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Line Drives -- ASC's Weekly Softball Notebook
March 23, 2004

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Senior OF Tonya Minor continued her recovery from an early-season injury by going 4-for-8 with three runs, two RBI and two stolen bases in East Texas Baptist’s two-game sweep of LeTourneau Saturday (Mar. 20). Minor’s best game was the first game of the doubleheader, when she had three hits, including a triple, and two RBI in the Lady Tigers' 11-3 win. . . . Amy Lockhart entered a tight 5-3 game in the fourth inning and cruised to her first win of the season, shutting down LeTourneau by allowing only one hit and striking out seven to lead ETBU to a 10-3 win in game one of Saturday’s twinbill. . . . The 17-1 start is the program's best since softball was added to the ETBU athletic program in 1998. . . . With Saturday's wins, ETBU is now 18-0 all-time against LeTourneau.

Ashley Lang was 5-for-9 with five RBI in Hardin-Simmons' ASC West series vs. defending division champion Mary Hardin-Baylor last weekend (Mar. 19-20). Lang set the HSU single-game record with four RBI in game two of Friday's doubleheader (Mar. 19). . . . The Cowgirls gave up four or more runs five times this weekend, including seven sixth-inning runs in Friday's second game which allowed UMHB a comeback win. . . . HSU had 14 errors in the four-game set with UMHB.

Stephanie Ray had the hot bat for LeTourneau last week. Ray batted a smooth .438 (7-for-16) with a .550 on-base percentage and five RBI over the six-game week. Ray hit a dramatic game-winning home run in the top of the eighth inning to lead the LadyJackets to a 4-3 game one victory at the University of Dallas (Mar. 17). During the week, Ray recorded three multi-hit games. . . . Maegan Tubbleville pitched her best game of the season in the ‘Jackets’ 5-1 win over Greenville College (Mar. 15). Tubbleville allowed five hits and one run in the complete game victory. . . . Leading LU hitter Sarah Ricks had eight hits and scored five runs last week, improving her batting average to .359 and on-base percentage to .526. . . . The 2004 LeTourneau squad has already broken the school's season hits (174), home runs (7) and total bases (227) records, and is on target to better the season records in runs, doubles, RBI, batting average, slugging percentage, stolen bases, hit by pitches and sacrifice hits.

Louisiana College took advantage of a home weekend, sweeping visiting Ozarks in the four-game ASC East set last weekend (Mar. 19-20). Three wins came via shutout with the Lady Wildcats pitching staff notching a no-hitter and perfect game during the series. . . . P Emillie Collins improved to 8-0 in the circle. . . . P Sandi Clark totals 92 strikeouts over 60 innings.

Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore P Megan Brown went 3-1 during last week's ASC West action, posting a 0.71 ERA with eight strikeouts over 29.1 innings of work. Brown did not allow an earned run in three of her five appearances, including her only loss of the week, a 3-2 eight-inning marathon vs. Texas Lutheran (Mar. 15). . . . The Crusaders went 4-2 last week and followed a five-game losing streak by winning four straight against Hardin-Simmons (Mar. 19-20) . . . Danielle Thomas and Sandy Hernandez both hit the first home runs of their UMHB careers against Hardin-Simmons. Thomas was 9-for-15 last week (.600) and drove in nine runs for the Crusaders.

Freshman 2B Leslie Shumock made the most of her hits in last weekend's ASC East series at UT Dallas (Mar. 19-20). Shumock collected four hits against the Comets with three of those going for doubles. She added a pair of RBI and a sacrifice. . . . The Lady Choctaws forced a split in Friday's doubleheader before dropping both games on Saturday. . . . After hosting ASC East second-place Louisiana College on Tuesday (Mar. 23), MC plays a four-game conference series at Ozarks this weekend (Mar. 26-27).

Ozarks split its four spring break games at the University of West Florida Spring Fling (Mar. 15-16) before closing the break with four conference losses at Louisiana College last Friday and Saturday (Mar. 19-20). . . . The Lady Eagles out hit Louisiana College 6-3 while leaving seven runners on base in Saturday's series-closing 1-0 loss. . . . The pitching trio of Amanda Luney, Chanceree Catlett and Dana Marvin gave up only three hits in the contest. . . . Brooke Grice went 1-for-2 with two RBI in Friday's nightcap against LC.

Schreiner's offense struggled in Saturday's ASC West doubleheader at Texas Lutheran (Mar. 20), being no-hit in game one and then being outscored 7-1 in game two. . . . Kayla Burleson and Vanessa Rodriguez were the only SU base runners in game one with Rodriguez reaching on a first inning error and Burleson drawing a walk in the sixth. Neither runner advanced to second base. . . . In game two, Michelle Leija was the only Mountaineer with multiple hits, smacking two singles in three of her at-bats. Leija leads SU with .333 BA, .360 OB pct., eight hits, and eight total bases. . . . Tara Edwards scored the lone Schreiner run on a Bulldog error, following a Burleson single. . . . The SU-TLU series wraps-up on Tuesday (Mar. 23). Schreiner closes the month hosting ASC West newcomer Hardin-Simmons in a four-game series Friday and Saturday (Mar. 26-27).

UT Dallas got above the .500 mark by winning five of its six games last week, including taking three of the four games against ASC East rival Mississippi College over the weekend (Mar. 19-20). UTD defeated MC ace Katie Waterbury twice, including a 5-0 win in the opener when they jumped on the Lady Choctaws for four runs in the first inning; and a 3-2, come-from-behind win in the series finale, when they rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the sixth inning. . . . Sophomore pitcher Stephanie Herrerra finally got on track, throwing two scoreless innings of relief against Greenville College (Mar. 17), then going the distance in a 5-2 win over MC. In 9.0 innings of work, Herrerra gave up four hits, one earned run and struck out nine. . . . P Jenelle Morrison directed the Comets to three wins—two against MC—tossing two shutouts among her three complete games. The junior opened the week with a one-hit shutout of Greenville College on Wednesday, then stopped MC twice in consecutive days, including a 5-0 shutout in the series opener. Morrison struck out 19 batters, including 12 against Greenville, and only walked two of the 77 hitters she faced. . . . The Comets pounded nine doubles in a two-game sweep of Greenville College. Freshman Amanda Craig, who hit .421 (8-for-19) with five doubles last week, tallied four of the two-baggers vs. GC.

Junior 1B/C Tiffany Haines hit .462 (6-for-13), drove in three runs and scored two more runs to help Texas Lutheran to four wins over ASC West opponents Mary Hardin-Baylor and Schreiner in last week's games (Mar. 15, 20). Haines was 3-for-4 with a run scored, a double and an RBI in Saturday's 7-1 win vs. Schreiner to extend her RBI streak to three games. Haines leads TLU with four doubles and 14 hits. . . . The Bulldogs have a hold of first place in the ASC West after a four-game series sweep of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a two-game doubleheader sweep of Schreiner pushed the TLU conference record to 8-1. . . . . The Bulldogs are winning with pitching and defense. TLU is fielding at a rate of .964 and holds an ERA of 1.41. Opponents are hitting just .220 overall against the Bulldogs' pitching staff. . . . Lauren Dobson leads the team with a .345 batting average and a .379 slugging percentage.


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