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LETU Sports Update 4-18-14

LONGVIEW, April 18, 2014— YourEastTexas.com brings you the latest in sports events and happenings at LeTourneau University.


The LeTourneau University softball team began its final home stand of the 2014 season with a doubleheader sweep of non-conference foe, Schreiner University, 8-0 in 6 innings with game two going the distance for a score of 5-1.

The YellowJackets (14-20) had 10 hits in each game to supplement strong pitching from seniors Taylor Thibodeaux in game one and Kelli Parton in game two.

The game one victory gave LETU senior Taylor Thibodeaux career win No. 31 to make her the all-time winningest pitcher in program history. Plus, the win was career victory No. 52 for head coach Kate Bell-Keierleber to make her the all-time winningest coach in softball at LeTourneau.

Game 1

A solo home run by sophomore Megan Hill in the bottom of the first, set the stage for the YellowJackets. Hill finished the contest 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while freshman Whitney Judd went 2-for-2 with three runs scored.

The duo gave ample offensive support to Thibodeaux, who allowed just two hits and struck out five in the win to raise her record to 7-5. Schreiner never got a runner past first base in the contest.

With a 1-0 lead in the third inning, Hill drove in Judd, who had tripled to the gap in right-center field for a 2-0 advantage. The YellowJackets scored three times on three hits in the fifth and sixth innings to complete the run-rule victory.

Game 2

After giving up a run in the first, LeTourneau scored the next five runs to complete the doubleheader sweep with a 5-1 win.

Senior Anna Winter, freshman Nikki Hebert and freshman Courtney Matulis each had two hits to lead the YellowJacket offense. Senior Kelli Parton pitched a complete game, scattering three hits, striking out three in the win for LeTourneau.

In the bottom of the third, senior Chloe Cooper reached on a fielder’s choice, then stole second. Trailing 1-0, senior Jourdan Glover doubled down the left-field line, scoring Cooper to tie the game at 1-1. Next, Winter brought in Glover on a double, to put LeTourneau ahead 2-1. After a ground out, Matulis reached on an infield single to put runners on the corners. The YellowJackets then successfully pulled off a double steal to score Winter from third and plate the third run of the inning for a 3-1 lead.

LeTourneau added a run each in the fifth and sixth inning to complete the doubleheader sweep.

The YellowJackets will host Mississippi College in a three-game series beginning with a doubleheader on Friday, April 18, at 4 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear blue as part of Autism Awareness Month.



A two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, by Sul Ross State's Turner Mattson, spoiled a comeback attempt by the LeTourneau University baseball team. Sul Ross scored a 9-8 victory on Thursday night in Alpine.

The YellowJackets, (22-10, 16-9 ASC), had clawed its way back from an early 6-0 deficit to take an 8-7 lead in the top of the ninth until the two-run homerun by Mattson.

In the loss, graduate student Garrett Methvin and junior Chris Bertram each had three hits. Senior Jon Riley was the losing pitcher, who falls to 0-2.

The Lobos, (16-16, 12-13 ASC), scored five runs in the first inning and held a 7-1 lead until the top of the sixth inning when LeTourneau began to mount a comeback. Sul Ross State finished the contest with 16 hits including three each from Josh Vasquez, Connor Griffith and Shane Sawyer. Hunter Flake, who pitched the ninth, got the win to improve to 2-2.

Facing a 7-1 deficit in the sixth, Chris Bertram and junior David Perkins hit two-out RBI singles to cut the deficit to 4, at 7-3. After a scoreless seventh, the YellowJackets tied the game at 7 in the eighth, with four runs on three hits as they sent eight batters to the plate. In the inning, they took advantage of two SRSU wild pitches and an error by the centerfielder. The Jackets picked up a RBI ground out by sophomore Sean Sellers and a RBI single by sophomore Dillon Yates.

In the ninth, with the game tied at 7, the YellowJackets took their first lead of the game after back-to-back doubles by Methvin and Ryan Bertram. Next, a single by Chris Betram and David Perkins was hit by a pitch to load the bases for LETU. The Jackets looked to add to their lead with one out, but Sul Ross's Flake escaped damage with back-to-back strikeouts.

In the bottom of the ninth, after a ground out, the Lobos got the tying run aboard on a walk. Then, Mattson ended the contest with the home run.

The two teams will end the three-game series on Friday, with a 1 p.m. doubleheader.


Women’s Tennis:

The LeTourneau University women's tennis team dropped an 8-1 decision to host Texas-Tyler on Thursday.

The YellowJackets (17-5, 10-0 ASC) picked up their lone win on the afternoon at No. 1 singles. Senior Sarah Case defeated Jessica Blundell, who was ranked No. 19 in the latest ITA regional rankings, 6-3, 6-3. For Case, it is her 10th win on the season.

LeTourneau will wrap up American Southwest Conference play on Monday, April 21, as they take on Mississippi College in Clinton.


Men’s Tennis:

The LeTourneau University men's tennis lost to host Texas-Tyler on Thursday, 8-1 at the Summers Tennis Center.

The Patriots, who are ranked No. 7 in the latest ITA West Regional Rankings, swept all three doubles matches to begin the contest. LeTourneau, who are ranked No. 20 in the same rankings, picked up its only win at No. 2 singles.

LETU sophomore Laird Beaty won the YellowJackets' lone match, 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8) to extend his winning streak to seven. For the season, Beaty is 15-3 overall and 8-1 against conference foes.

LeTourneau will wrap up American Southwest Conference play on Monday, April 21, as they take on Mississippi College in Clinton at 1 p.m.

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