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Buffs claims first outright Lone Star Conference title

On a field where the No. 6 West Texas A&M baseball team has had a lot of success recently when it comes to Lone Star Conference titles, the Buffs won their first outright regular season title in program history with a 5-4 win in the opening game of a doubleheader at Angelo State Saturday afternoon.

WT has won back-to-back Lone Star Conference Tournament titles at Angelo State and added a regular season title there this year. 

ASU came back in the nightcap with a 7-4 win to split the twin bill.

Game One:

WT tied the school-record for wins in a season with 37 in the opener as WT finished tied for first in the league standings in 2015 with Texas A&M-Kingsville each at 23-12.TAMUK hosted the conference tournament that year due to the head-to-head series win with WT.

For this game, WT tallied five runs on 10 hits with one error, while leaving 11 stranded and Angelo State scored four runs on nine hits with no errors and left nine on base.

The Buffs improved to 8-1 this season in one-run games.

WT will host the conference tournament for the first time since the LSC Spring Festival where the Buffs hosted in softball, men's and women's outdoor track and field and baseball all at the Buffalo Sports Complex.

Senior Jimmy Cubillos went 2 of 4 with a run scored, while senior Nick Canas was 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and Amaro was 1 for 3 with two RBI.
Larison (6-2) went 4.2 innings, allowing five hits, two runs – one earned, walked five and fanned two and Yearego went one inning, allowing two hits, one earned run and fanned one for his sixth save of the season.

Mathiowetz was 2 for 4 with two runs scored, a double and a triple to pace the Rams as four different ASU players each had two hits.

Lesley went 3.2 innings, allowing four hits, two earned runs, walked four and fanned five, while Rholl (3-2) took the loss in 0.1 innings, allowing three hits, two earned runs and fanned one.Thompson pitched the final three innings, allowing three hits, one earned run, one walk and fanned five.

Game Two:

The Rams scored seven runs on nine hits with one error, while WT had four runs on five hits with two errors and left seven stranded as ASU left three on base.

Junior Darin Cook (9-2) took the loss as he went five innings, allowing eight hits, six runs – four earned, walked none and fanned three.
Senior Noah Draper pitched the final inning, allowing one hit, one earned run, walked two and fanned two.

Nakagawa paced the Buffs going 2 for 3 with a run scored and a double as the only player with more than one hit.Bryan went 1 for 3 with two runs scored.

ASU had a 3 for 3 game from Henshaw as he drove in two and recorded a double, while Urquidi went 2 for 4 with a run scored, three RBI and two doubles.
Ram starter Andrew Croucher (2-0) took the win as he went 5.2 innings, allowing four hits, one earned run, walked three and fanned five. Rholl picked up his tenth save of the season, going 0.2 innings, allowing one walk.

The Buffs and Rams will conclude the regular-season Sunday at 1 p.m., with WT then returning home to host the LSC Championship next weekend at Wilder Park.

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