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LONGVIEW, February 26, 2014—YourEastTexas.com is proud to bring you the latest sports news from LeTourneau University.
Three double plays and a 12-hit offensive attack supported six LeTourneau pitchers in an 8-3 win over Castleton on Tuesday night at Conrad-Vernon Field.
The YellowJackets (8-0) had four players – Jordan Argabright, Ryan Bertram, Quinn Brankin and Dillon Yates each had two hits – to contribute to the 12-hit effort. Argabright also had two RBI as five of his teammates contributed a RBI each.
LeTourneau starting pitcher Christian Baker went 4 innings and struck out three innings before handing the ball over to Jordan Price, who allowed just one hit and struck out four – including three straight in the fifth inning – to pick up his first win of the season.
The Spartans (1-2) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on the strength of a pair of doubles. Leadoff batter Tyler Lord went 2-for-3 with a run to lead a six-hit attack. Starting pitcher Steve Jurkiewicz went 3 innings, allowing four runs, three runs – all earned in the loss to fall to 0-1.
Defensively, LeTourneau turned double plays to end the third and fourth innings. Offensively, RBI doubles by Sean Sellers and Dillon Yates plated two of the three runs in the third inning to put LeTourneau ahead 3-1.
The YellowJackets scored two more sixth to stretch the advantage to 5-1.
RBI doubles by Jared O’Neal and Jordan Argabright and a RBI single by Quinn Brankin in the seventh put the home team up 8-1. Castleton picked up a run in the eighth and ninth to close out the contest.
LeTourneau will take its 8-0 record to the road for the first time in 2014 for its next contest when they travel to Richardson to face Texas-Dallas in a three-game series that gets underway on Friday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m.
LeTourneau University junior Sindre Johnsgaard of the men’s tennis team was named the American Southwest Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Last week, Johnsgaard extended his winning streak to five matches with a pair of wins to begin American Southwest Conference play. His victory at No. 3 singles was a key win as LeTourneau knocked off defending ASC Champion, Texas-Dallas. The YellowJackets had not defeated the Comets since 2009.
Johnsgaard and the men’s tennis team is back in action on Saturday, Mar. 1 at 9 a.m. in a non-conference match vs. Hendrix.
With an injury in the LeTourneau University women’s golf lineup, the YellowJackets did not place at the UMHB Lady Cru Spring Invitational at the Stonetree Golf Club in Killeen.
ASC member Texas-Tyler stretched a six-stroke first round lead to 18 strokes in Tuesday’s final round for the tournament title. The Patriots were led by individual champion, Laura Lindsey – who shot a +3, 75 in the final round for a 36-hole total of 147 (72-75).
LeTourneau freshman Stephanie Mobley was the top finisher for LeTourneau after posting a 183 (91-92) and 39th overall. Alisa Wilson was 40th (193 – 93-100) and Katelyn Breazeale was 42nd (228 – 109-119).
The YellowJackets will resume the spring portion of its schedule at the Tyler Junior College Invitational, Mar. 3-4.
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