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LETU Sports Update 4-7-14

LONGVIEW, April 7, 2014—YourEastTexas.com proudly brings you the latest in sports news and happenings from LeTourneau University.

SOFTBALL:

Sophomore Taylor Kaderli drove in a pair and senior pitcher Taylor Thibodeaux held Hardin-Simmons University to three hits in a 2-1 win for the LeTourneau University softball team over the Cowgirls on Saturday.

LeTourneau (12-17, 9-15 ASC) went ahead in the third on a bases loaded walk to Kaderli. The sophomore shortstop exhibited patience at the plate as she battled HSU pitcher Emily Hardaway for 15 pitches before receiving the walk. Earlier in the inning, a pair of hit by pitches and a single by senior Jourdan Glover loaded the bases for Kaderli.

Taylor Thibodeaux, who allowed just four hits in Friday night’s win, followed that up with a three hitter on Saturday. The Angleton, Texas native struck out six and surrendered a solo home run for the only damage by the HSU offensive attack. The win by Thibodeaux is the 30th of her career which ties the all-time win mark at LeTourneau.

With a 1-0 lead, in the fifth, LeTourneau added an insurance run – which proved to be the difference – on a RBI single by Kaderli. Earlier in the inning, with one out, Glover doubled; then, Megan Hill walked to put runners on first and second. After a fielder’s choice by Anna Winter put runners on first and second, Kaderli delivered her second RBI of the afternoon to put the home team in front by a 2-0 margin.

The Cowgirls mounted a threat in the seventh with the one-out solo homerun by Sarah Truelove. The next batter, Lauren Williams reached on a walk to put the tying run aboard. Then, a ground ball to the first baseman hit by Hardaway was alertly thrown to second to get the lead runner by freshman Courtney Matulis for the second out. Thibodeaux after a walk ended the contest when she got Mac Clay to fly out to left field.

The next series for the contest is a trip to Richardson, where they will face the University of Texas-Dallas in a three-game set. The action starts with a 5 p.m. game on Friday, April 11.

BASEBALL:

Playing in their eighth and ninth one-run games on Saturday, the LeTourneau University baseball team dropped a 2-1 and 1-0 doubleheader to host Howard Payne University on Saturday in Brownwood.

LeTourneau (19-9, 13-8 ASC) was held to just two hits in each game as both games were dominated by the pitchers. In game one, Bryce Griffin and Chris Bertram each had a hit and in the nightcap, Dillon Yates and Kyle Jacobs each had a hit.

Howard Payne (13-13, 10-11 ASC) starting pitchers – Jacob Spivey in game one and Corey Howie in game two kept LeTourneau in check at the plate.

In game one, HPU scored first on a RBI single by Dustin DeJohn in the third inning. LeTourneau came back to tie it in the fifth when Chris Bertram tripled to start the inning. He came around to score on a RBI ground out by catcher Chuck Daugherty.

In extra innings – the game was scheduled for seven innings – HPU started its half of the eighth when Colton Brown recorded his second ground-rule double of the game. He moved to third on a DeJohn single; then, LeTourneau elected to intentionally walk the next batter to load the bases for Matthew Daniel. The HPU catcher answered the challenge with a single through the left side for the game-winning run.

The loss for LeTourneau went to Jon Riley, who lost for the first time on the season to fall to 0-1. For Howard Payne, Ethan Farrel pitched a scoreless eighth for the win.

In the nightcap, a one-out RBI triple in the second inning by Jake Sadler for Howard Payne was enough run support for Corey Howie to lead HPU in the 1-0 win.

LeTourneau got its first hit of the game when Kyle Jacobs doubled to left field to start the sixth inning. However, LETU failed to move him any further in the rest of the inning. Then, in the seventh – the final inning of the contest – Dillon Yates singled to center field with two outs. Howie got a fly out to end the contest.

LeTourneau starting Justin Jenkins was the tough-luck loser, allowing just five hits and striking out six to fall to 5-2. Howie picked up his first win of the season, allowing two hits and striking out two.

LETU returns home for a crucial three-game series as they will host local rival Texas-Tyler as the series starts on Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m.

WOMEN’S TENNIS:

The LeTourneau University women’s tennis team clinched a spot in the upcoming ASC Tournament with a 9-0 win over Sul Ross State and an 8-1 win over East Texas Baptist on Saturday.

LeTourneau (8-8, 5-3 ASC) started the day with a 9-0 win over Sul Ross State for its first 9-0 victory of the season. The Lobos traveled to Longview with just two players. Seniors Sarah Case and Kayla Bonina won their 8th match of the season at No. 1 doubles with an 8-0 victory. Senior Shelby May won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles and Senior Miranda Lamb won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.

Prior to their last match of the day against East Texas Baptist, LeTourneau honored its senior class – Kayla Bonina, Sarah Case, Miranda Lamb and Shelby May. All four have been valuable contributors on and off the court to the YellowJacket program.

The YellowJackets won all three of its doubles matches for an early 3-0 lead. Needing just two singles victories to clinch the match and when Bonina was victorious at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-2, it clinched the match and the berth in the ASC Tournament for LeTourneau. LeTourneau went on to win five of the six singles matches en route to an 8-1 win over the local rival.

The YellowJackets will travel to Sherman, Texas for its next two matches where they will face Austin College on Saturday, Apr. 12, at 10 a.m., and face the University of the Southwest at 3 p.m.

MEN’S TENNIS:

The LeTourneau University men’s tennis team improved its home record to 10-1 on Senior Day with an 8-1 win over Sul Ross State and a 9-0 win over East Texas Baptist on Saturday.

The YellowJackets (12-4, 6-2 ASC) took all three of the doubles matches against Sul Ross State. LeTourneau went on to win five of the six singles matches in straight sets including a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5 singles by Morgan Weaver.

In the second match of the day, LeTourneau picked up its fifth 9-0 win of the season. Prior to the match, LeTourneau honored senior Josh Bailey for his contributions to the program.

After sweeping the three doubles matches, LeTourneau took five of the six singles matches in straight sets with Bailey at No. 4 singles being the only one decided in three.

The senior from Kilgore defeated Laramiee Linn, 6-4, 6-7 (4-10), 1-0 (10-5) and teamed up with Laird Beaty to win at No. 1 doubles in his final home match at the Davis Tennis Courts.

The YellowJackets will travel to Sherman, Texas for its next two matches where they will face Austin College on Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m., and face the University of the Southwest at 3 p.m.

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