It just doesn't quit. A day off and the teams (at least some of them) are right back at it. San Jose State leads the way by playing at Stanford on Tuesday the 5th of May. On the same day Hawai'i travels to Moraga to take on St. Mary's before playing this weekend at Fresno State. On Wednesday Louisiana Tech invites a neighbor, Stephen F. Austin, to come over and play, and then they go over the hill to Grambling's house to play awhile (Hmm, did that one work?). It must be Tech's bye week. The coming weekend has San Jose at New Mexico State, and Sacramento State at Nevada to fill the WAC schedule. Let the fun begin.
Hawai'i at St. Mary's (5/5/09)
Hawaii is licking its wounds as they just finished a big series with Louisiana Tech in Honolulu, where they lost all four to the southern ‘Dogs. They play St. Mary's, which is having an O.K. year at 27-23, and has played San Jose State twice, splitting the two games. You know these two teams well enough that I don't have to go into this game deeply, and I think the Rainbows will emerge victorious
San Jose State at Stanford (5/5/09)
Stanford is 22-19 overall and 10-11 in the Pac10 which is good for sixth place and six games behind leader Arizona State. The usually potent Pac-10 is having a bit of a down year as only ASU appears to be a team of any consequence. The usual suspects such as USC, Stanford, and Oregon State are close to .500. Only OSU has a fairly good record at 27-12. What does all this mean to Spartan fans? It means, watch out, as the Cardinal is always a team that can beat any team, or take a series from any team even though they are down. They have played a very good schedule that includes Vanderbilt, Fullerton State, and Texas in their OOC games as well as conference members so, they've not had an easy time of it and if the Spartans don't come ready to play a tough opponent, they will get squashed. The Cardinal are led in hitting by Colin Walsh at .314, Kellen KiiIsgaard at .313, and Brent Milleville at .310 who also leads the team in homeruns with 10. Team batting average is an unimpressive .272 and team ERA is an ok 4.80. The pitchers are led in wins and saves by Drew Storen who is 5-1 with a 3.26 ERA and seven saves. The innings pitched leader is Jordan Pries with 54 and has a record of 3-2 with an ERA of 4.12. I'm expecting one of the regular Spartan starters to get the nod, here since none went for many innings against Sacramento State the previous weekend. I will be at this game and it would be great for a Spartan win but I think Stanford will win this one, with the Spartans winning the next meeting a week later at Muni.
Stephen F. Austin at Louisiana Tech (5/6/09)
The Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin visit Rustin to play a game that was rescheduled from March 11th. Lumberjacks, eh; can you name two other schools who have that mascot? Humboldt and Northern Arizona are the answers to that question. I'm sorry but Texas and lumberjacks don't make sense in my brain. I know, I know, Eastern Texas is pinny woods territory, but still. Anyway, the Lumberjacks sport a 21-25 overall record and come to play the Southern 'Dogs. They will be meeting one of the hottest teams in the country. La Tech would be getting some national recognition if they hadn't started the WAC season so poorly, but the season has plenty left for them to make their mark and, I suspect, they will leave many marks on Stephen F. Austin. Like that one?
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