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Re-sil-ince [ri-zil-yuhs ns]

Thursday, April 24th, 2014


ETBU Cross Country Coach Natalie Bach-Prather (far right) gives instruction to Tiger runner Landon Price of Mount Vernon during the Centenary Invitational. Photo courtesy of ETBU Sports Information.

ETBU Cross Country Coach Natalie Bach-Prather (far right) gives instruction to Tiger runner Landon Price of Mount Vernon during the Centenary Invitational. Photo courtesy of ETBU Sports Information.

Re-sil-ience [ri-zil-yuh ns] – the ability to recover readily from adversity, or the like.

As some 36,000 runners raced in the Boston Marathon on Monday  (April 21) with an estimated one million gathering on the 26.2 mile course to show support of the runners and remember the ones who died and were injured, “resilience” is the word that comes to mind after last year’s tragic bombing at the finish line.

As I heard the news last year for the first time that a bomb exploded near the finish line my mind wondered quickly, “Is East Texas Baptist University Cross Country coach Natalie Bach-Prather okay?”

I knew she was running in the 2013 race.  As I checked various social media outlets I saw the post from Natalie’s husband, Michael that she was okay. Natalie had crossed the finished line about 5 minutes after the bomb went off.

Natalie, 2008 graduate of ETBU, raced again in the Boston Marathon finishing with a time of 3:36:20.  Last week on a report by KSLA-TV about how Americans just can’t be shaken the Marshall native said, “You can’t stop us. We’ll show up every year in bigger, stronger, better numbers.”

Yes, resilience is the word that comes to mind.

“Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.” –Psalm 37:24 (NLT)

To read more about Natalie’s experience at the 2014 Boston Marathon, click here.

ETBU Sweeps Player of the Week Awards

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
ETBU senior Alyssa Romero (left) hit .444 with six RBI. Senior Shelby Parker allowed no runs in two wins with 13 strikeouts.

ETBU senior Alyssa Romero (left) hit .444 with six RBI. Senior Shelby Parker allowed no runs in two wins with 13 strikeouts.

The 7th ranked East Texas Baptist University Lady Tigers have swept this week’s American Southwest Conference Player of the Week Awards for games played April 14-20.

ETBU senior Alyssa Romero was named Hitter of the Week with senior Shelby Parker garnering the Pitcher of the Week Award.



HITTER OF THE WEEK: Alyssa Romero, Sr., OF, East Texas Baptist
Outfielder Alyssa Romero (Humble, Texas/Atascosita HS) recorded a hit in every game of the series including a grand slam in the 9-0 game three win with a 2-of-3 showing at the plate. She had a .889 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage. In the 11-1 win, she had a double in the 10-run eighth inning to make it 11-1. In the fourth inning of the final game, Romero slugged a grand slam to make it 9-0 sealing the shortened nine-inning game. She also had two sacrifice hits in game one and two of the series. Her four RBI in game three tied a career high.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Shelby Parker, Sr., RHP, East Texas Baptist
Pitcher Shelby Parker (Brazoria, Texas/Columbia HS) recorded another two shutouts pitching a complete game, seven inning win (5-0) in the first game of the series and then a 9-0 five-inning win in the final game. Parker struck out six in game one and then seven in her final appearance. She retired the first nine batters faced in game one striking out the side to start the game and then retired the side once in the final game. Parker has now pitched 27 straight innings without giving up any runs and has 10 shutouts on the year. She now also has five straight shutouts in her last five appearances.

ETBU will finish out the regular season at home this Friday and Saturday with a three-game series with Sul Ross State.

NCAA Region Softball Rankings Out

Monday, April 21st, 2014

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From the American Southwest Conference website:

The first NCAA Region softball rankings of the 2014 season were released Thursday (April 18) with three American Southwest Conference universities listed among the top six teams in the West Region.

Conference leader, the University of Texas at Tyler, (33-2) leads the NCAA West Region Rankings while East Texas Baptist University (30-5) is second and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (24-12) ranks sixth.

All three teams will close the conference portion of their 2014 schedules next week (April 26). Texas-Tyler has won its last 13 games and has a three game lead with one week left to play in the regular season. The Patriots have won 30 or more games for eight-straight seasons, the longest streak in the conference. East Texas Baptist has also won its last 13-games, is currently second in the ASC standings and has recorded six consecutive shutouts. Mary Hardin-Baylor has won its last 11 games, including five run-rule victories, to cross the 20-win mark for the season.

The NCAA Region rankings posted by the softball national committee are used to determine the seeding in team selections for the NCAA Division III national tournament. The April 17 ranking is the first of three region rankings the NCAA will release this season. The next region ranking will be released April 24 and the final ranking will be posted May 1.

The regionals of the NCAA Division III Championship will be played May 9-11, with the Super Regionals scheduled to be played May 16-17. The Championship will be played May 22-27 and hosted by Texas-Tyler.

Second Time for Blankenship

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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East Texas Baptist University freshman track and field athlete Cody Blankenship of Hallsville has done it again. After winning another meet in the high jump, the American Southwest Conference has named him one of the Men’s Athletes of Week for competition held April 9-15th.

His latest first place jumped occurred at the Hardin-Simmons University Track & Field meet held in Abilene on April 12. Blankenship won the high jump clearing 1.98 meters (6’5”) in a field of five athletes.  Coming into the weekend, he was tied for seventh in NCAA Division III in the high jump with a leap of 2.03 (6’8”) with four other athletes.

In his first-ever collegiate meet (Mississippi College Invitational) he cleared 6’8’ to win his event over seven others who competed.  Blankenship also received the ASC Conference award for Men’s Athlete of the Week in Track & Field for his winning jump at Mississippi College.

Next up for the ETBU Track & Field athletes is the ASC Conference Championship Meet, April 25-26th.

Cody is the son of Vince and Susan Blankenship. Vince serves at ETBU’s Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing.

Windham ASC Hitter of the Week

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Senior Phillip Windham of Keithville, La., has been named ASC Hitter of the Week

Senior Phillip Windham of Keithville, La., has been named ASC Hitter of the Week

Putting on a hitting clinic in game one of the series against Sul Ross State University, Phillip Windham has been named the American Southwest Conference’s “Hitter of the Week.”  Windham batted .500 in the series with five RBI and three home runs.

On Friday night, Windham collected three home runs going 3-of-3 with four RBI in an 11-0 route of the Lobos.  He hit home runs in the second, fourth, and seventh innings of the game with the first two giving ETBU the lead.  His first shot in the second inning was a solo shot and then he added his second of the game with a two-run home run in the fourth inning for a 3-0 lead.  His final moonshot was his longest of the night over the left field fence that landed out in the ETBU intramural field as a solo home run.

On Saturday, he collected another RBI as the first run of the game in game one of the 8-4 win.  His three hits ties a career high in a game and the three home runs in a game is a career high.

ETBU is currently on a six-game winning streak sweeping the last two ASC series from UT-Tyler and Sul Ross State.  They are now 13-18 and 10-14 in the ASC.

McLendon, Lindsey Take ASC Player of the Week Awards

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014


The excitement and strong play from the series against the University of Texas-Dallas has led to two East Texas Baptist University softball players being named co-American Southwest Conference players of the week.  Lacey Lindsey and Kelly Jo McLendon both were given the award for a second time this year.

McLendon was named the pitcher of the week as she put together a strong showing in the circle going 3-0 and picking up 13 strikeouts while only walking one batter in 67 batters faced.  She threw a 2-hit shutout against regional opponent Pacific Lutheran, 5-0, with four strikeouts.  She followed with another complete game win, 5-2, over Texas-Dallas in game one with three strikeouts and her only walk of the week.  She then came in relief beginning in the 4th inning vs. Texas-Dallas in the final game of the series and took the win in extra innings with six strikeouts and only four hits.  In two of the four innings she retired the side striking out the first three batters she faced.  She had a 1.11 ERA on the week with three earned runs coming in the series vs. UTD.

Lindsey had another phenomenal week for ETBU hitting three home runs with her last being a walk-off solo shot in the bottom of 8th inning to come from behind over Texas-Dallas, 3-2, to sweep the series.  The ball was hit over the right CF fence and pushed the netting back on the scoreboard, hitting the scoreboard.  She was 2-of-4 in the final game vs. Texas-Dallas with a double and home run.  She also hit a home run in the second game of the series, a 9-0 win over Texas-Dallas.  In the series sweep of regional opponent Pacific Lutheran, she had two of the five RBI in the 5-0 win singling in the first run in the first inning and homering in the 3rd inning.  In the first game vs. Texas-Dallas, a 5-2 win, Lindsey singled in two RBI to put ETBU ahead 4-1 in the 3rd inning giving the Tigers insurance runs.  She is now on a six-game hitting streak and has nine home runs on the year which is second in the ASC.  For the week she had a 1.125 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage.  In 16 at-bats, she never struck out, too.

ETBU is currently 23-5 on the year and 17-4 in the American Southwest Conference ranked ninth in last week’s NFCA national poll.  To follow ETBU softball go to @ETBU_Softball on Twitter.

Parker & Linsey Named ASC Players of the Week

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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Two East Texas Baptist University softball players have been named American Southwest Conference Players of the Week. Shelby Parker and Lacey Lindsey,  continues to gain awards for the team.  It is the second week in a row that ETBU has had a conference player of the week and the third for a player of the week.

Parker became ETBU’s all-time strike outs leader with 320 in her career with 11 strikeouts on Saturday.  She finished the week with a 3-0 record and 25 strikeouts with a 1.17 ERA.  She recorded 22 strikeouts in two appearances against LeTourneau and a finished the weekend with a four-hit shutout win.  In the 14 innings pitched in the ASC series she retired the side six times.  This is her second award of the year as two weeks ago she was named the NFCA National Pitcher of the Week.

Lindsey earns her first career award as the hitter of the week batting .538 in five games with three home runs in which one was a grand slam, and had a 1.308 slugging percentage and eight RBI.  In the ASC series against LeTourneau she batted .714 with six RBI and had a home run in each game.  In 14 plate appearances she did not strike out and she scored seven of the 11 times she made it on base.  In the series against Trinity she recorded a double and had two RBI.

In the lastest NFCA Division III Top 25 poll, the Lady Tigers are now ranked fifth in the nation.

McLendon ASC Pitcher of the Week

Monday, March 17th, 2014
Kelly Jo McLendon delivers a pitch vs. the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at Taylor Field.  Photo by ETBU Sports Information.

Kelly Jo McLendon delivers a pitch vs. the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at Taylor Field. Photo by ETBU Sports Information.

Improving to 5-0 on the year by winning two games on Saturday, March 8th,  against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Kelly Jo McLendon (So.; Livingston, Texas) has been named the American Southwest Conference pitcher of the week for March 3-8.  This is the first ASC award of the year and the second pitching award of the year for ETBU.  Last week Shelby Parker was named the NFCA National Pitcher of the Week

“We are very excited for Kelly Jo as she had a great pitching performance the week before and came back this week and helped us bounce back from the loss on Friday so we were very pleased with the performance she gave us.  Every time she gets into the circle she gives us an opportunity to win and that’s what we are looking for,” says head coach Janae Shirley.

McLendon won both games on Saturday against Mary Hardin-Baylor pitching 13 innings and striking out 10 batters.  She pitched a two-hit shutout in game one and the only allowed four hits in game two with no earned runs in the series on her record.  She threw 11 scoreless innings before three unearned runs were scored in the fifth inning of game two ending her 21.1 scoreless inning streak.

In game one vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor, the game started off rocky as the bases became loaded in the top of the first inning with no outs.  She followed with two strikeouts and a fly out to get out of the jam and roll into a 5-0 shutout win with just two hits.  In both games combined, she retired the side five times and only walked one batter in 49 batters faced.

Tigers Gain Awards by ASC

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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The American Southwest Conference has recognized student-athletes at East Texas Baptist University for outstanding performances while competing.

First, the ASC has announced the All-Conference teams in both men’s and women’s basketball.

Four players from the Tiger basketball team, coached by Bert West, have been recognized. Jamil Samuel, Erby Thompson, Tyler Day and Dylan Augustine are the players.  Click here to read more.

Then on Coach Dustin Howard’s Lady Tigers, Amanda Rucker and Jasmine Davis gain All-ASC Awards. Click hereto read more.

Secondly, ETBU has brought back Track and Field to give athletes another avenue in which to compete at the NCAA level.   Freshmen Tiger high jumper Cody Blankenship has been named the ASC Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week. Click here to read more.

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Lady Tiger Parker Named National Pitcher of the Week

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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East Texas Baptist University pitcher Shelby Parker has gained national recognition as she has been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Pitcher of the week.

Parker, a senior right-hander from Brazoria, Texas, was personally 2-0 in a 3-0 week for the (10-0) Tigers. She fanned the first nine batters of the game en route to a career-high 15 strikeouts in a 4-1 complete-game victory over Howard Payne in the opener of a three-game American Southwest Conference series. In the final game of the series, she struck out the side in the second, third and fifth innings to total nine strikeouts — half of the batters she faced — over the first five innings of a 8-2 triumph.

Her teammate, junior outfielder Sara Clements, was highlighted on the NFCA website as one of the Top Performers in the nation.  Clements batted .667 (6-of-9) with a .778 slugging percentage, four runs scored, a double and three RBI in a 3-0 conference week for the Tigers. She has a 12-game hitting streak dating back to the last two games of 2013.

The nationally ranked ETBU softball team heads into a weekend series with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at Taylor Field on campus.  The 10-0 Lady Tigers moved from number eight to number six in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Top 25 poll.