Mountaineer Update

from Ron Macosko, Athletic Director     
April 23, 2009

The end of the academic year is in sight but the end of the spring season is here for many of our teams. Last weekend saw the conclusion of the year for our soccer programs, volleyball, baseball - and the golf teams ended their year earlier this week. Only Softball remains and they have a very important series at home this weekend vs. TLU. It'll also be Senior Day on Saturday afternoon, as five core players on the team (Tara Gonzales, Sarah Trevino, Lyndsie Travis, Patsy Toman and Autumn Vara) all complete their Schreiner careers. SU Softball is currently in a 3rd place tie and three teams advance to the ASC Championships.

Congratulations to the SU Women's Golf team for their runner-up finish at the ASC Championships. It's the best team finish for a Schreiner team since the Men's Soccer team finished 2nd in the regular season standings in 2006. As you'll see, three SU golfers earned All-ASC recognition.

Here's a look back at the last week and a schedule for the final regular season series for SU Softball:

WOMEN'S GOLF: playing as a team for the first time in the ASC Championship tournament, Schreiner certainly didn't look or play like a rookie program. SU shot 351 in the first round and trailed UT-Tyler, the ASC's top ranked team, by only two shots after the opening round. In the second round, the Mountaineers did even better. Led by freshman Sarah Stillwell (87,81) sophomore Liz Calderon (85,84) and junior Surraya Minhas (89,84) SU shot 345 in the final round but couldn't catch the much deeper UT-Tyler squad which played it's best round of the year. Stillwell finished fifth overall and earned first team All-ASC. Calderon missed first team All-ASC by just one shot but still earned second team All-ASC. It was the best collegiate tournament finish for both players. Minhas also earned second team All-ASC for her performance. SU returns all five players and adds its strongest recruiting class in its history this fall.

SOFTBALL: swept a four game series at Sul Ross State last weekend. Won 8-3 and 10-0 on Friday and 10-2 and 13-5 on Saturday to improve their record to 23-12 overall and 12-8 in ASC. The 23 wins is a new school record, surpassing the 2000 team's total of 21. Sophomore Marla Jendrusch earned ASC West Hitter of the Week honors after going 7-for-10 (.700) with three home runs, one double and 12 RBI. Freshman Becca Hay earned ASC West Division Pitcher of the Week honors by going 2-0 with 13 strikeouts and allowed only two runs during the week. She is currently the division's leader in strikeouts with 103. SU, which was preseason picked to finish sixth, will not only need to play well this weekend, but needs a little help from ASC West leader, Hardin-Simmons. The Cowgirls play a four game series at UMHB which is tied with SU in third place. The Mountaineers still have an outside shot at #2 in the division.

MEN'S GOLF: the team met one of its goals - earning the program's first tournament bid since the conference went to a limited field several years ago - but didn't perform as hoped at the event. The Mountaineers were in decent shape after round one, only six shots out of fourth place in a field that featured five top 25 programs. Unfortunately, the team fell back further each round after that and finished 8th. Sophomore Jay Chapman has SU top score, a 75 in the first round, which left him in 5th place individually with two rounds to go. At the end, he was still the Mountaineers top finisher, but fell to 32nd place overall. Freshman Jared Cornish was 34th. SU graduates only one of its eight current players, Brent Stanford.

BASEBALL: SU dropped all three of its games to visiting Concordia-Texas and finished sixth in the ASC. CTX won the first game, 29-3, and swept the Sunday doubleheader by 6-0 and 11-4 scores. In Sunday's first game, junior Colton Hermes was pitching a shutout into the fourth inning but CTX scored six times over the next three innings and the SU offense could only manage two hits in the game and struck out 15 times. In the finale, SU and freshman pitcher Matt Valley took a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning but the Tornadoes exploded for 10 runs over the next four innings to take control. Senior A.J. Mann pitched three solid innings of relief in his final game and accounted for three of the four SU runs on two homers. SU was preseason picked to finish seventh in the ASC West.

This weekend's schedule:

Friday, April 24th:
SOFTBALL (dh) vs. Texas Lutheran * (Mountaineer Field) at 5:00 pm

Saturday, April 25th:
SOFTBALL (dh) vs. Texas Lutheran * (Mountaineer Field) at 1:00 pm  SENIOR DAY

Come out and support SU Softball this weekend. Go Mountaineers!!!

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