Softball team heads to NCAAs again

The top-ranked softball team (45-1) will make its fourth straight at-large appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament, as announced May 9 by the NCAA Softball Committee.

The Bears will play in a six-team Midwest Regional today through May 16 at Coe College.

Other teams are St. Mary’s University (34-10), Fontbonne University (32-11), Coe College (36-4), the University of Wisconsin-Stout (25-19) and defending national champion University of St. Thomas (36-6).

Baseball team sets school wins mark

The baseball team (31-8) capped off a record regular season May 3 as it split at Greenville College.

WUSTL took Game 1, 13-3, and fell, 8-5, in the nightcap.

The Bears now await the selections for the NCAA Tournament, which will be announced May 15.

Track and field teams shine at 2 invitationals

The men’s and women’s track and field teams made their marks at the Billy Hayes Invitational on May 6 and at the Butler Twilight on May 7.

At the Billy Hayes Invite, the Bears were led by senior Conrad Warmbold and freshman Morgen Leonard-Fleckman, who each placed high in the pole-vault competition.

Junior David Skiba recorded an NCAA “B” cut in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 14.83 at the Butler Twilight. The mark was just 2/100 of a second off his season-best mark.

Senior Maggie Grabow continued her ascent in the 5,000, clocking a school record time of 17:01.92 to win the event by 30 seconds and just missing an automatic NCAA-qualifying time.

Men’s tennis season ends in regionals

The No. 17 men’s tennis team was eliminated from the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Tournament May 7 after falling to No. 10 Kalamazoo College, 5-0, in first-round action.

Women’s tennis falls to No. 6 DePauw

The women’s tennis team fell to sixth-ranked DePauw University, 5-0, in NCAA First Round action May 7 in Granville, Ohio.