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UWS, Stout split pair
Quinones added three RBIs and Holden scored three times to back Travis Elwood’s complete-game seven-hitter as UWS (17-14 overall, 8-10 WIAC) cruised in the opener.
The Blue Devils (20-15, 10-10) rebounded in the nightcap to win 8-3 behind Zach Carlson’s seven-hitter. Jack Schneider, Brady Burzynski and Jake Lunow had two hits apiece off UWS pitcher Damian Wilbin. Quinones and Jordan Koepp each had two hits for the Yellowjackets.
Saints pound Morris
Shortstop Tyler Duex led a 14-hit attack with a triple and four RBIs as St. Scholastica routed Minnesota-Morris 18-5 in a seven-inning Upper Midwest Athletic Conference game Friday at Morris.
Leadoff batter Austin Colvard had two hits and scored three runs and Tyler Henderson was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs for the Saints (22-10 overall, 14-1 UMAC).
The Cougars, who generated eight hits off starter Mickie Keuning, fell to 13-15 and 8-7.
Saints power past Northland
Leadoff hitter Tiff Hudack of Ashland had two home runs and five RBIs as St. Scholastica opened the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference tournament with an 11-2, five-inning victory over Northland College on Friday afternoon at Kenwood Field.
Former Duluth Central standout Molly Jazdzewski added three hits, including a home run, two runs and three RBIs as the Saints broke a program record with their 35th home run of the season. St. Scholastica (25-10) also tied a program record with its 19th straight victory.
Former Duluth Denfeld standout Nikki Logergren added two doubles and freshman pitcher Chris Mizera allowed just two hits while striking out 10 to improve to 10-4 on the season.
Brigid Reina had a double to lead fourth-seeded Northland (11-22), which plays third-seeded Northwestern College (16-22) at noon today in an elimination game. St. Scholastica advances to play Minnesota-Morris (21-15), a 4-3 winner over Northwestern, in the winners’ bracket at 2 p.m. today.
The double-elimination tournament runs through Sunday, with the winner receiving the conference’s automatic qualifier into next week’s NCAA Division III tournament. The Saints are seeking their 15th overall UMAC tournament title after having their streak of four straight snapped last year.
COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD
Saints look to extend dominance
The St. Scholastica men’s and women’s teams each plan to continue win streaks at the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships today at Big Cat Stadium in Morris, Minn.
The men’s team is seeking its third consecutive UMAC title, with sophomore Jeremy Peterson leading the way. Peterson of Hermantown currently leads the conference in shot put, discus and hammer throw marks. Sophomore Kevin Wagner also leads the league in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.25 seconds and freshman Josh Simmons ranks fourth less than two-tenths of a second behind. The men’s team won 10 events at last year’s conference meet.
The women are seeking to make it 10 straight conference titles. Senior Beck Huberty is second in NCAA Division III with a throw of 57.23 meters. Cross country national champion Chelsea Johnson is first in the conference in the 5,000 meters, as is the Saints’ 1,600 relay team of Maggie Kurtovich, Laurel Ohaju, Andrea Mogren and Brianna Buske. The Saints women won 14 events en route to last year’s championship.
-- After the first day of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships in Oshkosh, Wisconsin-Superior’s men’s team resides in eighth place, with five points, while the women are in last. Wisconsin-La Crosse leads both the men’s and women’s standings. The Eagles men have 77 points, 36 ahead of second-place Oshkosh, and the women have 58 points, 17 more than Wisconsin-Stout.
The meet concludes today.