ETBU Sports Information
Having secured first place of the regular season championship, the ETBU softball team will prepare to host the upcoming American Southwest Conference tournament.
This is the eighth regular season and divisional title for the Tigers, while they will be making their 20th tournament appearance all-time. They are 47-25 all-time and last won the conference tournament in 2016.
In their last series of the season, ETBU swept McMurry University to finish the regular season 36-4 and 26-1 in the conference. Beatriz Lara would strike out 13 batters and allow two hits in the 6-0 and 4-1 wins on the first day. In game three, Preslye Cox went the entire 10 innings to earn the 3-2 win that included a game-tying homer from MacKenzie Anderson and a game-winning RBI from Kaitlin Hunter.
At the end of the regular season. Corley Carpenter finished as the team’s leader in batting average with .417. Daniella Solis is the hits leader with 50 while Anderson remains the only double-digit home run hitter with 12. Lara is not only ETBU’s RBI leader with 38, but she also is 19-1 with an ERA of 1.34.
“I think the comfort level is just something these girls have,” said ETBU head softball coach Janae Shirley said. “They’ve played on this field and practiced on this field every single day. That’s definitely a positive and it will provide something other teams won’t have here, along with the ETBU community. They’re excited for these kids. I don’t expect it to be different this weekend.”
As the first place team, ETBU will have a first-round bye and will not start its tournament until Friday. Today is day one of the tournament as No. 6 Howard Payne takes on No. 7 UT-Dallas at 10 a.m. while No. Sul Ross State University goes up against No. 8 Louisiana College at 1 p.m. No. 3 LeTourneau will have the winner of HPU vs. UTD at 4 p.m. while No. 4 Hardin-Simmons has the SRSU/LC winner afterward at 7 p.m. The winners of the two final games on day one will advance to take on ETBU and UMHB in a double-elimination format.
After missing the tournament for the past two seasons, LETU makes its fourth appearance all-time. This season saw it take third with a 23-15 record overall and an 18-12 conference record. All-time, LeTourneau is 3-6 in the history of the conference tournament. ETBU swept LETU during the regular season series.
UTD will be making their ninth tournament appearance as the seventh seed. Two years removed from their lone conference championship win in 2017, the Comets finished 16-20 overall and 12-14 in the conference. UTD has a .500 record of 13-13 in conference tournament play. ETBU took all three games from the Comets on the weekend of March 22-23.
Louisiana College rounds out the eight teams with its 16 tournament appearance all-time.
UMHB will play at 10 a.m. Friday and ETBU’s first game will be on Friday at 1 p.m.