Local college sports briefs

March 25, 2014 

Bass fishing

Bearcats duo places 10th in qualifier

(KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. -- The McKendree University bass fishing duo of Phillip Germagliotti (Highland) and Dustin Pendegraft (Lebanon) finished in 10th Place at the FLW Central Conference Qualifier on Table Rock Lake this weekend to earn themselves a spot at the FLW Invitational Tournament on Kentucky Lake in September.

The bass fishing team will head back out on the water on April 4-5 to compete at the Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tenn.

Germagliotti and Pendegraft weighed in a five-fish limit weighing in at 10 pounds-five ounces to finish in 10th place, and were only four ounces short of a ninth place finish. They were one of only 10 tems in the 46 boat field to weigh in a full five fish limit.

Baseball

McKendree falls at home to Maryville

LEBANON -- The McKendree University baseball team kicked off a seven-game home stand Tuesday with a 4-1 loss to the Maryville Saints at Hypes Field.

The Bearcats led 1-0 after six innings of play, but the visiting Saints rallied for three runs in the seventh inning and added an insurance tally in the eighth to pull away for the non-conference victory. McKendree slips to 5-10 overall and will host the University of Southern Indiana in a four-game Great Lakes Valley Conference series Saturday and Sunday in Lebanon. First pitch for both doubleheaders is set for noon each day.

Freshman lefty Mitchell Langenhorst (Breese Mater Dei) did not give up a hit in his one-plus innings of work, but he walked four and allowed two earned runs in picking up the loss on the mound for McKendree.

The Bearcats and Saints will square off for the third and final time April 30 in St. Louis.

LU-Belleville has home game Wednesday

PRINCETON, Ind. -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville baseball team defeated Oakland City University 11-1 on Sunday.

Sean KeeneyandDrew Fairled the Lynx at the plate with three hits apiece.Trey Meier,Jake Degener, and Fair each picked up two RBIs in the victory.

Joe Phelps(4-2) picked up the victory for the Lynx after going all nine innings, allowing just four hits while striking out 11.

With the win, the Lynx improved to 15-8 on the season, winners of their last seven games.

LU-Belleville returns to action Wednesday afternoon when they host William Woods University, first pitch is scheduled for 12 pm at GCS Ballpark.

Cougars sweep Murray State

MURRAY, Ky. -- Three Southern Illinois University Edwardsville pitchers combined to shut out Murray State as SIUE swept the three-game Ohio Valley Conference series with an 8-0 win Sunday at Reagan Field.

Skyler Geissinger was 3 for 4 with the pair of RBIs. Chase Green was 3 for 5 with the RBI and a run scored. Green was 6 for 13 (.462) with eight RBIs and three runs scored for the series.

SIUE improved to 7-2 in the OVC and is tied for first in the league with Southeast Missouri. The Cougars are 9-12 overall. Murray State dropped to 4-5 in OVC play and also is 9-12 overall.

Granite grad doing well at SIUC

CARBONDALE -- Granite City High graduate Cody Daily, a senior at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is leading the Salukis in hitting at .351 after a recent torrid stretch.

The designated hitter-first baseman is hitting .351 through 21 games with five doubles, one home runs and eight RBIs. He leads the Salukis (13-9) in hits (27) and on-base percentage (.435).

Daily hit .500 (8-for-16 during a three-game sweep of Purdue last weekend. He is 12-for-22 (.545) in his last five games with four RBIs and a double in each game.

Daily starred at Granite City and Southwestern Illinois College before signing with the Salukis.

Women's basketball

Highland grad helps Arizona win

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Highland graduate and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville transfer Katie Hempen was the leading scorer for Arizona State (23-10) in its first-round NCAA Tournament upset of Vanderbilt.

In a 69-61 victory Saturday, the 5-foot-9 redshirt sophomore guard had 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting. She drained four of her five 3-point attempts and also had two assists.

The Sun Devils' season ended with an 84-67 loss Monday night to Notre Dame in Toledo, Ohio. Hempen had four points in that game.

Hempen played in all 33 games and was a starter in seven, tied for second on the team in scoring at 8.3 points per game. Hempen's 44 3-pointers also ranked second on the team and she had 48 assists and 27 steals.

Hempen was chosen as ASU's Most Improved Player following the 2012-13 season despite only being allowed to practice with the team after transferring from SIUE.

Mater Dei grad contributes for DePaul

CHICAGO -- The DePaul women's basketball team on Monday night they went into Cameron Indoor Stadium and took down Duke to reach the NCAA's Tournament's Sweet 16.

DePaul reached the tournament's third weekend for just the third time in school history, getting there by upsetting Duke 74-65.

One of DePaul's players is former Mater Dei High all-state basketball and volleyball player Brooke Schulte, a redshirt freshman guard.

This season, Schulte has played in 23 of the team's 35 games, scoring 28 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. The resident of Germantown averages a little under five minutes per game and is 3-for-10 on 3-pointers.

Schulte played in seven games in 2012-13, then suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and missed the rest of the season.

Men's golf

Cougars finish sixth in tourney

PRIMM, Nev. -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville golf finished sixth of 15 teams at South Dakota State's Jackrabbit Invitational completed at the Desert Course at the Primm Valley Golf Club.

The Cougars finished with a 900 and were just two strokes out of the top four. UNLV claimed top team honors with an 845. Utah Valley combined had an 865 to finish second. Oral Roberts was third with an 887. Utah State finished fourth with an 898.

Individually, Taylor Cox and Jordan Peters each finished tied for 23rd with a 225. Mitchell Homb had a 227 to tie for 32nd. Taylor White tied for 35th with a 228. Grant Wynia was tied for 63rd place with a 237.

Kurt Kitayama of UNLV earned medalist honors with a 209.

The men are back in action April 7-8 at the Arkansas State Red Wolves Intercollegiate in Jonesboro, Ark.

Men's volleyball

Park University defeats Bearcats

(PARKVILLE, Mo. -- The McKendree University men's volleyball team was swept in a best-of-five match at Park University. The host Pirates took the contest by scores of 25-17, 25-14 and 25-16.

The contest marked the final road game of the 2014 season for McKendree, which is sponsoring its inaugural season of men's volleyball. The Bearcats are now 8-20 overall and will play the final two matches of the year at the Harry M. Statham Sports Center, beginning with a 3 p.m. first serve on Friday against Quincy University.

Men's cross country

East harrier signs with LU-Belleville

BELLEVILLE -- Lindenwood University-Belleville coach Tammy Accola Newell have announced the signing of Malik Ware for the 2014 season.

Ware is a Belleville native and is set to graduate from Belleville East High School this spring. Along with being on the cross country team at Belleville East, Ware was on the honor roll for three years and participated in Talent Search.

The Lynx also announced the signing of Timothy Anderson for next season.

Anderson is set to graduate from Ben Davis High School this spring.

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