Gorlok wins Mascot Madness crown
The Webster University Gorlok beat Artie the Artichoke in the championship matchup of the Mascot Madness bracket on April 4.
Early in the day, Artie, Scottsdale Community College’s mascot, held the lead over the Gorlok, but the Webster faithful would not be denied. The Gorlok earned 53 percent of fan votes to win the title of the most unusual college mascot.
The Gorlok advanced to the championship by steamrolling Blue Blob of Xavier University in the Sweet 16, Keggy the Keg of Dartmouth College in the Elite Eight and Buzz of the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Final Four.
Radio station 1290 “The Source” in Tucson, Arizona, put on the event. Sixteen of the most unusual college mascots in the country were selected to participate. Fan voting determined the winner of each matchup.
Baseball team opens SLIAC season by winning five of six
Webster University’s baseball team began the conference portion of their schedule on March 30, as the Gorloks split a doubleheader with Greenville College. Webster then beat Blackburn College in three straight games to improve their conference record to 5-1.
The Gorloks beat Greenville in the first of two games at GCS Ballpark, 8-0. David Mueller pitched a two-hit shutout and Tom Henke went 2 for 3 with four RBI and two runs scored to lead Webster to the win.
Greenville bounced back in the second game, sneaking by the Gorloks 2-1. Webster managed only one hit against Greenville’s David Massengill.
Webster then traveled to Blackburn on April 2 and earned a 9-3 road victory. The next day, Webster swept Blackburn in a doubleheader at GCS Ballpark, 6-4 and 15-0. Webster faces Greenville on the road on April 6 before returning home to take on Principia College on April 8 at 7 p.m.
Softball team pounds Spalding, splits with Fontbonne
Webster University’s softball team had no problems in their April 2 road doubleheader at Spalding University, as the Gorloks dismantled the Golden Eagles in both games, 13-3 and 11-3.
Webster banged out 19 hits in the first game, including a 3 for 4 effort from Kristie Konersmann. In the second game, Kaytlin Burczak, Jessica Arcangel and Chelsea Schaffer hit home runs, which was enough run support for Ashley Meagher, who improved her record to 5-3.
On March 31, the Gorloks defeated Fontbonne University 5-2 in the opener of the doubleheader, but fell to the Griffins 10-5 in the second game. Fontbonne won the SLIAC postseason tournament last season by beating Webster in the championship matchup.
Webster travels to Greenville College for an April 6 doubleheader before returning home for an April 9 doubleheader against Principia College, which begins at 1 p.m. at Blackburn Park. On April 10, the Gorloks play two games against 19-6-1 Washington University.
Men’s tennis beats Greenville to cap busy week
Webster University’s men’s tennis team played five matches in a span of three days from April 1 through 3. On April 1, the Gorloks shut out Fontbonne 9-0. The next day, the Gorloks traveled to Bloomington, Illinois, to take on Dominican University and Illinois Wesleyan University.
The Gorloks ran through Dominican, 8-1, but lost to Wesleyan 9-0. In the match against Wesleyan, three Gorloks — Agustin Villalba, Adis Beganovic and Ryan Fassler — lost in the third set of their matches. Wesleyan improved to 9-1 with the win.
On April 3, the Gorloks split a pair of matches against SLIAC foes at the Webster Groves Tennis Center. Westminster College, the SLIAC defending champ, beat Webster 8-1. Diego Alarcon picked up Webster’s only win at the No. 2 singles spot.
Webster rebounded by knocking off an undermanned Eureka College team, 9-0. Eureka had to concede three of the matches due to not having enough players. Webster finished the week strong by beating Greenville College 5-4 on April 5.
The Gorloks play home matches against Concordia Seminary on April 8 at 6 p.m. and Missouri Baptist University on April 9 at 9 a.m. The Gorloks also face Lindenwood University-Belleville on the road on April 9, before returning home to take on Quincy University on April 10.
Women’s tennis continues hot streak
After falling in the season opener to Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis, Webster University’s women’s tennis team has rolled off seven wins in a row. The Gorloks defeated Fontbonne on April 1 by a 7-2 score.
On April 3, Webster beat two more conference opponents to improve their SLIAC record to 3-0. Webster recorded a 7-2 victory over Westminster College and then shut out Eureka College 9-0 at the Webster Groves Tennis Center. Kate Coen has won 14 consecutive matches and Lindsey Hays has won 13 in a row.
Webster hosts Greenville College on April 8 at 6 p.m. and Missouri Baptist University on April 9 at 9 a.m. The Gorloks also travel to Lindenwood University-Belleville on April 9, before taking on Quincy University on April 10 at 2 p.m.