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LETU Sports Update 2-24-14

LONGVIEW, February 24, 2014—LeTourneau University had a busy weekend in the world of sports. See below for the sports update:


The LeTourneau University baseball team completed a sweep of Louisiana College to begin ASC play taking a doubleheader, 5-3 and 10-6 on Saturday afternoon.

The YellowJackets (6-0, 3-0 ASC) had nine and 17 hits, respectively in the two wins. LeTourneau starting pitchers – Cody Whitley in game one and Justin Jenkins in game two – scattered 13 hits and struck out nine to raise their records to 2-0.

The Wildcats (1-5, 0-3 ASC) offense was led by Kyle Feazell, who went 1-for-3 and a RBI in game one and 3-for-4 with a run and a RBI in the night cap.

Game 1

In game one, LeTourneau rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to score four in its half of the first inning to come away with a 5-3 win. In the win, YellowJacket first baseman Garrett Methvin broke loose for a 3-for-3 game with two RBI and a run scored. One of his three hits was a solo home run in the third inning.

Methvin was joined in the offensive production by Ryan and Chris Bertram, who each had two hits in the win. Ryan Bertram also drove in a pair to give starting pitcher Cody Whitley enough offensive support.

Whitley went six of the seven innings, scattering five hits and striking out three to improve to 2-0. Senior Kirby Cantalamessa retired the Wildcats in order in the seventh on the strength of two strikeouts for his first save of the young season.

Game 2

Seven-different YellowJackets had multiple hits to contribute to a 10-6 win over the Wildcats to complete the series sweep.

LeTourneau jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. They added to their lead when they scored three in the third inning for a 5-0 advantage. The Wildcats cut into the deficit with a run in the fourth, sixth and seventh to trim the LeTourneau lead to two, 5-3.

With a two-run lead in the bottom of the seventh, LeTourneau sent nine batters to the plate to blow the game open. In the inning, David Perkins had a RBI single, Dillon Yates added a two-RBI double and Bryce Griffin added a RBI double to spark the attack.

The Wildcats mounted a threat when they scored twice on the benefit of a pair of LeTourneau errors in the eighth. They added a solo home run in the ninth for the final margin.

To go along with their two hits, Perkins and Yates had three and two RBI, respectively. Jenkins pitched five innings, allowing eight hits, a run – that was earned and struck out three to raise his record to 2-0.

The YellowJackets will host Castleton State in a pair of games on Monday and Tuesday, at 6 p.m., respectively before returning to the rigors of the ASC.



The LeTourneau University softball team swept the University of the Ozarks, 9-0 in five innings to complete a weekend sweep in its home opener on Saturday.

The YellowJackets (8-1, 5-1 ASC) pounded out nine hits in the five-inning, mercy-rule victory. Freshman Courtney Matulis allowed just one hit for the victory.

The Eagles (0-7, 0-6 ASC) were held in check by Matulis at the plate and Molly Bowman had the lone hit in the third inning on the afternoon.

LeTourneau scored in four of the five innings in the win. Junior Emily Ramsey and sophomore Taylor Kaderli each had two hits to pace a nine-hit attack. Jourdan Glover and Anna Winter had three and two RBI, respectively.

After scoring a run in the first and second inning for an early 2-0 lead, LeTourneau stretched its lead to 4-0 on a RBI sacrifice fly by Glover and another came across when senior Chloe Cooper came in on a passed ball.

With a 4 -0 lead in the fifth inning, the YellowJackets added to their lead after a pair of one-out singles on a two-RBI single by Winter. Ramsey drove in Winter on a single for a 7-0 lead in favor of the home team. Glover ended the contest with a two-run home run for her second roundtripper of the season.

Next, on the schedule for LeTourneau is a trip to Belton, Texas to face the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor on Friday, Feb. 28 ,at 4 p.m., in a doubleheader and a single game on Saturday, Mar. 1 ,at noon.


Men’s Basketball:

The LeTourneau University men’s basketball team dropped a 73-65 decision to Sul Ross State on Senior Day on Saturday.

The YellowJackets (5-19, 4-17 ASC) were able to four in double digits in the contest in the defeat. Junior Aaron Frizell paced LeTourneau with 17 points. He was joined in double figures by senior Justin Jones, who scored 15 in his final home game, sophomore Ladaria Brown and junior Josh Thornton scored 14 and 13 points, respectively.

The Lobos (11-14, 10-12 ASC) were led by the 19-point effort by Percy Settle. Sul Ross State outscored LeTourneau by a 39-2 margin on points from the bench in the win. Settle was joined in double figures by Luke Taylor, who added 13 and Dominic Countee and Ryan Hagan each scored 10.

LeTourneau held a 29-26 lead when Thornton made a layup with 6:02 to play in the first half; however, Sul Ross State scored the next seven-points to take a lead that they would never relinquish. The Lobos went into the halftime break with a 39-32 lead on the strength of a 51.6% shooting effort from the field.

Late in the second half, LeTourneau clawed back to within three, 62-59, on a 3-point field goal by Brown with 6:37 to play. However, the Lobos had an answer to the threat when Hagan hit a 3 pointer for the visitors. The YellowJackets would be as close as four in the final four-plus minutes in the loss.

Next, LeTourneau will wrap up its season on Monday with a 7:30 p.m. tilt in Marshall, against East Texas Baptist University. Earlier this year, ETBU defeated LeTourneau, 71-66 on November 26, in Longview.


Women’s Basketball:

The LeTourneau University women’s basketball team punched its ticket to the ASC Tournament with an 81-54 win over Sul Ross State on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon.

The YellowJackets (9-14, 7-13 ASC) secured a spot in next weekend’s ASC Tournament with the win and the win by Concordia over Hardin-Simmons earlier in the day. A key factor in the win for LeTourneau was its four seniors – Ashley Fajardo, Julencia Curtis, Jessica Manas and Alexis Wighaman – who all scored in double digits. Wighaman and Curtis each had a double double in the win. Wighaman had a game-high 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead LeTourneau; plus, Curtis had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Manas scored 11 points and nearly had a double double with nine boards and Fajardo added 11.

The Lobos (1-23, 0-21 ASC) were led by the 14-point effort from Rhiana Michou in the loss.

“What a great showing today by four class act young ladies,” said LeTourneau head women’s basketball coach Corey Thomaston. “Our seniors have meant so much to this program and I could not be more excited for them and what they've been able to accomplish. This was a great team effort today but the spotlight being on the four seniors shined brightly today.”

The taller LeTourneau squad outrebounded Sul Ross State by a 74-26 advantage and recorded a 54-8 advantage on points in the paint. Plus, they registered a 27-1 margin on second-chance points.

After an early field goal by SRSU gave the visiting Lobos an early 2-0 lead, eight unanswered points by the YellowJackets put them up for the remainder of the contest. LeTourneau scored eight of the final 12 points of the first half for a 36-25 lead and its first double-digit lead of the game. A 13-3 run by the host YellowJackets to start the second half kept the Lobos from drawing any closer.

“We are excited about continuing to move this program forward. I am so very proud of their effort today,” said Thomaston. LeTourneau had 13-different players contribute to the scoring in the win.

The YellowJackets will play its third game in five days on Monday, when they travel to Marshall to face local rival East Texas Baptist in its final regular season game at 5:30 p.m.


Men’s Tennis:

LeTourneau University men’s tennis swept both of its matches to begin American Southwest Conference play on Saturday. The YellowJackets started the day with a 9-0 win over Louisiana College and followed that up with a 6-3 win over Texas-Dallas, who had been picked to finish second in the conference.

The YellowJackets (3-1) started the day with a rout of the Wildcats as all three doubles teams won and they swept through the singles without giving up a set. Junior Kendall Beggs at No. 1 singles and freshman Ty Grove at No. 6 singles failed to surrender a point in their straight-set wins.

Against the Comets, Sindre Johnsgaard extended his winning streak to five in a row with a 6-0, 7-6 win at No. 3 singles over Henry Henk. Another key victory for LeTourneau in the match was at No. 5 singles where sophomore Morgan Weaver defeated Guil Portela, 6-2, 6-4 to end a four-match losing streak. Johnsgaard and Weaver teamed up to win at No. 2 doubles for an 8-5 victory over Henk and Sean Spiesmsan.

Also recording wins were the YellowJackets’ junior Kendall Beggs at No. 1 singles over Casey Clark, 6-0, 6-4, who in the fall won the No. 1 singles flight at the ASC Individual Championships. LeTourneau sophomore Michael McLaughlin won a three-set match over Spiesman at No. 4 singles, 7-6, 3-6, 7-5.

LeTourneau will be back in action on Saturday, March 1 when they host Hendrix College at 9 a.m. at the Davis Tennis Courts.


Women’s Tennis:

The LeTourneau University women’s tennis team split its two matches on Saturday. The YellowJackets began the day with a 6-3 win over Louisiana College and dropped a 9-0 decision to the University of Texas-Dallas at the end of the day.

The YellowJackets (2-2) won both of its doubles matches to start the day against LC. Against the Wildcats, the No. 1 tandem of seniors Sarah Case and Kayla Bonina defeated Alex Marlin and Corey Dixon by a score of 8-0. At No. 2 doubles, senior Shelby May and junior Megan Rush posted an 8-2 victory over their LC counterparts.

LeTourneau only gave up just one point in taking No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 singles. May at No. 2 singles, Bonina at No. 3 singles and Rush at No. 5 singles won in straight sets by scores of 6-0, 6-0. Freshman Amy Miley won at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-1.

In the afternoon matchup against ASC pre-season favorite Texas-Dallas, the Comets won all nine matches. LeTourneau senior Kayla Bonina was the lone YellowJacket to win a set. She took Cindy Tiu at No. 3 singles to a third set before losing. The Carrollton, Texas native dropped a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 decision.

LeTourneau will be back in action on Saturday, March 1, when they host Hendrix College at 9 a.m., at the Davis Tennis Courts.

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