Mountaineer Update

from Ron Macosko, Athletic Director     
April 22, 2010

Well, it's been a very fun and successful week for our sports teams and there's a lot of activity going on tomorrow and Saturday for SU Softball and Baseball here on campus so please come out on those days for your last chance to see the 2010 Mountaineer teams at home. The biggest news is that the SU Women's Golf team won the ASC Championship on Tuesday and will be heading to the 2010 NCAA D-III National Championships at Mission Inn Resort outside Orlando next month. The team will be in FL for about a week and will play a four round competition with 19 other teams vying for the NCAA team title. The SU Men's Golf team also had a very successful run and finished third at the ASC Championships. The Softball team is making a strong late season run and still has a shot at the final ASC postseason tournament spot with huge games this weekend against the team right above them in the standings. The Baseball team also had a strong weekend in Austin and ruined the opening series at Concordia's brand new superpark by taking two of the three games. It's Senior Day for SU Softball and Baseball as seniors Lindsay Rutkowski (Softball) and Eric Crenwelge, Eric Wehmeyer, Justin Garza, Colton Hermes, J.D. Escobar and Joe Pena play their final home games - as well as Michael Nicholson (Baseball) who is a 3/2 Engineering student and is transferring at the end of the year. Here's a quick look at last week and a schedule of the weekend:

WOMEN'S GOLF - won ASC Championship. Schreiner, led by junior Liz Calderon's 82, was in second place after the first round of the championships, seven shots behind UMHB and two ahead of McMurry and three ahead of defending ASC champ UT-Tyler. Sparked by sophomore Sarah Stillwell's tournament low 77 (including an even par 36 on the final nine holes), SU shot the lowest round of the tournament with everything on the line to win the title. Stillwell earned her second straight first team All-ASC honors and finished runner-up individually. Calderon missed first team honors by one stroke for the second straight year, but earned second team All-ASC again. Both also were named to the Academic All-ASC team in addition to sophomore Rylie Pankratz. Freshman Gabby Rosales missed all-conference by one stroke and senior Surraya Minhas missed by two. Team should move back into national Top-25 rankings. Was in top 25 for one week last month before falling out.

MEN'S GOLF - finished a strong third place at the ASC Championships. Started off slowly and was in seventh after the first round. Played its best golf of the year in the final two rounds to shoot 300-298 and move within four shots of two-time defending champ UMHB for second. Senior Kyle Grona completed his career in style by shooting 78-74-73 to earn second team All-ASC honors, just missing first team by one stroke. He's the first SU golfer to make all-conference since Beau Maines in 2003. Junior Jay Chapman had a rough first day, shot one-under 71 on the second day and was poised to earn all-asc but a tough finish cost him that chance. Freshman Andy Bell had the best start of any SU player, shooting 77-73. Freshman Kelby Ruiz had easily his best collegiate round on the final day, shooting one-under 71. The Mountaineers, despite the loss of Grona to graduation, should be a top 25 team next year after being one of the most improved teams in NCAA golf in 2010.

SOFTBALL - went 5-1 over the past week, taking three of four games at TLU and then sweeping a pair of games at Howard Payne yesterday. Schreiner lost the first game of the TLU series, 1-0, but then took it out on the Lady Bulldogs over the next three games, 30-5, in three straight run-rule contests. SU then beat HPU by 1-0 and 5-3 scores yesterday. The Mountaineers, 11-9 in ASC, are four games behind Hardin-Simmons with the two teams playing each other in a four game series this weekend at SU. Sophomore Rachele Herzog continues to lead the team in hitting with a .402 batting average. Freshman Callie Caesar (.333) and Kelsey Ambrose (.327) are next. Sophomore Becca Hay has a slight edge in wins with eight over freshman teammate Ally Morris.

BASEBALL - went 2-1 last weekend, losing the opening game, 5-2, and then winning the final two games by 6-4 and 4-3 scores. The Mountaineers can look to their pitching staff for the reason for the wins, as SU pitchers were able to contain the Tornado bats. It was particularly important for the pitchers to come through as CTX was opening its new multi-million dollar baseball field that is now the envy of the entire league. That meant little as SU won the series and moved past Howard Payne into seventh place in the ASC West. The two teams play a series this weekend at Mountaineer Field to determine the final standings. Sophomore Marcus Myhaver is struggling with a balky back, but still leads the team with a .327 batting average followed closely by sophomore Jesse Parades at .319 and freshman Chase Valdez at .306.

Here's a schedule of the remainder of the SU spring sports regular season:

Friday, 4/23/10:
BASEBALL vs. Howard Payne * (Mountaineer Field) at 2:00 pm
SOFTBALL (dh) vs. Hardin-Simmons * (Mountaineer SB Field) at 6:00 pm

Saturday, 4/24/10:
SOFTBALL (dh) vs. Hardin-Simmons * (Mountaineer SB Field) at Noon (Senior Day)
BASEBALL (dh) vs. Howard Payne * (Mountaineer Field) at 1:00 pm (Senior Day)

Go Mountaineers!!!

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