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American Southwest Conference Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor

Friday, May 20th, 2016

asc academic winnersAmongst the elite in the American Southwest Conference, Conner Combs and Morgan Garrett are the recipients of the Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor Awards from East Texas Baptist University. Each ASC member school awards one male and one female the award who is graduating and has compiled the most outstanding record in academics, athletics and leadership over their collegiate career. The award is presented annually by the Faculty Athletics Representative at each conference member institution.

Below are the bios for ETBU’s recipients:

Conner Combs | Business Administration | Baseball | Southlake, Texas
Conner Combs is a business administration major with a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average. The East Texas Baptist SAAC representative, Combs received the ETBU Athletics Academic Excellence Award and was the team captain and team chaplain in the 2016 season. For the past two seasons Combs has been recognized with the James Morgan Memorial Award. Voted on by his teammates, the award is based on the characteristics that former ETBU baseball player James Morgan showed during his life in terms of leadership, community outreach, and spiritual qualities. He has been selected this year onto the All-ASC first-team and was the ASC Player of the Year along with being on the CoSIDA Academic All-District team.

Morgan Garrett | Physical Education | Basketball | Coushatta, La.
Morgan Garrett is physical education major with a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average. She received the East Texas Baptist Athletics Academic Excellence Award in 2015 and 2016. Named Miss ETBU in 2015, Garrett has been a four-year varsity player on the Tigers’ basketball team and served as team captain in the 2015-16 season. A CentriKids Camp Recreation Staffer (2013, 15′), Garrett received the Dean’s Award, is in the School of Professional Studies (2016) and has the highest GPA in Teacher Education (2016).

Six Lady Tigers Named NFCA All Region

Friday, May 20th, 2016

nfca softall all regionSweeping through post season awards regionally, the East Texas Baptist University softball team had six players earn NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) West All-Region awards. With six selections overall, ETBU had the most in the West Region.

Earning the all-region first-team were Lacey Lindsey and Jayme Perez for the third year in a row. On the second-team were Rocki Tello, Linzie Lewis, Lindsey Vasquez, and Alexis Padilla. Lindsey and Perez will now be able to be up for the All-American teams that will be released next week.

Lindsey has been voted onto the first-team for the third straight year as an at-large selection. She leads ETBU in batting average (.400), home runs (13) and RBI (49). She was on the NCAA Tournament All-Tyler Regional Team, and on the All-ASC first-team for a third year in a row. In the ASC, she is first in RBI and home runs and third in total bases (101).

For the third year in a row Perez is on the first-team as a designated player. She finished the year with a .381 batting average, nine home runs, 48 RBI, and 10 doubles. In the ASC, she was third in RBI, fourth in home runs, and fifth in total bases (87). She was also voted All-ASC first team for the third year in a row.

Tello was given her first NFCA award as a second-team member as a pitcher. She recorded a 17-2 record with a 1.94 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 111.2 innings pitched. She appeared in 26 games starting 18 and had four recorded shut outs. In the ASC, she was a first-team selection and finished third in wins.

Lewis gains her first-ever NFCA award as a freshman on the second team as a second baseman. She was All-ASC first-team and one of the top freshmen in the ASC. She finished batting .366 with 33 RBI, 12 doubles, and 56 hits. She also stole a perfect 16 bases. In the ASC she was second in doubles, fourth in runs scored (46), and seventh in RBI

Vasquez also earns her first-ever NFCA award on the second team as an outfielder. She also earned All-ASC first-team and led the team in steals (39) and hits (57). In the ASC she was second in steals and fifth in hits (57). She finished batting .383 with eight doubles and two home runs for 20 RBI.

Padilla gains her first award as a utility player on the second team. She also a member of the NCAA Tournament Tyler Regional all-tournament team and was an All-ASC second team selection. She finished second on the team in batting at .387 with 36 hits, seven doubles, four home runs, and 25 RBI.

ETBU finished the year at 35-10 and were the 2016 American Southwest Conference tournament champions. They made their 10th NCAA Tournament and with a fourth straight appearance.

McLendon is NFCA National Pitcher of Week

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

kelly jo nfcaHaving the best weekend of her career, Kelly Jo McLendon has now been awarded for her 3-0 record and helping East Texas Baptist University to the 2016 American Southwest Conference Tournament championship being named the NFCA National Pitcher of the Week. It is the first award for her this year from the NFCA.

McLendon pitched ETBU to three wins including two over #1 Texas-Tyler, 6-1, and 2-0, in the championship game. She had two complete games vs. Texas-Tyler and in three games recorded nine strikeouts while only allowing seven walks. She pitched out of three jams in two games and had great defense to support her from the circle. With the 3-0 record, she was named the ASC Tournament MVP.

ETBU also moved up nine places in the current NFCA poll to #8 and now await to see where they will go in the NCAA Tournament next weekend.

Bramlett Named ASC Player of the Week

Monday, April 25th, 2016

bramlett powGaining her first American Southwest Conference honor this year, Kate Bramlett has been named the East Division “Player of the Week.” Bramlett went 4-0 on the week as ETBU earned two more wins before the ASC Tournament.

Bramlett scored four points of the 18 points won in 9-0 victories over LeTourneau and Ozarks. She lost just one set in a 6-0, 6-1 win against LETU. Bramlett has now won four straight singles and five straight doubles matches. In her other singles match vs. Ozarks, she won 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, she teamed up with Kayla Casey and won 8-0 sweeping both matches vs. Ozarks and LeTourneau.

Third Time For Lindsey

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

lacey third awardBreaking the American Southwest Conference career home run record this past week, East Texas Baptist University softball player Lacey Lindsey has been named the “Hitter of the Week”. This is the third time this season she has earned the award and it is the seventh time for a player to receive an ASC weekly award.

Lacey hit her 10th home run of the year in game two against Sul Ross State which gave her 41 career home runs. She surpasses Texas-Tyler’s Whitney Wyly’s 40 home runs that were hit over three years.

Finishing the series with a .714 batting average, Lacey had a 1.143 slugging percentage with three RBI. She had five hits in seven at-bats and was walked twice. For the year, she is batting .404 with 37 RBI.

She was also named ASC “Hitter of the Week” on February 16th and 23rd.

ETBU is currently 29-7 and ranked 13th in the latest NFCA national poll.

Tiger Baseballer Recognized Nationally

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

combs hero of the weekIt is official with 64% of the vote, East Texas Baptist University’s Conner Combs is the HeroSportsNews “Hero of the Week.” Combs earns his second national award in a week for his play in the series against LeTourneau University.

Last week Combs was the American Southwest Conference “Hitter of the Week” and also on the D3baseball.com “Team of the Week” for hitting .727 in three games vs. LeTourneau University. With those numbers he was nominated with five other NCAA Division III players for “Hero of the Week.” After five days of voting, Combs came away with 126 votes which was the most out of all the players for both hitter and pitcher of the week.

Combs hit .727 in three games with a 1.364 slugging percentage recording two home runs and seven RBI. He went to the plate 11 times and never struck out. On Saturday, he hit two home runs in game one with the first one in the third inning to put ETBU ahead, 4-3, which sparked 14 unanswered runs in the next three innings in the 16-5 win. His second home run of the game was in the fifth inning to make it 9-3 and both home runs were on first-pitch swings. He finished the game with a single in the sixth inning for a RBI to give him six in the game. Overall, he had three hits in game one and two each and two in game three.

He will now have a chance to be the “Hero of the Year” later this season when all the “Heros” will be voted on by a national audience.

Three Student/Athletes Earn ASC Awards

Friday, April 15th, 2016

combs pow d3 baseballHitting over .700, East Texas Baptist University’s Conner Combs was named the American Southwest Conference “Hitter of the Week” along with being on the D3Baseball.com “Team of the Week.” It is the first award this season for him.

Combs hit .727 in three games with a 1.364 slugging percentage recording two home runs and seven RBI. He went to the plate 11 times and never struck out. On Saturday, he hit two home runs in game one with the first one in the third inning to put ETBU ahead, 4-3, which sparked 14 unanswered runs in the next three innings in the 16-5 win. His second home run of the game was in the fifth inning to make it 9-3 and both home runs were on first-pitch swings. He finished the game with a single in the sixth inning for a RBI to give him six in the game. Overall, he had three hits in game one and two each and two in game three.

He now has 11 home runs on the year which is second in NCAA Division III and is batting .396 and leading the team with 35 RBI. He also has 13 stolen bases and a .772 slugging percentage. ETBU is currently 19-11 overall and 10-5 in the ASC.

tello pitcher of the weekEarning two wins in two appearances on the week, East Texas Baptist University softball player Raquel Tello has been named the American Southwest Conference “Pitcher of the Week.” It is her first award of the year in the ASC.

Tello went 2-0 on the week with one start and one relief appearance. She earned her first win in game one against Louisiana College in an 8-0 shutout. Allowing on three hits, she struck out one batter and retired the side twice in six innings. She then came in relief in game three and pitched 6.1 innings recording three strikeouts and retiring the side in three innings. Overall, she had four strikeouts and held Louisiana College to a .150 batting average.

For the season, Tello is 14-2 with a 2.02 ERA and 41 strikeouts. She has pitched in 89.1 innings and appeared in 20 games starting 14. ETBU is now 27-6 overall and ranked 11th in the latest NFCA National Poll.

kayla casey powFor the third time this season, East Texas Baptist University women’s tennis player Kayla Casey has been named the American Southwest Conference East Division “Player of the Week” for women’s tennis. This past week, Casey recorded two of ETBU’s four points in the match vs. UT-Tyler.

In singles play, Casey defeated UT-Tyler’s top player Mary Alice Blacketer by a score of 6-4, 6-1. In the doubles match, she and partner Kate Bramlett defeated Blacketer and her doubles partner Tori Musgni 8-4. Casey is still ranked #10 in the country.

Casey won the award back on February 16th and March 15th. ETBU is 10-4, which is the best record in program history entering the final two matches of the season

Padilla Named ASC Softball Hitter of the Week

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

alex padillaSenior designated player Alexis Padilla (Houston, Texas / North Shore Senior HS) had the best week of her career with five RBI, one home run and was 8-for-13 at the plate for a .616 average. She hit a home run off of Texas-Tyler pitcher Kelsey Batten which was only the fourth of the year given up by Batten. She later recorded two RBI in game one and game three against Ozarks in a complete sweep of the Eagles. She hit in every game last week with two hits against UT Tyler in game one and three hits against Ozarks in game three. Padilla had a slugging percentage of .923 and an on-base percentage of .643.

Hallsville Native & Tiger Baseball Player Earns Honors

Friday, March 11th, 2016

warbington baseball pow d3 teamBatting .500 and hitting three home runs, East Texas Baptist University baseball player Josh Warbington has been named the American Southwest Conference “Hitter of the Week” as long as being on the D3Baseball.com “Team of the Week.” This is the first award for Warbington this season and the third for the team.

Warbington had the best series of his career with three home runs, including a grand slam, with eight RBI and a .500 average at the plate with a slugging percentage of 1.500. He went 4-of-6 in the first two games of the series with seven RBI, two home runs, and a double. In the first game against McMurry, Warbington was 2-of-3 with three RBI, a double and a home run. In the first game on Saturday he was 2-of-3 with four RBI and a home run. In the final game he was 1-of-4 with an RBI from another home run. In the 9-2 win on Friday, Warbington accounted for three of the nine runs on a solo shot and then a double for two RBI to make it 8-0. On Saturday, ETBU was only up 3-1 when Warbington hit a grand slam in the sixth inning of a seven inning game for a 7-1 lead. In the final game, he homered in the fifth inning to tie the game at one.

ETBU is currently 11-4 and 2-1 in the American Southwest Conference and host Texas Dallas this weekend at Woods Field.

Lady Tiger Tennis Ranked Nationally For 1st Time

Friday, March 4th, 2016

tennis rankedAlready with a program best 8-0 start and wins over regionally ranked opponents, the East Texas Baptist University women’s tennis team was awarded their first-ever national ranking by the ITA. ETBU enters the second poll of the season at 37th and is only one of two teams that weren’t rated to make the jump into the national poll.

ETBU has defeated one nationally ranked team in then #23 University of LaVerne, 7-2, who was also ranked fifth in the West Region. ETBU has also picked up regional wins over #12 McMurry, 8-1, #15 Hardin-Simmons, 8-1, and #18 Schreiner, 6-3. In another close regional match, ETBU earned a 5-4 win over a tough Southwestern University team.

Only in their fifth year of the program, ETBU has become one of the top teams in the West Region after their 8-0 start.

ETBU also has nationally ranked players from the November release in #10 singles player Kayla Casey and #19 Casey/Kate Bramlett in doubles and #24 regionally ranked Tiffany Stankiewicz. Casey won the fall ITA Regional Meet qualifying for the ITA National Meet.

ETBU will be off until March 12 when they travel to San Antonio, Texas, to face Texas Lutheran, #24 Trinity University, and Gustavus Adolphus.