By Joshua Parrott, Sports Writer
Tabor resigns as softball coach; Wilson takes over
Carol Tabor, the ACU head softball coach since the program’s inception in 1997, has resigned and will be replaced by former ACU player Chantiel Wilson, who spent the 2003 season as Tabor’s assistant coach.
In her resignation letter to interim directors of athletics Jared Mosley and Wally Bullington, Tabor cited a growing medical concern with her eyesight as the reason for her resignation, effective June 30.
“Due to an excessive amount of time in the sun and weather elements over the last eight years, I have developed a medical condition called Pterygium (warping of the cornea) in my right eye with my left eye in the beginning stages of the same condition,” Tabor said.
Tabor compiled a 172-166 record in her seven years at ACU. She led the Wildcats to Lone Star Conference South Division championships in 1997 and 2000; both years she was named LSC South Coach of the Year.
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Baseball team drops first game at LSC Champs
The ACU baseball team fell to Lone Star Conference rival Central Oklahoma Thursday afternoon, 8-5, in game one of the LSC Post-Season Tournament in Edmond, Okla.
The Wildcats, 39-17 overall, move to the loser’s bracket to play the loser of Thursday’s Tarleton State-Southeastern Oklahoma game Friday at 10 a.m.
The winner of Friday’s game will move on to play 4 p.m. Friday, while the loser will be eliminated from the tournament.
The Wildcats trailed 2-0 after the first inning of play before taking a brief lead after scoring three runs in the top half of the third inning. Brian Johnson got the first Wildcat run after scoring on a wild pitch. Beau Bimson scored on a Creighton Bryan single. Bryan later scored on a Marcelino Escalante single.
Central Oklahoma scored two runs in the first inning and three runs in the third inning, while Skip Weast struck out nine batters and retired the last 14 Wildcats he faced. Weast improves to 11-1 overall.
The first-round loss ended ACU’s seven-game conference tournament winning streak.