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Line Drives: ASC Baseball Weekly Notebook
March 17, 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 (0-17, 0-6 ASC): AC junior Nick Martinez played the Ironman role in Saturday's doubleheader vs. UT Dallas (Mar. 15). Making his first start of the year, Martinez pitched the Kangaroos' first complete game of the 2003 season as he allowed two runs and three hits while striking-out 11 in a tough 2-1 loss in the opener. In game two, Martinez returned to his spot behind the plate, catching all seven innings of the nightcap.

Concordia-Austin (12-6, 6-3 ASC): The Tornados will play a pair of early week games in Hawaii against Hawaii Pacific University. Concordia-Austin resumes its Mainland schedule with a Saturday-Sunday ASC home series vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Mar. 22-23).

East Texas Baptist (12-5, 4-5 ASC): As the temperatures warmed-up, so did the ETBU bats. Last Wednesday's (Mar. 12) 31-12 pounding of Texas College set the ASC records for runs, home runs (6) and total bases (54) and set school record for most runs, hits (28) and home runs in a game since the Tigers joined the ASC and moved to NCAA-III. . Michael Drennon and Tommy Edwards each scored six runs in the game to tie the ASC single-game runs record. . . . Last weekend's three-game sweep of the Tigers by Mississippi College (Mar. 14-15) is the first time ETBU has been swept at home in a conference series since 1997 when Texas Lutheran accomplished the feat.

Hardin-Simmons (8-8, 4-5 ASC): Junior right-hander Jonathan Emens tossed a complete-game, 1-0 win vs. Southwestern (Mar. 10), striking out six. . . .The Cowboys went 2-1 in last week's Abilene Classic. Chuy Rodriguez powered a two-run homer in the third inning and doubled to right field to score a runner in the seventh to boost HSU to a 9-8 win vs. Montclair State. . . . John Schlaffer rang-up three home runs and 10 RBI in last week's games, pushing his team-leading home run total to six. . . . Rodriguez tied the ASC single-game doubles record with three vs. UT Dallas in the March 8 nightcap. . . . Andy Harrington's 18 putouts in the March 4 Wayland Baptist game set the ASC single-game record.

Howard Payne (9-7, 4-2 ASC): Craig Simpson drilled a conference single-game record-tying three doubles in Friday's series-opener vs. Hardin-Simmons (Mar. 14), going 4-for-5 at the plate. He hit .500 (5-for-10) over the three-game set vs. HSU and was 7-for-14 in the four games last week. . . . Javier San Miguel is hitting a hot .424 with 21 RBI and six home runs.

LeTourneau (9-10, 2-4 ASC): The Jackets spent spring break in San Diego, finishing its Bombs at the Beach Tournament run 1-3. . . . Josh Ross carries a .412 batting average with 19 RBI into Tuesday's (Mar. 18) scheduled home game vs. Hillsdale Baptist.

Louisiana College (13-2, 6-3 ASC): Freshman DH/first baseman Shane Guinn recorded a career-high nine RBI over the Wildcats' series vs. Ozarks (Mar. 14-15), including six RBI in game three of the set. . . . Senior pitcher Nick Pontifex stayed perfect for the season as he recorded his fifth victory of the season against Ozarks on Friday (Mar. 14). Pontifex struck out four in 6.0 innings.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (9-8, 5-4 ASC): Third baseman Justin Champion had three multiple-hit games and drove in runs in three of four games last week. Champion, who batted .636 (7-for-11), sent Friday's series opener vs. Schreiner to extra innings with a two-run single (Mar. 14). . . . Pitcher Tracy Howard threw a complete-game seven-hitter against Schreiner (Mar. 15) to raise his record to 3-1. Howard struck out four and allowed no walks in the win. . . . Jimmy Wright blasted a two-run game-winning homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to give UMHB a 4-3 win in game one of Saturday's doubleheader (Mar. 15). . . . The crusaders will wrap up an eight-game homestand with a single game against Southwestern on Tuesday (Mar. 18).

McMurry (10-6, 4-5 ASC): The Indians got a pair of multi-hit games and a .462 hitting performance from right fielder Luke Vaughn to highlight a busy week. Vaughn had three hits, including a season-first triple, in the 6-1 win vs. North Park (Mar. 11) and smacked a pair of singles in the middle game of the weekend series vs. #7-ranked Concordia (Mar. 15). . . . After playing its first 16 games at home, McMurry ventures on the road for four games, including a conference trip to Howard Payne (Mar. 21-22). . . . Freshman shortstop Albert Carrizales leads McMurry in batting average (.340), at-bats (50), runs (16), hits (17) and triples (4). His 11 defensive assists vs. Concordia in Friday's game (Mar. 14) set the ASC single-game record. . . . Pitcher Greg Erickson tied the conference strikeout record with 14 against the University of Dallas on March 8.

Mississippi College (9-4, 6-3 ASC): The Choctaws have a four-game win streak in place, outscoring the opposition 40-17 and batting .376 in the stretch. . . . Chas Evans and Kent Chamblee are both hitting .400 or better for the season. Evans leads MC with a .457 average and 19 RBI, while Chamblee is hitting .400 with 17 RBI. . . . Wet weather and the resultant wet field have kept the Choctaws from playing a true "home" game this season. MC has been forced to move games to other college-sized fields in the Clinton/Jackson, Miss., area to find a dry field.

Ozarks (7-8, 2-7 ASC): The Eagles swept Louisiana College in Saturday's doubleheader to take the weekend ASC series 2-1. Catcher Clint Phifer notched two hits in each game and totaled five RBI in the twinbill. . . . Freshman right-hander Trevor Holbert picked-up two wins last week to improve to 3-1, taking Hendrix College, 5-4, and Louisiana College, 15-13. Holbert worked five innings and struck out four in each game. . . . Plaquemine, La., native Chris Harrell had a productive series vs. the home state Louisiana College Wildcats, hitting 5-for-10 and recording five runs. . . . First-year player Justin Brown had his best game for UO in Saturday's 15-13 win, going 4-for-5 with three RBI.

Schreiner (6-9, 3-3 ASC): Catcher Keven Janda provided key hits in the Mountainners' series vs. UMHB (Mar. 14-15). The senior broke open Friday's 0-0 game with a two-run blast in the eighth inning of Schreiner's 10-inning 3-2 win. Janda tied game two with a 400-foot plus home run over the center field wall. He finished the series batting .455 with five RBI. . . . Oscar Rodriguez recorded a win and a save during the UMHB series. The senior relieved Jerry Anderson in game one, shutting down the Crusaders for the 3-2 win, then earned a save in game three, a 7-4 SU win. . . . Schreiner turned four double-plays against Montclair State on March 9 to tie the ASC single-game record.

Sul Ross State (4-16, 2-7 ASC): Ryan Lavarell leads the Lobos with 17 RBI, collecting three of those over Saturday's doubleheader against #21 Texas Lutheran. Lavarell takes a five-game hit streak into Monday's single game vs. Lubbock Christian (Mar. 17).

UT Dallas (12-4, 6-3 ASC): The Comets have a pair of 20-plus RBI hitters, Caleb Chandler (25) and Richard Bragg (21). Chandler leads both UTD and conference hitters with a red-hot .476 average while Bragg is hitting a solid .327. . . . Chandler's 30 hits, 25 RBI and 54 total bases also lead the league. . . . Kevin McKnight (3-1) carries a 1.82 ERA.

Texas Lutheran (15-0, 6-0 ASC): Five more wins last week extended Texas Lutheran's winning streak to 20 games and took the 2003 season start to 15-0. A win in Monday's (Mar. 17) game vs. Wisconsin-Stout would give the Bulldogs the school record for consecutive wins as well as match the program's best-ever season start. . . . Brian Wallace pitched a complete-game three-hitter in the series finale over Sul Ross State (Mar. 15) to go to 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA. Wallace struck out seven and allowed one walk in the 7-1 victory. . . . First baseman John Krog set the tone for TLU's weekend sweep of the Lobos, smacking a three-run homer in the first game of the series. Krog finished with six RBI and two doubles while batting .385 vs. SRSU.


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