ACU baseball has hit a bit of a rough patch, losing to McNeese and TCU in its last three games.
The Wildcats lost the series to the McNeese Cowboys, 2-1, after earning the win in the first game of the series on Friday.
Junior pitcher Spencer Chirpich started the game Friday as the Wildcats earned an early lead, 6-0 through the fourth inning.
McNeese scored a run in the sixth inning and two runs in the seventh to cut the score to 6-3. ACU answered with three more runs to end game one, 9-3.
In the second inning, McNeese’s first two batters hit a couple fly balls that carried past the wall. After two home runs, McNeese’s hit a two-run double that gave the Cowboys a 4-0 lead.
The Cowboys added one more run in the third and another in the fourth.
Senior infielder Dalon Farkas cut the game to 6-3 with a three-run home run in the fourth inning.
The Cowboys finished the game scoring four more runs while the Wildcats could only manage to put one more run on the board. The Cowboys won game two, 10-4.
Game three was close as the Cowboys earned an early 2-0 lead after the first inning. McNeese added another in the third, and a single to right field in the third inning gave the Cowboys another run making the game 4-0.
ACU earned back a couple of runs in the bottom half of the inning to make the game 4-2. Another RBI single extended the Cowboys lead back to three, but the Wildcats answered again to cut it back down to two.
Junior catcher Lane Bourland drove in senior outfielder Derek Scott in the sixth inning to bring the Wildcats within one run. Going into the bottom of the ninth, ACU was down 6-4.
Redshirt senior catcher Luis Trevino drove in junior infielder Dalton Dunn to cut the game to one.
ACU had runners on first and third with a chance to win the game, but failed to take advantage of the situation. In the tenth, the Cowboys scored with two outs and the Wildcats failed to answer.
TCU came to Abilene on Tuesday, and the Horned Frogs earned an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Wildcats held them there for awhile.
Trevino hit a sacrifice fly to bring in a run in the first, and in the seventh, the Horned Frogs scored two runs and added six more in the eighth.
ACU scored five runs of their own in the eighth inning to make the score 10-6. The Horned Frogs finished the game off with a run in the ninth inning making the final score 11-6.
ACU heads to New Orleans this weekend to take on the Pirates in a three-game series. This is an important series the Wildcats need to win if they want to make the Southland tournament as ACU sits one spot out of the tournament.