Mountaineer Update

from Ron Macosko, Athletic Director     
March 17, 2010

While most of the campus is on Spring Break, several athletic teams either were or are in action while the campus is relatively quiet. The SU Men's & Women's Golf teams had great results at the TLU Invitational at Concan Country Club which concluded on Tuesday. For the guys, it was another breakout performance that saw the team go 3-1 against teams ranked nationally in the Top 25. Through the first two tournaments of the spring, the MG team is 13-3 against NCAA D-III teams and are 4-2 against those that are nationally-ranked this semester. The SU women made history yesterday by winning the first team tournament title since the program came into existence. More on both teams results are below. The SU Softball team is in Arizona for its annual spring break trip and the SU Baseball team returns to action at home on Friday against Hardin-Simmons. Here's a quick look back and a schedule for the remainder of Spring Break.

MEN'S GOLF: finished 3rd out of 13 schools at the TLU Invitational. In a strong D-III field, the Mountaineers had their best team performance in many years - and again showed that they can play with the best teams in the ASC in the process (finished 2nd out of 9 ASC teams in the field). SU had a solid first day and was tied for fourth after the first round, but then went lower in the second round. Junior Jay Chapman, who continues to add to an already impressive season, again was a top finisher in this event. Fresh off his medalist performance at the Schreiner Spring Shootout, which included several scholarship teams, Chapman followed that up with a 3rd place performance at this event - but wasn't alone. Sophomore Jared Cornish also had a breakout performance shooting 72 in the second round to tie Chapman and earn the first All-Tournament honors of his collegiate career. The only top ASC team not at the tournament was 14-ranked UT-Tyler so this finish was another big confidence booster for the Mountaineers. Freshmen Kelby Ruiz (162), Andy Bell (164) and senior Kyle Grona had solid results to help propel the team to the strong finish.

WOMEN'S GOLF: finished first out of five teams at the TLU Invitational. Although it was the program's first win, it wasn't very easy. The Mountaineers had a horrible first round and were in fourth place going into the final day. Fortunately, the team came out much different on day two (shot 340) and crushed the field, beating the next best team total by 22 shots turned an 8-shot deficit into a 17-stroke winning margin. Sophomore Sarah Stillwell, who was first team All-ASC as a freshman last spring, had her best individual finish (third place) after shooting 87-80 and was All-Tournament. Junior Liz Calderon, who just missed first team All-ASC in the spring, matched her best individual finish (sixth) and shot 86 on the second day. Senior Surraya Minhas, a three-time All-ASC winner, also shot 86 while freshman Gabby Rosales shot 88 and Katlynd Imbody shot 95.

SOFTBALL: went 2-4 after a four-game stand at Concordia and a home doubleheader vs. Howard Payne. Schreiner lost a pair of tough games at CTX to open their series by 3-2 and 5-3 scores. Hay picked up her third win of the season on Saturday with a 6-5 win but CTX bounced back to post an 8-0 result in the finale. On Monday, SU lost the first game to HPU, 4-3, but rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh in the second game for a 7-6 win. Freshman Callie Caesar drove in the first two runs in the seventh with a double off the center-field fence and then junior Marla Jendrusch provided the winning runs with a double of her own that just missed being a walk-off home run. The win was the first collegiate victory for freshman hurler Allyson Morris. Sophomore Rachele Herzog leads the team in hitting at .386 while Caesar is at .325 and Kelsey Ambrose is .302.

BASEBALL: went 1-4 last week. Split a pair of games with DeSales in non-conference action and then lost a three-game series at Sul Ross State by 24-14, 14-5 and 11-5 scores. SU lost the first game against DeSales, 7-3, but rallied behind a complete-game performance by junior J.P. Garcia to win 3-1 in the afternoon game. Sophomore Marcus Myhaver provided the winning runs with a home run off the scoreboard the plated two. In the SRSU series, Schreiner couldn't contain the ASC's top hitting club, Sul Ross State, and gave up 53 hits and 49 runs in the series. Myhaver is leading the team in hitting (.353), followed closely by Garcia (.341). Sophomore Michael Nicholson has the low ERA at 3.86 and no other SU pitcher is below 6.0.

The schedule for the next week:

Thursday, 3/18/10:
SOFTBALL at Tucson Invitational (vs. Minnesota-Morris) at 8:00 am (Tucson, AZ)
SOFTBALL at Tucson Invitational (vs. Wisconsin-LaCrosse) at 10:00 am (Tucson, AZ)
SOFTBALL at Tucson Invitational (vs. St. Scholastica) at 2:30 pm (Tucson, AZ)

Friday, 3/19/10:
SOFTBALL at Tucson Invitational (vs. Dickinson) at 9:00 am (Tucson, AZ)
SOFTBALL at Tucson Invitational (vs. Ancilla) at 11:00 am (Tucson, AZ)
BASEBALL vs. Hardin-Simmons * (Mountaineer Field) at 2:00 pm
SOFTBALL at Tucson Invitational (vs. Wisconsin-LaCrosse) at 3:30 pm

Saturday, 3/20/10:
BASEBALL (dh) vs. Hardin-Simmons * (Mountaineer Field) at 1:00 pm

Tuesday, 3/23/10:
BASEBALL (dh) at Southwestern (Georgetown, TX) at 3:00 pm

Hope you can come out and support your Mountaineers!!!

Home games are free for SU students, faculty and staff.

Go Mountaineers!!!

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