Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian University, 2002 Page: 95
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In the final standings ACU was
ranked in the top 10 at the end of the
season for the first time in school history,
finishing the year at No. 7. In
bestowing that ranking, the NCAA
placed the Wildcats ahead of Ashland
University and Florida Southern
University, two teams that had qualified
for the College World Series. And
though their season ended just short of
the World Series, the 'Cats still felt they
had earned the post-season laurels
they received based on their play over
the entire year.
"We were disappointed in the loss
to Delta State, but even in that loss we
proved that we can play with anyone,"
pitcher Corey Tidwell said. "We definitely
have the talent, and if we execute
well we can be successful against
Tidwell was certainly not the only
ACU player who believed his team
could compete with the best. And with
a remarkable campaign concluded,
Bonneau and his players were already
looking forward with anticipation to
the 2003 season, where they would
once again be given the opportunity to
attain the Holy Grail of college baseball,
an invitation to the World Series.
But at the same time, they were also
able to look back at 2002 as a season in
which they showed the college baseball
world just how good they had
become, while at the same time
demonstrating how much farther they
Corey Tidwell throws another strike during an ACU victory game.
photo by Cherese Archie
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