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Line Drives -- ASC's Weekly Baseball Notebook
March 9, 2004

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The American Southwest Conference baseball teams begin conference divisional play this weekend (March 12-13). Texas Lutheran is defending ASC West champion while Mississippi College is the reigning ASC East champion.

Jake Decker played catcher and a little bit of third base for Concordia-Austin in last weekend’s home series sweep vs. LeTourneau (March 5-6). In game one on Friday, Decker was 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles. Then on Saturday, Decker was Mr. Clutch in a tight 4-3 CUA win, smacking a game-winning two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. The home run was Decker’s seventh on the season. . . . Tornados pitchers took over in the last two games of the LeTourneau set. Senior Chris Razook had a strong showing in the first game of Saturday’s double-header, going the distance with six strikeouts and two earned runs. Scott Gordon finished off the Jackets in the nightcap, allowing one earned run over seven innings. . . . Senior OF B.R. Wells carries the big stick for the Tornados hitters with a .385 batting average while Decker boasts a team-leading .807 slugging percentage.

East Texas Baptist C Tommy Edwards, who set an ETBU single-season record with 22 doubles last season, had four two-baggers over four games last week while hitting .538 from the cleanup spot. Edwards had a pair of doubles and two RBI in ETBU's 7-6 win over McMurry on Friday (Mar. 5), and then went 3-for-6 with a double and RBI in two games on Saturday against the Indians (Mar. 6). Edwards is hitting .375 with 10 RBI and a team-high seven doubles for the season. . . . LHP Sean Struwe picked up his first collegiate win in Friday's 7-6 win over McMurry, pitching three innings of shutout relief and striking out seven. Struwe, a two-time All-ASC kicker in football, is playing his first season of baseball at ETBU. . . . Every non-pitcher in a Tiger uniform saw action in Wednesday's 19-1 drubbing of NAIA Jarvis Christian (Mar. 2). In two games against Red River Athletic Conference members Jarvis Christian and Wiley College this season, ETBU has outscored its opponents by a combined 37-2 score.

SS Barry Janisse continues to do damage as the No. 2 hole hitter for Hardin-Simmons. Janisse scored six runs and had three doubles in the three-game sweep of Austin College last weekend (March 5-6). batting .600 (6-for-10) for the series. Janisse was also solid in the field making three extraordinary plays at shortstop. He leads the Cowboys with a .480 average through nine games. . . . The Cowboys are three games over .500 for the first time since 2001, the last time HSU qualified for the ASC Championship Tournament. HSU will play six games this week, including three at the Abilene Classic and a three-game ASC West-opening set at Howard Payne. . . . Michael Popino and Michael Simpson each had four RBI and a home run in the series vs. AC. Simpson’s came courtesy of a grand slam in the Friday night game. . . . Craig Foreman had another stellar outing for the Cowboys, going eight strong innings giving up just two runs (one earned), while striking out six. Third starter Josh Bishop allowed just two unearned runs in five innings, while striking out eight in his win over AC. The Cowboys pitching staff combined to post a 0.78 team ERA for the week.

Sophomore SS Cody Aldredge knocked-in six runs and cracked his first home run of the season over a four-game stretch for LeTourneau (March 2-6). Aldredge’s best game came in the weekend series-opener at Concordia-Austin (Mar. 5) when he went 2-for-5 with the home run, four RBI and a run scored. Aldredge batted .353 (6-for-17) in last week’s action. . . . The YellowJackets lost a heart-breaker at LSU-Shreveport last Tuesday (Mar. 2), going down 11-10 in a 13-inning marathon. Mike VanBrocklin hit his first home run of the season and drove in three runs while P Devin McIntosh pitched 5.0 innings of relief, but was hung with the loss.

Louisiana College extended its season win streak to seven games with a 12-8 win at ASC West leader Texas Lutheran on Friday (Mar. 5), but had the streak abruptly halted a day later with a doubleheader loss to TLU. . . . In the 12-8 win Matt Byrnes went 3-for3 with 3 runs scored, and Luke Kojis hit a three run home run -- his first of the year. P Grant Wilson picked up his fourth save in as many games to seal the victory. . . . The 6-0 shutout loss in Saturday’s opener was the first shutout against LC this year. . . . Ross Doughty and Will Broussard had two hits apiece in the third game of the TLU series.

Mary Hardin-Baylor went 1-2 in the three-game series against Ozarks in its first home action of the season last weekend (Mar. 6-7). . . . OF Dean Shirley batted .556 (5-for-9) and scored four runs last week in the three-game Ozarks series. He also walked four times to post a .692 on-base percentage. . . . Senior P Ryan Gotcher struck out nine and scattered four hits in a 6-4 win over Ozarks (Mar. 6). He allowed just one ball to be hit out of the infield in the first four innings and earned his first win of the season. . . . Mike McKillop made his first two collegiate at-bats count. He blasted a pair of doubles, drove in two runs and scored a run in two at-bats of Saturday’s second game against Ozarks. . . . Heath Haverland was 2-for-3 with three RBI in the final weekend game.

P/1B Josh Lee saved his best for last by going 3-for-3 with a McMurry season-high five RBI as the Indians won the rubber-match of their their-game series with East Texas Baptist (Mar. 5-6). In that same game, Lee hit his fourth homer of the season, a three-run blast, that gave McMurry a 5-3 lead in the third and wouldn’t trail again. Defensively, Lee recorded 20 put-outs and three assists with no errors. He led McMurry with 7 RBI against the Tigers. . . .RHP Nick Schafer moved to 2-0 on the season with a complete-game four hitter against ETBU in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, a 10-1 Indians victory. He lost his shutout bid in the sixth on a solo home run with one out and retired 12 straight batters at one point. . . . McMurry outscored ETBU 29-11 during the series. The Indians have tallied 50 runs in their last six games, compared to 14 by the opposition. The McMurry defense made just one error in 97 chances against ETBU. . . . In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader vs. ETBU, Albert Carrizales was credited with one official at-bat and Chris Manley none because the duo combined for four walks, two sacrifices and a hit-by-pitcher. Each player also had an RBI.

Ozarks 3B/DH Anthony Brandon went 5-for-15 (.333) in four games and had six RBI to lead UO to a 4-1 record, including a big 8-5 victory over Lyon College (Mar. 2), in last week’s action. Brandon hit safely in each contest and recorded an RBI in all but one game during the stretch. . . . Cliff Ford recorded the game-winning RBI in Ozarks’ 5-4 win over Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday (Mar. 7). Ford’s single scored Justin Brown and gave the Eagles a victory. Ford went 1-for-4 in the game and scored one run in the game. . . . Brett Hays went 3-for-4 with three RBI and scored two runs in the Eagles’ 10-7 win over UMHB (Mar. 6). Hays also blasted his first home run of the season against Lyon College earlier in the week.

LF Joe Mann clobbered two homers on Friday to lead Schreiner to a 10-4 win in game one of its three-game series vs. UT Tyler (Mar. 5-6). In the game, Mann was 4-for-4, coming just shy of the cycle as he missed a triple. He pounded out three RBI and crossed the plate three times himself. In the first game on Saturday, Mann again led SU, collecting two hits and a walk. . . . Senior P Geoff Greene dominated the UT Tyler lineup on Friday, shutting down the first five Patriots batters and only allowing three hits and one runner to reach scoring position. It was Greene’s second consecutive win for the Mountaineers. . . . After a dominating win Friday, Schreiner dropped both on Saturday getting outscored 28-4 in two games. SU did play errorless ball in its first two games, before committing five during the series-closer. . . . Travis Turner and Cory Fite each had five hits for the series.

Texas Lutheran coach Bill Miller collected his 400th career victory at TLU with Saturday’s 6-0 win vs. Louisiana College (Mar. 6). The doubleheader sweep of LC gives Miller a record 401-150-1, and puts him 101 wins shy of the school record for baseball coaching victories. . . . Starting P Matt Hunn got TLU back on the winning track with a complete-game shutout of Louisiana College on March 6. The junior struck out nine and overcame five walks while allowing five hits. Hunn improved to 3-0 with the win and lowered his ERA to 2.74. Hunn made a relief appearance and stopped the St. Francis scoring late in the mid-week 8-7 TLU victory (Mar. 2).

UT Dallas senior RHP Tony Adler won his third straight start and has yet to surrender an earned run in 17.2 innings pitched. Adler shutout Howard Payne for four innings on Saturday (Mar. 6) before giving up a pair of unearned runs in the fifth. He has 20 strikeouts and has walked just four hitters this season. Adler has also found a place in the lineup on his off-days as a DH, and leads the team with a .642 batting average (9-for-14), and has a double and .688 on-base percentage. . . . The Comets are on a roll again, improving to 9-1 and winning six straight with second consecutive sweep of an ASC West opponent. UTD is hitting an impressive .339 as a team with six regular starters hitting .351 or better. The pitching staff is holding up its end with a team ERA of 1.78 after 10 games. . . . …Caleb Chandler had just four hits in the HPU series, but drove in five runs with a double and home run.


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