Two Lady Tigers Named All-Americans

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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….

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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

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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.


Liles Voted onto CoSIDA All-District Academic Team

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Named one of the top academic softball players in the West Region, senior Lacy Liles (Elysian Fields, Texas) was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team for her grades and athletic awards.  This is the fourth year in a row that ETBU has had a player named academic all-district.

“This is a well-earned award by Lacy as she was voted the top second baseman in the region academically,” says ETBU Director of Sports Information Adam P. Ledyard.  “Earning this award is very hard with the competition in such a large region.  It’s always an honor to have a player named to the CoSIDA all-district team.”

There are 21 states in the West Region and Canada that have NCAA Division III programs where players were nominated from.  The first team has only 13 players selected as five were selected for the infield.

Liles carries a grade point average of 3.8 as a business major, is a two-time All-ASC first-team selection, a NFCA All-American second-team selection, and a three-time ASC hitter of the week.  She helped ETBU to the 2013 ASC tournament championship and to two straight NCAA Division III tournament appearances.

The First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

The Academic All-District® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the third year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

To be nominated an athlete has to have a 3.5 grade point average or higher and be in attendance at the school for at least two semesters.




Alford Named to NFF’s Hampshire Honor Society

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Being a true student-athlete at NCAA Division III balancing being a football player and pursuing his academic goals, East Texas Baptist University’s Jacob Alford was given another academic award from the National Football Foundation.  Alford was a NFF scholar-athlete earlier this year for his grades and work on and off the field and now will be a member of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society.

“Jacob is such a great person to be around and has a strong work ethic,” says head coach Joshua Eargle.  “I am not surprised that he has been given these awards as he has earned everything that has been given to him.”

Alford recently graduated with an education degree after playing four years for ETBU as an offensive lineman.  He was an All-ASC selection, preseason all-American, and won the ASC’s sportsmanship award.  Below are the qualifications to make it into the Hampshire Honor Society.

Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:

  • Being a starter or a significant contributor in one’s last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL Draft) at an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university;
  • Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and
  • Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

The Hampshire Honor Society represents a powerful component in the organization’s rich history as an innovator in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal. Launched in 1959 with a donation from Hall of Fame coach Earl “Red” Blaik, the NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, became the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on a player’s combined academic success, football performance and community leadership. And, since its inception, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program has awarded $10.4 million to 787 top scholars and community leaders.