CANYON The UTPB Falcons open play in the Lone Star Conference baseball tournament at 3 p.m. today at West Texas A&M’s Wilder Park.

The Falcons (9-40) tied Cameron for sixth place in the conference standings at 5-19 and claimed the tournament’s sixth seed on a tiebreaker. UTPB will play third seed Texas A&M-Kingsville (36-13) in the opening game of the single-elimination event. The Javelinas won seven of eight meetings with UTPB this season.

Thursday’s other first-round game matches fourth seed Angelo State (33-17) and fifth seed Eastern New Mexico (23-23) at 7 p.m. Top seed West Texas A&M (38-11) and second seed Tarleton State (33-15) have first-round byes and will meet Thursday’s winners in Friday’s semifinals. The tournament championship game is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional.

Lone Star Conference Tournament

At Wilder Park, Canyon

Single elimination

Thursday’s games


GAME 1: Texas A&M-Kingsville (36-13) vs. UTPB (9-40), 3 p.m.

GAME 2: Angelo State (33-17) vs. Eastern New Mexico (23-23), 7 p.m.

Friday’s games


GAME 3: Game 1 winner  vs. Tarleton State (33-15), 3 p.m.

GAME 4: Game 2 winner vs. West Texas A&M (38-1), 7 p.m.

Saturday’s game


GAME 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 3 p.m.

NOTE: Tournament champion advances to NCAA Division II South Central Regional.