Division Winners Predicted in 2006 ASC Baseball Races
January 26, 2006
RICHARDSON, Texas --- Defending American Southwest Conference baseball division champions University of Texas at Tyler and Texas Lutheran University have been picked by the conference head coaches, sports information directors and media to repeat their respective titles in the 2006 season in the preseason poll released Wednesday (Jan. 25).
Defending conference champion Texas Lutheran claimed 14 of 19 first-place votes and totaled 146 points to top the eight ASC West Division teams. The Bulldogs won the ASC title -- it's first league crown -- and advanced to the NCAA Division III West Region championship game a year ago, finishing the season 35-10. TLU is ranked No. 11 in the 2006 preseason ABCA Top 30 Coaches Poll.
Texas Lutheran led second-place McMurry (129 points, four first-place votes), third-place Concordia-Austin (106) and fourth-place Hardin-Simmons (103, one first-place vote) as ASC West upper-half finishers. Mary Hardin-Baylor (68), Howard Payne (58), Schreiner (45) and Sul Ross State (29) complete the ASC West picks.
Texas-Tyler claimed the favorite label in the eight-team ASC East Division after earning 11 of 17 first-place votes and 122 points. The Patriots won their first-ever Division championship in 2005 and posted a 30-7 overall record. (NOTE: Texas-Tyler is eligible to compete for only the ASC East title as a provisional member of NCAA Div. III.)
Mississippi College (102, one first-place vote) finished second and Texas-Dallas third (96, two first-place votes) in the ASC East predictions. Louisiana College (94, three first-place votes), East Texas Baptist (85), Ozarks (51), LeTourneau (32) and Austin College (27) complete the predicted finish in the ASC East Division.& - Eligible only for ASC East Championship as NCAA-III provisional member (cannot compete for Conference title)
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