ETBU Sports Information
Editor’s Note: This is the eighth in a 10-part series looking back at the biggest athletic stories at ETBU during the 2019-20 school year.
ETBU’s softball team comes in at No. 3 for its shortened 15-0 campaign due to COVID-19 and finish as the No. 1 team in the nation. It is the second time in program history that ETBU finished as the top ranked team in NCAA Division III.
Starting the season off with a five-inning shutout of Centenary College, 13-0, ETBU followed with three straight one-run victories with 2-1 and 5-4 wins against Hardin-Simmons and a 9-8 extra inning win over Pacific University. Against Pacific, ETBU overcame a 6-2 score for the walk-off, nine inning win on a single by Mariah Delgado.
ETBU traveled to Brownwood to take on Howard Payne University where it swept the Yellow Jackets in American Southwest Conference play. Daniella Solis made history by tying an ASC record with three home runs in one game, joining fellow ETBU alum Lacey Lindsey on that list. ETBU then returned home and swept Sul Ross State University in three games, putting itself at 6-0 in ASC play.
Headed out west to the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Tucson, Arizona, ETBU made a statement to the rest of the nation as the best team going undefeated in five games played. ETBU managed wins against No. 8 DePauw University (6-1), No. 20 St. John Fisher College (1-0), No. 25 Emory University (8-5), Piedmont College (2-1) and Baldwin Wallace (7-1). Preslye Cox was named to the NFCA All-Classic team for her pitching performance during that time. She went 2-0 with 15 strikeouts and a shutout. She recorded 12 strikeouts vs. Piedmont.
That put ETBU at 15-0 and it was given the No. 1 ranking the following Tuesday only to see their season come to a halt a day later due to COVID-19.