Men’s tennis heads to NCAA quarterfinals

The No. 9 men’s tennis team erased a 4-0 deficit to post a 5-4 victory against No. 18 Kalamazoo College in the NCAA Division III Central Region championship match May 6 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

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Washington U. picked up its 20th win of the season, breaking the single-season wins mark of 19 set in 1996. The Bears advance to the NCAA quarterfinals, which will be held May 15-17 at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in St. Louis. This will mark the fourth time in school history the Bears have advanced to the quarterfinals.

Sophomore Charlie Cutler, ranked No. 14 in the latest ITA Division III rankings, dropped the first set 7-6 and trailed 3-1 in the second. He rallied to win five of the next six games to claim the second set, 6-4. Cutler again trailed 5-4 in the third set before winning three straight games to send the Bears back to the quarterfinals.

WUSTL (20-4) will take on the winner of No. 1 University of California-Santa Cruz/No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Tuesday, May 15 in the quarterfinals at a time to be announced.

Baseball reaches 30 wins again

The baseball team (30-9) won both of its games last week to reach the 30-win plateau for the third straight season.

WUSTL upended Webster University, 9-3, May 5 to achieve the feat. The Red and Green jumped ahead 6-0 in the first two innings. Sophomore righthander Brian Williams pitched 6.2 innings to pick up his team-leading 10th win of the season. He gave up nine hits, three earned runs and added four strikeouts.

The Bears opened the week with an 8-0 win May 1 at Greenville College. The Red and Green, who made NCAA Tournament appearances the last two seasons, now await word from the NCAA Tournament selection committee, which will announce the tournament field May 14.

Track and field hits NCAA qualifying marks in Indiana

The men’s and women’s track and field teams turned in many strong performances this weekend at two outdoor meets in Indiana.

On May 4, the Bears sent competitors to the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington. The next day, they sent student-athletes to the Butler Twilight in Indianapolis.

At the Butler Twilight, junior Abbey Hartmann turned in a highlight performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Hartmann set the school record in the event, placing third in an NCAA provisional time of 10:59.75. In other action, sophomore Alli Alberts won the high jump by clearing 1.60 meters.

Freshman Keith England helped pace the WUSTL men at Butler, winning the javelin throw (52.63m).

Among the highlights at the Billy Hayes Invitational, senior Natalie Badowski broke the school record in the 800-meter run, clocking an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 2:13.00.