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Lady Chaps prepare for top-ranked West Texas A&M

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The LCU Lady Chaps softball team is taking a quick break from Heartland Conference play, but not a break from strong competition.

On Tuesday the Lady Chaps welcome the No. 1 ranked West Texas A&M Lady Buffs for a double-header starting at 2 p.m. at Plains Capital Park.

The Lady Buffs enter with a 31-4 record and boast a power-hitting lineup that leads the nation with a .619 slugging percentage.

"They've (West Texas A&M) had a really good year," LCU head coach Daren Hays said. "They're pretty similar to us. They've swung the bat extremely well and they've had really good pitching. They're number one in the nation for a reason."

LCU isn't too shabby themselves with a 32-6 overall record and wins in six of their last seven games. In their first season in the Heartland Conference, the Lady Chaps are currently sitting in second place with an 11-4 conference mark - only behind St. Mary's at 12-0.

"In NAIA we did a pretty good job of consistently proving that we were the best," Senior outfielder Kirstie Cochran said. "Moving over to D-II has been a bigger challenge than we're used to, so being able to pull it out tomorrow would be pretty huge for us, especially trying to finish our season on a strong note."

Because of their transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II, the Lady Chaps are not eligible to be ranked in the national polls, or to qualify for postseason play.

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