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Baseball - 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012

It's the weekend that UTB/TSC will find out if it is a legitimate contender for the Red River Athletic Conference championship.


The Scorpions travel to Shreveport, La. to face Louisiana State University-Shreveport, the No. 1 NAIA team in the nation, for a three-game weekend series.


UTB/TSC (27-18) and LSUS (35-3) will meet in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. Friday and in a single game at 1 p.m. Saturday. Live Audio!


The Pilots, defending RRAC champions, lead the conference race with a 17-3 record, while the Scorpions are in second place with a 15-6 mark. UTB/TSC has received 14 votes, equivalent to a No. 35 ranking in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 poll. While a poor showing could drop the Scorpions out of second place, three victories would vault UTB/TSC into the conference lead.


"It's a challenge for sure, but we don't approach it any different than any other game," Scorpion head coach Bryan Aughney said.  "They are a good club, just as they were last season. The mindset for us is to win the regular season, and we still control our own destiny."


LSU-S has won 16 straight games, but has dropped three conference games -- all by one run. The Pilots dropped 10-9 decisions on the road to Bacone College (Okla.) and University of the Southwest (N.M.), and lost by a 3-2 score to Texas College -- their only loss at home.


They have won eight games by the 10-run rule and are No. 1 in the NAIA in runs scored, with an average of 9.34 runs per game, and are No. 3 in team batting with an average of .353. LSU-S is also No. 1 in the NAIA in team earned run average with a 2.34 mark.


Following the LSU-S series, the Scorpions have four games remaining on the regular season schedule. They will finish a streak of 15 straight road games against NCAA Division I The University of Texas-Pan American at 7 p.m. Tuesday. UTB/TSC closes out the regular season at home April 20-21 with a three-game series against University of the Southwest.