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Lady Tiger Named To NCAA All-Tournament Team

Monday, June 2nd, 2014


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Finishing up her career at the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament, Alyssa Romero was named to the all-tournament team for her play.  Romero, an outfielder from Humble, Texas, was a four-year starter for East Texas Baptist University.

In the championship tournament, Romero went 4-of-8 (.500) with two home runs and six RBI.  She hit home runs vs. Tuft’s Allyson Fournier (NFCA All-American 1st team) and Trine’s Bree Fuller. She produced all three runs vs. #1 Tufts University in game one of the tournament and had three of the 11 runs brought in against Trine University.

For the year, Romero finished batting .363 with nine home runs, eight doubles, 40 RBI, and 53 hits.  She was an All-ASC first-team selection, NCAA Tyler Regional All-Tournament team, and the ASC Hitter of the Week (April 21).  Last year, she was voted to the All-ASC East first-team and NFCA All-West second team.

ETBU won a program best 45 games, produced a record 20-game winning streak, and won both the Tyler Regional and Marshall Super Regional.

Bates Named to All West Region Team

Monday, June 2nd, 2014


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For the second year in a row, East Texas Baptist University’s Tyler Bates has been named to the ABCA’s All-West Regional team.  Bates was a third team selection again this season after leading ETBU in batting average, runs scored, hits, doubles and stolen bases.

Bates was also an All-ASC first team selection and had a .354 batting average (8th in the ASC) this season with 26 runs scored, 45 hits, nine doubles and 15 stolen bases (tied for 4th in the ASC) and was one of six ASC players named to the West Region team.

Two Lady Tigers Named All-Americans

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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Two players from East Texas Baptist University were named to the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) All-American team for their great play in Lacey Lindsey and Jayme Perez.  Lindsey and Perez were voted to the third team as freshman and the first ETBU freshmen to be named all-American since Christy Shipley. 

Lindsey has earned several accolades in her first year at ETBU including ASC Freshman of the Year, All-ASC first-team, NFCA All-West Region first-team, Marshall Super Regional Most Outstanding Player, Tyler Regional All-Tournament Team, and two-time ASC Hitter of the Week.  She broke the ETBU single season record for RBI (59) and tied the home run record (15).  She hit the walk-off home run for ETBU as they captured the Marshall Super Regional championship. 

Perez earns her first all-American award in her first season at ETBU.  She was a NFCA All-West Region first, All-ASC tournament team, All-ASC first-team, and the NFCA National Hitter of the Week.  Perez hit five home runs in six ASC Tournament games, had a walk-off home run for the win over Claremont Mudd Scripps in the Marshall Super Regional first-game, and had a lead-off home run vs. Trine in the NCAA Championship Tournament.  She finished with 12 home runs, 48 RBI, and 13 doubles.

ETBU now has 10 all-Americans in their program and it is the second year in a row for ETBU to produce an all-American.  Lacy Liles was a second-team all-American in 2013.

Liles Academic All-American

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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For the fourth year in a row an East Texas Baptist University softball player has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American team as Lacy Liles earned the award this year.  Liles is just one of 33 softball players out of all NCAA Division III softball players to be named a Capital One Academic  All-American as a second team member.  Ashton Brey (2011, 2012) and Lya Swaner (2013) were both academic All-Americans the past three years for ETBU.

“This is a tremendous honor for Lacy to earn this award as the academic All-American awards are so hard to receive due to the amount of athletes nominated for the award,” says ETBU director of sports information Adam P. Ledyard.  “She is in elite status in NCAA Division III for academics receiving this award from the sports information directors.  This is an award she can share with her family and friends the rest of her life.”

Liles is just one of two Texas players voted onto the academic All-American team as Ashley Jacobsen (Texas Lutheran) made the third-team.  Liles is a senior majoring in business with a 3.8 grade point average and is a NFCA All-American.  Her academic accolades, team awards, and individual awards helped put her at the top of the list.  She is a NFCA All-American and a two-time All-ASC first-team selection along with being named twice to a NFCA West All-Region team.  She has helped ETBU to two NCAA Tournament appearances, a regional tournament title, a super regional title, and an ASC Tournament Championship.  She will also finish in the top 10 in several ETBU program categories.

ETBU is currently 44-8 and will be playing in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament this week in Tyler, Texas.

Tigers Advance to 2014 NCAA National Softball Championship Tournament

Monday, May 19th, 2014

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The East Texas Baptist University Lady Tigers are going back to the NCAA Division III National Softball Championship Tournament.  ETBU advances to the 2014 Softball Championship, hosted by the University of Texas-Tyler, with a dramatic 5-4, bottom of the seventh win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to claim the Marshall Super Regional championship.

The Lady Tigers won the Super Regional in nail biting fashion.   After winning game one of the best of two game series, the Athenas pushed it to a three game series with a win in game two. Game three came down to the bottom of the seventh inning with ETBU needing three runs to tie and four to win.

Tiger freshman Lacey Lindsey hit a dramatic 3-run walk off homerun for the win as home fans at Taylor Field erupted with joy as the ball sailed over the left field fence.   It was Lindsey’s 15th homerun of the year tying Allison Ratcliff’s single season record set in 2004. Ratcliff was at the game, and when Lindsey hit the ball she w

Somewhere on the bottom of the celebration pile is freshmen Lacey Lindsey.  Photo by Ryan C. Perry.

Somewhere on the bottom of the celebration pile is freshmen Lacey Lindsey. Photo by Ryan C. Perry.

as screaming, “Go, go, go,” and it did!

To watch the walk off homerun, click here.

To read about the game, click here.

ETBU’s first game in the double elimination national tournament at Suddenlink Filed on the UT-Tyler campus  is Thursday (May 22) at 4:00 p.m. against defending champion, Tufts University.

ETBU won the 2010 NCAA Division III National Softball championship played in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Six Tigers Named to NFCA’s All-Region Team

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014


The Lady Tigers celebrate after winning the NCAA Division III Tyler Regional with 5-1 win over Texas Lutheran University.  Photo by Ryan C. Perry.

The Lady Tigers celebrate after winning the NCAA Division III Tyler Regional with 5-1 win over Texas Lutheran University. Photo by Ryan C. Perry.

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced their 2014 all-region teams and the names of six East Texas Baptist University players were among those recognized.  Lacey Lindsey, Jayme Perez and Kelly Jo McLendon were all named to the West Region’s first team while Lacy Liles and Shelby Parker received second team honors and Kaitlyn Hollingshead was named to the third team.

To read more click here.

Nine Named to ASC All-Conference Team

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014


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Leading the American Southwest Conference in the most first-team selections, East Texas Baptist University garnered nine players receiving All-ASC awards.  Seven players were named to the first team to lead the ASC while Lacey Lindsey was named the freshman of the year.

Lacy Liles, Alyssa Romero, Shelby Parker, Kayla Garcia, Kelly Jo McLendon, Lacey Lindsey, and Jayme Perez were all named to the first-team.  It is the second year in a row for Liles, Parker, and Romero to be named to the first-team.

Lindsey earned one of the biggest awards of the year as she was named the freshman of the year and to the first-team as a first baseman.  In the ASC, she is first in RBI (50), total bases (105), and home runs (14), fourth in slugging percentage (.808), fifth in hits (53), and seventh in batting average (.408) and runs scored (36).  She has been named the ASC Hitter of the Week twice.

Kaitlyn Hollingshead and Mallory Westbrook were voted to the third-team.

The Lady Tigers won the NCAA Tyler West Regional over the weekend and host the Super Regional this Friday and Saturday at Taylor Field. ETBU will play Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in a best two out of three series with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament.

A Tiger Signs Free Agent Contract in the NFL

Monday, May 12th, 2014



Making some noise for NCAA Division III, East Texas Baptist University wide receiver Jamaine Sherman will continue his career in football in the NFL.  Sherman did not get drafted but signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Rams.

After the draft was over, Sherman received a call from his agent confirming the interest from the St. Louis Rams which led to him signing.  Sherman will report with the rookies next week to St. Louis for a rookie mini-camp.

Sherman was an All-ASC first-team selection and set the single season receiving yards record for ETBU with 1,084 yards.  He was the first-ever 1,000 yard receiver for ETBU.  He played only one year at ETBU which came in 2013 finishing up his eligibility.

And the National Player of the Week Is….

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

ETBU Lady Tiger Jayme Perez has been name the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Player of the Week. Photo by Ryan C. Perry

ETBU Lady Tiger Jayme Perez has been named the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Player of the Week. Photo by Ryan C. Perry

Jayme Perez of East Texas Baptist University has been selected as the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Player of the Week.

Perez, a freshman designated player and leadoff hitter for the number 6th ranked Tigers (39-7), was a powerful contributor to her team’s run to the American Southwest Conference (ASC) title game over the weekend.

The Austin, Texas, native hit five home runs in six ASC Tournament games, including four straight contests. Five of her seven hits on the week were homers and two of the homers went off the scoreboard in left field at Texas-Tyler’s Suddenlink Field. Perez added a .280 average, five runs scored and seven runs batted in to her ledger to earn ASC All-Tournament team recognition.

The Tigers will be playing in the NCAA West Tyler Regional this weekend along with UT-Tyler and Texas Lutheran in a three-team round robin double elimination tournament. The winner advances to the Super Regional.  

Click here to watch video highlights of Tiger win over Concordia Texas in the first game of the ASC Tournament. The first clip is Perez’s first homerun hit in the tournament which hit about three feet below the top of the left field scoreboard.

Lady Tiger Softball Selected To Their 8th NCAA Tournament

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014


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Receiving an at-large bid into the 2014 NCAA Tournament, East Texas Baptist University will be making their eighth appearance in the tournament.  ETBU has made the NCAA Tournament in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013.

“It’s an honor to be given and at-large bid to go to the regionals as it is a testament to the great year the girls have had,” says head coach Janae Shirley.  “We will be playing with the best and we are excited for the opportunity.”

It is the second straight year that ETBU has made the tournament and fifth time in the last six years.  Last year, ETBU went 3-2 falling in the regional championship game.  ETBU has an overall record of 17-13 in the NCAA Tournament and won the 2010 national championship.

ETBU will be facing very familiar teams in Texas-Tyler (41-4) and former American Southwest Conference member Texas Lutheran University (32-7).  The NCAA regional tournament has a different look this year as there are 14 regional tournaments and eight super regional tournaments.  The West Region was the only region to have two three-team regional tournaments as Linfield, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and the Redlands will play in the other regional.  The winners of the regional will then meet up for a three-game series in the super regional.

The format for the Tyler Regional is that everybody will play each other on Friday with the possibility of a team being eliminated.  ETBU starts off the tournament on Friday at 3:30 vs. Texas Lutheran and then faces host Texas-Tyler at 6:00 p.m.  ETBU and Texas-Tyler have played each other 14 times in the last two years with seven of the games coming in the post season.  Currently, Texas-Tyler is ranked second and ETBU eighth in the NFCA National Poll.  ETBU last played Texas Lutheran when they were ranked 20th in the nation at the 2013 ASC Tournament winning, 3-1.

The tournament will start on Friday afternoon, May 9 at 1:00 p.m. at Suddenlink Field in Tyler, Texas, as Texas-Tyler will play Texas Lutheran.

Tournament Schedule (Double elimination format):

 Friday, May 9:

G1:  No. 1 Texas-Tyler vs. No. 3 Texas Lutheran – 1 p.m.

G2:  No. 2 East Texas Baptist vs. No. 3 Texas Lutheran – 3:30 p.m.

G3:  No. 1 Texas-Tyler vs. No. 2 East Texas Baptist – 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 10:

Two games are possible if second loss is not reached in Game Four.

**It is a double-elimination style format.  So there are a couple of scenarios that could happen.  If ONE team is knocked out on day one, the remaining two teams will play until one has two losses.