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posted on 4/14/09
THIS WEEK IN PUMA SPORTS
SOFTBALL SWEEPS WEEKEND, MOVED UP TO FIFTH IN GLVC STANDINGS
The softball team added four more wins to their record by defeating Drury University 4-2 and 5-2 on Friday. On Saturday the Pumas continued their hot play by beating Rockhurst University 3-0 in the opener before dramatically taking game two 6-5 in 11 innings.
On Friday, Sara Somogyi (Sr., Chicago, Ill./Resurrection College Prep) went the distance in both games to pick up her 16th and 17th wins of the season. Nicole Costello (So., Oak Lawn, Ill./H.L. Richards) was two for four with a double and two RBIs in game one while Amy Varner (Fr., Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) was the offensive highlight in the evening game going two for two with an RBI.
On Saturday Somogyi dominated Rockhurst in game one to pick up her third win of the weekend and 18th on the season. She only allowed two hits in the 3-0 shutout of the Hawks while striking out 14. Rachel Weaver (Fr., Crown Point, Ind./Lake Central) was two for two with an RBI.
In game two the Pumas got out to a 5-2 lead, but RU fought back to tie the game in the sixth inning and force extra frames. Weaver moved over to relief Somogyi in the top of the seventh and went five scoreless innings allowing three hits to pick up the victory. Weaver ended a career day with a walk-off solo homerun in the bottom of the 11th inning. She finished the game five for six with a double, homerun, and one RBI.
BASEBALL SPLITS WITH KNIGHTS REMAINS FOURTH IN GLVC EAST
The baseball team opened a four game series with Bellarmine University on Saturday by splitting two games. The Pumas lost the opener 11-10 in 10 innings, but won game two of the day 6-3. On Sunday SJC took game one 4-2 before dropping the finale 9-2.
SJC took a 9-6 lead into the eighth inning but the Knights scored four runs to take the lead. SJC tied the game in the ninth inning, but BU's Braxton Graven hit his fourth homerun of the day to end the game in the 10th inning.
In game two on Saturday the Puma offense got Chase Sonen (RSr., Cary, Ill./Cary Grove) a 5-2 lead after three innings as Sonen shut down the Knights to pick up his fifth win of the season. Andrew Jesse returned to the line-up and went one for three with a homerun.
On Sunday the Pumas started the day stifling the Knights' bats as Shane Zegarac (Sr., Lansing, Ill./South Suburban) went the full seven innings, striking out 10 to help give SJC the 4-2 victory.
The Knights slugged past the Pumas in the second game on Sunday winning the 9-2 decision. Nate Weglarz (Jr., Homewood, Ill./South Suburban) was three for five with an RBI.
PUMA TRACK AND FIELD 6th AT LITTLE STATE
The men's and women's track teams each finished 6th in the 18 team field at Little State contested at Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday.
Tadd Hettinger (Jr., Rochester, Ind./Rochester) won the triple jump with a mark of 46 feet, 3.5 inches. Hettinger also finished fifth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 56.08 seconds. Justin Pugh (Jr., Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) won the 110 meter hurdles with a national qualifying mark of 14.79 seconds.
On the women's side Alexis DeJean (So., Indianapolis, Ind./Brownsburg) produced a solid day for the Puma throwers by finishing fourth in the shot put, fifth in the discus, and seventh in the hammer throw. Melissa Buche (So., Lowell, Ind./Lowell) won the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 5 inches and Tiffani Sawmiller (So., Wapakoneta, Ohio/Wapakoneta) finished second in the 10,000 meters and fifth in the 5,000 meters.
MEN'S GOLF 10th AT GLVC CHAMPIONSHIPS
The men's golf team finished 10th on Saturday at the GLVC Golf Championships contested at Otter Creek golf Course in Columbus, Indiana.
The Pumas posted a three day total of 945 to finish 10th out of the 13 team field. Mike Hruenk (Sr., Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) paced SJC with rounds of 75, 79, and 75 to finish in a tie for 21st. Eddy Sheptak (Sr., Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) started well with opening rounds of 79 and 74, but fell into a tie for 33rd with a final round 80.
The baseball team will host Kentucky State University on Tuesday. First pitch at Gil Hodges Field is scheduled for 12 p.m. CDT. The Pumas will then turn their attention towards the weekend as the GLVC East leading University of Indianapolis hits Rensselaer, Indiana. First pitch at Gil Hodges Field is scheduled for 12 p.m. CDT.
The softball team will host Northern Kentucky University on Wednesday making up a previous scheduled game. First pitch will be at 3 p.m. CDT. SJC will travel north to play Calumet College of Saint Joseph's on Thursday. The doubleheader is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. CDT. On Saturday the Pumas will host the University of Indianapolis before hitting the road on Sunday to play Saint Mary's of the Woods. Each double header will start at 12 p.m. CDT.
The women's golf team will head to Lockport, Illinois this weekend in preparation for the Lewis Aviator Classic to be contested at Prairie Bluff Golf Course on Sunday and Monday.
The men's golf team will conclude their season at the third and final NCAA Regional on Sunday and Monday at Purgatory Golf Course in Noblesville, Indiana.
The men's and women's track team will travel to Purdue University on Saturday to compete in the Dave Rankin Invitational.
The men's and women's tennis team will host the University of Missouri-Saint Louis on Friday for a 2 p.m. CDT match. On Saturday the Pumas will host Quincy University. The match is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. CDT.
REINFORCEMENTS DESIGN PUMA ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
The Reinforcements Design Puma Athletes of the Week are Rachel Weaver and Shane Zegarac. Weaver batted .533 with a double, homerun, and three RBIs. She helped the Pumas to four straight home victories, including game two against Rockhurst as she pitched the final five innings to pick p the win and broke the 5-5 tie in the 11th inning with a walk-off homerun. Zegarac produced a complete game with the 4-2 victory over the Knights on Sunday afternoon. The lefthander went the full seven innings allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out 10 of the 29 batters faced.