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Line Drives: ASC Baseball Weekly Notebook
April 8, 2003


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National Polls

2003 NCAA Division III ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Top 30
Poll #1 (March 31)
Next: April 14

Rank School Pts.
1 Texas Lutheran (7) 238
2 Methodist 213
3 Carthage, Wis. 205
4 Marietta 204
5 Eastern Connecticut State (1) 203
6 John Hopkins 201
7 Trinity, Texas 196
8 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 183
9 Christopher Newport 180
10 Oneonta State 166
11 Ferrum 150
12 Ohio Wesleyan 148
13 Ripon 147
14 Univ. Dallas 134
15 Wartburg 132
16 Worcester State 124
17 Kean 121
18 Wisconsin-Whitewater 109
19 Chapman 80
20 Aurora 67
21 Anderson University 65
22 Salisbury State 63
23 Wisconsin-Oshkosh 60
24 Cortland State 58
25 Pitt-Bradford 52
26 Wheaton, Mass. 51
27 Virginia Wesleyan 49
28 Clarkson 21
29 Rowan 20
30 Manchester College 18

ASC vs. ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Coaches Poll

Date Poll Team Rank
Dec. 23 Pre Concordia-Austin 7
    Texas Lutheran 21
    Mississippi College RV
Mar. 31 1 Texas Lutheran 1

Around the Conference Report . . .

Austin College (0-30, 0-12 ASC): Catcher Scott Orrell leads AC with a hot .396 batting average and a .434 on-base percentage. The freshman has hit safely in six of his last seven games, going 11-for-22 (.500) over the stretch. . . . After playing four non-conference games last week, the Kangaroos hit the ASC road with a three-game set at LeTourneau Friday and Saturday (Apr. 11-12).

Concordia-Austin (23-10, 14-4 ASC): The Tornados won two of three in last weekend's West Division showdown at #1-ranked Texas Lutheran to close the gap on the division-leading Bulldogs (Apr. 4-5). . . . CUA stretched its conference win streak to 10 games before dropping the TLU finale 8-4 on Saturday. . . . Tim Gardner has an ASC-best 43 RBI.

East Texas Baptist (21-9, 11-7 ASC): The Tigers swept Ozarks last weekend (Apr. 4-5) to stay in third-place in the ASC East. ETBU trails second-place UT Dallas and a conference tournament berth by a game. . . . ETBU has three mid-week non-conference single games before taking the weekend off.

Hardin-Simmons (13-15, 7-11 ASC): Outfielder Ryan Devere batted .500 (8-for-16) over the five games last week, including a red-hot .636 (7-for-11) with five RBI vs. conference and city rival McMurry (Apr. 4-5). The senior carries a three-game multiple-hit streak into Tuesday's non-conference tilt with #7 Trinity. . . . John Schlaffer tops the Cowboys with 40 RBI and six home runs while hitting .417 for the year. . . . Pitcher Kyle Tabor (4-3) has recorded 39 strikeouts over 51 innings of work.

Howard Payne (15-12, 9-6 ASC): The Yellow Jackets boast a trio of .380-plus hitters -- Richard Gutierrez (.392), Coby Richards (.389) and Javier San Miguel (.388). . . . Oscar Luna has taken 18 of his 35 hits for extra-bases, and has a team-best .575 slugging percentage. . . . HPU swept Schreiner in last weekend's West division series (Apr. 4-5) for its first 3-0 league weekend of the season.

LeTourneau (14-15, 6-9 ASC): LeTourneau had its four game win streak halted by East Division leader Mississippi College last weekend as the Choctaws took all three games in the series (Apr. 4-5). . . . Josh Ross shares the conference home run lead with 11 four-baggers this season. He is hitting .405 with 35 RBI and 30 runs scored. . . . Pitcher Demetri White has recorded 44 strikeouts on the year, fifth-best in the ASC.

Louisiana College (18-9, 7-8 ASC): A solo home run by Chris Guidry in the top of the 11th gave the Wildcats a 7-6 win in Friday's series opener at UT Dallas (Apr. 4). It was Guidry's first home run of the season and capped a 3-for-4, two RBI day at the plate. He finished the UTD series batting .556 (5-for-9). . . . Louisiana College hosts East leader Mississippi College in a three-game series Friday and Saturday (Apr. 11-12).

Mary Hardin-Baylor (16-13, 10-8 ASC): Pitcher Stephen Oliver threw seven innings of shutout baseball in the Crusaders' 11-3 series-opening win vs. Sul Ross State last Friday (Apr. 4). Oliver struck out six and gave up one walk and four hits to move to 3-3 for the season. . . . UMHB went 3-0 vs. Sul Ross State for its second league sweep of the season (3-0 vs. Austin College, Mar. 7-8), pushing its season win streak to five games. . . . Jose Punetes was 6-for-9 in the SRSU series with two runs and two RBI.

McMurry (18-10, 11-7 ASC): The Indians won two of three at crosstown rival Hardin-Simmons last weekend to maintain third-place in the ASC West standings (Apr. 4-5). McMurry hosts #1-ranked Texas Lutheran in a key West match-up this weekend (Apr. 11-12). . . . Since a season-high three-game losing streak, McMurry has gone 8-3 in its last 11 games averaging 12.3 runs and 14.2 hits in the stretch. . . . Albert Carrizales had his 13-game hit streak snapped in the second game of the HSU doubleheader (Apr. 5). The Indians' top hitter (.419), Carrizales also had a string of nine multiple-hit games stopped last weekend. . . . Freshman Greg Erickson had a career-best six RBI vs. Hardin-Simmons in Saturday's second game. The right fielder went 8-for-14 (.571) with 10 RBI and three doubles over the series.

Mississippi College (19-6, 12-3 ASC): The Choctaws carry a seven-game win streak into Wednesday's non-conference game at Huntingdon. Since a March 8 doubleheader loss at McMurry, MC has won 14 of its 16 games including last weekend's three-game sweep of East rival LeTourneau (Apr. 4-5). . . . Bo Edmiston (5-1) collected wins in both of his starts last week. The right-hander pitched four shutout innings against LaGrange, holding the hot-hitting team to a pair of hits and a walk. Edmiston struck out three and allowed a walk in five scoreless innings vs. LeTourneau (Apr. 5). . . . Right-hander Jonathan Beacom improved to 5-1 with a three-hit complete-game win over LeTourneau in the series opener. Beacom struck out six and allowed no walks to drop his ERA to 1.77.

Ozarks (10-17, 5-13 ASC): First baseman Sean Pratt collected the first home run of his college career with a solo shot against East Texas Baptist last weekend. It was the freshman's second extra-base hit of the season. . . . The Eagles go against Central Baptist in a Tuesday (Apr. 8) non-conference game before hosting UT Dallas in a three-game league set on Friday and Saturday (Apr. 11-12).

Schreiner (7-19, 3-12 ASC): The Mountaineers look stop a conference losing skid when they host Sul Ross State in an ASC West series this weekend (Apr. 11-12). Schreiner has been swept in its last three league weekends (Texas Lutheran, Concordia-Austin and Howard Payne). . . . Travis Turner carries a team-best .404 batting average with 29 RBI and 12 extra-base hits.

Sul Ross State (5-25, 3-15 ASC): The Lobos road trip to Schreiner for a three-game West Division set vs. the Mountaineers on Friday and Saturday (Apr. 4-5). Sul Ross State will be looking to end a six-game losing streak that includes back-to-back 0-3 weekend ASC series. . . . Ryan Lavarell has 10 doubles and five home runs among his 31 hits.

UT Dallas (20-10, 12-6 ASC): The Comets won two of three games in a conference series for a third consecutive weekend when they swept Saturday's (Apr. 5) home doubleheader vs. Louisiana College. Two victories halted a season-long three-game losing streak. . . . UTD opens the week second in the ASC East standings with a trip to Ozarks on its Friday-Saturday schedule (Apr. 11-12). . . . Kevin McKnight picked-up his fifth win for the year (5-2) with a five-hit, 1-0 win over Louisiana College on Saturday. The pitcher rankes eighth in ASC ERA (3.24). . . . Caleb Chandler (.482) continues to hold onto the conference batting title, leading teammate David Widaski (.481) by .001 in the statistical listing.

Texas Lutheran (27-3, 13-2 ASC): The Bulldogs have struggled since earning the No. 1 ranking in the season's first ABCA/Collegiate Baseball national ranking, dropping three of four games including two against West Division rival Concordia-Austin (Apr. 4-5). . . . TLU's 31-game win streak ended on April 1 with a 10-2 loss at #7 Trinity. . . . John Krog tallied five RBI in the CUA series with three coming via a three-run home run in Saturday's 8-4 victory in the series finale. Krog hit .571 vs. the Tornados. . . . First-year lefty Brian Wallace picked up his fourth victory (4-0) with a six-hit effort against CUA.

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