LSC weekly baseball update — March 23

Standings

Team LSC All

W-L W-L

Incarnate Word 13-5 16-8

Southwestern Oklahoma 15-6 20-7

Tarleton State 12-6 17-7

Cameron 10-5 17-8

Southeastern Oklahoma 10-5 13-10

Angelo State 11-7 17-12

West Texas A&M 9-6 18-8

Texas A&M-Kingsville 10-8 13-11

Abilene Christian 7-8 14-11

Central Oklahoma 6-12 11-14

Eastern New Mexico 3-12 5-16

East Central 3-15 7-20

Northeastern State 2-16 3-20

Results

Friday

Central Oklahoma 12, East Central 0 ; Southeastern Oklahoma 8, Northeastern State 6; Southwestern Oklahoma 5, Cameron 4; St. Mary’s 1, Angelo State 0; Abilene Christian 8, Tarleton State 5; Eastern New Mexico 12, Texas A&M-Kingsville 3; West Texas A&M 9, Incarnate Word 6

Saturday

Cameron 5-8, Southwestern Oklahoma 1-14; Southwestern Oklahoma 14, Cameron 8; Incarnate Word 5-5, West Texas A&M 3-9; Central Oklahoma 7-1, East Central 0-9; Southeastern Oklahoma 9-8, Northeastern State 3-5; Texas A&M-Kingsville 6-1, Eastern New Mexico 1-11; Tarleton State 15-6, Abilene Christian 2-19

Sunday

Texas-Permian Basin 6, Incarnate Word 2; St. Mary’s 8-4, Angelo State 1-0

Monday

Cameron 11-2, Augustana 5-5

Tuesday

Southeastern Oklahoma 18, Oklahoma City 12; Southern Arkansas 12-11, Angelo State 0-9; Arkansas-Fort Smith 16, East Central 8; Central Oklahoma 14, Arkansas Tech 7; St. Edward’s 24, Abilene Christian 11; Southwestern Oklahoma 18 Emporia State; St. Mary’s 9, Texas A&M-Kingsville 5; Oklahoma Baptist 10, Southeastern Oklahoma 3; Wayland Baptist 6, West Texas A&M 2

Wednesday

Emporia State 16, Southwestern Oklahoma 5

Notes

After six weeks of play, the Lone Star Conference baseball season continues as Incarnate Word sits at the top of the league with a 13-5 record. Southwestern Oklahoma is not far behind posting a 15-6 league mark. LSC baseball teams are 171-152 overall this season.

Combined the squads are currently 13-13 versus Heartland Conference teams and 5-2 against the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association, which are the other two conferences in the NCAA South Central Region.

QUICK HITS

• Cameron’s Kenny Held hit three home runs in a win over Augustana to tie the single game LSC and school records.

• Eastern New Mexico’s Mitch Wolfe hit two home runs with a grand slam and two-run shot in the victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville to mark the first grand slam and multi-home run game by a Greyhound since he accomplished the feat last April.

• Southwestern Oklahoma defeated top-ranked and previously unbeaten Emporia State, 18-9, for their 19th victory in the last 21 games.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

HITTERS

Mitch Wolfe, Eastern New Mexico University, JR, First Base, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Agua Fria HS — Wolfe led the Greyhounds to a Lone Star Conference series win over Texas A&M-Kingsville, last week, leading ENMU in nearly every category. He had multiple hits in all three games, including a 4-for-5 performance with three runs, three doubles and a run batted in, during the series-opening win. In the series finale, he homered twice, including a grand slam, for six RBIs.

Kenny Held, Cameron University, SR, OF, Tuscon, Ariz. — Had a dominate week from the plate as the Aggies went 4-3 on the week and returned to the national rankings. On the week, Held finished with a .391 batting average and was 9-of-23 from the plate. Six of Held’s nine hits were home runs plus a pair of doubles and a triple. He drove in 12 runs for the week.

PITCHERS

James Rhodes, Cameron University, JR, RHP, Weatherford, Okla. — Rhodes picked up a victory on the week against LSC rival Southwestern Oklahoma and then came on to shut down Augustana in the final inning of the game with CU clinging to a one-run lead.

For the week, his 1.50 ERA was tops and his eight strikeouts tied for a team-best.

Chris Rogers, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, JR, P, Oklahoma City, Okla., NOC-Enid — Rogers came on in the second inning of Southwestern Oklahoma’s second game with Cameron University after the Aggies had scored eight runs against the two previous Bulldog pitchers. Rogers got out of the second allowing only one more run and then went on to pitch the remaining seven and one-thirds innings. He allowed five hits and gave up one more run, a solo homer in the eighth inning, to pick up his first win of the year as SWOSU came back from a 6-0 hole.

OTHER TOP PERFORMERS

Tim Jones, Texas A&M University-Kingsville — picked up his third win of the season tossing a complete game at Eastern New Mexico. He scattered seven hits without a walk and struck out five in a 6-1 win. It was his fourth start on the season pitching at least seven innings without allowing more than two earned runs. He needed only 80 pitches to complete the game.

Julio Davila, East Central University — allowed just five hits in 7.2 innings during the Tigers’ 9-1 win at Central Oklahoma. He survived six walks and struck out five as the lone run he surrendered was earned. He has a 1.65 ERA in 16.1 innings this year.

Nathan Lewis, Tarleton State University — gave the Texans their only win over ACU last week with a nine-strikeout,complete-game performance against the surging Wildcats. Lewis allowed two solo homre runs in a 15-2 win. It was his third win of the season.

Jordan Stern, University of Central Oklahoma — silenced East Central on two hits while walking one and striking out five in leading UCO to a 12-0 run-rule rout last week. The senior right-hander had two runners reach second base in the seven-inning contest and retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced.

Corey Cole, Eastern New Mexico University — turned in a strong performance in the Greyhounds’ series-opening win against Texas A&M-Kingsville. He allowed the Javelinas’ leadoff batter to reach base just twice in seven innings and held Kingsville scoreless until Eastern scored in the fourth inning. Over six innings of work, Cole allowed four hits and struck out three.

Heath Wyatt, Southeastern Oklahoma State University — helped Southeastern to a three-game sweep of Northeastern State over the weekend. He appeared in all three contests, collecting a pair of saves while not allowing a hit in 3.2 innings pitched in relief. He surrendered just one walk while striking out four, and allowed a total of three baserunners.

Ethan Gold, East Central University — batted .571 (8-for-14) with a .571 on-base percentage and 1.000 slugging percentage as ECU went 1-3 this past week. Gold went 4-for-5 with a homer, triple and three runs batted in during the Tigers’ 16-8 loss at Arkansas-Fort Smith on Tuesday. He was also 2-for-3 with a double and RBI in ECU’s 9-1 victory at Central Oklahoma on Saturday.

Ethan Stuckly, Tarleton State University — was a force for the Texans last week, contributing nine RBIs and two home runs in Tarleton’s weekend series with Abilene Christian. The junior out of Pilot Point recorded a .545 average . His biggest game of the week came in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday where Stuckly went a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate, hit a pair of home runs, drove in six runs and scored four times for the Texans.

Zach Ragsdale, Southeastern Oklahoma State University — helped Southeastern to a three-game sweep of Northeastern State over the weekend. He turned in a team-high .455 batting average, collecting five hits in 11 at bats. He posted a double and slugged .545, while earning a .417 on-base percentage. He drove in three runs and added a sac bunt and a sac fly.

Edwin Mendoza, Southwestern Oklahoma State University — hit .529 in a 3-2 week for Southwestern Oklahoma that included a 18-9 victory over previously unbeaten and top-ranked Emporia State. Mendoza had nine hits in 17 at bats and was instrumental in SWOSU’s recent surge that has seen the Bulldogs win 19 of its last 21 games and move into second place in the Lone Star Conference standings.