Local college briefs

May 14, 2013 

Baseball

Cougars will host Evansville on Wednesday

EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville plays host to Evansville onWednesday at Simmons Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

In their last game, SIUE committed five errors Sunday, leading to three unearned runs, as Southern Miss salvaged a win in the finale of a three-game nonconference baseball series in Hattisburg, Miss.

The Cougars, who won the first two games of the series, dropped to 16-31 with the loss. Southern Miss improved to 26-23.

Bearcats end season on strong note

LEBANON -- The McKendree University baseball team closed its 2013 season with a flourish, winning both ends of a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader from Kentucky Wesleyan College at a soggy Hypes Field. The Bearcats had to rally in both contests, winning the opener 5-3 before taking a 7-5 decision in game two.

Between games of Sunday's twinbill, McKendree honored its five senior players appearing in their final games with the Bearcats, and all five made key contributions in the victories. Outfielder Pat Thole (Breese Central) delivered a pinch-hit, two-run double that broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning of game one. First baseman Rob Beatty (Belleville West) had three hits on the day, including a solo home run in the nightcap that gave him the Bearcats' home run title for the season. It was Beatty's fourth round-tripper of 2013.

McKendree won its final five games of the season to end the year with an overall record of 23-23. The Bearcats wrapped up their first year as members of the GLVC with a 17-19 mark in league play. It is the first time that McKendree has posted a record of .500 or better since the 2010 season, when the Bearcats went 29-24 overall.

Lynx pick up postseason awards

BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville baseball team was awarded several post-season accolades at the recent USCAA Championship banquet. The honors marked the first post-season recognition for the Lynx during their first trip the USCAA Championships.

Kyle Forsythe and Sean Keeney were awarded First Team All-American, while Christian Cavaness and Joe Phelps earned All-American Honorable Mention honors. Two Lynx were awarded for carrying a 3.5 GPA or better, with Cory Kovach and David Parkinson earning All-Academic honors.

Following the banquet, the Lynx wrapped up the opening day ceremonies as Connor Allen represented LU-Belleville in the home derby, going yard for the win and taking home the trophy.

In their final game of the season, the Lynx baseball team wrapped up their first-ever run at the USCAA Small College World Series with a 6-3 loss to No. 5 Penn State-Greater Allegheny in the tourney held in Butler, Pa.

The Lynx wrapped up the 2013 season at a program-best 25-20 record and their first trip to the USCAA Small College World Series. The Lynx posted a team batting average of .306 on the season, breaking the .300 mark for the first time.

Softball

Cougars fall in OVC tournament

CHARLESTON -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville softball's run through the run Ohio Valley Conference Tournament ended with a 7-1 loss to Tennessee-Martin.

The Cougars, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, completed the OVC Tournament with a 35-13 record. SIUE exits the tournament with the best overall winning percentage (.729) in the conference.

Alex McDavid led SIUE with three hits and improved her season batting average to .425. McDavid scored SIUE's only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh when Samantha Stanicek doubled her home.

Stanicek capped off an outstanding tournament with her seventh hit in three games. She was named to the All-Tournament team.

"I'm very happy for her," said coach Sandy Montgomery. "She has worked hard and really stepped up. She has done a lot of good things for our program. She handled Haley (Chambers) as a freshman and Erin (Greenwalt) as a junior. And she obviously clicked with Amanda (Lambrecht) over the past two seasons.

Greenwalt took the loss for the Cougars and is 11-6 overall. Lambrecht threw the final 3 2/3 in relief.

Women's tennis

Edwardsville senior signs with Lynx

BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood University - Belleville women's tennis team has signed Edwardsville native Casey Bonham for the 2013-14 season.

Bonham is currently a senior at Edwardsville High School. This past year, she was won six matches in doubles at the IHSA State Tennis Tournament, finishing in the top ten. Bonham has helped her team to a ninth-place overall finish at the Illinois State Tournament this season. In addition, she guided her team to a school-record 26 dual match wins and an appearance at the Southwestern Conference and Sectional Championships.

Bohman was named First Team Doubles, Belleville News-Democrat All-Area team and First Team All-Southwestern Conference this year as a senior.

Coach Adam Reeb is looking forward to the energy and enthusiasm Boham will bring to the Lady Lynx program.

"She is a superb athlete who plays an aggressive style, especially in doubles," said Reeb. "Bonham comes from a great program at Edwardsville High School, so she is used to high expectations and striving for excellence, and she will definitely bring that mentality here to Lindenwood-Belleville."

Women's lacrosse

Bearcats earn all-conference honors

LEBANON -- The McKendree University women's lacrosse team had six players earn All-Conference honors.

Freshmen attackers Rianne Holzmeyer and Bree Suter, freshmen midfielders Shirley Boland and Sarah Collins, junior defender Sadie Delashmit , and freshman goalie Kelly Eastman (O'Fallon) were all honorable mention honorees in the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association in McKendree's inaugural women's lacrosse season in 2013.

"These six are well deserving of this honor," said head coach Brittany Poist. "I expect that this will only be the first of many post-season awards each will receive during their lacrosse career here at McKendree."

Holzmeyer led the Bearcats with 26 goals and was second on the team with 28 points in 2013. She was also tied for 10th in league play with 1.8 goals/game in her first collegiate season.

Suter was second on the team with 24 goals, including six on free position shots, and third on the team with 26 points.

Boland led the Bearcats with 47 draw controls and was second with 34 ground balls, while also tallying 15 goals and tying for a team-high eight assists. She also caused a team-high 15 turnovers and was ranked third in league play with 2.8 ground balls/game.

Collins was third on the team with 21 goals scored and tied with Boland with a team-high eight assists. She led McKendree with eight goals on free position shots and was second on the team with 13 caused turnovers. Collins was also ranked ninth with 0.86 assists/game in league play. Collins also etched her name in school history back on February 23 by scoring McKendree's first ever goal in a 16-1 win over Fontbonne University.

Delashmit, also a women's soccer player at McKendree, recorded 11 ground balls and tied for fourth on the team with seven caused turnovers to earn an honorable mention nod at defender.

Eastman posted a 1-14 record overall in the cage and recorded 139 saves, which ranks her second all-time in league history. Eastman led the Bearcats with 40 ground balls and was ranked second in the league with 9.7 saves/game and three ground balls/game.

McKendree finished its inaugural season with a record of 1-14 overall and 0-10 in conference play.

Women's golf

Coguars sign two local golfers

EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville coach Jennifer Jakel has announced a pair of signees. Miranda Lidisky (Belleville East) and Heather McDaniel (Pinckneyville) each have signed National Letters of Intent to play at SIUE.

"I'm excited to welcome Miranda and Heather to our program," Jakel said. "They both are talented players who have had success on and off the course."

Lidisky will graduate from Belleville East High School. She is a two-time Metro East Golf Coaches Association Player of the Year (2011-2012). Lidisky was a four-time All-Southwestern Conference selection (2009-2012). She was the medalist at the Southwestern Conference tournament each year 2010-2012. She earned medalist honors seven other times during her career.

Lidisky also was an IHSA State Qualifier in 2011 and 2012 when she finished ninth and was selected first team All-State.

She served as team captain for the Lancers as a junior and senior. She earned a scoring average of 79.7 during tournament play as a senior.

The valedictorian of her graduating class of 550 students, Lidisky's academic achievements are numerous. She also was selected as an Illinois State Scholar, winner of the Belleville East Scholar Athlete Character Award, a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Math Honor Society, and English Honor Society.

McDaniel played at Pinckneyville High School and was a four-year starter. She was named to the All-State team each year from 2010 to 2012. She was chosen as the team's Most Valuable Player each of her four seasons. She also was a three-year varsity starter for the Panthers basketball team.

McDaniel was a four-year member of the Honor Roll at Pinckneyville and was inducted into the Beta Cub in 2012.

Men's golf

SIUE sophomore sets scoring record

EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville sophomore Colin McCarty set a new season scoring average record, and that was just one of the highlights to the 2012-2013 men's golf season, its first as a full-fledged NCAA Division I member.

Colin McCarty broke his brother Neal's record by more than half a stroke. Colin finished the season with a 72.1 average while Neal turned in an average of 72.7 during the 2009-2010 season. The record season marked an improvement of 4.5 strokes from Colin's freshman season.

Following the season, McCarty was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference team and was twice selected as the OVC men's Golfer of the Week. He earned medalist honors on two separate occasions at Austin Peay's F&M Bank Intercollegiate in October and tying for the top spot at Tennessee State's Big Blue Intercollegiate in April.

Fellow sophomore Mitchell Homb also improved his scoring average from his freshman campaign. Homb shaved 1.3 strokes off his average for a 75.2 average this season, which also ranks as the 16th lowest season average in school history.

McCarty, Homb, Taylor Cox, Grant Wynia, and Taylor White-the five individuals who represented the Cougars at the OVC Championships- all improved their scoring average from the previous season.

As a team, the Cougars enjoyed their best 54-hole total score in school history with an 853 at the Tennessee State Big Blue Intercollegiate. SIUE's second round score of 282 at Tennessee State was the second lowest 18 hole-score in school history. The team enjoyed four top five finishes and individual players carded 34 separate rounds under par during the year.

The Cougars will open up the 2013-14 season with the SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational Presented by Doubletree Sept. 9-10 at Sunset Hills Country Club. SIUE won its home event in 2011.

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