Mel Dumezich is most humble athlete I know

From left, Emily Albus, Jenna Stark, Alex Masek, Cassie Tysarczyk, Mel Dumezich, Sara Mireles and Kaydee Rayburn attend the CHAMPS Banquet, where Dumezich was honored as Distinguished Lettermen's Female Athlete of the Year. Courtesy Cassie Tysarczyk

Howdy from Aggieland!

This past weekend, the Aggie softball team had the privilege of traveling to Oxford, Miss., to take on Ole Miss. Our team handled business versus the Rebels and came out victorious. Clicking on all cylinders, we feel confident going into our final conference series this weekend against Mississippi State. We're back, y'all!

Oxford held the Double Decker Art Festival on Saturday, and we got to spend some time downtown after Game 2. One of the best parts about playing in the SEC is the opportunity to travel to new venues. Knoxville, Athens and Oxford are new cultural experiences for us, and we have thoroughly enjoyed visiting different parts of the country than we are accustomed to.

Did I mention the Southern cooking? We thought Texas had some great BBQ and seafood, but these SEC towns sure do give the Lone Star State a run for its money.

Several teammates and I attended Texas A&M's Athletic CHAMPS Banquet that took place Wednesday afternoon. The banquet honors student-athletes who excel and provide leadership in the classroom. One of our very own, Mel Dumezich, received the Distinguished Lettermen's Female Athlete of the Year Award for her outstanding performance.

I have to take this time brag on Mel a bit even though she might get mad at me for it. Mel is a two-time All-American pitcher/hitter, but you would never know that by simply speaking to her. She is the most humble athlete I have ever known.

Mel not only makes her teammates better, but she has an unreal passion for the game that she instills in coaches, teammates and fans alike. After a big defensive play or RBI, you can bet both of her cleats are two feet off the ground doing tuck jumps. The way she plays with such heart, emotion and fight is an inspiration to anyone who has ever seen her on the mound or in the box.

As our final conference series approaches this weekend, it's apparent to all the girls how time flies when you're having fun. Senior Day is Sunday and boy, do the underclassmen have some hilarious surprises in store for our seniors [Mel Dumezich, Meagan May and Sydney Shannon.]

Classes wrap up early next week. Our coaching staff has kept practices short but productive this week to give all of us a little extra time for our study grind. Good luck to all the student-athletes taking finals!

Until next week, thanks and gig 'em!