RICHARDSON, Texas –– McMurry University and the University of Texas at Tyler have been predicted to win 2009 American Southwest Conference baseball division titles, it was announced by the ASC office on Tuesday (Jan. 27) after a vote of each division’s head coaches, sports information directors and media members. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Joseph Villegas, Concordia University Texas’ Tom Williams, Hardin-Simmons University’s Kyle Barton, the University of the Ozarks’ Cory Briggs and Bruce Cameron, and UT Tyler’s Blake Booher all earned preseason individual honors. Continue reading American Southwest Conference Preseason Baseball Poll/Awards Announced→
ABILENE, Texas -Three times a host, three times a champ. McMurry played small ball Sunday to defeat Concordia-Texas 4-1 in the American Southwest Conference Baseball Championship at Walt Driggers Field. Dakota Smith pitched a complete game and McMurry used timely hitting to win its fourth conference championship in school history.
McMurry is 3-for-3 when hosting the ASC postseason tournament now after winning at Driggers Field in 1998, 2004 and 2008. The program’s other title came in 2001 at the University of Dallas when McMurry defeated Hardin-Simmons.
Game 3: #6 UT-Tyler 6, Mississippi College 3 (Choctaws eliminated)
ABILENE, Texas – Facing elimination, Texas-Tyler rebounded from a Friday loss to eliminate Mississippi College in a 6-3 win at Walt Driggers Field Saturday. UTT and MC both lost its respective opening games in the American Southwest Conference Championship Round Friday but the Patriots avoided elimination and will play the loser of the winner’s bracket game between Concordia-Texas and McMurry.
ABILENE, Texas – Head coach Lee Driggers said after a Friday win that he didn’t think McMurry was in the driver’s seat. However, after a 9-7 win over Concordia-Texas in the winner’s bracket games Saturday, McMurry will enter championship Sunday as the only team without a loss in the American Southwest Conference Championship Round.
Game 5 (Semifinal): Concordia-Texas 7, UT-Tyler 3 (UT-Tyler eliminated)
ABILENE, Texas – For the second time in two days the Concordia-Texas Tornados knocked off the nationally-ranked UT-Tyler Patriots and moved on to the championship game Sunday. The Patriots took an early 3-0 lead in the second inning, but CTX countered with two runs apiece in the second, third, and fourth innings and held on for a 7-3 win in the American Southwest Conference Championship Round.
The 8th-ranked University of Texas at Tyler baseball team took care of Hardin-Simmons, 5-3, on Saturday afternoon at Irwin Field to win the best-of-three game series and advance to next weekend’s Championship Round of the 2008 American Southwest Conference tournament.
UT Tyler jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning with RBI singles from seniors Kyle Braden (Carrollton, Texas) and Corey Farra (Lewisville, Texas.)
In the bottom of the inning, the Cowboys’ Wayne Pimpton tripled to lead of the inning and would score two batters later to pull within one.
The 8th-ranked University of Texas at Tyler baseball team jumped out to 1-0 lead in their American Southwest Conference opening round playoff series by downing Hardin-Simmons, 13-5.
The Patriots started off hot when junior Kendall Fox (Carrollton, Texas) scored off of a single from junior Jeremy Harding (Houston, Texas) to give his team a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, junior Joe Towns (Carrollton, Texas) would score off of an error by Hardin-Simmons’ Kevin Ellison to give UT Tyler a 2-0 lead.
The Patriots would add another run in the bottom of the second to go up 3-0.
In the top of the fifth, the Cowboys got their offense started with a score by Wayne Pimpton off of a wild pitch from junior pitcher Blake Booher (Hurst, Texas). Hardin-Simmons would tie the game at three, with a two RBI triple by Ryan Stepp.