College report 4/23/14: ISU women golfers place 3rd; IWU softball sweeps Millikin

2014-04-22T22:00:00Z College report 4/23/14: ISU women golfers place 3rd; IWU softball sweeps MillikinPANTAGRAPH STAFF pantagraph.com
April 22, 2014 10:00 pm  • 

The Illinois State women's golf team carded a final-round 300 on Tuesday to take third place in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship at Panther Creek Country Club.

Wichita State captured the title with a final round 299 and a 900 total, one stroke ahead of Indiana State.

Brianna Cooper shot a 71 and Rachel Powers posted a 73 to finish tied for seventh at 223 as the Redbirds finished two shots ahead of Southern Illinois.

“We started out too slow this morning to be victorious, but we ended up making 10 birdies in the middle of the round to have a chance in the end," said ISU coach Darby Sligh. "I was so proud of the grittiness they showed Tuesday."

Bradley, which led after two rounds, fell to fifth with a 310 final round for a 909 total. The Braves' Danielle Lemek captured the individual title by five strokes, closing with a 73 for a 212 total.

ILLINOIS WESLEYAN

Softball sweeps Millikin: Sara Daley hit a two-run home run in the first game and Illinois Wesleyan got two homers from Danielle Burge and another from Sara Rogers in the second game for a 4-1, 11-3 doubleheader sweep of College Conference of Illinois Conference rival Millikin at IWU Field.

Hannah Bowen broke a 1-1 tie in the first game with an RBI bunt single after Rogers tripled to lead off the fifth. Daley followed with a drive to center for a three-run lead.

Burge's three-run shot capped a six-run third inning to erase a 3-0 deficit in the second game. Her leadoff homer in the fourth gave the Titans (30-5, 10-2 CCIW) a 9-3 lead before Rogers started a two-run sixth with a solo shot.

Molly McCready (17-2) notched the victory in both games. She rebounded from a leadoff homer with eight strikeouts in the opener, then worked five innings of relief after Millikin scored three of Chloe Montgomery in the first inning.

Rogers nets CCIW award: Rogers was named the CCIW Player of the Week for softball. The senior batted .524 (11-for-21) with six runs, six RBI, four doubles, two home runs and a 1.000 slugging percentage as the Titans went 6-0 for the week.

Former star Nathan honored: Former Illinois Wesleyan catcher A.J. Nathan was honored prior to Tuesday night's Horenberger-Bass Classic for winning the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III National All-America Gold Glove last season.

Nathan threw out 23 of 47 base-stealers (49 percent) and picked off 14 runners from behind the plate as a senior in 2013. He had six errors in 364 chances (297 putouts, 61 assists) for a .984 fielding percentage.

Nathan was the first Illinois player to receive the honor.

ILLINOIS

Football to face Nebraska at 8 p.m.: Illinois' Big Ten Conference football opener at Nebraska on Sept. 27 will start at 8 p.m.

The game was among several announced Tuesday as prime time telecasts on the Big Ten Network.

ELSEWHERE

Megan Nonnemacher honored: Saint Xavier senior Megan Nonnemacher, a Normal Community High School graduate, has been named NAIA National Pitcher of the Week and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Pitcher of the Week.

Nonnemacher posted three shutouts and held opponents to a .091 batting average. In 23 innings, she allowed seven hits, struck out 23 and walked two.

She tied the school record of 80 career wins Tuesday afternoon in a 3-1 victory in the first game of a doubleheader sweep of Judson.

Brown player of week: Tri-Valley High School graduate Kathryn Brown, a senior at St. Ambrose, earned Midwest Collegiate Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week honors.

Brown went 4-1 with a 0.45 earned run average in six appearances last week. She struck out 43 and walked nine in 31 innings.

Three of her wins were complete-game shutouts, including a no-hitter against Mount Mercy.

Area pair among Eureka College recruits: Linebacker R.J. Lorenz of Eureka and wide receiver Austin Zirkle of Iroquois West were among nine football recruits announced Tuesday by Eureka College head coach Kurt Barth.

Lorenz earned all-Corn Belt Conference honors in 2012 and 2013. He was selected Eureka's defensive most valuable player as a senior.

Zirkle was two-time all-Sangamon Valley Conference first team selection. As a junior he had 444 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, while as a senior he had 78 tackles and three interceptions.

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