East Texas Baptist remains undefeated by sweeping Howard Payne
BROWNWOOD, Texas -- Finishing up their trip to west Texas with a complete sweep of Howard Payne (2-9/1-8), East Texas Baptist improved to 10-0 and stayed at 9-0 in the American Southwest Conference. Shelby Parker pitched five innings and recorded nine more strikeouts to improve to 5-0.
Sara Clements led ETBU three hits and two RBI. Jayme Perez, Lacey Lindsey, and Kayla Garcia all had two hits and one RBI. Lacy Liles and Kaitlyn Hollingshead added a RBI.
Parker went five innings facing 18 batters and striking out half of them walking only one. She gave up two hits and one earned run. Kelly Jo McLendon pitched the sixth inning and allowed one earned run with one strikeout and Shelby Phillips finished the seventh inning with one strikeout.
ETBU opened up the game with five runs in the first inning to set the tone of the game. Clements picked up her first RBI as the third batter of the inning with a double to left center field that brought in Perez. Lindsey followed with a double, too, that scored Clements to make it 2-0. Lindsey was the third run to score as Liles, who batted next, singled up the middle bringing her in. The fourth run came two batters later when a double steal took place as Mallory Westbrook went to second and Garcia came home. Hollingshead rounded out the inning with the fifth run when she singled in Mallory Westbrook.
In the top of the second, Garcia made it 6-0 with a single up the middle as Clements came in for a second time in the game. Howard Payne scored their first run in the bottom of the fourth coming within five 6-1. ETBU answered adding two more in the top of the sixth inning. Perez smacked a double to right center field for the first run brining in Katy Hill. Clements then followed as the next batter and singled to first base as Perez came in for the 8-1 lead. Howard Payne added only one more run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 8-2.
ETBU finished with 13 hits to Howard Payne’s four as the YellowJackets also had two errors.