Regular-season title in hand, Tarleton State set for LSC tournament

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Tarleton State heads into the Lone Star Conference baseball tournament after claiming its first regular-season championship in program history last week.

The top-seeded Texans face Incarnate Word at noon Friday in the opening round in Canyon on the West Texas A&M campus.

Tarleton went 3-1 against Incarnate Word in the regular season.

The Texans have won seven of their last eight games. Coach Bryan Conger said his team is happy to have momentum on its side but knows that every game will be a challenge.

“Our approach is that we had success, but at this point it really doesn’t matter,” Conger said. “Every weekend is a playoff for us. The thought process for us is that when we get into the postseason we have to keep on doing what we have been doing.”

The probable starter for the Texans will be senior Matt Buckmaster, who finished the season with an 8-2 record and a 2.32 ERA. He was second on the team in strikeouts with 59.

“When I told him he would be on the mound he just smiled,” Conger said. “His goal is to keep them off of the bases, and he is one of the guys that can do that.”

Conger said that in the days leading up to the opening round the team has focused on trying to get healthy.

“It was a lot of fun to watch them dogpile,” Conger said of the Texans claiming the regular-season championship. “The kids just have to keep playing with heart. If we can get healthy I’d be really happy.”

Wesleyan falls short

Texas Wesleyan was double-dipped in the Red River Athletic Conference championship game on Tuesday.

LSU-Shreveport, the tournament host, defeated the Rams 19-6 and 5-4 to claim the RRAC tournament crown.

Wesleyan had defeated NAIA No. 3-ranked Northwood 9-5 and beat LSU-Shreveport 8-7 in the opening round to enter the championship game.

Wesleyan, ranked No. 17 in the NAIA national poll, is hoping to receive an invitation to the regional tournament that begins May 10.

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