By Daniel Johnson, Sports Editor
Angelo State forced another game by beating ACU in the first Lone Star Conference championship game Tuesday, but because of rainy weather when that game will be played is still up in the air.
“We’ll just have to wait,” said ACU pitcher Matt Sullivan.
Angelo beat ACU 8-2 and the winner of the last game of the tournament will be crowned LSC champions and receive an automatic bid into the South Central Regional Tournament on May 17.
If a game is not played before midnight on Wednesday ACU will automatically win the tournament and conference title because it has the highest seed of the two teams. ACU is seeded at No. 1 and Angelo State is seeded at No. 3.
Head coach Britt Bonneau said that the game might be played at 11 a.m. on Wednesday if weather permits it. If not, they will push back the game until the deadline is past.
ACU could have avoided the rain delays and waiting game if it had defeated Angelo State on Tuesday, but thanks to a full-game performance by Angelo State pitcher Michael Gunter one more game will be played.
“We just didn’t make adjustments when we needed to,” said starting pitcher Chris Wiman.
Wiman will start in Wednesday’s game and said that the extension is bittersweet.
“I get to rest, but at the same time not knowing when you’re going to play messes with you,” Wiman said. “I’m just ready to go.”
Wiman already started in one game of the tournament in which he pitched a no-hitter for 5 2/3 innings and threw seven scoreless innings.
Angelo took the lead on Tuesday and never looked back, out-hitting the Wildcats 12-5. The Rams took the lead after drilling ACU starter Matt Davis for five runs and although Sullivan came into the game in the third inning and gave ACU an opportunity to comeback by pitching three scoreless innings, but the Wildcats’ lineup was unable to capitalize.
“We were facing one of the best pitchers in the conference,” Sullivan said.
If ACU wins that game Wednesday it will claim its fifth LSC title and first title since 2002.