Wildcat baseball enters Southland play with focus on defense, bullpen

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Wednesday night, ACU baseball closes its 11-game homestand against Dallas Christian as Southland Conference play arrives with a road trip on Friday.

The Wildcats have started hot so far in 2018, sitting 9-1 so far with a good chunk of offensive production from such a young team.

Dalon Farkas leads the team with 13 RBI’s while both Abilene High’s Derek Scott and Caleb Kyle have chipped in 10 each. It’s a small ball mentality that’s gotten them leads this season.

But as conference play looms in a year that ACU can make the postseason, the focus turns to areas of growth. Defense is a key focus, with ACU wanting to clean up its play that has allowed some teams to keep in ballgames. But in addition to getting more production off the bat, its biggest task is to work the bullpen.

“We have to do those things well in conference for us to win,” said head coach Britt Bonneau. “But we're really going to look hard at our bullpen and really look at getting some guys to really go out there and be guys that can be stoppers for us. Hopefully we'll continue to find those guys that can go out and compete and when they compete on the field and we make plays behind them, the game goes pretty smooth."

With a good chunk of transfers and other first-year Wildcats, it’s the ability to figure out what line-up and rotation works best that will keep the Wildcats in the hunt this conference season.

First pitch Wednesday at the Crutch is slated for 6:30 p.m.

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