ETBU Moves Up Two Spots to 11th in NFCA Pollby Adam Ledyard
ETBU Moves Up Two Spots to 11th in NFCA Poll
SOFTBALL: MARSHALL, Texas (3/20/13) – Moving up again in the NFCA Division III National Poll, East Texas Baptist University is now ranked 11th in the nation. This is the fourth straight week that they have been in the national poll.
By moving to 11th, ETBU has reached the highest they have been in the NFCA national poll since they were third in week 13 in 2011. They were only in the top 25 for two weeks last year and for 14 weeks in 2011.
The ASC has two teams ranked in #11 ETBU and #3 Texas-Tyler. Both teams will face off on Thursday for the top spot in the ASC East. ETBU will be playing their fifth ranked opponent this year and is 3-1 overall vs. the top 25.
ETBU first jumped into the poll this year in week one at 25th and stayed there in week two also. In week three, they jumped 12 spots to 13th and then this week moved two more spots to 11th.
ETBU faces #3 Texas-Tyler on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at Taylor Field in the top 25 showdown.
NFCA Division III Top 25
Rank Team Record Points Previous
1 Montclair State (8) 10-0 200 1
2 Emory 32-1 191 2
3 Texas-Tyler 17-1 185 3
4 Illinois Wesleyan 8-1 175 4
5 Trine 11-1 169 5
6 Eastern Connecticut St. 0-0 156 6
7 Luther 1-1 149 7
8 Linfield 13-4 142 9
9 Redlands 15-5 126 11
10 Salisbury 16-2 120 17
11 East Texas Baptist 14-2 115 13
12 Piedmont 15-3 108 14
13 Tufts 3-1 95 8
14 Carthage 4-0 94 15
15 Plattsburgh State 4-2 92 10
16 St. Thomas (Minnesota) 6-2 87 16
17 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 15-6 82 22
18 Simpson (Iowa) 17-3 70 18
19 Coe 13-1 61 19
20 Moravian 8-2 42 21
21 Chapman 17-3 37
22 Haverford 9-3 30
23 Lynchburg 13-4 21
24 Christopher Newport 13-8 14 12
25 Roanoke 13-4 13 23
PREVIEW: Softball vs. #3 Texas-Tyler, Texas-Dallas
SOFTBALL: MARSHALL, Texas (3/20/13) – Two more big American Southwest Conference East series come to Marshall, Texas, t his week as the #11 East Texas Baptist University softball team hosts #3 Texas-Tyler and Texas-Dallas. ETBU and Texas-Tyler are both undefeated in ASC East play and Texas-Dallas is 2-2. Thursday’s game features at top 25 match up and Saturday’s game vs. Texas-Dallas is the "Strike Out Cancer” game raising funds for ETBU’s softball cancer foundation.
"Texas-Tyler is always a big game. Everybody in East Texas knows our softball rival as Texas-Tyler,” says assistant coach Ashton Brey. "Everybody knows this is a big series, even our new players, and that we have to bring our ‘A’ game.”
Moving up two spots to #11 in the latest NFCA Division III national poll, ETBU will face their fifth top 25 opponent on Thursday against #3 Texas-Tyler. Texas-Tyler brings a 19-1 record and is 6-0 in the East Division and has an eight game winning streak. Both teams rank one and two respectively in team hitting and team pitching in the ASC. Texas-Tyler’s only loss came at the NFCA Top 25 tournament vs. Illinois Wesleyan, 3-0. After the top 25 series, ETBU will play host to another rising program in the East Division in Texas-Dallas.
Texas-Tyler is batting .385 overall with 16 home runs and 69 extra base hits. Ashley Endsley and Heather Abshire are first and second in the ASC in RBI with 29 and 25 while Raven Rodriquez is third in runs scored (23). Brittney Batten is third in the ASC in batting at .453 while Joey Cronin is fifth a .451. Their pitching staff has a 1.61 ERA with 58 strikeouts giving up only 28 earned runs in 122 innings pitched. The top pitcher in the ASC is Texas-Tyler’s Batten with a 1.59 ERA as she is 9-0 in the circle.
Already facing a tough schedule, it does not get any easier for ETBU. Thursday is ETBU’s fifth top 25 opponent this year. They are 3-1 vs. the top 25 with wins over #10 Central (3-2), #17 Ohio Northern ( 17-1), and #15 Pacific Lutheran (5-3). They fell to #21 St. Thomas (MN) by just a run, 7-6.
ETBU is second in the ASC in batting at .372 with eight home runs with 49 extra base hits. Kelsey DeCarolis is eighth in the ASC in batting at .426 with Sara Clements in ninth at .423 and Lacy Liles following in 10th with a .420 average. ETBU’s pitching staff has a 1.70 ERA with 85 strikeouts giving up just 27 earned runs in 111 innings. Shelby Parker and Tawny Hank are also in the top 10 for pitching as Parker is sixth with a 2.47 ERA and Hank is ninth with a 2.58 ERA. Hank is currently fourth for wins with seven while Parker is sixth in strikeouts (42).
Texas-Dallas comes to town with an 11-6 record and 2-2 in the ASC East after falling to Texas-Tyler on Tuesday, 2-1, and 10-2. They started off ASC East play with a sweep of LeTourneau on March 5th, 11-3 and 6-5.
"Texas-Dallas has improved the last couple of years under their new coach and he has really turned their program around. It will be another tough series for us in our division. It will be some intense competition,” says Brey.
Jordan Bratcher leads the team in batting at .412 while Brittanie Knowles is batting .411 with 18 RBI. Avery McHugh has three home runs while Rachel Riley has posted 13 RBI. Jeni Olbeter is the top pitcher with 10 appearances for a 6-4 record and a 2.59 ERA and 30 strikeouts. Jesse Richardson follows with a 3.24 ERA. Texas-Dallas is third in batting in the ASC at .349 and eighth in team pitching at 3.70.
All games can be watched with no audio at www.etbusports.com along with live stats and twitter.
PREVIEW: Baseball vs. #15/#7 Texas-Tyler
BASEBALL: MARSHALL, Texas (3/21/13) – Taking their 3-0 American Southwest Conference East Division record on the road, East Texas Baptist University has their toughest series ahead of them this weekend. ETBU faces #15/#7 the University of Texas-Tyler in Tyler on Friday and Saturday as the top offense will face the top pitching staff.
"This is a big series for us and it’s going to be a battle,” says assistant coach Jared Hood. "We will need to execute things defensively and offensively to compete with them.”
In the latest D3baseball.com poll Texas-Tyler is ranked 15th and 7th in the ABCA poll. They post a 17-5 record and are 5-1 in the ASC East with their only loss to Texas-Dallas over the weekend in game one on Friday. Cayden Cunniff leads the team in batting at .359 with 28 hits and 14 RBI. Kevan House and T.J. Martin also have 14 RBI while Isaac Tijeri leads the team with 16 RBI. The team is batting .274 with a .378 slugging and has scored 113 runs.
The pitching staff has provided the team with a 2.39 ERA and 144 strikeouts along with nine saves. Jordan Marah has started six games and is 5-1 with a 1.07 ERA to lead the team. Chance Cotton follows with a 1.84 ERA in six appearances and leads the team with 44 innings pitched and 40 strikeouts. Jack Barkley is the third ace at 2.83 ERA and a 5-1 record with 18 strikeouts.
Texas-Tyler is eighth in the ASC hitting but leads the conference in pitching with a 2.39 ERA. Marah is the top ASC pitcher with his 1.07 ERA while Cotton is sixth. Marah and Barkley also are tied for the top spot in the ASC for wins. Cotton follows in fourth place and Marah in fifth place for strikeouts. Derek Miller has recorded seven saves this year which puts him in second for the ASC.
ETBU, which has the top offense in the ASC, has scored 101 runs in the last 10 games with three games scoring 14 or more runs. With a .315 batting average, ETBU has hit 20 home runs and has 40 doubles on the year for 168 runs. They have a .488 slugging percentage along with 140 RBI. Two players are hitting over .400 in Jon Burkhart (.429) and Jeremy Pinder (.424) while four players are above .300 in Phillip Windham (.375), Wesley Schoon (.357), Tyler Bates (.344), and Matty Sullivan (.329). Windham leads the team with eight home runs and 28 RBI while Parsons, who has been the ASC East Hitter of the Week twice, has 24 RBI and four home runs with six triples and six doubles.
There has been several pitchers rotating for ETBU on the mound that has produced a 5.52 ERA. Jimmy Russo has made five appearances and leads the team with 29.1 innings pitched and has a 1-1 record. Zach Tampke has pitched in 24.2 innings with a 2-3 record and 5.11 ERA posting 20 strikeouts. Gran Westmoreland is 1-1 with a 3.92 ERA in 20.2 innings pitched and leads the team with 22 strikeouts.
Offensively in the ASC, ETBU has several of the top players. Jeremy Pinder leads the ASC In batting at .431 while Garrett Parsons is first in total bases (64) and tied for first in triples (6). Windham leads in home runs (8) and RBI (28). Parsons follows in third in RBI (24) and is second home runs (4) and doubles (6) and first in triples (6) slugging percentage (.775), and total bases.
The first game is on Friday at 6:00 p.m. with the double header on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.