Texas-Tyler senior second baseman Brock Lemire ( Nederland, TX / NHS) went 12-for-19 with three home runs, one double and 12 RBIs over a 5-1 week that included an East Division sweep of East Texas Baptist. Lemire also walked six times, scored eight runs, stole one base and struck out only once for the nationally-ranked Patriots. Continue reading American Southwest Conference Players of the Week→
Texas-Tyler senior outfielder Jared Hood ( Marshall, TX / MHS) went 6-for-13 with three home runs, one double and five RBIs over a 4-0 stretch that included a sweep of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Hood, who hit two long balls in one game against UMHB, scored six runs and walked twice.
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→
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 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.
Mary Hardin-Baylor senior second baseman Adam Froeschl (Buda, TX / Hays HS) went 10-for-16 with 11 RBIs to help the Cru sweep Howard Payne and earn a share of the West Division title. Froeschl had two doubles, one home run and scored five times. He had at least three hits in each game.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Kyle Barton, RHP, Jr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons junior right-hander Kyle Barton (Seymour, TX / SHS) worked all three games of a sweep of Texas Lutheran – earning a win and save with no runs allowed – that gave the Cowboys a share of the West Division title. Barton surrendered just two hits and struck out six batters in 5 1/3 innings of work.