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Lubbock Christian University Athletics – LCU Hosting Cameron Looking To Return To Winning Ways at Home

Softball | | Chris Due ([email protected])

No.25 LCU Aims To End Three-Game Home Losing Streak

LCU and CU Series Snapshot

How is the Team Doing?

  • LCU is 10-5 this season and 0-2 in LSC play after being swept at home to No.11 Oklahoma Christian (3-1 and 4-0), which marked their first three-game losing streak at home since Mar. 11-13 of the 2017 season (lost to No.3 St. Mary’s and No.8 Angelo State).
  • The Lady Chaps are hitting .332 as a team (26th nationally), with 14 home runs (seventh nationally) in 15 games. LCU averages 5.7 runs a contest, ranking 32nd nationally.
  • In the circle, LCU has an ERA of 1.60 (10th nationally). Opponents are hitting .194 against LCU this season and the team has a nation-leading six shutouts.
  • On the field, LCU ranks eighth in the LSC with a .969 fielding percentage.

Who is Doing What?

  • Pitcher Taylor Franco is 6-2 this season with a 0.40 ERA in 52.1 innings pitched (also has a save). Franco went 45.2 innings to start the season without allowing an earned run. She has seven complete games (co-leads nationally) and 26 strikeouts (55th nationally). Opponents are hitting .142 against Franco, who is 27-12 in her LCU career. She is one of three pitchers nationally to appear in 10 games this season. Her six wins ranks tied for third nationally. Franco opens the week with a 0.60 WHIP, ranking 14th nationally.
  • Brooke Makemson is hitting .425 on the season. She has five home runs (fourth nationally) and 18 RBI on the season (third in the nation), and was named NFCA National Player of the Week on Feb. 9 after hitting .692 (9-for-13) at the LCU Invitational.
  • Savannah Wysocki, hitting .418 at the plate, has a team-leading 23 hits (ranks fourth nationally). She also has eight stolen bases on the season as well (seventh nationally). Wysocki has two triple this season, placing her with 14 in her LCU career.
  • Skylar Herrera is seventh nationally in home runs (4) and is 12th in RBI (15).

Season Expectations

  • The Lady Chaps are preseason picked to finish sixth in the Lone Star Conference.
  • LCU is in their seventh season playing a NCAA Division II schedule (2013 was their last season in NAIA) and this is their second season as members of the Lone Star Conference.
  • There are 16 softball programs in the LSC this season.

Home Sweet Home

  • LCU is 261-33 (88.8{41490b4d0cf0dbc5ec3f65e11fff509c7d6ed2a53a838ebf7adf43f0908f07f3}) all-time in home games at PlainsCapital Park.
  • Last season, LCU was 13-1 at home.
  • They are 5-3 at home this season, seeking to end a three-game home losing streak.
  • LCU is hitting .350 at home with 10 home runs and 5.6 runs per game. Brooke Makemson is hitting .565 with five home runs and 16 RBI at home.
  • Taylor Franco is 3-1 at home with a 0.77 ERA, and opponents are hitting .198 against her (10 hits allowed in 27.1 innings pitched).

Coach Talk

  • LCU head coach Daren Hays is in his 11th season at the helm of the Lady Chaps.
  • Hays is LCU’s winningest softball head coach, entering Sunday with a softball record of 428-133.
  • Along with surpassing 300 coaching wins in softball, Hays had surpassed 300 wins as a collegiate baseball head coach. He spent eight seasons as the LCU baseball head coach and compiled a 356-163 record.

National Notes

  • LCU opened the season ranked No.19 in the NFCA Top 25 Preseason Poll.
  • The Lady Chaps have bounced the prior three weeks between No.24 and No.25, currently ranked No.25.
  • The Lady Chaps went 8-0 last season against nationally ranked programs, but are 0-2 against nationally ranked programs this season.

 Looking at CU

  • The Aggies went 16-11 last season, and they were 4-4 in Lone Star Conference play at season’s close.
  • CU is off to an 8-4 start to the 2021 season and they opened LSC play 1-1 after splitting a road doubleheader at No.23 Angelo State, which placed them with a 1-3 record this season against nationally ranked programs.
  • The Aggies are preseason picked to finish eighth in the LSC this season.
  • Cameron ranks second in the LSC in fielding, with a fielding percentage of .975 on the season.
  • The series features to two conference leaders in innings pitched, as Cameron’s Bethany Hines is second in the LSC with 42.1 innings pitched (behind LCU’s Franco, who has 52.1 innings pitched).

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