ISU rallies for softball win: A four-run sixth inning Saturday propelled the Illinois State softball team to a 5-4 victory over Sam Houston State in the Getterman Classic at Waco, Texas.
A two-run homer by Elizabeth Kay capped the rally as ISU overcame a 2-0 deficit to up its record to 2-3.
Kay also drove home pinch runner Kaitlyn Knary with a single in the seventh. Kay was 3-for-4 with three RBI.
Freshman Regan Romshek, a GCMS grad, earned her first career pitching win. Romshek pitched 61/3 innings and allowed four runs, all earned, while striking out six and walking one.
ISU’s Brittny Drish singled in the second inning and has a hit in all five games. The freshman is 7-for-10 with two RBI. She also has walked and been hit by a pitch.
The Redbirds travel to Tempe, Ariz., next weekend for the Littlewood Classic.
Farley leads track team: Freshman Antonio Farley ran career-best times of 22.80 seconds in the 200-meter dash and 48.96 in the 400 to lead Illinois State in the Grand Valley State Big Meet at Allendale, Mich.
The Redbirds go to Purdue on Feb. 16 for the Boilermaker Invitational, the final tune-up before the Missouri Valley Conference Championships the following week.
Owerko leads IWU divers: Illinois Wesleyan sophomore Danielle Owerko placed fourth on the 3-meter board (263.80) and fifth on the 1-meter board (268.65) in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Diving Championships at IWU’s Fort Natatorium.
Helen Myers of Augustana won both the 1-meter (380.20) and 3-meter (370.40). Men’s winner was Samuel Gould of Rose-Hulman (386.00, 3-meter and 350.10, 1-meter).
Rock wins twice in track: Lauren Rock won the 200- (26.30) and 400-meter (58.43) dashes to highlight Illinois Wesleyan performances in the non-scored Monmouth College indoor track meet.
Also winning for IWU were Nia Joiner in the 60-meter dash (7.93) and Carmin Beck in the 3,000 (10:34.64).
Eureka men prevail: Eureka College senior center Mark Lessen of Delavan scored a game-high 22 points, while senior forward Dustin Fritsch led all players with 14 rebounds and scored the go-ahead putback in the final minute of a 68-66 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory over Fontbonne at Eureka.
Eureka won its eighth straight at home. Lessen added 11 rebounds and Fritsch scored 13 points. Jordan Kindred came off the bench for 12 points and four assists, while senior center D.T. Thornton of Normal West added 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting.
Eureka women fall short: The Eureka College women rallied from a 15-point deficit with 10:40 remaining to pull to within a point in the final minute before falling to Fontbonne 65-62 at Eureka.
Eureka High School graduate Caty Eeten scored all of her game-high 25 points in the second half for the Red Devils (13-8, 9-5). Freshman forward Kayla Bryant, also a Eureka grad, had a career-best 12 rebounds for the Red Devils.
A 26-2 run in the first half helped the Griffins (8-14, 7-6) to a 42-25 halftime lead.
Lynx women win: Ally Friday had 18 points and nine rebounds as the Lincoln College women’s basketball team won 68-65 in overtime over Lewis and Clark at Lincoln. Shannon Hall had 10 points for the Lynx (12-12, 2-4). Taylor Buliox led with 10 rebounds.
West products shine: Normal West High School graduates Eric Gordon and Bryce Basting had personal bests for Eastern Illinois’ track and field team in the Grand Valley State Big Meet at Allendale, Mich.
Gordon, a freshman, took third in the pole vault with a jump of 16 feet, 83/4 inches, third-best on Eastern’s all-time indoor list. Basting, a sophomore, took fourth in the mile in 4 minutes, 6.53 seconds, the fifth-best indoor time in EIU history.