TYLER, Texas – On day two of the 2017 NCAA Super Regionals, the East Texas Baptist University softball team could not hold on as they fell to the University of Texas at Tyler 7-3 to end another successful postseason run. ETBU (38-11) advanced to their fifth straight NCAA postseason appearance, and 11th overall. Texas Tyler (44-4) advances to the 2017 College World Series in Oklahoma City.
After two and a half scoreless innings, ETBU got on the board in the bottom of the third inning. Jayme Perez launched her ASC leading 15th homerun of the season, to put the Tigers up 2-0. Lindsey Vasquez singled up the middle and Madison Prince scored on an error from Texas Tyler to extend their lead to 3-0. Texas Tyler would score seven runs over the next two innings to close out the game with a 7-3 win.
Vasquez led the Tiger offense with two hits, followed by Perez, Shelby Irlbeck, Katy Hill, and Trina Deyo with one hit each. Perez had two RBI to extend her season single record to 62 RBI. Rocki Tello pitched 1.0 innings of hitless relief in the seventh inning. Jordan Anderson picked up the loss to finish her season at 17-4.
Cheyenne Thompson had two hits to lead the Patriot offense. KK Stevens and Whitney Romero hit homeruns in the win. Miranda Leal (6-1) earned the win, going 3.1 innings and allowing only one hit.
ETBU graduates six seniors in: Lindsey Vasquez, Katy Hill, Trina Deyo, Kaitlyn Hollingshead, Lacey Lindsey, and Jayme Perez. Lindsey finishes her ETBU career as the ETBU and ASC career leader in homeruns with 58. Lindsey also is first in ETBU history with 204 RBI, 87 walks, and games played (190). Lindsey finished in a tie for third in hits (213), fourth in at-bats (556), fifth in batting average (.383), ninth in doubles (37), and 12th in runs scored (115).
Perez set the single season RBI record this season with 62 RBI. Perez also finishes her career second all-time in homeruns in ASC and ETBU history with 47. She finishes second all-time in hits (217) and RBI (194). Perez is third all-time in games played (186), at-bats (562), doubles (46), and walks (80). She finishes fourth all-time in hit by pitches (23), runs scored (144), and batting average (.386).
Kaitlyn Hollingshead finishes in a tie for fifth place with 184 games played. She is sixth all-time in at-bats (533), seventh in homeruns (17), ninth in RBI (112), ninth in hit by pitches (12), 11th in hits (170) and doubles (32), and 13th in walks (45).
Vasquez finishes her career with the all-time ASC and ETBU record for stolen bases in a career with 119. She also set the single season record at ETBU with 50 stolen bases this season. Vasquez ranks second all-time in runs scored (155), fifth all-time in hit by pitches (22), sixth all-time in batting average (.382), eighth all-time in games played (183), and 13th all-time in hits (166).
Hill finishes her career with the most hit by pitches in ETBU history with 40 in her four year career. Hill also finishes her career with 172 games played, which is tied for 13th in ETBU history. The ETBU senior class finishes with 153 career wins.