MARTIN, TENN. —
Heavy rain from Thursday through Saturday has forced Indiana State and Tennessee Martin to cancel their three-game weekend baseball series in northwest Tennessee.
ISU will return to Terre Haute for 12 of its final 13 regular-season games, beginning with four games this week. The Sycamores host DePauw at 6 p.m. Wednesday before returning to Missouri Valley Conference play next weekend against Evansville.
In other college baseball:
• Engineers split — At Art Nehf Field, Rose-Hulman split a pair of one-run games on Senior Day in a competitive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader with Defiance.
The Engineers scored once in the bottom of the ninth in the nightcap to capture a 5-4 victory. Defiance scored once in the top of the ninth to break a tie and capture a 3-2 win in the opener.
Prior to the first game, Rose honored its seven seniors in a pregame ceremony. This year’s seniors include Jordan Chipka, Matt Green, Bobby Newman, Nick Pilipovich (formerly of Terre Haute North High School), Ethan Post, Donald Stopka and Matthew Turk.
In the opener, Rose-Hulman built a 2-0 lead on RBIs by Kody Alayon and Andrew Benitez. Hank Akard joined Newman and Chipka with two hits each.
Defiance tied the score at 2-2 in the top of the eighth on a two-run single by Darin Waterman. Pinch-hitter Ben Weber added the game-winning RBI single in the top of the ninth.
The matchup was a strong pitching dual between Jake Taylor of Defiance and R.J. Carroll of Rose. Taylor allowed eight hits and two runs in eight innings, while Carroll allowed just one earned run with four strikeouts in eight-plus innings.
In the nightcap, Newman smashed a two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the ninth to give Rose-Hulman a 5-4 victory. Turk started the inning with a single, advanced to a second on a single by Akard, and scored on Newman’s double.
Stopka slapped two singles and scored once, while Newman finished with a single, double and one RBI in the nightcap. Chipka had another two-hit game with one run scored and one RBI.
On the mound, freshman Andrew Stull tossed 6 2/3 innings with two strikeouts in a no-decision and Caleb Post came on with 2 1/3 scoreless innings and two strikeouts to pick up his second win of the season.
Rose (14-19 overall, 11-8 HCAC) will visit Anderson today for a 2 p.m. matchup. Defiance is now 18-12 and 11-9 respectively.
• Rose men win HCAC again — At North Manchester, Rose-Hulman won its sixth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s outdoor championship at Manchester University on Saturday.
The men’s track and field squad becomes the first Rose sports team in 24 years to win six consecutive conference titles. The men’s program previously accomplished the feat from 1984-89.
The Rose women’s squad placed fifth overall Saturday.
The Engineer teams combined for nine first-place performances, four runner-up marks and nine third-place finishes.
Rose-Hulman scored 202 points on the men’s side to outdistance Franklin (142), Defiance (121) and Manchester (102). Hanover claimed the women’s title with 179 points.
The men’s squad relied on a sweep in the 4-x-100 and 4-x-400-meter relays to secure the team victory. The 4-x-100 squad included senior Jeremiah Edwards, junior Clay Becker, senior Travis Stallings and sophomore Jake Kelley with a time of 43.09 seconds.
The 4-x-400 squad included Stallings, Kelley, freshman Tyler Duffy and senior Tyler Hannan in a time of 3:19.30.
The Rose men’s squad also had two individual event winners. Hannan claimed the 400 title with a time of 48.58 and senior Collin Crowson won the pole vault for the second straight year by clearing 14 feet, 11 1/2 inches.
On the women’s side, the Engineers set two conference records among five event wins. Senior Creasy Clauser won the 400 with a league- and school-record time of 57.67. Senior Liz Evans added top honors in the women’s high jump with a conference record of 5-10 1/2.
Evans added a second victory by winning the long jump with a mark of 17-10 1/4. Senior Tanya Colonna won the pole vault with a leap of 11-0 1/4 and the 4-x-100 relay team of Clauser, Evans, senior Gloria Boxell and junior Erin Cox claimed the title in a school record time of 49.59.
The Engineers added three men’s and one women’s runner-up honor. Senior Trey Cahill was runner-up in the hammer throw (170-10), senior Greg Larmore placed second in the discus throw (143-8) and Stallings was second in the 400 hurdles (53.44). The women’s squad featured runner-up accolades for junior Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery in a time of 4:50.57.
Selected individuals for Rose-Hulman will return to action Friday in the Billy Hayes Invitational at Indiana University.
• Allee ties record — At Price Field, junior Morgan Allee tied the Indiana State single-season runs-scored record and the Sycamores swiped eight stolen bases as they split a Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader with the Evansville on Saturday.
In the first game, freshman Halle Humphrey pitched three hitless innings before allowing an Aces double in the fourth. Humphrey allowed just five hits over a complete seven innings, but the Sycamores still fell 2-0.
Senior Mackenzie Connelly finished the game 3 for 3 with a double and stolen base for the Sycamores, while freshman Paige Schreiner went 1 for 3 with a double.
In Game 2, the Sycamores jumped out to an early lead when they scored three runs in the top of the first and never looked back in winning 8-4.
Schreiner finished 2 for 3 with three RBIs, while Allee was 1 for 2 with two runs scored and two steals. Humphrey pitched her second complete game of the day, allowing five hits with four strikeouts.
As a team, the Sycamores stole eight bases on the day and are now just three away from the MVC single-season record of 100. Allee also stole three bases to move within one of the MVC single-season record of 37 with four games remaining.
The two teams will face off in the finale of the three-game series at noon today at Price Field.
• Engineers lose season finales — At North Manchester, Rose-Hulman completed its 2013 season by falling 11-3 and 3-2 against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Manchester University on Saturday.
In the opener, Emily Willmann had four hits and scored three runs to lead the Manchester offense. Kaile Niezgodski also finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs and a home run.
For Rose, junior Allison Bowman, freshman Marissa Stout and senior Alyse Mueller each had a single and an RBI.
In the nightcap, Manchester scored in the bottom of the seventh inning to snap a 2-2 tie and secure the victory. Willmann ended the contest with a two-out RBI single to send the Spartans into the HCAC tournament on a win.
Mueller tossed a complete game in her final college pitching outing. Senior Brianne Widmoyer joined Mueller in her final game at Rose-Hulman with two singles. Stout and Carly Heibel had two hits each in Game 2.
Manchester improved to 17-13 overall and 9-3 in conference games, while Rose completed its season with a 12-24 overall mark.
• Rose 5th so far — At North Bend, Ohio, the Rose-Hulman men’s team stood fifth after Day 1 of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships Saturday.
Today’s second round will take place at Aston Oaks Golf Course in North Bend. The third and fourth rounds will be hosted by the Engineers at Terre Haute’s Rea Park on May 4-5.
For Rose on Saturday, junior Travis Whithaus of Robinson, Ill. led the way with an 11th-place effort with a round of 77. Freshman Sanders Park is one shot behind Whithaus in 12th after a 78.
HCAC tournament (through first round)
Team scores — Transylvania 297, Hanover 303, Mount St. Joseph 306, Franklin 318, Rose-Hulman 330, Manchester 333, Anderson 346, Defiance 358.
Rose-Hulman scores — 11. Travis Whithaus 77; 12. Sanders Park 78; 28. Jeremy Walters 86; 33. John Rigitano 89; 36. Kent Kraus 91.
• Soggy Donut scramble — At the Country Club of Terre Haute, the Indy 911 Foundation foursome of Barbara Johnson, Pete Mungoven, Mark Carrico and Shawn Jones won the Soggy Donut Foundation four-person scramble Friday.
Soggy Donut Foundation 4-person scramble
1. — Barbara Johnson, Pete Mungoven, Mark Carrico, Shawn Jones.
2. — Jim Donohue, Tristan Ireland, Jeff Mowbray, Nate Blacketer.
3. — Matt Rains, Mike Ellerman, Mark Minnick, Logan Whitman.
Contest winners — Closest to the pin (No. 3): Matt Davis. Longest putt (No. 1): Rusty Gray. Closest to the pin (No. 16): Carrico. Longest drive (No. 18): David Garland.
• ATO outing — At Idle Creek, the foursome of Cody Dust, Trevor Nice, Phil Schafer and Brandt Fisher took first place in the gross division of the Alpha Tau Omega outing Friday.
Alpha Tau Omega outing
59 — Cody Dust, Trevor Nice, Phil Schafer, Brandt Fisher.
60 — Greg Jennings, Rick Sheffer, Bob Tompulis, Gordy Bryan.
59 — Don Anthony, Mike Fread, Lowell Shepler, John Russell.
61 — Alex Eickhoff, Jordan Marrs, Devon Hall.
Closest to the pins — Jennings (No. 3), David Haynes (No. 9), Sheffer (No. 12), Ben Rice (No. 16).
Long drive — Dust (No. 15).
Long putt — Colin Bennett (No. 18).
• Thomas posts win — At Gas City, Kevin Thomas Jr. was the winner in U.S. Auto Club sprint-car racing Friday at I-69 Speedway.
Thomas led the final eight laps to win the 30-lap main with Thomas Meseraull second and Robert Ballou third. Six flips were recorded in the program.
Chase Stockon was the sprint point leader going into the action and was second going into Saturday’s scheduled action at Lincoln Park Speedway after finishing 12th. He trailed Hunter Schuerenberg by one point in the totals.
Fast qualifier — Thomas Meseraull.
Heat winners — Justin Grant, Hunter Schuerenberg, C.J. Leary, Tracy Hines, Brady Bacon (semi).
Feature — Kevin Thomas Jr., Meseraull, Robert Ballou, Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland, Bacon, Gary Taylor, Hines, Schuerenberg, Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, Chase Stockon, Chris Windom, Chad Boespflug, Leary.
MARTIN, TENN. —
Heavy rain from Thursday through Saturday has forced Indiana State and Tennessee Martin to cancel their three-game weekend baseball series in northwest Tennessee.
ISU’s Abdul-Qaadir, Munn All-MVC selections
Senior guards Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and Anna Munn have both been named to Missouri Valley Conference All-Conference teams, announced by the league on Wednesday. Abdul-Qaadir earned a spot on the first-team while Munn was named honorable mention.
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The state’s two Big Ten schools could begin the offseason as soon as tonight, depending on how they fare in the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament.
Metro sports: ‘Lucky Lou’ strikes again on golf course
Retired Public Service Indiana employee Lou Mundell, a lifelong resident of Terre Haute, posted the fifth hole-in-one of his life Tuesday afternoon at the Harder Hall Country Club golf course in his winter home of Sebring.
METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball splits pair in Florida
Pitching dominated Tuesday’s opening day of play in the Rebel Spring Games for the Indiana State softball team, which defeated Bucknell 2-0 before falling 2-0 to Creighton.
“The girls did a great job in the first game getting a couple runs,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said. “We leaned on [sophomore] Yvette Alvarez who pitched really well. We probably got as much as we could out of her and probably should have changed earlier so put that on me. We have a couple little things we can clean up and get a little better and we will be ready to go tomorrow.”
Oh snap: Reed's 18-game hitting streak falls in No. 20 UK's loss at No. 16 IU
No. 16 Indiana mounted two-run rallies in the first and fourth innings and the Hoosiers ended the hitting streak of Terre Haute native A.J. Reed at 18 games to post a 7-2 win over No. 20 Kentucky on Tuesday.
Despite going hitless, Reed remains the NCAA leader in home runs (8) and RBI (28) for a potent Wildcats’ offense.
Kentucky (13-4) dropped its first game with the Hoosiers in the last four meetings, with the meeting marking the first time in modern UK history (2003-present) that the two teams faced off as top-20 foes.
Munn named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Indiana State leads the Missouri Valley with six of the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards after Anna Munn earned the recognition Tuesday for the 2013-14 season.
Munn joins Kourtney Mennen (2003), Melanie Boeglin (2006), Laura Rudolphi (2007) and Kelsey Luna (2009 and 2010) as winners of the award, which began in 2002.
ISU win streak at 12
Ryan Keaffaber recorded his sixth save in seven opportunities Monday as Indiana State won its 12th straight college baseball game, holding off a rally by visiting Western Illinois for a 7-4 victory on Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.
Another Rose freshman making big splash
The Rose-Hulman men’s swimming team received a much-needed boost last season when a talented freshman from Ohio entered to set school records, rack up conference titles and qualify for the NCAA Division III championships. So when the Rose women’s swimming team needed a boost this season, what did it do? Yep, the Engineers found another talented freshman from Ohio to do pretty much the same things.
Metro sports: Indiana State's Abdul-Qaadir honored by MVC again
Bilquis Abdul-Qaadir of Indiana State has been named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for women’s basketball, the league announced Monday.
Guts, sweat, tears: Sycamores fall to perfect Shockers
No one on Indiana State’s men’s basketball needed to say a word about the Sycamores’ 83-69 loss to Wichita State in Sunday’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship game.
Todd Golden: Sycamores ran with the best
It’s hard to run with Secretariat. Secretariat, for the uninitiated, won horse racing’s Triple Crown in 1973 and famously stormed to victory in the Belmont Stakes by an unfathomable 31 lengths. Secretariat is widely considered to be the greatest thoroughbred of all time, and his Belmont performance is one of sports’ all-time greatest moments. In Missouri Valley Conference terms, Wichita State is Secretariat.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Odum rises to WSU challenge
When you’re getting ready to play the No. 2 team in the country — the undefeated No. 2 team in the country and the best Missouri Valley Conference team in a generation — the unwritten rule says you’re not supposed to rile them. That you’re not supposed to poke the hornet’s nest.
Clock problems delay start of Indiana State semifinal game
Time stood still in Scottrade Center on Saturday.
Not by design.
Sycamores advance to Arch Madness title game
No one said advancing to the Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament championship game was going to be easy.
ISU women grab share of MVC regular-season title
The preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite lived up to its expectations, as the Indiana State women’s basketball team grabbed a piece of the regular-season title with an 85-72 triumph over host Northern Iowa on Saturday afternoon inside McLeod Center.
Robinson leads No. 12 Michigan over Indiana
Glenn Robinson scored 20 points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1:10 to play, and Jordan Morgan had a double-double in his final home game to help No. 12 Michigan finish off its Big Ten championship season with an 84-80 victory over Indiana on Saturday night.
Michigan (23-7 15-3) avenged last year’s defeat in the last game of the regular season. In that game, Morgan’s tap-in rolled off the rim as time expired, giving the Hoosiers the victory and costing the Wolverines a share of the conference title.
ISU headed to MVC title game
Indiana State defeated Southern Illinois 62-59 on Saturday to advance to Arch Madness championship game.
Ramblin’ On: Sycamores use defensive stops to reach Missouri Valley semifinals
It sounds counter-intuitive, but to go forward in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament you must first get stops. In Friday’s MVC Tournament quarterfinal against Loyola, ISU followed that bit of zen to a tee. The Sycamores never let the Ramblers get comfortable offensively and put a hammer-lock on Loyola standout Milton Doyle. ISU rode its defense to an easy 75-62 victory at Scottrade Center.
ISU baseball looking to carry success home
Indiana State had pitching questions coming into the season, having lost its entire starting staff from a year ago.
So far anyway, those questions have been answered. The Sycamores are 9-1 going into their home opener today against Western Illinois.
Metro sports: Rose-Hulman picks up baseball win
A late run in the eighth-inning broke a 4-all tie and proved to be the game winner for Rockford College in a 5-4 decision over the Rose-Hulman baseball team Friday at the Chain of Lakes Complex.
Indiana State women move within one win from MVC title
Senior Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir had 23 points to lead Indiana State to a 73-71 win at Drake on Thursday. The point guard led four Sycamores in double figures in the win.
Anna Munn, Jasmine Grier and Chelsea Small each chipped in 11 points as ISU shot 10-of-21 from 3-point range as a team.
Sycamores rejuvenated heading into MVC Tournament quarterfinals
Indiana State point guard Jake Odum is sick-and-tired of being sick and tired.
He’s tired of hearing about the team’s three-game losing streak. He’s tired of the Sycamores playing below par. He’s tired of the team not fulfilling its potential.
He plans to do something about it this weekend. Second-seeded ISU begins its Missouri Valley Conference Tournament trek at 7:05 p.m. tonight against either No. 10 Loyola.
Rose-Hulman seniors lead Engineers into NCAA Division III Tournament
For Rose-Hulman’s six senior men’s basketball players, this weekend will mark the beginning of their third and final appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Having left Terre Haute by bus Thursday, Rose (22-5) will open the Division III four-team regional at Hope College in Holland, Mich., today against Wheaton College (19-8) at the unique time of 5:30 p.m.
Coach Jim Shaw’s Engineers are coming off Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) regular-season and tournament championships for the second consecutive year.
ISU women seek top MVC seed
Defense and rebounding are the staples of Teri Moren’s fourth Indiana State team, a squad that hits the road trying to defend and rebound its way to a regular-season conference title. The Sycamores women’s basketball can clinch the No. 1 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference with wins tonight against Drake and Saturday against Northern Iowa.
Nebraska completes sweep of Indiana
Indiana’s slim hopes of an NCAA Tournament bid are all but done, unless the Hoosiers can win the Big Ten Tournament. Nebraska never trailed Wednesday night, completing a season sweep of the Hoosiers with a 70-60 win. The loss ensures a losing conference record for IU (17-13, 7-10 Big Ten) while boosting the Huskers’ chances at an at-large berth.
ISU reserve Smith earns two MVC honors
Indiana State sophomore Khristian Smith has been named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s All-Bench and Most Improved Teams, according to an announcement by the league office Wednesday.
Two Sycamores with Scott during Saturday incident
A Vigo County’s Sheriff’s case report of Brenton Scott’s arrest last Saturday indicated that Scott, an Indiana State basketball player, tried to pass himself off as his twin brother and that two of his teammates were with him at the time of the incident.
Metro Sports: Sycamores to be represented at NCAA indoors
Three members of the Indiana State track and field team will compete in the 2014 NCAA indoor championships March 14-15 at Albuquerque, N.M. Senior Greggmar Swift will represent the men, while sophomore Katie Wise and senior Mary Theisen will represent the women.
Rose meets Wheaton in NCAA opener
Rose-Hulman will open its third straight trip to the NCAA Division III basketball tournament at 5:30 p.m. Friday when the Engineers play Wheaton in a four-team regional hosted by Hope College.
Metro: No ISU baseball today; home opener now Friday
Indiana State’s baseball home opener that was to be played today has been pushed back, according to Sycamore head coach Mitch Hannahs.
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