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Texas Lutheran Wins Second Consecutive ASC Baseball Title
May 8, 2006

Courtesy TLU Sports Information

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ASC Baseball Champions -- TLUSEGUIN, Texas --- Championship tournament MVP Aaron Crais slugged a two-run home run and drove in four runs to lead the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs to a 6-4 win Monday over Texas-Dallas in the second championship game of the ASC Baseball Championship Tournament Series.

With the win at TLU's Katt-Isbel Field, the Bulldogs advance to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship after winning a second consecutive ASC title. The NCAA regional destination and schedule will be announced May 14 at www.ncaasports.com.

Texas Lutheran was forced to a second championship game when Texas-Dallas (33-14) won the first game Monday 4-3 in 10 innings. TLU had the game-tying run thrown out at the plate to end the first game. Trent Elizondo's throw from right field off a Ryan Baudoin single beat Casey Rehfeld to the plate. Rehfeld was trying to score from second base.

TLU (32-11-1) regrouped after the loss and rallied around the hitting of Crais and the pitching of senior left-hander Brian Wallace, who pitched into the ninth inning before giving way to Austin Yager.

Yager, the losing pitcher in the day's first game, entered the second game with the bases loaded and no outs and with a run already across the plate. Yager recorded his school-record ninth save with a sacrifice fly and a game-ending double play, turned by shortstop Jake Kaase and second baseman Dustin Spardella.

Texas-Dallas designated hitter Nick Bird drove in two runs in the second game and scored two runs in the first game. Bird hit his team-leading 11th home run in game one. Comets second baseman Brett Rosen, who finished with a tournament-high eight runs scored, crossed home plate twice in game one and once in game two. Darius Wu (4-0) was the winning pitcher in game one in relief of starter Troy Kiesling, who was pitching on two days rest. Randy Black (7-4) took the loss in game two with a gutsy performance on one day of rest. Kiesling went 7-2/3 innings and allowed just two earned runs. Black went 4-1/3 innings and surrendered four earned runs.

In game two, Crais' home run off Black came in the fifth inning and put TLU up 4-2. Crais also had an RBI single in the first inning and an RBI sacrifice fly in the third. Crais also homered in the first championship game. His solo blast in the sixth tied the game at 3-3. Crais was named the tournament MVP for a second straight season. The senior catcher hit .533 in the double-elimination Championship Round, belting three home runs and driving in 10.

2006 ASC Baseball Championship All-Tournament Team
MVP -- Aaron Crais, C, Texas Lutheran
OF - Ryan Stepp, Hardin-Simmons
OF - Trent Elizondo, Texas-Dallas
OF - Casey Rehfeld, Texas Lutheran
DH - Nick Bird, Texas-Dallas
DH - Brett Cannon, Texas Lutheran
P - Daniel Besa, Texas Lutheran
P - Trey Schurr, Texas-Dallas
P - Brian Wallace, Texas Lutheran
SS - Jake Kaase, Texas Lutheran
SS - Jake Jackson, Texas-Dallas
3B - Scott Matocha, Texas Lutheran
2B - Brett Rosen, Texas-Dallas


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