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...and just because you don't see a game like this very often...
In the highest scoring game in school history, the Angelo State baseball team (24-19) fell to No. 21-ranked Incarnate Word (27-9), 27-18, Tuesday at Foster Field.

The 45 total runs demolished the old record of 37 runs which was set in 2008 when ASU dropped a 19-18 decision at West Texas A&M. The 27 runs scored by UIW set a new mark for runs by the opposition, eclipsing the old mark of 23 runs set by Emporia State in the first game of the 2009 NCAA Division II South Central Regional.

The fans at Foster Field were alerted to the possibility of an offensive explosion in the first inning when both schools put two runs on the board in the first inning. The Rams' runs came on a two-run home run to left center by Dylan Petrich, his third of the season, which brought home Isaac Garcia who reached on an error.

The Cardinals took control of the game in the next two innings. In the top of the second, UIW put another deuce on the board and blew the game open, so it thought, with 12 runs in the third putting the Cardinals up, 16-2. ASU put another two runs on the board in the bottom of the third on another two-run shot by Petrich which brought home Garcia, again, who had led off with a single and that was the beginning of a courageous comeback.

After UIW tacked on another run in the fourth making the score 17-4, the Rams scored four times in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run double by Travis Lites and a two-run home run by Garcia. The Rams then scored three more times in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk by Garcia and a two-run single by Cade Baxter, the first hit of his ASU career, making the score 17-11.

The Cardinals stretched their lead to 18-11 with a run in the sixth but the Rams carved up some more of the deficit with three runs on a three-run home run by Lites in the bottom of the frame to pull to within four, 18-14, after six. In the bottom of the seventh, ASU cut the margin in half on back-to-back sacrifice flies by Zak Leonhardt and Keith Towne scoring Baxter and Petrich and pulling the Rams to within two, 18-16, heading into the eighth.

The Cardinals regained control of the game in the eighth with five runs on four hits for a 23-16 lead. The Rams would close out their scoring in the bottom of the eighth with two runs on an infield single by Garcia, scoring Lites, and a wild pitch which plated Garcia. UIW tacked on four more runs in the top of the ninth to end the scoring for the game.

A total of 16 pitchers were used in the game with ASU sending 11 players to the mound. Clark McFarland got the start for the Rams and was relieved in the first inning by Chase Barrera who pitched two innings and suffered the loss, seeing his record fall to 3-2 on the season. The other nine pitchers to see action were Scott Crook who tossed one-third of an inning, Brett Kinsel who faced five batters, Nicholas Cobler going 1.1 innings, Matt Rechkemmer, his first appearance on the mound in an ASU uniform, tossing two innings, Corey Morehouse who went one inning, Jeremy Tietze with two-thirds of an inning pitched, Adam Miller going one-third of an inning, Lites who faced four batters and Payden Bravenec who pitched the final inning.

Alfredo Caballero, the final pitcher for the Cardinals, got the win and improved to 3-1 on the season. Nathaniel Ramirez got the start for UIW and went only three innings earning a no-decision.

Garcia finished the game going 3-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBI. Lites was 3-for-6 with three runs scored and five RBI while Petrich was 2-for-6 three runs scored and four RBI.

The Rams resume LSC action this weekend when they welcome East Central to San Angelo. The two schools will play a doubleheader on Friday and Saturday with Friday's twin bill set to start at 4 p.m. There will be no broadcast of Friday's action but live stats will be available on

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NEW ORLEANS – Saint Augustine’s men, the defending NCAA Division II outdoor national champions, start the 2010 outdoor season ranked No. 1 in the country the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday. In addition, the women of Angelo State have a sizeable, early lead on the field in the national team rankings in Division II.

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This week’s release represents marks accumulated by teams in the 2010 outdoor season through last weekend as reported to the Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS). Mathematical formulae are used to compile a team’s ranking based on an athlete’s or relay’s standing in relation to others in the same event across the country. A team’s score in the national team rankings is a reflection of its “cumulative” chances as it relates ultimately to the NCAA Championships. Also released this week is the regional team index, a reflection of a team’s all-around strength in relation to other teams in their region.

The next release of updated rankings for NCAA’s Division II will continue on Tuesday, April 13, with weekly updates leading to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships to be held May 27-29 in Charlotte, N.C.

MEN: Saint Augustine’s Carries Slim Lead Over Chico State in First National Rankings

The Falcons of Saint Augustine’s begin the 2010 outdoor season as the top ranked team, narrowly ahead of No. 2 Chico State, 178.85-170.35. Saint Augustine’s scored 94 points in last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships to top seven-time defending champion Abilene Christian’s 86 for their first national title since 2001. By the time it’s said and done, Saint Augustine’s and now-No. 9 Abilene Christian will likely tussle for that national title again as they are the only two teams to have won national Division II outdoor titles since 1982.

Saint Augustine’s has surged to a fast start, thanks to defending 400-meter champ Josh Scott who ranks second in Division II at 400 meters (46.17) and third in the 200 (20.95). Scott also anchored the Division II-leading 4×400-meter relay squad to a 3:06.69 clocking.

No. 2 Chico State has stocked their distance core in the national rankings to start the early season. Among that core is Beau Rogers who currently leads D2 in the steeplechase (8:56.78). In addition, senior Michael Wickman is second nationally in the 800 (1:51.74).

Alaska-Anchorage (159.03) comes in as a solid No.3 squad and is flanked by a deep distance contingent. Marko Cheseto is the Division II leader at 5000 meters having notched a 14:06.77 this season. Alaska-Anchorage also has the NCAA D2 leader in the long jump with Demietrius Preston’s wind-aided 24-7¾ (7.50m) as the lead.

No. 4 Pittsburg State and No. 5 Angelo State are in the top five with No. 6 Ashland, No. 7 Emporia State, No. 8 UMass Lowell, No. 9 Abilene Christian, and No. 10 Cal State LA rounding out the top 10.

Four from the Lone Star Conference and four from the CCAA are in the national top 25 along with three apiece from the GLIAC, the MIAA, and the RMAC.

WOMEN: Angelo State Emerges as Early Leader

The top-ranked Rambelles of Angelo State (318.68) has emerged as the early team to beat in Division II as the team is loaded with seven of the nation’s top marks. Angelo State, who placed second at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships to current-No. 16 Lincoln (Mo.) by just three points, returns many of their stars from last year that made them a formidable opponent. Currently, multi-talented Aisha Adams has the nation’s lead in the heptathlon, high jump, and the long jump and was part of the Division II leading 4×400-meter relay squad that clocked 3:40.29 at last weekend’s Texas Relays. In addition, Angelo State’s Celethis Byrd has the national lead in the 200 (23.95) and the 400 (54.64). At 800 meters, Andria Nussey is leading the division with a 2:09.51 clocking.

UC San Diego chimes in as the No. 2 squad in the land with 203.97 ranking points. The Tritons have a national leader in defending NCAA champ Christine Merrill who is tops in Division II in the 400-meter hurdles (58.92). In addition, high jump defending NCAA outdoor champ Linda Rainwater has the second-best jump in the division this season (5-9¾, 1.76m). Rainwater was also the 2008 NCAA heptathlon champion and is a threat in other events.

No. 3 Abilene Christian, the 2008 NCAA team champions, has the nation’s leading 4×100-meter relay squad who clocked 46.05 at last weekend’s Texas Relays. The Wildcats also have the nation’s leader in the discus (Paige Newby) and javelin (Linda Brivule). Brivule is the two-time defending national champ with the javelin.

Seattle Pacific is No. 4 based partly on the performances of national leaders Jane Larson in the 1500 meters (4:23.05) and Jessica Pixler in the 5000 (15:44.07). Pixler is now No. 3 all-time in Division II at the distance and will eye the all-time leader of 15:38.54 set by Mandi Zemba of Grand Valley State in 2007.

Ashland is No. 5 while No. 6 Missouri Southern, No. 7 Saint Augustine’s, No. 8 Johnson C. Smith, No. 9 Fort Valley State, and No. 10 Chico State complete the nation’s top 10.

The CCAA has four squads in the nation’s top 25 while the GNAC and MIAA have three apiece.

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