18 Texas A&M softball preview

The Aggies went 47-13 overall and 16-7 in the SEC last year. They made it as far as the WCWS round where their season came to a quick end with a 8-0 loss to Florida and then a 8-2 loss to UCLA in an elimination game.

Texas A&M has a returning loaded pitching staff starting with Trinity Harrington (14-4 with a 2.13 ERA), Samantha Show (19-7 with a 2.20 ERA and 119 strikeouts), Lexi Smith (12-1 with a 1.63 ERA) and Payton McBride who went 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA along with several incoming freshmen who could jump in to the pitching rotation if needed.

Texas A&M is a team built to win be it a shutout pitching duel or a slugfest with power hitters thanks to Riley Sartain who last season ended the season with a .350 average, 13 home and 49 RBIs and Tori Vidales who lead the team in home runs with 17. In addtion to her pitching Samantha Show also helped out with her bat ending the season with a .286 BA, along with 6 HRs and 39 RBIs.

The Aggies also have speed on the bases with Keeli Milligan being 22-26 in stolen base attempts and Kaitlyn Alderink who went 15-17 last season.

Texas A&M has to be considered as a favorite to make it back to the WCWS this year and maybe even win it all if things fall just right with their long list of returning talented players and the strong leadership of head coach Jo Evans.



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