LUBBOCK, Texas – Lubbock Christian baseball coach Nathan Blackwood has released the 2023 Chap baseball schedule, announced on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
The 50-game schedule features 12, four-game Lone Star Conference series, with six of those series being played inside the confines of Hays Field. Each conference series will be played Friday-Sunday of that weekend, with Saturday being devoted to a doubleheader contest. LCU will also host nonconference midweek games against NAIA foes University of the Southwest and Wayland Baptist.
The Chaps open the season at home Feb. 3-5 against Cameron. The Aggies and the Chaps split last season’s series in Lawton, Okla. with Cameron winning the first two games before LCU rolled in the final two matchups, outscoring the Aggies 30-5 in 16 innings.
Lubbock Christian’s first road trek will be just down the road to Odessa for a four-game set against Texas Permian Basin Feb 10-12. The Chaps have won six straight over the Falcons, picking up the sweep in Hub City outscoring UTPB 61-11 in 32 innings last season. That includes a 23-5 win for LCU in seven innings, where the Chaps led 15-0 after three innings of play.
LCU returns home the next weekend, Feb. 17-19, looking for revenge against UT Tyler. The Patriots won three of four games against the then 25th ranked Chaps in Tyler last year to close out the regular season. Lubbock Christian has not fared well in the brief series against the Pats, going just 3-8.
In the first of just two trips out of the state of the Texas this season, LCU heads to Fort Smith, Arkansas Feb. 24-26 to face Arkansas Fort Smith. The two teams split the season series in Lubbock last year, with the Lions taking the final matchup 17-6 on opening weekend.
The Chaps will open March the same way they opened February, back home against a conference foe from the Sooner State, this time facing Oklahoma Christian Mar. 3-5. One of the oldest rivalries in the LSC will see it’s 85th meeting to open the series. LCU has won six straight against the Eagles, including a four-game sweep in Oklahoma City last season.
LCU is back on the road Mar. 10-12 to San Antonio to face St. Mary’s. LCU clinched the series over the Rattlers in a wild come-from-behind win at Hays Field last season, as the Chaps were down 11-7 heading into the eighth inning before scoring five runs and a walk-off home run by Grant Griffin gave Lubbock Christian the 12-11 win.
After a week off, the Chaps will face the University of the Southwest in a midweek contest on Mar. 20 at Hays Field. The two squads will meet for the 133rd time in program history, the last meeting being a 22-0 beat down by LCU on Mar. 21, 2017.
Conference play resumes for the Chaps against the defending Lone Star Conference and NCAA DII South Central Super Regional Champions Angelo State at home Mar. 24-26. The two teams split last year’s meeting in San Angelo, with LCU taking the first two games before falling in the final two, including a walk-off 4-3 win in seven innings for the Rams in game three.
March closes and April begins with the Chaps on the road in Laredo Mar. 31-Apr. 2 against Texas A&M International. LCU has won five in a row and nine of the last ten meetings against the Dust Devils, picking up a four-game sweep in Lubbock last season.
The Chaps will spend Easter weekend at home, hosting Texas A&M-Kingsville Apr. 6-8. The two teams will play their doubleheader matchup on Good Friday, Apr. 7. LCU won the series last season in Kingsville, but the Javelinas picked up an 8-3 win in game four to avoid the sweep.
The second midweek game of the season is set for Apr. 11 at Hays Field, as the Chaps host NAIA foe Wayland Baptist. The Pioneers have won three straight and five of the last six against LCU, including a 4-3 win in Lubbock for Wayland Baptist the last time these two teams met on Apr. 26, 2016.
In a rematch of the opening week of the 2022 Lone Star Conference Tournament, LCU will head to Austin, Texas to face St. Edward’s Apr. 14-16. The two teams split the regular season series in Hub City last season, before the Hilltoppers won two games of a best-of-three set to eliminate the Chaps from the LSC Tournament, winning 9-7 and then a 20-17 slugfest at Hays Field. The Chaps have lost four straight matchups against St. Edward’s.
The final regular season home stand for the Chaps will be a renewal of the Rivalry on the Range against West Texas A&M Apr. 21-23. The two teams split last season in Canyon. LCU is 24-8 all-time at Hays Field against the Buffs but have lost three straight at home.
The regular season concludes Apr. 28-30 in one final out-of-state trip to Portales, N.M. to face the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds. LCU won the series against Eastern New Mexico last season, concluding with a walk-off home run by Eduardo Acosta in the final game. The Chaps have won nine of the last ten meetings against the Greyhounds, as this will be the first trip for the Chaps to Portales since Apr. 8, 2014, an 8-7 win for Lubbock Christian.
Should the Chaps qualify for the Lone Star Conference Tournament, they will begin play in the best-of-three first round on May 5-7 with the highest seed hosting. LCU fell to St. Edward’s in two games at Hays Field last season in the opening round.
If the Chaps win, they will advance to the double-elimination LSC Championship Finals to be held May 11-13 at the highest seed remaining. In the 2021 LSC Finals, the Chaps fell to Angelo State in the opening contest, before winning elimination games against St. Edward’s and St. Mary’s. The Chaps could not force a deciding game in the Championship series, falling to Angelo State 10-3.
The NCAA Regionals will be held May 18-20 at the selected ranked team site, with the NCAA South Central Super Regional being played May 26-27 at the highest remaining seed. The Chaps last made the NCAA Regional in 2019, falling to Rogers State and host Angelo State in two straight games.
The Chaps have never made an NCAA Super Regional. If they do so and win the supers, the Chaps will head to Cary, N.C., and the USA Baseball Training Complex for the NCAA Division-II World Series June 3-10. LCU last made a world series run in 2011 at the NAIA level, falling to Concordia University Irvine 9-3 in the championship game in Lewiston, Idaho.
Times for all LCU baseball games can be found at lcuchaps.com. Tickets will be available for all home games shortly. All baseball contests during the regular season, both home and away, will be broadcast live on the Lone Star Conference Digital Network.