Mountaineer Update

from Ron Macosko, Athletic Director     
March 12, 2009

As for this weekend, weather (not that we aren't glad it's finally here) is playing havoc with the schedules. Changes are taking place in both home and away schedules on an hourly basis. We are doing our best to update the website as the changes take place so please refer to that for the most current information we have. Spring Break is almost here and baseball and softball will be going on extended trips next week.

BASEBALL: went 3-1 this week, taking 2 of 3 on the road at Howard Payne and beating Wabash on Tuesday. SU has won 6-of-8 and 9-of-13. This past weekend, SU started the series with a dominant performance by senior Roger Ayala and junior Eric Wehmeyer for a 9-2 win. On Saturday, junior Colton Hermes was even better in a 4-1 complete game win. In the finale, Howard Payne rallied from an early deficit to post a 24-12 win. On Tuesday in non-conference action, freshman Korey Rose came in in relief and threw 2-1/3 innings of shutout ball and sophomore Oscar Ibieta's double in the 10th scored the winning run in a 6-5 victory over Wabash. The JV team also beat Wabash, 3-2. Senior Richard Sanchez leads the team (and is 7th in the ASC) in hitting at .468. Freshman Marcus Myhaver (.375), senior Ray Martinez (.358) and freshman Eric Bukowski (.344) are next in batting average. Rose's three wins are tied for the most in the ASC. SU is 2-1 in the ASC.

SOFTBALL: went 3-1 at the ASC First Pitch tournament last weekend. The competition pits the ASC East Division teams against the West Division teams. Schreiner had the best record for any ASC West Division team against the tougher ASC East teams. SU started with a rough 22-0 loss to #3 UT-Tyler on Friday. In the second game on Friday, Schreiner bounced back with a 11-1 win over UT-Dallas. On Saturday, SU swept Ozarks (6-0) and Mississippi College (8-7). Schreiner was the only team to beat Mississippi during the tournament. SU is off to its best start in many, many years at 7-2. Freshman Becca Hay and senior Patsy Toman are 4-1 and 3-1 respectively. Offensively, the Mountaineers are paced by seniors Lyndsie Travis and Sarah Trevino who are both among the ASC leaders is batting at .433. Sophomore Marla Jendrusch is batting .367 and junior Lindsay Rutkowski is hitting .348.

MEN'S GOLF: finished 6th at the Concan Intercollegiate. Sophomore Jay Chapman led SU with a 79-75 effort, good enough for seventh place individually. The Mountaineers were in 5th place after round 1 but slipped a spot as #26-ranked McMurry moved past SU in the final round. Junior Kyle Grona had a strong first day 76, but shot 82 in the second round and finished in 15th place. Freshman Jared Cornish shot an opening day 79 but struggled on day 2 and finished 24th. Freshman Will Ramon was in 39th place and junior Brent Stanford was in 41st place.

WOMEN'S GOLF: despite being undermanned and finishing 8th at the Concan tournament, there were still some positives for SU. Junior Surraya Minhas finished in 8th place overall after back-to-back 86's. Freshman Sarah Stillwell shot an opening round 89 but rallied on her final 11 holes on day two and shot an 85 to finish 12th individually. Sophomore Kattie Spencer finished her final nine holes well and came in 23rd and freshman Rylie Pankratz finished in 40th place.

MEN'S TENNIS: went 0-2 against nationally-ranked Trinity and NCAA D-II Abilene Christian. Schreiner is 2-6 overall and 1-0 in ASC. In their only home match of the year, which was also the ASC opener, SU defeated Sul Ross State handily, 8-1. Freshman Trey Hernandez (#1 singles), sophomore Danny Okland (#2), sophomore Jacob Chesnut (#3), sophomore Tory Manchester (#4) and sophomore Stephen Franklin (#5) all won their matches in straight sets vs. SRSU. All three doubles teams also prevailed. The team will play today, weather permitting, before taking spring break off.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: also went 0-2 against nationally-ranked Trinity and D-II Abilene Christian. Schreiner started the season quickly, winning two of their first three matches, but has struggled against bigger schools in the non-conference portion of their schedule since. SU lost its only ASC match to date, 2-7, against Sul Ross State. SU is 2-0 against ASC East competition but those matches don't count in the ASC standings. Against SRSU, SU's two wins came at #6 singles at freshman Marissa Acuna won her match in straight sets and at #1 doubles as sophomore Michelle Martinez and senior Stephanie Reed defeated the Lady Lobos' top doubles team, 9-7.

The schedule for the next few days:

Thursday, Mar. 12th:
W & M TENNIS at Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX) at 3:00 pm

Friday, Mar. 13th:
W & M TENNIS vs. Austin (Cree Tennis Complex) at 3:00 pm

Saturday, Mar. 14th:
BASEBALL (dh) vs. Sul Ross State * (Mountaineer Field) at 1:00 pm
SOFTBALL (dh) at Hardin-Simmons * (Abilene, TX) at 2:00 pm

Sunday, Mar. 15th:
BASEBALL vs. Sul Ross State * (Mountaineer Field) at Noon

* = ASC contests
Go Mountaineers!!!

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