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

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AROUND THE CONFERENCE
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American Southwest Conference softball teams have one week of league play under their belts after last weekend’s ASC First Pitch Tournament (Mar. 5-6). On tap this week are several ASC division-openers as well as trips to California, Georgia and Florida.

East Texas Baptist will play in the NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic in LaGrange, Ga., this weekend. Twenty-four of the nation’s top teams are scheduled to play in the three-day tournament (Mar. 12-14). . . . Sophomore DP Allison Ratcliff became ETBU's all-time home run leader last Friday (Mar. 5), blasting a sixth-inning, game-winning shot against Texas Lutheran. The homer was Ratcliff's ninth, breaking the old mark of eight set by Lynette Luedders from 1998-2001. However, Ratcliff held the mark by herself for only a day, as senior C Angela Gonzales blasted her third homer of the season and the ninth of her career Saturday (Mar. 6) in a win over Howard Payne. . . . Senior RHP Kristen Abernathy pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over Mary Hardin-Baylor Saturday. It was Abernathy's first start of the season. . . . Junior 1B Holley Martin broke out of a mini-slump with a big First Pitch tournament, going 6-for-13 (.462) with two homers, three doubles and a team-high eight RBI in the four games. . . . Freshman SS Christy Shipley also remained red-hot at the plate, going 6-for-11 (.545) with six runs and six RBI in the tournament.

Hardin-Simmons OF Mia Lopez had three hits and drove in two runs in the Cowgirls win over the University of Dallas on Saturday (Mar. 6). The freshman finished the weekend tournament batting .455 (5-for-11) and recorded multiple-hit games against both LeTourneau and UD. . . . P Brandi Wicker evened her record at 2-2 with the win in the 10-5 victory vs. UD. A day earlier, Wicker did not allow an earned run vs. LeTourneau, giving up six unearned runs. . . . Amber Pierce recorded the first home run in HSU softball history with a four-bagger against East Texas Baptist on Friday (Mar. 5).

Freshman 3B Megan Kato provided the big bat in LeTourneau’s First Pitch Tournament lineup. Kato, who finished hitting .500 (6-for-12) for the four games, knocked-in a pair of runs in the LadyJackets’ 6-1 win over Hardin-Simmons (Mar. 5). Among her hits was a double against Mary Hardin-Baylor (Mar. 6) and her first career home run vs. Schreiner (Mar. 6). . . . Freshman Jodi Jones drilled a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give LU an 8-7 win over Howard Payne. Jones, Stephanie Ray and Sarah Ricks all homered against HPU to set the LU single-game home runs record and help the LadyJackets to a record six homers for a single season.

Junior OF Misty Roark was the most influetial and consistent hitter for Louisiana College at the First Pitch Tournament. Roark accounted for five runs -- three scored and two RBI -- in Friday’s victory against Concordia (Mar. 5), then came back on Saturday to play a part in two runs against Howard Payne (one run and one RBI). Roark hit .466 for the weekend (7-for-15). . . . LC took its first loss of the year with an eight-inning, 4-2 loss to Texas Lutheran (Mar. 5). . . . P Emillie Collins is 5-0 on the year while P Sandi Clark has struck out 57 hitters in 40 inning of work. Collins helped her own cause against Concordia-Austin, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI. . . . Kim Leggett was 3-for-3 vs. CUA, helping the Lady Wildcats pile-up a season game-high 11 hits vs. the Tornados.

Mary Hardin-Baylor went 3-1 at the ASC First Pitch Tournament to improve to 6-2 overall. . . . Danielle Thomas was 5-for-13 at the tournament with six RBI, five runs scored and three stolen bases. . . . P Jackilyn Michel improved to 4-0 on the season by picking up two wins at the tournament and P Megan Brown had one win and one save. Brown struck out 17 batters in 16.2 innings of work. . . . UMHB went two weeks between games prior to the First Pitch Tournament.

Mississippi College freshman 1B Leslie Shumock was one of the most consistent hitters for the Lady Choctaws in last week’s tournament play. Shumock batted .444 over the week with four RBI, two runs scored and one stolen base. . . . P Katie Waterbury struck out 11 while giving up seven hits and three runs in the 3-2 loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor (Mar. 5). The senior hurler came back against Schreiner (Mar. 6) to toss a one-hitter in the 4-0 complete-game shutout.

LF Shannon Rainbolt batted .428 (6-for-14) and scored six runs to lead Ozarks to a 3-1 record in the ASC First Pitch Tournament. Rainbolt was instrumental in the Lady Eagles’ 5-3 win over Schreiner on Friday, scoring two runs and going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. She then scored three runs in Ozarks’ 10-2 win over Concordia-Austin. . . . Junior P Dana Marvin went 2-0 in the circle, striking out six, allowing six hits while giving up three earned runs over 12 innings of work. . . . Devon Bottoms went 4-for-8 and recorded six RBI, including four RBI in a 7-4 win over Sul Ross State (Mar. 6). Bottoms’ two RBI in the fifth broke a 4-4 tie. . . . Erica Newell had six hits last weekend, including a 3-for-4 performance against Sul Ross State.

Krystle Martinez scored two of Schreiner’s three runs in a 5-3 loss to Ozarks last Friday (Mar. 5). The sophomore OF collected three hits over the weekend while batting .250. Her best performance of the year came in the Mountaineers’ win vs. LeTourneau (Mar. 6) where she scored twice and had two hits. . . . P Kayla Burleson picked up the first win for Schreiner this season, pitching 5.0 innings and giving up two runs on two hits against LeTourneau.

Batting leadoff, Shaunna Lawrence was the spark for the UT Dallas offense throughout last weekend’s ASC First Pitch Tournament. The speedy Lawrence scored the team’s first run in the top of the inning in a 2-1 win over Schreiner by bunting for a base hit, stealing second on the next pitch, then third and scoring when the catcher’s throw was off-line. The senior CF started the tight game with Texas Lutheran the same way, getting on base with a hit to open the game, then moving around to third where she was left stranded in a 1-0 loss. Lawrence scored five runs and drove in five more while batting .384 (5-for-13). . . . P Stephanie Herrera was a shut-down reliever in two games in the tournament, throwing 6.0 innings of shutout relief. The sophomore entered the Sul Ross State game with a 7-1 lead and pitched a perfect three innings, not allowing a hit and striking out five of the nine batters she faced. With her team trailing 1-0 in a tight game with Texas Lutheran, Herrera took over in the fourth and again kept the Bulldogs in check, giving up just two hits in pitching three shutout innings. . . . UT Dallas is spending the week in southern California where they split Monday’s (Mar. 8) games at the Sun West Tournament hosted by Chapman University. On their off-day, the Comets plan to attend a taping of The Price is Right with the show scheduled to air March 30.

Texas Lutheran got off to a 2-1 start in the conference with a 4-2 win over ASC East favorite Louisiana College and a 1-0 win over UT Dallas. TLU also picked-up a non-conference win vs. University of Dallas. . . . P Amanda Stevens tossed a two-hit shutout in the win over UTD. She struck out four and did not walk a batter. . . . Tiffany Haines hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to give TLU the win over LC. . . . Kelly Jozwiak had the game-winning RBI single in the win over UTD.


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