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IWU softball victorious again at NAIA tournament

Indiana Wesleyan dominated from the circle once again behind Carlie Weaver, defeating William Carey 5-1 Tuesday afternoon in the NAIA Opening Round softball tournament in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Weaver went the distance and struck out six while giving up just four hits. The Wildcats as a team through two games have struck out 12 batters while allowing just five hits.

Kira Madl led the offense going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run, while Kristen Expositio had a double and RBI. Rebecca Schrad had a hit and RBI.

“Defense was amazing behind another gutsy pitching gem,” IWU coach Steve Babinski said. “This team carried each other in all aspects of the game. I am so impressed by the continued selfless performances I see from Team 31 as they play for their Savior and each other.”

Indiana Wesleyan (56-9) plays at noon today and will need just one win to secure its spot in the NAIA World Series in Clermont, Florida. 

Women’s tennis

Indiana Wesleyan 8, Hastings 1

No. 9-seeded Indiana Wesleyan made quick work of No. 24 Hastings (Nebraska) in the opening match of the 2018 NAIA National Championship in Mobile, Alabama. The Wildcats advance to the round of 16 today.

The Wildcats started with a sweep of doubles with No. 1 Alex Mella and Lizzie Bauss (9-8), No. 2 Olivia Reed and Thewuni Devaraja (8-2) and No. 3 Laura Moore and Marissa Klein (8-3).

In singles, IWU winners were No. 2 Mella (6-1, 6-4); No. 3 Reed (6-1, 6-0), No. 4 Klein (6-0, 6-0), No. 5 Moore (6-0, 6-0) and No. 6 Becky Scurt (6-0, 6-2).

IWU (34-5) plays Cardinal Stritch (Wisconsin) at 10 a.m. today. The two teams played earlier this season with a Cardinal Stritch 5-3 win March 10 in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Men’s tennis

Arizona Christian 8, Indiana Wesleyan 1

The 2017-18 season for Indiana Wesleyan University finished on Tuesday with the loss to Arizona Christian at the NAIA National Championship in Mobile, Alabama.

The season ends with a program record 29 wins and Crossroads League championships in the regular season and postseason tournaments.

IWU’s lone winner was No. 1 singles Eli Steiner (6-7, 6-4, 10-3).

High school boys’ golf

Oak Hill 160, Eastbrook 162, South Adams 202

The Golden Eagles held off their county rival Panthers and the Starfires to win the three-way match at Arbor Trace. Grant Gillespie led with a 38 while Jacob Mills shot a 40 and Blake LeFavour and Logan Deaton fired 41s.

Eastbrook’s Noah Ross was medalist with a 1-under par 35 and Collin Burman was two shots behind at 37. The Panthers also had Jeff Duckwall with a 44 and Gaven Bright with a 46.

High school baseball

Logansport 6, Marion 3

The Giants lost the North Central Conference game that originally was scheduled for Marion but moved to Logansport due to field conditions.

A second game between the Giants and Berries will be played today in Logansport and then the Giants host Lafayette Jeff for Senior Day at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Oak Hill JV 18, Tipton 6

Tristen Hayes was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs and Isaiah Shields was 2-for-4 with a double Tuesday and led the Golden Eagles (9-7) to a victory over the host Blue Devils.

 College baseball

Lyon 12, Indiana Wesleyan 2

Arguably the best season in Indiana Wesleyan University baseball history came Tuesday with the loss to Lyon (Arkansas) in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The season concludes with a national tournament appearance, a league championship, and a tie for most wins in program history.

Judah Wollenburg was 2-for-5 with one RBI and one stolen base and Brady Horine was 1-for-4 with a run to lead the Wildcats offense.

The Wildcats, who finished 37-20, won their first Crossroads League regular season championship since 1985 and earned a bid to the NAIA National Championship for the second time in program history. The 37 wins on the season is tied for most in program history.