Abilene native Don Lawson had a brilliant career on the baseball diamond at Hardin-Simmons. As a freshman in 1975, he won a then school record seven games as the Cowboys' top pitcher. In 1976 he was one of the leaders of a very good pitching staff; he was credited with six wins that year. He broke his own school record as a junior by winning nine games. Although it has been tied, the record still stands today. As a senior he led the team to a school record 35 wins and allowed only two runs in a loss to the mighty Texas Longhorns in front of 5,000 fans at Texas' new Disch-Falk Stadium.