Texas Wesleyan leans on postseason success entering conference baseball tournament

05/01/2014 2:50 PM

11/12/2014 5:02 PM

Texas Wesleyan enters the Sooner Athletic Conference baseball tournament with experience and success in the postseason, a background the Rams hope to lean on when they begin play Friday.

The Rams (26-24, 15-12 SAC) enter as the sixth seed and are matched with Pool B opponents No. 3 Northwood, No. 2 Oklahoma City and No. 7 Southwestern Assemblies of God. TWU plays Northwood at 2 p.m. Friday in Oklahoma City.

“In pool play with three opponents your goal is to win all the games,” Texas Wesleyan coach Mike Jeffcoat said. “The one game you might lose, that opponent might have the same record and get to move on because they are the higher seed. You have to assume the team you are going to play is going to have the same record at the end.”

Texas Wesleyan came within a victory of advancing out of the NAIA regionals in 2013. Jeffcoat’s teams have made five trips into the NAIA regionals in his 13 years.

“We have to remind the guys that we have been here before,” Jeffcoat said. “We just have to battle and do the best that we can and trust our ability. We have to have a positive outlook and keep positive thoughts that can result in being successful.”

TWU plays Oklahoma City at 5 p.m. Saturday and Southwestern Assemblies of God at 1 p.m. Sunday. The winner meets the winner of Pool A at 1 p.m. Monday for the championship.

TWU seeded fifth

Texas Wesleyan softball ended its season 24-23 overall and 15-17 in Sooner Athletic Conference play to clinch the fifth seed in the conference tournament, which began Thursday.

Junior infielder Kendall Kizer clinched the team’s regular-season batting title with a .364 average. Kizer, from Aledo, belted three homers and finished with 74 total bases, second on the team.

Tarleton ends season

Tarleton State baseball closes its 2014 campaign against Lone Star Conference leader Texas A&M-Kingsville with a three-game series beginning at 1 p.m. Friday.

The Texans (24-21, 14-17 LSC) enter having won three of their past four games and are in a battle for the conference’s third seed in next week’s conference tournament. Tarleton State leads Angelo State by half a game.

Tarleton’s Garret Kilgore was named the LSC hitter of the week for his performance in helping TSU take two of three from second-place West Texas A&M. Kilgore went 9 for 13 against No. 16 West Texas A&M and finished with a .692 average.

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