Methodist College converted strikes into hits and didn't stop until it set an NCAA record with a 43-0 victory over Maryville, Tenn.

"It was a combination of some very well hit balls and some balls that flared in," coach Sandy Davis said after his team's victory Thursday. "We got on a roll . . . we sent 11 batters to the plate before an out was made. It was just one of those games where everything went right."They were throwing a lot of strikes and we were hitting them."

The previous NCAA record was set by Virginia Tech in a 42-3 victory against King College. The previous lower division record of 37 was set by Bates (Division III) against Thomas, Maine, in 1985 and matched by Washburn (Division II) against Mid-American Nazarene in 1988. Both Methodist and Maryville are Division III.

Methodist also tied the NCAA small college record for hits with 34, set by Marietta (Division III) against Muskingum in 1981. The Division I record of 41 was set by Memphis State against Delta State in 1978.

Davis said the team didn't get overconfident after Methodist scored 15 runs in the first inning, considering they were pounded by Mount Olive 23-3 earlier this month.

"We were fairly calm about it because we were on the losing end of a lopsided score," he said. "We were trying to keep everything in perspective. It's just one of the games that's really hard to explain. You hope the kids put it all in perspective before they go out and play tomorrow."

The game took only three hours and 15 minutes - not bad, considering all the runs.