For The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
The Anderson University women’s track and field team finished second in the six-team Raven Invitational on Saturday at Macholtz Stadium. The Raven men were third in the meet.
Shantol McMahon led the women with top-five finishes in the shot put (2nd, 36-4 1/4) and high jump (3rd, 130-1) and was sixth in the javelin (88-0) and seventh in the discus (101-7).
Other top-five finishers for the women were Rachel Grubbs in the 200 meters (2nd), Deborah Gardner in the 100 meters (3rd) and 200 meters (3rd), Margo Sinclair in the 5,000 meters (3rd), Dionna Burden in the 400 meters (4th), Maddie Baxter in the 800 meters (4th), Casey Gillespie in the 5,000 meters (4th), Janell Bender in the 1,500 meters (4th), Melissa Green in the shot put (4th) and Sarah Warren in the long jump (4th).
Max Kittle led the men with a pair of victories in the 110 hurdles (15.81) and the 400 hurdles (56.43). Neal Tardy also won the 1,500 meters in a time of 4:24.
Brad McNeil had a pair of top-five finishes in the 400 hurdles (2nd, 56.46) and 110 hurdles (2nd, 17.32).
Other top five finishers in the running events were Sam Bayliss in the 800 meters (2nd), Eric Linn in the 5,000 meters (2nd), Nick Moyer in the 400 meters (3rd), Ryan Saylor in the 5,000 meters (3rd), Davis Thompson in the 5,000 meters (5th), Patrick Smith in the 1,500 meters (5th) and Cameron Mason in the 400 meters (5th).
Top-five finishers in the field events were Joe Daubenspeck in the high jump (2nd), Caleb Collier in the shot put (3rd), Kyle Miles in the long jump (3rd) and Daubenspeck in the long jump (5th)
Bethel won the women’s team title with 297 points. Anderson finshed with 82 followed by Earlham (34), Thomas More (31), Trine (18) and IU East (18).
Bethel also took the men’s title with 184 points. Thomas more was second with 134 followed by Anderson (118), Earlham (54), IU East (41) and Trine (24).
AU runs in the NCAA Div. III meet next Saturday at Franklin College.
Softball sweeps Defiance
DEFIANCE, Ohio — The Anderson University softball team swept Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Defiance College by scores of 2-0 and 8-6.
In the first game, Katy Ogden led the Ravens offense with two hits, and Amy Wuestefeld added a hit and the game-winning RBI, scoring Katie Lee on a single in the third inning.
Megan Ream added an insurance run with a RBI sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to score pinch-runner Sorcha Cox.
Sami Frazier won her third straight game, allowing two hits and no runs in seven innings while striking out five without a walk.
Frazier picked up her fourth win in a row in the second contest, tossing the final two innings in relief, allowing two hits and no runs while striking out two.
Hannah Belvo also pitched four innings of relief, allowing three hits and one run while striking out one.
The offense gave the pitching staff plenty of support, banging out 17 hits in the contest. Lauren Smith led the way with three hits and two RBIs.
Wuestefeld had three hits and an RBI, and Lys Hess also had three hits and a run scored. Samantha Steele and Katie Lee each had two hits and an RBI in the game, and Ogden added a triple.
Yardley Collett chipped in with a hit and two RBIs, and Megan Ream and Natalie Moorhouse each had a double.
AU (12-8, 3-3 HCAC) hosts HCAC leader Bluffton (15-11, 7-1 HCAC) on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The Ravens have won a school-record 18 straight games at home.
Baseball splits with Transylvania
ANDERSON — The Anderson University baseball team split a seven-hour doubleheader against HCAC foe Transylvania University, losing the first game 14-13, but winning the finale 13-8.
In the first game, the Pioneers came back from a 12-7 deficit with five runs in the eighth inning. After the Ravens went back ahead with a run in the bottom of the inning, Transy countered with two in the top of the ninth to earn the victory.
Jacob Craft led the Ravens offense with four hits, three runs and five RBIs, including a double and a home run.
Ryan McPike and Jeremy Shelmadine each had thee hits and two RBIs, including a home run by the latter. Jacob Barnes added two hits, two runs and two RBIs, including a pair of doubles.
Andrew Eiler had two hits and an RBI, and Jordan Ball and Austin Young chipped in with two hits each as the Ravens outhit the Pioneers 20-17 in the contest.
The game featured 12 pitchers, including seven Anderson hurlers with Mark Garrett taking the loss. Starter Nolan Schaefer (4 2/3 innings), Blake Hall (2 1/3), Andrew Enderle (2/3), Tyler Watson (2 batters), Brian Page (1/3) and Dane DeWitt (1/3) also threw in the contest.
In the second game, the Ravens raced out to a 7-0 lead after five innings before the Pioneers cut the deficit to 7-5 with five in the sixth. AU tacked on a run in the sixth, two in the seventh and three more in the eighth to put the game away.
McPike led the offense with three hits, two runs and two RBIs, and Young had two hits, two runs and an RBI, including a home run.
Zack Hufferd and Connor Morris had two hits and two RBIs, and Shelmadine added two hits, three runs and an RBI. Ball chipped in with two hits and a run scored.
Starter Jake Eaton earned the victory, allowing 12 hits and eight runs in 7 1/3 innings while striking out three.
AU (10-12, 6-4 HCAC) travels to Wabash on Monday at 4 p.m.