Drives: ASC Softball Weekly Notebook
April 30, 2003
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Four Teams Vye for ASC Softball Championship: Four teams East Texas Baptist, Mary Hardin-Baylor, UT Dallas and Schreiner converge on Irving, Texas, and Southwest Park Friday and Saturday (May 2-3) for the 2003 American Southwest Conference Softball Championship Tournament. Fridays first-round games pit defending tournament champion and No. 15-ranked ETBU (25-11) against West runner-up Schreiner (16-15) and two-time West Division champ UMHB (20-12) against UT Dallas (19-15). Friday games are scheduled at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays semifinal is scheduled at 11 a.m. followed by the championship game at 1 p.m. The winner advances to the NCAA Division III Softball Championship.
Friday-Saturday, May 2-3
Tourney Tix: Daily tickets for the ASC Softball Championship Tournament are $5 for adults and $2 for students, and will be available at the gate.
ASC Tourney Tidbits: This season's ASC Softball Tournament is the fifth annual. Schreiner won the inaugural conference tourney title in 1999 with East Texas Baptist taking the last three tournament trophies home. . . . Defending champion ETBU advanced to the NCAA-III Softball Championship regional final a year ago, the first year the ASC had an automatic berth in the NCAA postseason. In 2001, ETBU used its conference tournament victory to spark its National Christian College Athletic Association national title run. . . . Mary Hardin-Baylor is the only school to earn a spot in all five ASC Softball Tournaments.
ASC Softball Tournament Champions
Tournament Teams . . .
East Texas Baptist (27-11, 19-5 ASC): No. 1 East seed ETBU finished second in the East Division behind Louisiana College who is ineligible for NCAA postseason. . . . Junior Angela Gonzales tops ASC and Lady Tiger hitters with a .446 batting average (50-for-112). She has 13 doubles and a school season record 42 RBI. . . . ETBU has a couple of right-handers getting hot in the end of the regular season. Freshman Amy Lockhart (5-1, 1.27 ERA) went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 7.2 innings while sophomore Carrie Mills jumped into the starting rotation and went 1-1 with a 2.47 ERA and nine strikeouts over 11.1 innings. . . . Kristen Abernathy tops the ETBU pitching staff with a 12-3 record, 1.62 ERA and 43 strikeouts. She is the second-ranked pitcher among the tournament field and leads a staff ranked second in ASC team ERA (1.56). . . . Speedster Tonya Minor has 26 stolen bases in 27 attempts and leads the conference with 44 runs scored. . . . ETBU moved up two spots to No. 15 in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division III Coaches poll.
Mary Hardin-Baylor (22-12, 19-5 ASC): The Crusaders won the West title and No. 1 West seed for a second straight year. They enter tournament play with wins in 19 of their last 22 games. . . . Sarah Lemons set a career-high with her ninth win of the season, a 5-0 shutout vs. Schreiner (Apr. 26), to move to 9-2 for the year (2.41 ERA). She heads a staff that carries a combined 2.05 ERA into the conference tournament. . . . Freshman Angela Cavender has the best ERA (1.53) among tournament pitchers. . . . Senior shortstop Megan Foster ranks fourth in the league with her team-high .405 batting average and 45 hits. Her 30 RBI list at third in the ASC. . . . Jackilyn Michel enters the postseason hitting .389.
Schreiner (16-17, 14-9 ASC): The Mountaineers return to the tournament for the first time since 1999 and for the first time as full NCAA-III members. . . . Schreiner is the No. 2 seed from the West after finished runner up in the division standings. . . . Schreiner carries the best team batting average in the tourney field, hitting .306 with a conference-low 64 strikeouts. . . . Felicia Delgado leads SU at the plate (.379) and in the circle (10-8, 2.08 ERA). She ranks ninth in both conference batting and ERA stats, smacking a league-high 15 doubles. . . . Amanda Ozuna (.387), Jeanette Decker (.366) and Emily Chaney (.355) are the offensive leaders. . . .
UT Dallas (19-15, 14-10 ASC): UT Dallas participates in the ASC Tournament for the first time in its initial year of full NCAA-III membership. . . . The Comets enter ASC postseason play winning 11 of their last 14 games, including a pair of doubleheader splits vs. East Texas Baptist. . . . UTD has three players hitting better than .360 -- Candace Felts (.390), Shaunna Lawrence (.362) and Teri Hollowell (.362). Felts ranks eighth among conference hitters and carries the third-best batting average of tournament players. . . . The Comet pitching staff is led by Stephanie Herrera who has compiled a 10-8 record and 2.08 ERA with 129 strikeouts.
Conference Notables . . .
LC Captures NCCAA National Softball Title: Louisiana College softball put an exclamation point on its ASC East Division championship season, winning the National Christian College Athletic Association Division I Softball national championship on Saturday (Apr. 26). The Lady Wildcats beat NAIA powerhouse Olivet Nazarene 4-1 in the title game to complete an undefeated tournament run (4-0) and close the year with a 34-4 record. Louisiana College is in its final year of NCAA Div. III provisional membership and ineligible for the ASC Softball Championship Tournament. . . . Freshman pitcher Sandy Clark was voted NCCAA Central Region Player of the Year. She was joined on the region squad by teammates Joanna Grubbs, Emillie Collins, Kim Leggett, Misty Roark and Trista Helverson.
The Lady Wildcats NCCAA Title Run
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