Continuing the countdown, ETBU baseball pitcher Sayer Collins and the women’s basketball team clinch a spot at No. 3.
Individual Moment #3 – Collins sets strikeout record
ETBU pitcher Sayer Collins lands the No. 3 individual moment in setting a school record and American Southwest Conference record for most strikeouts, ending the year with 121 strikeouts to go with an 11-2 record. The record was broken in the ASC Gold Championship Series against UT-Dallas where he recorded six strikeouts. The former ETBU single-season record for strikeouts was held by Marty Mayfield set in 2001.
During the season, he recorded 10-plus strikeouts in six appearances and tied the ETBU single-game record with 15 strikeouts against UT-Dallas on April 23. He shares this record with Mayfield which was also set in 2001.
Sayers went on to win numerous awards for the 2022 season including ASC Pitcher of the Week (4), ASC Blue Bracket MVP, ASC Pitcher of the Year, All-ASC First Team, NCBWA Pitcher of the Week and of the month, D3Baseball. com Pitcher of the Week, D3Baseball.com All-Region First-Team, D3Baseball.com All-American Third-Team, ACBA All-Region First-Team and ACBA All-American Second-Team. ETBU finished the year with 33 wins, achieved their first-ever national ranking and were runners-up in the ASC Tournament.
Team Moment #3 – Women’s basketball beats Rhodes in NCAA first round
The women’s basketball team earned third place with a 65-53 victory over No. 19 Rhodes in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. It was the second time in program history to compete in the NCAA Tournament.
It was a defensive third quarter that led ETBU to win the NCAA Division III Tournament first round game against Rhodes College, 65-53. ETBU is now 21-5 and 4-1 in the NCAA Tournament as a program.
Taylor Singleton led the team with 14 points and seven rebounds, adding two blocks and two steals. Brooke Webster and Jade Goynes both had nine points while Goynes added seven rebounds.
Down three at halftime, 27-24, ETBU held Rhodes to just eight third-quarter points and 16 percent shooting, advancing six, 41-35. Hudson scored the first four points of the quarter to take a 28-27 lead. Those points started an 11-5 run in six minutes as ETBU took a nine-point, 38-29 lead when Goynes hit a jumper. Goynes then gave ETBU an 11-point, 41-30 lead with 1:43 to go to give the Tigers the momentum. Rhodes cut the lead to six at the end of the quarter.
The first five minutes of the fourth quarter were all ETBU as it was a 12-0 run for an 18-point, 53-35 lead. Webster made a jump with 3:43 left in the game to give ETBU a 21-point, 58-37 lead. Emma Stelzer also gave ETBU a 61-40 lead with 2:48 to go. Rhodes finished the game with a 13-4 record but couldn’t catch the Tigers as they won the game, 65-53.
ETBU finished the year at 21-6 and in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
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