Sports update April 11

Davis sets NCAA qualifying mark in 110 hurdles

Men’s outdoor track and field junior Dan Davis set an automatic qualifying mark in the 110-meter hurdles at the Washington University Select Meet April 9.

The women’s team finished first out of five school in the team standings, tallying 158 points, while the men’s team finished second with 141 points, behind Central College’s 179 points.

Davis’ impressive time of 14.34 in the 110-meter hurdles was not only a 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship automatic qualifier, but it was just 0.01 shy of tying the WUSTL school record. Junior Tyler Jackson provisionally qualified for the 110-hurdles with a time of 14.67.

The women’s team featured five individual event winners with the Bears posting their top finishes in the distance events. Senior Taryn Surtees won the 1,500-meter with a time of 4:48.05 and junior Molly Wawrzyniak posted a first-place time of 11:33.76 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Freshman Gabby Reuveni finished first in the 3,000-meter (11:25.69) and junior Liz Phillips earned the top spot in the 800-meter with a mark of 2:15.03.

Both teams return to action Friday, April 15 at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Twilight Meet in Terre Haute, Ind.

Women’s tennis finishes third at invitational

The No. 17 women’s tennis team defeated a pair of ranked teams en route to a third-place finish at the 2011 Midwest Invitational April 9-10 in Madison, Wis.

The Bears came back from a 2-1 deficit after doubles play to pick up a 6-3 win over No. 14 DePauw University April 9. WUSTL suffered a 5-2 setback against No. 3 University of Chicago April 10, but rebounded by picking up a narrow win over No. 11 Gustavus Adolphus College, 5-4, in the third-place match.

Freshman Corinne Rauck went 5-0 playing at No. 2 and 3 doubles and No. 5 and 6 singles while sophomore Paige Madara posted a 4-1 mark at singles and doubles.

WUSTL (12-4) returns to action Thursday, April 14, when it travels to McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill. at 4:30 p.m.

Men’s tennis wins three matches at home

The No. 5 men’s tennis team picked up three wins at home last weekend to improve its overall record to 11-4.

The Bears defeated NAIA No. 24 Lindenwood University, 6-3, April 8, and then notched a pair of victories against NAIA No. 18 McKendree University (5-4) and Principia College (9-0) April 9.

Sophomore Gary Parizher lifted the Bears to a come-from-behind victory over McKendree with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 come-from-behind win at No. 3 singles.

WUSTL (11-4) plays its final match before the University Athletic Association Championship at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 against Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Softball improves to 24-7-1

The softball team posted a 5-1 record last week to improve its overall record to 24-7-1.

The Bears began the week with a doubleheader split at home against NCAA Division II Maryville University April 6. WUSTL won the first game 7-5, before suffering a 5-2 defeat in the nightcap.

On April 9, the Bears competed in the Illinois Wesleyan University Tournament, posting a 4-1 win over the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a 5-4 eight-inning victory over No. 21 ranked Illinois Wesleyan.

Freshman Maggie Mullen drove in five runs and junior Olivia Cook threw a complete-game shutout as the Bears posted a doubleheader sweep over Webster University April 10.

Mullen was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs in the Bears’ 6-3 Game One victory, while Cook struck out six and allowed two hits in a 5-0 win in Game Two.

The Bears return to action at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, for a doubleheader at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.

Women’s golf third at Katman Classic

The No. 5 women’s golf team placed third at the DePauw University Katman Classic April 9 -10.

No. 2 DePauw University ran away with the team championship after firing a two-day total of 612 (314-298). No. 20 Olivet College finished second with a 646 (326-320), while WUSTL was third with a 647 (323-324).

Sophomore Hannah Buck tied for third place in the individual standings after firing a two-day total of 155 (78-77). Freshman Andrea Hibbert (81-81) and Marcy Koonce (84-78) also had top-10 finishes, tying for 10th place with a 162. Freshman Allyson Chee (80-88, 168) tied for 23rd place, while sophomore Melanie Walsh tied for 32nd place (84-88, 172). Junior Katie Homa competed as an individual and tied for 45th place with a two-day total of 186 (96-90).

WUSTL plays its final regular season tournament on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, at the Millikin Hickory Point Open in Decatur, Ill.

Baseball 2-2 during road trip to Iowa

The baseball team went 2-2 during a four-game road swing through Iowa April 9 and 10.

The Bears split a double eader with Central College April 9 in Pella, Iowa, dropping the first game 7-2 but winning the second 7-0. WUSTL then headed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, splitting another doubleheader, this time with Coe College, taking the first game 8-3, but falling in the second game by the same score.

Sophomore pitcher Stephen Bonser threw a complete-game shutout and senior Joe Noon hit a home run and tallied four RBIs in the Bears’ win over Central. Senior Adam Merzel picked up the win against Coe, throwing 6.1 innings while allowing three earned runs.

Offensively junior Brandon Rogalski and senior Matt Bayer each hit two-run home runs in the first inning against Coe to provide Merzel with plenty of run support

WUSTL (21-13) returns to action at 3 p.m. Friday, April 15, when it hosts Webster University at Kelly Field.

Baseball stadium to be dedicated to former WUSTL coach, administrator Irv Utz

The Department of Athletics and the W Club will host the Irv Utz Stadium dedication celebration and baseball alumni reunion at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at in conjunction with the Bears’ game against Principia College.

More than 100 alums spanning several decades, along with Utz family members, will be in attendance to celebrate former WUSTL head baseball coach Irv Utz and participate in two days of alumni festivities.

During the dedication John Schael, director of athletics, will unveil a commemorative plaque officially renaming the WUSTL baseball complex Kelly Field at Irv Utz Stadium.

A member of the Washington University Sports Hall of Fame, Utz was a coach and administrator at WUSTL for more than 16 years. In 11 seasons as head baseball coach, Utz compiled an overall record of 162-66 (.711).

He also spent time as head football coach, assistant football coach and assistant athletic director. Utz passed away in December 1963 and was elected into the Washington University Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.