Windham, Pinder, Bates are ASC First Team Selectionsby Adam Ledyard
BASEBALL: RICHARDSON, Texas (5/15/13) – Earning awards for their strong play in 2013, three players from East Texas Baptist University’s baseball team earned All-American Southwest Conference East Division honors on the first team. Phillip Windham, Tyler Bates, and Jeremy Pinder were all named first-team. Bates was named the ASC East’s "Freshman of the Year” for his play.
ETBU, under first-year head coach Lee Driggers, advanced to the ASC Tournament for the first time since 2005 as the East Division’s #4 seed. They finished the season a 19-23 overall and was 9-9 in the ASC East. ETBU finishes fourth in the NCAA in home runs (31) and fifth in home runs per game (.30).
Windham earns a first-team spot as the designated hitter and led the ASC in home runs with 12. He was also second in slugging percentage (.615), third in RBI (41), fourth in total bases (83), and seventh in walks (24). He led ETBU in home runs, RBI, and slugging percentage playing and starting in 40 games. In the NCAA, he is second in home runs and fifth in home runs per game. He also earned the D3Baseball.com "Team of the Week” honor earlier this year and was the ASC East’s "Hitter of the Week” on February 18th. He finished fifth on the team in batting at .311 with 42 hits and 27 runs scored in 135 at-bats.
Bates earned ASC’s East "Freshman of the Year” award and was named to the first-team as an outfielder. He led the ASC in doubles with 14 and was fifth in total bases (79) and ninth in slugging percentage (.500). Bates also led the team in stolen bases (10), at-bats (158), and hits (52). He started and played in all 42 games and finished with two triples and three home runs for 25 RBI and had a .329 batting average.
Pinder rounds out the selections for ETBU as a first-team selection in the outfield. He led the team in hitting with a .377 average in 35 games played starting 34. He recorded 49 hits scoring 26 times with 15 RBI. He posted seven doubles, one triple, and two home runs for a .492 slugging percentage.
ETBU only loses two players from the 2013 squad and will build on the success’ they had this year.