Monday, April 30, 2012

LSC Scoop Afternoon Update 4-30


SAN ANGELO, Texas – The No. 10 Angelo State softball team claimed the top seed in the 2012 NCAA Division II Softball Championship South Central Regional and will host for the fourth time in school history May 4-6 at the ASU Softball Complex.

Central Oklahoma earned the No. 2 seed and will be the other host institution. Rounding out the South Central field will be (3) Emporia State, (4) Missouri Western State, (5) Texas Woman's, (6) Abilene Christian, (7) Incarnate Word and (8) St. Edward's.

South Central Regional
Complete NCAA Bracket

The Rambelles are 44-9 this season and finished the Lone Star Conference at 23-4 en route to their sixth Lone Star Conference Championship.  Angelo State's first game will be against No. 8 St. Edward's at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Hilltopers are currently 29-19 on the year.



Final LSC Scoop Softball Power Poll (Preseason LSC Poll)
  1. Angelo State - 68.41 (1)
  2. West Texas A&M - 61.74 (3)
  3. Texas Woman's - 60.39 (5)
  4. Abilene Christian - 59.60 (6)
  5. Tarleton State - 56.37 (7)
  6. Incarnate Word - 55.29 (2)
  7. Midwestern State - 52.50 (4)
  8. Cameron - 46.03 (8)
  9. Texas A&M-Kingsville - 44.36 (9)
  10. Eastern New Mexico - 41.31 (10)
Our rankings would indicate that West Texas A&M was deserving of an at-large bid.  Of the LSC schools, they had the third best winning percentage (behind ASU and TWU) against D2 schools, and their opponents winning percentage was second only to Cameron's.  But our rankings simply measure D2 winning percentage and strength of schedule.



LSC Scoop Baseball Power Poll (Preseason LSC Poll)
  1. Angelo State - 64.66 (4)
  2. Texas A&M-Kingsville - 61.32 (7)
  3. West Texas A&M - 56.37 (6)
  4. Incarnate Word - 54.35 (1)
  5. Tarleton State - 53.07 (2)
  6. Abilene Christian - 50.82 (4)
  7. Cameron - 47.69 (3)
  8. Eastern New Mexico - 42.56 (8)
LSC Scoop South Central Region Power Poll
  1. Central Missouri - 66.53
  2. St. Mary's - 64.87
  3. Angelo State - 64.66
  4. Southern Arkansas - 61.79
  5. Texas A&M-Kingsville - 61.32
  6. St Edwards - 60.46
  7. Southeastern Oklahoma - 58.29
  8. Missouri Western - 57.98
  9. West Texas A&M - 56.37
  10. Emporia State - 54.46

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll (South Central Region Teams only)
3. St. Mary's
5. Central Missouri
16. Angelo State
25. Texas A&M-Kingsville
28. St. Edwards
30. Southern Arkansas
Receiving Votes - Southeastern Oklahoma, Missouri Western, West Texas A&M.


LSC Baseball: Six teams set for championship tournament

The top six Lone Star Conference baseball teams will meet in San Angelo, Texas, May 5-8 for the annual LSC Baseball Championship.
    The tournament features six teams for the seventh straight year. The double-elimination event begins on Saturday and concludes on Tuesday. All games will take place at Foster Field on the campus of Angelo State University.
    LSC Champion ASU is the top seed and also earned its second league title. Texas A&M-Kingsville is the No. 2 seed, while Incarnate Word is third, followed by West Texas A&M, Tarleton State and Abilene Christian.
    For fans that can’t make it out to the games, all of the tournament action will be broadcast online via a free live webcast. The webcast will include both video and audio with viewers needing only a computer with a high-speed DSL or cable modem connection to the internet. The webcasts can be viewed at lonestarconference.org. Tuesday’s championship game will be on foxsportssouthwest.com.
LSC BASEBALL
The 2012 LSC baseball regular season is in the books.  During the last week of action, Angelo State and Tarleton State swept Abilene Christian and Cameron, respectively.  West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico split its four-game series, while Texas A&M-Kingsville and Incarnate Word went 2-2 against each other.
    LSC baseball teams are 203-169 overall this season.  In the NCAA South Central Region, the LSC is currently 39-33 overall including 17-17 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
Ryan Greer, Angelo State University, JR, LF, Glendale, Ariz., St. Mary’s Catholic HS

Greer blasted three home runs and drove in 12 runs in the Rams’ series sweep of Abilene Christian last weekend at Foster Field. Greer, a junior left fielder, had a six-RBI game in Saturday’s first game coming on a three-run home run and three-run triple. He finished the series in style, hitting two home runs in the regular season finale to take his season’s total to six home runs. He also added one steal to his conference-leading total to 26.

Garrett Hardey, Tarleton State University, SR, 1B, Weatherford, Texas, Arlington HS
Hardey torched opposing pitchers last week, batting for a .478 average and a 1.043 slugging percentage in Tarleton’s five wins. The senior first baseman led the team with four home runs, 13 RBI’s, 11 hits, 10 runs scored and 24 total bases over the five-game stretch. Hardey also went 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts and recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 32 chances.

PITCHERS
Pete Perez, Tarleton State University, JR, RHP, Sacramento, Calif., River City HS

Perez dominated in two appearances last week, including a seven-inning complete game shutout of Cameron in which he allowed just two hits and walked no one. The California native was 1-0 in two appearances and tossed his sixth complete game of the year. He also struck out five while walking zero and holding opposing batters to a .071 average.

Justin Kuks, West Texas A&M University, SR, RHP, Tracy, Calif., West HS
Kuks became the LSC’s only pitcher to record nine wins this season as he improved to 9-0 after his victory over Eastern New Mexico in Canyon on Friday. Kuks tied a club record for most victories in a season as well, after giving up just one run on nine hits and striking out four batters in 8.0 innings of work.  The school record stood for 17 years at WT.

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