Apr
23
2015

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.

Apr
20
2015

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.

Apr
8
2015

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.

Apr
2
2015

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.

Mar
26
2015

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.

Mar
18
2015

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 D3Hoops.com 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.

 

Mar
3
2015

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.

Mar
2
2015

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.

Feb
26
2015

Three ETBU Student-Athletes Recognized By ASC


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baseball wilkerson pow 2015Jordan Wilkerson’s (Irving, Texas/homeschool) gem on Friday at Texas Dallas notched him his first career award, winning pitcher of the week.

The sophomore threw eight shutout innings in a 1-0 win over Texas Dallas. He struck out five batters and retired the side three times. He pitched out of a jam in the seventh with two men on base and two outs he got a much needed strikeout to end the threat.

ETBU has gotten off to a hot start this season at 6-3, 2-1 in conference. Wilkerson has made three starts with a 1-1 record and nine strikeouts this season.

track and field pow 2015After competing in their first meet last weekend, the East Texas Baptist University track teams swept the player of the week honors as Cody Blankenship took the honor for the men and Shelby Sparks took if for the women.

Blankenship, a freshman from Hallsville (Hallsville HS), won the high jump with a jump of 6’2” and Sparks (Richardson, TX/Plano East Senior HS) placed fifth in the two mile run with a time of 13:17. She also competed in the 1500 meter run, taking 10th, the distance medley relay and the 4×400 relay.

The track and field teams compete next at UT-Tyler on March 6th.

Feb
18
2015

Two ETBU Student-Athletes Named Players of the Week by ASC


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Two East Texas Baptist University student-athletes were recognized by the American Southwest Conference in the same week as Player of the Week in their respective sports.

Sophomore  basketball player Dylan Augustine was named Player of the Week for games played February 9-15. During that stretch the Tigers gained the first place spot in the conference standings led by Augustine’s performance on the court.

Softball pitcher Kelly Jo McLendon was named Pitcher of the Week for games played February 10-16. The Lady Tigers, ranked third in the preseason NFCA Division III poll swept Hardin-Simmons over the weekend in a three game series at Taylor Field.

 

Games played Feb. 9-15

PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Dylan Augustine, G, So., East Texas Baptist
Sophomore guard Dylan Augustine (Jennings, La./Hathaway HS) averaged 15.5 points and shot .667 overall in the two biggest games of the year for ETBU. He shot .778 from three-point range (7-of-9) and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line against HSU. Augustine scored a career-high 25 points and only missed one shot from the floor making all five three-point attempts against the Cowboys in the game for first place in the conference standings. In the final 31 seconds against HSU went 6-of-6 from the foul line to put the game away. With ETBU up by four with 10 seconds left, Augustine stole the ball, got fouled and made two more free throws to seal the win. Against Texas Dallas he scored six points hitting two three-pointers with his second one being made with 46 seconds left in the game to put ETBU up by one (59-58) as they went on for the 63-58 win.

mcclendon pitcher of the week

Games played Feb. 10-16

PITCHER OF THE WEEKKelly Jo McLendon, RHP, Jr., East Texas Baptist
Junior pitcher Kelly Jo McLendon (Livingston, Texas/Livingston HS) pitched a no-hitter in game three on Saturday and allowed just one walk in 17 batters faced. She went 2-0 with no earned runs in both outings as each game was a run-rule victory. In her first outing last Friday McClendon gave up just three hits and no earned runs in an 11-1 win. The next day she recorded six strikeouts with one walk in the no-hitter winning 8-0. McClendon retired the sides in the first, second, fourth, and fifth innings in the no-hitter win.

(Copy from the American Southwest Conference website.)