Clarksville, Ark.-The Lady Eagles will open the 2009 season in the American Southwest Conference First Pitch Tournament March 6-7 in Farmers Branch, Texas.
Live stats will be available for all of Ozarks’ games during the two-day cross-over tourney at http://eagles.ozarks.edu/livestats.aspx. The double-header scheduled for Sunday against Sul Ross State will also have live stats.
All of the league’s 14 teams will be in action, playing two cross-divisional games each day. Action gets underway at 10 a.m. both days.
The games do not count toward conference records, only overall and in-region, but bragging rights are at stake. Last season, the East Division defeated the West 19-9.
Four ASC teams enter the tournament nationally ranked in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Top 25 Poll. Defending conference champion Louisiana College (6-0) and Texas-Tyler (6-0) are tied at No. 3, East Texas Baptist (9-1) is No. 19 and Mary Hardin-Baylor (4-2) is No. 20.
Louisiana College has won 19 consecutive games at the ASC First Pitch Softball Tournament, with its last loss coming in the 2004 season to Texas Lutheran. Texas-Tyler has won nine straight at the tourney.
NOTES: This is the sixth consecutive year that the ASC First Pitch Softball Tournament has been held in Farmers Branch, Texas. . . . A complete tournament schedule, each day’s results and a photo galley will be available on the conference’s website, www.ASCsports.org. . . . Admission prices will be: $5 for adults (age 18 and older), $3 for students (age 6 through high school) and $3 for ASC students (with valid ID from an ASC member school). Children under age 5 will not be charged. No complimentary passes will issued. . . . Official tournament long sleeve T-shirts will be available for $15 each.
Farmers Branch, Texas / Oran Good Park
Friday, March 6
Hardin-Simmons vs. Mississippi College, 10 a.m.
Howard Payne vs. Ozarks, 10 a.m.
Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Texas-Dallas, 12:30 p.m.
Schreiner vs. Texas-Tyler, 12:30 p.m.
Sul Ross State vs, Louisiana College, 12:30 p.m.
Concordia Texas vs. East Texas Baptist, 12:30 p.m.
Texas Lutheran vs. LeTourneau, 3 p.m.
Howard Payne vs. Mississippi College, 3 p.m.
Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Ozarks, 3 p.m.
Schreiner vs. Texas-Dallas, 3 p.m.
Sul Ross State vs. Texas-Tyler, 5:30 p.m.
Concordia Texas vs. Louisiana College, 5:30 p.m.
Texas Lutheran vs. East Texas Baptist, 5:30 p.m.
Hardin-Simmons vs. LeTourneau, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 6
Mississippi College vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 10 a.m.
Ozarks vs. Schreiner, 10 a.m.
Texas-Dallas vs. Sul Ross State, 12:30 p.m.
Texas-Tyler vs. Concordia Texas, 12:30 p.m.
Louisiana College vs. Texas Lutheran, 12:30 p.m.
East Texas Baptist vs. Hardin-Simmons, 12:30 p.m.
LeTourneau vs. Howard Payne, 3 p.m.
Mississippi College vs. Schreiner, 3 p.m.
Ozarks vs. Sul Ross State, 3 p.m.
Texas-Dallas vs. Concordia Texas, 3 p.m.
Texas-Tyler vs. Texas Lutheran, 5:30 p.m.
Louisiana College vs. Hardin-Simmons, 5:30 p.m.
East Texas Baptist vs. Howard Payne, 5:30 p.m.
LeTourneau vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 5:30 p.m.