With Div 1 baseball starting on February 20, I grew tired of waiting for Division 1 to start so I drove out to Tyler, Texas to take in opening weekend for The Easton Classic. The four teams that participated are UT-Tyler, UT-Dallas, Concordia (Austin) and Trinity (San Antonio). With the help of Asst SID of UT-Tyler the trip was well worth the drive. Continue reading →
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 →
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.
ABILENE, Texas – Stephen Derrick and Weston Franco put a charge into McMurry’s offense with back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning and the home team went on to defeat Mississippi College 10-2 in its opening game of the American Southwest Conference Championship Round Friday at Walt Driggers Field.
Derrick poked a 3-run home run to opposite field for his 10th of the season and Franco followed with a towering solo shot to left field for his 10th of the year The four-run inning for McMurry followed Mississippi’s run in the top of the third when Will Reed led off with a solo homer. However, McMurry starter Clint Johnston kept the Choctaws at bay and McMurry came through offensively.
ABILENE, Texas – Concordia-Texas stunned No. 6-ranked Texas-Tyler in the opening game of the American Southwest Conference Championship Round Friday at Walt Driggers Field with an 8-7 victory. Brian Wernecke homered twice including a clutch 2-run shot in the top of the ninth inning that later proved to be the game-winner.
Well May must be just right around the corner as the DIV II and DIV III schools are gearing up for conference tournament time. If you are like us here at The College Baseball Blog, then this is a very exciting time of the year. Make sure that you keep checking back as we will cover the tournaments as they begin to kick off this weekend.
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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 2008 ASC Baseball Championship Tournament pairings have been announced. Texas-Tyler, Mississippi College, McMurry and Concordia Texas will serve as hosts of the four best-of-three first-round series that begin on Friday (April 25). McMurry, Concordia Texas, Mary Hardin-Baylor and Hardin-Simmons all shared the ASC West Division title with 14-7 league marks, but McM is the No. 1 seed and CTX is the No. 2 seed due to the conference tie-breaker procedure. Tyler won the East outright to get the division’s top seed and MC landed the No. 2 spot due to having the tie-breaker edge over Ozarks, which also had a 13-5 league record. STARTING TIMES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED! Click here for complete story.