Local college sports briefs

May 13, 2013 

Baseball

Greatting named co-Player of the Week

EDWARDSVILLE --Southern Illinois University Edwardsville first baseman Joel Greatting, a Columbia High graduate, has been named baseball Co-Player of the Week by the Ohio Valley Conference.

Greatting was 10-19 (.526) for the week in which the Cougars were 3-2. SIUE enjoyed an extra-inning home win over Indiana State last Tuesday and won two of three games in a nonconference weekend series at Conference USA leader Southern Miss.

Greatting is SIUE's leading hitter at .339 through 47 games with eight doubles, seven home runs and 33 RBIs. He also has 23 walks and has scored 32 runs.

The senior led the Cougars in average, hits, total bases (18), slugging (.947), and on-base percentage (.591) this weekend. He was 4-for-6 with four RBIs in the Cougars' come-from-behind 12-inning win over the Sycamores Tuesday.

Greatting tied the game 6-6 with a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the ninth that sent the game to extra innings. He tied the game again (8-8) in the bottom of the 11th with an RBI single to send the game to the 12th inning.

Over the weekend, he got the Cougars started with a first inning home run in each of the first two games at Southern Mississippi. Greatting was 3-for-5 with the homer and three RBIs in Friday night's win. He was 2-for-3 with the homer and three RBIs in Saturday' win.

Greatting shared the award with Austin Peay's Craig Massoni.

The Cougars conclude their 2013 season with a Wednesday home game against Evansville and a weekend series at Austin Peay.

McKendree players honored by GLVC

LEBANON -- Two members of the McKendree University baseball team have picked up the program's first-ever Great Lakes Valley Conference post-season accolades.

Senior first baseman/designated hitter Rob Beatty (Belleville West) and sophomore outfielder Kyle Rutledge each earned second-team All-GLVC East Division honors for their play during the 2013 season. This was the Bearcats' first year as GLVC members.

Beatty, a three-year varsity performer, thrived as a full-time starter for McKendree. Beatty was second on the team with a .339 batting average. He led the Bearcats with four home runs and was third on the squad with 24 runs batted in. Beatty also tied for the team lead with 13 doubles and paced the Bearcats with a slugging percentage of .551.

During the team's 36-game GLVC slate, Beatty was just as consistent, hitting .327 with four homers and 20 RBI. In the field, Beatty committed just one error in more than 200 chances at first base and picked out many low throws in the dirt. Beatty made the All-GLVC team as a designated hitter.

"I'm real happy for Rob," said McKendree baseball coach Jim Boehne. "From start to finish he had a great senior year. He really came on in the second half of the season, hitting in the middle of our order and being a big run-producer for us. Not only that, Rob provided leadership throughout our transition as we moved into the GLVC. This is a great way for him to close out his McKendree baseball career."

Rutledge, a two-year starter in the outfield for McKendree, took over the starting role in center field in 2013. He responded by hitting .297 with 22 RBI. Rutledge led the Bearcats with 22 walks, 17 of which came in conference play. In addition, he was third on the team with 26 runs scored and eight stolen bases.

Another solid defender for McKendree, Rutledge made several spectacular diving catches throughout the season and added a team-high six outfield assists.

"Kyle has been a full-time starter for us in each of his first two seasons, and made a great transition to center field," said Boehne. "Fans got a taste of the great defensive abilities that Kyle possesses, and it's going to be fun watching him run down balls in the outfield over the next two years. Kyle had peaks and valleys at the plate but helped spark our team offensively in the early portion of the GLVC schedule."

The McKendree University baseball team closed out the 2013 season with an overall record of 23-23. The Bearcats were 17-19 in their inaugural season of GLVC competition.

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