A walk-off win in game one – 3-2 – and a season-high 12 runs – 12-6 – in game two led the LeTourneau University baseball team to a doubleheader sweep and a series sweep of Howard Payne at Conrad-Vernon Field on Saturday in Longview.
LETU (11-16, 8-10 ASC) picked up its first series sweep of the season with its fourth straight win over its nickname partner, Howard Payne, who falls to 17-13 overall and 7-8 in the ASC.
Facing a 3-1 deficit to start the seventh inning, LETU loaded the bases on HPU starting pitcher Adrian Acosta. To load the bases, freshman Lee Hosie reached on an infield single. Then, he moved up to second on a wild pitch; next sophomore Rayne Hobbs walked to put runners on first and second to bring the winning run to the plate. A bunt single by junior Carson Dickey loaded the bases to end the day for Acosta.
Then, HPU called on Zach Moseley, who got a strikeout of an LETU pinch hitter. Next, freshman Aaron Perkins drew a walk to bring in Hosie to cut the deficit to two, 3-1. A ball misplayed by the visitors hit by senior Sean Sellers brought in Hobbs and to advance the winning run to third, tying the game at 2 with one out. Next with the bases loaded, senior Taylor Empkey picked up a walk to plate Dickey for the winning run.
The walk-off win made a winner of senior Boone Privette, who had one of the best outings of his career. He struck out 12 in the complete-game allowed just six hits – only one for extra bases to even his record at 1-1 on the season and lower his ERA to 4.00. For Privette, it is his second game of the season with double-digit strikeouts – earlier this year he had ten against Louisiana College on April 1.
After an exciting win in game one, LETU came out with the offensive fireworks in the nightcap. Despite an early 1-0 deficit, LeTourneau scored the next 11 runs to give first-time starter freshman Walker Blake plenty of support.
LETU sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning for an early 6-0 lead. A pair of the runs came in on a two-run home run by junior Kyle Jacobs, and two more came in when HPU made an error on a ball hit by senior Sean Sellers. LETU extended the lead to 11-1 in the third inning with five runs on four hits. In the inning, senior Taylor Empkey had a two-RBI single to lead the attack.
Howard Payne got back on the scoreboard with a sacrifice fly in the fourth to cut the LeTourneau lead to 11-2. Then, after Blake left the game in the fifth inning, HPU picked up four runs on three hits. Empkey picked up his third RBI of the nightcap with an RBI single in the seventh for a 12-5 lead for LeTourneau.
Offensively for LeTourneau, Sellers went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBI; plus Empkey went 2-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI. Also, Jacobs and Jacob Simmons each had a pair of RBI. On the mound, Blake pitched five innings in his first start, scattering seven hits and two runs (one earned) and striking out three in the win. Senior Josh Gimre was the third and final pitcher for LeTourneau, pitching the final three innings and allowing just one hit and striking out one to end the contest.
For Howard Payne, Cliff Lunceford was one of four players with multiple hits including a team-high three in the loss to go along with two RBI.
Next, LeTourneau will host Texas College at Conrad-Vernon Field on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. in a non-conference game.
The LeTourneau University baseball team took advantage of a pair of Howard Payne errors in the bottom of the eighth to rally for a 6-4 win on Friday night at Conrad-Vernon Field.
LeTourneau (9-16, 6-10 ASC) has won its last three home games on the season. LETU started the eighth inning, trailing 4-3. Junior Kyle Jacobs started the inning with a walk, then he moved to second on a Brandon Applewhite walk to put runners on first and second. LeTourneau brought in off the bench freshman Josh Raies to pinch run for Applewhite. After Raies had attempted to return to first after an attempted double steal, it forced the Howard Payne catcher to make an errant throw that reached the outfield to score Jacobs from second to tie the game at 4.
Next, a bloop single by freshman Lee Hosie plated Raies from third to put LETU ahead 5-4. After Hosie stole second to move into scoring position, he moved to third on a Jacob Simmons fly out to deep right field. With one out, junior Rayne Hobbs successfully laid down a suicide squeeze bunt to score Hosie from third for the third run of the evening and put LETU ahead by two, 6-4. Howard Payne misplayed the sacrifice bunt but was able to get Hobbs, who was attempting to take second for the second out of the inning.
Offensively, LeTourneau had nine hits including a season-high three by Hosie. Freshman Andrew Harlan pitched his fourth complete game of the season for LeTourneau in the win to improve to 4-4 on the season in his first Friday night start.
LeTourneau scored three times on four hits in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead. Hobbs, freshman Aaron Perkins and senior Dylan Wadyko each had an RBI single in the inning. Howard Payne came back to tie it in the third inning. HPU took its first lead of the game in the eighth inning on a solo home run by Noah Payne.
The two teams will wrap up the weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Conrad-Vernon Field.
Belhaven defeated LeTourneau, 9-3, on Saturday to take the weekend series in Longview.
The YellowJackets (17-20) rallied to tie the game at 2 in the second inning before the Blazers (28-6) scored the next seven runs en route to the win.
LeTourneau senior Brianna Williams had two of the four hits to go along with a run scored and aN RBI in the loss. AN RBI single by Williams in the second plated the first run of the game for LeTourneau. Then she successfully stole home for the final run. Starting pitcher Ashley Burdine went four innings, allowing six hits and six runs (three earned) and a strikeout in the loss.
Belhaven had 11 hits including three from Carly Yasses, who went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored to lead the Blazers. Makenzie Hawkins added a pair of hits and three runs scored to give support to starting pitcher Taylor Surrento, who allowed four hits, three runs (all earned) and struck out four in the win.
Next, LeTourneau will host Howard Payne in the final home series of the 2016 season. The series will get underway on Friday, April 22 in a doubleheader at 4 p.m.
Belhaven University took a pair of games from the LeTourneau University softball team on Friday, winning game one – 5-1 and taking the nightcap – 3-0.
The Blazers (27-6) picked up the series opener, ending a scoreless game with a three-run fifth inning and adding a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Belhaven had 11 hits in the win with eight coming from the top four in the lineup – Dani Craft, Hannah Holloway, Makenzie Hawkins and Carly Yasses. The four also had all four RBI to give support to starting pitcher, Julienne Broussard, who went the distance to improve to 13-2.
LeTourneau (17-19) broke up the shutout bid by Broussard in the seventh on a bases-loaded walk to pitcher Ashley Burdine. The first three YellowJackets reached base to start the inning. After back-to-back strikeouts, Burdine picked up the walk to score senior Megan Hill, who a pitch hit, started the inning.
In the nightcap, again, Belhaven ended a scoreless game with a three-run fifth inning. The Blazers got three runs on three hits and capitalized on a pair of LETU errors to take a 3-0 lead. The YellowJackets’ senior Rachel Gauspohl ended the no-hitter bid for Belhaven starter, Jordan Herring. LeTourneau senior Kayla Cosby was the losing pitcher, allowing just five hits, three runs (two earned) and striking out a pair to fall to 8-8.
With the threat of inclement weather on Saturday, the two teams agreed to move up Saturday’s series finale at 11:00 a.m. at the Joyce Family Athletic Village.
The LeTourneau University men’s tennis team saw its two-match winning streak end in a 7-2 loss to host East Texas Baptist University on Saturday in Marshall.
The YellowJackets (4-13, 2-2 ASC East) began the day with a win at No. 1 doubles by the senior tandem of Michael McLaughlin and Morgan Weaver. The duo was victorious 8-4 over the Tigers’ tandem of Cody Highsmith and Tyler Tolopka. ETBU won the next two doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead when the game shifted over to singles.
East Texas Baptist (6-8, 3-1 ASC East) secured the victory, winning five of six singles matches. The lone win for LeTourneau came at No. 6 singles when junior Kevin Warren won 6-3, 7-5 over Reid Adams.
Next, LeTourneau – who will enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed in the ASC East Division – will advance to the 2016 ASC Men’s Tennis Championships where they will face Hardin-Simmons on Thursday, April 28 at the UTD Tennis Complex in Richardson, Texas. It is the third-straight year that the YellowJackets have reached the conference tournament.
The LeTourneau University men’s tennis team wrapped up the home portion of its schedule with a 9-0 win over Louisiana College on Friday at the Davis Tennis Courts in Longview.
The YellowJackets (4-12, 2-4 ASC) did not surrender a point to begin the day with three-consecutive 8-0 wins in doubles for an early 3-0 lead.
LeTourneau continued to dominate the match in singles as the YellowJackets dropped just four games to the Wildcats. Junior Curtis Martin pulled off a remarkable feat where he did not give up a single point en route to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5 singles. Junior Tyler Grove was victorious 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Senior Michael McLaughlin won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles and senior Morgan Weaver won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
Sophomore Robby Bundy was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at No. 4 singles and freshman Caleb Epps picked up a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles.
The YellowJackets will next travel to East Texas Baptist University on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Marshall to make up a rescheduled match from earlier this season.
The LeTourneau University women’s tennis team wrapped up the regular season with a 9-0 loss to regionally-ranked East Texas Baptist.
The Tigers (12-4, 3-1 ASC East) are currently ranked No. 10 in the latest ITA West Region rankings. In the ETBU lineup are #10 Kayla Casey and the #19 doubles tandem of Kate Bramlett and Casey. Both were victorious on Saturday against the YellowJackets.
The LeTourneau doubles tandem of Schuyler Wages, and Savannah Wessies were 8-1 losers at No. 3 doubles for the only point scored by LETU in doubles action.
In singles play, freshman Terin Murray lost 6-0, 6-2 at the No. 2 flight and freshman Lauren Rockwell lost 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 3 flight for the three points that LETU posted.
Next, for the third-straight LeTourneau will continue its season at the ASC Tournament, where they will place No. 1 West seed Hardin-Simmons in a match on Thursday, April 21 at the Summers Tennis Center on the campus of UT Tyler in Tyler, Texas.