Local college sports briefs

April 30, 2014 

Baseball

West graduate sparks Bearcats

ST. LOUIS -- The McKendree University baseball team has put together its first three-game win streak of the season thanks to a 6-3 victory Wednesday afternoon at Maryville University.

Senior shortstop Tony Kossina (Belleville West) had three hits and scored a pair of runs, while senior outfielder Steven Todoschuk added two hits and two RBI as the Bearcats improved to 18-28 on the season. Freshman infielder Zach Klockowski continued to swing a hot bat as he added three hits for McKendree, which rapped out 14 hits in the non-conference win.

The Bearcats will head to Somers, Wis., this weekend to wrap up the 2014 season with a four-game series at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The teams will play Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday with first pitch each day coming at noon.

SIUE hands Quincy a defeat

EDWARDSVILLE -- Jacob Stewart and Chase Green each drove in a pair of runs Wednesday night as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville defeated Quincy 11-2 in nonconference baseball at Simmons Baseball Complex.

The Cougars evened their home record to 10-10 with the win. SIUE is 16-26 overall. Quincy fell to 22-25 overall.

Stewart was 3 for 4 with the pair of RBIs coming on a single with the bases loaded in the seventh. He also stole two bases and scored a run. Green finished with a single and a double. He walked with the bases load in the seventh and drove in another run with a groundout in the eighth. Green also stole two bases. Alec Saikal and Devin Caldwell each had two hits for SIUE. Caldwell drove in a run with double in the

Mike Miller (1-3) earned the win tossing a career-high 6 2/3 innings. He allowed a pair of runs in the first inning before settling down. He struck out two.

Lynx seeded No. 5 in A.I.I. Conference tourney

BELLEVILLE -- After finishing the regular season 34-12, the Lindenwood-Belleville baseball team Wednesday received the No. 5 seed at the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference Tournament in Lynn, Mass. The A.I.I. Conference Tournament will be the first NAIA postseason appearance in program history.

The Lynx have won 14 of their last 18 games and 26 of their last 29. The Lynx have outscored their opponents this season 299-159 and have a team ERA of 3.49. In the NAIA the Lynx rank seventh in fielding percentage at .970, 16th in stolen bases per game with 2.39, 22nd in total stolen bases with 110, 26th in steal attempts per game with 2.70, and 26th in RBIs per game with 5.8.

In first round action. LU-Belleville will take on No. 2 LSU-Alexandria at 1 p.m. Friday. The winner will take on the winner of the No. 3 Cal State-San Marcos and No. 4 Fisher College contest. Georgia Gwinnet received the No. 1 seed at this year's conference tournament after finishing the regular season at 44-9.

Softball

Nashville's Harre honored by MVC

CARBONDALE -- Nashville High graduate and Southern Illinois University Carbondale softball player Shaye Harre was named Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week after hitting .471 last week with a .706 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage.

Harre had a clutch two-out RBI in a 2-1 win over Wichita State, and had a double, a home run and five RBIs. Through 48 games, Harre is hitting .336 with 12 doubles, two triples, five homers and 42 RBIs.

Harre's 42 RBIs ranks second in the MVC and already ranks eighth in SIUC history. Among Saluki freshmen, only teammate Taylor Orsburn's 49 RBIs in 2011 is higher.

Harre is also 3-5 as a pitcher in 17 games. The Salukis (27-21) close out the regular season with a three-game home series this weekend against Indiana State.

Men's golf

LU-Belleville finishes second in A.I.I. tourney

BREMERTON, Wash. -- The Lindenwood-Belleville men's golf team used a great third round to finish second overall in A.I.I. Conference Tournament, their first NAIA postseason event in program history.

The third round saw the Lynx shoot a 296, which propelled them into second place. Joaquin Diaz and John Stimac led the Lynx in the third round finishing with 73 each. Murtagh shot a 74, while Connell finished with a 76.

LU-Belleville finished with a team score of 889 for the three rounds, which was four shots better than California State-San Marcos.

The Lynx placed two players on the A.I.I. All-Tournament. Brian Murtagh and Diaz were named to the All-Tournament team after finishing in the top five individually. Murtagh finished the event with rounds of 74-72-74, which was good enough for third overall. Diaz finished with rounds of 76-73-73, which was good enough for fifth overall. Stimac finished tied for seventh after finishing with rounds of 77-75-73. Colton Connell rounded out the top four for the Lynx finishing tied for 25thwith rounds of 75-83-76.

The Lynx will now wait to see if they will receive to an at large bid to the NAIA National Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Cougars finish sixth in OVC tournament

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. -- For the second consecutive year inclement weather has shortened the Ohio Valley Men's Golf Championship. Taylor Cox tied for 14th place and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville finished sixth in the 36-hole event at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals.

Play was halted twice because of lightning during the final round. The first delay came just after noon and lasted 1:34. Play was stopped just before 3 p.m. for good. Because there were four groups who hadn't yet completed nine holes, the scoring reverted to what it was at the end of the second round. The Championship was shortened to 36 holes last year and also in 2011.

The Cougars combined to shoot 598. Jacksonville State won the event with a 567, and earned the OVC's automatic bid to NCAA regionals.

Cox had a one-over par 73 Saturday and tied for 14th with a 145. Mitchell Homb tied for 20th with a 149. Taylor White finished at 151 and tied for 28th. Jordan Peters tied for 36th with a 153. Dalton Charboneau tied for 41st with a 156.

Women's bowling

McKendree season comes to an end

LEBANON -- The McKendree University women's bowling team saw its 2013-14 season come to an end with a loss to Stephen F. Austin University in the elimination bracket of the xBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships. The three-day event was held at the Reno Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev.

After splitting a pair of contests to open match play, McKendree arrived at the lanes for a meeting against Stephen F. Austin University. The Bearcats and Ladyjacks battled down to the wire in their best-of-seven Baker format contest. McKendree jumped out to a 3-1 lead before Stephen F. Austin rallied to win the final three games and the match to end the Bearcats' season.

"It was a tough way to end the tournament, but honestly they had a great tournament," said McKendree women's bowling coach Danielle Belobraydich. "I'm extremely proud of this team. They showed heart throughout the week and went down fighting. That's all you could ask out of a team."

With the loss, McKendree finishes ninth overall in the 16-team field at the xBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships. The Bearcats were making their 10th consecutive appearance at the national championship. Eight bowlers represented McKendree at the event: senior Lisa Graham (Collinsville); juniors Jodi Gawlik and Tegan Clinton; sophomores Samantha Hagerman, Emily Consevage (Belleville West) and Karlie Loop; and freshmen Lauren Krywy and Alison Warwick.

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