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LETU Sports Update 2-25-14

LONGVIEW, February 25, 2014—YourEastTexas.com is proud to bring you the latest in sports news from LeTourneau University.

Women’s Golf:

LeTourneau University freshman Stephanie Mobley shot an opening round 91 to lead the LeTourneau University women’s golf team at the UMHB Lady Cru Invitational.

University of Texas at Tyler is the team leader with a 305 and led by individual co-leader Laura Lindsey, who shot an even-par 72. Lindsey is tied with Sarald Ruiz of Tyler Junior College. The tournament will conclude with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

The YellowJackets, who had a player injury withdraw in Monday’s opening round, are not in the team race. Furthermore, freshman Alisa Wilson posted a 93 and is 40th, followed by freshman Katelyn Breazeale, who is 41st with a 109.



Three LeTourneau pitchers struck out nine and the offense capitalized on five errors en route to an 8-5 win over Castleton on Monday night at Conrad-Vernon Field.

The YellowJackets (7-0) scored in the first three innings including three in the first inning en route to the win. For the game, LeTourneau was only retired in 1-2-3 order just once in the win. Four YellowJackets – senior Chris Bertram, junior Ryan Bertram, freshman Kyle Jacobs and sophomore Sean Sellers each had two hits. For Ryan Bertram, it was his sixth multi-hit game in seven contests and Sellers has reached base in all seven contests.

In relief of starter sophomore Josh Gimre, LeTourneau freshman Canaan Klaassen held the visitors in check, scattering just two hits in 4 2/3 innings of work and striking out three for the win. Senior teammate Kirby Cantalamessa picked up where Klaassen left off with a pair of strikeouts in the ninth for his second save.

The Spartans (1-1) – who were just playing in their second game of the season after making the trek from Castleton, Vermont – did most of their offensive damage in the fourth inning when they scored four times. With the four run effort, they cut the LeTourneau lead to 5-4 before the YellowJackets retaliated with two in the sixth and another run in the eighth.

LeTourneau scored three in the first as a result of four errors by Castleton and two hits for the early 3-0 lead. They scored one more in the second when senior Bryce Griffin came in on a passed ball for a 4-0 advantage. A RBI single by junior Caleb Pritchett in the third put LeTourneau ahead 5-0. The Spartans came back in the fourth on just one hit but still managed to score four times to trim the LeTourneau lead to 5-4.

A RBI double and a RBI single by Ryan and Chris Bertram, respectively extended the LeTourneau lead 7-4. Chris Bertram drove in another in the eighth on a RBI double scoring senior Jordan Argabright to make the score, 8-4. A sacrifice fly with the bases loaded by the Spartans was the final run of the contest.

The two teams will wrap up the series with a 6 p.m., tilt on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Conrad-Vernon Field.


Women’s Basketball:

The LeTourneau University women’s basketball team closed out the regular season with a 67-63 win over East Texas Baptist on Monday night in Marshall.

The YellowJackets (11-14, 9-13 ASC) overcame an early 14-point deficit to the host Tigers en route to the win. Despite a 13-0 run during a two-minute stretch of the first half, LeTourneau scored 14 of the final 18 points of the first half to close within four. Then, in the second half, freshman Ashley Crockett made a layup for a 39-38 lead to give the visitors only their second lead of the game. However, LeTourneau never relinquished the lead for the rest of the contest.

LeTourneau senior Jessica Manas scored a team-best 14 points to go along with seven rebounds, four steals and three assists in the win. Manas paced a LeTourneau bench that outscored East Texas Baptist, 38-20 in the win. Sophomore Kalyn Shorter gave a spark off the bench with a career-best nine points in six minutes of action.

The Tigers (9-16, 7-15 ASC) were led by the 20-point effort from Jasmine Davis. She was joined in double digits by Amanda Rucker, who added 11 in the defeat.

With the YellowJackets holding a 52-48 lead, they scored seven unanswered points to stretch the lead to 11. However, East Texas Baptist managed to cut the deficit to one, 63-62, with a 14-4 run. However, LeTourneau has one of the top free-throw shooters in the nation in its arsenal – Manas. The Fort Worth, Texas native is ninth in the ASC and 218th in the nation with a 76.7% effort. Manas made two free throws with 1:06 to play to stretch the lead to three, 65-62.

East Texas Baptist had a pair of chances to either tie the game or draw within one but a missed layup with 14 seconds to go was rebounded by senior Julencia Curtis. The Deltona, Florida native sealed the win with two made free throws for the YellowJackets.

Next, the LeTourneau women’s basketball team heads into the ASC Tournament for only the second time in program history. The YellowJackets, who enter the tourney as the No. 8 seed, will face host Texas-Tyler – the No. 1 seed – on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m.


Men’s Basketball:

LeTourneau University men’s basketball sophomore Ladaria Brown had a double double with 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 78-70 loss to East Texas Baptist on Monday night in Marshall.

The YellowJackets (5-20, 4-18 ASC) built an early 17-9 lead on the Tigers until they scored nine unanswered for an 18-17 advantage. The two teams exchanged leads until a layup with 11:04 to go in the first 20 minutes put East Texas Baptist ahead 20-19. ETBU remained in front for the rest of the contest.

The Tigers (11-14, 9-13 ASC) were led by the 22-point effort from Erby Thompson – who also was 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. He was joined in double digits by Dylan Augustine and Justin Felicia, who scored 18 and 10 points, respectively.

Facing a 16-point deficit early in the second half, LeTourneau went on a 15-4 spurt – eight of which came from Brown – cut the ETBU lead to five, 53-48 with 12:06 to play. Later in the half, another spurt by the YellowJackets reduced the Tigers lead to four, 66-62, with 2:46 to play. LeTourneau would draw no closer in the defeat.

The game marks the end of the career for LeTourneau senior Justin Jones, who had 18 points in his final game in the Blue and Yellow. Jones was joined in double digits by Brown and Aaron Frizell, who added 16.

The contest marks the end of the 2013-14 season for the LeTourneau men’s basketball program.

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