ASC Softball Field Announced
RICHARDSON, Texas — After a makeup doubleheader on Monday evening that affected the ASC East standings, the pairings for this weekend's American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament have been announced and Hardin-Simmons will open against defending champion East Texas Baptist at noon on Thursday at Oran Good Park in Farmer's Branch.
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 10-8 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.
NOTES: This is the 14th year of the ASC softball tournament. . . . The East Division has won 10 ASC titles, with the West claiming three. . . . . This is the first year the conference tournament will be held at Oran Good Park. All games will be played on Field #5. The league's annual First Pitch Tournament has been held at the facility for the past nine years. . . Returning all-tournament performers from 2011 are East Texas Baptist senior utility player Ashton Brey and Hardin-Simmons senior shortstop Amy Meyer . . . . ETBU won the league's only national title in 2009. . . . . City of Farmers Branch National Sports Sales Manager Anne Stokes will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Thursday. . . . Admission prices will be: $5 for adults (age 18 and older), $3 for children (age 6 through high school) and $3 for ASC students (with valid ID). Only cash will be accepted (no credit cards/checks). Children under age 5 will not be charged. No complimentary passes will issued. . . . No animals are allowed at Oran Good Park. Coolers, glass bottles, alcohol and tobacco products are also not permitted at the park. . . . . The address is: 13411 Tom Field Rd.; Farmers Branch, TX. . . . Official tournament short-sleeved T-shirts will be available for $15 each, while souvenir programs will be $2 (cash only; no credit cards/checks). . . . 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).
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.
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