Friday, May 30, 2008

Spring Tournament Report

Ashland University’s run in the NCAA Division II College World Series came to an end Wednesday night with a 12-5 loss to Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), its second loss in three Series games. The Eagles defeated the University of Tampa (Fla.), the defending national champion, 6-5 in their first game in the double-elimination tournament; then lost 18-7 to no. 1 ranked Mount Olive (N.C) and finally to Ouachita Baptist.

In the Division III softball championships at Salem, Va., Muskingum College defeated Lynchburg but was eliminated by losing its next two games to branch campuses of the University of Wisconsin system, first Eau Claire and then Whitewater.

In the NCAA Division III track and field championships at Oshkosh, Wis., shot putter Dan Gund of Mount Union won with a toss of 17.44m; his team finished fourth in the meet. Ohio Northern finished in a tie for 29th place. In the women’s meet, Case Western Reserve, led by Esther Erb’s win in the 10,000-meter run (35:45.01), tied for 20th place. Capital was 30th, Mount Union 60th, and Wilmington 80th.

In the NCAA Division III women's golf tournament at Waverly, Iowa, Otterbein finished in fifth place, while in the men's tourney at Braselton, Ga., Mount Union tied for 12th place and Ohio Wesleyan finished 14th.

Findlay’s Kirby Blackley won two events at the NCAA Division II women’s meet at Walnut, Calif. She took the 100-meter hurdles in 13.29 seconds, and the long jump at 6.14m. Her team finished 14th overall, while Ashland’s women’s team finished 9th. In the men’s events, Ashland finished in third place while Tiffin was 34th.

Ohio Dominican’s visit to the NAIA baseball championship ended after two games, with losses in Lewiston, Idaho, to Bellevue (Neb.) and Azusa Pacific (Calif.). The Walsh softball team qualified for NAIA’s national championship tournament in Decatur, Ala., but after four losses did not continue on to the championship bracket.

At the NAIA golf championships at Plymouth, Ind., Malone’s men’s team finished 16th, while Ohio Dominican’s team qualified for the tournament but did not make the cut. Malone’s women finished 22nd at the NAIA tournament in San Diego.

Both Malone’s men and Ohio Dominican’s women lost in the first round of the NAIA tennis championships in Mobile, Ala.

In the NAIA outdoor track and field championships in Edwardsville, Ill., the women’s teams from Cedarville finished seventh and Malone 22nd, while Notre Dame was right behind in 23rd place. In the men’s meet, Malone and Cedarville exchanged finishes—Malone 7th and Cedarville 22nd—with Notre Dame in 57th place.

Bob Burke