Buffs fall to Tarleton State in Lone Star Conference Championship game


The No. 5 West Texas A&M baseball team fell 15-7 in the 2018 Lone Star Conference Championship game to Tarleton State Saturday afternoon at Wilder Park.  Tarleton State scored ten runs in the second inning and hit seven home runs in the game for the win and the LSC's automatic berth in the NCAA South Central Regional next week.

Tarleton State won its first Lone Star Conference Tournament championship since 2014 and second in program history.

WT's shot a three-straight tournament titles came up short, but the Buffs now stand at 11-15 all-time in the Lone Star Conference Tournament and 11-10 under head coach Matt Vanderburg.

The Texans scored 15 runs on 16 hits with one error, while WT had seven runs on 10 hits with two errors.

Three different Texans each tallied three hits, while Hasbrouck went 3 for 6 with three runs scored and four RBI, including three home runs.Rodriguez was 3 for 5 with three runs scored, while McCarver was 3 for 6 with two runs scored and three RBI.

Hickey picked up the win in relief of Pontley as he went three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and walking one.

The Buffs' bats started to come alive late, but it wasn't enough as Nakagawa went 3 for 3 with three RBI and a run scored as he hit 1.000 for the tournament earning all-tournament honors, along with Cubillos, junior Joe Corbett and Baxter.

Cook (9-3) took the loss, going 1.1 innings, allowing eight hits, nine runs – eight earned, walked one and fanned two.

Tarleton State had six named to the all-tournament team, including LSC Tournament MVP Blake Adams.

The Buffs will await an at-large bid to the NCAA South Central Regional, and whether they will host the regional next week for the first time in program history. With a bid to the regional, WT would make its fifth-straight appearance in the regional.

The NCAA Selection Show is scheduled for 9 p.m. CT Sunday evening on NCAA.com.

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