A pair of Texans were named all-region by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association Wednesday afternoon as Dylan Lemons earned first-team recognition and Nathan Hickey claimed second-team honors.
"Both of these young men are very deserving of this recognition," said head coach Bryan Conger. "They did a tremendous job of putting in the time and effort required to reach this level. Our university and community should be excited that both of these young men will be back next year."
The NCBWA awards are voted on by a committee of sports information directors from across the South Central region and Lemons' first-team award marks the first time a Texan has been named a first-team honoree. The junior from Alvarado was a first-team All-Lone Star Conference selection in his debut campaign at Tarleton after hitting .327 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI.
Lemons 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.
Meanwhile, Hickey earned second-team acclaim after his 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 and a LSC Gold Glove winner, as well as the league and region's pitcher of the week after his final start of the season. He's the third Texan to be voted a second-team all-region selection by the NCBWA, joining Pete Perez (2012) and Alvaro Moreno (2013).
Hickey 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.