MARSHALL, Texas -- Allowing only five combined hits in shutting out Pacific Lutheran (5-15), East Texas Baptist (20-5) swept a doubleheader on Monday 5-0 and 4-0. This was the second time this season ETBU has shutout an opponent twice in the same day. These were the final non-conference games of the season against former NCAA Division III national champions, with PLU having won the title in 2012.
Kelly Jo McLendon and Shelby Parker got the wins for ETBU with McLendon throwing a complete game in Game 1 and Parker going the distance in Game 2. Lacey Lindsey had the only home run for ETBU, a solo shot in Game 1.
After McLendon set down PLU in order in the top of the first of the first game, ETBU struck quickly in the bottom half. Alyssa Romero led off the inning with a double, Jayme Perez walked, and Lacy Liles hit an infield single to load the bases. Lindsey would put ETBU up 1-0 with a single through the left side on the very next pitch. With still no one out, Kaitlyn Hollingshead laced a single down the left field line that scored Perez and Liles and put ETBU up 3-0. The bases would get loaded again two batters later when Maranda Westbrook drew a one out walk. Katy Hill, who started Game 1 in left field, made it 4-0 ETBU with an RBI groundout to second that scored Lindsey and gave ETBU a big lead after one.
McLendon worked around a one out single in the second and had a 10-pitch third to keep it 4-0 ETBU after two and a half. Lindsey led off the bottom of the third with a bomb to center field to make it 5-0 ETBU. The home run was Lindsey’s seventh of the season.
From then on, neither team scored, but McLendon was masterful allowing only two base runners. The first was a hit by pitch in the fourth and a single later in that inning, but no runner got past second base. McLendon finished with a complete-game two hitter and struck out four to pick up her ninth win.
Parker struck out the side in the first inning of the second game and ETBU loaded the bases in the bottom half, but couldn’t push a run across. After another perfect inning from Parker that included two more Ks, ETBU finally broke through in the second. Lindsey Vazquez, the Game 2 starter in left field, reached on a bunt single with one out and moved to second on a groundout. She would cross the plate on an RBI single by Romero, who advanced to second on the throw, to make it 1-0. Perez would come up next and bring in Romero to make it 2-0 after two innings.
After a scoreless third that saw both teams go down in order, Parker allowed a one out hit in the fourth, but got the next two batters to fly out to keep it at 2-0. ETBU would score again in the bottom half when Vazquez again reached on a one out bunt single and a steal of second base. Vazquez would advance on a sac bunt by Maranda Westbrook and Romero walked and moved to second when PLU was not paying attention. With two outs and runners in scoring position, Perez came to the plate and reached on a ball to deep short that drove in Vazquez and made it 3-0 ETBU, giving Perez two RBI in the game. Jaycee Hallum would pinch run for Perez and the next batter, Liles, singled sharply down the left field line to score Romero and make it 4-0. It was all Parker from there.
She would set down the side in order in the fifth and work out of a two-on, two-out jam in the sixth to keep the shutout intact. Parker would retire the side in the seventh on a foul out where Hollingshead made a spectacular diving play to make the first out. The next two batters popped out to end the game.
Parker finished the complete game allowing just three hits with nine strikeouts to give her an exact 100 on the season, picking up her ninth win in the process.