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Line Drives: ASC Baseball Weekly Notebook
March 10, 2003

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2003 NCAA Division III ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Top 30
Preseason Poll
First Season Poll: March 24

Rank School '02 Rec. Pts.
1. Marietta (Ohio) 41-9 250
2. Eastern Connecticut State 39-11-1 248
3. College of New Jersey 36-14 245
4. Rensselaer (N.Y.) 33-11 240
5. Wooster (Ohio) 38-6 238
6. Wheaton (Mass.) 37-9-1 234
7. Carthage (Wis.) 34-11 231
  Concordia-Austin (Texas) 35-13 231
9. Aurora (Ill.) 34-6 227
10. Methodist (N.C.) 39-9-1 226
11. California Lutheran 30-10 223
12. Wisconsin-Stevens Point 37-10 220
13. Ohio Wesleyan 35-13 216
14. Univ. Dallas (Texas) 33-3 214
15. St. Thomas (Minn.) 31-12 209
16. Christopher Newport (Va.) 38-16 205
17. Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.) 36-7 202
  Alvernia (Pa.) 36-10 202
19. Lakeland (Wis.) 34-16-1 198
20. York (Pa.) 34-15 196
21. Texas Lutheran 33-6 192
22. Ripon (Wis.) 27-9 189
23. Kean (N.J.) 33-12 188
24. Johns Hopkins (Md.) 35-9 182
25. Cortland State (N.Y.) 31-11 179
26. Ithaca College (N.Y.) 27-18 175
27. William Paterson (N.J.) 26-13 173
28. Wartburg (Iowa) 29-15 170
29. Salisbury (Md.) 30-13-3 169
30. Trinity (Texas) 37-11 166
ASC Receiving Votes: Mississippi College (29-14).

Baseball America NCAA-III Top Five
Released January 23

Rank School
1. Marietta (Ohio)
2. Concordia-Austin
3. Cortland State
4. Eastern Connecticut
5. Carthage (Wis.)
(One time preseason prediction of final five CWS teams)

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Line Drives . . .

Austin College (0-13, 0-3 ASC): The Kangaroos host UT Dallas on Friday and Saturday in their weather-delayed ASC home opening series. AC lost its first conference home games with a soaked field following the late February snow/ice storm.

Concordia-Austin (10-5, 4-2 ASC): Pitcher Scott Berkman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of last Friday's game vs. Ozarks, giving up a hit to the Eagles in the final stanza. Berkman finished with eight strikeouts and a pair of walks. . . . Scott Bunting tops CUA hitters with a .370 average. He shares the team hits lead (17) with David White.

East Texas Baptist (10-2, 4-2 ASC): Freshman hurler Bo Martino picked up two wins in relief last week, including the decisive third game victory in the conference series at Schreiner on Saturday. Martino posted a save in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader vs. SU and finished the week working 7.2 innings with six strikeouts, three walks, four hits and no runs allowed. . . . ETBU opens a scheduled six-game home week hosting Southwest Assemblies of God on Tuesday.

Hardin-Simmons (5-5, 3-3 ASC): Third baseman Chuy Rodriguez totaled four doubles and home runs among seven hits over four games last week. Three of the doubles came Saturday in the decisive game of the UT Dallas conference series. . . . HSU played 14 innings on Tuesday (Mar. 4) against Wayland Baptist then went 10 innings in a scheduled seven-inning game on Saturday (Mar. 8) vs. UTD. . . . The Cowboys will be busy over their spring break hosting a tournament on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Howard Payne (6-6, 2-1 ASC): The Jackets went 2-1 against LeTourneau in their first conference series of the season (Mar. 7-8). . . . Pitcher Stephen Cordero took a no-htter into the fifth inning vs. LeTourneau on Friday. He went six innings in the win with five strikeouts and three hits. . . . Javier San Miguel drove-in four runs and hit .384 over HPU's four games last week.

LeTourneau (8-7, 2-4 ASC): LeTourneau is in San Diego for its spring break playing in the Bombs at the Beach Tournament hosted by Point Loma Nazarene. LU has games scheduled Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Louisiana College (12-1, 5-1 ASC): The Wildcats are off to their best start in their baseball history, opening the year 12-1. . . . After hitting only one home run in 10 games, LC jumped on the Sul Ross State pitching staff for five home runs in the three-game ASC series last weekend (Mar. 7-8). . . . Senior first baseman/DH David Long continues to be a clutch player for LC with 19 RBI in 13 games.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (7-6, 4-2 ASC): Second baseman Jimmy Wright had hits in all three games of the Austin College series (Mar. 7-8) with a career game in Friday's opener. Wright was 5-for-5 with six RBI, four runs, two doubles and a home run in game one and finished batting .692 vs. the Kangaroos. . . . Sophomore pitcher Kyle Furrer tossed a complete game five-hitter with five strikeouts and no earned runs Saturday vs. AC for his first win of the season. . . . Andrew King swiped four of the team's eight stolen bases in Saturday's first game.

McMurry (7-3, 3-3 ASC): First baseman Bramer Owens drilled the game-winning single in the Indians' 11-10 victory over Mississippi College on Saturday (Mar. 8). Owens hit .417 vs. the ASC East favorite Choctaws (5-for-12) and extended his season hit streak to four games. . . . Andrew Allar threw six strikeouts in his complete game 3-2 win over MC in the series finale Saturday afternoon. . . . McMurry is hitting .305 as a team and is led at the plate by freshman Albert Carrizales who is batting .364. . . . The Indians co-host the Abilene Baseball Classic with Hardin-Simmons this week. MU plays on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before beginning its ASC West schedule hosting #7 Concordia-Austin Friday and Saturday.

Mississippi College (4-4, 3-3 ASC): Chas Evans hit .600 over the four-game week, including .583 vs. ASC rival McMurry last weekend. The junior first baseman was 9-for-15 with five RBI and two doubles. . . . East Preseason Player of the Year Sam Graham struck out nine and allowed two hits in taking the 11-2 win in the first game of last weekend's McMurry series.

Ozarks (4-7, 0-6 ASC): Freshman right-hander Trevor Holbert continues steady play for the Eagles. He gave up three hits in 6.1 innings in Saturday's 5-4 loss at #7 Concordia-Austin (Mar. 8). . . . Outfielder Chris Harrell collected three RBI in the CUA series-closing game. It is the second time this season Harrell has had a three-RBI game.

Schreiner (4-8, 1-2 ASC): Senior pitcher Oscar Rodriguez recorded a 0.79 ERA over 11.1 innings in two appearances last week. Rodriguez picked-up his first win of the season with a 6-2 nine-inning, complete-game showing vs. Huston-Tillotson (Mar. 4). . . . Catcher Keren Janda was 12-for-28 (.429) over seven games last week. The senior picked-up hits in each game with three going for extra bases. . . . First-year hurler Jerry Anderson earned his first collegiate, conference and season win with a nine-inning 6-3 victory vs. East Texas Baptist last Friday (Mar. 7). . . . Nick Villanuera hit safely in all seven Mountaineer games last week, going 12-for-23 (.522).

Sul Ross State (4-13, 2-4 ASC): Shortstop Adam Llanez rapped eight hits in 12 at-bats (.667) and reached base nine times in 13 appearances in the Lobos' series vs. Louisiana College last weekend (Mar. 7-8). Llanez opened the three-game series 4-for-4 with a stolen base.

UT Dallas (7-4, 3-3 ASC): Sophomore center fielder David Widaski hit .571 (8-for-14) over four games, including a 6-for-11 (.545) performance in the three-game ASC series at Hardin-Simmons (Mar. 7-8). Five of Widaski's eight hits went for extra bases with five doubles and a pair of home runs. He finished with eight RBI.

Texas Lutheran (10-0, 3-0 ASC): The Bulldogs kept their season record unblemished and extending their winning streak to 15 games with a 13-4 win over NCAA Division I Prairie View A&M last Wednesday (Mar. 5). . . . Brice Gilmore hit a grand slam against PVAMU to key an eight-run second inning for TLU. Gilmore collected five RBI in the game to improve his team-leading total to 13. . . . Starter Russ Krenek worked six strong innings against the Panthers, striking out nine and allowing no walks. Krenek carries an 11-1 career record for Texas Lutheran.


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