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Line Drives: ASC Baseball Weekly Notebook
March 25, 2003


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National Polls

2003 NCAA Division III ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Top 30
Preseason Poll
First Season Poll: March 31

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)

Around the Conference Report . . .

Austin College (0-21, 0-9 ASC): Kangaroo third baseman Brandon Genzer recorded hits in each of the three games in last week’s East Texas Baptist series (Mar. 21-22). Genzer finished 5-for-12 vs. the Tigers, powering two home runs, four RBI and scoring three runs. . . . Center fielder Steven Baker was 5-for-11 with four RBI and three runs. Two of his hits went for doubles.

Concordia-Austin (15-8, 9-3 ASC): The Tornados made a quick trip to Hawaii last week, dropping a pair of games to Hawaii Pacific (6-4 on Mar. 18, 5-4 on Mar. 19). . . . CUA returned to the mainland to sweep Mary Hardin-Baylor in the weekend ASC West series (Mar. 23-24).

East Texas Baptist (16-6, 7-5 ASC): Shortstop Jeremy Collins continued his torrid hitting last week to keep his season average above .500. The senior batted .500 (10-for-20) with 13 RBI and five extra-base hits over the Hillsdale Baptist twinbill (Mar. 19) and the three-game Austin College series (Mar. 21-22). Collins ripped a game-clinching two-run home run in the top of the seventh in a 9-5 win on Saturday. . . . Sophomore right-hander Kit Melton provided solid relief against Austin College, picking up a win in Friday’s opener and shutting the door on the Kangaroos in game two with 2.2 innings in relief of Brandon Vorse. . . . Tommy Edwards tallied 11 RBI last week to go to 33 for the year,

Hardin-Simmons (10-10, 6-6 ASC): Right-hander Kyle Tabor pitched a complete nine-inning game in Friday’s 6-3 win vs. Sul Ross State (Mar. 21). Tabor struck out five and walked two for his third win in five decisions. . . . Bradley Coke enters the week riding an eight-game hitting streak. . . . Josh Anderlohr has gone 16-for-29 with five home runs and 17 RBI during his current seven-game hit streak.

Howard Payne (10-9, 5-4 ASC): Center fielder Oscar Luna started last weekend’s ASC West series vs. McMurry (Mar. 21-22) on fire, going 4-for-5 at the plate with two hits going for doubles. Luna added a stolen base, three runs and an RBI in the game. . . . Nick Guthery improved to 2-1 with a relief win in the middle game of the McMurry series.

LeTourneau (10-12, 3-6 ASC): LeTourneau won the middle game of last weekend’s three-game home series vs. UT Dallas to avert a sweep. . . . Josh Ross and Josh Swain hit back-to-back home runs in Friday’s opener at UTD (Mar. 21). Swain added two more home runs to his weekend total in game one of Saturday’s rain-shortened twinbill.

Louisiana College (17-4, 6-3 ASC): The Wildcats took a break from conference play last weekend to host the Mid-State Orthopedic Classic. The break proved successful for LC as it was 3-0 in tournament games. . . . Senior pitchers Nick Pontifex and John Tevy each posted victories in the Mid-State to remain undefeated for the season. Pontifex is 6-0 while Tevy improved to 5-0. . . . Freshman third baseman Ryan Reeves hit his first career home run in Saturday’s 8-1 win over Texas College (Mar. 22).

Mary Hardin-Baylor (10-11, 5-7 ASC): The Crusaders enjoy home-cooking this week with five of this week’s six games scheduled on its home field. . . . Third baseman Justin Champion continues to lead the UMHB offense, hitting .417 (5-for-12) over three games. He capped the week going 3-for-4 in the bottom half of Sunday’s doubleheader vs. #7 Concordia-Austin (Mar. 23). . . . Junior hurler Ryan Gotcher notched the win against Southwestern University (Mar. 19) allowing one run with two Ks. He came back with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief work in game two of the CUA twinbill.

McMurry (12-8, 6-6 ASC): Outfielder Sam Ingram opened the Howard Payne series perfect at the plate, going 5-for-5 with a double, RBI and three runs scored. He hit safely in all three games to bat .833 against the YellowJackets (Mar. 21-22). . . . Right-hander Nick Schafer earned a complete-game victory vs. Howard Payne to eve his season record at 2-2. Schafer struck out 10 and allowed four hits in the 14-2 win. . . . The Indians have scored in double figures the last three games totaling 39 runs and 39 hits over the stretch. . . . Mike Vives scattered five hits in Sunday’s 14-2 win over HPU. . . . Bramer Owens and Josh Lee lead McMurry with 14 RBI apiece.

Mississippi College (13-6, 9-3 ASC): Shortstop Turk Stovall has used the middle month of the season to get hot at the plate. Stovall hit .375 in six starts last week scattering six hits with a double and triple. The senior opened the Ozarks series 2-for-4 and scoring three runs in the 5-4 extra-innings win (Mar. 21). . . . Right-hander Bo Edmiston struck out six, allowed three hits and walked none in the final game of the Ozarks series (Mar. 22). . . . The Choctaws have won six straight conference games. . . . MC finally got to play its first “home” game of the season, contesting the Ozarks series at Frierson Field on the Mississippi College campus.

Ozarks (7-13, 2-10 ASC): First baseman Brett Hays hit a solid .500 over the Mississippi College series, opening the three-game set 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a pair of runs scored. . . . First-year pitcher Dustin Cole worked eight innings in the series opener vs. the Choctaws. Cole struck out seven and gave up one earned run in the 5-4 loss. The rookie has a team-high 17 strikeouts.

Schreiner (6-12, 3-6 ASC): Both Mountaineer pitchers put together solid performances in Friday’s doubleheader at #21 Texas Lutheran (Mar. 21). Jerry Anderson pitched 4-2/3 innings of no-hit ball in the opener, finishing with a complete-game two-hitter. Josh Miles tossed five shutout innings before allowing a pair of runs in the sixth. . . . Second baseman Chase Kimball smacked a pair of doubles in the three-game TLU series.

Sul Ross State (5-19, 3-9 ASC): The Lobos pounded out 16 hits to upend Hardin-Simmons 13-9 in the third game of the three-game ASC West series last weekend (Mar. 21-22). Three SRSU hitters tallied three hits each in the game—J.D. Holt (3-for-5), Rob Lavarall (3-for-4) and Kevin Heady (3-for-4).

UT Dallas (15-6, 8-4 ASC): Outfielder David Widaski scattered seven hits, including four for extra-bases, as the Comets took two of three games in last weekend’s LeTourneau series (Mar. 21-22). Widaski powered a pair of doubles and two home runs, scored eight times and recorded 11 RBI against the Jackets.

Texas Lutheran (21-0, 9-0 ASC): The Bulldogs extended their winning streak to 25 games with their 20-0 start to the 2003 campaign. . . . Scott Barnard hit .444 (8-for-18) over the five games last week, including a .500 series vs. Schreiner (Mar. 21-22). He was 3-for-3 in the series finale with two runs scored and a pair of RBI. . . . Pitcher Brent Roberts’ near-perfect game against Schreiner on Friday (Mar. 21) was the second time this year that a TLU pitcher has taken a perfect game into the seventh inning. Freshman Brian Wallace also had a perfect game broken up with one out in the seventh.

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