Local college sports briefs

May 26, 2014 

— Juan Farrow, a member of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Athletics Hall of Fame, entered the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Hall of Fame in an induction ceremony Wednesday in Athens, Georgia.

The Class of 2014 includes coaches Billy Chadwick (Mississippi), Timon Corwin (Kalamazoo), and James Wadley (Oklahoma State U); players Matt Anger (USC), Alex Kim (Stanford), and Farrow (SIUE); and contributor, Doug Conant (Northwestern).

A three-time NCAA Division II singles champion in 1977, 1978, and 1980, Farrow was a part of three consecutive national championships for the Cougars from 1978 to 1980. SIUE placed second at the 1977 Division II Championships.

Farrow was an eight-time Division II All-American in singles and doubles and a Division I All-American in singles during the 1980 season. He also was a member of the U.S. Under-21 Davis Cup team.

Prior to his collegiate career, Farrow was the No. 1-ranked junior player in both 1971 and 1973.

The ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, housed at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex, was opened in 1983 and has inducted more than 200 players, coaches and contributors. The ITA Hall of Fame museum displays over 2,000 rare photos and memorabilia. Its members include the late Arthur Ashe (UCLA), Jimmy Connors (UCLA), John McEnroe (Stanford) and Coach Dick Gould (Stanford). The ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame is located at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.


SIUE eliminated from OVC tourney

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Jacksonville State scored three times in the top of the ninth inning to earn a come-from-behind 7-5 win over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the first elimination game of the Ohio Valley Conference baseball tournament.

"This was a tough game," SIUE coach Tony Stoecklin said. "I thought both teams were competitive. They just got a couple of more hits than we did when it counted."

SIUE ends its season at 21-33 overall. Jacksonville State improves to 31-25 and advances to play Friday.

With the end of the season came the end of SIUE's Jake Stauffenberg and Devin Caldwell's career.

"They are two great kids who get to leave, as far as I am concerned, on top," Stoecklin said of his seniors. "The program is better for having them. They have made a positive impact on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. They are just great kids all around."

Stoecklin admitted that reaching the conference tournament was a goal for the program, but emphasized that his team was not satisfied.

"I am happy to make the tournament, but I am not content," he said. "I expected more. We expect to get back next year and go deeper in this thing."

JACKSON, Tenn. -- Three members of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's baseball team were honored as part of the All-Ohio Valley Conference teams announced.

Junior pitcher Ryan Daniels (first team), senior outfielder Devin Caldwell (second team), and freshman designated hitter Keaton Wright (All-Freshman team) were honored for their 2014 seasons. All three players are first-time honorees.

The Cougars' No. 1 starter all season, Daniels finished the regular season 7-0 with a 3.36 earned run average, which was fifth-best in the OVC. His four complete games tied for the most in the league. He is third in the league with 91 innings pitched and eighth with 64 strikeouts. His selection marks only the second time an SIUE player has earned first team honors, joining Dustin Quattrocchi in 2012.

Caldwell has started every game for the Cougars in right field. He finished the regular season third on the team with a .317 batting average. His 10 home runs are tied for fifth-most in the OVC and his 17 doubles are tied for sixth-most. He has 33 RBIs and is ninth in the OVC with a .563 slugging percentage. Caldwell became the school's all-time home run leader earlier this season and has 33 career long balls. He currently is tied for second in SIUE history with 57 doubles, three doubles away from breaking that record.

Wright has appeared in 50 of the Cougars' 52 games this season and has made 42 starts as the designated hitter. He is fifth on the team with a .301 batting average and has three home runs and 23 RBIs. His team-high 40 walks are eighth-most in a single season at SIUE and he is fourth in the OVC with an on-base percentage of .450. Wright is the second Cougar player to be recognized on the All-Freshman team. Skyler Geissinger earned the honor last season.

Men's tennis

SIUE falls in OVC tourney

PADUCAH, Ky. -- Fourth-seeded Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was defeated in theOhio Valley Conferencemen's tennis tournament quarterfinals 4-0 by Morehead State.

The Cougars completed the season with an 11-10 record and a 5-4 mark in OVC play. It was the first appearance for SIUE in the OVC Men's Tennis Championship as well as the program's first winning season since the 2007-2008 season.

"This was a good experience for our guys, qualifying for the postseason," said SIUE coach Jason Coomer. "With losing one player off the roster, we know we can get back here next season."

Morehead State, the No. 5 seed overall, improved to 10-9 overall. The Eagles raced out to an early lead by winning two of three doubles match for the first team point of the match.

"It was not the way we had envisioned it coming out today," said Coomer. "We were disappointed with the start we got off to."

Jack Swindell lifted the Eagles by winning No. 1 singles over SIUE'sNicolas Vincent6-4, 6-2. Giovanni Samaha defeated SIUE'sMatthew Hutchinson6-3, 6-3. David Clifford downedsenior Jacob Tanulanondat No. 5 singles 6-4, 6-3.

"We are thankful to have had Jacob for four seasons. He has helped build a solid foundation for the team moving forward," said Coomer.

Men's basketball

Two Cougars visit center

EDWARDSVILLE -- Two Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's basketball student-athletes, along with Assistant Coach Mitch Gilfillan, traveled recently to the Leu Civic Center in Mascoutah for an afternoon of fun with area children.

The children took part in a question and answer session with junior Kris Davis, sophomore Grant Fiorentinos, and Coach Gilfillan. The three then conducted a 30-minute instructional clinic, before participating in games with the children.

"Our student-athletes had a wonderful time at the Leu Civic Center," Gilfillan said. "We appreciated the opportunity to spend quality time with the children while stressing the importance of school, listening to your teachers and doing your homework."

The Leu Civic Center is a United Way organization. According to its website, the Leu Civic Center plans, organizes and executes recreational, social and family support activities to bring people together, build friendships, foster a strong sense of belonging to the community, and develop community pride for the betterment of the community as a whole.

"We were able to teach them basketball drills that focus on fundamentals but also are fun to work on," Gilfillan said. "Without a doubt, the experience was mutually beneficial."

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