Sports update May 3

Men’s tennis improves to 17-4; awaits NCAA bid

The No. 2 men’s tennis team concluded regular season play with a pair of 9-0 victories at home against Westminster College April 29 and No. 19 DePauw University May 1.

The Bears (17-4) now await word to hear if they will receive an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Division III Championships. Bids will be announced Monday, May 10, while first round action begins Friday, May 14, at campus sites.

WUSTL is looking to make its 11th-straight NCAA appearance, and ninth consecutive under head coach Roger Follmer.

Hana Damore breaks school record in hammer throw

The men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams both were in competition at the Monmouth College Fighting Scots Invitational May 1, in Monmouth, Ill.

The day was highlighted by senior Hana Damore’s performance in the women’s hammer throw, in which she won with a school record-breaking distance of 49.70.

The men’s team placed fifth overall at the meet with a team score of 74.50 points, while the women tallied 63.50 points for a sixth-place finish.

Damore’s first-place distance in the hammer eclipsed the old school record of 49.52, set by Aubrey Edwards in 2009, and met NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship qualifying standards. Her performance ranks as the 14th best submitted in Division III this season.

Sophomore Liz Phillips also posted an NCAA championship qualifying mark on Saturday. She placed third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:12.51, which tied for the fourth-best time in Division III this season.

Both teams return to action Saturday, May 8, at the Lindenwood University Last Chance Meet in St. Charles, Mo.

Women’s golf earns first-ever bid to NCAA championship

The women’s golf team will make its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III championship. The Bears earned an at-large bid to the NCAA postseason tournament, which will be played Tuesday-Friday, May 11-14, at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

Softball splits four at home

The No. 9 softball team split two doubleheaders at home last weekend.

The Bears rallied for a 7-6 victory in the first game against Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis May 1 before suffering a 3-2 defeat in game two.

WUSTL followed that up with a 3-1 win over Fontbonne University May 2, before dropping the nightcap to the Griffins 2-0.

Junior pitcher Claire Voris earned 2010 University Athletic Association (UAA) Player of the Year accolades for the second-straight year to highlight five honorees on the All-UAA Team. Voris is the fourth player in school history to earn Player of the Year honors, and just the second (Laurel Sagartz, 2004-07) to earn the award in multiple seasons.

She was joined on the first team by senior Megan Fieser, senior Ashton Hitchcock, senior Carter Malouf and sophomore Corissa Santos.

The Bears (33-8) conclude regular season play with a doubleheader at home against No. 14 ranked DePauw University at noon Saturday, May 8.

Baseball ends season with loss at Maryville

The baseball team fell to 17-15 with a 13-12 loss at NCAA Division II Maryville University April 2.

Maryville erased a 12-4 deficit with nine unanswered runs over the final three innings of the game. The Saints started the comeback by scoring four runs off WUSTL starter Jeremy Rogoff in the bottom of the sixth, and ended the rally with a five-run eighth.

WUSTL hung four runs on the board in the fifth inning, and added five more in the sixth, but it was not enough to hold off Maryville’s late-inning barrage.

Junior Matt Skinner, junior Travis May and sophomore Brandon Rogalski each tallied a pair of RBIs for the WUSTL offense. Rogoff fanned six batters to increase his team-leading strikeout total to 75 on the year, but he received a no decision. Junior Bryce Hrovat picked up the loss, dropping his record to 4-2.

Alex Beyer earns NCAA postgraduate scholarship

Senior Alex Beyer of the men’s swimming and diving team has been selected as one of 29 winners of the NCAA men’s winter postgraduate scholarship program.

Beyer will receive $7,500 to apply toward a graduate degree program.

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