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WILLIAM PENN SPORTS  

BASEBALL

Oskaloosa--The Statesmen baseball team was on both sides of tremendous pitching performances on Sunday as it split another Midwest Collegiate Conference doubleheader with Clarke.

William Penn (14-12, 4-2 MCC) claimed the opener 2-0, but fell in the second contest 12-0.

Cory DeRush provided nearly all of the offense on Sunday, going a perfect-3-for-3 at the plate in the first game.  He started the bottom of the first with a triple and later scored.

The senior, who had three of his squad’s four hits, then had a fifth-inning single and scored the game’s last run on a passed ball.

Josh Ruiz worked out of a few jams to remain undefeated in 2015.  The senior (5-0) permitted six hits in his third shutout of the season.  He struck out three and walked two.

Unfortunately, WPU saw the other end of the stick in the nightcap as Clarke pitcher Andrew Redman tossed a no-hitter to move the Crusaders to 13-13 (4-4 MCC).  Five Statesmen hurlers were unable to keep pace with Redman as CU did most of its work with nine runs in the third.  Cole Williams topped the pitching group with a scoreless seventh inning.

Patrick Roxbury, who had an RBI in the opener, was the lone baserunner against Redman by drawing a fourth-inning walk.

Next Up: William Penn remains in Oskaloosa Thursday to host Grand View in an MCC doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

 

SOFTBALL

Oskaloosa--Jorden Steele had a great week at the plate and her efforts were good enough to claim Midwest Collegiate Conference Softball Player of the Week honors Monday.

Steele picked up her first laurel of the season (second career) as she helped William Penn to a 3-1 record.

The senior was 8-for-12 with two doubles, one home run, six runs, and four RBIs.  She finished her week strong with eight hits in her last nine at-bats.  Steele’s week was highlighted by going 3-for-3 in the opener against Viterbo on Sunday as she posted three RBIs and scored twice.

For the year, Steele is hitting .397 (25-for-63) with three doubles, three home runs, 14 RBIs, and 11 runs scored.

It is the second award for WPU this year.

 

Oskaloosa--In need of a dominating performance to jump start the season, the Statesmen softball team got two Sunday against Viterbo in a Midwest Collegiate Conference doubleheader.

William Penn (7-14, 3-1 MCC) won by scores of 8-0 and 10-2; both games ended in five innings via the mercy rule.

Lunden Young tossed a one-hit shutout in the opener and was gifted with a plethora of run support as WPU outhit the V-Hawks 11-1.  Young (4-7) struck out a career-high 11 batters versus one walk.  The lone Viterbo (3-19, 1-7 MCC) hit came in the fifth.

Two runs were plated in both the first and second innings and then another came across in the fourth.  The home team finally closed it out with a three-spot in the fifth, capped off by a single by Taylor Vernon for her second-straight game with the winning base knock.

Jorden Steele headlined the offense with a 3-for-3 outing that included a two-run single in the second and a solo home run (her third) in the fourth.  The senior also scored twice.

Bri Zerley had a multi-hit game as well (2-for-3), while Chelsee Herron managed two RBIs.

Brittanee Grove was equally impressive on the rubber in the second matchup, but had to get through a tough first inning before settling in.  Grove (3-4) permitted two runs (one earned) on just two hits; she also had six strikeouts with two walks.

After VU got on the board in the top half of the first, the navy and gold answered right back with four on the bottom side.

The hosts posted one run in both the second and third frames before producing four in the fourth, finishing with a 13-2 edge in hits. Gabrielle Braniff was a team-best 3-for-3 (two RBIs), highlighted a two-run homer in the fourth (her first of 2015).

Five Statesmen--Steele, Grove, Herron, Sydney Edwards, and Chyanne Koko all went 2-for-3.  Herron matched Braniff with a pair of RBIs, while Steele, Grove, and Edwards all rounded the bases on two occasions.

Next Up: William Penn travels to Davenport Wednesday to face St. Ambrose in an MCC doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.

 

MEN'S GOLF

Oskaloosa--Gareth Sargent used two high placings to garner Midwest Collegiate Conference Men's Golfer of the Week laurels Monday.

Sargent picked up his first weekly award after taking second at both the Iowa Intercollegiate Championships and Graceland Invitational.

The freshman started the week by shooting a 147 (72-75) at the ICC to be second out of 26 players.  He then claimed the silver in a 61-player field at Graceland with a three-under 141 (70-71); Sargent actually tied for first, but lost in a playoff.  Two of his rounds were under par and another was at par.

For the year, Sargent owns a 72.8 stroke average (low of 68) with all 13 of his rounds being in the 60s or 70s.  He has gone under par three times.

It is the third award for WPU this year.

 

Maryville, Mo.--The Statesmen men’s golf team put a scare into one of the better teams in the NAIA as it finished high at the Graceland Spring Invitational Friday and Saturday.

William Penn was second out of 10 programs with a two-day score of 600 (298-302) at the par-72 Mozingo Golf Course.  AIB, unofficially #33 in the nation, led WPU by just one stroke after day one, but pulled away to win by 14 strokes (297-289--586).

Lucas Boyd of AIB made it a sweep for the Eagles, defeating Gareth Sargent (Fr., Knysna, South Africa, Psychology) in a playoff for medalist honors.  Boyd shot 71-70--141, while Sargent went 70-71--141.  They finished four shots ahead of the next-closest competitor in the 61-player field.

Spencer Skipper (Jr., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Business Management) continued his hot start in the navy and gold, tying for fourth at 148 (73-75).  Frederik Lundsgaard (Fr., Jebjerg, Denmark, History/Government) was also a top-10 placer as he tied for eighth at 152 (76-76).

Brandon Dizon (So., San Leandro, Calif., Sociology) carded a pair of 80s (160) to tie for 28th and Tyler Lallier (Sr., Algona, Iowa, Business Management) tied for 35th at 162 (79-83).

WPU’s second squad was on the course as well, finishing seventh in the team race at 638 (317-321).  Byron Lindeque (Sr., Boksburg, South Africa, General Accounting) guided the crew in a tie for eighth at 152 (74-78), while Justin Bothma (Fr., Boksburg, South Africa, Business Management) was next in a tie for 18th at 156 (79-77).

Jeremy Swink (Sr., Burlington, Iowa, Physical Education) (T-31st, 78-83--161), Peter Frederiksen (Fr., Hornslet, Denmark, Mechanical Engineering) (T-48th, 86-83--169), and Ben Roberts (Jr., Albia, Iowa, Industrial Technology) (T-54th, 86-93--179) played as well.

Next Up: William Penn is off during Easter Week, returning to action on Monday, April 6 by traveling to Fort Madison to compete in the Iowa Wesleyan Classic.  Play will be held at Sheaffer Golf Course.

 

WOMEN'S GOLF

Oskaloosa--Maggie Yang won a title in her team’s spring opener and that helped her to be named Midwest Collegiate Conference Women's Golfer of the Week Monday.

Yang earned her third weekly award of the year (ninth of her career) by topping the 48-player field at the Iowa Intercollegiate Championships.

The senior shot a 155 (77-78) for her second crown of the season.  Her efforts helped William Penn to the team title as well.  For the year, Yang owns a 77.9 stroke average (low of 71) and has posted nine of her 13 rounds in the 70s.

It is the sixth award for WPU this year.

 

Oskaloosa--A win in its spring season opener has propelled the William Penn women’s golf team up the rankings as the NAIA's second top-25 poll was released Friday.

The Statesmen improved two positions to #21 with 178 points.  League rival Grand View is unofficially 33rd with three points.

Northwood (Fla.) remains #1 with 484 points and seven first-place votes, holding off SCAD Savannah (Ga.) by just one point (also with seven first-place votes).  British Columbia (four first-place votes), Oklahoma City, and Houston-Victoria (Texas) round out the top five.

The Statesmen are next in action on Monday and Tuesday by traveling to Fulton, Mo. to compete in the William Woods Invitational at Tanglewood Golf Course.

 

OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

Oskaloosa--Derek Seddon and Neiman Thompson were excellent to start the outdoor season and they were rewarded by being named Midwest Collegiate Conference Track and Field Athletes of the Week Monday.

Seddon was named Field AOW, while Thompson took the Track AOW honor; both individuals are first-time recipients.  Their efforts were performed at the Grand View Invitational last Friday.

Seddon qualified for nationals with an NAIA ‘A’ standard discus toss of 158-11.  He currently ranks seventh in the nation and is best in the MCC in the event.  The sophomore was also seventh in the shot put at 45-2.25 and ninth in the hammer throw at 141-7.

Thompson dominated the sprints, winning the 100-meter dash in 10.95 seconds and the 200 in 22.40 seconds.  The junior tops the league in both races.

WPU has now won 10 awards this year.