LeTourneau University junior Seth Walters (Tarkington, Texas) was named the American Southwest Conference Men’s Golf Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year recipient at Tuesday’s conference golf championships in Kerrville.
“Seth is a phenomenal young man,” said LETU head coach Walt Williams<http://letuathletics.com/coaches.aspx?rc=142>. “He is not only a very fine golfer that has a tournament win this year but is also a mechanical engineering student with a cumulative GPA above 3.5. On top of that, he is a singing and guitar-playing worship leader for LeTourneau chapel services.”
Walters, who earlier this year won the Louisiana College Fall Invite (Sept. 21-22), is second on the team with a 77.33 scoring average with a team-best individual round of 70. He is the second recipient in LeTourneau history, joining Jacob Clay – who earned the honor in 2012. With two honorees, LeTourneau joins Hardin-Simmons with multiple honorees.
“Seth is a tremendously hard worker that on more than one occasion has come to practice after studying all night or working on an engineering project. He makes no excuses. He volunteers with both Longview and his hometown First Tee junior golf programs. His teammates love him. His coaches love him, and his professors love him.”
Walters finished tied for 28th at the ASC Men’s Golf Championships, shooting a 234 (82-77-75).
The LeTourneau University softball team split a non-conference doubleheader with host University of Dallas, winning game one 9-2 and losing game two 8-2 on Wednesday evening.
The YellowJackets (17-17) started the day with a convincing win over the Crusaders with a 9-2 win including a grand slam by freshman Macey Mize in the second inning that broke a 1-1 tie in the second inning. For Mize, it was her third home run of the season and the first of three hits in the contest. Fellow freshman Kennedi Dillow had four hits, plus sophomores Ashlin Roach and Kelsie Benson as well as senior Megan Hill each added two as LeTourneau had 16 hits in the win.
LeTourneau scored a run in five of the seven innings including a four-run third inning that featured the grand slam by Mize and two more in the fourth on back-to-back RBI singles by Courtney Matulis and Hill.
Freshman pitcher Samantha Thomas picked up the win, allowing three hits and striking out five in four innings. Sophomore Ashley Burdine closed out the contest, pitching the final three innings and allowing four hits and striking out three.
The Lady Crusaders (17-19) scored five times in the first inning en route to the 8-2 win. Three of the five came in on bases-loaded double by Stephanie Cervantes for the early lead.
The University of Dallas added to its lead on a two-run home run by Cervantes in the third for a 7-0 lead. The YellowJackets got back on the scoreboard in the fourth inning on an Ashlin Roach sacrifice fly that scored Courtney Matulis, who led off the inning with an infield single. The Crusaders got the run back in its half of the fourth for a 7-1 lead.
LeTourneau scored its second run of the contest in the seventh inning on an RBI single by Ashley Burdine. The YellowJackets were limited to six hits in the nightcap – three from Matulis in the loss.
After picking up the game one win, Thomas took the loss in the nightcap to fall to 3-3 on the season.
The YellowJackets come back home to host Belhaven University in a three-game series that will get underway with a doubleheader on Friday, Apr. 15 at 4 p.m.