East Texas Baptist shuts out Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3-0 to advance
TYLER, Texas –- It took just three innings to wipe off the dust for No. 9 East Texas Baptist after a two-week layoff as they shutout Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3-0 for their 35th win of the year advancing on in the NCAA Division III Tyler Regional. ETBU scored two runs in the fourth inning and Shelby Parker continued her dominance from the circle allowing just one hit.
Parker won her 14th game of the year for the complete game shutout with fanning seven batters. Kelsey DeCarolis led the team with two hits but both Lacy Liles and Lya Swaner had a RBI as Liles swatted her eighth home run of the year in the sixth inning.
“The girls did a great job [Friday] of playing a full game and this game right here set us up in a great position in the tournament,” head coach Janae Shirley said. “We needed to play just one game [Friday]. Shelby started the game off well throwing the ball and the team came through with some clutch hits that helped us scratch our way through.”
After three scoreless innings, where both teams had runners on and chances to score, senior Lya Swaner used her post-season experience hitting a clutch two-out double scoring Sara Clements for the 1-0 lead. DeCarolis followed with a single to left field and a fielding error allowed Swaner to come around third and head home for the second run of the inning.
That is all Parker would need for a lead as she retired the next 12 batters to secure the win. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps only hit came in the second inning on a single to left field. From that point on, the next 17 batters were retired by Parker with several nice defensive plays from ETBU.
Liles collected her eighth home run as the leadoff batter in the sixth inning smashing a shot off the left field foul pole about 30 feet up.