Special to The Flash
STEPHENVILLE – The postseason baseball accolades continue to pour in and Tarleton had two more athletes recognized among the best in the South Central region as Nathan Hickey and Austin Call were named second-team all-region by the American Baseball Coaches Association Wednesday.
Hickey, who earned his third second-team all-region honor of the year, 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.
Call, a second-team All-LSC selection, earned his first all-region honor of the season. The senior from Roseville, California hit .342 at the plate to lead the Texans among players with at least 100 at bats to go along with seven home runs and a team-high 40 RBI. He also led the team with 19 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI games.
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.
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