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Mountain West Baseball Opening Weekend; the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Eddie DzurillaCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2010

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Opening weekend of the College Baseball season commenced, so I took a stroll out to TCU’s Lupton Field to watch the Horned Frogs take on the Bearkats of Sam Houston State in their opening three game series.

The weather cooperated, with temps in the mid-60s to mid-70s, and the Frogs were successful in opening their season with an impressive sweep of the Bearkats.  For the league as a whole, it was a decidedly mixed bag.

The Good

The No. 11-ranked Horned Frogs took on a Bearkat team that made the postseason last year and promptly sent them home without a win.  The Frogs looked very impressive in all facets of their game, scoring 31 runs in the series and giving up only 9.

Even more impressive was the results turned in by the New Mexico Lobos against the No. 1 Texas Longhorns.  Playing in Austin, the Lobos lost the first game of the series but then proceeded to take the next two behind some very strong pitching.  It was the first time ever that New Mexico has defeated a number one ranked team. 

Junior transfer Mike Lachapelle, ironically from Texas, was especially impressive in Sunday’s rubber match outing, scattering seven hits over six innings in a 3-1 Lobo win.

The Bad

UNLV salvaged the rubber game of the series with an 18-14 slugfest victory over the Sacramento State Hornets.  The Rebels had no problems with their hitting in the series, scoring 27 runs.  Unfortunately, their pitching was atrocious, giving up 43 runs in the three-game set.  They’ll need to do better than that to compete this year.

Utah took one out of three versus UC Davis.  The Utes pitching showed promise, giving up 11 runs in the series.  Unfortunately, UC Davis pitchers held Utah to only one run in two of their losses (4-1, 6-1), with the Utes picking up a 7-1 victory in the second game of the series.

The Ugly

The San Diego State Aztecs squared off against No. 22 Oklahoma for a four-game series and were swept by the Sooners, including a double header on Saturday.  The Sooners were able to handle the Aztec pitching, piling up 38 runs in the sweep.  This was not a good start to a team hoping to return to tournament play this year.

Air Force was also swept, losing three to Cal State Bakersfield by scores of 9-4, 13-3, and 12-4.  This may be a long season for the Zoomies.

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