Parker's strong day in circle advances East Texas Baptist in regional
TYLER, Texas -– East Texas Baptist stayed alive in the Tyler Regional on Sunday as it held on for a 5-3 win against Redlands.
ETBU opened the game with four runs in the bottom of the first and never gave up the lead winning their 37th game of the year.
Lacy Liles, Lya Swaner, and Sara Clements each had two hits for ETBU. Swaner, playing in her final NCAA Regional Tournament, led the team with two RBI while Liles, Clements, and Tawny Hank each brought in one run.
For the third time in three days, Shelby Parker had another strong performance in the circle. She moves to 3-0 in the tournament with her third complete game in as many days moving to 16-3 on the year. She mowed down five batters and now has 135 strikeouts on the year.
ETBU once again dominated Redlands ace Kayla Uphold scoring five runs in the first three innings, all earned. Liles started the four-run inning with two outs after Maranda Westbrook stole her 20th base of the year. With a 3-2 count, Liles singled down the right-field line as Westbrook came around for the first run of the game. After a Clements single, Hank doubled to the left field line as Liles scored to make it 2-0. Swaner made it 4-0 on her sixth double of the year bringing in both Hank and Clements.
The third inning brought another run in for ETBU moving the lead to five. After the first out, Liles and Clements posted back-to-back doubles as Liles came in for the fifth run.
Redlands made the game interesting in the sixth with a two-run home run with one out and then brought in its third run in the top of the seventh with two outs. With runners in scoring position, Grace Rose grounded out to Westbrook at third base to end the game as ETBU kept their season alive.