Tarleton State missed out on the sweep, but won three of four against Abilene Christian at Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex last weekend to build a commanding lead atop the Lone Star Conference baseball standings.
The Texans (28-14-1, 17-7) followed Friday's dominating 9-2 victory with a doubleheader sweep on Saturday, winning 12-4 and 3-1 to stretch their LSC lead to four games over the Wildcats (26-19, 14-10). ACU bounced back with a 7-2 win on Sunday, leaving Tarleton's lead at three games over ACU, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Angelo State with four LSC games remaining for each team.
Tarleton can wrap up at least a share of the LSC regular-season title with one win against Cameron this weekend in Stephenville, where the Texans are 14-2 on the season. Tarleton will secure the crown outright with two wins or one win and one loss by ACU, TAMUK and ASU.
The Texans scored in all but one inning to bomb ACU 12-4 in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader. They racked up 14 hits, including three each by Colten Boothe and Fola Lajide. Boothe was 3-for-4 with a 2-run homer in the first and a 2-run double in the sixth. He also scored all four times he reached base. Lajide had one of Tarleton's five doubles, driving in two runs and scoring another. Ryan Small had two doubles, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and two driven in.
Pete Perez (4-1) surrendered three earned runs - four total - on four hits in 5.2 innings to get the win, while Britt Robershaw recorded the final four outs for the save. It was a save opportunity because he got the final out of the top of the sixth to preserve a 7-4 lead before Tarleton bullied the Wildcats for five runs in the bottom of the inning.
Saturday's game-two win was mostly about Miguel Ramirez (7-1) for the Texans. The fifth-year senior continues his startling comeback from Tommy John surgery, as he went all seven innings, allowing just a run on two hits while striking out six.
Nico Moran blasted a solo homer in the first, and Noah Ringenberger and Evan Robinson drove in runs in the second to account for all of Tarleton's scoring and give Ramirez a lead he would never surrender.
The Wildcats scored five straight runs in the fifth and sixth innings to open up a big lead in Sunday's finale. Ryan Small singled in a run in the first and Colten Boothe drove in another in the sixth, but it wasn't enough. Garrett Kelly (4-4) was one of four Tarleton pitchers to take the hill and suffered the loss.