Lady Tiger Parker Named National Pitcher of the Week

Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors

ranked 6th

East Texas Baptist University pitcher Shelby Parker has gained national recognition as she has been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Pitcher of the week.

Parker, a senior right-hander from Brazoria, Texas, was personally 2-0 in a 3-0 week for the (10-0) Tigers. She fanned the first nine batters of the game en route to a career-high 15 strikeouts in a 4-1 complete-game victory over Howard Payne in the opener of a three-game American Southwest Conference series. In the final game of the series, she struck out the side in the second, third and fifth innings to total nine strikeouts — half of the batters she faced — over the first five innings of a 8-2 triumph.

Her teammate, junior outfielder Sara Clements, was highlighted on the NFCA website as one of the Top Performers in the nation.  Clements batted .667 (6-of-9) with a .778 slugging percentage, four runs scored, a double and three RBI in a 3-0 conference week for the Tigers. She has a 12-game hitting streak dating back to the last two games of 2013.

The nationally ranked ETBU softball team heads into a weekend series with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at Taylor Field on campus.  The 10-0 Lady Tigers moved from number eight to number six in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Top 25 poll.