Local college briefs

April 22, 2014 

Men's golf

McKendree falls in semifinals

COLUMBUS, Ind. -- The McKendree University men's golf team was defeated by the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Tuesday morning in one of the match play semifinal contests at the 2014 Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships. The three-day event is being held at Otter Creek Golf Club in Columbus, Ind.

The Bearcats dropped four of the five head-to-head individual matches against the Tritons in match play as UMSL won by a 4.5-0.5 count. McKendree was able to register a half-point when senior Lewis Martintied Anthony Cope of UMSL in the No. 4 match as each posted a round of 79.

Playing in the No. 1 match, sophomore Nathan Nottrott (Collinsville) lost by seven strokes to Colby Yates. Senior Cody Rhymer was defeated by five strokes in the No. 2 contest by Jolien dePoyen, who shot the only sub-par round of the match with a 71. Sophomore Tyler Hermes (Collinsville) fell by three strokes to Warren Crow of UMSL at the No. 3 position as Hermes registered a round of 81.

Senior Garrett Sneed battled Joe Atkisson of the Tritons down to the wire at No. 5 before being edged by two strokes. Sneed carded a round of 76, which tied Rhymer for the lowest round of the day for McKendree.

The Bearcats earned their spot in the match play semifinals by finishing third over 54 holes of stroke play Sunday and Monday at Otter Creek. McKendree posted a team score of 875, which was just 11 strokes over par for the tournament.

The University of Indianapolis, which was the top seed heading into match play on Tuesday, successfully defending its GLVC title from 2013 by defeating fourth-seeded Lewis University 4.5-0.5 in the other match play semifinal contest before rallying to take down UMSL 3-2 in the championship match.

Women's golf

Cougars move up to eighth place

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. - Brooks White remains among the top 20 and the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's golf team has moved up to eighth after the second round of competition at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship completed Tuesday at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals.

The Cougars combined to shoot 331 in the second round. SIUE leapfrogged Eastern Illinois into eighth place. Eastern Kentucky has maintained the lead in the team competition with a 599. Murray State has a 605 and moved into second place, one stroke ahead of Jacksonville State.

White is tied for 19th after knocking a stroke off her first round score, shooting a 78 during round two. She has a combined 157. The biggest move of the day for the Cougars came from Ashton Stair. After a first-round 85, Stair fired a 77 Tuesday. Her combined 162 has vaulted her into a tie for 29th. Molly Marcum has a 171 and is tied for 39th place. Brittney Jostes is tied for 43rd with a 174. Alison Gorman has a 186 and is tied for 47th place.

The top three individuals remained unchanged with Murray State's Delaney Howson leading the field with a 139. Eastern Kentucky's Anna Gleixner is second with a 145. Jacksonville State's Anne Kathrin Albrecht is third with a 146.

The Cougars will tee off for Wednesday third and final round beginning at 8:50 a.m.

Softball

McKendree earns split with Prairie Stars

SPRINGFIELD -- The McKendree University softball team rallied to earn a 3-2 win at University of Illinois Springfield in game one on Tueday, but fell in game two, 1-0, to split the conference doubleheader.

The Bearcats are now 17-27 overall and 10-20 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and travel to Romeoville, on Saturday, April 26 for a GLVC doubleheader at noon.

The Prairie Stars jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning, but McKendree scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-2 lead and held on for the win in game one.

Junior relief pitcher Kelsie Stoszkus (O'Fallon) only allowed two hits over the final two innings to lead the Bearcats to the win. Stoszkus improved to 7-8 overall with the win and had three strikeouts, while Nauman had three hits and two RBI in the win.

Game two was scoreless for five and a half innings, until Illinois Springfield scored a single run in the bottom of the sixth and held on to take game two 1-0.

McKendree was unable to find its rhythm offensively in game two and only picked up four hits in the loss. Four players each had one hit, and junior relief pitcher Susan Goetze fell to 4-7 overall with the loss, but had six strikeouts.

Bass fishing

Bearcat anglers claim big bass prize

CARLYLE -- The McKendree University bass fishing team had three teams finish in the top four and also reeled in the biggest bass prize at the Carlyle Lake Open.

The Bearcats will return Saturday to Carlyle Lake to compete at the FLW Tournament Series Central Conference Qualifier. Take-off is at first light with weigh-in's beginning at 3 p.m.

The duo of junior Phillip Germagliotti (Highland) and sophomore Derrik Starrett (Alton Marquette) brought home first place with four fish weighing in at 7.01 pounds. The team of junior Dustin Pendegraft (Lebanon) and freshman Curtis Lilly finished as runner-up with one fishing weighing in at 4.02 pounds, which also claimed the big bass prize for Pendegraft. Senior Adam Brookman (Mount Vernon) and sophomore Reece Ellerbusch rounded out McKendree's finishers with a fourth place finish with two fish weighing in at 3.28 pounds.

McKendree ranks No. 14 in nation

LEBANON -- The McKendree University bass fishing team recently jumped 50 places in the latest Association of Collegiate Anglers Cabela's School of the Year standings to 14th place.

The program is built to reward teams that compete with the ACA in the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, as well as select national Carhartt College B.A.S.S and FLW events. The respective championship events for each series will count towards the Cabela's School of the Year program as well. In addition to the three national collegiate fishing trails, the ACA will also award points for select ACA-sanctioned events throughout the season. There are currently 209 collegiate teams that have scored points in the latest standings.

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