Baseball team heads to NCAA Tournament

For the first time in 13 years, the baseball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament.

No. 5 seed WUSTL (31-8) faced No. 2 seed Wartburg College (31-9) in the second game of the Central Region Championship on May 19, after Record presstime.

The regional is hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University.

No. 1 Aurora University (34-7), No. 3 Illinois Wesleyan (32-11), No. 4 Edgewood College (26-14) and No. 6 Ripon College (22-13) round out the field.

Softball team falls to defending champs

The Bears went 2-2 at the Midwest Region Championship in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as their season ended May 16 against the University of St. Thomas, the defending national champion.

WUSTL opened the regional with a 1-0 win against St. Mary’s University, as sophomore Laurel Sagartz picked up her 23rd win of the season. The Red and Green fell to St. Thomas in the second game, 7-0, moving it into the loser’s bracket.

WUSTL knocked off St. Mary’s again, this time 6-1, setting the stage for another showdown with St. Thomas. The Tommies prevailed 9-0 to end the Bears’ season.

WUSTL (47-3) finishes one win shy of matching the Division III single-season record.

Track and field teams show well at Keeler

The men’s and women’s track and field teams turned in strong performances at the Dr. Keeler Invitational on May 12-13 in Naperville, Ill.

Junior Laura Ehret paced the Bears, breaking the school record in the 800-meter run.

Ehret clocked a time of 2:13.93, provisionally qualifying her for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which are two weeks away.

Senior Hallie Hutchens missed breaking another school record by only 2/100 of a second.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Hutchens posted a time of 14.49 to place second in the 36-person field, which also earned an NCAA “B” cut.

On the men’s side, junior David Skiba led the way, finishing second in the 400-meter hurdles. He recorded a time of 52.98, the fastest on the team this year and also a provisional qualifier.

The Red and Green registered team season-best times in three other events.