Jun
4
2014

ETBU Finishes 4th in Final NFCA Poll


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top four ranking

Finishing up their season in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament and with a program record 45 wins, East Texas Baptist University ends the 2014 season #4 in the final National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll.  It is the second straight year that ETBU has finished in the top 10 of the NFCA Poll as they were ninth last year.

With a record of 45-10, ETBU received 168 votes for the fourth place finish.  They were just seven points away from finishing third behind St. Thomas (Minn.).  ETBU moved up two spots from sixth where they were in the final regular season poll.  The American Southwest Conference also had a second team finish in the top 10 in UT-Tyler as they were eighth.

ETBU has now been ranked in the NFCA national poll for 25 straight weeks and been in the top 10 for 15 straight weeks.   ETBU pushed back into the NFCA top 10 last year in week 11 (May 1) as they moved to 10th.  From that point one ETBU has never dropped out of the top 10.

The final ranking for ETBU this year is the highest they were ranked in 2014 as their previous best was fifth earlier in the season.

 ETBU went 45-10 this year and were the Tyler Regional Champions and Marshall Super Regional Champions.  They became the first Texas NCAA Division III program to play in a NCAA Division III national tournament in Texas, too, as this year marked the first-time ever that a division III national championship tournament was in Texas.  They broke several team and individual records in the season and recorded numerous individual awards.

 

Jun
2
2014

Lady Tiger Named To NCAA All-Tournament Team


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romero all tournament ncaa champ

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.

Jun
2
2014

Bates Named to All West Region Team


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bates all region

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.

May
28
2014

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.

May
20
2014

Liles Academic All-American


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lacy liles all american again

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.

May
15
2014

ETBU Alum Speaks at Jacksonville College Commencement


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Rev. Richard Smith, ETBU Alum

Rev. Richard Smith, ETBU Alum

East Texas Baptist University graduate Rev. Richard W. Smith delivered the key note address for spring commencement at Jacksonville College (Texas) held May 9th.

Rev. Smith graduated from Jacksonville College with his A.A.  in 1979 and from East Texas Baptist College in 1981 with a B.A.   He also holds a master’s degree in Theology from Jacksonville BMA Seminary.

He has been serving as the pastor of Farley Street Baptist Church of Waxahachie since March 1993.  He  and his wife Kim have been  married for 33 years.

A Tiger Pride “high five” to Rev. Smith for his faithful years of service in the ministry.

May
13
2014

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.

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May
13
2014

Nine Named to ASC All-Conference Team


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etbu nine players

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.

May
7
2014

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.

May
7
2014

Liles Voted onto CoSIDA All-District Academic Team


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liles cosida 2014

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.