Javelinas Open Four Game LSC Series At Home Friday Against Northeastern State
Schedule Changed - No Sunday Game - DH Friday At 3:00 p.m. and Saturday at 12 noon
The Javelinas are tied for fourth place in the LSC with Cameron, one half game behind third place Central Oklahoma (14-9) and one game ahead of sixth place Southeastern Oklahoma (13-11). The Riverhawks are in 10th place (7-13) in the league standings.
During the current winning streak the Javelinas are batting .341 as a team, have outscored their opposition 46-21 and have a team earned run average of 3.00.
Some of the stars during the streak include pitchers Mario Gonzalez (Premont/2-0, 0.00), Sam Strickland (2-0, 1.12) and Bobby Gonsoulin (1-0, 1.29).
Offensively, Owen Weaver (.526, 5 rbi) continues to lead the way with shortstop Erik Gomez (.450, 6 RBI) and catcher Joe Hamon (.400, 4 rbi) returning to form.
Weaver has been on a roll, raising his average from .267 to the current .396 during the month of March. He has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games, putting together a pair of eight-game hitting streaks. Weaver is hitting .410 in LSC games and has a current 15-game conference game-hitting streak.
Gomez, who’s average had dropped to .167, has bounced back in a big way, batting .429 in his last 10 games with a pair of doubles and six RBI. He has also drawn eight walks in those 10 games and has an on-base percentage of .568.
Hamon, who was injured in a home-plate collision back on February 29th and missed seven games after the injury, enters Friday’s game with a 9-game hitting streak, batting .387 during the streak. Hamon also carries a 14-game home hitting streak into this weekend’s series.
The Hogs are 15-5 at home this season with Strickland being nearly untouchable at Nolan Ryan Field.
Strickland has enjoyed a renaissance in his collegiate career this year with a 5-2 record and a league-leading 1.67 earned run average. He has been nearly unhitable at home with a 2-1 record and a 0.47 ERA in 19.1 innings.
In his first two seasons, Strickland was 0-3 with an 8.42 ERA.
Senior Taylor Everett is having a solid senior season, batting .381 with a team-leading three triples and 20 RBI. He ranks second in the nation in toughest to strikeout with only two strikeouts in 113 at bats.