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No. 6 Buffs fall in extra-innings 2-1: Season comes to end


Behind a pair of outstanding and career pitching performances, the No. 6 West Texas A&M baseball team dropped a 2-1, 10-inning, elimination game Saturday to Texas A&M-Kingsville in the NCAA South Central Regional as the Buffs finish the season at 40-14.  WT starter Ryan Larison went the distance, while TAMUK freshman hurler Tyler Flores went nine innings as both pitchers combined for 288 pitches.

For the game, the wind switched directions in the night and was blowing in, instead of out limiting the chances for both teams as the Buffs tallied one run on five hits with two errors on the final play.

Five different Buffs each had a hit with Cubillos scoring a run and Marrero driving in the lone score.

Flores went nine innings, allowing four hits, one unearned run, while walking one and fanning 12 as he didn't factor into the decision.
Hubert took the win in relief, going one inning, allowing one hit.

Despite the loss, the Buffs accomplished a ton this season as they hosted their first NCAA South Central Regional in program history, while winning a school-record 40 games, won their first Lone Star Conference regular season title and hosted the LSC Championship for the second time.

Head coach Matt Vanderburg won his 300th game at WT this season, while winning his 400th overall, while the Buffs earned LSC Coaching Staff of the Year and Vanderburg was named NABC South Central Region Coach of the Year.

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