Ally Wiegand picked up the save in the opener and went the distance in game 2 on Tuesday as Illinois Wesleyan's softball team clinched a share of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin regular-season championship with 7-4 and 2-0 wins over North Central at Bloomington.
IWU can win the title outright with one win this weekend in doubleheaders at Carthage and Carroll.
Wiegand (16-2) struck out six and walked one in the nightcap, allowing six hits. She pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in the first game in relief of Brea Walker (11-3).
The Titans (27-6, 12-0) were led by two hits each from Jillian Runyon, Mia Massaro and Brittany Murphy in the opener. Murphy had two hits and Shelby Fulk a double and an RBI in the second game.
Palczynski, Wiegand net awards: IWU's Colleen Palczynski and Wiegand were selected as the CCIW softball Players of the Week. Palczynski, a freshman utility player, batted .524 (11-for-21) with eight runs, two doubles, three home runs, eight RBI and a 1.048 slugging percentage last week. Wiegand was 4-0 with a 0.33 ERA, 38 strikeouts and no walks in 21 innings.
Wyman wins CCIW award: IWU's Kelsey Wyman has been named a CCIW women's outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week. The sophomore ran a lifetime best while placing third in the 400-meter hurdles at the Dewey Allgood Invitational. Her time of 1:04.47 ranks third in the CCIW and 36th in NCAA Division III.
CCIW tabs golfer Johnson: IWU senior Ben Johnson won his third CCIW men's Golfer of the Week honor. Johnson was medalist at the 20-team Millikin University "Take Back the Night Challenge." He shot a one-under par, two-day total of 142 (74-68).
Fletcher takes weekly honor: IWU's Dalton Fletcher was selected as a CCIW baseball Player of the Week. The junior infielder batted .381 (8-for-21) with three runs, two doubles and six RBI last week.
Softball splits at Bradley: Ellie Weltha had a single, a home run and three RBIs as Illinois State's softball team defeated Bradley, 8-1, in the first game of a Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader at Peoria. The Redbirds (13-21, 7-9) lost the second game, 9-1, in five innings.
ISU also received two hits each from Riley Hale, Emme Olson and Allison Spence in the opener, snapping a seven-game losing streak. It was a makeup of a game rained out on April 10 in Normal. ISU's Morgan Day (7-15) struck out six and walked one while pitching a three-hitter.
Ali Domkuski (4-6) took the loss in the second game.
Track duo honored: Illinois State sophomore Kameesha Smith and junior Jack Anstey have been named Missouri Valley Track and Field Athletes of the Week.
Smith cleared a lifetime best 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump at Indiana State’s Pacesetter Sports Invitational. The height ranks fourth in ISU history and is currently first in the MVC, 13th in the NCAA West Region and 27th in Division I.
Anstey had the second-fastest 1,500-meter time in Redbird history at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif. He finished 17th among 162 elite runners in a lifetime best of 3:42.83.
Doubles team feted: ISU senior Veronika Golanova and freshman Tara Damnjanovic were named the MVC Doubles Team of the Week after wins over UNI and Drake that helped ISU clinch the MVC regular season title. The pair went 4-1 in MVC play this season.