The ETBU softball team came from behind for a 2-1 win over Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday, earning its ninth American Southwest Conference Tournament championship.
This is the first time in program history that ETBU won the tournament championship at Taylor Field. ETBU is now 39-4 while UMHB wraps up the season at 28-16.
Beatriz Lara picked up five strikeouts and surrendered just three hits in seven innings of work. Daniella Solis had two RBI that came with the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning. Mariah Delgado chipped in two hits while Emily Deramus added two hits of her own. Allie Dalle had UMHB’s only run with a homerun. In the circle, Baleigh Grogan dropped to 9-7 overall after surrendering two runs on seven hits in six innings.
Lara earned ASC Tournament MVP for her efforts and is now 21-1 on the year as she joined Deramus, Solis, and Presyle Cox. Courtney Cummings, Grogan and Dalle each represented the Cru on the All-Tournament Team.
Both teams waged a defensive battle from the opening pitch, keeping the plate free of any runs through 3.5 innings. The Cru finally broke free in the bottom of the fourth inning when Dalle stepped up to the plate. The designated player sent the pitch over the left field wall for the 1-0 advantage. The Tigers escaped the remaining of the inning unscathed with a 1-0 deficit until the sixth inning.
ETBU responded in the sixth inning as Anderson singled out to the shortstop to advance to first base. This set the stage for Solis, who sent a pitch by Grogan out of the park for the two-run homer, giving the Tigers the advantage at 2-1. UMHB kept ETBU scoreless for the remainder of the contest but was unable to chip away at the one-run deficit as ETBU claimed their ninth ASC Championship.
“What an amazing feeling it is to win a championship here at home,” ETBU head softball coach Janae Shirley said. “It’s something we haven’t had the opportunity to do in the past. We’re so thankful for the support that we’ve had over this past weekend. Everyone did an amazing job.”
ETBU will await to see if it will be a host for the NCAA Regional Tournament on the selection show on Monday.