MARSHALL, Texas – It was a night to remember for the East Texas Baptist University softball team as they were honored on Saturday, September 28th, for their championship season. The softball players received their 2013 American Southwest Conference championship rings at a ceremony held at the Phillips Great Room on campus.
“It was a great night for our program to honor the student-athletes that worked so hard last year,” says head coach Janae Shirley. “Watching their eyes light up when they first see their rings is always a fun to watch.”
All the players were in attendance for the championship dinner that included a slide show of action shots from the season. The rings were presented at the end of the ceremony and were made by Balfour. With a silver touch, the top of the ring says “Conference Champions” rounded around the ETBU Tiger in the middle of the ring. One side has the name of the player and the record while on the other side has the NCAA Softball logo and the year.
ETBU won the program’s seventh ASC Championship with two straight wins over #1 Texas-Tyler, 10-9, and 6-2. Those wins were a part of a nine-game winning streak that was broken with a loss in the NCAA Tournament. ETBU finished the year ranked ninth by the NFCA National Poll and had a 37-12 record.
Individually, Lacy Liles was named a NFCA All-American and Lya Swaner is a top nine finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.