After defeating LeTourneau 2-1 in game one and 6-2 in game two Friday, ETBU’s softball team capped off the series with a 6-2 win Saturday to remain unbeaten in American Southwest Conference play. The final inning came after a 67-minute rain delay.
ETBU now holds an overall record of 30-1 and is undefeated against conference opponents at 21-0. LeTourneau is now 17-13 overall and 14-10 in conference play.
All six of ETBU’s runs came from a different player. Mariah Delgado reached on two walks and scored one run. Corley Carpenter batted 1.000 as she went 3-for-3 with one run. Mackenzie Anderson reached on a double, a fielder’s choice and scored one run. Beatriz Lara went 2-for-3 with a walk, a single, a double and two RBI. Her courtesy runner, Liz Adams, scored one run. Emily Deramus was walked and scored one run. Hannah Garcia reached on a hit-by-pitch and scored one run. Lara pitched five innings where she allowed two runs on five hits and struck out six batters.
Taylor Nichols went 1-for-3 with a walk and one home run. Haydn Parker also homered to score the only other run for the Yellow Jackets.
ETBU’s defense forced LeTourneau to go three up, three down in the top of the first. With two outs in the bottom half of the inning, Lara doubled for the game’s first hit but that was quickly followed by a 1-3 groundout to keep the game scoreless heading into the second inning.
The first pitch of the second inning was a homer over the left-field wall to draw first blood, giving the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 lead. That was followed by two outs before Ethel Warren reached on a single and Claterbaugh reached on a hit by pitch. Lara finished off the inning with a strikeout to turn it over the ETBU bats.
Emily Deramus was walked before reaching third on a single from Carpenter. An error at second base allowed Carpenter to advance to second and Deramus to run home to score ETBU’s first run of the game, tying it up at 1-1.
The third inning began the same way the second did – with a Yellow Jacket home run to left field to give LeTourneau the lead. This one came from Nichols, making the score 2-1. The next batter, Dillow, had two strikes before she singled up the middle to get on base with no outs but the Tigers prevented any further runs from the Tigers as the score remained 2-1 heading into the bottom of the third.
Delgado was walked before advancing to third on a double from Anderson, putting two runners in scoring position. Lara then reached on a walk to load the bases. That was followed by two strikeouts and a groundout to force the Tigers to leave the bases loaded and trailing by one run.
The Yellow Jackets went three up, three down in the top of the fourth. Carpenter led off the bottom half with a single before advancing on a sacrifice bunt from Hunter but the inning came to an end with a fly ball to right field, making it a 2-1.
Banks led off the fifth with a double. That was followed by Nichols reaching on a walk. Both runners advanced to scoring position. Lara retired the next two batters. Parker was walked and that loaded the bases for the Yellow Jackets. A fly ball to left field ended the inning with the bases loaded to take it the bottom of the fifth where the Tigers came up empty, still trailing 2-1.
Crawford reached on a single before Warren reached on a walk. The Tigers then made their second pitching change as the put Deramus in the circle. She struck out the first batter she faced for the first out of the inning. She then threw out Crawford at third before a grounder ended the top half of the sixth.
That was followed by a 67-minute rain delay. When the two teams returned for the bottom of the sixth, Carpenter reached on a single and Garcia was hit by a pitch. The each scored when Anderson reached on a fielder’s choice after Delgado was walked, putting ETBU in front, 3-2. Delgado and Anderson each scored on a two-RBI single from Lara. That put the Tigers up 5-2. Liz Adams came in as a courtesy runner for Lara and scored when Solis reached on an error. That made the score 6-2. LeTourneau had one batter reach on a walk but the Tigers followed that up with three straight outs to seal up the 6-2 win.
ETBU is slated to take on Hardin Simmons on the road Friday while LeTourneau will be home against UT-Dallas.