IWU wins CCIW
Brea Walker scattered five hits and struck out five as the Illinois Wesleyan softball team posted its third straight shutout in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament with a 1-0 victory over Millikin in Saturday's championship game at Workman Family Field in Decatur.
Maggie Graham scored the only run on Jillian Runyon's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning as the third-seeded Titans improved to 31-12 and earned the league's automatic bid into next week's NCAA Division III Tournament. Pairings will be announced Monday at noon.
Walker (14-4) followed up on two Friday shutouts by Mackenzie Marquis, holding the No. 1 Big Blue (32-12) to a double and four singles without issuing a walk.
Graham and Brittany Murphy each had two of IWU's six hits off Cathly Lebryk (15-5), who struck out two and walked one. Graham started the fifth with a leadoff single and took second on a throwing error. She moved to third on a Murphy single and scored on Runyon's fly to right.
O'Neil, golfers claim title: Conner O'Neil fired a 3-under par 68 to earn medalist honors as the IWU men's golf team finished a wire-to-wire victory in the CCIW Championship at Red Tail Run in Decatur.
The Titans posted a 285 team total in the final round to finish at 870, 22 strokes ahead of runner-up Millikin.
O'Neil finished his 54 holes in 1-under 215. He started the day trailing Carthage's Kyle Donovan by two but wound up beating him by three. IWU's Skylar LeVine placed third at 219.
Men's lacrosse surges to crown: Alex Doorenbos put IWU ahead to stay and the Titans outscored Carthage 6-1 in the fourth quarter to secure a 12-8 victory in the CCIW Tournament final at Kenosha, Wis.
Evan Mok-Lamme and Will Rossi each scored three goals for the Titans (15-3) while Michael Julius added two. Nick Winter, Bailey Marth and Tim Smith had one apiece and Steven Laduzinsky made 14 saves.
Women's lacrosse wins CCIW: Sam Bidlack scored the go-ahead goal with 8:45 to play and Sara Dust added her third score of the contest 91 seconds later as the IWU women's lacrosse team earned its first CCIW Tournament title with a 14-12 win over No. 1 seed Augustana at Rock Island.
Claudia Richman also had three goals for the Titans (14-5), while Bidlack matched Dani Engelbreit with two goals. Abby Kushina, Maggie Krause, Grainne Kelly and Amanda Best had the other tallies, with Krause adding a team-high three assists. Goaltender Claire Quist made three saves.
Baseball drops two: A run-scoring double by John Bosco in the fourth inning of the opener accounted for IWU's only run of the day as the Titans dropped a CCIW doubleheader at Wheaton.
The Thunder captured game one, 4-1, before three Wheaton pitchers limited IWU to four hits for a 3-0 victory in the nightcap. With their sixth straight loss, the Titans closed the regular season at 20-18 overall and 13-11 in conference play.
Bosco and Jarrod Juskiewicz each had two hits off Wheaton's Daniel Bayer in the opener. Jim O'Brien (2-1) took the loss for the Titans. Jonathan Vlk (2-4) was the losing pitcher in game two.
McGraw breaks record: Molly McGraw set the IWU school and CCIW outdoor records with a winning high jump of 5 feet, 9¾ inches on the second day of the CCIW Track and Field Meet at Rock Island.
The Central Catholic graduate topped the old conference mark of 5-7 set by IWU's Nicki Frank in 1996 as the Titan women totaled 109 points to place third behind Wheaton (205) and Carthage (144.3).
IWU also got wins from Maddison Zimmer in the 400 meters (56.61) and Liz Oltman in the 400 hurdles (1:02.31, school record).
The Titan men placed eighth with 22 points in the nine-team meet. Eric Rydell had the team's best finish with a third in the high jump (6-6¼).