Special to The Flash
STEPHENVILLE – Less than 24 hours after earning regional recognition from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Dylan Lemons and Nathan Hickey were back in the news Thursday morning by being named second-team all-region.
While the NCBWA awards are voted on by a committee of sports information directors from across the South Central region, the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association awards are voted on by every sports information director in the region.
Lemons and Hickey were each named second-team all-region selections by the D2CCA, formerly Daktronics, making them the sixth and seventh players in Tarleton history to earn second-team regional recognition from this voting format.
Lemons, a junior first baseman from Alvarado, was a first-team All-Lone Star Conference and a first-team NCBWA all-region selection in his debut campaign at Tarleton after hitting .327 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI. He also boasted 13 games with multiple hits for Tarleton this year, including five games of at least three hits. He also reached base in 16 consecutive games during the season, which was a team high.
Hickey enjoyed a record-setting debut season on the Texan pitching staff. The junior right-hander from Granbury went 8-2 with a 1.79 ERA, which set the school’s single-season record for ERA by a starting pitcher. He was a first-team All-LSC selection, a LSC Gold Glove winner, and a second-team all-region selection by the NCBWA, as well as the league and region’s pitcher of the week after his final start of the season. He was a part of four shutouts for Tarleton this season, including two complete game shutouts.
Tarleton went 28-20 this season and just missed the NCAA postseason despite being ranked No. 6 in the region poll in the two rankings this year. The Texans were also ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation by the Collegiate Baseball News and are currently ranked No. 20 in the HeroSports.com computer poll.