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LeTourneau University – Sports

LeTourneau University




LeTourneau men’s and women’s tennis each lost dual matches to Belhaven 6-3 on Saturday afternoon at the Davis Tennis Courts.

The Belhaven men came in ranked No. 13 in the Atlantic South region and earned wins at No.1 and No.3 doubles to take an early 2-1 lead. The duo of Jimmie Henson
<> and Robby Bundy
<> earned an 8-5 win at No.2 doubles. The Henson/Bundy combo are now 2-3 on the season.

Henson also earned a hard-fought win at No.2 singles. After trailing by a set, the Sunnyvale, Texas native won the second set 6-2 to force a deciding third set. The third set would go to a back-and-forth tiebreaker where Henson would dig deep for the 13-11 victory. It was the seventh win of the season for the sophomore.

Robby Bundy
<> made quick work of his match at No.4 as he defeated Belhaven’s Owen Taylor 6-0, 6-2. The junior improves to 5-8 overall on the season and earned his first win at the fourth position.

Ty Grove
<> played tough against a ranked opponent at No.1 singles. BU’s Rene Ramos is ranked 18th in the Atlantic South region and was 13-0 coming into the match. Grove fell 6-1, 6-2 to Ramos in the match.

The YellowJacket women led 2-1 heading into singles play as Hayley Hunter
<> and Lauren Rockwell
<> earned their fourth win of the season at No.2 doubles. Their 8-6 victory came against the duo of Terry and Furdge from Belhaven.

Cherish Farmer
<> and Mikayla Thomas
<> won their No.3 doubles match by default. Thomas also earned a win at No.6 six singles by default.

LeTourneau will be back on the court Friday morning for conference matches against UT Tyler. The UTT women are ranked 12th in the West Region while the men are ranked sixth in the region and 17th in the nation. Friday’s matches are set to start at 9 a.m. at the Davis Tennis Courts.


An extra-innings thriller in Longview was capped by a walk-off single by Alyssa Pierce
<> to earn the 6-5 victory over Hardin-Simmons on Senior Day.

It was the final game of the season at the Joyce Family Athletic Village for LeTourneau. It was also the final time stepping inside the lines of their home field for three YellowJacket seniors.


Kaitlyn Allen
<>, Whitney Judd
<>, and Courtney Matulis
<> were each recognized before the start of the game with a short ceremony highlighting their career achievements and accolades. They were also presented with gifts from their teammates and coaches.

Each team would get off to a solid start with both scoring two runs in the first inning. LeTourneau (13-21, 8-19 ASC) broke the tie with a Kelsi Coleman
<> RBI in the bottom of the third inning. Madison Gray
<> scored one of her team-high three runs.

Freshman Taylor MacKenzie
<> would extend the YellowJacket lead in the fourth inning. A single up the middle would bring home senior Courtney Matulis
<> and Gray and push the lead to 5-2. Matulis swiped her 57th career stolen base to put herself in scoring position. The Pittsburg, Texas native is the all-time leader for the LeTourneau softball program.

The Cowgirls would score two runs in the fifth and add another in the sixth to pull even heading to the final inning.

Neither squad could manifest any offense in the seventh, so it was extra softball in the final home weekend of the season.

Faith Genoway
<> struck out two in the top of the eighth inning to give her offense a chance. After Gray singled up the middle, she stole second to put herself in scoring position. That is when Alyssa Pierce
<> had the biggest hit of her young YellowJacket career. Her single to left center brought home Gray and sent off her teammates with a Senior Day victory.

Junior Ashley Burdine
<> started and allowed four runs on nine hits. Burdine struck out two and forced seven groundouts in her 4.1 inning effort. Sophomore Faith Genoway
<> allowed just an unearned run over the final 3.2 innings to improve to 8-8 on the season.

With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, LeTourneau will head to Jackson, Mississippi for a 3-game series with Belhaven. The American Southwest Conference series will start on Thursday at 3 p.m. with a Friday doubleheader starting at 12 p.m.

[elhaven University (Miss.) logo] Next Game:
at Belhaven University (Miss.)
4/13/2017 – 3:00 PM





LeTourneau baseball earned their first American Southwest Conference victory of the season using a dominating offensive effort in the series finale.

After dropping game one of the Saturday twin-bill, LETU (9-20, 1-14 ASC) recorded a season-high 16 hits and 14 runs to secure a 14-9 win over the Lobos.

Senior Kyle Jacobs
<> notched a team-high four RBIs to lead the YellowJacket offense. Sophomore Jacob Faubion
<> went 3-for-3 at the plate and scored three runs to go with two RBIs.

After SRSU tied the game at 2-2, LeTourneau would begin an 11-run barrage over four innings. Faubion started it off in the top of the fourth inning as he crossed the plate on a Lobo error. Jacobs followed with two-RBI double to left center field to score Zach Cochran
<> and Carson Dickey

In the fifth inning, senior Jake Simmons doubled to left center and would come around to score on a wild pitch to push the lead to 6-3. Sophomore Brandon Ramirez
<> came through with a single to right field to score Ryan Gibbs

Zach Cochran
<> would follow with a single up the middle to score Faubion and give LETU an 8-3 lead.

LeTourneau added two more in the top of the sixth inning on a wild pitch and a Faubion sacrifice fly to score Gonzalo Sosa
<>. The YellowJacket lead would swell to 10 runs in the top of the seventh when Dickey and Cochran scored on a Kyle Jacobs
<> single. Sosa hit an RBI double to left field to bring home Jacobs.

LETU added another insurance run in the top of the eighth as the Lobos tried to rally with three runs in the seventh inning. SRSU added three inconsequential runs in the final half inning before relief pitcher Haden Simmons
<> struck out the final batter.

Freshman Luke Ludwig
<> earned his first career win on the mound for the YellowJackets. The Spring, Texas native pitched seven innings and forced 19 fly outs.

LeTourneau had the offense clicking all day long as they also scored 10 runs in the game one loss. They scored six runs in the second inning on two RBI doubles from Jake Simmons & Dickey along with RBI singles from Faubion & Noah Mahoney

Sul Ross responded with a five-run sixth inning to take an 11-8 lead. LETU got two runs across in the top of the seventh on Sosa and Haden Simmons
<> RBIs but weren’t able to complete the rally falling 11-10 to the Lobos.

LeTourneau will be back at Conrad-Vernon Field next week for a 3-game conference series with Mary Hardin-Baylor. Since it is Easter weekend the series will start on Thursday night at 7 p.m. with a Friday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

[niversity of Mary Hardin-Baylor logo] Next Game:
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
4/13/2017 – 7:00 PM
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