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Reigning Conference Champs start season 5-0

Softball team hopes to keep season on a winning note

By Stephen Cogan
On February 8, 2013

  • Junior midfielder Hanna Horeis (8) makes a move to get around a defender during the ‘Belles 2 - 1 home win against the Texas Women’s Pioneers on Sept. 25. Pam Belcher

Junior Morgan Spearman said before the season that she felt ASU had a good chance to repeat as Lone Star Conference champions despite losing a few great players who graduated last May.

So far, the team is proving her right as the 'Belles have won their first five games at the St. Mary's Invitational Tournament in San Antonio this past weekend.

Spearman wasted no time in backing up her statement by batting .412 with two home runs (both grand slams) and 10 RBIs over the weekend.

Despite her enormous production, Spearman was snubbed for Lone Star Conference Hitter of the Week.

Junior pitcher Sandra Serna dominated in her first official week as a 'Belle by pitching 13 innings of one-run ball over three games.

Serna picked up her first win by relieving junior Mary Kate McKay in the season opener against East Central University. McKay struggled and allowed three runs, two of which were earned, before Head Coach Travis Scott decided to pull her.

Serna allowed two hits and one unearned run in two innings of work while the 'Belles' bats exploded in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring five runs to pull ahead and win the game 6-4.

Serna then started and won two games against Lubbock Christian University (4-0) and Texas A&M International University (6-2) respectively.

Serna's efforts earned her Lone Star Conference Pitcher of the Week.

McKay started and won the 'Belles' other two victories over St. Edwards University (10-1) and St. Mary's University (5-2).

The 'Belles are ranked No. 4 in the nation according to the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) poll with a score of 310 total voting points.

According to the NFCA's official website, "The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions."

The three schools ahead of Angelo State in the poll are Valdosta State University, UC San Diego, and Kutztown University.

Receiving all 16 first-place votes is Valdosta State University with 400 total vote points that leads all universities.

UC San Diego and Kutztown University finished second and third respectively scoring, 382 and 339 total vote points.

The 'Belles are not scheduled to face any university in the Top 25 during their regular season except for no. 22 Abilene Christian University in April.

In the meantime, the 'Belles will focus on the Southeastern Oklahoma State Invitational Tournament in Durant, OK.

The event starts Friday, Feb. 8 and ends on Sunday, Feb. 10 and, the 'Belles will play six games over the weekend.

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