Local college sports briefs

SIUE senior catcher added to Bench Award watch list

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville senior catcher Parker Guinn has been added to the Johnny Bench Award, presented by Baseball Savings, Watch List.

First awarded in 2000, the Johnny Bench Award honors the best catcher in college baseball. The initial nominations were announced in February and additions have been made since by The Greater Wichita Sports Commission.

The award presentation takes place in June. Past winners of the Johnny Bench Award include current Major Leaguers Kelly Shoppach (2001), Ryan Garko (2003), Kurt Suzuki (2004), Buster Posey (2008), and Mike Zunino (2012).

Guinn currently is hitting .276 and leads the team with seven home runs, which is fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference.

McKendree softball team makes changes to its schedule

The weekend schedule for the McKendree University softball team underwent some changes on Wednesday afternoon.

The doubleheader at Missouri S&T originally scheduled for Saturday, has been moved up to Friday at 1 p.m., and the doubleheader at Drury University originally scheduled for Sunday has also been moved and has been rescheduled for Saturday at 12 p.m.

SIUE softball team makes promotional video for beep ball

Imagine playing softball without the gift of your vision.

That’s exactly what the SIUE softball team did recently in a promotional video for Beep Ball.

Members of the St. Louis Firing Squad Beep Ball introduced the Cougars to the game which is set up similar to softball and baseball. The ball beeps not only so blindfolded batters can hear it being throw but also for the fielder’s so they can retrieve it. Once a ball is hit, runners advance to a padded base before a fielder is able to retrieve the ball.

“They explained the game to us, and we put the blindfolds on,” said SIUE coach Sandy Montgomery. “We tried it out and had the teams and spotters out there. It was extremely challenging.”

Beep Ball was created in 1964 by Charles Fairbanks as a way to bring the game to the visually impaired. The first Beep Ball World Series was played in Denver, Colorado, in 1995. There has been a World Series in every year from 2000 to the present.

For more information about Beep Ball or to play in MindsEye’s Beep Ball Tournament, call 618-394-6444.

LU-Belleville baseball coach picks up 100th victory in his career

Lindenwood University-Belleville Lynx coach Logan Johnson has reached another milestone in his coaching career as he picked up his 100th win with a double header sweep of Oakland City on Tuesday.

The Lynx (17-23, 10-11) came away with wins by scores of 3-1 and 3-2. Senior Andrew Williams (4-1) allowed just one run on three hits in the complete game effort. In game two, the Lynx came from behind in the extra inning win to grab the milestone win. Reliver Dylan Skinner shut the door in the ninth, striking out the final two batters to secure the win for the Lynx.

LU-Belleville has a three-game series on Friday and Saturday with Hannibal-LaGrange. On Saturday, the Lynx will be celebrating Senior Day prior to the first game at noon.

Evansville hands visiting Cougars a nonconference loss

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville dropped a 13-3 decision to Evansville in nonconference action Tuedsay at Braun Stadium.

Evansville improved to 17-15 with the win. The Cougars dropped to 12-17.

The Cougars will travel to Morehead State for a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series Friday-Sunday.

Lady Lynx sweep St. Louis College of Pharmacy

The Lindenwood University-Belleville Lady Lynx (21-19, 14-4) collected 25 hits in a doubleheader sweep of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Eutectics (4-20, 3-15) on Tuesday.

In game one the Lady Lynx won 16-0 in six innings and took a 12-1 win in six innings in the nightcap.

Bearcats men’s tennis team scores win at Lewis and Clark

The McKendree University men's tennis team ended its regular season on Tuesday with a 8-1 win at Lewis and Clark Comunity College.

The Bearcats will compete at the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament in Kansas CIty, Mo., on Friday against Drury University at noon.

LU-Belleville fall in last game of women’s lacrosse season

The Lindenwood University-Belleville Lady Lynx tied for their fourth highest scoring total on the season, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to Missouri Baptist Lady Spartans 24-9 in the final home game of the season.

Kendall Colston led the way with four goals and one assist but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Spartans scored seven of the final eight goals of the game to take the victory.

The Lady Lynx end the regular season with a 3-9 record after not winning a single game the previous season.

Trio of Lynx athletes take AMC Player of the Week Honor

Three Lindenwood University-Belleville Lynx athletes were recognized by the American Midwest Conference for the exceptional effort during competition this past week. Two golfers — Hannah Stradling and Brian Murtagh — both earned the recognition for their play at the Virginia McCoy Intercollegiate tournament and Jordan Haynes earned the field athlete of the week for track and field for finishing second in the shot put at the Billikin Invitational.

After claiming medalist honors at the Virginia McCoy Intercollegiate tournament, Murtagh has been named the American Midwest Conference Player of the Week. Helping the Lynx to a 27 stroke win, Murtagh shot the lone sub-70 round of the tournament to pick up a three stroke win over the rest of the field.

Murtagh and the Lynx will compete next at Brickyard Cross in Indianapolis Indiana as they near closer to the AMC Championships.

Stradling has collected her third player of the week honor of the year with a second place finish at the Virginia McCoy Intercollegiate tournament.

Stradling will compete next at Millikin University Invitational on Thursday and Friday at Scovett Golf Club.

Haynes has been named the field athlete of the week in the American Midwest Conference. Haynes is being recognized by the conference for taking second place at the Billiken Invitational this past weekend in a field of 27 competitors from the NAIA, NCAA Division I, II, and III levels.

During the event, Haynes recorded his best mark on his third attempt, with a throw of 51 feet, 2.75 inches. One of only two competitors to reach the 50-foot mark, Haynes bested the next best competitor by over two feet.

With the automatic national qualifying mar set at 15.6 meters, Haynes became the next athlete for Lindenwood-Belleville to qualify for nationals. Currently sitting 16th in the nation, Haynes is the lone athlete from the AMC to qualify for nationals in the shot put.

Haynes and the Lynx will travel next to Decatur, Illinois on Friday to compete in the Big Blue Invitational.