Thursday, January 24, 2013

Baseball: ASU selected to defend title in 2013 LSC Baseball Preseason Poll

By a nearly unanimous vote, Angelo State was selected to defend its Lone Star Conference baseball title as the preseason poll was announced by league officials on Thursday.

      ASU received all but one of the 21 first-place votes on the ballots cast by LSC coaches, sports information directors and various media representatives for 167 total points.  The Rams are coming off a 2012 campaign in which they went 40-17, won both the LSC championship and tournament title and advanced to NCAA Division II South Central Regional.

      Additionally, ASU’s Lee Neumann was tabbed LSC Preseason Player of the Year.  The senior outfielder from Brenham, Texas, finished the season with a .389 batting average, and led the league in hits (81), triples (9), slugging percentage (.668) and total bases (139) last season to earn co-LSC Player of the Year acclaim.  Neumann also drove in 45 runs, scored 60 runs and stole 17 bases, while starting all 57 games for the Rams.

      Tarleton State’s Pete Perez was named LSC Preseason Pitcher of the Year.  The senior right-hander from River City, Calif., posted an 8-3 record and league-best 2.06 ERA, .194 opposing batting average, 91.2 innings pitched, seven complete games and five shutouts.  Perez recorded a team-high 83 strikeouts to lead the Texans to a runner-up finish at the LSC Tournament.

      Texas A&M-Kingsville totaled 113 points with one first-place nod to narrowly finish second in the voting, ahead of Tarleton State (112) and Incarnate Word (110).

      West Texas A&M was ranked fifth with 98 points, followed by Abilene Christian sixth (87), Cameron seventh (44) and Eastern New Mexico (25) rounded out the poll.

      The 2013 season starts in early February with LSC teams playing a 7-week, single round-robin schedule with a four-game series against every other team.  Each series shall consist of 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 NCAA postseason.  The championship will be played May 3-6, in Canyon, Texas as part of the LSC Spring Championships Festival.

      Here’s a closer look at the voting breakdown for the conference:

RankLSC Baseball1stTOTAL
1Angelo State 20167
2Texas A&M-Kingsville1113
3Tarleton State112
4Incarnate Word110
5West Texas A&M98
6Abilene Christian 87
8Eastern New Mexico 25


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Lone Star Conference

Angelo State University

Cameron University

Eastern New Mexico University

Texas A&M-Commerce

Tarleton State University

Texas A&M-Kingsville

Texas Woman's College

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

West Texas A&M University

Western New Mexico