Chaps can win the series with double sweep on Saturday
Baseball | 03.05.2022
NO. 23 LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN (12-3, 10-3, LSC) at
NO. 17 ANGELO STATE (13-4, 13-4 LSC)
Friday, March 5 – 4 p.m. (DH)
Feeder Field – San Angelo Texas, Texas
In a major regional battle on the road, Lubbock Christian has a shot at a series win over Angelo State on Saturday if they can sweep the doubleheader. The Chaps upset the Rams on Friday night, using a ninth-inning rally to claim the win. In a battle between the top-scoring No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the Lone Star Conference, the series opener did not disappoint as each team hit double-digits in the hits column. Edward Acosta led the way for LCU, going 4-5 to the plate out of first place.
STARTING LAUNCH SUIT
UCL – The Chaps will start on the right Shandon Herrera in the first game of the doubleheader. The senior didn’t start last weekend against the New Mexico Highlands, but he’s already started three times this season. The Odessa, Texas native has a 5.00 ERA in 18.0 innings of work. He allowed 10 runs on 20 hits and six walks while striking out 14 batters. He’s holding his opponents to a .290 batting average this season. Herrera’s best outing of the season came on the road at Oklahoma Christian, where he pitched a full game and allowed just one run on six hits with seven strikeouts on the outing.
KNEW – Aaron Munson is a likely candidate to go to the mound in Game 2 of the series for the Rams. Munson has already pitched five times this season, including three in the starting role. He is 3-1 and has a 4.08 ERA in 17.2 innings of work. He allowed 14 runs on 17 hits and five walks while striking out 13 batters. Last week against St. Mary’s, Munson struck out five Rattler batters in six innings of work while allowing just four runs on six hits and walks.
UCL – It will be Ty Stephenson on the mound for the Chaps in the last drink of the doubleheader. Stephenson has started/appeared in three games so far this season, posting an 8.38 ERA in 9.2 innings of work. Only nine of the 15 runs he allowed were earned, but he allowed 16 hits and his opponents beat .340 against him. Stephenson struck out 10 batters. The Ingram, Texas native is still working on the mound after missing most of last season. In 2020, he was Chaparral’s staff ace.
KNEW — Jake Rogers is a possible option for the Rams as they head into Game 3 of the series. A right-handed Nevada native, Rogers is 5-0 on the mound this season, despite only working as a starter twice so far. Rogers has a 3.32 ERA in 19.0 innings of work. Opponents are batting .268 against him and he has struck out 16 batters. His last outing was his best of the season, allowing just two runs in 6.2 innings against St. Mary’s.
IN THE NUMBERS
.281 | Lubbock Christian’s pitchers allowed just three hits in 17 at bats with runners in scoring position Friday night, and they’re limiting opponents to a .281 batting average in those situations this season.
5 | The Chaps have played five road games so far this season and won them all
.574 | LCU hit a pair of doubles, a triple and three homers in Friday night’s win, taking their already league-leading slugging percentage to .574