Archive for the ‘Athletics’ Category

Second Time for Blankenship

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

track and field

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

player of the week parker mcclendon


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

asc logo

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.

To keep up with all the latest Tiger Athletic news, go to

Lady Tiger Parker Named National Pitcher of the Week

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

ranked 6th

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.

Surratt Named Texas High School Football Class 3A Co-Coach of the Year

Friday, February 14th, 2014
The caption from the 1989 ETBU Martian: "Thinking about it- Scott Surratt takes practice seriously."  Photo by Sara Kneipp

The caption from the 1989 ETBU Martian: “Thinking about it- Scott Surratt takes practice seriously.” Photo by Sara Kneipp

With the Carthage High School Bulldogs winning their 4th state championship in six years, Carthage Head Coach Scott Surratt has picked up another state honor. The 63rd annual Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A All-State Football team has been released.

ETBU alum Surratt shared Coach of the Year Honors in Class 3A with Argyle’s Todd Rogers. The former  Tiger baseball player was a four-year letterman on the Hill. In 2004, Surratt was inducted into the ETBU Athletics Hall of Fame and the plaque to commemorate the honor is located in the Tiger Room at Ornelas Gymnasium with all the other members’ plaques.

One of Surratt’s players also picked up a superlative, senior quarterback Blake Bogenschutz  shared Offensive Player of the Year and was named  as first team Class 3A all-state player.   Other Carthage players coached by  Surratt  that made first team all-state were Griffin Bankhead (guard),  Tee Goree (receiver), and Mario McCain (defensive lineman).

Softball Ranked 8th in Nation by NFCA

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

softball top 8

Writing about spring sports at ETBU is strange this week since the weather on campus has been cold with morning lows below freezing the past few days.  All week both the ETBU softball and baseball teams have been braving the cold as they hold practices for the upcoming season. Matter of fact, light snow flakes fell on one afternoon on Woods and Taylor Fields.

Lady Tiger softball once again is on the national map as one of the best softball programs in the nation.  The National Fastpitch Coaches Association preseason poll has been released. The Lady Tigers, coached by Janae Shirley, are ranked eighth, one spot higher than where they finished in 2013.

In the American Southwest Conference Preseason softball poll, the defending ASC Champs Lady Tigers, are picked to finish second in 2014 behind Texas-Tyler.

After the ASC poll was released, KTAL-TV sports director Brandon Dunn (@BrandonDunnNBC6) tweeted, “The defending ASC softball champion from @ETBU_Softball have been picked to finish second in conference. Don’t bet against them!!!”

Totally agree with the tweet.

ETBU softball opens the 2014 season on Friday, Feb. 14 in Abilene, Texas, against Hardin-Simmons University.

ETBU baseball starts the season against Centenary College on Friday, Feb. 7, at Woods Field with first pitch scheduled at 2:00 p.m.

ETBU Has 44 Athletes Named Academic All-ASC

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

all academic asc 2014With the 2013 fall season in the books, East Texas Baptist University had 44 athletes named American Southwest Conference All-Academic for their work in the classroom.   That number increased by 13 from 2012 for ETBU.

To be eligible for ASC All-Academic honors, student-athletes must be classified academically as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student during the competition season and have been in attendance and completed at least one academic year (two consecutive semesters) at their institution. They must also have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) as certified at the conclusion of the academic semester in which the ASC sport championship is held.

Award Winners

Men’s Cross Country

Nicolas Larzabal              Jr.           Bogota, Columbia
Seth Powers                      Jr.           Midlothian, Texas
Landon Price                    Jr.           Mount Vernon, Texas

Women’s Cross Country

Madison Kauffman          Jr.           Sugarland, Texas

Leslie Martinez                 So.          Marshall, Texas

Megan Merrill                   So.          Mount Pleasant, Texas

Men’s Soccer

Justin Adams                   Jr.          Kilgore, Texas

Brett Forbus                     So          Kilgore, Texas

Chandler Frazer              So.         Deer Park, Texas

Juan Perez                        So.         Willis, Texas

Women’s Soccer

Paola Bear                       Sr.          Baytown, Texas

Kelsey Biscoe                   Sr.          Clear Lake, Texas

Kayla Cradit                    Jr.          Houston, Texas

Ashley Gonzalez             Jr.          Henderson, Texas

Nicole Graham               Jr.          Athens, Texas

Kia Jelley                        Jr            Deerfield, Mass.

Whitney Justice             So.         Tyler, Texas

Shelby Klein                    Jr.           Seattle, Wash.

Sasha Kotowych             So.         Humble, Texas

Jasmine Perez               So.         Willis, Texas

Amber Pless                   So.         Willis, Texas

Christina Salas               So.         College Station, Texas

Nicole Salom                  Jr.          Rockwall, Texas

Erin Slaughter               So.          Longview, Texas

Natalie Torres               Jr.          Mabank, Texas


Jacob Alford                  Sr.           Lindale, Texas

Isaac Avery                    So.         White Oak, Texas

Romeo Botelua             So.         Saginaw, Texas

Alex Curl                        So.         Cedar Park, Texas

Austin Dicks                  So.         Missouri City, Texas

Daniel Esposito            Jr.          Springfield, Ohio

Bryce Hale                     So.         Quinlan, Texas

Blaine Knipe                  Sr.          Snyder, Texas

Jacob McClain             So.         Teague, Texas

Marcus Olearnick         So.         Cibolo, Texas

Cody Pruitt                    So.         Huffman, Texas

Evan Simpson               Jr.          Dew, Texas

Josh Warbington          So.         Hallsville, Texas

Harvey Wiggins             Sr.          Lancaster, Texas


Kassie Freitag                So.         San Antonio, Texas

Hannah Jones                So.         Magnolia, Texas

Melanie Moyer               Jr.          Katy, Texas

Kolby Sharp                    So.         Pearland, Texas

Kayla Taylor                    Jr.          Arlington, Texas