Liles Earns Softball's 7th All-American Awardby Adam Ledyard
SOFTBALL: EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (5/16/13) – Reaching one of the highest honors you can get in an athletic career, East Texas Baptist University’s Lacy Liles hit that goal on Thursday night when she was award all-American status. For her play this year the National FastPitch Coaches Association (NFCA) named her all-American on the second team.
This is the second all-American under Janae Shirley and the program’s eighth overall since it started in 1998. Ayrika Anderson, a pitcher, was named an all-American in 2010. The other all-Americans for ETBU have been Amanda Reed, Missy Mohon, Angela Gonzales, Tonya Minor, Christy Shipley, and Allison Ratcliff.
This year Liles has earned NCAA All-Region, NFCA All-Region, All-ASC East first-team, and was the ASC East’s "Hitter of the Week” once. She leads the team in pretty much all the offensive categories in batting (.417), home runs (8), RBI (47), doubles (15), triples (4), runs (47), hits (60), and slugging percentage (.743). She has also only struck out twice in 144 at-bats which is the fourth best in the nation.
For her two-year career, she now has 91 hits, nine home runs, 68 RBI, 70 runs, and 19 doubles. She improved in every category from 2012 to 2013 for ETBU.
ETBU finished 2013 as the American Southwest Conference Tournament Champions and the NCAA Division III Tyler Regional runners-up. They were 37-12 and played 16 games against ranked opponents. ETBU only loses one starter for 2014.
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