April 21, 2018

Tarleton heads west for crucial four-game league series at UT Permian Basin

THE GAMES
Tarleton baseball hits the road for a four-game series at UT Permian Basin in Odessa this weekend. After being delayed a day due to high winds, the series starts with one game at 2 p.m. on Saturday followed by a Sunday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The series will conclude on Monday with a single game at 1 p.m. The Texans are in sole possession of second place in the Lone Star Conference with a 23-13 record overall and 8-4 in league play.

GAME COVERAGE
There will be live stats available for the games, courtesy of the home team. Links to live stats can be found at the links on the Game Day preview story and Game Day graphics on Tarleton’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on the team schedule page at TarletonSports.com. A live video stream will not be available.

JUST IN CASE
In the event of possible weather changes, follow @TarletonSports on Twitter for the most up-to-date information regarding potential game-time changes throughout the weekend.

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets will be available at the gate for each game.

A LOOK AT LAST TIME OUT
Tarleton swept Eastern New Mexico in a four-game series in Stephenville to move into sole possession of second place in the league standings. Four players hit over .400 in the series for the Texans, led by a .500-hitting performance from Ruben Rodriguez. On the mound, Eddie Avila shined with three consecutive saves in two days.

MILESTONE WATCH: Eddie Avila
With 14 saves under his belt, senior Eddie Avila has moved into a tie for second on Tarleton’s all-time saves list and is three away from becoming the all-time leader. Avila is currently tied with Britt Robertshaw at No. 2 and is chasing Keith Westberry (16) for the school record.

MILESTONE WATCH: Nathan Hickey
Senior Nathan Hickey earned his seventh win of the season last weekend and is three wins away from tying the single-season record of 10 pitching victories, which is currently held by Clay Snider (1988) and Andy Beckerman (1989). Hickey is also tied with Matt Buckmaster for sixth on the school’s all-time wins list (15).

INSIDE THE SERIES
Tarleton and UT Permian Basin have played nine games in their history, which began in 2011. The Texans own a 9-0 all-time record against the Falcons, including a four-game sweep of UT Permian Basin in Stephenville last year in their first year as Lone Star Conference rivals. Tarleton is 2-0 in Odessa with both wins coming in a doubleheader sweep in 2014.

UP NEXT FOR TARLETON
Tarleton will be back in Stephenville next weekend for the final home series of the season against West Texas A&M, beginning Friday at 3 p.m. It will be Senior Weekend for the Texans and Tarleton’s 15 seniors will be recognized in a pregame ceremony on Sunday.

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