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Home runs by Emme Olson, Alyssa Wiebel and Ellie Weltha powered the Illinois State softball team to an 11-0, six-inning victory at Evansville, Ind., on Saturday. In the second game of the doubleheader, the Redbirds won, 8-1.

In the first game, Wiebel also had a double among her three hits. As a pinch hitter, Weltha drove in two runs as did Mack Leonard and Allison Spence. Olson had two of ISU's 12 hits.

Winning pitcher Morgan Day (3-9) fanned seven while tossing a five-inning one-hitter.

In the nightcap, Wiebel had three hits including a home run to drive in two runs. Olson had a triple and three RBIs. Shannon Felde had two of ISU's eight hits.

Starter Ali Domkuski (3-0) got the win after fanning seven in 6⅓ innings. She allowed three hits and five walks as the Redbirds improved to 8-20 overall and 2-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Evansville fell to 10-13 and 0-2.

Farley-Sepe breaks record: Kierston-Farley Sepe clocked an ISU record 57.64 seconds to place 12th in the 100-yard individual medley in the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) National Invitational at Cleveland, Ohio. She broke her own record of 58.01 set in the preliminary round.

“Kierston was great in the 100 IM, moving up a lot in her heat and breaking her school record in the process," said Coach Scott Cameron.


Baseball team tumbles: The IWU baseball team (7-4) used 10 pitchers in a 9-2 loss to Southern Maine (3-1) at Lakeland, Fla. Dom DiLello drove in both runs for the Titans, who were limited to four hits.

The first IWU reliever, Evan Hill (0-1), took the loss after allowing one run in one inning.

Softball handed first loss: The No. 2 nationally-ranked IWU softball team rallied late before falling 3-2 to Calvin at Clermont, Fla.

The loss dropped the Titans to 6-1. 

An RBI single by Shelby Fulk in the sixth inning and a fielder's choice plating Brittany Murphy in the seventh accounted for IWU's runs before a ground out ended the game, leaving the tying run stranded.

Calvin (3-0) scored all three of its runs in the second inning off losing pitcher Brea Walker (3-1). Julie Josten had two of IWU's four hits.

A second game against Rowan College was cancelled because of rain.

Rose helps all-star team win: IWU's Brady Rose had eight points and five rebounds in Team Campoli's 104-101 NABC all-star game win at Fort Wayne, Ind.

Rose was named an honorable mention All-American by Wheaton's Aston Francis was named the national player of the year and made the first team while Augustana's Nolan Ebel and North Central's Connor Raridon made the second.

Merritt's all-star team falls: IWU's Maddie Merritt had four points and three rebounds for her squad during a losing effort in the Beyond Sports Women's Collegiate All-Star Game, presented by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, at Salem, Va.

Men's golf tied for 2nd: The IWU men's golf team is tied for second with Huntingdon in the 30-team Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational at Jekyll Island, Ga., with a 1-under score of 575 after two rounds. Emory leads at 572. Play concludes with 18 holes Sunday.

IWU's Ben Johnson is tied for ninth in the 150-player field with at 2-under par 142 (73-69). The leader is Huntingdon's Drew Mathers at 137.

Women's golf team 6th: The IWU women's golf team is tied for sixth with a score of 320 in the 10-team Westbrook Invitational at Peoria, Arizona. Claremont Mudd Scripps leads at 301. Play concludes with 18 holes Sunday.

IWU senior Jordan Koehler is tied for ninth in the 50-player field with a score of 5-over 76. She is four strokes off the lead.


Kuhn an NCAA qualifier: Former University High diving star Ling Kuhn, a University of Illinois senior, qualified for the NCAA Championships with a score of 483.10 points to finish 11th at West LaFayette, Ind. She is the first Illini diver to advance since 1992 and the first ever to do so on platform.

"Today I really had to come back and remember all of my training and that I really needed to just do what I do in practice," Kuhn said.

The NCAA Championships are March 20-23 at Austin, Texas.



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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