The Night Hawks are playing with the postseason on their minds.
That’s because this weekend’s series has major implications on seeding for next weekend’s Sun Conference Tournament.
Thomas (26-16, 17-7) and St. Thomas (29-17, 17-7) are in a near head-to-head tie for the third seed, and both have a chance to jump to No. 2 with a successful weekend.
But everything is predicated on the Southeastern-Northwood game on Friday.
Should Southeastern (39-14, 19-7)) win, St. Thomas could climb no higher than third in the standings, which is the position it sits now. St. Thomas could get the No. 2 seed with a sweep over TU and a Southeastern loss.
Thomas could secure the second spot with a weekend sweep or two wins and a Southeastern loss.
Should the season end today, Thomas and St. Thomas would play in a rematch next weekend to start the tournament.
“We’d rather see someone else if we can,” TU coach Mike Lee said.
The Night Hawks and Bobcats enter the series – delayed a week due to rain – as near mirror images of each other. Both have an identical conference record, both average .298 from the plate and both have enjoyed above par pitching.
So how does one team find an edge against a comparable foe?
“It’ll come down to who plays the best, which it normally does,” Lee said. “They’re going to be solid. They’re coming here with a lot riding on it just like we are.”
“We’ll be keeping all our usual charts and tendencies and things like that. If need be, we may try a few things to see how they react. Then again, you don’t want to tip your hand too much because chances are you’re going to see them again at some point next week.”
The Night Hawks enjoyed their first weekend off since January for the Easter holiday in lieu of rain postponing this series.