Dominican 7, Kenyon 5
Dominican University (Illinois) scored all of its runs between the third and sixth innings and eventually won 7-5 against Kenyon College (0-5) on Thursday at Gladwin Sports Complex.
The scoreboard read 0-0 after two frames before the Stars attained a 3-0 lead. In the third, Dominican got its first run after a sacrifice hit from Colin Janison turned into an error allowing one to score. In the next at-bat, Frankie Sessa smacked a two-run double to right center and extended the Stars’ lead to 3-0.
After an RBI double from Matt Segovia in the fourth, the Stars moved their advantage to 6-0 in the fifth. Janison scored on a fielder’s choice and Nathaniel Natividad added a run-scoring single.
Kenyon responded with three runs of its own in the home half of the inning. Alex Gow started with a double to left and a few batters later Joaquin Murrieta drove in Gow with a single to right. Trenton DiFilippo added the team’s second run on a double-play by the Stars. The Lords inched closer as Matt von Roemer hit a two-out, run-scoring single plating Alex Hoskins.
Leading 6-3, the Stars added one more in the sixth as Sessa drove in Segovia with a two-out single to left field.
A four-run deficit prompted another Kenyon spurt in the seventh. With von Roemer and Eric DelRosso on second and third, respectively, Matt Contreras registered an RBI groundout to shortstop pulling the score to 7-4. Then, Patrick O’Leary dialed up another infield single which brought von Roemer home.
That turned out to be the final run for the Lords, though, as Dominican changed pitchers and retired the next seven Kenyon batters.
Mikey Arman, Gow and DiFilippo all tallied two hits for the Lords while Will Allen struck out four in defeat. Kenyon’s bullpen was at its best this early season as Luke Calcei, Brad Clegg and Ross Scheinberg combined to toss 4 1/3 innings, fanned four batters and allowed just one run.
Kenyon will look to shake off its slow start today with a game against Drew University at 10:30 a.m.
Lords get back in the swing of things
Back on the course for its first competition since ending the fall-season schedule in October, 2017, the Kenyon College golf team played Thursday in the Members Invitational, a three-team, 18-hole competition at The Golf Club at Indigo Run.
It took some time for the Lords to shake off the rust, but they battled through windy conditions on the par-72, 7,014-yard course to score a 319.
Kenyon’s low man for the day was freshman Lawrence Courtney, who carded a round of 76. Senior Ryan Muthiora shot a 78, while freshman Andrew Kotler added a 79. Senior Sadiq Jiwa and sophomore Patrick Kawakami fired matching rounds of 86 to round out the Kenyon scoring.
On the course with the Lords were Wittenberg University, which finished with a team score of 312, and the University of South Carolina-Beaufort, which came in with a 304.
The Lords used the valuable time on the course as a tune-up for the upcoming two-day Taylor Made-adidas Intercollegiate, which will start Monday at Cotton Dike Golf Course in Dataw Island.
Soviak headlines MVNU track & field at indoor nationals
Mitchell Soviak became the first indoor track & field All-American for Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Saturday, as he threw a school record in the shot put of 17.20 meters (56.43 feet) to finish seventh in the event at the 2018 NAIA National Championships at Pittsburg State University.
The junior from Richwood and North Union High School also became just the second All-American for either indoor or outdoor track & field, joining Josh Richardson, who finished in second in the marathon in the outdoor national championships in 2016.
Senior jumper Sam Nordquist also qualified for in the men’s long jump and high jump with “A” standard leaps, but was unable to participate due to injury.
Kasey Keith was the highest-finishing freshman in the women’s shot put field, and recorded a mark of 13.19 meters (43-feet-2.74), her second best throw of the season, to place 14th.
Joey McDonald and Soviak both set new personal records in the shot put, and MVNU was the only program to have two top-10 finishers in the event.
The Cougars finished 55th of the 59 men’s teams.
The outdoor season will begin at the UNC Wilmington Seahawk Invitational today and Saturday in Wilmington, N.C.