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Thursday, February 17, 2000
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Volume 65, Issue 97

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State fields top contenders; 3 honored

By Keenan Singleton
UH/Texas Baseball

When you think about Texas, you think about football. Be it the Cowboys or the Aggies or the Longhorns, football dominates the Texas landscape.

But with the ascension of collegiate baseball the past few years, the playing field might be leveling.
 


Texas' Beau Hale was one of three pitchers from the state of Texas to earn Pitcher of the Week honors in their respective conferences. Hale earned it by throwing a no-hitter.

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The contenders

UH, Texas, Baylor and Texas Tech are all serious threats to taking Florida State's national crown.

After suffering a semi-disappointing opening series in which they dropped two of three to Texas, the Cougars (No. 8) turned around the mishap and are now on a four-game winning streak, which includes a three-game sweep of Southwest Texas State.

The Longhorns (No. 11) are stampeding through the polls after their surprising winning home stand against UH.

Texas currently is in the midst of a six-game winning streak, all six of which happened at Disch-Falk Field.

Baylor is No. 11 in Baseball America's poll even though they were shellacked by Cal State-Fullerton 16-4, and lost the series 2-1.

Texas Tech has earned its No. 16 ranking by dominating the competition thus far, averaging nearly 13 runs per game.

The pretenders

Texas A&M (3-5 overall, 0-0) and Rice (3-5, 0-0 conference) were also initially thought to be a contender, but the Aggies have rolled over and played dead to the likes of Texas-San Antonio and Texas-Pan American.

The Owls were ranked as high as 10th in the nation until they were unable to secure a victory in their first four games.

The rest

Texas Christian (4-6) is stuck in quagmire after being stubbed for the NCAA tournament last season.

Sam Houston (0-6) is in danger of not equaling last season's paltry 22-33 record.

We want a pitcher ...

Houston's Shane Nance, Rice's Marc Gwyn and Texas' Beau Hale were each named pitcher/player of the week in their respective conferences (Conference USA, Western Athletic and the Big 12) this week.

Nance pitched seven-and-a-third innings of near-perfect stuff that resulted in him tying his career best in strikeouts (12) and lowered his already microscopic ERA to 1.26.

Gwyn threw a complete game two-hitter in Rice's recent victory over Nebraska.

He matched his career high in strikeouts (10) as he helped Rice win its second game of the year.
 

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