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SFA baseball prepares for the Southland tournament

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In 2011 the SFA baseball advanced all the way to the Southland conference title game. In 2012 the Lumberjacks hope that experience will help them, beginning on Wednesday in San Marcos. The #6 seed SFA Lumberjacks begin the Southland tournament against #3 seed and host team Texas State Bobcats.

The ‘Jacks baseball team hit the road at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning for San Marcos and even got to practice on the Bobcats field Tuesday afternoon. After practice coach Cardenas spoke on the phone with KTRE about what he has told his team heading into the tournament.

"I told the guys the worst thing we can do is get too fired up and be too keyed up, and make mistakes because we are too aggressive," said SFA fourth year coach Johnny Cardenas. "What we have to do is just remain calm and confident.

The tournament is a double elimination format and the winner gains the Southland's automatic NCAA tournament bid. Cardenas believes double elimination will help his team as long as they don't get too emotional after a mistake.

"If you do have a miss step and lose a game you can't get down because there is still a way for you to get to the championship game,' said Cardenas. "So the guys have to understand that it is not necessarily a win or go home situation, if you lose one you can still go deep into the tournament."

First pitch of SFA's first game will be at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. KTRE and KTRE.com will have the updates throughout the tournament as the Lumberjacks look for another NCAA tournament bid in 2012.

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