Wednesday, April 11, 2007

NBA Title In The Bag For Mavericks?

With every win the Mavericks rack up this season, their odds of winning the NBA Championship increase. They beat Minnesota tonight 105-88 to become the 12th team in NBA history to win 65. 10 of the previous 11 teams went on to win the NBA title (The 1972-1973 Boston Celtics were the only team not to do so). With four games left, the Mavericks could conceivably become the fourth team to win 69 games. The three others all won titles.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

31-0 And Counting

Jarvis Christian College is UT Tyler's latest victim. The Patriots won 19-2 tonight to extend their perfect record to 31-0. And, with just seven games left, the Patriots are looking like they might just be able to pull this off. Here's how the remaining schedule breaks down:

Friday, April 13th - LeTourneau @ Tyler, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 14th - LeTourneau @ Tyler (DH), 1:00 p.m.

LeTourneau is always a threat because of the emotion involved in being an East Texas rival, but the Yellowjackets are just 9-20, 3-9 in conference action. They've won just 3 of the last 13.

Tuesday, April 17th - Southwestern Assembles @ Tyler, 6:00 p.m.

The Patriots beat the Lions 14-3 on February 20th.

Friday, April 20th - @ Louisiana College, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 21st - @ Louisiana College (DH), 1:00 p.m.

This is the series that has the best chance to put an end to the streak. The Wildcats are 20-12 (7-5) and have won six of their last eight games.

Realistically, any of these teams could beat the Patriots on any given day. An error or two can lead to an extra run or two which can lead to a win. Having said that, there aren't any ranked teams left, and facing the prospect of no postseason baseball, you know the Patriots will be focused and gunning for that perfect mark.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Patriots Baseball Like the Energizer Bunny

Just like the Engergizer Bunny, the UT Tyler baseball team just keeps winning, and winning...

The Patriots swept a weekend series against UT Dallas, to extend their unbeaten streak to 30-0. For their efforts, the Patriots have swept the conference honors this week. Ryan Campbell was named the American Southwest Conference East Division Pitcher of the Week, and Andrew Damewood received the ASC East’s Hitter of the Week honor. Campbell (JR/Tomball, TX) started the series against nationally ranked UT Dallas with another tone-setting performance, pitching a complete-game shutout. Campbell threw nine scoreless innings, scattering seven hits and striking out four. The Comets, who entered the day with a total .373 batting average, were shut out for the first time on the season. Damewood (JR/Plano, TX) batted .600 with eight RBI for the week, going 9-for-15. Damewood also had a triple and scored three runs. He also drew three walks. This is the first ASC Player of the Week honor for both players. Already this season, UT Tyler has had Brett Amyx named Hitter of the Week, and Nate Jennings and Blake Booher both receive Pitcher of the week honors.

It crazy looking at the conference standings, seeing Texas Lutheran 25-5-1 (12-2) ranked #12 and UT Dallas 23-9 (11-4) ranked at #29, yet the Patriots at 30-0 (12-0) are not ranked. Texas Lutheran's two conference losses and three of UT Dallas' conference losses have come at the hands, and bats, of the Patriots. According to the NCAA, the Patriots have to be on probation for 4 years to be considered full time members. As a result, they can't be nationally ranked, and they can't participate in postseason play. That's a shame. Quite possibly the best NCAA Divison III baseball team of the decade is being left out in the cold. It's gotten so bad, D3Baseball, which ranks the teams, has included a special note at the bottom of the rankings explaining why UT Tyler isn't listed.

The Patriots return home against Jarvis Christian on Tuesday night at six.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Big Baby!

Congratulations to James and Jennifer Vilade! The UT Tyler baseball coach and his wife are the proud new parents of a baby boy born Monday afternoon. Trent Joseph Vilade weighed 9 lbs. 9.1 oz and is 22 inches long! He no doubt, will have a bat and glove in his hand by the time he gets home from the hospital.