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Line Drives: ASC Baseball Weekly Notebook
April 15, 2003


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National Polls

2003 NCAA Division III ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Top 30
Poll #2 (April 14)
Next: April 28

Rank School (first-place votes) Pts.
1 Texas Lutheran (4) 230
  Eastern Connecticut State (2) 230
3 Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1) 217
4 Ferrum (1) 214
5 Carthage, Wis. 212
6 Cortland State 209
7 Marietta 202
8 Kean 194
9 Christopher Newport 165
10 Ripon 162
11 Johns Hopkins 156
12 Trinity, Texas 151
13 Wartburg 139
14 Wisconsin-Oshkosh 135
15 Methodist 128
16 Anderson 120
17 Chapman 110
18 St. Thomas 88
19 Virginia Wesleyan 83
20 Rowan 82
21 Tufts 74
22 Heidelberg 69
23 Clarkson 64
24 Wooster 42
25 George Fox 37
26 Salisbury 36
27 Elmhurst 35
28 Wisconsin-Whitewater 29
29 Trinity, Conn. 25
30 Rensselaer 21

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
Apr. 14 2 Texas Lutheran 1
    Concordia-Austin RV

Around the Conference Report . . .

Austin College (1-32, 1-14 ASC): The Kangaroos snapped a 38-game losing streak dating back to the final seven games of the 2002 season with an 11-10, 13-inning victory in game two of Friday's doubleheader at LeTourneau (Apr. 11). AC scored six runs in the top of the 13th, then held off a furious YellowJacket comeback in the bottom of the inning for the win. Four different AC players doubled in the last inning.

Concordia-Austin (26-10, 17-4 ASC): Junior catcher/first baseman Jake Decker provided the offensive punch in the Tornados' series sweep of Howard Payne. Decker finished the three games hitting.700 (7-for-10), including a 4-for-4 game in Saturday's doubleheader opener (Apr. 12), to push his season batting average to .405. . . . CUA received votes in the latest ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Top 30 poll.

East Texas Baptist (22-11, 11-7 ASC): Freshman hurler Mark Fisher improved to 3-0 with a six-hit, seven strike-out performance in the Tigers' eight-inning 11-1 win against crosstown rival Wiley College (Apr. 8). Fisher allowed two walks in the complete-game showing. . . . Catcher Tommy Edwards set the ETBU season record with his 20th double of the year on April 4 vs. Ozarks.

Hardin-Simmons (16-16, 9-12 ASC): Outfielder Jeff Wisner made the most of four starting assignments last week, coming up big in clutch situations. Wisner provided the go-ahead runs with an RBI single vs. #7 Trinity on Tuesday (Apr. 8) and a three-run home run vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor in game one of Saturday's doubleheader (Apr. 12). In Saturday's nightcap against the Crusaders, Wisner broke-up a pitcher's duel in the third when he bunted for a base hit, stole second and scored on a double down the line. . . . Right-hander Craig Foreman threw the four-hit complete-game win against #7 Trinity, striking-out six and walking one as he went the nine-inning distance.

Howard Payne (15-17, 9-9 ASC): The Jackets look to halt a five-game losing skein when they travel to the University of Dallas for a single game on Wednesday (Apr. 16). HPU hosts #1-ranked Texas Lutheran in a three-game ASC West series set for Thursday and Friday (Apr. 17-18).

LeTourneau (16-16, 8-10 ASC): The YellowJackets hit seven home runs in their three-game series vs. Austin College last weekend (Apr. 11-12), giving them 33 for a new single-season school record. The old mark was 29 set in 1995. . . . Derek Fitchett collected a hit in each of the three Austin College games, including a home run to spark the 10-0 win in game one, to finish the series batting .384 (5-for-13).

Louisiana College (20-10, 9-9 ASC): Shortstop Ross Doughty helped set the tone for the Wildcats' 2-1 series victory over East Division leader Mississippi College (Apr. 11-12). In the series opener, the junior went 3-for-5 with a double, drove-in four runs and scored three runs to lead LC to a 14-1 win. . . . Senior pitcher Nick Pontifex improved to 7-0 with Friday's 14-1 win vs. MC. Pontifex worked 6.1 innings allowing five hits and one run.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (17-15, 11-10 ASC): The Crusaders had their six-game winning streak snapped with losses in both ends of Saturday's West Division doubleheader against Hardin-Simmons (Apr. 12). . . . UMHB needs three wins in its final six games to post its highest wins total since the 1999 season. . . . Catcher Jason King hit .667 with back-to-back two-hit games vs. HSU last weekend. . . . Sophomore pitcher Kyle Furrer struck out five and allowed no runs over 4.1 innings in Friday's 7-3 win vs. the Cowboys (Apr. 11).

McMurry (20-12, 12-9 ASC): First baseman Josh Lee hit a tie-breaking two-run home run and had three hits in the Indians' 9-5 win over #7 Trinity on Tuesday (Apr. 8). The junior closed the four-game week going 3-for-4 with a double in McMurry's 8-7 upset of #1-ranked Texas Lutheran on Saturday (Apr. 12). . . . Right-hander Ryan Bailey picked-up his third relief victory of the season when he came in to stop #1 Texas Lutheran on Saturday. . . . The Indians clinched their eighth consecutive 20-win season under head coach Lee Driggers.

Mississippi College (20-8, 13-5 ASC): First baseman Chas Evans batted .600 against Louisiana College in last weekend's series (Apr. 11-12), smacking two doubles and a towering right field home run that cleared lights and trees at the Wildcats' park. . . . Right-hander Sam Graham kept the Choctaws from being swept in the series, throwing 6.1 strong innings with seven strike-outs, four hits and one earned run in Saturday's 10-3 victory.

Ozarks (10-22, 5-16 ASC): The Eagles finish the 2003 season with seven consecutive road games after going 9-12 at home. . . . Freshmen continue to lead the way for Ozarks' offense with the team's three top hitters -- Justin Brown, Anthony Brandon and Brett Hays -- each having solid seasons at the plate with .290-plus batting averages.

Schreiner (8-23, 4-14 ASC): Kevin Janda and Travis Turner lead the Mountaineer offense. Janda opens the week batting .391 with a team-high 13 doubles and three home runs while Turner is hitting .384 with a team-best 33 RBI.

Sul Ross State (7-26, 5-16 ASC): Ryan Lavarell and Kevin Heady share the team's batting crown with each hitting .306. Lavarell has 16 extra-base hits -- five for home runs-- and a .550 slugging percentage.

UT Dallas (23-10, 15-6 ASC): The Comets remain the hottest hitting team in the conference, batting a collective .354 with 406 hits, including 133 for extra-bases. UTD ranks fourth in both ASC pitching (3.13 ERA) and fielding (.960) stats. . . . Caleb Chandler (.492) and David Widaski (.484) list one-two in ASC individual batting.

Texas Lutheran (30-4, 15-3 ASC): The Bulldogs remain at No. 1 in the new ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Top 30 poll. TLU is tied with defending Division III national champion Eastern Connecticut with 230 points. . . . Sophomore pitcher Brent Roberts struck-out eight and walked two in a nine-inning complete-game win in Friday's series opener at McMurry (Apr. 11). . . . John Krog hit his team-leading seventh home run of the year with a three-run blast in the first game of the McMurry series. Krog leads TLU in RBI (40) and slugging percentage (.686).

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