The Wildcats will need wins and some help this weekend in order to keep alive its postseason hopes. The Wildcats will travel to Weatherford Oklahoma to take on the Bulldogs of Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Realistically, ACUÂ needs to sweep and then get some help in order to claim the last spot in the LSC tournament. The top five spots already have been clinched, but ACU, West Texas A&M University, Angelo State University and Texas A&M University-Kingsville all still have a chance at that final spot.
“We have to win every game. Bottom line got to win. Then hope three other teams get beat a few times,” Coach Britt Bonneau said. “We got to take care of our business and hope for the best.”
The Wildcats will find themselves scoreboard watching this weekend, as they need both ASU and WT to lose two of three, along with Kingsville, to only take two of three or worse.
If the Wildcats only take two of three against SWOSU this weekend, they would need both ASU and WT to be swept and Kingsville to lose two of three.
The Wildcats will host this year’s tournament in Abilene, trying to avoid being spectators at their home stadium. ACU has not missed the conference tournament since 1997. ACU seen success in the tournament, as well, as they have played in the tournament’s final game every year since 1999 except for 2004. The Wildcats were eliminated in the semifinals in 2004.
The Wildcats won conference tournament championships in 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 and have posted an all-time tournament record of 36-19.
SWOSU currently sits fifth in conference and already has clinched a spot in the tournament. It still, however, will look to improve its seed in the LSC tournament.
“We know exactly were we are we have played 45 games this season and if you can’t get up for this weekend I do not know what will, we have to win in order to keep playing. Its pretty simple,” Bonneau said.
The series between the Bulldogs and Wildcats will start with a double header on Friday, beginning at 1 p.m.
“It is the last the series, and we have our backs against the wall. We have to go down swinging,” senior Abe Williams said. “We have to win all three games to have a chance to get into the LSC tournament, which is our goal. We are focused and fired up to win this series.”