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Line Drives: ASC Softball Weekly Notebook
March 11, 2003


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National Polls

USA Today/NFCA Division III Coaches Poll
Preseason 2003 (February 12)
First Season Poll: April 2

Rank School '02 Rec. Pts.
1. Ithaca College (8) 37-13 200
2. Lake Forest College (Ill.) 34-12 187
3. Emory University 43-10 171
4. St. Thomas (Minn.) 38-9 174
5. Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) 36-2 161
6. Muskingum (Ohio) 40-8 152
7. Salisbury (Md.) 40-11 150
8. Western Connecticut 34-9 149
9. Bethany (W.Va.) 32-10 148
10. Geneseo State (N.Y.) 36-5 126
11. East Texas Baptist 38-8 110
12. Central (Iowa) 36-5 107
13. Roanoke (Va.) 38-5 92
14. Wheaton (Mass.) 31-9 91
15. Rowan (N.J.) 33-16 86
16. Capital (Ohio) 30-10 72
17. La Verne (Calif.) 37-6 63
18. Alma (Mich.) 28-11 59
19. Wisconsin-Eau Claire 18-15 47
20. Moravian (Pa.) 34-8 40
21. Western New England 34-9 34
22. Webster (Mo.) 32-7 23
  Coe (Iowa) 37-9 23
24. Tufts (Mass.) 29-9 20
25. Cabrini (Pa.) 37-8 17

Around the Conference Report . . .

First Pitch Tournament: Result of the two day tourney can be found using the below links:
Day One    Day Two

Numbers and Records: This ASC website is the place to locate statistics, results and updated league standings. The information is updated throughout the week. Also posted to the website is the conference softball records and annual results, the first compilation of historical softball data since the sport became an ASC championship sport in the 1999 season.

Line Drives . . .

Concordia-Austin (0-10, 0-4 ASC): Tornados Pepper Henderson and Brandy Pletan each hit better than .400 for the ASC First Pitch Tournament. Henderson batted .500 (6-for-12) with an RBI over four games while Pletan hit .400 (4-for-10) with a triple and two RBI.

East Texas Baptist (8-2, 4-0 ASC): The Lady Tigers' four wins at the ASC First Pitch gave third-year head coach Mike Reed 83 career wins at ETBU, tying former coach and current AD Kent Reeves for the all-time softball coaching wins mark at the school. . . Angela Gonzales drove-in seven runs during the First Pitch to become ETBU's career RBI leader at 86. The junior catcher also pushed her season RBI total to 18 and is on pace to shatter the team's season RBI record of 39 set in 2002 by Kristen Abernathy. . . . Tonya Minor hit .778 in the four First Pitch games to push her team-leading average to .536.

Howard Payne (4-8, 2-2 ASC): Dayberly Hopper tops Lady Jacket hitters with a .474 average and 12 RBI. . . . Kassie Kilburn is a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen bases and leads HPU with 10 runs scored. . . . Freshman Tiffany Wolfe is 2-1 in the circle with a team-leading 2.74 ERA.

LeTourneau (2-6, 1-3 ASC): LeTourneau picked up its first season victory with a come-from-behind 5-4 win vs. Concordia-Austin in its opening ASC First Pitch game (Mar. 7). The LadyJackets scored three in the bottom of the sixth and took the win with two seventh inning scores.

Louisiana College (10-0, 4-0 ASC): First-year pitcher Sandi Clark went 3-0 and allowed no earned runs over 15.0 innings work last week. Clark (5-0) has allowed no earned runs this season. . . . The Lady Wildcats are off to a 10-0 start and need eight more victories to match last season's 18-0 start.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (3-7, 1-3 ASC): Freshman first baseman Jennifer Pietrowski had two multiple-hit games last week while batting .357 (5-for-14) in five games. Pietrowski opened the week with a single and double against NCAA-II Abilene Christian (Mar. 4) and closed the ASC First Pitch Tournament 2-for-4 with a RBI vs. Ozarks (Mar. 8). . . . Keele Wells was 3-for-4 with two RBI against Ozarks and Missy Craft was 3-for-4 with an RBI vs. Abilene Christian as both players posted their first three-hit games of the season.

Mississippi College (7-2, 2-2 ASC): Lady Choctaws pitchers Katie Waterbury and Ashley Hicks combined for 22 strikeouts against Texas Lutheran (Mar. 8), the most Ks by a team in the ASC this season. . . . Waterbury totaled 32 strikeouts over 20.0 innings last week, tallying 11 Ks against both Texas Lutheran and Howard Payne on the last day of the ASC First Pitch Tournament (Mar. 8). . . . Junior Jennifer Hannah drove-in 10 runs and hit .526 (10-for-19) over six games last week. The third baseman/designated player had four two-hits games, including a three-game streak March 4-7.

Ozarks (4-4, 2-2 ASC): First-year pitcher Brandi Blake's performance at the plate has been a strength for the Lady Eagles. Blake hit .666 in two appearances at the ASC First Pitch Tournament (Mar. 7-8), both games 2-for-3 showings. . . . Jamie Johnson was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate against Concordia-Austin (Mar. 7), drilling a double and RBI.

Schreiner (2-4, 2-2 ASC): After battling cold temperatures and wet conditions throughout February, the Mountaineers finally got to play games the first week of March. Schreiner opened the year March 4 hosting Evangel College. . . . SU scattered a season-high 17 hits, including two doubles, in their six-inning, 11-3 win over LeTourneau in the opening ASC First Pitch game. . . . Kristy Aguirre carries a team-leading .400 batting average with seven RBI.

Sul Ross State (2-10, 0-4 ASC): Kelly Owen and Lilia Vasquez lead the Lady Lobos with 12 hits apiece and each batting .400. . . . Leandra Ramirez has both SRSU wins in the circle.

UT Dallas (4-4, 3-1 ASC): UTD was solid in the ASC First Pitch Tournament last weekend, finishing 3-1 behind East Division rivals Louisiana College and East Texas Baptist (4-0). . . . First baseman Candace Felts worked her way through the cycle during the tournament, recording two singles, a double, triple and three-run home run. Felts drove-in six runs and batted .385 for the weekend. . . . Junior pitcher Christina Sass earned two wins in the circle, allowing seven hits with a 1.08 ERA in 13 innings while holding Mary Hardin-Baylor and Texas Lutheran to a combined .143 average. . . . Laura Hatfield batted .462 (6-for-13) with two RBI, a double and triple at the First Pitch.

Texas Lutheran (5-3, 2-2 ASC): The Bulldogs are spending spring break in California playing six games in the Sun West Tournament at Orange, Calif. . . . Shortstop Valerie Banda leads TLU hitters with a .364 average and eight runs scored. . . . TLU carries a 1.30 team ERA.

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