Southland Conference: Abilene Christian Baseball Revisited

Abilene Christian continues its aggressive transition to Division I (photo – ACU Athletics) 

Abilene, TX – The ACU Wildcats baseball team of the Southland Conference continues along the hard road of transitioning from Division II to Division I. Earlier this year the move was covered by the  American Sports Network. The Wildcats’ first season competing in Division I was 2014 when they went 18-36. In 2015 they went 17-38, while doubling their conference wins.

Coach Britt Bonneau told ASN at the time that since the Wildcats were in a four-year transition period where they couldn’t make the postseason, that they were going to, “Play the best teams we can find, so we can get our coaching staff ready to play at that level, and our players are ready to play at that level.”

This year, Bonneau and the Wildcats continued their search for top quality opponents and then scheduled them. Oklahoma, TCU, Arizona, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma State are some of the more formidable non-conference names on ACU’s 2016 schedule. Their record to date is 13-28 with 13 games remaining and reaching again the 17-win mark, or eclipsing it, will be a task. Remaining non-conference foes include Texas Tech, Arizona, and the perennially strong Dallas Baptist Patriots.

The remainder of the year will prove critical in determining if the Wildcats are still on an upward trajectory as they build the caliber of the team to the top level of Texas – and Division I – baseball. They’ll face a greatly improved UNO Privateers club on Friday to begin to find out.