Baseball Championship Tournament Day Two: Host McMurry, UT-Dallas Meet
April 30, 2004
Courtesy McMurry Sports Information Office
ABILENE, Texas (Apr. 30) No. 11-ranked Texas-Dallas and host McMurry will meet for the American Southwest Conference Tournament Championship at 1 p.m. Sunday at Walt Driggers Field after Friday's results.
The Comets (33-7), who will be making their second straight appearance in the ASC title game, are coming out of the loser's bracket. On Friday, they suffered a 7-2 setback at the hands of the Indians before bouncing back with a 10-7 victory over Mississippi College, eliminating the Choctaws (31-12).
McMurry has won five straight ASC tournament games dating back to the 2001 season, when the Indians won it all in their last appearance. The five-run win over UTD gave McMurry's Lee Driggers his 300th career victory in 11 seasons as a college head coach.
McMurry jumped on UTD from the outset, scoring three runs in the first inning. Greg Erickson started with a two-run double down the right-field line and Lewis Mickley's RBI groundout capped the scoring.
Leading 4-2 in the top of the ninth, McMurry got three insurance runs on a pair of home runs--a solo blast to left by Seth Ardoin and a two-run shot to right by Craig Richardson.
Ardoin and Erickson each had three hits for the Indians (28-13), who are coming out of the winner's bracket with a perfect 2-0 record.
David Widaski hit his fourth homer of the season to highlight the UTD offense, which had seven hits. The Comets left 11 runners on base.
McMurry's Scott Meurer (4-1) pitched a complete-game victory while walking one and striking out five batters.
The Comets blistered five MC pitchers for 10 runs and 16 hits, scoring eight runs over the first five innings to take an 8-6 lead. Matt Endsley and Michael Biguenet had three hits apiece for UTD, and Johnny Espree and Fielding Lewis both added two hits and two RBI.
Marc Chisholm led the Choctaws--who are tied with McMurry for the most ASC tournament berths with five--by going 3-for-5 at the plate, including a home run, and drove-in three runs. NicIn the first game of the day, the Choctaws ended Concordia-Austin's (27-14) season by a 2-1 score. Lead-off batter Scott Bunting had three hits despite the loss.k Moody also had three RBI.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth, MC scored two runs on RBI singles from Chas Evans and J.T. Hardcastle. Chisholm was a perfect 3-for-3 with a run scored.
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