Softball split in Florida: The Illinois State softball team split a pair of games on Friday’s first-day play of the NFCA Leadoff Classic at Clearwater, Fla. The Redbirds fell to Michigan, 11-9, in 10 innings before rebounding with a 3-2 win over Hofstra to even their record at 6-6.
Michigan (8-2) scored three runs in the top of the 10th inning to defeat ISU. Jhavon Hamilton had three hits and three RBIs, while Laura Canopy and Stephanie Gallant plated two each to lead the Redbirds. Regan Romshek (2-4) worked 9 1/3 innings in the loss.
ISU scored three times in the fifth inning to get the win over Hofstra. Lauren Kellar had two RBIs to back the six-hit pitching of winning pitcher Taylor Baxter (3-2).
Baseball falls: ISU (2-2) managed just six hits in a 9-4 loss to Austin Peay (4-1) at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville, Tenn.
Redbirds starter Brad Sorkin (1-1) lasted four innings and allowed five runs, four earned, with two walks and one strikeout.
Eric Aguilera homered, doubled and drove in three runs to lead ISU.
Women’s golf signs two: Renee Solberg of Wheaton Warrenville South and Maggie Ambrose of Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin have signed national letters of intent to play golf for the ISU women’s team.
Solberg was an all-state selection as a senior after placing fourth at the Class AA State Tournament, leading her team to 10th place.
Ambrose was selected the State-Journal Register Golfer of the Year. She averaged 79.2 strokes per round her junior year. Ambrose placed 13th at the state tournament, leading the Cyclones to third place.
Three net All-Academic cross country: Three Illinois Wesleyan women runners earned Division III All-Academic Cross Country status, announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Seniors Elise Anderson and Rachael Williams and junior Carmin Beck were among 201 student-athletes representing the 104 institutions that compose the group. To qualify, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most recent semester and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional.
Eureka men win SLIAC semifinal: Senior center Mark Lessen scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Eureka College to a 77-72 victory over Westminster in the semifinals of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday at Louisville, Ky.
The Red Devils improved to 18-8 and will face top-seeded host Spalding in today’s 6 p.m. title game. Eureka is seeking its first trip to the NCAA Division III tournament.
Lessen named SLIAC’s top player: Earlier Friday, Lessen was named the SLIAC’s player of the year after averaging 19.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
The Delavan native added a league-leading 49 blocked shots. He was also named to the league’s all-conference first team and the all-defensive team.