Softball cracks top 10 in NFCA rankings, as Lions come in at No. 9.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.– The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team has cracked the top 10 in the country in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association rankings as announced Wednesday. The Lions are ranked No. 9, their highest ranking in school history. They have listed the Lions nationally five weeks in a row.
The No. 9 Lions had a busy spring break, picking up eight wins to improve their record to 25-3 on the year. They defeated Missouri Western State in both games of a home doubleheader on Monday. The Lions then finished a halted game against St. Edward’s before beating the Hilltoppers in their regularly scheduled road doubleheader on Wednesday. A&M-Commerce finished off the week by sweeping UT Permian Basin in their three-game home series over the weekend. The Lions have won nine games in a row, eight via the run-rule. The Lions are averaging 11.3 runs per game during the streak and have given up more than two runs only once during the streak.
A&M-Commerce is 10-2 in the Lone Star Conference, which is good for second place. They return to conference action on Friday, hosting Texas A&M University-Kingsville for a three-game series. The first game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. The teams will then play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. All three games will be at the John Cain Family Softball Complex.
2018 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll – Mar . 21 (Week 5)
|RANK||TEAM (First Place)||TOTALS||Record||Last Poll|
|1||Colorado Mesa (12)||396||26-0||1|
|2||North Georgia (4)||388||32-1||2|
|10||Palm Beach Atlantic||252||19-2||13|
|15||West Texas A&M||176||23-5||15|
|18||Grand Valley State||102||15-5||23|
|19||Southern New Hampshire||100||17-3||20|
|22||UC San Diego||90||20-7||22|
Hartford named LSC Golfer of the Week.
RICHARDSON – The LSC office Wednesday morning named Texas A&M University-Commerce sophomore Blake Hartford the Lone Star Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week. This is Hartford’s second LSC Golfer of the Week Award.
Hartford earned runner-up placement at the Lion Invitational at Tanglewood with a 139 (-5). In his opening round 66, he carded seven birdies against only one bogey. He was 1-over in his second round. It is his second top-five finish and third top ten finish in his first season as a Lion. Hartford previously won LSC Golfer of the Week after leading the Lions to the championship of the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate.
The Lions have won four of the nine LSC Golfers of the Week awarded in men’s golf this season. They have finished in the top four in six of their seven tournaments played this season, and will return to action in the first week of April at the DBU Patriot Classic.
S-14 Brayden Cruth, West Texas A&M
O-5 Blake Hartford, A&M-Commerce
O-19 Trip Hobson, Midwestern State
O-25 Clayton Keck, Midwestern State
N-2 Wilfredo Sanchez, A&M-Commerce
F-22 Lucas McCubbin, A&M-Commerce
M-8 Brayden Cruth, West Texas A&M (2)
M-14 Tate McVay, West Texas A&M
M-21 Blake Hartford, A&M-Commerce (2)
S-14 Kamryn Cummings, Angelo State and Sarah Gee, Tarleton State
S-21 Loukyee Songprasert, West Texas A&M
S-28 Sarah Gee, Tarleton State (2)
O-5 Kamryn Cummings, Angelo State (2)
O-12 Makena Thomas, A&M-Commerce
O-19 Emily Brennan, Midwestern State
O-25 Casey Wild, Tarleton State
F-15 Jelina Fernando, West Texas A&M
F-22 Casey Wild, Tarleton State (2) and Loukyee Songprasert, West Texas A&M (2)
M-1 Junie Khaw, Tarleton State
M-8 Lauren Leslie, A&M-Commerce
M-14 Loukyee Songprasert, West Texas A&M (3)
M-21 Junie Khaw, Tarleton State (2)
Lions take fourth place, Hartford is runner-up at Lion Invitational.
POTTSBORO – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf top team placed in fourth at the Lion Invitational at Tanglewood Resort, with the B squad finishing in seventh place.
Blake Hartford claimed runner-up honors on the individual leaderboard with a 5-under par 139 for the tournament. He shot a 1-over par 73 in Tuesday’s round for the lowest score by a Lion. Average scores for the event went up from the first to second rounds with stronger wind conditions.
Wilfredo Sanchez placed sixth at 145 (+1) after a 74 on Tuesday, while Joe Wolcik placed in the top 10 at 148 (+4).
Lucas McCubbin placed 18th at 152 (+8) after carding a 152 on Tuesday, cutting four strokes from his first round score. Garrett Landers placed 26th at 155 (+11).
Zach Burch dropped nine strokes from his opening round and placed 30th at 157 along with Nick Louy and Tyler McDonough.
Jordan Brown placed 49th at 170, and Dallas Millin placed 52nd at 177.
Southeastern Oklahoma State took the team title at 580, followed by Ranger College at 592 and Midland College at 596.
The Lions were one stroke behind the Chaps at 597 (300-297) on the A squad. The B group placed seventh at 617 (302-315), tied with Western Texas College.
A&M-Commerce has two more spring tournaments before the Lone Star Conference Championships. The Lions return to the links on April 2-3 at the Dallas Baptist Patriot Classic.
|1.||Southeastern Oklahoma State||287||293||580||+4|
|5.||Northwestern Oklahoma State||303||304||607||+31|
|6.||Southeastern Oklahoma State B||306||304||610||+34|
|Western Texas College||310||307||617||+41|
|9.||St. Thomas (Texas)||309||325||634||+58|
|10.||Oklahoma Panhandle State||340||344||684||+108|
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