Local college sports briefs

McKendree does well in bass tourney

The McKendree University bass fishing team overcame some bad luck last weekend for a stong finish at the FLW Kentucky Lake Open in the Cabela’s Big Bass Bash.

McKendree had three outboards go down and one boat fishing without a trolling motor. One member of the team purchased a new boat, one replaced his outboard, one fished with his trolling motor only due to an inoperable engine, while another had no trolling motor at all during the event. To overcome all of these obstacles and still fish ahead of 136 talented teams was a very solid performance.

Competing in the largest collegiate bass fishing event ever held, the FLW event featured 388 of the best collegiate anglers in the country. There were 194 teams from 91 different schools and 26 states. There were teams from as far away as Washington, New York, New Jersey, and Colorado.

The McKendree team of Jordan Ledbetter (Carlyle) and Trent Robinson caught a nice limit of fish on day two of the event to up their total weight for both days to 16 pounds, 13 ounces. This helped McKendree to land 58th place in the 194-team event.

SIUE pitcher honored by Ohio Valley

After throwing a perfect game with 20 strikeouts Sunday, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville softball’s Haley Chambers has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week.

This is the fourth OVC Pitcher of the Week honor for the junior left-hander this season. She has earned OVC Pitcher of the Week honors a total of 10 times in her collegiate career.

Chambers threw her second perfect game in school history at Morehead State on 87 pitches. Her 20 strikeouts are one shy of the NCAA Division I record in a seven-inning game of 21 set by Michele Granger of California in 1991. The 20-strikeout effort is the best in the nation this season and is believed to be a single-game record in the OVC.

Chambers, who holds a 13-3 record with a 1.24 earned run average, struck out 17 straight batters to start the game. Morehead State’s only non-strikeout was a fly ball to left field with two outs in the sixth inning.

SIUE, 23-6 overall, next plays Missouri State. The Cougars and the Bears are slated for a 4 p.m. start Wednesday.

AMC recognizes Lynx first baseman

Lindenwood Unversity-Belleville junior Dylan Skinner has been named the American Midwest Conference Player of the Week after picking up 15 hits last week.

The first baseman collected 15 hits in six games — including three four-hit games — hitting .578 during the week. In six games — a double header against Oakland City University, a single game against No. 18 University of Illinois, and three games against Park University — Skinner collected hits against teams that compete in the NAIA, NCAA Division II, and NCAA Division I.

Now hitting a team best .381, Skinner has collected 32 hits on the season with seven doubles and three triples.

McKendree thinclads have two meets

The McKendree University men’s track and field team will compete in the pair of meets this weekend.

On Friday, McKendree will be at the Washington University Invitational in St. Louis. The Bearcats then head to Fayette, Mo., on Saturday for the Central Methodist University Open. McKendree kicked off the outdoor portion of its 2014-15 season last weekend at the Alabama Relays.

LU-Belleville falls to No. 3 Missouri Baptist

The Lindenwood University–Belleville men’s volleyball team took No. 3-ranked Missouri Baptist to the limit Monday night in Lynx Arena.

The Spartans prevailed 25-9, 20-25, 25-12, v25-27, 15-12 in an epic contest.

With the lossm the Lynx fall to 17-12 on the season and 1-5 in conference play. The Spartans improve to 18-6 and stay perfect at 5-0 in conference play. The Lynx will finish up the regular season Thursday when they host Hannibal-LaGrange. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

Cougars game with Indiana State rained out

Due to inclement weather, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s baseball game Tuesday against Indiana State originally scheduled for 6 p.m. at Simmons Baseball Complex has been canceled.

There currently are no plans to reschedule the game.

The Cougars were set to meet the Sycamores in the first of two midweek games. SIUE is scheduled to face Evansville Wednesday night at Simmons Complex. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.

SIUE is 8-1 and in second place in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Cougars are 8-10 overall.

SIUE drops dual match to Salukis

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s women’s golf team came up on the short side of a battle of SIU golf programs. Southern Illinois University Carbondale won Sunday’s dual match 289-311.

The Salukis’ Kris Grimes earned medalist honors with a 71.

Madison Frerking and Alison Gorman each scored a 77. Ashton Stair finished with a 78. Brittney Jostes scored a 79. Molly Marcum finished with an 82. Heather McDaniel, who competed as an individual finished at 83.

SIUE will be back in action at SIU Carbondale’s Saluki Invitational this Sunday and Monday.