In this coming weekend the USAO Drovers will take on the Texas Wesleyan Rams, in a 3 game series. After the latest NAIA ranking, the Drovers are ranked 10th, while the Rams are sitting at 18th. Coming into this series, the Rams are 12-4 and 6-0 in conference play. The Drovers are rolling, as they have won 15 in a row. USAO is 15-1 and 3-0 in conference play.
What to know about the Drovers:
USAO has a very balanced attack, as they are scoring 11 runs per game and only allowing 3 earned runs per contest. A big contributor to this offense, is P.J. Garcia. He is currently hitting .500 with 21 RBI’s and 5 home runs. Garcia is coming off his best series of the season, where he would go 6-6 and tack on 4 home runs. Another big key to this offense, is Greg Barnette. He is currently hitting .474, and has 17 RBI’s. This pitching staff is strong from top to bottom, as they have so many different weapons. The rotation is set by Jose Hidalgo and Francis Ventura. Hidalgo is have another exceptional season, as he is 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA. Ventura is not far behind him, as he is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA. This bullpen has many weapons, but two that stick out are Corey Korenic and Angel Reyes. Korenic is have a dominant season, as oppenents are hitting just 0.071 off him. He is also 1-0 on the season with a 0.00 ERA. Reyes is also have a good start to his season, as he is 2-0 and has a 3.86 ERA. He also has 1 save on the season, which came against SAGU.
Drovers Head Coach Mike Ross said “They have always been a tough match up for us. They knocked us out of the conference tournament last year and were 2 wins away from the world series. Should be a great series between two top 25 teams“
What to know about the Rams:
The Rams are coming off a series against the University Of Dallas, as they would drop 2 of the 3 games. Texas Wesleyan has been ready to play in all the conference game, going 6-0. The Rams have also averaged 7 runs per game, during conference games. The pitching staff has been carried by Stephen Yancey and Brad Sugg. Yancey is currently 3-1 with a very good 1.09 ERA. Sugg is 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA. The bats are led by Kiki Menendez and Michael Davila. Menendez is hitting .407 and 14 RBI’s. He also has 3 home runs on the season. Davila is hitting .386 and has 17 RBI’s. The Rams are also looking to get great play from reliever Alex Davis. He current has a 2.04 ERA in 10 appearances. Davis is allowing opponents to a very low .148 batting average.
Texas Wesleyan second basemen Ted Wisdom said “We feel like we have had a consistent start to the year. This weekend is going to be a big test for us. We are excited for the challenge and excited for a top 25 ranked matchup. USAO is a good team that is playing really hot right now and we are excited for that challenge in our first road trip of the year.”
Friday- Games are set to start at 4&6 P.M.
Saturday- Game is set to start at 12 P.M.