Augie sweeps Millikin: Thanks to great pitching, the Augustana Vikings swept Millikin by scores of 3-2 and 10-1 at the Swanson-Brunner complex to secure solo second place in the CCIW regular-season. The Vikings (29-8, 14-6 CCIW) also wrapped up the No. 2 seed in next weekend's four-team league gathering.
Seth Davis (6-1) allowed three hits over 5.1 innings in the opener that Rick Erickson saved with a hitless seventh after Darwin Townsend pitched two-thirds of an inning. Ben Heaton (5-1, five innings of work) and Brandon Bollman (two innings, two hits) combined on a four-hitter in the nightcap as Millikin dropped to 8-25, 2-18.
Jacob VanDuyne led Augie's offense with five hits in the twinbill and Jeremy Juhl totaled four base knocks. In the nightcap, the Vikings pounded out 15 hits – 13 singles and Kyle Lenihan's two doubles, one of them a two-run shot in a 6-run second inning.
SAU wins again:After breaking a scoreless draw in the top of the seventh inning, Grand View needed just three outs to pull a big upset in the Midwest Collegiate Conference softball tournament in Davenport.
However, Sunday's game proved to be another case of "Dome, Sweet Home'' for the host St. Ambrose Queen Bees as they answered GVU's rally with one of their own to score a 2-1 victory and advance to today's championship game.
Down to its last out, St. Ambrose (40-13) stayed alive when Samantha Saladino worked Lady Vikings' pitcher Haleigh Munson for a walk, putting runners on first and second. The next batter, Stephanie Hebison, doubled to center field to score pinch-runner Taylor Bowling and tie the game.
Following an intentional walk to Kristen Paulson, catcher Niki Green stepped to the plate and delivered a single to right field to score pinch-runner Liz Narup with the winner, capping her 3-for-3 day at the plate. Hebison and Kaitlyn Reiser, who singled with one out in the seventh, each had two hits.
In the top of the seventh, Grand View broke through against SAU's Alyssa Koziolwhen Jessica Mesecher scored on an error. Koziol relieved Jenna Harshbarger, whose runner scored, earlier in the inning. Harshbarger scattered eight hits in six innings, walking one and striking out four.
Grand View (24-23) rallied for an 11-3, five-inning win over Clarke to set up today's winner-take-all matchup, with a berth in the NAIA National Tournament at stake.
Seven from SAU honored: The St. Ambrose softball University softball team, which rallied from an 0-4 start in Midwest Collegiate Conference play to win the MCC regular-season crown, had six players earn first-team all-conference honors, MCC officials announced Sunday. The Queen Bees, still playing for the MCC Tournament title and trip to the NAIA National Tournament, also had two honorable mention picks to go with Coach Ron Ferrill being named MCC Coach of the Year.
SAU had one third of the 18 first-team selections in Kathryn Brown (Jr., P, Bloomington, Ill.), Sarah Frerichs (Sr., OF, Fisher, Ill.), Niki Green (Sr., C, DeWitt, Iowa), Stephanie Hebison (Jr., UT, Fremont, Calif.), Kristen Paulson (Sr., 1B, Bettendorf HS), and Kaitlyn Reiser (So., 3B, Springfield, Ill.). SAU's two honorable mention selections of the 19 handed out went to Samantha Saladino (Sr., OF/1B, Davenport West) and Mackenzie Snowbarger (Fr., 3B/OF, Durant).
Grand View senior outfielder Dacia Miller (Kansas City, Mo.) was named the MCC's Player of the Year. Miller was an all-around terrific athlete for the Vikings, playing multiple positions throughout her career, including being in both the outfield and in the pitching circle this spring. She entered the MCC Tournament with a .339 batting average (41-for-121), eight doubles, five home runs, 20 RBIs, and 20 runs scored. She had a .529 slugging percentage and a .441 on-base clip, including 18 walks and five hit-by-pitches. The senior is 4-for-5 in stolen bases as well. Miller pitched 12 games (one start) and was 0-2 with one save and a 2.62 ERA in 16 innings of work. She struck out 12 batters against four walks and only allowed a .210 opponent batting average.
William Penn junior southpaw Jennifer Whitehead (Oskaloosa, Iowa) was named the MCC Pitcher of the Year. It is the third POY honor for Whitehead, who entering the tournament was 15-10 (one save) with a 1.75 Earned Run Average. The junior workhorse leads the league in numerous categories, including ERA, innings pitched (171 2/3), appearances (29), starts (tied, 26), complete games (24), strikeouts (181), and opponent batting average (tied, .200). She has shut out four opposing teams in 2013.
Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament: Erie High School graduate Kimberly Teats' strong freshman season at Lewis University came to an end when the Flyers fell 3-2 in eight innings to Missouri-St. Louis in the Great Lakes Valley Conference title game at East Peoria's EastSide Centre. Teats was hitless in three at-bats for Lewis (39-11). On Saturday,Teats went 3-for-4, with a run and RBI in a 11-4 win over Quincy as Lewis remained alive in the Division II event. Teats' team opened with a 5-4 win over Bellarmine, but fell 8-2 to the top-ranked team in the nation, Indianapolis. Teats, the Flyers' catcher. went 0-for-5 with a run scored on Saturday.