Drives: ASC Baseball Weekly Notebook
March 31, 2003
Around the Conference Report . . .
Bulldogs Claim No. 1: Undefeated Texas Lutheran (26-0, 12-0 ASC) moved into the No. 1 position in the first regular-season ABCA/Collegiate Baseball national poll. TLU, who began the season ranked 21st in the preseason poll, puts its new listing on the line when it faces No. 7 Trinity on Tuesday, then travels to Concordia-Austin for a weekend match-up between the top two ASC West squads.
Austin College (0-26, 0-12 ASC): First baseman Ryan Little hit his first two home runs of the 2003 season in the final game of last weekend's Ozarks' series (Mar. 29). Little's homers came in back-to-back innings, the sixth and seventh. . . . Brandon Genzer smacked his team-leading seventh home run in game three of the Ozarks' series. . . . The Kangaroos play a non-conference twinbill at Hardin-Simmons on Tuesday (April 1) before taking a five-day break. AC resumes play on Sunday at Texas Wesleyan (April 6).
Concordia-Austin (21-8, 12-3 ASC): The Tornados swept Schreiner in the three-game division series last weekend (Mar. 28-29) to hold their second-place spot in the ASC West. . . . Outfielder Scott Bunting made the most of his at-bats against the Mountaineers, hitting .615 (8-for-13) with four RBI and eight runs scored. Bunting's best game came in Saturday's opening game, going 4-for-5 and scoring four runs.
East Texas Baptist (17-9, 8-7 ASC): Second baseman Jeremy Collins continues his push toward the ETBU record book. He opens the week batting .494, which would give him the second-highest season batting average if the 2003 campaign ended today. Collins' current career batting average of .372 ranks fifth all-time at ETBU. . . . Tommy Edwards leads the Tigers with seven home runs and 37 RBI. . . . East Texas Baptist is hitting .337 as a team, third-best in the conference.
Hardin-Simmons (10-13, 6-9 ASC): Second baseman John Schlaffer scattered three singles for four RBI in the bottom half of Saturday's doubleheader vs. Texas Lutheran. Schlaffer's center field single in the second inning gave HSU an early 4-2 lead. The senior is batting .410, eighth-best in the conference. . . . The Cowboys play host to cross-town rival McMurry in the Abilene Diamond Duel conference divisional series this weekend (April 4-5).
Howard Payne (12-11, 6-6 ASC): HPU makes a short trip to Tarleton State for a single game on Tuesday (April 1) against the NCAA-II opponent, then plays host to Schreiner in a key West Division series on Friday and Saturday (April 4-5).
LeTourneau (14-12, 6-6 ASC): The Jackets' sweep of Louisiana College last weekend (Mar. 28-29) was their first three-game sweep since the ASC opener against McMurry February 22-23, 2002. . . . Pitcher Demetri White totals 44 strikeouts over 40.1 innings.
Louisiana College (17-7, 6-6 ASC): Pitcher Nick Pontifex has fashioned a 6-0 record with a 1.62 ERA over nine appearances this season. He has 44 strikeouts in 50.0 innings of work, helping the Wildcats to a 4.13 team ERA, No. 4 in the conference. . . . Craig Roberson's six triples is tied for the league lead.
Mary Hardin-Baylor (13-13, 7-8 ASC): Third baseman Justin Champion tallied three multiple-hit games and batted .348 over six games last week, including a .417 effort in the weekend Howard Payne series (Mar. 28-29). Champion was a combined 5-for-9 in Saturday's doubleheader sweep of the Yellow Jackets, smacking two doubles with four RBI. . . . Dean Shirley went 5-for-6 with four runs scored and three RBI in the HPU doubleheader. Two of Shirley's hits went down as triples as UMHB pounded four triples on Saturday. . . . Bill Pearce allowed just one hit and struck out eight in a six-inning stint in the 8-2 win over St. Olaf on Wednesday (Mar. 26).
McMurry (15-9, 9-6 ASC): Right-hander Nick Schafer posted the first shutout of his collegiate career with a 6-0 win vs. Sul Ross State in Saturday's nightcap (Mar. 29). Schafer did not give up an extra-base hit and retired 10 straight at one point. . . . The Indians' offense has been quick-starting this season, outscoring the opposition 27-12 in the first inning and 24-9 in the second inning. . . . Ten of Luke Vaughn's 13 RBI have come with two outs.
Mississippi College (15-6, 9-3 ASC): Right fielder Kent Chamblee paced the Choctaws to a pair of non-conference wins last week, combining to bat .375 with four RBI against Belhaven (Mar. 25) and Millsaps (Mar. 28). . . . MC is a part of the Con Maloney series with Belhaven and Millsaps. The series is a city championship between the three Jackson, Miss., area institutions with each squad playing the others three times in the season. The Choctaws lead the Con Maloney race with a 3-1 record.
Ozarks (10-13, 5-10 ASC): Freshman first baseman Brett Hays played a big role in the Eagles' three-game East Division sweep of Austin College last weekend (Mar. 28-29). Hays hit .538 against AC (7-for-13) with two doubles and two RBI, recording the game-winning hit in the second game of the series with a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh. . . . The series sweep of Austin College is head coach Jimmy Clark's first conference sweep since taking over the Ozarks' program one year ago.
Schreiner (6-16, 3-9 ASC): The Mountaineers' offense is led by Travis Turner, who is hitting. .373, and Kevin Janda, who averages .363 at the plate. . . . Schreiner is in the midst of a seven-game losing streak with a first chance to halt the losses coming with Tuesday's game at Huston-Tillotson (April 1). . . . After back-to-back weekends against nationally-ranked conference opponents, Schreiner plays at Howard Payne in a three-game league set Friday and Saturday (April 4-5).
Sul Ross State (5-22, 3-12 ASC): Ryan Lavarell has a team-best 23 RBI and .303 batting average. Twelve of his 27 hits have gone for extra bases. . . . The Lobos host Mary Hardin-Baylor in conference play Friday and Saturday (april 4-5).
UT Dallas (18-7, 10-5 ASC): The Comets are the top-hitting team in the ASC with a .360 average, and two UTD players lead the conference batting stats. David Widaski is hitting a conference-best .523 with 35 RBI while Caleb Chandler is a .510 hitter with 37 RBI. . . . Chandler's 37 RBI tie for the most in the conference.
Texas Lutheran (26-0, 12-0 ASC): Shortstop Nathan Kimball drove home 11 runs and hit .400 (10-for-25) with two doubles, two triples and three home runs over the Hardin-Simmons series last weekend (Mar. 28-29). . . . Jeff Paras picked-up two wins in relief last week, working 2.0 innings against Doane (Mar. 26) and 5.0 innings in game three of the Hardin-Simmons series (Mar. 29). Paras totaled eight strikeouts and allowed one earned run in his three appearances. . . . TLU has won 17 straight ASC games dating to last season.
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