By Joel Weckerly, Sports Editor
The ACU baseball team is already playing in the Lone Star Conference Post-Season Tournament April 28-May 1. The only question is, where will it be played?
The Wildcats (14-7 LSC South) hope the home-field advantage will be theirs, and they must sweep last-place West Texas A&M (5-16) in Canyon this weekend before that dream comes true.
Additionally, division-leader Texas A&M-Kingsville (15-6) must lose two of three games at Eastern New Mexico (6-12) for ACU to act as tournament host.
“We’re already going to the tournament, but it’s our job to sweep this weekend and put ourselves in a situation to win the South,” head coach Britt Bonneau said.
ACU, which is 2-1 against the Buffaloes this season, faces them after falling 19-9 to Division I powerhouse Texas Tech Tuesday in Lubbock. The Red Raiders (25-12) turned six Wildcat errors into 10 un-earned runs in the blowout, which junior starter Coy Polk (6-6) said should help them in the WTAMU series.
“Tech was a great hitting team, and they don’t miss mistakes that pitchers make,” Polk said. “I think we’ll have more confidence going into this weekend because we would’ve hung in with them if it hadn’t been for the errors.”
Bonneau said the errors were reflective of the Cats’ inconsistency this season.
“Were they uncharacteristic? Sure,” he said. “But we’ve been dropping balls all year, even at home. That’s part of the problem we’ve had-we haven’t played consistently all year to put up a bunch of wins. But, even so, we’re still pretty dang good.”