Friday, March 15, 2013

LSC Weekend Action



Friday, March 15 at 2:30 Midwestern State vs. Tarleton State 
(Final Score MSU 91-78)  Lady Mustangs will face St. Mary's Saturday at 5:00
Friday, March 15 at 8:30 Texas Permian Basin vs. Abilene Christian
(Final Score UTPB 70-68)
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Saturday, March 16 at 2:30 - St. Marys vs. Cameron
Saturday, March 16 at 6:00 - Metro State vs. Tarleton State
Saturday, March 16 at 8:30 - Midwestern State vs. Newman
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Baseball - LSC Conference play kicks off with some good series
Texas A&M-Kingsville at Angelo State - Preseason favorites and nationally ranked rivals face off in the weekend's top matchup.  The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has TAMK at #11 and ASU at #17, while the National Collegiate Baseball Writers have ASU at #12 and TAMK at #17.  The Rams have the more potent offense (7.1 runs per game vs. 6.3 for TAMK), but the Javelinas lead the LSC with a 2.65 ERA.
Game One: TAMK 12-0

Incarnate Word at Abilene Christian - The Cardinals are #24 in both polls, but ACU just knocked off #2 Delta State, so they won't be intimidated.  UIW has the advantage at the plate (8.4 runs per game vs. 7.0) and on the mound (3.80 era vs. 4.39), but that doesn't guarantee a series win.
Game One: ACU 12-8

Eastern New Mexico at Tarleton State - The Greyhounds are quick out of the gate in 2013 with an 11-6 record.  The offense has been good (8.4 runs per game) overcoming suspect pitching (7.24 ERA) so far.  The Texans have been winning with good pitching (3.55 ERA) and good-enough hitting (6.2 runs per game).
Game One: TSU 17-2

West Texas A&M at Cameron - The Buffs pitching has been surprisingly good (3.23 ERA), while the offense is scoring a run less per game (6.5) than last year.  Cameron's offense has yet to get on track (last in batting average and scoring), but the pitching has been okay (4.97 ERA).
Game One: WTAM 20-8


Softball - LSC play continues
West Texas A&M at Midwestern State - Newly crowned #1 WTAM against #19 MSU.  The lady Mustangs lead the LSC with a .405 batting average, but the Lady Buffs have average .26 more runs per game.  The pitching edge goes to WTAM (2.35 ERA vs. MSU's 3.83).  Should be a great series, with the winner gaining an upper leg in the LSC race.
Game One: MSU 6-3

Abilene Christian at Texas Woman's - The top two pitching teams in the LSC square off.  While TWU holds a slim edge in pitching (2.02 ERA vs. 2.18), at the plate, they have been much more productive, hitting .344 (vs. .296 for ACU) and scoring 6.6 runs per game (vs. 5.0 for ACU).
Game One: TWU 8-7


Eastern New Mexico at Angelo State - The Rambelles could find themselves atop the LSC if no one sweeps in the top two series and they take care of business vs. the Zias.  With solid advantages on offense and pitching, there's no visible reason that they cannot sweep this series.
Game One: ASU 8-0


Cameron at Incarnate Word - This could be a low scoring series, as neither CU nor UIW have scored 100 runs on the season (the only LSC teams to not have reached the century mark).  UIW's team ERA is a full two runs lower and they are playing at home, so they should be able to stay in the top half of the LSC standings.
Game One: CU 5-4
Game Two: UIW 9-1


Texas A&M Kingsville at Tarleton State - Two squads looking for their first LSC wins.  They are the bottom two in batting average, though the TexAnns score a full run more per game.  Their pitching has also been the better of the two - a team ERA of 3.24 vs. TAMK's 4.17.
Game One: TSU 4-2
Game Two: TSU 3-1



Track - Cactus Cup at Texas A&M Kingsville
Expected Participating Teams
Angelo State
Incarnate Word
Texas A&M-Kingsville
Hardin Simmons
UT-Pan American
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Trinity

ACU will be at the TCU Invitational
WTAM will be hosting the WT Spring Break Classic
ENMU will be at the WT Spring Break Classic

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