The Cowgirls start their tourney run on Thursday at noon against East Texas Baptist. Both teams come into the game with a record of 23-15 and the
The six-team double elimination tournament will run Thursday through Saturday. Mary Hardin-Baylor (24-15), Hardin-Simmons (23-15) and Howard Payne (19-19) are the three teams from the ASC West. Texas-Tyler (33-7), Louisiana College (25-11) and East Texas Baptist (23-15) are the ASC East qualifiers.
Hardin-Simmons is making its seventh appearance in the tournament in the nine-year history of the program and its fourth straight. HSU is 11-8 all-time in the tournament and won the league title in 2006 and 2007.
HSU and ETBU met one time in the regular season and the Tigers won 4-3 at the ASC First Pitch Tournament, also played at Oran Good Park.
The winner of that game will play Texas-Tyler on Thursday at 5 p.m. The loser will play at 1:30 on Friday.
The ASC champion earns the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournament.
ETBU will provide the audio coverage of the first game of the ASC Tournament.
Each day's results, a photo gallery and post-game video interviews will be available on the conference's website, Facebook Page, and Twitter Feed (@ASC_sports).
Under the direction of second-year head coach Dan Sheppard, the Cowgirls are making their fourth straight trip to the ASC Tournament. HSU is looking for its first ASC title since 2007.
The Cowgirls are led by a strong senior class of seven players. Seniors Kelsey Evans, Amy Meyer, Taylor Namey and Sarah Shurbet are playing in their fourth career ASC Tournament.
HSU Vs. The Field
Opponent All-Time 2011-12 ASC Tournament
East Texas Baptist 6-12 0-1 2-2
Howard Payne 24-15 3-1 1-0
Louisiana College 5-10 0-1 5-4
Mary Hardin-Baylor 11-26 1-3 1-0
Texas-Tyler 1-7 0-1 0-0
Senior Blair Wallace is one of the top players in the American Southwest Conference. She is hitting .443 on the year with seven home runs and 36 RBIs and she is 13-7 in the circle with a 2.20 ERA.
Senior shortstop Amy Meyer is one of the top players in Cowgirl history. She is hitting .328 with two home runs and 16 RBIs and has 13 extra-base hits. She has been solid defensively as well with only six errors in over 150 chances at shortstop. She has started 161 games for the Cowgirls in her career.
Senior catcher Taylor Namey set the HSU career record for home runs with 33 and is hitting .368 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs. She has started 159 games for the Cowgirls.
Senior pitcher Shurbet is 10-8 on the year with a 2.90 ERA and is second all-time at HSU with 39 career wins. She has worked 398 innings in her career.
Sophomore second baseman and junior rightfielder Shelby McIntyre are both in their second years as starters for the Cowgirls. The Abilene Wylie grads are key cogs to the offense as Clay leads the team with 39 runs scored and McIntyre has started 110 games in right field.
The Cowgirls have hit 69 doubles, which is the second most in school history...The Cowgirls have set a school record for walks...Nine of the 15 Cowgirl losses have come by one run...HSU is 15-5 on the year when scoring first and 15-0 when leading after five innings. HSU is 22-5 when it scores more than two runs on the year.
2012 AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE
SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
April 26-28/ Oran Good Park / Farmers Branch, TX
All games played on Field #5
Thursday, April 26
Game 1: (W2) Hardin-Simmons vs. (E3) East Texas Baptist, Noon
Game 2: (E2) Louisiana College vs. (W3) Howard Payne, 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: (E1) Texas-Tyler vs. HSU/ETBU winner, 5 p.m.
Game 4: (W1) Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. LC/HPU winner, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 27
Game 5: Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3, 11 a.m.
Game 6: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 4, 1:30 p.m.
Game 7: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 4 p.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28
Game 9: Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 11 a.m.
Game 10 (Championship): Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 1:30 p.m.
Game 11 (Championship II): If necessary, start 30 minutes after Gm. 10 conclusion
Sunday, April 29 for Inclement Weather, if needed.