Local college sports briefs

April 29, 2013 

Baseball

Lyx will host Lindenwood-St. Charles on Tueday

SAUGET -- The Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx also raised $1,100 for the American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women Campaign on Saturday.

All funds raised stay in the St. Louis chapter of the AHA in help in the fight against heart disease in women in the surrounding area.

LU-Belleville defeated Crowley's Ridge 11-0, completing the sweep over the Pioneers.

The Lynx will be back in action Tuesday as they host Lindenwood-St. Charles in a single at GCS Ballpark. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

The Lynx (22-19) pitching staff of starter David Parkinson and reliever Joe Phelps combined for a two-hitter in the team's 11-0 run-rule win over the Pioneers (8-27).

It was Senior Day at GCS Ballpark as the team recognized the program's first seniors -- Matt Ballard, Dan Kurich, Cody Walker and Kaleb Warren.

The Lynx scored 10 runs in the first three innings, adding another in in the sixth, and held the Pioneers scoreless, enough for the run-rule win after the seventh inning.

Warren went 1-for-3 with three runs scored and two walks, while Kurich went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Ballard with 2-for-3 with a walk and RBI and Walker hit a sac fly to score two runs on the day.

Dylan Skinner went a perfect 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Matt Lawver went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

David Parkinson (3-4) earned the win going 4.0 innings allowing only one hit and two walks while striking out seven batters.

Geissinger leads Cougars past Morehead State

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Skyler Geissinger and Joel Greatting each homered and had three RBIs Sunday to lead Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to a 12-5 win over Morehead State in the finale of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series at Sonny Allen Field.

"It was nice to go out and actually beat up on somebody," SIUE interim coach Tony Stoecklin said. "It will certainly be good for the team psyche"

Geissinger was 3-for-5 with the home run, a double, and the three RBIs. He finished a triple shy of the cycle. Greatting snapped a 13 at-bat streak without a hit with his three-run home run. James Vazquez and Devin Caldwell each had two hits in the win. Vazquez drove in two, while Caldwell added an RBI for the Cougars.

SIUE (10-29 overall, 7-17 OVC) scored twice in the first inning and six more times in the second and led 8-2 after two innings. Morehead State (15-30, 9-12) committed four errors in the first two innings, leading to five unearned runs by the Cougars. SIUE collected 12 hits, which is just three off their season high.

"We did a good job swinging the bats," Stoecklin said. "They gave us some extra outs in a couple of innings and we took advantage of it."

Eagles' starter Matt Anderson (1-5) allowed eight runs, five earned, on seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings and suffered the loss.

SIUE starter Caleb Wilkerson pitched into the third inning. He allowed three runs on four hits. Brooks McDowell (2-2) relieved Wilkerson and tossed five innings in relief. McDowell allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out five. P.J. Schuster pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three to close out the game.

"Right now every win is big," Stoecklin said. "We haven't had a lot of them come our way in conference play. It's nice to get out of here with a win."

SIUE takes finals week off before returning to the field Friday against UT Martin at Simmons Baseball Complex.

Women's lacrosse

Bearcat named Defensive Player of the Week

LEBANON -- McKendree University freshman midfielder Shirley Boland has been named Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for April 15-21.

Boland is the first McKendree women's lacrosse player to earn a conference award from the WILA since beginning competition in the league this spring.

Boland led the Bearcats with three assists and 11 ground balls in two games last week. She had one assist, four ground balls and two caused turnovers in a 19-5 loss to Colorado Mesa on April 19. Boland then set a new school record with seven ground balls, also a single game league-high this season, along with two assists and two caused turnovers in a 19-6 loss to Regis University.

She leads the team this season with 43 draw controls, 34 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers, while also ranking second on the team with seven assists, is fourth on the team with 14 goals and 21 points.

McKendree is currently 1-13 overall and 0-9 in conference play and will close out its inaugural season at home on Wednesday against Lindenwood University at 7 p.m.

Women's golf

Bearcats finish 11th in GLVC tourney

LEBANON --The McKendree University women's golf team closed out its 2013 spring season by posting an 11th-place finish at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship, which concluded Sunday at Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo.

McKendree sat in 10th place following Saturday's opening round, and the Bearcats posted a final-round score of 348. McKendree finished its 36 holes of play with a team score of 695. The University of Indianapolis coasted to the team title with a score of 606. The University of Missouri-St. Louis was the runner-up at 625.

Senior Taylor Landers closed out her McKendree career on a solid note as she finished the GLVC Championship in a tie for 15th place in the final individual standings. Landers posted a round of 81 on Sunday and shot 161 over 36 holes. She was 16 strokes behind the GLVC medalist, Regan Pittard from Indianapolis.

Freshman Morgan Maberry ( Civic Memorial) had the second-lowest individual score for the Bearcats at 176, while senior Elizabeth Gentry carded a 177 over 36 holes.

Softball

Cougars to play for tourney top seed

EDWARDSVILLE -- The No. 1 seed for the Ohio Valley Conference Softball Tournament will be decided next weekend in a three-game series between Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois.

With a pair of SIUE losses Sunday and an EIU split with Tennesse-Martin, SIUE will need a three-game sweep to capture the No. 1 seed for the league tournament. SIUE already has clinched its spot in the eight-team OVC Tournament set for May 8-11.

SIUE, 34-11 and 17-5 in the OVC, dropped a pair of close games to Murray State to close out the home OVC schedule. The Racers edged the Cougars 2-1 and 3-1 Sunday.

SIUE senior catcher Samantha Stanicek had the best day of any SIUE player at the plate. She was 4 for 5 in the doubleheader. Senior second baseman Taylor Tooley scored SIUE's only run in game one. Senior Amanda Lambrecht also was honored between games with Stanicek and Tooley.

"It's always tough playing your last home game," said SIUE coach Sandy Montgomery.

The Cougars had little trouble collecting hits against Murray State, 20-24 and 12-10 in the OVC. The problem for SIUE was getting timely hits. The Cougars stranded 11 in game one and seven more in game two.

Haley Chambers took the loss in game one. She struck out five and allowed just three hits. A third inning home run by Murray State first baseman Leslie Bridges proved to be difference.

Murray State took advantage of two SIUE errors in game two to score three unearned runs off SIUE starter Erin Greenwalt. The Racers stranded nine runners in the second game. SIUE scored its only run of game two in the second inning when CC Hutchinson singled and later scored on an infield error.

"The psyche this time of the year is tough to manage," said Montgomery. "There's certainly no reason for us to doubt ourselves individually or as a team."

Montgomery said the Cougars have finals week beginning Monday and will prepare for their final OVC series of the season. The Cougars play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. with Eastern Illinois, 35-12 and 20-3 in the OVC. Sunday's regular season finale will be at 1 p.m. Sunday.

"We just have to get back on track and start making some things happen that didn't happen today," said Montgomery.

Bearcats earn doubleheader split on Senior Day

LEBANON -- The McKendree University softball team ended its season witha split on Sunday, defeating University of Southern Indiana in game one, 6-3, before dropping game two, 5-1.

The Bearcats end their season with an overall record of 11-30 and a 9-24 record in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

McKendree got al the scoring it needed in the second inning of game one, scoring six runs and withstanding a late rally by Southern Indiana to win 6-3.

The game was scoreless in the bottom of the second until a single by junior rightfielder Kay Kooncescored sophomore first baseman Morgan Schulte (O'Fallon) from third to get the Bearcats on the board. Senior third baseman Madi Exton (Edwardsville) followed with a single up the middle that brought in freshman catcher Marla Schulte (O'Fallon) to make the score 2-0. A single by junior leftfielder Caitlin Streddescored Koonce, and sophomore shortstop Caty Ponce (Edwardsville) reached on a bunt single that scored Exton and extended McKendree's lead to 5-0. Sophomore centerfielder Erica Johnson (Wesclin) reached on an error by the third baseman and Stredde scored from third to put the Bearcats in front 6-0.

The Screaming Eagles cut the deficit in half in the top of the sixth inning on a three-run home run, but sophomore pitcher Susan Goetze held the visitors hitless in the remainder of the game to improve to 6-9 overall on the season.

Stozkus and Mo. Schulte each had two hits in game one, with Schulte also having an RBI and a run scored.

Game two was knotted up 1-1 heading into the final inning, but Southern Indiana plated four runs in the final frame to earn a 5-1 win.

The Screaming Eagles led 1-0 in bottom of the fourth, only for junior second baseman Ashley Scheffler to draw a bases loaded walk that tied the game up 1-1.

Southern Indiana went on to score four runs in the top of the seventh to jump out to a 5-1 lead, but McKendree was unable to score to lose game two.

Koonce and Mo. Schulte had the only two hits for the Bearcats in the nightcap, while Scheffler had an RBI.

Men's golf

Cougar named to all-conference team

DICKSON, Tenn. -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville sophomore golfer Colin McCarty was named to the 10-person All-Ohio Valley Conference team announced at the OVC's annual awards banquet.

McCarty earned the honor after finishing second in the OVC in scoring average during the regular season. McCarty's stroke average of 71.8 was just 0.4 behind Murray State's Patrick Newcomb who led the Conference.

McCarty earned two tournament titles this season, claiming medalist honors at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate in October, and tying for the top spot at Tennessee State's Big Blue Intercollegiate earlier in April. McCarty was named as the OVC Men's Golfer of the Week following each win.

The team also includes Newcomb, Murray State teammate senior Hunter York Jacksonville State sophomores Franco Grillo, and Tomasz Anderson, Austin Peay senior Dustin Korte, junior Anthony Bradley, and junior Marco Iten, Tennessee State senior Cameron Scitern, and UT Martin sophomore Brendon Caballero.

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