MIAA Baseball Season Just Around The Corner

By: MIAA, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: MIAA, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

Kansas City, Mo. -- The MIAA baseball season is scheduled to get underway this weekend in Texas, with many teams getting their start the second weekend in February.

Upcoming MIAA Previews:
#4 Central Missouri opens the season at Minute Maid Park
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/1 vs. A&M-KIngsville 1 p.m.; 2/2 vs. Abilene Christian 7 p.m.; 2/3 vs. Ark Tech 4 p.m.; 2/4 vs. Ark-Mont 1 p.m.
#4 Central Missouri will open the season on the road in Houston at Minute Maid Park in the Astros in Action Division II Invitational. The Mules top returning hitter is Ben Cox who hit .374 with two home runs and 24 RBI last season. On the mound Kurtis Schuyler went 9-2 with a 2.53 ERA and 68 strikeouts.

Central Oklahoma waits for warmer weather
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: Next game 2/15 vs. SBU
Central Oklahoma will not open their season until they travel to Southwest Baptist on Feb. 15 for three games. At the plate J.P. Maples hit .427 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI last season. On the mound Edgar Lopez went 8-3 with a 2.58 earned run average and 61 strikeouts.

#40 Emporia State heads to Minute Maid Park
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/1 vs. Incarnate Word 4 p.m.; 2/2 vs. A&M-Kingsville 10 a.m.; 2/3 vs. Tarleton St. 10 a.m.; 2/4 vs. Ark Tech 10 a.m.
Emporia State will begin their season with #4 Central Missouri at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The Hornets top returner at the plate is Eric Dawson who hit .380 with 31 RBI last season. MIAA Freshman of the Year Shawn Talkington returns on the mound where he was 2-1 with a 2.79 earned run average.

Fort Hays State opens their year in Colorado
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/8 at Metro St. 12 p.m.; 2/9 at Metro St. 12 p.m.; 2/10 at Metro St. 12 p.m.
Fort Hays State will travel to Denver, Colo. to open their season with three games against Metro State. At plate Ryan Busboom hit .386 with 16 home runs and 66 RBI. On the mound Kyle Leroy was 3-0 with a 5.06 earned run average and two saves.

Lincoln going to Oklahoma
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/9 at Northwest Oklahoma St. (DH) 1 p.m.; 2/10 at Northwest Oklahoma St. 1 p.m.
Lincoln will travel to Alva, Okla. to face Northwestern Oklahoma State to open the 2013 campaign. At the plate Andrew St. Pierre hit .310 with 12 RBI and seven stolen bases. On the mound Blake Jones was 1-9 with a 7.23 earned run average and 42 strikeouts.

Lindenwood opens the year at SWOSU
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/9 at Southwestern Oklahoma St. 12 p.m.; 2/10 at Southwestern Oklahoma St. 11 a.m.
Lindenwood will open the season at Southwestern Oklahoma State for four games the second weekend in February. The top returner at the plate is Wade Rothermich who hit .385 with 26 RBI. On the mound Dylan Terrrell was 6-7 with a 4.44 ERA.

Missouri Southern opens the season in Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/9 vs. Montana St. Billings (DH) 11:45 p.m.; 2/10 vs. Montana St. Billings (DH) 7:45 a.m.
Missouri Southern will open the season against Montana St. Billings in MInnesota. Last season Michael McCoy hit .375 with 45 runs batted in. On the mound David Reese went 6-3 witha 2.64 earned run average.

#37 Missouri Western goes to Arkansas
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/10 at Arkansas Tech (DH) 1 p.m.; 2/11 at Arkansas Tech (DH) 12 p.m.
#37 Missouri Western will open the year on the road at Arkansas Tech. Last season Spencer Shockley hit .420 with six home runs and 35 RBI. Brandon Simmons went 12-2 with a 1.94 ERA on the mound last season.

Nebraska-Kearney opens the season against Metro State
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/12 vs. Metro State (DH) 1 p.m.
Nebraska-Kearney will travel to Denver to face Metro State in the their 2013 opener. At the plate in 2012 Brian Wuest hit .394 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI. On the mound Adam Peters went 5-5 with a 6.64 earned run average and 43 strikeouts.

Northeastern State waits for MIAA play
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: Next on 2/16 vs. NWMSU (DH)
Northwest State will open their season in MIAA play on Feb. 16 against Northwest Missouri State. At the plate last season Trent Wilkins hit .327 with four home runs and 30 RBI. On the mound Craig George was 5-4 with a 3.46 earned run average.

Northwest Missouri opens year in Arkansas
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: 2/8 at Ark-Monticello 1 p.m.; 2/9-10 Ark-Monticell 1 p.m.-12 p.m.
Northwest Missouri will go to Arkansas-Monticello to open the season. Last year Eric McGlauflin hit .387 with two home runs and 30 RBI. On the mound Chase Anderson was 4-7 with a 5.52 ERA.

Pittsburg State closes out road trip
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: Next 2/16 vs. Maryville
Pittsburg State will open the 2013 season at home against Maryville. Last season Evan Thomas hit .319 with six home runs and 32 RBI. On the mound Matt Stalcup was 7-6 with a 3.74 earned run average and 92 strikeouts.

Southwest Baptist opens the season at home
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: Next 2/15 vs. UCO
Southwest Baptist will face Central Oklahoma at home to open the season. At the plate last year Drew Miller hit .382 with two home runs and 45 RBI. Dustin Caplette was 5-3 with a 5.06 earned run average.

Truman waits to open MIAA play
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: Next 2/16 at WU (DH)
Truman will play on the road to start their MIAA campaign against Washburn. At the plate Jarod Hahn hit .329 with two home runs and 16 RBI. Jared Eiskina was 8-9 with a 3.47 ERA and 124 strikeouts.

Washburn faces TSU to open MIAA play
Last Week: Did not play
Upcoming: Next 2/16 vs. TSU (DH)
Washburn will open their season at home in MIAA play against Truman. Last season at the plate Brad Alberts hit .377 with eight home runs and 41 RBI. Brett Ash was 7-4 with a 2.81 ERA on the mound.


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