Local college briefs

May 21, 2013 

Men's basketball

LU-Belleville sign three recruits

BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood University - Belleville men's basketball team has signed Jakob Holland, Mitch Postle and Darius Holman for the 2013-14 season.

Holland will transfer from Delta Community College in Michigan where he averaged 12 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 40 percent from the three-point line. In addition, the 6-foot-7 forward has received all-conference honors both seasons at Delta. Holland's strength impressed the LU - Belleville coaching staff and they look for him to be able to defend the opponent's biggest players.

"He is a huge matchup problem for opponents with his ability to score in the paint and stretch the defense with his outside shot," said assistant coach Curtis Wilkerson. "He plays with the toughness and edge that we're looking for in our forwards and we expect big things from him over the next two seasons."

Postle joins the Lynx from San Joaquin College in California where he averaged 12 points per game and eight rebounds per game while garnering all-conference honors. The 6-8 center helped guide his team to the Elite 8 of the CCCAC Tournament.

"Postle has an extremely high basketball IQ and is very skilled for his size," said Wilkerson. "He brings an element to the program that we have never had and I have no doubt he will make a huge impact for us right away."

The third signee is Holman, a 6'5" guard from Kellogg Community College in Michigan. Holman averaged 12.5 points per game for the Bruins and earned Honorable Mention All-Conference. He will join his former Kellogg teammate, Steve Roper, on the Lynx squad next year.

"Darius is a very long and super athletic guard," said Wilkerson. "He can cover the length of the court fast and is very explosive around the rim. We expect him to provide a great spark for us on both ends of the floor."

Holland, Postle and Holman are the latest additions to what is shaping up to be the best recruiting class in program history which currently includes guards Jacobby Anderson, Brandon Ehlinger, and Tyler Lundeen.

Tennis

Lynx name coach for men's, women's teams

BELLEVILLE -- Lindenwood University-Belleville has announced the hiring of Mike Brasher as coach of the men's and women's golf program.

Brasher has been the coach at Lewis and Clark Community College since 2008, spending the past five seasons developing a respected and competitive team in the strong Region 24.

Brasher is excited about the opportunity and is confident his experience at the junior college level has prepared him to take the next step in coaching.

"It will require a very aggressive approach in recruiting and a structured strength, conditioning and practice regimen," said Brasher. "We will be ready."

Brasher got his start twenty five years ago as the Head Golf Professional at Carmi Country Club and has been a PGA Class A member for twenty years.

The southeast Missouri native attended Three Rivers Community College on a basketball and baseball scholarship. Brasher will take over the Men's and Women's Golf program at Lindenwood - Belleville immediately as the Lynx prepare for the fall season. He is looking forward to working in the Belleville community and the working toward goals that benefit the program and the community.

"The focus and enthusiasm on athletics at all levels in the Belleville area is no secret and the Lindenwood reputation is second to none," said Brasher. "The combination of these two components ensures that the community will be watching us and will get behind us."

Softball

SIUE's McDavid named to region team

EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville sophomore Alex McDavid has been named to the first team All-Mideast Region team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

McDavid was honored as the top third baseman in the region for the second straight season. The Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year led the Cougars in several offensive categories. She powered SIUE with a .425 batting average, 65 hits, 10 home runs, 20 extra-base hits, and slugging percentage of .686.

"She was consistent all year and kept getting better as the season went on," said SIUE coach Sandy Montgomery. "Obviously becoming Player of the Year in our conference was a great accomplishment for her and our program. Being named first team All-Region validates her talent level and abilities."

Nine of McDavid's 10 home runs came against OVC opponents. She hit .465 in OVC play during the 2013 season and finished the season with the best overall batting average among conference players.

"She grew as a player and a hitter. She became more of a leader for us. She learned how to make adjustments at the plate," said Montgomery.

Three Lynx receive honors

BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood-Belleville softball team was recognized Sunday night for its success on and off the field. Stephanie Holiday, Mackenzie Foiles and Marquis Lozoya were named All-American, and Samantha Hutchinson and Meghan Bolen were named All-Academic.

For the second-consecutive season Stephanie Holiday was awarded All-American. After being named All-American in 2012, Holiday was named First Team All-American in 2013. Holiday finished the regular season with a 3.25 ERA and a 13-11 record. At the plate Holiday hit .326 with two home runs and 14 RBIs.

Mackenzie Foiles was also named First Team All-American for her success this season. A year after getting sidelined late in the season with a broken leg, Foiles came back and had a very successful season. Foiles hit .392, with a team leading nine homeruns and 28 RBIs. She also led the team with 38 hits and 15 walks.

Marquis Lozoya named All-American for the second consecutive season. Lozoya hit .330 on the season starting in a team leading 40 games. She has 35 hits, seven doubles, and 28 RBIs. In the field Lozoya has a .958 fielding percentage and four assists from left field.

The Lady Lynx were also awarded two All-Academic members for success in the classroom. Samantha Hutchinson and Meghan Bolen were named to the USCAA All-Academic team. To be named to the All-Academic team the student-athlete must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Baseball

Cougars end season with loss

EDWARDSVILLE -- Senior Matt Highland was 4 for 5 with two doubles and four RBIs Saturday, but No. 30 Austin Peay completed the sweep of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference baseball series with a 16-5 win over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at Raymond C. Hand Park at Clarksville, Tenn.

The Cougars finished the season 16-35 overall and10-20 in the OVC. Austin Peay, which has won 12 straight games, improved to 42-13 overall and 22-7 in the OVC. The Governors will be the No. 2 seed at this week's OVC Tournament.

"It was a tough season," SIUE interim coach Tony Stoecklin said. "This is not exactly how we wanted to end it.

"We started the season believing we were a conference tournament team," Stoecklin continued. "It didn't end up that way for various reasons."

Starter Sam Hopkins (1-7) took the loss for SIUE. He allowed six runs, four earned, on five hits over two innings.

Reed Harper, Cody Hudson, and Tommy Hager all had three hits for the Governors. Seven players in the Austin Peay lineup had at least two hits. Kevin Corey pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win in relief for APSU.

Seniors Travis Becherer and Joel Greatting both enjoyed a strong sendoff to their SIUE careers. Becherer was 3 for 4 with two runs scored. He also stole his 20th base of the year establishing a new career high. Greatting was 2 for 4. Greatting also pitched the eighth inning for the Cougars.

Senior pitchers also played a role Saturday. Brooks McDowell tossed 1/3 of an inning in relief. Drew Staples pitched two innings. Dylan Brown added 2 2/3 innings for the Cougars.

In all, nine seniors finished their Cougar careers in the game.

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