TYLER, Texas – Coming from behind continuing their run for an eighth American Southwest Conference championship, East Texas Baptist University won their record-setting 20th straight game of the year, 6-2, over the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (29-13). ETBU was down 2-1 and came from behind for their 37th win of the year. The 20th win in a row surpasses the record of 19 set in 2000.
It took a combined effort in the circle as Kelly Jo McLendon and Shelby Phillips both had nice outings. McLendon received the win moving to 17-1 on the year with three strikeouts and two earned run sin four innings. Phillips came in for her first save of the year finishing the final three innings recording her only strikeout as the final out of the game.
ETBU produced nine hits as Jayme Perez and Kayla Garcia each had two hits. Perez led the team with two RBI while Alyssa Romero, Lacey Lindsey, and Garica recorded a RBI.
It only took Perez four pitches into the game against Mary Hardin-Baylor to hit her second leadoff home run of the tournament. With a 2-2 count, Perez took her seventh home run of the year deep over the center field fence for the early 1-0 lead. Yesterday against Concordia-Texas, she took the second pitch of the game over the left field fence.
Mary Hardin-Baylor came back and tied the game at one in the third and took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning before ETBU unleashed for five straight runs over the next two innings. ETBU retook the lead, 4-2, in the fifth inning with three runs. Lindsey singled in Romero from second base for the first run of the inning to tie the game up. After two walks to load up the bases, Garcia hit a hard grounder to the shortstop that went off her glove for a RBI and then another run came in on the same play as UMHB took their time getting the ball in as Katy Hill became the third run of the inning.
In the sixth inning, Perez singled in Maranda Westbrook and then a fielder’s choice on Romero’s at-bat allowed Mallory Westbrook to come in for the 6-2 lead. That is all Shelby Phillips would need as she came in to pitch the final three innings facing 10 batters in three innings retiring the side twice.
ETBU now will play Texas-Tyler for the right to move into the ASC Championship game on Sunday tomorrow at 12:00 p.m.