LUFKIN, Texas -- Mary Hardin-Baylor improved by eight strokes from the first to second rounds and the Cru is in second place after the opening day of the American Southwest Conference Championship.

UMHB posted a 316-308=624 and trail first day leader Texas.-Tyler's 300-295=595 by 29 strokes. LeTourneau is in third place after carding a 312-318=630, Texas-Dallas is fourth at 322-310=632 and Schreiner rounds out the top five with a 318-319=637.

Concordia (Texas) is in sixth place with a 320-321=641, Louisiana College is seventh at 330-332=662, defending conference champion Texas Lutheran is in eighth place after shooting 327-337=664 and Hardin-Simmons is ninth at 340-334=674.

UMHB was led by Robby Schimmels on the opening day. Schimmels is in fourth place with a 77-75=152, six shots behind individual leader Jacob Walsh of U.T.-Tyler (71-75=146).

Stayton Lindeman is tied for ninth place after firing a 79-77=156 for the Cru, Mike McQuaid and Evan Kaye both posted 82-78=160's for UMHB and are tied for 18th place and Michael Haney is in 30th place with a 78-86=164 total.