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Line Drives -- ASC's Weekly Baseball Notebook
February 26, 2004


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Compiled from information submitted by ASC sports information directors.

1B Josiah Jones continued his hot season start going a combined 5-for-7 with a double, triple, three runs and three RBI as East Texas Baptist swept Central Baptist College on Saturday (Feb. 21). Jones, who leads the Tigers with a .600 batting average and 10 RBI through the first six games, singled against Wiley College (Feb. 18) to total six hits in the three games last week. . . . The Tigers’ 6-0 start is the best for the program since ETBU moved to NCAA Division III prior to the 1999 season. . . . ETBU pitchers have allowed only eight earned runs and notched 50 strikeouts in the first 44 innings.

Andy Harrington collected an RBI single and solo home run in his first two plate appearances in Saturday’s opening game of a doubleheader sweep of Dallas (Feb. 21). Harrington tallied two hits in each end of the twinbill, totaling five RBI and five runs scored. . . . Barry Janisse drove-in four runs off a pair of doubles and scored four runs in the Cowboys’ 18-2 win over Dallas in the nightcap.

Howard Payne junior 3B Craig Simpson hit .471 over four games last week (8-for-17), including a homerun and three RBI to help HPU get back into its series-closer vs. Wayland Baptist (Feb. 21). Simpson displayed patience at the plate with no strikeouts and a walk. . . . Junior P Kelly Henderson worked six innings to earn the win at Austin College (Feb. 18). Henderson gave up one run on four hits and struck out three.

LeTourneau freshman P Jordan Wootten tossed a complete game for his first collegiate victory with a 4-2 victory against Southwest Assemblies of God (Feb. 21). Wootten allowed four hits and one earned run in the win. . . . The YellowJackets swept SAGU to go 2-1 for the week. LU dropped a single game to LSU-Shreveport. . . . Pinch-runner John Thompson stole third base and scored the winning run when the throw sailed into the outfield to give LeTourneau the win in the opening game of the SAGU doubleheader. . . . Damon Stokes tripled in the SAGU nightcap.

After getting swept in a doubleheader a day earlier, P James Halle came back and pitched a complete game win against Hillsdale Baptist on Friday (Feb. 20). The sophomore gave up one earned run and struck out seven to allow the Wildcats to get one out of three in the series. . . . LC went 3-2 last week, sweeping a doubleheader from Division I Prarie View A&M who came into the series with an 8-3 record. Prarie View was the first Division I opponent that LC has faced since facing five D-I opponents in 2000. . . . Freshman P Robbie Woodall continues to pitch well throwing six innings of scoreless ball on the week, five innings coming against PVAM in his first collegiate victory (Feb. 21). LC was trailing 5-1 when Woodall entered in the bottom of the third and struck out five and walked none to get the win. . . . Freshman P Allen Waddell also got his first collegiate victory in relief against Prarie View.

P/OF Stephen Spanier shut down St. Edward’s in the 11th inning to preserve Mary Hardin-Baylor’s season-opening victory over the Hilltoppers. Spanier struck out one, walked one and retired two batters on groundouts. He did not allow a ball to be hit out of the infield in his first collegiate appearance. . . . The Crusaders finally got a game under their belts with last week’s 10-9 extra inning win over St. Edward’s. T.J. McKnight earned his first win for UMHB with three solid innings of work against St. Edward’s. OF Dean Shirley led off the game with his first collegiate home run and added two key outfield assists. Shirley threw out the potential game-winning run at home plate to end the bottom of the ninth inning and send the game to extra innings.

McMurry’s No. 1 pitcher, Josh Lee, had a perfect game through three innings against Trinity (Feb. 17). Lee gave up only seven singles until taking a hard-luck loss in the seventh, when he allowed a two-run, two-out homer that was hit down the 310-foot left field line in a 3-2 loss. The senior RHP struck out seven and had four assists in the field. . . . Sophomore Albert Carrizales and junior Mike Vives are the only two McMurry batters to record at least one hit in each of the four games this season. Carrizales and senior C Seth Ardoin lead the Indians with a .364 batting average. Carrizales has a seven-game hitting streak (.500, 4 RBI, 5 runs) dating back to last season.

Mississippi College RHP Sam Graham won the first game of this season’s Con Maloney Series with a 9-4 win against cross-town rival Millsaps College (Feb. 17). The series is played annually between MC, Millsaps and Belhaven College. Graham was dominant after allowing a first inning run on two hits. Over the next four innings he struck out five batters and allowed just one hit.

3B/P Anthony Brandon displayed both patience at the plate and on the mound over a 1-1 week for Ozarks. Brandon went 2-for-3 with an RBI against Westminster College (Feb. 20) and picked up the save after pitching two-thirds of an inning. He came back with one hit against York College on Saturday (Feb. 21) to put his season batting average at .333 while leading the team in hits (6). . . . Brandon, Brian Heckmann and Kyle Hudson each have one win apiece for the Eagles. Hudson is the team leader in ERA (2.08). . . . Heckmann’s first career homerun proved to be the game-winner against Westminster. With the score notched at 5-5, Heckmann hit a shot in the sixth inning with two outs to make the score 6-5 and give the Eagles the lead for good.

UT Dallas posted a 3-1 record last week, including a 24-1 run-fest victory over Southwest Assemblies of God last Friday (Feb. 20). . . . 3B Mike Biguenet hit .538 in last week’s play, drilling seven hits -- including a double and home run -- and seven RBI. . . . RHP Tony Adler returned to the mound after a season recovering from arm surgery for a complete game, 4-2 win over Texas Wesleyan (Feb. 21). Adler gave up three hits, two unearned runs and five strikeouts in the seven-inning contest. . . . UTD is hitting a collective .336 after bulking-up with 22 hits vs. SAGU. The Comets pounded six home runs in the game, including two by OF Rob Spencer, who drove in seven runs.

UT Tyler downed Hillsdale Baptist 11-10 before 604 fans to post the first win in the history of its baseball program (Feb. 21). The Patriots came close to sweeping its first doubleheader, but dropped the nightcap 8-7. . . . SS Justin Ard made his mark in UT Tyler baseball history as he had the first hit and the first home run in school history. For the doubleheader, Ard went 4 for 4 with runners in scoring position. His two-run fourth inning blast gave UT Tyler an 8-7 lead. In game two and down 8-1 in the bottom of the sevneth, Ard (along with Josh Tipps) hit a three-run shot over the wall to pull the Patriots within one. . . . The Patriots are scheduled to face their first ASC competition when they host Concordia-Austin in a three-game series Friday and Saturday (Feb. 27-28).

John Krog homered and doubled twice as Texas Lutheran shook off the rust of a two-week layoff and handed Southwestern a 17-4 loss Thursday (Feb.19). The senior first baseman collected four RBI and score two runs, hitting a three-run home run in the Bulldogs' four-run third inning and doubling home another run in the sixth. Krog, closing in on TLU's all-time doubles record, now has 42 career doubles and is chasing Johnny Briseno’s school record 48. . . . Kyle Newman pitched two innings of relief against Southwestern and struck out the side in both innings, stifling a Southwestern rally. . . . The Bulldogs recorded 17 hits in its 17-4 win over Southwestern. . . . DH Casey Rehfeld led off the game with a solo home run, finishing the contest with a 3-for-3 performance. He scored four runs, walked once and stole two bases. . . . 3B Carlos Buentello drove in three runs with a double and a fielder's choice, and Aaron Crais and Brice each drove home a pair of runs and each scored three times. Gilmore had three hits. . . .Matt Hunn picked up his second win of the young season throwing four innings and alloweing six hits, four runs (all earned) and four walks. . . . TLU head coach Bill Miller is five wins shy of the 400 win mark. All 395 of his collegiate victories have come at TLU.

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