College update – May 16

The Anderson baseball team, playing in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, defeated Earlham in the first round and was trailing Rose-Hulman 5-0 in the second when pitcher Mark Garrett was called on to relieve.

The Center Grove graduate pitched six innings and allowed just four hits, three walks and one earned run. The Ravens rallied to win and then went on to defeat Manchester for the championship and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Regionals.

The junior lefthander has a 3-0 record with a 4.97 ERA and has given up only five earned runs in his past six appearances (19⅔ innings).

Center Grove

The Indianapolis softball team (45-12) won the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional, defeating Trevecca Nazarene, Ashland, and Trevecca Nazarene again. Natalie Lalich hit a two-run walk-off home run in the eighth inning in a 3-1 opening-round win against Trevecca. In the championship game, a 4-3 win, she hit a three-run home run in the third inning to give the Greyhounds a 3-0 lead. The sophomore had six hits in nine at-bats in the tournament and is hitting .355 (61 for 172) heading into the Super Regional against Missouri-St. Louis, the team that defeated them in extra innings for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament championship.

The Anderson softball team (31-11) lost to Simpson in the first round of the NCAA Division III Regional, defeated Illinois Wesleyan in its next game and was eliminated by Simpson in game three. Shelby Shaffer had five hits in 11 at-bats in the tournament and finished the season with a .394 batting average (41 for 104).

The Danville Community College baseball team (27-21) won four games against Spoon River; and Patrick Norris had five hits, four runs scored, one RBI and one stolen base in 14 at-bats and is hitting .283 (45 for 159).

The Grand Valley State baseball team (34-16) defeated Malone, Ohio Dominican and Ashland twice to win the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament and receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. Zach Anderson (5-2, 4.21 ERA) was the winning pitcher against Ohio Dominican, giving up just four hits, three walks and one earned run in 6⅔ innings and striking out two.

Brandon Gridley won eight of 19 faceoffs for the Purdue lacrosse team in a 22-8 loss to Grand Union.

Competing at Louisville in the Cardinal Twilight Track and Field Classic, Bellarmine’s Shelbi Dishman was 10th of 15 in the women’s 5,000 (19:22.74); and Rose-Hulman’s Ryan Meyer was sixth of 11 in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase (9:39.61).

Wisconsin’s Austin Mudd was sixth of nine runners in the 1,500 (3:52.96) at the All Wisconsin Track and Field Meet.

Xavier’s Delainey Burnett was 15th of 16 in the 10,000 (41:01.91) at the Big East Track and Field Championships.

Competing at the National Christian College Athletic Conference Tennis Championships, Indiana Wesleyan defeated McMurray 6-2, lost 5-0 to Shorter, won 5-0 against Northwestern Minnesota, and was eliminated 5-0 by Dallas Baptist. Diane Jones won two and lost two at No. 3 doubles and won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 6 singles against Northwestern Minnesota. She is one of five Wildcats named scholar-athletes by the NCCAA and is one of five IWU players to earn second team NCCAA All-American honors. Two Wildcats were named to the first team.

Franklin

Blake Thomas had one hit in eight at-bats for the Anderson softball team (31-11) in the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament and finished her season with a .396 batting average (44 for 111). The Ravens lost to Simpson, defeated Illinois Wesleyan and were eliminated by a second loss to Simpson.

Donnie Waters had four hits, one run scored and one RBI in 11 at-bats for the Rose-Hulman baseball team (26-16) in three games in the HCAC Tournament and finished the season with a .390 batting average (55 for 141). The Engineers defeated Manchester, lost to Anderson and lost a second game against Manchester.

Whiteland

Indiana State’s Danielle Muse finished second of 14 runners in the 1,500 (4:40.14) at the Eastern Illinois Last Chance Track and Field Twilight Meet.

Indianapolis’ Farin Hickman was second of seven in the shot put (43-10¾) and third of 12 in the hammer (191-8) at the Hillsdale Last Chance Track and Field Meet. At the Grand Valley Second to Last Chance Meet, she was third of 10 in the shot put (43-6) and second of 15 in the hammer (191-5); and at Grand Valley’s Last Chance Meet she was ninth of 13 in the shot put (41-6½) and fifth of 16 in the hammer (180-3). Teammate Melissa Rios was eighth in the 100-meter dash (12.48) at Hillsdale and fifth in the 200 (26.75) at Grand Valley.

The Liberty baseball team (31-19, 15-6) defeated Richmond and won one of three against Coastal Carolina. Ashton Perritt had two singles, one double, one run scored and one RBI in 14 at-bats and is hitting .282 (42 for 149).

Pitcher Cody Stewart has a 3-2 record with a 5.53 ERA for the Danville Community College baseball team (27-21).

Competing at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional, the Southern Indiana softball team defeated Grand Valley, lost to Missouri-St. Louis, defeated Wayne State and was eliminated by Missouri-St. Louis. Brooke Harmening had four singles, two doubles, two RBIs and one run scored in 13 at-bats and finished the season with a .362 (59 for 163) batting average. As a pitcher, she split four decisions in the tournament and finished the season with a 23-5 record and a 1.70 ERA.

Greenwood

The Iowa Western baseball team (49-5) defeated Muscatine and won twice against Indian Hills. Alex Krupa was 5 for 13 in the three wins, with one home run, two doubles, five runs scored and two RBIs, and is batting .464 (89 for 192).

Conner Morris pinch-hit successfully and scored a run for the Anderson baseball team (31-11) in a win against Rose-Hulman in the Heartland Conference Tournament, won by the Ravens. He is batting .304 (21 for 69).

The Georgia softball team (40-14) was eliminated 2-1 by Alabama in game two of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Brittany Gray was the losing pitcher for the Bulldogs, giving up three hits, four walks and two earned runs in six innings and striking out one. The freshman has a 14-6 record and a 2.24 ERA for the No. 14 seed heading into the NCAA Division I Tournament.

The IPFW softball team (3-45) lost 13-0 to IUPUI in the first round of the Summit League Tournament. Kelly Pevely was hitless in one at-bat and finished the season with a .221 batting average (23 for 104), third-best on the team. She led the team with four home runs and was second with 10 RBIs.

Alex Hammer and Ryan Hammer were the only Franklin tennis players named to the 14-member Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference first team.

Ohio Northern defeated Coe 5-3 in Round 1 of the NCAA Division III Tournament and lost 5-0 to DePauw in round two. Brittany Toney lost 6-0, 7-5 at No. 6 singles and 8-5 at No. 1 doubles to Coe and 6-0, 6-1 and 8-0 to DePauw.

Indian Creek

Indiana State’s Katie Wise won the 100-meter dash (11.46) and was a member of the winning 400-meter relay team at the Eastern Illinois Last Chance Track and Field Twilight Meet.

Franklin’s Anna Murdock was eighth of 17 in the 1,500 meters (4:44.57) at the Cardinal Twilight Track and Field Classic at Louisville.