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Rams win three out of four and improve to 21-7

Baseball: Rams have second best conference record

By Stephen Cogan
On March 29, 2012

  • Quaid McKinnon, the reigning Lone Star Conference Hitter of the Week, gets ready for the upcoming pitch. Pam Belcher

ASU's Rams got a leg up in the Lone Star Conference standings after they defeated conference rival Incarnate Word 3-1 in a four-game series at home over the weekend.

The teams faced off with the Rams winning 5-2 in game one, 8-3 in game two, and 12-4 in game four.

Incarnate Word earned its lone victory in game three with a score of 5-3.

The Lone Star Conference highlighted junior first baseman Quaid McKinnon's performance by naming him the Hitter of the Week after he whacked five singles, two doubles, and a triple.

This is McKinnon's second award since the season started. He won it for the first time on Feb. 7 for the first week of the season in a series sweep over Ouachita Baptist University.

McKinnon had eight hits against Ouachita Baptist, the same number that he had against Incarnate Word.

The transfer from Paradise Valley Community College has 35 hits, 21 RBIs, and leads the team with 28 runs scored on the season. He is second on the team in batting average with a .357 mark.

"I've just been sticking with my approach," McKinnon said. "Been working with the coaches, [hitting] low line drives and ground balls, just trying to stay down. Been really lucky and fortunate too."

The Rams had six stolen bases in the series including junior Ryan Greer stealing home in game three. Greer leads the team with 16 stolen bases out of 19 attempts and hit his first home run of the season in game four.

Senior shortstop Zach Cohen had an interesting series as he was hit by pitches three times. The 5'7 Houston native has been hit five times in 20 games.

Cohen trotted off to first base each time and didn't need any on-field attention from the trainers despite one pitching hitting him in the helmet.

Junior outfield Lee Neumann belted two doubles, two triples, and a home run over the series while brandishing a mustache that he said was for "Mustache March," a tradition that was started in the Air Force by fighter pilots.

The Rams have a 21-7 record that translates to a .750 win percentage or three out of every four games.

The Rams conference record is 5-3, which is tied for second in the entire conference with Tarleton State and behind West Texas A&M's 7-1.

The Rams will have a chance to dethrone West Texas A&M in a four-game series in Canyon that starts March 30 at 7 p.m.

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