Mountaineer Update

from Ron Macosko, Athletic Director     
April 9, 2009

We are coming down to the final couple weeks of the spring sports season and some of our sports are in the hunt for postseason berths. Our two golf teams have each earned a spot in the ASC Championships - it is the first time in the women's team's history and the first for the men since the ASC started limiting the tournament field several years ago. Our Softball team is back in the ASC race for a playoff spot, but has this weekend off. Our Baseball team is at Texas Lutheran which is currently on top of the ASC West standings. Wins over the next two days would go a long way towards vaulting the Mountaineers into that race. The tennis teams wrap up their season with three matches over the next week. Here's a look back at the stories from the past week:

SOFTBALL: went 2-2 in a series with UMHB. Lost to the Lady Cru twice on Friday night by 3-0 and 1-0 scores. Won both games on Saturday in dramatic fashion by 4-3 and 5-4 scores. In the first game on Saturday, SU was tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh. Freshman Ashley Bouthout doubled to get into scoring position. With two outs, consecutive singles by junior Lindsay Rutkowski and senior Lyndsie Travis drove Bouthout home with the winning run. Travis was 3-for-3, with all four RBI and a homer in the game. Senior Patsy Toman got the win, going seven innings, scattering 10 hits and giving up three runs. In the second game, senior Sarah Trevino hit a three-run homer in the first to get SU started. Schreiner held a 5-2 lead going into the top of the seventh but UMHB got within one but that's as close as they got. SU is 8-8 in the ASC West.

BASEBALL: went 1-2 last weekend at UMHB. Lost Friday's game 5-1. It was a scoreless pitching duel going into the sixth inning when SU scored the game's first run. Senior Roger Ayala was cruising until the bottom of the sixth when the Crusaders scored three times to end his performance. UMHB scored twice more against the SU bullpen to give the home team some insurance. In Saturday's doubleheader, UMHB blew open a 5-4 lead with a seven run inning in the fifth and went on to a 13-4 win. In the second game, SU scored five first inning runs to take a quick lead. With two out in the first, SU strung together four straight singles to start the scoring. Freshman Roger Chavez cleared the bases with a three-run triple to stake SU to the early lead. UMHB rallied with a seven-run second inning to take back the lead. The Mountaineers would eventually tie the game with single runs in the fifth and ninth innings to force extra innings. In the top of the 11th, sophomore Oscar Ibieta's three run homer untied the game and gave SU the much-needed win. Sophomore J.P. Garcia was the star of the game. He came in in relief in the second and went the next 8-2/3 innings without allowing a run - and got the win. Senior A.J. Mann got the save after pitching the 11th inning.

MEN'S GOLF: Schreiner finished second at the LeTourneau Spring Invitational. The tournament was played in bitterly cold and windy conditions early both days. On Monday, the teams played 36 holes and the weather didn't improve as the day went on. SU was in second place after each round, shooting 321-327-317. Only host LeTourneau beat the Mountaineers. Junior Kyle Grona was SU's top finisher, missing a top-five finish by just one stroke. He shot 81-76-78. Freshman Will Ramon had his best collegiate tournament. He shot 76-81-83 and was seventh overall. Freshman Jared Cornish was 12th, followed by sophomore Jay Chapman (17th) and freshman Mark Salazar (23rd). The Mountaineers, based on this performance, qualified for the ASC Championships which will be played April 20-21 in Anna, TX.

WOMEN'S GOLF: SU rallied from a disappointing first day to shoot a strong second day total of 371 to move up to fifth in the team standings. The four-person team had one of the best scores on the final day. Sophomore Kattie Spencer shot one of the best second-day scores (85) and finished 8th overall. Sophomore Liz Calderon finished 15th overall and freshman Sarah Stillwell was 18th. Freshman Rylie Pankratz shot her collegiate best round on the final day and finished 31st.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: went 1-1 on the week. Lost a non-conference match at Southwestern, 1-8, and handily defeated Texas Lutheran in an ASC match yesterday, 7-2. Sophomores Michelle Martinez and Andrea Da Silva each won both their matches, and senior Stephanie Reed and freshman Lynne Collenback each won their singles matches. Schreiner improves to 1-3 in ASC matches.

MEN'S TENNIS: lost both of their matches last week. Lost a non-conference match at Southwestern, 0-9, and lost to Texas Lutheran, 0-9. SU is 1-3 in ASC West matches.

The schedule for the next several days:

Thursday, April 9th:
BASEBALL at Texas Lutheran * (Seguin, TX) at 2:00 pm
MEN'S & WOMEN'S TENNIS at Hardin-Simmons * (Abilene, TX) at 3:00 pm

Friday, April 10th:
MEN'S & WOMEN'S TENNIS at Hardin-Simmons * (Abilene, TX) at 10:00 am
BASEBALL (dh) at Texas Lutheran * (Seguin, TX) at 1:00 pm

Wednesday, April 15th:
MEN'S & WOMEN'S TENNIS at St. Mary's (San Antonio, TX) at 3:00 pm

Happy Easter and Go Mountaineers!!!

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