Friday, April 5,
vs. Tarleton State
When: 4 p.m.
(DH); noon Saturday
29-11, 12-5; TSU 19-16, 8-7
A pair of teams with a lot to gain will face off in a three-game
series this weekend when Abilene Christian hosts Tarleton State
in a Lone Star Conference South Division series.
The Wildcats, who
are three games ahead of Tarleton in the LSC South Division standings,
must sweep the series to secure the title and the right to host
the conference tournament. The LSC North and South Division champions
host the tournament every other season.
This year marks the
return of the tournament to the winner of the South Division title.
Coming away with
that sweep could be a challenge against a hot Tarleton team that
has won its 14 of its last 16 games. The Texans are currently
in a tight battle for second place in the conference standings
with West Texas A&M.
The top two teams
from the LSC South Division will advance to the league tournament.
Any time we
play Tarleton its a big series because of the rivalry between
the two schools, ACU coach Britt Bonneau said. Tarleton
will be ready to play because they have a lot on the line as far
as trying to get into the conference tournament.
Tarleton got off
to a 7-14 start this season before going on a late-season surge
that included a doubleheader sweep of defending Division II national
champion St. Marys last Friday.
Shortstop Noel Sauceda
has led Tarletons charge by hitting .667 (18 for 27) in
his last eight games. Sauceda has earned hitter of the week honors
in the LSC South Division in each of the last two weeks. He is
hitting .433 for the season with 28 RBI.
Dustin Holland will
likely start one game against the Wildcats. Holland (5-1) has
thrown three straight complete games. Pacer Bourland (3-4) and
Joel Robinson (4-3) will also likely start a game for Tarleton.
ACU, which is ranked
No. 23 in the Collegiate Baseball Magazine Division II poll, enters
the series off of a 3-4 stretch that followed a seven-game winning
Center fielder Creighton
Bryan leads ACU in hitting with a .417 average. Five other ACU
players are hitting at least .380, including first baseman Brandon
Stover of Cooper. Stover is hitting .396.
Shawn Brooks (3-1)
will start Fridays game, while Frankie Keller will start
the first game Saturday. The final starter for the series will
likely come from a group that includes Duane Welch (5-0), Corey
Tidwell (5-3) and Scott Buffington (5-2).
On the road
Wylie vs. Ballinger
When: 5 p.m.
17-4, 4-0; Ballinger 9-7, 2-2
Wylie will look to continue its unbeaten run through District
5-3A play today when the Bulldogs take on Ballinger.
Wylie improved to
4-0 in district play Tuesday by pounding Clyde, 17-1. Wylie jumped
on Clyde in the first inning when 10 of its first 11 batters reached
Danny Ruth keyed
Wylies early rally by hitting a leadoff triple. Cole Landers,
Jeff Rariden and Ryan Saltzgaber combined to throw a two-hitter
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