Sports Shorts (April 17, 2013)


Baseball back to 10th in national rankings

Before the season started, the Webster University baseball team was ranked 10th in the preseason polls. At one point early in 2013, the Gorloks dropped out of the national rankings altogether.

The Gorloks have won 20 of their last 22 games — including taking down then-No. 1 Wheaton College (Mass.) and then-No. 2 Marietta College (Ohio) between March 10 and 15 — to jump back to where they started the year at No. 10.

The baseball team’s current six-game win streak has kept its St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record perfect thus far at 14-0. The Gorloks’ record is 22-6 overall on the season.

Ahead of Webster in the national polls (followed by record) is

—No. 9 Manchester University (Ind.) 23-1-1

—No. 8 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 18-4

—No. 7 SUNY-Cortland (N.Y.) 21-8

—No. 6 Marietta College 17-6

—No. 5 Salisbury University (Md.) 23-6

—No. 4 University of St. Thomas (Minn.) 16-4

—No. 3 Kean University (N.J.) 24-6

—No. 2 Johns Hopkins University (Md.) 26-2

—No. 1 Linfield College (Ore.) 26-5.

Sophomore left-hander Isaac Behme leads the pitching staff with a 6-2 record, and his six victories is tied for best in the SLIAC. Senior pitcher Jason Gray leads the SLIAC with 4 saves, and senior center fielder Cody Stevenson’s 23 stolen bases is tops in the conference.

Webster’s originally scheduled game at Greenville College (Ill.) on Wednesday, April 17 has been moved to Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in Greenville, Ill. Webster will then take on Washington University in St. Louis — who Webster owns a 1-2 record against in 2013 — on Tuesday, April 23 at 3 p.m. in Clayton.

Golf earns 8th place in Weist Foundation Classic

The Webster University golf team shot a two-day total of 639 (325-314) in the Weist Foundation Classic in Decatur, Ill., on April 12-13. Millikin University (Ill.) hosted the event.

The Gorloks finished eighth out of the 17 teams at the tournament. Senior Dan Klipsch shot the lowest Gorlok score this weekend with a two-round total of 150 (77-73). He finished tied for 11th out of 87 golfers in the field. Seniors Kyler Scott and Steven Kinsman shared 26th place with totals of 157. Scott shot an 81-76, and Kinsman had an 80-77 weekend. Junior Andrew Noble wound up tied for 37th with his 161 (81-80). Freshman Brodie Dakin tied for 50th with a total of 165 (83-82), and junior Andrew Dowd rounded out the Gorloks with a 172 (91-81) to tie for 62nd place.

Webster will compete in the 2013 Blueboy Invitational hosted by Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill., on April 20-21. Tee time for Saturday, April 20 is noon, and start time for Sunday, April 21 is 8:30 a.m.

Women’s tennis prepares for SLIAC tournament with Fontbonne sweep

With the cancellation of the Webster University women’s tennis team’s match at Washington University in St. Louis on Tuesday, April 16, the Gorloks’ regular season came to an abrupt end. Webster’s season record wraps up at 12-1 overall and a 5-1 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference mark.

The Gorloks’ 2013 regular season finale was a Sunday, April 14 match against Fontbonne University at the Webster Groves Tennis Center. Webster swept the Griffins 9-0. Senior Lindsey Hays swept her opponent at No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-0. Sophomore Mackenize Wilder was also perfect in her singles match at No. 5, 6-0, 6-0.

The 11-match win streak halted, however, in a 9-0 loss to Principia College (Ill.) on Thursday, April 11 in Elsah, Ill. Freshman Kaylen Kress was the only Gorlok to win a set in her No. 3 singles match. Kress lost the third set and ultimately her match 2-6, 6-3, 3-6.

Principia, Greenville College (Ill.), and Westminster College (Mo.) still have matches to play in the 2013 regular season. If the SLIAC championship tournament were to start at press time, Webster would have the No. 2 seed and face Greenville (No. 3, 7-7, 4-2 SLIAC) in Round 1. Principia, the No. 1 seed (9-3, 5-0 SLIAC), would play Westminster (2-8, 2-3 SLIAC) as the other semifinals match.

The SLIAC championship tournament semifinals will take place on Friday, April 19 at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center — located at 5620 Grand Blvd. — and the finals and third-place matches will take place on April 20 at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center.

Four Gorloks win SLIAC Player of the Week award

Four Webster athletes from four different teams earned the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week award for the week of April 8-14. The winners were

—Junior pitcher Dylan Dean Smith (baseball)

—Freshman Travis Blair (men’s tennis)

—Senior Dan Klipsch (golf)

—Junior Eroica Stackhouse (women’s track and field).

Smith tossed the first no-hitter in program history in the 6-0 win over MacMurray College (Ill.) on Saturday, April 13. Smith is 3-0 with 1 save in 26 innings pitched this season. Smith also owns a 3.12 ERA in six games (three starts). Smith missed all of 2012 due to an injury.

Blair had a 6-1 week for the Gorloks in his matches. Blair won his No. 4 singles match against regionally ranked Augustana College (Ill.) on April 13. Overall in 2013, Blair is 15-3 overall in singles matches in 2013.

Klipsch finished the Weist Foundation Classic on April 12-13 tied for 11th place out of 87 golfers in the field. Klipsch earned the finish and award with a score of 150 (77-73).

Stackhouse competed the 5,000-meter run at the Billiken Open on Friday, April 12. Her time of 19 minutes, 5.91 seconds broke the program record and placed her 14th out of the 34 runners in the event. Stackhouse also ran the 800-meter run and the 1,500-meter run at the meet. She finished the 800 in 2:34.99 and the 1,500 in 5:10.05. Stackhouse placed 25th of 51 in the 800 and 22nd of 43 in the 1,500.

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