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Line Drives: ASC Softball Weekly Notebook
March 26, 2003


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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

Line Drives . . .

Concordia-Austin (1-16, 0-7 ASC): The Tornados ended their losing skid on Monday with a 4-2 win in game one of a doubleheader vs. Northwood.

East Texas Baptist (12-6, 4-0 ASC): East Texas Baptist used its off-conference weekend to play in the Washington University Tournament in St. Louis, finishing 2-2 in the four-team round-robin (Mar. 22-23). . . . Outfielder Tonya Minor almost single-handedly won Saturday's tournament-opener vs. Upper Iowa University, stealing two bases, scattering two hits, scoring a pair of runs and stealing two bases in the 6-3 victory. Minor finished the tournament batting .400 and added four RBI and four steals to her season totals. . . . Junior pitcher Kristen Abernathy earned both tournament wins, striking-out nine and allowing nine hits over the 12 innings.

Howard Payne (5-14, 2-6 ASC): Alissa Cordes leads HPU hitters with a .434 average and 14 runs scored. Four of her team-high 23 hits have gone for extra-bases.

LeTourneau (7-11, 3-7 ASC): After opening the season with five straight losses, LeTourneau has gone 7-6. The LadyJackets head into the weekend ASC series with #11 East Texas Baptist riding a two-game win streak. . . . Stephanie Ray has four home runs and four doubles, and leads LU hitters with a .392 average.

Louisiana College (17-1, 11-1 ASC): Freshman pitcher Sandi Clark threw her second no-hitter of the season with a 4-0 shutout of Mississippi College on Friday (Mar. 21). Clark (7-1) leads the Lady Wildcats with a 0.41 ERA and 49 strikeouts. . . . The LC pitching staff has recorded 10 shutouts in the 18 games to date. . . . Joanna Grubbs carries a .471 batting average with nine of her 16 hits going for extra-bases.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (7-9, 5-3 ASC): Shortstop Megan Foster hit .450 (9-for-12) to lead the Crusaders to a four-game sweep of Howard Payne last weekend (Mar. 21-22). The Preseason ASC West Player of the Year was perfect at the plate in the bookend games, going 3-for-3 with three RBI in the opener and 4-for-4 with career game-high four RBI in game four. . . . Rookie pitcher Angela Cavender had a hand in three of UMHB's wins vs. Howard Payne. She threw a complete-game, four-hit shutout in game two for her first collegiate victory, then came back with 1.2 innings of hitless relief to record her first collegiate save in game three

Mississippi College (11-9, 2-6ASC): Three Lady Choctaws have double-digit RBI totals led by Jennifer Hannah's 15. Emily Casey follows with 13 RBI while Nicole Jones has 12 RBI. . . . Casey carries a team-high .412 batting average and is the only MC player credited with a triple this season. . . . Pitcher Katie Waterbury is averaging just under one strikeout per inning pitched. She has 70 Ks over 76.1 innings for a 0.92 average.

Ozarks (10-6, 5-3 ASC): Shannon Rainbolt is the big runs-producer for the Lady Eagles, accounting for 31 runs with her team-leading 21 RBI and 10 runs scored. . . . Pitchers Brandi Blake and Amanda Luney are each 5-3 in the circle. Blake carries a 1.44 ERA while Luney totals a team-best 17 strikeouts.

Schreiner (7-8, 5-2 ASC): Shortstop Jeanette Decker made the most of her on-base time in last weekend's Concordia series, stealing seven bases in seven attempts. The senior reached on four hits and a pair of walks, scoring five times over the three games. . . . The Mountaineers lost game four of the CUA series to rain. . . . SU matched its season-best win streak of three games with its sweep of Concordia.

Sul Ross State (2-16, 0-8 ASC): Linda Ojeda and Lilia Vazquez sit atop the Lobos hits list. Ojeda has 17 hits, four of those for doubles, while Vazquez follows with 16 hits, three as doubles. . . . SRSU looks to halt a 10-game losing skid when it travels to Mary Hardin-Baylor for the weekend ASC West series (Mar. 28-29).

UT Dallas (7-7, 6-4 ASC): After an open weekend, the Comets head back to the field with a Friday-Saturday trip to Mississippi College for a four-game division series (Mar. 28-29). . . . Junior pitcher Christina Sass helped UTD to its second shutout of the season with a 10-0, five-inning win over LeTourneau last Wednesday (Mar. 19). Sass allowed three hits, one walk and struck-out four while improving her record to 4-3 (1.30 ERA).

Texas Lutheran (13-7, 6-2 ASC): Sophomore pitcher Amanda Stevens collected three wins in 16.0 innings of work to improve her season mark to 5-4 and lower her ERA to 1.56. Stevens totaled 20 strikeouts, including 14 in a 5-0 shutout of Sul Ross State on Friday (Mar. 21). . . . Texas Lutheran has wins in seven of its last nine games, and is off to its best ASC start with a 6-2 record that places them atop the West Division standings. . . . TLU swept Sul Ross State in the conference division-opening series last weekend (Mar. 21-22). It is the second time in two road trips to Alpine, Texas, that the Bulldogs have swept the four-game SRSU series.

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