Tigers Honored with Post-Season Honors

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Spring sports at East Texas Baptist University ended after both Tiger Baseball and Lady Tiger Softball made strong runs in the post season. The Lady Tigers lost in the championship game of the NCAA Division III Tyler Regional to end their season. Tiger baseball made the American Southwest Conference Championship losing in the semi-final round to end their season. First time since 2005 that Tiger baseball had made it into the ASC Tournament.

Post season awards are coming in with many ETBU student/athletes receiving honors.  Find our more continue reading.


Five Players Earn All-ASC; Doud on First-Team

Five players were named to the 2015 American Southwest Conference team after East Texas Baptist University made their run in the conference tournament. Dynas Doud was a first-team selection while Zach Compton made the second-team. Brice Winter, Jimmy Russo, and Matt Lefler were on the honorable mention team.

Doud was a first-team selection at short stop as the best short stop in the ASC. He batted .358 with 14 doubles, four home runs, and 37 RBI. He had a .910 fielding percentage with 61 putouts and 110 assists. His .358 batting average was 13th in the ASC while he was third in doubles and sixth in RBI.

Compton earns his first ASC award being voted onto the second team at third base. In the ASC, he was second in doubles (15), eighth in hits (57), and ninth in RBI (32). He finished second on the team in batting behind Doud at .352 and RBI (32) and also produced two home runs and 18 runs scored. He had a .886 fielding percentage with 33 put outs and 115 assists.

Earning honorable mention status were Brice Winter at utility and Jimmy Russo and Matt Lefler as relief pitchers. Winter batted .324, which was third on the team, and had six doubles with two home runs for 18 RBI. He went to the plate 111 times and had 36 hits and a .432 slugging percentage. Russo pitched in 28.1 innings winning two games in 19 appearances recording four saves with 22 strikeouts. Lefler pitched in 13 games with a 3-0 record in 24.1 innings recording 12 strikeouts.

ETBU finished the year at 21-22 going 2-2 in the ASC Tournament. The two wins were the first in 10 years for the program in the tournament and the 20-win season was the first since 2006.

four players softball 2015Lady Tigers Named NFCA All-Region

Four East Texas Baptist University softball players have been awarded with NFCA awards being voted onto the All-West region team. Shelby Parker, Lacey Lindsey, Jayme Perez, and Kayla Garcia have all been named all-region.

Earning NFCA All-West Region first team are Parker, Lindsey, and Perez. Parker, a graduate student, was just one of two pitchers selected for the first-team. She finished the year at 24-2 with a 1.52 ERA and 210 strikeouts with four saves. She pitched in 166.1 innings and only walked 21 batters.

Lindsey earns her second straight All-West Region first-team award at first-base as a sophomore. Last year she was on the team and named a third-team all-American. She led the ASC with 16 home runs breaking the program record of 15 that she tied last season. She finished the year with a .381 batting average, 12 doubles, one triple, and led the team with 55 RBI. This year she was the co-ASC Player of the Year, a NFCA National Player of the Week, and an All-ASC first-team selection at first base.

Perez also gains her second straight All-West Region first-team award as a designated player and now has a chance to become an All-American again. She finished the year with 11 home runs and 36 RBI while batting .373. She had 44 hits with 10 doubles and two triples and a .771 slugging percentage. She was also an All-ASC first-team selection.

Garcia was voted onto the All-West Region third-team earning her second NFCA award. In 2013 she was also a third-team selection. She was second on the team in batting at .402 and finished with 10 doubles, 15 RBI, and 49 hits. She had a 1.000 fielding percentage in outfield with 40 putouts and one assist.

Parker, Lindsey, and Perez will now be put onto the All-American ballot that will be released during the 2015 NCAA Division III National Softball Championship banquet May 21-24.

parker cosida 2015Shelby Parker Voted to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

For the fourth year in row the East Texas Baptist University softball team has a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection as Shelby Parker has made the team. Parker was voted to the team by the sports information directors of district 8.

Parker was the only American Southwest Conference player selected to the 12-player team and only one of two pitchers chosen. She will now be put on the national ballot to try and earn a spot on the Academic All-American team. She carries a 3.8 grade point average in graduate school at ETBU.

Other ETBU softball players that have been All-District are Lacy Liles (2014), Lya Swaner (2013), and Ashton Brey (2012). All of them were then voted All-American for their academic and athletic accomplishments.

Parker finished the year at 22-2 with over 200 strikeouts for the second year in a row.  She owns all the program records for pitching and has played in four NCAA Tournaments. She was recently just named to the NFCA All-West Region first-team and is the ASC’s Pitcher of the Year. ETBU finished their season at 35-6 in the NCAA Tournament.


Student/Athletes Recognized by ASC and NFCA

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This week on the Hilltop has been busy as students finished finals. Spring Commencement is Saturday, May 2 with a total of 126 receiving degrees, 111 bachelor’s degrees and 15 master’s degrees.

The last week of the Spring Semester has also been a time for many of ETBU’s student/athletes receiving recognitions for outstanding play on the field or court.

Below are the honors that Tiger athletes have received this week.

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Six Players Earn ASC Awards – Program Record

Finishing off a fine season in women’s tennis East Texas Baptist University has picked up several American Southwest Conference awards which are all firsts for the program. ETBU had six players earn awards along with an individual award.

Sierra Pizarro was named the ASC East Division Newcomer of the Year for her play. She went 3-1in singles and doubles play in the ASC.  She was also voted to the All-ASC East second team for #3 singles and #2 doubles with partner Jabree McClaine.

ETBU swept the ASC East Division second team singles in all six positions. There was a tie for #1 singles as Kate Bramlett earned her first award. She went 2-1 in the ASC East and had a 6-5 overall record this year. In #2 singles is McClaine as she posted a 3-1 record at that position. Following after Pizarro at #3 singles is

Elizabeth Morton in #4singles. She also went 3-1 and was 5-6 overall on the year. Taking the #5 singles spot is Karah Hedquist with a 2-2 record. Rounding out the #6 singles position is Desjha Ellis as she had a 3-1 record.

In doubles, Bramlett and Morton were All-ASC East second team at the #1 spot. They went 2-1 overall in the ASC East and 8-4 on the season. McClaine and Pizarro were named to the #2 doubles spot as they went 3-1 and 6-7 on the year.

ETBU finished 3-1 in the ASC East and was the #2 seed for the ASC Tournament from the East Division. It was the first ASC Tournament that the program has played in and they fell to Mary Hardin-Baylor, 5-4.

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Doud Named ASC Hitter of the Week

Dynas Doud had a career week for the East Texas Baptist University baseball team as he was named the American Southwest Conference player of the Week. He helped ETBU to a 3-3 week and an 18-18 overall record.

For the week he batted .571 with seven RBI, nine runs scored, and two home runs. He went 12-of-21 at the plate and was walked six times and only struck out three. In the series vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor he had three hits and two RBI with one home run.

His best series of the year came vs. Ozarks going 9-of-11 at the plate for five RBI.  He posted a home run and a double and scored six times. In the 4-0 win in game one of the double header, he had three of the RBI with a home run. He also had a RBI in game one and three.  He had a slugging percentage of .905 and an on-base percentage of .667.

ETBU finishes out the regular season this weekend at home in a three-game series with Louisiana College.

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Lindsey is NFCA National Hitter of the Week

Lacey Lindsey has added another award to her career as she has been named the NFCA National Hitter of the Week for NCAA Division III. Lindsey is the second ETBU player to earn a national award this season as Shelby Parker was the NFCA National Player of the Week earlier this year.

Lindsey had a career week batting .524 in six games with five home runs and 11 RBI. In the series vs. Howard Payne she recorded her 10th home run of the year helping ETBU to a three-game sweep. Against Sul Ross State she then added four more home runs to give her 14 on the year. In game one she collected her 11th of the year and then in the series finale went 3-of-4 with three home runs for six RBI.

She leads the ASC in home runs (14) and RBI (48) and is second in total bases (97). She only needs two home runs to break the ETBU program record that she tied last year hitting 15.

ETBU entered the ASC Tournament on Thursday  winning game one against Louisiana College, 5-2, and play Friday against UT-Tyler at 4:00 p.m.

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Parker, Lindsey Sweep ASC Weekly Awards

For the second week in a row the East Texas Baptist University softball team has been awarded both the American Southwest Conference player of the week awards. Shelby Parker and Lacey Lindsey earn the respective award again.

Parker, who now has been the pitcher of the week five times, went 5-0 last week with 40 strikeouts and a 0.80 ERA. She won all three games vs. Howard Payne combining with Shelby Phillips for a 5-inning perfect game in game one. She struck out 10 batters in game one and 14 batters in game two and then had five in three innings pitched in game three. In Alpine vs. Sul Ross State she pitched in all three games while starting two for a 2-0 record. Overall in the series she had 11 strike outs.  She is now 20-0 on the year with 185 strikeouts and a 1.28 ERA.

Lindsey batted over .500 in six games with five home runs for 12 RBI. In the Howard Payne series she posted four RBI and a home run with five hits. Against Sul Ross State she went 6-of-12 with four home runs and eight RBI. She hit a home run in the first game and then collected three home runs in the final game of the series going 3-of-4 with six RBI. This is the second time that Lindsey has received the award this year.  ETBU now has garnered nine ASC player of the week awards.


Lady Tigers Ranked #3 in the Nation & Two Players Gain Player of the Week Awards

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lindsey parker powThe East Texas Baptist University Lady Tiger softball team enters the last three games of the regular season ranked nationally in NCAA Division III Softball.  The latest poll released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association ranks ETBU at number three.

The Lady Tigers, coached by former ETBU softball player Janae Shirley, have a season record of 28-2 and an American Southwest Conference record of 24-2. The Lady Tigers travel to Sul Ross State for a three-game series April 24-25 to end the regular season. In conference play ETBU is in second place one game behind the University of Texas at Tyler (26-1 ASC, 34-1 overall).

Lady Tiger players Lacey Lindsey and Shelby Parker have been recognized this week by the ASC as players of the week for games they played in April 13-19.

CO-HITTER OF THE WEEKLacey Lindsey, 1B, So., East Texas Baptist
Sophomore first baseman Lacey Lindsey (Leander, Texas/Leander HS) had a strong performance against No. 16 Louisiana College hitting .556 with a 1.222 slugging percentage and two home runs with for six RBI for the series. In the first game Lindsey had a home run in the fifth inning to make it 3-0. In game one of the doubleheader on Wednesday she was HBP, walked, and still went 1-for-2. In game three she went 3-for-3 with five RBI and a home run in a 7-1 win over LC. After two scoreless innings in the final game she hit a single up the middle for two runs making it 2-0. In the sixth inning leading just 4-1, she hit a three-run home run to make it 7-1 for her third hit of the game.

PITCHER OF THE WEEKShelby Parker, RHP, Gr., East Texas Baptist
Graduate pitcher Shelby Parker (Brazoria, Texas/Columbia HS) shut down the No. 16 Louisiana College line up striking out 23 of the 53 batters faced in two complete games. Parker recorded 15 strike outs in a 4-1 win in game one. She retired the first 11 batters of the game and had a perfect game in the fourth inning. In a 7-1 in the final game of the series Parker retired the first 10 batters and had eight strike outs overall before LC got a hit. She is now 15-0 and has 145 strike outs on the year.

After the Sul Ross State series the Tigers will play in the 2015 ASC Championship Tournament to be held April 30-May 3.


Two Lady Student/Athletes Honored by ASC

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Two East Texas Baptist University women student/athletes were honored by the American Southwest Conference as outstanding players in their respective sports for games played April 6-13th.   Softball player Shelby Parker was named Pitcher of the Week and Elizabeth Morton  Women’s Player of the week.

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ETBU starting pitcher Shelby Parker won three games to improve to 13-0 on the season and win the American Southwest Conference Pitcher of the Week Award.

Two games she pitches were shutouts, including her 3-0 shutout of Division II Ouachita Baptist. In that game she struck out four batters and only allowed one walk. In her first of two starts against Ozarks, she struck out the first six batters faced and allowed her only run in the fifth on an RBI single. In her second start of the series against Ozarks she allowed just two hits and struck out six in four innings of a five inning game.

It is the fourth time in her career she has won Pitcher of the Week in the ASC.

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Following teammates Sierra Pizarro and Kate Bramlett earlier this season, Elizabeth Morton has now been named Women’s Tennis Player of the Week in the American Southwest Conference.

She won third flight singles against Ozarks’ Andrea Munoz (6-0, 6-0) in her first time playing in the third flight this season. She also won top flight doubles with Karah Hedquist 8-2 over Mollie Wilkinson and Megan Wallace. She helped move ETBU to 2-0 in ASC play this season. This is the first time Morton has won the award.

The Lady Tiger women’s tennis team has qualified as the #2 seed for the ASC Tournament which is the first-time ever for the program. ETBU will be the #2 seed from the ASC East in the ASC Tournament and will face Mary Hardin-Baylor on April 23rd in Tyler, Texas.


Shelby Parker NFCA National/ASC Pitcher of the Week

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parker national pitcher of the weekAdding to already stellar career at East Texas Baptist University, graduate student pitcher Shelby Parker (Brazoria, Texas) has been named the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) National and American Southwest Conference Pitcher of the Week. This is the second time in her career she has been named the national pitcher of the week.

“We are really excited for Shelby as she has done a great job for our program over the past few years and she is really throwing the ball well now and we are excited for her and the honor,” says head coach Janae Shirley.

Parker went 3-0 last week with a 0.88 ERA and 22 strikeouts not walking a batter. She earned her first win in a 5-2 dual with then #4 Texas-Tyler handing them their first loss of the season. In the last three innings vs. Texas-Tyler, she retired the side to ensure the win, too. She followed that with 10 strikeouts each in shutout wins over Concordia-Texas in games one and three of the series.

She was also the ASC Pitcher of the Week on March 23rd.  Last year, she was the NFCA National Pitcher of the Week on March 5th.

This year she is 10-0 with 98 strikeouts and only 11 walks in 67.2 innings pitched. She also has three saves and a 1.76 overall ERA.

ETBU is currently 17-2 and ranked third in the latest NFCA National Poll.


Bramlett Named ASC East Player of the Week

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For the second time this season the East Texas Baptist University women’s tennis team has an American Southwest Conference East Division player of the week. Kate Bramlett earned the award this week for her play over two matches. Sierra Pizarrio has also earned the award this spring.

Bramlett had her best weekend of the year posting a 2-0 singles and doubles mark. In a 6-3 loss to Southwestern, she scored a point at #1 singles and #1 doubles. Then, in the 9-0 shutout win over Howard Payne, she also scored two points.

Against Southwestern, she won 6-1, 6-3, and then teamed with Elizabeth Morton to win #1 doubles, 8-1. She then took a 6-2, 6-0 win vs. Howard Payne at #1 singles and won #1 doubles, 8-2.

The win over Howard Payne was also the first for ETBU this year.


Pizarro Named ASC Player of the Week

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tennis player of the week.Earning East Texas Baptist University’s first American Southwest Conference award of the year is junior Sierra Pizarro. She has been named the ASC East tennis player of the week.

She scored two of ETBU’s four points in a 5-4 loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor. She won the #3 singles match, 6-1, 6-2, over Hayley Hicks. She then teamed with Jabree McClain for an 8-6 win at #2 doubles.

ETBU will host Southwestern and Howard Payne this weekend at the Veterans Memorial Tennis Courts.


Bert West Named Coach of the Year

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Adding more accolades to the historic season, head coach Bert West has been named the South Region “Coach of the Year.” It is his second coach of the year award this season as he was also the American Southwest Conference coach of the year.

West took a team that was voted to finish seventh in the American Southwest Conference and had a Bennett Ranking of 171 to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight.  He also guided his team to their first-ever American Southwest Conference regular season and tournament championships and a 3-1 record in the NCAA Tournament.

West, a native of Arkansas, is a graduate of ETBU as well as a former Tiger basketball play.

Other accomplishments the team had this year were 26 wins which are the second most in program history, an 8-0 start (program best), a 10-game winning streak (program best), first-ever NCAA Division III national ranking at 25th, and the second longest home winning streak in NCAA Division III at 22 games. ETBU also had one of the top defensive shooting percentages in the nation, too.

ETBU defeated Hendrix College, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and Northwestern-St. Paul in the NCAA Tournament before falling in the Elite Eight. ETBU also defeated conference champions Texas Lutheran (SCAC), Centenary (SCAC regular season), Hendrix (UAA), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (SCIAC), and Northwestern-St. Paul (UMAC).

Click here to watch Coach West on the ETBU Extra Show.



All-ASC Basketball Honors Released for 2014-15 Season

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bball all ascWhat a way to bring in the NCAA post season than with the American Southwest Conference’s best coach and four of their top players.  Head Coach Bert West was named the ASC Coach of the Year while three players were given All-ASC awards.

West, a former ETBU basketball player, was voted the coach of the year for what he did with his team that was picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll. Also making All-ASC were Jamil Samuel, Erby Thompson, Junior Mitchell, and Dylan Augustine.

Samuel was voted onto the second team and All-Defensive team as this is the second year in a row he has received the awards. He led the ASC in rebounding at 9.1 per game and was second in blocked shots.

Augustine earns his first award being named to the All-ASC third.  He is fourth in the ASC in three-point field goals made (66). He is second on the team in scoring at 10.8 ppg.

Thompson and Mitchell were named All-ASC honorable mention. It is the second award for Mitchell as he was named the ASC Tournament MVP and the third time that Thompson has been given an honorable mention award.

ruckerFinishing out her career at ETBU, senior Amanda Rucker was named to the American Southwest Conference  second-team.  Rucker was a four-year starter for ETBU and recorded over 1,000 points in her career.

She was the second leading scorer in all of the ASC averaging 19.8 points per game.  She had two 30-point games with 32 vs. Louisiana College and 30 against Howard Payne. She scored 20 or more points in 12 games and recorded four double-doubles on the year.

Last year she was an All-ASC third team selection and has made the All-ASC East player of the week twice in her career.


Tigers Win First Ever ASC Basketball Championship

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The 2015 American Southwest Conference Tournament Champions. (Photo by Mike Midkiff)

The 2015 American Southwest Conference Tournament Champions. (Photo by Mike Midkiff)

History happened on Saturday night, Feb. 28, as East Texas Baptist University won their 20th straight game in Ornelas Gym clinching their first-ever American Southwest Conference Tournament Championship, 82-71, over Concordia University-Texas. ETBU now receives their first-ever automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament and has won 13 of their last 14 games with 23 wins overall.

“This place is a special place as East Texas Baptist University is dear to my heart,” says head coach Bert West. “The fans, the students, all the athletic teams support each other and that was wonderful. I’ve coached a lot of teams and have to be careful how I say this but it’s fair to say that I have never had a team that has played more as a team than this team. They are absolutely selfless and that is one of the biggest reasons why we are where we are.”

To read the game story, click here.

Watch highlights of the Tiger win over Concordia Texas, click here.