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ASC Baseball Preseason Poll/Players to Watch

RICHARDSON, Texas – Concordia Texas has been picked to win the 2019 American Southwest Conference baseball regular season title after a vote of the league’s head coaches and sports information directors, announced by the conference office Wednesday.

The Tornados received 290 points and 17 out of a possible 25 first-place votes to lead the ASC poll. The defending ASC regular season champions went 29-18 overall, and 18-6 in league play in 2018 and were the runner-up in the ASC Championship tournament. Concordia, under the ASC Coaching Staff of the Year and head coach Tommy Boggs, also made its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship with an at-large bid.

UT Dallas was picked second with 273 points and seven first-place votes. The Comets claimed their first ASC Championship in 2018 with a 32-17 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in program history.

Sul Ross State was picked third with 221 points and first-place votes. The Lobos tied for third with UTD last year, going 23-19 overall and 17-7 in conference.

Rounding out the poll were East Texas Baptist (207), Hardin-Simmons (194), Ozarks (172), LeTourneau (151), Howard Payne (115), Louisiana College (115), McMurry (83), Belhaven (77) and Mary Hardin-Baylor (56).

UT Tyler, the 2018 national champion, will not count in the 2019 standings and are ineligible for both the ASC and NCAA Championships due to the Patriots reclassifying to NCAA Division II.

In addition to the preseason poll, a total of 26 players – 13 position players and 13 pitchers – were named to the ASC Baseball Preseason Watch List by the head coaches. Among the players returning for the new season are 14 all-conference selections, including ASC Newcomer of the Year and D3baseball.com Preseason All-America Honorable Mention Carson Cox (Cotulla, Texas) of Concordia Texas.

Other returning All-Conference First Team selections from 2018 on the Players to Watch List include – Wesley Moss of Sul Ross State, Deauton Delgado of Louisiana College and Matthew Williams of Concordia Texas.

The 2019 season is the 23rd in ASC baseball history and will start Friday, February 1 when Howard Payne will play at Hawaii Pacific.

2019 ASC Baseball Preseason Poll

Rank Team (1st place votes) Pts. 2018 Record (ASC)
1. Concordia Texas (17) 290 29-18 (18-6)
2. UT Dallas (7) 273 32-17 (17-7)
3. Sul Ross State (1) 221 23-19 (17-7)
4. East Texas Baptist 207 21-21 (11-13)
5. Hardin-Simmons 194 16-27 (12-12)
6. Ozarks 172 20-20 (14-10)
7. LeTourneau 151 23-19 (13-11)
8. Howard Payne 115 21-19 (9-15)
Louisiana College 115 20-14 (9-14)
10. McMurry 83 13-25 (7-17)
11. Belhaven # 77 12-27 (7-16)
12. Mary Hardin-Baylor 56 10-29 (6-18)
UT Tyler & 40-18 (15-9)

# Eligible for ASC regular season title/ineligible for ASC Championship/NCAA Championship (NCAA Division III Provisional)
& Ineligible for ASC regular season title/ASC Championship/NCAA Championship (NCAA Division II Reclassifying)

2019 ASC Baseball Preseason Players to Watch
Players selected by their respective head coach
Position Players

Name Cl. Pos. School
Evan Moore So. OF Belhaven
Carson Cox * Sr. 2B/SS Concordia Texas
Zach Gartner * Sr. OF East Texas Baptist
John Tople * Jr. 3B Hardin-Simmons
Noah Payne * Sr. OF Howard Payne
Jacob Jones Sr. OF LeTourneau
Keelyn Johnson So. SS Louisiana College
Landon Dieterich Jr. OF Mary Hardin-Baylor
Nick Hamel * So. 1B McMurry
Breyden Varner * Sr. IF Ozarks
Wesley Moss * Sr. OF Sul Ross State
Ryan Burciaga * Sr. 2B UT Dallas
Graham Welch * Sr. OF/LHP UT Tyler

Pitchers

Name Cl. Pos. School
David Hall Jr. RHP Belhaven
Matthew Williams * Jr. RHP Concordia Texas
Derrick Findley * Jr. LHP East Texas Baptist
Jaxon Terrell So. RHP Hardin-Simmons
Xavier Haines Jr. RHP Howard Payne
Will Bradshaw * Jr. RHP LeTourneau
Deauton Delgado * Sr. RHP Louisiana College
Cameron Whitman Fr. RHP Mary Hardin-Baylor
Jack Poe Jr. RHP McMurry
Dalton Spurgeon Sr. RHP Ozarks
Aaron Marquez * Sr. RHP Sul Ross State
Logan McPherson Jr. RHP UT Dallas
Nate Imig Sr. RHP UT Tyler

*2018 All-Conference

 

 

RICHARDSON, Texas – East Texas Baptist has been picked to win the 2019 American Southwest Conference softball regular season title after a vote of the league’s head coaches and sports information directors, announced by the conference office Tuesday.

The Tigers are coming off their seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship after going 33-13 in 2018 and 24-6 in conference play. They received 291 points and 15 out of 26 first-place votes.

Mary Hardin-Baylor was voted second with 285 points and nine first-place votes after placing third in the league in 2018. They were followed by Concordia Texas (249), UT Dallas (229), Louisiana College (182/1), Belhaven (177), Sul Ross State (151), LeTourneau (130/1), McMurry (110), Ozarks (93), Howard Payne (65) and Hardin-Simmons (55)

Defending ASC champion UT Tyler will not count in the 2019 standings and are not eligible for the ASC or NCAA Championship due to the Patriots reclassifying to NCAA Division II.

In addition to the preseason poll, 36 players were named to the ASC Softball Preseason Watch List by the head coaches. Among the players returning for the 2019 season are 22 all-conference selections, including five first team member and the reigning ASC Player and Freshman of the Year – Ashley Perez of UT Tyler, and fellow Patriot Colleen Bentke, the ASC Pitcher of the Year.

Perez, Bentke and UT Tyler’s Nicole Garcia were named Preseason All-Americans by Fast Pitch News. They join ETBU’s Morgan Arst and Mackenzie Anderson as the returning All-ASC First Team selections on the Players to Watch List.

The 2019 softball season is the 21st for ASC softball. Action begins on Friday, February 1 when Hardin-Simmons and McMurry co-host the Abilene Round Robin.

2019 ASC Softball Preseason Poll

Rank Team (1st place votes) Pts. 2018 Record (ASC)
1. East Texas Baptist (15) 291 33-13 (24-6)
2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (9) 285 29-14 (22-8)
3. Concordia Texas 249 25-18 (19-11)
4. UT Dallas 229 24-18 (19-11)
5. Louisiana College (1) 182 22-18 (19-11)
6. Belhaven # 177 26-17 (11-13)
7. Sul Ross State 151 18-21 (15-15)
8. LeTourneau (1) 130 15-23 (11-19)
9. McMurry 110 10-30 (6-24)
10. Ozarks 93 10-22 (10-17)
11. Howard Payne 65 9-29-2 (6-24)
12. Hardin-Simmons 55 1-37 (1-29)
UT Tyler & 44-5 (26-1)

# Eligible for ASC regular season title/ineligible for ASC Championship/NCAA Championship (NCAA Division III Provisional)
& Ineligible for ASC regular season title/ASC Championship/NCAA Championship (NCAA Division II Reclassifying)

2019 ASC Softball Preseason Players to Watch
Players selected by their respective head coach

Name Cl. Pos. School
Bailey Root Jr. P Belhaven
Allie Gordon Fr. 3B Belhaven
Marlee Blackwell * Jr. OF Belhaven
Haley Dennett * Sr. SS Concordia Texas
Diana Payne So. OF Concordia Texas
Simone Langland * So. P Concordia Texas
MacKenzie Anderson * Sr. UT East Texas Baptist
Sabrina Salts * Jr. 1B East Texas Baptist
Morgan Arst * Jr. OF East Texas Baptist
Taylor Hinojos So. P Hardin-Simmons
Karis Hessert Fr. C Hardin-Simmons
Kenzee Hessert Fr. SS Hardin-Simmons
Macey Mize * Sr. C LeTourneau
Haydn Parker So. 1B LeTourneau
Bailey Richey Fr. P LeTourneau
Shelby Bergeron * Sr. OF Louisiana College
Briley Johnston * So. OF Louisiana College
Samantha Cetta * Jr. SS/OF Louisiana College
Hannah Wolfe * Jr. 1B Mary Hardin-Baylor
Emily Bounds * Sr. C Mary Hardin-Baylor
Cece Darilek * Jr. P Mary Hardin-Baylor
Rachel Ripley * Sr. 1B McMurry
Hope Schoeneman Jr. P/OF McMurry
Mikayla Krause Jr. SS/C McMurry
Paige Lee Fr. IF Ozarks
Sierra Jasna Fr. C/3B Ozarks
Sydney Key Jr. C/3B Ozarks
Gabriela Raimondi * Jr. SS Sul Ross State
Jodie Vaughn Fr. P Sul Ross State
Anaya Losoya * Sr. 1B Sul Ross State
Melissa Livermore * Sr. OF UT Dallas
Ravin Wilson * Sr. SS UT Dallas
Hope Griffith * Sr. 3B/2B UT Dallas
Colleen Bentke * Sr. P UT Tyler
Ashley Perez * So. C UT Tyler
Nicole Garcia * Sr. OF UT Tyler

*2018 All-Conference

 

AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Competitions: January 25-26, 2019

MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Matthew Cecotti, So., UT Tyler
UT Tyler sophomore Matthew Cecotti (Lindale, Texas) won the 800-meter run at the UCO Open in Oklahoma in a field of 42 runners with a time of 1:56.10. His time ranks 39th in the nation and third in the South/Southeast Region. This is Cecotti’s fifth Track Athlete of the Week of this career.

MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Sean Germany, So., McMurry
McMurry sophomore Sean Germany (Abilene, Texas) won the triple jump with a mark of 14.38 meters (47 ft.-2.25 in.) at the UCO Open in Norman, Okla. on Saturday. His distance ranks sixth in the nation in first in the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Region. Germany also had a long jump of 6.28 meters (20 ft.-7.25 in.), placing fifth at the meet and ranking 15th in the region.

WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Jessica Eastham, Jr., Hardin-Simmons
Hardin-Simmons junior Jessica Eastham (Robinson, Texas) repeats as the Track Athlete of the Week after breaking the Cowgirl school record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.97 seconds at the UCO Open in Norman, Okla. She finished fifth in the finals with a time that ranks 46th in the nation and fifth in the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Region.

WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Summer Grubbs, Fr., UT Tyler
UT Tyler freshman Summer Grubbs (Gladewater, Texas) repeats as Field Athlete of the Week after winning the long jump at the UCO Open with a leap of 5.54 meters (18 ft.-2.25 in.). Her distance ranks 10th in the country and leads the South/Southeast Region. Grubbs also ran the 60-meter hurdles in 10.37 seconds and the 400-meter dash in 1:03.28.

OTHER TOP MEN’S PERFORMANCES
LeTourneau freshman Jack Miller (Diana, Texas) became the top YellowJacket to land a top-15 national mark in the pole vault, clearing 4.75 meters (15 ft.-7 in.) at the McNeese Indoor II in Lake Charles, La. The score is the 12th-best in all of NCAA Division III and second in the region.

LeTourneau sophomore Lorien Nightingale (Njoro, Kenya) earned a school record in the 800 meters at the McNeese Indoor II, finishing 10th with a time of 2:06.16.

Ozarks sophomore Michael Harris (Elkins, Ark.) set a new school record in the 3,000 meters in 9:11.84 at the Pittsburg State Invitational in Kansas on Saturday. His time bested the old mark by five seconds. Harris’ new time ranks 20th in the South/Southeast Region.

Hardin-Simmons junior Tanner Wright (Fort Worth, Texas) set a new Cowboy record with a long jump of 6.69 meters (21 ft.-11.5 in.), placing second at the UCO Open. His mark ranks fifth in the region.

OTHER TOP WOMEN’S PERFORMANCES
LeTourneau freshman Kaylee Packer (Lewisville, Texas) set a YellowJacket school record by clearing 2.90 meters (9 ft.-6.25 in.) in the pole vault at the McNeese Indoor II in Lake Charles, La. Friday, placing third. Her mark is tied for third in the region.

LeTourneau sophomore Ro Galloway (Texarkana, Texas) set a school record with a 200 meter dash time of 27.78 at the McNeese Indoor II, placing seventh in the event. Her time ranks 18th in the NCAA South/Southeast Region.

Ozarks senior Hannah Smith (Blue Eye, Mo.) placed 38th as the only Division III runner in the 3,000 meters at the Pittsburg State Invitational. She recorded a time of 11:24.27, which ranks 41st in the region.