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Line Drives: ASC Softball Weekly Notebook
April 21, 2003


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National Polls

USA Today/NFCA Division III Coaches Poll
Poll #2 (April 16)

Rank School Pts.
1. Emory (5) 197
2. Simpson (3) 195
3. Muskingum 173
4. SUNY Cortland 162
5. Pacific Lutheran 158
6. Illinois Wesleyan 157
7. College of New Jersey 148
  Salisbury (Md.) 148
9. Alma College 123
10. Central (Iowa) 119
11. Methodist 112
12. Montclair State 107
13. Western Connecticut State 103
14. California State Hayward 99
15. St. Thomas (Minn.) 78
16. Lake Forest (Ill.) 69
17. East Texas Baptist 54
18. SUNY Geneseo 50
19. Bethany (W.Va.) 48
20. Ohio Northern 46
21. Coast Guard 36
  Augustana (Ill.) 36
23. Ithaca College 33
24. Roanoke (Va.) 31
25. Washington Univ. (Mo.) 24

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
Apr. 16 2 East Texas Baptist 17

Line Drives . . .

Concordia-Austin (2-27, 1-18 ASC): The Tornados host Sul Ross State this weekend to close the season (Apr. 25-26).

East Texas Baptist (22-10, 14-4 ASC): East Texas Baptist moved up two spots in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll to list at No. 17. . . . The Lady Tigers host UT Dallas on Tuesday (Apr. 22) before closing the regular season with a four-game set at Ozarks this weekend (Apr. 25-26). . . . Angela Gonzales is hitting a hot .402 with 35 RBI and 11 doubles.

Howard Payne (12-22, 9-11 ASC): HPU returns to action this weekend with Friday and Saturday doubleheaders at Texas Lutheran (Apr. 25-26). The Lady Jackets, who have an outside chance at a return trip to the ASC Tournament, can spoil TLU's tournament hopes.

LeTourneau (7-23, 3-17 ASC): The LadyJackets return from a 10-day break to finish the season with a pair of doubleheaders at Mississippi College this weekend. . . . Stephanie Ray leads LU with 14 RBI and four home runs.

Louisiana College (30-4, 22-2 ASC): Louisiana College swept Thursday's doubleheader at rival East Texas Baptist (Apr. 17) to win its first-ever ASC East Division softball title. The Lady Wildcats are in their last year of NCAA-III provisional membership and are ineligible for the conference tournament. . . . LC finishes its regular-season schedule with Monday's home doubleheader vs. Southern Arkansas (Apr. 21), then heads to Marion, Ind., to compete for the National Christian College Athletic Association national title April 24-25. . . . First-year catcher Chassy Geisel set the tone for LC's division title-winning sweep of ETBU, going 4-for-4 with two runs and a double in the opener.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (19-11, 16-4 ASC): The Crusaders have clinched a sport in the ASC Tournament and close the regular-season looking to lock-up a repeat West Division title and No. 1 seed during a four-game weekend set at Schreiner (Apr. 25-26). . . . UMHB is on a nine-game win streak and carries a 15-1 record vs. ASC West teams this season. . . . Megan Foster heads into her final conference weekend with an 18-game hit streak intact.

Mississippi College (20-15, 8-12 ASC): The Lady Choctaws host LeTourneau this weekend to close the season (Apr. 25-26). . . . Emily Casey tops the MC offense, hitting .387 with six extra-base hits. She shares the team RBI lead (16) with Nichole Jones and Jennifer Hannah.

Ozarks (12-16, 7-13 ASC): After a week-long break, Ozarks returns to the diamond hosting Arkansas Tech on Tuesday (Apr. 22) before closing the season with a four-game series vs. #17 East Texas Baptist on Friday and Saturday (Apr. 25-26). . . . Shannon Rainbolt (.312) and Brandi Blake (.310) are the Lady Eagles' offensive leaders.

Schreiner (15-14, 13-6 ASC): The Mountaineers are in position to both challenge for the West Division title and a spot in the ASC Tournament field as they prepare to host division leading Mary Hardin-Baylor in Friday and Saturday doubleheaders (Apr. 25-26). . . . Multipurpose player Felicia Delgado carries a hot .402 batting average with 23 RBI and 18 extra-base hits. Delgado leads SU in the circle with 9-6 record, 2.25 ERA and 71 strikeouts.

Sul Ross State (6-24, 4-16 ASC): The Lady Lobos have a Tuesday (Apr. 22) non-conference doubleheader vs. UT Permian Basin before closing the season with a four-game road set at Concordia-Austin this weekend (Apr. 25-26).

UT Dallas (16-14, 13-9 ASC): The Comets claimed a berth in the ASC Tournament with Wednesday's road sweep of LeTourneau (Apr. 16). . . . UTD closes its conference schedule on Tuesday with a doubleheader at #17 East Texas Baptist. The two teams are battling for the top seed in the East Division. . . . UTD plays host to Northwood University on Thursday (Apr. 24) in its final regular season games. . . . Freshman pitcher Stephanie Herrera won three games and collected a save over last week's four games. Herrera opened with a one-hit, 6-0 shutout of LeTourneau and ended with a save in the second game of the Colorado College doubleheader. Herrerra struck-out 20 and allowed two walks and no earned runs over her 15.1 innings of work. . . . Aimee Duke and Teri Hollowell each hit their first home runs last week. Duke's came in her second at-bat since returning from face and mouth surgery after a March 26 injury.

Texas Lutheran (20-14, 11-9 ASC): Amy Behlen is one home run behind Tiffany Haines in two TLU record categories. Behlen has six career homers and a single season-high five home runs. . . . Texas Lutheran remains in the hunt for an ASC Tournament berth, closing the regular-season with Friday-Saturday home doubleheaders against West rival Howard Payne (Apr. 25-26).

Numbers and Records: This ASC website is the place to locate statistics, results and updated league standings. The information is updated throughout the week. Also posted to the website is the conference softball records and annual results, the first compilation of historical softball data since the sport became an ASC championship sport in the 1999 season.

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