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Line Drives -- ASC's Weekly Softball Notebook
February 18, 2004

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AROUND THE CONFERENCE
Compiled from information submitted by ASC sports information directors.

After a weather-slowed start, the American Southwest Conference softball teams take to the diamond in force over the next several days.

The ASC softball lineup grew by one team in the off-season, pushing to 13 the number of member schools offering the sport in the 2004 season. Hardin-Simmons opened its inaugural season of softball Tuesday (Feb. 17) splitting its doubleheader at Northwood. The Cowgirls play their first home games on Saturday (Feb. 21) when they host NCAA Division II Tarleton State. . . . The number of ASC softball teams will again grow by one in 2005 when NCAA Div. III provisional member UT Tyler brings its softball program on-line.

Defending ASC champion East Texas Baptist and defending ASC East titlist Louisiana College are both listed among vote-getters in the NFCA Division III Preseason Coaches Top 25. LC, winners of the 2003 National Christian College Athletic Association national championship, pulled-in nine poll points while ETBU earned four points.

After dropping its season-opener at home, Texas Lutheran has won three consecutive games, all over 2003 NCAA playoff teams (Chapman and Gustavus Adolphus). . . . Lauren Dobson pitched a complete-game in the 4-1 win over Chapman (Feb. 13). Dobson, a sophomore right-hander, scattered seven hits and three walks in limiting Chapman to one run. Dobson worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning to preserve the victory. . . . Freshman second baseman Jayme Reiss got off to a hot start with the Bulldogs. She singled in her first plate appearance as a pinch hitter, then hit two doubles in her first career start.

Louisiana College is eligible for the conference championship for the first time in 2004. The Lady Wildcats became full NCAA Division III members on August 1, 2003 and are now eligible to earn one of two ASC East berths in the postseason ASC Softball Championship Tournament.

Mary Hardin-Baylor had its first four scheduled games of the season postponed due to the weather. UMHB opens the season Friday hosting ASC East and conference tournament participant UT Dallas on Friday (Feb. 27) in the first of four home games scheduled for the weekend. . . . . The Crusaders will open 2004 on the old Dee Dillon Field on campus, since construction of the school’s new softball complex has not been completed.

LeTourneau got its season underway in a chilly fashion last Friday (Feb. 13), finishing a 5-1 loss to Northwood amid snow flakes. . . . Freshman P Maegen Tubbleville made her first collegiate start vs. NU. Tubbleville went the distance allowing three earned runs and striking out four. . . . Jodi Jones scored the lone LadyJackets’ run after stealing second base and going home on the catcher’s throwing error.

Sul Ross State opened with a pair of losses at UT El Paso on Saturday (Feb. 14). The Lady Lobos were no-hit in the opener, scoring its only run on a pair of UTEP throwing errors in the fourth. SRSU jumped to a 6-0 lead in the nightcap with three runs in both the first and second innings. LF Terri Denton and 3B Linda Ojeda had two hits apiece in game two.


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