It was a light week for the Cougars as they competed in two double-headers for the week. The women started off the week matched up against conference rival Judson University. The two teams split the games with SXU winning game 1, 5 runs to 4 and Judson winning game 2, 7 runs to 1. SXU started off the matchup hot behind freshman Amanda Ruskowsky’s 3 hits and a run. The second game saw Judson hold SXU to just a measly 4 hits in the game. The series here brings SXU to a record of 16-18 and 6-8 in conference play.
Their second matchup of the week saw the team compete against Olivet Nazarene. Both games saw SXU take a loss (3-2, 1-0 respectively) as Olivet’s defense proved to be too much for the Cougars as they were held to 10 hits between both games. Despite the disappointing outcome, senior Brittany Palmer had a big first game as she hit a home run that nearly gave SXU the win.
The team returns to action against University of Wisconsin Parkside in a doubleheader. For a recap of that game and many others keep it locked here at the Xavierite.
Both the men and women faced competed in the two-day Bethel College invite in South Bend, Indiana
Out of the 12 total teams that competed in the tournament the SXU men’s team were unable to place. Despite this, senior Bobby Lively continued to lead the team as he finished the tournament with a place of 22 behind his two-day scores of 160 (76,84). As a team, the Cougars finished with a total score of 891 scoring 238 on day 1 and 383 on day 2.
The women’s team enjoyed a bit more of success in the tournament as they finished 2nd out of 10 total teams senior Taylor Thompson and junior Hannah Cruz dominated the tournament as the two women finished 1st and 2nd respectively. As a team, SXU finished with a score of totaling 329 on day 1 and 342 on day 2.
Both teams resume competition as they prepare for the CCAC Golf Championship tournament.
Women’s Track and Field
This past Friday, the women competed in the Benedictine University relays. Despite not placing in the meet, there were a numerous amount of spectacular individual performances. Starting off, junior Rachal Brooks finished the 200m dash with a personal best of 25.89. Sophomore Deandra Stokes also had an impressive outing as she won the 1500m race with a personal best of 5:03. Despite the disappointing result, this team constantly improves showing that they have the potential to own the division. I’m calling it now, the 2018 season will be the year the Women’s track team regains it throne at the top of the CCAC conference.
Deputy Sports Writer