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Line Drives: ASC Softball Weekly Notebook
March 17, 2003


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Preseason 2003 (February 12)
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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 . . .

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 (0-12, 0-4 ASC): The Tornados dropped a pair of games to the College of St. Mary (Mar. 12) in last week's action. . . . CUA opens ASC West play on the road at Schreiner with Friday and Saturday doubleheaders (Mar. 21-22).

East Texas Baptist (10-4, 4-0 ASC): With Saturday's (Mar. 15) 7-1 game one victory vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor, ETBU head coach Mike Reed became the Lady Tigers' all-time winningest coach. The sweep of UMHB gives Reed 85 career wins, surpassing the previous record of 83 set by Kent Reeves from 1998-2000. . . . Junior hurler Sara Newman played the workhorse role last week by not allowing a run over 11 innings of relief. Her biggest outing was game two of the UMHB doubleheader when she threw 6.0 innings of no-hit, no-run relief in the 10-inning, 6-2 Lady Tiger victory.

Howard Payne (5-11, 2-2 ASC): HPU split in-region games at Trinity University last weekend, taking a 3-1 victory on Friday (Mar. 14) and dropping a 3-0 contest on Saturday (Mar. 15). . . . The Lady Jackets are at Mary Hardin-Baylor for this weekend's ASC West opening series.

LeTourneau (4-6, 2-2 ASC): LeTourneau picked-up a pair of mid-week wins with 5-2, 2-1 decisions over Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College (Okla.) on March 10. . . . LU begins a six-game ASC East run with Wednesday's scheduled road doubleheader at UT Dallas. The LadyJackets will host Ozarks in a four-game set over the weekend.

Louisiana College (10-4, 7-1 ASC): Lady Wildcat head coach Tim Whitman became the all-time wins leader for LC softball with Saturday's 1-0 win over UT Dallas. Whitman's record is now 45-9. He surpassed current LC sports information director John Parker (44-43) on the wins list. . . . First baseman/designated player Joanna Grubbs continues to add to her career home run record. The senior smacked a two-run shot to account for the scoring in Friday's 2-1 series-opening win vs. UTD, improving her career home run total to 11.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (3-9, 1-3 ASC): The Crusaders played their first home games in a month when they hosted East Texas Baptist last Saturday (Mar. 15). Denise Lira and Kasey Pape took advantage of the friendly confines by recording three hits apiece in the twinbill. . . . The 10-inning game vs. ETBU is the longest played by UMHB in the last three seasons. . . . The homestand continues with a scheduled four-game ASC West set vs. Howard Payne Friday and Saturday.

Mississippi College (7-2, 2-2 ASC): Mississippi College participated in the West Florida Spring Fling last weekend. . . . The Lady Choctaws play a non-conference twinbill at Judson College in Alabama on Tuesday (Mar. 18) before an ASC East road battle at Louisiana College Friday and Saturday (Mar. 21-22).

Ozarks (5-5, 2-2 ASC): The Lady Eagles' road trip continues for another week as Ozarks travels to LeTourneau this weekend for an East Division match-up. It will be the sixth straight opponent Ozarks has faced on the road. . . . Pitcher Brandi Blake went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the Lady Eagles' 8-3 win against NCAA-Division II Ouachita Baptist (Mar. 12). Blake also recorded her third season win in the circle with the complete-game outing. . . . Leigh Thompson has a team-high six RBI.

Schreiner (2-4, 2-2 ASC): Schreiner dropped a pair to NCAA Division II Eastern New Mexico on Friday (Mar. 14). . . . . Kristy Aguirre leads SU hitters with a .281 average and eight RBI. . . . Felicia Delgado (3-3) has a team-low 1.60 ERA.

Sul Ross State (2-10, 0-4 ASC): The Lady Lobos, off since the March 7-8 ASC First Pitch Tournament, resume their schedule Tuesday at UT Permian Basin before hosting Texas Lutheran in the four-game ASC West series on Friday and Saturday (Mar. 21-22).

UT Dallas (4-4, 3-1 ASC): UT Dallas handed Louisiana College its first season and ASC loss with a 1-0 victory in Pineville, La., last Saturday (Mar. 15). Shaunna Lawrence scored as Candace Felts reached on an infield error in the fourth. Christina Sass (3-3) posted the shutout win for the Comets. . . . UTD hosts LeTourneau in a divisional doubleheader on Wednesday (Mar. 19).

Texas Lutheran (8-6, 2-2 ASC): Valerie Banda hit .467 during the Bulldogs' six-game stint at the Sun West Tournament (Mar. 10-13). Banda drove in two of TLU's three runs and had a pair of stolen bases in the 3-2 win vs. Rensselear Polytechnic, and played flawless defense at shortstop. . . . Texas Lutheran played its last 10 games on the road, going a combined 5-5 on the road trip. . . . Amy Behlen leads TLU with seven RBI.

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