Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Weekly Baseball & Softball Release

LSC Baseball: ASU, WT lead league - LSC Office

West Texas A&M and Angelo State top the Lone Star Conference baseball standings.  WT split with Abilene Christian, while ASU used a four-game sweep of Eastern New Mexico to gain ground.  Texas A&M-Kingsville sits a game back after going 2-2 versus Cameron.  Incarnate Word and Tarleton State split its series last week.
  
This week’s schedule includes midweek non-conference games, followed by a full schedule of conference action.  Each LSC series includes a 9-inning game Friday, a 7x7 doubleheader Saturday and 9-inning contest Sunday.
  
The overall LSC Champion will be the team(s) with the best winning percentage in regular-season conference games, while the winner of the postseason championship will be recognized as LSC Tournament Champion and receive the league’s automatic qualification into the NCAA postseason. The championship will be played May 5-8 in San Angelo, Texas.
  
LSC baseball teams are 149-118 overall this season.  In the NCAA South Central Region, the LSC is currently 38-31 overall including 16-15 combined versus Heartland Conference teams, 20-15 opposed to the Great American Conference and 2-1 against the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).
DIAMOND PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
HITTERS
Cameron Dullnig, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, SR, OF/P, San Antonio, Texas, Clark HS

Dullnig extended his hitting streak to nine games last week and raised his season batting average from .269 to .333. He opened the week by going 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a double in a 6-5 win at St. Edward’s. He came back over the weekend with a trio of three-hit performances against Cameron. He was 3-for-3 with a run and three RBI’s in an 11-3 win in the series opener. He finished the week 12-for-21 at the plate with five RBI’s in a 3-2 week for the Javelinas.

Derrick Walls, University of the Incarnate Word, SO, Right Field, San Antonio, Texas, Reagan HS
Walls hit 9-for-17 over four games against Tarleton State this weekend, including being just a home run shy of the cycle in game two of Friday’s doubleheader (a game where he was 4-for-6 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored). In his 17 at-bats, he struck out just twice and was able to score four runs out of his nine hits and two walks (11 chances on-base).

PITCHERS
Denver Diefenbach, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, SO, P, Victoria, Texas, St. Joseph’s HS

Diefenbach missed all of 2011 with an arm injury, but appears to be back after an outstanding week in relief. He opened the week by pitching 4.2 innings of relief at St. Edward’s allowing just one run in the process to earn his first win of the season. Over the weekend, he was nearly unhittable in three appearances against Cameron. He pitched a total of 5.1 innings against CU allowing one hit and two walks while striking out four. He pitched a scoreless 12th inning in the final game of the series in an eventual 3-2 win. He held the opposition to a .206 batting average for the week.

Marc Gomez, University of the Incarnate Word, SR, LHP, Corpus Christi, Texas, Moody HS
Gomez pitched another complete game for a victory on Saturday for the Cardinals, going 7.0 innings in the first game of a doubleheader and holding the visiting Texans from Tarleton State to just 2 runs (both earned) to help his team get the 3-2 win. The Corpus Christi-native limited the Texans to just three hits all game (a 0.142 batting average-against) and struck out seven opponents. He only walked one batter while pitching his third complete game of the year.



Link to complete Collegiate Baseball poll
#8 Angelo State
#22 West Texas A&M
#25 Texas A&M-Kingsville


(Other schools of interest)
#1 Tampa
#2 St Mary's
#4 Central Missouri
#16 Delta State
St. Edwards, Southeastern Oklahoma are receiving votes




SAN ANGELO, Texas – Angelo State has moved up one spot to No. 8 in this week's Collegiate Baseball poll after sweeping Eastern New Mexico in a four-game series at Foster Field. The Rams, who were unranked at the start of the season, have now been in the top-10 for six straight weeks and have been ranked as high as No. 4 this season.

ASU (27-10, 11-5 LSC) will host No. 2 St. Mary's at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in a rematch of an early season game in San Antonio where the Rams took a 6-5 win on a Brett David top of the ninth inning run batted in. The Rattlers were the nation's top ranked team last week, but dropped one spot after going 3-1 against Texas-Permian Basin. The Rams are 11-5 all-time against St. Mary's and are 17-2 at Foster Field this season.

The Rams, who have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 245-151, are ranked No. 17 by College Baseball Lineup, No. 19 by D2BaseballNews.com and No. 14 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

After playing St. Mary's (Heartland Conference), the Rams return to LSC play this weekend with a four-game series at Tarleton State (14-13, 7-6 LSC). The Texans came into Foster Field last season and swept the conference series by a combined score of 40-12. ASU leads the all-time series 22-7 over TSU.





Angelo State tops the Lone Star Conference standings following a sweep of Texas Woman’s last week.  Tarleton State is now two games back, followed by Abilene Christian and TWU.
  
Midwestern State won all three games over Tarleton, and ACU took the series with two victories against Cameron.  West Texas A&M won two of three games with Incarnate Word and Eastern New Mexico swept Texas A&M-Kingsville.
  
LSC teams have a busy week, with five league games consisting of a Tuesday doubleheader plus a weekend three-game series.  The top four teams clash on Tuesday with ASU at ACU and Tarleton at TWU.  The week wraps up with the Rambelles at the TexAnns in a three-game set.
  
LSC teams are playing a single round-robin schedule with a three-game series against every other team. Each series consists of a doubleheader one day and single 7-inning game the other day.
     
The overall LSC Champion will be the team(s) with the best winning percentage in regular-season conference games, while the winner of the postseason championship will be recognized as LSC Tournament Champion and receive the league’s automatic qualification into the NCAA postseason. The single-elimination championship will be played April 27-28 in Denton, Texas.
  
LSC softball teams are 223-169 overall this season.  In the NCAA South Central Region, the LSC is currently 96-59 overall including 56-28 combined versus Heartland Conference teams, 17-11 opposed to the Great American Conference, 20-14 against the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) and 3-6 versus independent teams.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
HITTER
Allie Cranfill, West Texas A&M University, FR, Infield, Frisco, Texas, Frisco Centennial HS

Cranfill has a monster weekend for the No. 24 Lady Buffs as they took two of three games from Incarnate Word at Lady Buff Yard in Canyon. The freshman third baseman hit .833 with a double and three home runs to drive in eight RBI with an amazing 2.500 slugging percentage and a .900 on-base percentage for the weekend. During Thursday’s doubleheader, Cranfill went 5-for-5 at the plate with three home runs and 8 RBI in a pair of wins by the Lady Buffs including two blasts in game two of the series.

PITCHER
Mary Kate McKay, Angelo State University, SO, Pitcher, Madill, Okla., Madill HS

McKay was leaned on for three of the Belles five wins last week. The sophomore lefty tossed three complete games and improved to 17-3 on the season. In 19.0 innings of work, the Madill, Okla., product boasted a 2.21 earned run average after striking out 16 and walking just three. McKay worked around 15 hits and limited her opponents to a .208 batting average in her three outings.  


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