April 5, 2012
Little Room Left For Error.....
The Bobcats are looking to make up some ground in the Southland Conference standings when they take on the Islanders in Corpus Christi this weekend.
Texas State is coming off a week which saw them sweep the Oregon Ducks and take two of three from the McNeese State Cowboys in San Marcos. The Bobcats are currently 18-10 overall, but have struggled so far this season in conference play. Their 6-6 record against conference foes has landed them in a tie for 6th place, 4 games back of first place Sam Houston State.
With road series' against 2nd place Northwestern State and 3rd place Southeastern Louisiana still lurking, the Bobcats must take care of business against lower tier conference opponents if they are going to have any shot of making a run at the regular season conference title.
While there is still a lot of baseball to be played, if the Bobcats lose this series to the Islanders you can start writing the eulogy for their regular season title hopes.
Texas A&M Corpus Christi has played a pretty favorable schedule thus far, but boast just a 5-7 record in conference play, 12-16 overall. Since taking 2 of 3 versus UTSA to start their SLC season, they have lost series' to Southeastern Louisiana, Central Arkansas and Nicholls State.
That being said, the Islanders have played well at home (9-5). It is on the road(3-11) where they have really struggled. They have not been very good on the mound or at the plate. The Islanders have a team batting average of just .237 and a team ERA of 3.97.
However,the Bobcats will have their hands full on Saturday against Southland Conference pitcher of the week Daniel Minor. Minor is 5-1 overall with a 1.25 ERA and is averaging more than 10 strikeouts per game. Outside of Minor the Islanders staff is very hittable, and offensively they do not have a single starter hitting over .300.
Therefore,it is important that the Bobcats win these first two games on Thursday and Friday. A rubber game on the road against Minor would hardly be an ideal situation.
I see Texas State taking the first 2 games in the series, but losing a close one on Saturday. Minor has been incredible so far this year and should be able to handle an inconsistent Bobcat lineup at home.
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