SIUE Golf places third at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship. Softball swept Austin Peay, while baseball saw mixed results. Track and field athletes picked up new personal records at the Sycamore Invite.
The Cougars lost two of three games in their series against Austin Peay. The first game of the series went 12 innings and ended with Austin Peay picking up a two-run homer to win the game 7-6. SIUE won the second game of the day 11-3. The Cougars picked up four runs in the first inning, including three runs off a homer from redshirt sophomore first baseman Ole Arntson, and never lost the lead. In the final game of the series, SIUE lost 7-6, bringing their record to 9-9 in conference play and 19-16 overall.
SIUE Softball swept Austin Peay in their series. Game one ended 2-1, game two 7-2 and game three 3-2. In a low-hitting game, game one saw just four hits from Austin Peay and five from SIUE — all singles. This was freshman pitcher Sydney Baalman’s fifth win. In game two, SIUE picked up 12 hits, including a triple from redshirt junior outfielder Alana Cobb-Adams and three doubles. Of the six Cougar hits in game three, half were doubles. The team’s record stands at 12-14 in the OVC and 12-21 overall.
The Cougars placed third of 11 teams at the OVC Championship in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The team finished at 869 (+5), tying their best finish. This score left them trailing first-place UT Martin (861) and second-place Belmont (863). Redshirt senior Zak Butt finished third, earning him All-Tournament honors. His total of 209 (-7) is the lowest score by a Cougar ever at the OVC Championship. Freshman TJ Baker collected his third top-20 finish of the season, tying for 17th at 221.
Track and Field
SIUE’s track and field teams competed at Indiana State’s Sycamore Invite.The men’s 4x400 ran a season-best time of 3:20.73. Brandon Bretz won the 200 meter by two-tenths of a second, and Ethan Poston claimed victory in the high jump. Four Cougars on the men’s team collected personal records. On the women’s side, Emily Ellis won the steeplechase with a career-best time of 11:33.22. Keri Burmester set a career PR while winning the 5k. Seven additional Cougars on the women’s team picked up personal records.
For the most recent results and updated season schedules, visit the Cougar Athletics website.