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Line Drives -- ASC's Weekly Baseball Notebook
March 2, 2004

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Louisiana College swept its home series vs. Howard Payne last weekend (Feb. 27-28). . . . OF Chase Crump made the most of his three hits over the weekend, sending all for extra bases with a double and a pair of home runs. None of the hits were bigger than a three-run home run that put LC ahead 8-7 in game one of the series (Feb. 27). Crump finished the weekend with nine RBI--three in each of the three games. . . . LC scored 37 runs last week and stretched its season win streak to six games. The Wildcats offense has produced 66 runs in the streak. . . . Dustyn Parker continues to raise his batting average, hitting 7-for-12 vs. HPU to improve to .429 for the season. . . . Freshman Robbie Woodall earned his second relief win of the season.

DH Tim Beecham made the most of his first starts of the season by blasting three home runs in two games and driving in nine runs to lead Texas Lutheran against LeTourneau. Beecham, a senior, has bided his time on the Bulldog bench for three seasons until breaking out this weekend as the main offensive force in the Bulldogs’ two victories last Saturday (Feb. 28). Beecham also belted a double and boosted his season slugging percentage to 1.556. For the weekend, he hit .500 and raised his season average to .444. . . . Adam Enloe tossed five strong innings in his first career start giving up two hits and allowing one unearned run in TLU’s 12-4 win in game three of the LeTourneau series. Enloe struck out four and walked one. . . . Coach Bill Miller is two wins from his 400th collegiate victory. Miller is in his 12th season with the Bulldogs with an overall coaching record of 398-149-1. . . . Junior LF Brice Gilmore has started the year with a bang. Gilmore has 10 hits in 19 at-bats, has scored eight runs and has six RBI. . . . Sophomore C Aaron Crais went 7-for-12, scored four runs and drove in two vs. LeTourneau.

Will Doyle’s first home run in a Mary Hardin-Baylor uniform was a big one. Doyle won the first game of the Crusaders’ series at East Texas Baptist (Feb. 27) with a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning. . . . . P Travis McKnight got the save in the 7-4 win over ETBU. He now has had a hand in both UMHB wins with the save and the win against St. Edward’s. . . . The Crusaders will finally play their first home games of the season with four games in three days this week, including a three-game series vs. Ozarks on Friday and Saturday.

Freshman P Kyle Hudson gathered two wins and recorded a save for Ozarks over four appearances last week. Hudson allowed no earned runs and gave up only one run in 10 innings pitched. Hudson came in relief in both of his victories and struck out seven while walking three. . . . Sophomore LF Kerry Shirley made his mark in his first start of the season going 3-for-3 with an RBI and one run scored in Saturday’s opener vs. Schreiner (Feb. 28). Shirley had a double and two singles in the contest, then came back for two runs and two walks in the second game. . . . Sophomore SS Brian Heckmann went 5-for-11 at the plate with an RBI in the five games last week. He also earned a start on the mound in Saturday’s win.

Hardin-Simmons saw its season record even at 3-3 following Saturday’s doubleheader loss at Mississippi College (Feb. 28). . . . RF Michael Popino hit safely in both ends of the MC twinbill, finishing 2-for-2 in the second game. Popino’s RBI single in game one put HSU ahead 3-0 in the third inning. . . . Junior RHP Craig Foreman continues to give the Cowboys solid pitching. In the doubleheader opener, Foreman shut out MC for four innings before allowing two runs in the fifth and one in the seventh and left the game tied at 3-3 after seven. HSU lost on an unearned run in the eighth. . . . CF Michael Simpson had three hits in four trips in Saturday’s first game.

East Texas Baptist freshman SS Nick Martinek had his best weekend as a Tiger hitting .429 in the three-game series against Mary Hardin-Baylor (Feb. 27-28) and leading ETBU to a 2-of-3 victory in the series. Martinek hit safely in all three games smacking a double in Friday’s series-opener. . . . RHP Aaron Lippe improved to 3-0 on the season with a gutsy performance in a 9-1 win over UMHB on Saturday. Lippe and the Tigers massaged a slim 3-1 lead into the sixth inning before ETBU broke it open with a six-run outburst. . . . The Tigers went 7-1 at home in February, with the only loss coming on a ninth-inning rally by Mary Hardin-Baylor in a 7-4 loss last Friday. . . . Junior 3B James Morgan blasted two home runs and had five RBI in the three-game set with UMHB, including a clutch three-run blast in the first inning of the third game that gave ETBU a 4-0 cushion in a game they eventually held on to win, 6-5. . . . Junior OF Trey Luster is a perfect 8-for-8 on steals this season.

McMurry left-hander Greg Erickson picked up his first victory (6-0) of the season – a four-hit shutout of Austin College on the road (Feb. 28) -- striking out six batters and walking only one. He induced eight groundball outs and strikeouts when the Kangaroos had runners in scoring position, preserving the shutout. It was Erickson’s first career shutout. . . . McMurry outscored Austin 21-3 in the three-game series (Feb. 27-28) in its first three-game series sweep since April 25-26, 2003 at Schreiner. . . . Albert Carrizales had a seven-game hitting streak dating back to last season snapped by going 0-for-4 in the first game at Austin College. In the last two games of the series, he went 3-for-7. . . . Freshman RHP Ross Braune picked up a tough save, preserving Nick Schafer’s 4-3 win on Saturday in the first game of a DH with Austin. Braune threw two scoreless innings allowing no hits, a walk and had three strikeouts. It was his first career save and came in his first college appearance. McMurry co-hosts (with Hardin-Simmons) the Abilene Classic March 8-10, playing North Park, Southwestern and St. Francis.

Senior IF Scott Bunting batted .500 (6-for-12) to lead Concordia-Austin to a 2-1 series at ASC newcomer UT Tyler last weekend (Feb. 27-28). Held hitless in Friday’s series opener, Bunting exploded for five hits--including a double and two home runs (one a grand slam), nine RBI and three runs scored in Saturday’s doubleheader opener. He added a single, RBI and three runs in the second game.

UT Dallas RHP Tony Adler posted his second straight shutdown appearance in Saturday’s doubleheader opener vs. Sul Ross State (Feb. 28). The transfer from South Carolina struck out 11 SRSU hitters in just 6.0 innings of work, allowing four hits and no walks. . . . The Comets are 6-1 after sweeping three-game set from Sul Ross last weekend (Feb. 27-28). UTD gave up just one run in each game, only two of which were earned . . . In Saturday’s doubleheader, Adler, game two starter Gordon Walters and three relievers walked only one Lobo hitter and gave up just seven hits during the two seven-inning games. . . . Friday’s 18-1 UTD win saw the middle of the Comets order – Mike Cardoza, Caleb Chandler and Adler (at DH), were a combined 12-for-14 with 10 runs scored. . . . After seven games, Comets have five pitchers who have not given up an earned run, and three others with ERA’s of 2.25 or lower. The team ERA is at 2.04 while Comets are hitting .343 against opposing pitchers.

3B Marc Chisholm led Mississippi College to two wins over Hardin Simmons on Saturday (Feb. 28) with five hits in eight at-bats (.625) to raise his season batting average to .471. In game one he picked up three of the team’s nine hits as the Choctaws came from behind to win in extra innings. Chisholm got things started quickly in game two with a three-run home run in the first inning and later added an RBI single in the seventh for an insurance run. . . . The Choctaws have outscored opponents 40-22 en route to a 5-1 record and a five-game win streak. In those five wins, the Choctaws are batting 320.

In its first weekend of ASC cross-division games, OF/P Ray Amaro led Schreiner at the plate, going 4-for-6 with five RBI and one walk. In the Mountaineers’ 8-3 win vs. Ozarks (Feb. 27), Amano single-handily outscored the Eagles collecting four RBI off two singles. . . . P Geoff Greene picked up the Mountaineers’ win last Friday. Greene notched seven strikeouts against the 26 batters he faced. Against the top half of OU’s lineup, Greene only allowed two hits in 14 at-bats. . . . Run support has eluded Schreiner through the first nine games with the Mountaineers scoring 45 runs against 56 allowed. . . . Travis Turner and Jordan Anders both collected their first home run of the year at Ozarks. . . . The Mountaineers host Trinity on Tuesday before hosting UT Tyler in a three-game weekend series.

LeTourneau CF Damon Stokes hit safely in each of the three games in last weekend’s series vs. Texas Lutheran, including two-hit performances in the second and third games. Stokes collected the YellowJackets’ first home run of the season with a shot in the middle game of the set and finished the weekend with five RBI and a .385 batting average (5-for-13). . . . LHP Demetri White struck out eight and allowed one run and five hits to put LeTourneau ahead 2-1 through seven innings of work on Friday, but saw the performance tarnished when the bullpen was unable to stop a TLU comeback win. . . . Matt Neighbors smacked three hits in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader and finished the TLU series 5-for-9 with three RBI and three runs scored.


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