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April 19, 2014

METRO ROUNDUP: Odum shines in Portsmouth Invitational

PORTSMOUTH, VA. — Former Indiana State guard Jake Odum had a productive first night at the Portsmouth Invitational late Thursday.

The Terre Haute native scored 16 points, had six assists and three steals for the Portsmouth Partnership team in its 88-81 victory over Cherry Bekaert.

Odum converted 7 of 10 from the field and had no turnovers. He started for Portsmouth Partnership and played 28 minutes.

Odum is the first ISU player to play in the Portsmouth Invitational — considered to be one of the prep events for the NBA Draft — since David Moss took part in 2006.

Portsmouth Partnership also played late Friday against Sales Systems, Ltd. in a tournament semifinal, but the game ended after the Tribune-Star’s deadline. Portsmouth Partnership will play today at either 6 p.m. in the third place contest or at 8 p.m. in the championship game.


• ISU splits —  Freshman Erika Crissman hit her first career home run and junior Yvette Alvarez allowed just one earned run as Indiana State (24-21, 6-12 MVC) split a doubleheader with Bradley (20-25, 11-8 MVC) on Friday at Price Field.

The Braves came out firing in the first game and never looked back as they defeated the Sycamores 13-3 in five innings.

Bradley started strong again in the second game, but ISU had an answer to take a 2-1 victory.

In the top of the first inning, the Braves led off with a single that came around to score to take a 1-0 lead.

The Sycamores answered the Braves call as Morgan Allee led off the bottom of the first with a single before stealing her conference leading 28th base. Allee then advanced to third on a bunt single by freshman Rylee Holland to put runners on the corners. The Sycamores then jumped on the scoreboard as Crissman hit an RBI groundout to second base to score Allee and tie the game 1-1.

Alvarez then held the Braves at bay for the majority of the remainder of the game and the Sycamores took their first lead off the day in the bottom of the fourth when Crissman crushed her first career home run to right-center field to give the Sycamores the edge.

Crissman finished the game 2-3 with two RBI while Alvarez pitched a complete game, allowing just five hits and one earned run with six strikeouts.

The rubber game of the series is today at noon.


• Mascari sets ISU’s record for 10,000 meters — At Walnut, Calif., sophomore John Mascari made history, as he became the fastest 10,000 meter runner in school history with a time of 29 minutes, 10.32 seconds late Thursday night tosx place third overall in the Elite Invitational section at the Mt. Sac Relays.

Mascari ran a great race, as he led the chase pack for nearly the entire race behind Joseph Gray who ran way out ahead of the field unattached. Gray went on to win in 29:03.84, but Mascari had a great finish to place third overall in a new school record of 29:10.32.

Mascari used a great second half finish to nearly catch Gray who led by a much as 150 meters during the race. Mascari hit around 14:49 for the forst 5,000 meters and came back in about 14:21.

“The race felt pretty easy up until the last 400 meters,” Mascari said. “The race went out pretty conservative, but I had a huge negative split the second half of the race. I’m pretty happy about that, but wish I would’ve gone out faster.”

Junior Tristan Selby ran the third fastest 10k in school history, running 29:45.83 to take fourth place.

“Today was a big personal best for me,” said Selby, whose previous best time was 30:36. “It was a tough race, but I am very happy with my effort.”


• Rose-Hulman falls — Earlham College rallied with three runs in the ninth inning to top Rose-Hulman 8-7 in the opener of a three-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball series at Art Nehf Field on Friday night.

Senior Ryan Hayes hit a two-run home run to right center field to turn a 7-5 Rose-Hulman lead into a 7-7 tie in the top of the ninth. Later in the inning, Josh Parr brought home the eventual winning run on an RBI double that scored pinch runner Ira Hughes.

Earlham led 5-0 in the fourth inning, before Rose-Hulman scored five runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take a 7-5 lead. The fifth inning rallied featured two hit by pitches with the bases loaded, an RBI walk, a run scoring wild pitch and an RBI single by sophomore Donnie Waters.

Rose-Hulman took the lead with two runs in the sixth inning on a double by sophomore Nevin Fansher, a single by sophomore Evan Witsken and a two-run single by senior Hank Akard.

Junior R.J. Carroll allowed three earned runs in seven innings for the Fightin' Engineers, and junior John Krasich struck out the side in the eighth to lead the pitching effort.

Hayes had two hits, two RBIs and scored once for Earlham, which also had four hits from Alex Arovits. Ted Williams and Thomas Rea also had two hits each for the Quakers.

Howie Smith picked up the pitching win in relief for Earlham with two scoreless innings, before T.J. Plummer tossed a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Offensively, senior Andrew Benitez and Witsken had two hits each to lead Rose-Hulman.  Benitez had one RBI and Witsken scored twice.

Rose-Hulman (17-10, 11-5 HCAC) celebrates Senior Day today as the teams play a doubleheader.


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  • ReedUK.jpg A.J. Reed makes it 5 for 5 in college baseball awards with Golden Spikes Award

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  • odum.jpg Odum has 5 points for Pacers in summer play

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  • SPT063014 loyd .jpg A new era: ‘Bittersweet day’ as Loyd takes over for ailing Shaw as Rose-Hulman men’s basketball coach

    Rose-Hulman President James Conwell couldn’t have been more accurate Monday afternoon when he called it “a bittersweet day” for his school.

    June 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • Reed adds two-way award to collection

    Seeking to become the third unanimous national Player of the Year in Southeastern Conference history, Terre Haute’s A.J. Reed has been named winner of the 2014 John Olerud Award, given annually to the nation’s top two-way player, according to an announcement Friday from the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

    June 27, 2014

  • Metro: ISU’s Wise starts out well in USATF championships

    Indiana State sprinter Katie Wise advanced to the semifinals of the women’s 100 meters as she ran 11.42 seconds in the opening heat of the event Thursday evening at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships.

    June 27, 2014

  • SPT021914ISUMBB odum.jpg ISU's Odum talks about agreeing to play for Pacers' summer-league team

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  • SPT 030914 ODUM FILE.jpg Steady success: ISU continued to climb ladder with one of its best overall seasons ever

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    June 14, 2014 1 Photo

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    June 13, 2014 2 Photos

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