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East Texas Baptist Upends Mississippi College for Third ASC Softball Championship
April 27, 2002

A four-run explosion in the fourth inning and three insurance runs in the sixth was all East Texas Baptist University needed to upend East Division rival Mississippi College 8-2 and secure its third straight ASC Softball Championship and the league's automatic berth in the NCAA-III National Championship.

American Southwest Conference 2002 Softball All-Tournament Team
Angela Gonzales, C, East Texas Baptist (Most Valuable Player)

Candice Bell, SS, East Texas Baptist
Megan Foster, SS, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Samantha Graham, C, Howard Payne
Erica Hardy, 1B, East Texas Baptist
Nicole Jones, 2B, Mississippi College
Stephanie Kelly, OF, Mississippi College
Denise Lira, OF, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Alison Price, SS, Mississippi College
Alicia Taylor, P, East Texas Baptist
Katie Waterbury, P, Mississippi College


Game Five: Mississippi College 5, Mary Hardin-Baylor 4 -- Semifinal (Box Score)

Mississippi College came back from a 3-0 deficit, to take a dramatic 5-4, 10-inning victory vs. West Division champion Mary Hardin-Baylor in the ASC Softball Championship semifinals. The win propelled MC (25-13-1) into the ASC Championship game and eliminated UMHB (25-17) from the tournament. Mar

Mary Hardin-Baylor scored single runs in the third, fifth and sixth for a 3-0 advantage. Mississippi College cut the Lady Crusaders' lead to one run on a RBI single and infield error in the bottom of the sixth, then tied the game 3-3 in the seventh on an Alison Price RBI single to center field. The sides were retired in order in both ends of the eighth and ninth innings, forcing use of the international tie-breaker in the 10th.

Danah Merck singled to left scoring Jessica Beard from third to put Mary Hardin-Baylor ahead 4-3 in the top half of 10. Mississippi College came back, tying the game 4-4 on a throwing error by UMHB pitcher Mindi Sheppard, then pushed the winning run across on Price's left center field double.

Katie Waterbury went the distance in the MC win (24-11) while Sheppard (13-9) took the loss in relief of starter Sarah Lemons.


Game Six: East Texas Baptist 8, Mississippi College 2 -- Championship Game (Box Score)
A four-run explosion in the fourth inning and three insurance runs in the sixth was all East Texas Baptist University needed to upend East Division rival Mississippi College 8-2 and secure its third straight ASC Softball Championship and the league's automatic berth in the NCAA-III National Championship.

No. 11-ranked ETBU (36-6) trailed Mississippi College 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth, but took advantage of an outfield fielding error, a passed ball, a hit batter, and three outfield hits to take a 5-2 lead with four runs. Mississippi College kept the Lady Tigers' defense challenged, stranding one in the fifth and two in the sixth. Three two-out runs by ETBU in the sixth ended the Lady Choctaws' (26-14-1) comeback effort.

Kristen Abernathy (7-4) struck out seven and allowed no runs or walks in 5.2 innings of relief to earn the win. Mississippi College sophomore Katie Waterbury, throwing all but 1/3 of an inning throughout the Lady Choctaws' tournament run, took the loss (24-12), giving up seven runs-three earned-and striking out three.

Eligible for the NCAA-III Championship for the first time, East Texas Baptist awaits notification of its first-round opponent in the national tournament.


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