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Line Drives: ASC Softball Weekly Notebook
April 15, 2003


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National Polls

USA Today/NFCA Division III Coaches Poll
Week #1 (April 2)

Rank School Pts.
1. Emory (8) 198
2. Simpson (2) 189
3. Pacific Lutheran 177
4. SUNY Cortland 167
5. Wheaton, Mass. 161
6. Muskingum 155
7. Montclair State 153
8. Salisbury 146
9. Lake Forest 136
10. College of New Jersey 117
11. Alma College 116
12. Roanoke 99
13. Ithaca College 96
14. Washington Univ., Mo. 92
  Cal State Hayward 92
16. Plymouth State 81
17. Illinois Wesleyan 69
18. Moravian 48
19. Ohio Northern 47
  East Texas Baptist 47
21. LaVerne, Calif. 24
  Central, Iowa 24
23. Keene State 21
  Methodist, N.C. 21
25. North Central, Ill. 16
  Bethany, W.Va. 16

ASC vs. the USA Today/NFCA Top 25

Date Poll School Rank
Jan. 23 Pre East Texas Baptist 11
Apr. 2 1 East Texas Baptist 19

Line Drives . . .

Concordia-Austin (2-27, 1-18 ASC): The Tornados recorded their first conference win of the season last weekend to avoid a series sweep by Howard Payne (Apr. 11-12). CUA upended the Lady Jackets 9-3 in game one of Saturday's doubleheader with Tricia Weathers posting the win in the circle. . . . Pepper Henderson is batting .289 for Concordia.

East Texas Baptist (22-8, 14-2 ASC): The Lady Tigers have a pair of key mid-week conference doubleheaders looming in the coming week, including a Thursday (Apr. 17) home twinbill vs. East leading Louisiana College that will be key in determining the division title. . . . Catcher Angela Gonzales hit .667 against UT Dallas in Wednesday's (Apr. 9) road split, smacking a double, a triple and two singles.

Howard Payne (12-20, 9-11 ASC): Alissa Cordes carries a team-best .438 batting average after finishing last weekend's series at Concordia-Austin batting .400 (4-for-10) with six runs scored. . . . HPU won its first ASC West weekend series of the season taking three-of-four from the Tornados (Apr. 11-12). The Lady Jackets split their four-game sets against Schreiner and Sul Ross State.

LeTourneau (7-21, 3-15 ASC): The LadyJackets can play the spoiler role in the ASC East Division race and conference tournament seeding.. LeTourneau hosts third-place UT Dallas for Wednesday's doubleheader (Apr. 16) before traveling to Mississippi College for its season finale April 25-26. . . . Stephanie Ray has four home runs for LeTourneau and leads the squad with a .316 batting average.

Louisiana College (28-4, 20-2 ASC): The Lady Wildcats can clinch the ASC East Division title with a two-game sweep of defending division titlist East Texas Baptist on Thursday (Apr. 17). A split insures LC of at least a tie for the division championship. . . . First baseman Misty Roark has been "Ms. Clutch" for Louisiana College throughout the season. She continued that trend by delivering a hit every time a runner was in scoring position in three games vs. LeTourneau last week. Roark totaled eight RBI, including four in the April 8 nightcap win against LU. . . . Emillie Collins improved her pitching record to 13-1 with a pair of victories in last week's games. . . . Freshman Chassy Geisel's hitting remained hot with the catcher going 8-for-17 (.471) with four RBI over six games.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (19-11, 16-4 ASC): The ASC West-leading Crusaders put their nine-game win streak on hold until the regular-season closing series at second-place Schreiner April 25-26. UMHB, who swept Texas Lutheran in four games last weekend (Apr. 11-12), has won 16 of its last 18 outings after opening the season 3-9. . . . Outfielder Kasey Pape batted .400 (6-of-15) with two multiple-hit games in the TLU sweep. . . . Pitcher Megan Brown threw a complete-game four-hit shutout to lead Mary Hardin-Baylor past TLU 7-0 in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. It was Brown's third straight complete game victory and second straight four-hit shutout. . . . Megan Foster stretched her hitting streak to 18 games with a 7-for-14 weekend vs. the Bulldogs.

Mississippi College (19-15, 8-12 ASC): The Lady Choctaws are in the midst of a light two-week schedule, playing just a single game against crosstown rival Millsaps last Thursday (Apr. 10) and a doubleheader vs. #19 East Texas Baptist on Monday (Apr. 14). MC is off until an April 25-26 regular-season closing home series vs. LeTourneau. . . . Right-hander Katie Waterbury shutout Millsaps with a one-hit, 12-strikeout effort.

Ozarks (12-16, 7-13 ASC): Left fielder Shannon Rainbolt led the Lady Eagles with eight hits against UT Dallas (Apr. 11-12). Rainbolt collected multiple hits in three games, including a 3-for-4 performance in the series opener. . . . Ozarks has four players in its .300-plus hitters club -- Shannon Rainbolt, Amanda Luney, Brandi Blake and Jamie Johnson. . . . The Lady Eagles close the season with eight home games, including a four-game series vs. #19 East Texas Baptist April 25-26.

Schreiner (15-14, 13-6 ASC): The Mountaineers moved into second-place in the ASC West with wins in three-of-four games at Sul Ross State last weekend (Apr. 11-12). . . . Schreiner ranks third in the conference team batting stats going a collective .319 at the plate. . . . SU is off until hosting West Division leader Mary Hardin-Baylor April 25-26 in the final regular-season weekend.

Sul Ross State (6-24, 4-16 ASC): Kelly Owen tops the Lady Lobos with 12 RBI and has the only home run hit by SRSU this season. . . . Lilia Vazquez is Sul Ross State's leading hitter carrying a .349 batting average. . . . SRSU has avoided sweeps in each of its last three ASC West series by winning at least one of the four games.

UT Dallas (12-14, 11-9 ASC): The Comets remain in the hunt for an ASC Tournament berth after splitting with #19 East Texas Baptist April 9 and winning three-of-four against Ozarks last weekend (Apr. 11-12). . . . Junior Michelle Green came up clutch in the bottom of the seventh with runners at the corners, driving a triple into the right center field gap to score two runs in Saturday's 6-5 win against Ozarks.

Texas Lutheran (18-14, 11-9 ASC): Tiffany Haines tied the TLU record for home runs in a season with her fifth -- a solo blast at UMHB. She shares the season home run mark with teammate Amy Behlen with the Bulldog duo both one home run shy of tying the team's career record of seven. . . . Texas Lutheran is at Trinity in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday (Apr. 16) before taking an eight-day break.

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