WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — The University of Findlay baseball team fell to 3-2 with a 5-3 loss to Ashland at Henley Field.
The Oilers fell behind early, giving up one run in the bottom of the first inning on a one-out double, another run in the second on a two-out single, and three runs in the fourth.
Facing a five run deficit, freshman outfielder Ethan St. Clair reached first on a hit by pitch, and later scored on Nic Varda’s two-run homer
After a scoreless seventh and eighth inning for both squads, the Oilers had their last chance to even the score in the top of the ninth.
After a leadoff single from freshman catcher Ryan O’Malley, senior Troy Merriman reached first with two outs on an error from the second baseman. Freshman Tyler Burley, who pinch ran for O’Malley, scored on the error.
Corey Carl went 62/3 innings, and yielded five earned runs and recorded five strikeouts.
UF golf teams in 8th place
The University of Findlay’s Luke Kelly shot a 72 to lead the Oilers on the second day of the Panther Invitational at the Duran Golf Club in Melbourne, Fla. on Monday.
Kelly’s 72 gave him a 36-hole total of 149 strokes for 14th place. The Oilers are in eighth place as a team and have a 36-hole score of 324-303–627.
Cam Wardley is tied for 41st with an 82-77–159 and Ryan Wilburn is tied for 49th with a 79-82–161.
Justin Roth (84-79–163), Dylan DeWitt (81-82 “” 163), Cameron Bruce (90-75–165), Sam Griffith (83,-83–166) and Grant Ricketts (85-81–166) are also competing for Findlay.
Florida Southern leads the 11-team field with a 568-578 margin over second-place Barry.
The University of Findlay women’s golf team kicked off its spring schedule by playing 36 holes to open the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational at the Golden Bear Club in Windemere, Fla. The Oilers fired a score of 310-302–612 on day one, which is good for eighth place.
Mackenzie Keenoy shot a team-best a team-best 75-76–151 and is tied for 30th place individually.
Makenzie Torres finished one stroke behind Keenoy and is tied for 35th with a 77-74–151.
Samantha Hatter is tied for 39th with a 152. Hatter carded a 79 in the opening round and then fired a 73 in round two, the lowest 18 hole score for the Oilers on the day.
Samantha Kellstrom (76-77–153) is tied for 43rd, Meredith Wipper (81-78–159) and Kristina Kniesly (79-81–159) are both tied for 65th, Kelsey Koesters (84-90–174) is tied for 92nd and Mikaela Hickey (87-89–176) is tied for 94th.
The final day of competition will take place today.
ONU sends 8 to NCAAs
ADA –Senior Emily Richards will compete in four events when the Ohio Northern’s indoor track and field teams compete in the NCAA Division II national championships beginning Friday in Birmingham, Alabama.
Six women and two men qualified for nationals for the Polar Bears.
Richards, now a 4-time qualifier for the indoor championships during her career at ONU, qualified for the meet in four events.
Richards, who has qualified for nationals all four years, owns the fastest time in the country and is the No. 1 seed in the 800- and 3,000-meter runs and the 1-mile run.
She will also joined by teammates Taylor Fisher, Avery Ewing, and Findlay High grad Taylor Lavey in the 1,600 relay, which has the eighth-best time nationally.
Maddy Reed will be making her second consecutive trip to the indoor championships in 2018 in the pole vault. The junior is tied for the second best vault nationally and will look to become a two-time All-American in the event after finishing third a season ago. Teammate Maggie Krause also qualified in the pole vault and is the ninth seed.
In the men’s meet, senior Matt Molinaro and junior Ian McVey will both compete.
Molinaro will make his third appearance at the indoor national championships after qualifying in the 800-meter run. He currently owns the best time in the event entering the meet.
McVey qualified for the national championships for the first time in his career after making it into the field in the 5,000-meter run. The junior is currently seeded 15th in the country.
Richards, Reed, Fisher, Ewing Lavey and Krause were named to the all-Midwest Region team by the United State Track and Field Coaches Association.
Kelly Wollenslegel and Stella DeWitt were also all-region honorees along with (Weston/Cardinal Stritch Catholic) all earned the honor for their efforts during the 2018 indoor season.
UF players named
The University of Findlay women’s lacrosse team swept the Great Midwest Athletic Conference awards this week as senior Olivia Sherman earned Offensive Player of the Week and sophomore Brittany Stephens took home Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Sherman paced the Oilers with five goals and three assists in their 17-4 win over Davenport on Sunday. She also added four draw controls and one ground ball.
Stephens helped the defense lock down Davenport and led the squad with five ground balls. She also caused two turnovers in the victory.