Tiger Athletics: ETBU Moves Back into NFCA Top 10by Adam Ledyard
SOFTBALL: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (5/2/13) – For the 10th straight week, East Texas Baptist University is in the NFCA Top 25 jumping back into the top 10. This is the second time this year that ETBU has been ranked in the top 10 after being ranked 8th in the Week five poll.
ETBU went 4-0 last week with three wins over top 25 teams to win the American Southwest Conference Tournament for a seventh time. They defeated Howard Payne and then came from behind for wins over #20 Texas Lutheran and #1 Texas-Tyler. ETBU then defeated #1 Texas-Tyler for a second straight day, 6-2, claiming the championship. ETBU is now 34-10 overall and will play in the NCAA Regional Tournament on May 9-13.
Other opponents that ETBU has faced in this week’s poll are #5 Texas-Tyler, #13 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, #9 St. Thomas (MN), and #12 Central College. ETBU has played six nationally ranked teams this year and other teams they have faced that were ranked at one point in the season are Piedmont College, Pacific Lutheran, and Texas Lutheran. ETBU is 7-4 overall vs. ranked opponents this year with wins over #10 Central, #17 Ohio Northern, #15 Pacific Lutheran, #20 Texas Lutheran, and #1/#3 Texas-Tyler (three wins).
ETBU was ranked twice in 2012 as high as 23rd and was in all 14 national polls in 2011 reaching as high as third in the nation.
Eight Players Earn All-ASC Awards
SOFTBALL: RICHARDSON, Texas (5/1/13) – Fresh off winning their seventh American Southwest Conference tournament championship, eight East Texas Baptist University players received awards from the American Southwest Conference in the East Division as five players landed on the first team. It is the first time for six of the eight players to earn an All-ASC post season award.
Lacy Liles, Maranada Westbrook, Alyssa Romero, Tawny Hank, and Shelby Parker were all named to the first-team as Lya Swaner was on the second-team. Kayla Garcia, Kelly Jo McLendon, and Westbrook (Utility) were voted honorable mention. Westbrook receives two awards on the first-team as a second baseman and honorable mention as a utility player. Hank was then named the ASC East "Newcomer of the Year” for her play.
Liles, a first baseman, leads the way for ETBU as she is in 10 offensive categories in the ASC. She leads the team in batting at .423 with 43 RBI and seven home runs posting 55 hits. In the ASC, she is second in RBI and triples (4), third in total bases (97) and slugging percentage (.746), fourth in runs scored (43), fifth in hits, doubles (13), walks (20), and on-base percentage (.497), and sixth in home runs (7). This year she has already been named the ASC East Hitter of the Week, twice. Overall, she has started and played in all 44 games for ETBU.
Hank is a first-team selection as the designated player and has been the ASC "Hitter of the Week” once this year and was the "Newcomer of the Year.” She is third on the team in batting average (.374) and has 49 hits, seven doubles, five home runs, and 36 RBI. She has started and played in 43 games for ETBU and has a .542 slugging percentage. In the circle she went 9-4 with a 3.02 ERA and 38 strikeouts.
Westbrook has the unique honor of being named to the first-team and also earning a honorable mention selection. She also was named to the ASC All-Tournament team. On the first-team as a second baseman, she was honorable mention as a utility player. She is fifth in the ASC in stolen bases with 19 leading ETBU. She started the season at second base playing 28 games in that position before switching over to third base the final 16 games. Starting 43 games of the 44 played, she has posted a .352 batting average with 37 hits, three doubles, and seven RBI. She has eight total sacrifice at-bats with six being his and two fly balls. Her fielding percentage is .955 with only six errors on the year.
Romero is the fourth first-team selection and is in six ASC categories. She is tied for the team lead in home runs with seven and has a .362 batting average with 50 hits, seven doubles, 41 RBI and a .594 slugging percentage. In the ASC she is fourth in runs scored (43), RBI, sixth in home runs, seventh in walks (19), eighth in total bases (82), and ninth in slugging percentage. She has stolen 12 bases and played in 44 games starting 43.
Parker rounds out the first-team selections for ETBU while also being named to the All-ASC Tournament team. In the ASC she is second in strikeouts (120) and shutouts (7), fifth in complete games (14), and sixth in wins (13). She holds a 1.87 ERA in 21 games started and 116.1 innings pitched.
Named to the second-team is the ASC’s Tournament MVP, Lya Swaner. Swaner is currently seventh in the ASC in stolen bases with 16. Overall, she is batting .333 with 38 hits, four doubles, 12 RBI, and a .397 slugging percentage. She has thrown out five runners this year behind the plate and has .983 fielding percentage. In 2011, she was a honorable mention All-ASC and on the NCAA Division III West Regional team.
Hayes Named NFF Scholar-Athlete
FOOTBALL: MARSHALL, Texas (4/30/13) – Earning an elite academic award in football in the state of Texas, Jordan Hayes was named a National Football Foundation scholar-athlete. The Gridiron Club of Dallas awarded Hays and eight other Texas college football players the award in early March.
Hayes one of two NCAA Division III football players given the award with Austin College’s Tim Smith along with NCAA Division II players Chase Hoopers (Midwestern State), Tyler Rawlings (Texas A&M –Commerce) and Cory Jackson (Tarleton State) and NCAA Division I players Cale Patterson (Texas Christian), Cameron Rogers (SMU), Lanear Sampson (Baylor), and Nicholas Summerfield (North Texas). The award is voted upon and given to players that are outstanding in academic achievement, community leadership, and football performance.
A four-year letterman for ETBU, Hayes finished his career in the top 10 in tackles in fifth with 245 tackles and was a two-time All-ASC selection. This past season he was an All-ASC first-team selection and finished third in tackling with an average of 8.7 tackles per game.
Franklin Selected for Elite NCAA Forum
TENNIS: INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (5/2/13) – Selected to be a part of an elite NCAA group of athletes from Division I, II, and III,East Texas Baptist University women's tennis player Kayla Franklin will participate in the NCAA’s National Career in Sports Forum (CSF) in June. Over 700 athletes applied to go to the CSF as 300 were chosen.
"This is a great honor for Kayla and our program,” says head tennis coach Joe Vann. "This selection shows her hard work as a student-athlete and what we strive for in our program. She will be amongst the best NCAA student-athletes of all divisions learning about careers in athletics and meeting some great people that could help her in that career path.”
Franklin is a sophomore women’s tennis player for ETBU and is from Princeton, Texas. She is a member of the ETBU student-athlete advisory committee and helped with ETBU’s D3 Week project of painting a house owned by the homeless shelter in Marshall. She is a member of the ETBU’s first-ever women’s tennis team as the program was started in 2011-12. The two-year letter winner has played singles at the #6 position and at #3 doubles. She earned her first collegiate singles win this year in a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Jordan Pankcost of Louisiana College.
The CSF is a four-day event in Indianapolis, Ind., that brings together selected NCAA athletes to learn about careers in sports. This is event will help athletes to look into a career path in sports and dispels any myths about careers in sports. They will learn about the sports industry and their trends and hot topics from current athletic professionals.
There are five objectives that CSF has that student-athletes will learn about: 1. how their personal values intersect with career opportunities; 2. understand how behavioral styles impact individual effectiveness; 3. develop actionable plans for personal growth and development; 4. learn a realistic view of the roles of coach or administrator in collegiate athletics or conference offices, as well as, within sports law and the sports entertainment industry; 5. examine the viability of selecting coaching, athletics administration, sports law, sports media and entertainment, and/or officiating as a full-time or part-time career; and 6. network with key decision makers from member institutions, sports law, sports media and entertainment, and the NCAA.
Franklin will travel to Indianapolis, Ind., from June 8-11 for CSF for the event.
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