Illini take rubber game from Dawgs, Vermejan walks off Loyola: The FAN Headlines 3/19/18

#24 Illinois 6, SIU baseball 2: Illinois scored four runs in the fifth inning to erase a 2-1 Saluki lead and took the rubber game of the 3-game series on Sunday. Brad Harrison lost his first decision to fall to 3-1. He pitched into the 8th inning, striking out 8 and retiring 10 in a row at one stretch. The Dawgs (9-11) did him no favors, stranding runners in scoring position in both the third and fourth innings.
Up next: The Saluki travel to SIU-Edwardsville tomorrow.

SIU softball 5, Loyola 4 (8): Maddy Vermejan’s double in the bottom of the 8th walked off Loyola and won the weekend series for Southern. The Salukis used homers from Katelyn Massa and an RBI double from Massa to build a 4-0 lead before Loyola rallied. The day started off with a surprise ceremony honoring head coach Kerri Blaylock for her program-record-breaking 634th win which she earned against UConn on February 23rd.
Up next: SIU is at Saint Louis on Wednesday.

Spring training baseball:
Cleveland 11, Cubs (ss) 4
Kansas City 11, Cubs (ss) 9
Cardinals 10, Washington 0
Oakland 14, White Sox 0

Blues 5, Blackhawks 4 (OT): Patrik Berglund scored the game-winner in OT as the Blues stayed within a point of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Alex Pietrangelo scored with 1:22 left in regulation for the Blues. Rookie Alex DeBrincat scored a hat-trick for Chicago.
Up next: The Blues host Boston Wednesday night, while the Hawks host Colorado Tuesday night.

Marion’s run ends at Class 3A Super, SIU baseball’s streak ends at 5 in extras, Simmons out at Evansville: The FAN Headlines 3/14/18

Class 3A Boys – Springfield Southeast 56, Marion 51: The Wildcats’ first supersectional appearance since 1990 was a lot closer than many people bargained for. Marion trimmed an 8-point deficit down just two with just 30 seconds left in regulation. But playing in front of a hometown crowd, Southeast held off Marion down the stretch and clinched their first-ever trip to state. Justin Saddoris led Marion with 13 points, Terrell Henderson hauled down 15 rebounds. The Wildcats finish 22-12.

Arkansas State 9, SIU 8 (11): Saluki baseball’s five-game winning streak is over after a rally fell short last night in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Trailing 7-3 in the 9th, the Dawgs roared back with a 5-run rally to take an 8-7 lead, thanks to home runs from J.T. Weber and Connor Kopach. Ryan Netemeyer gave up the tying run in the bottom half to send it to extras, and Trey McDaniel gave up the walkoff game-winner on an RBI single in the 11th. SIU hosts 24th-ranked Illinois for a 3-game series this weekend.

SIU softball at UT-Martin: The 13-9 Salukis play their first mid-week game of the season today at 4pm, and their final tune-up prior to the start of Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend. It will be the 1000th game Kerri Blaylock coaches for SIU. Blaylock recently became SIU’s all-time leader in wins, she now has 641.

Fletcher named first team all-district: More postseason honors for SIU men’s hoops…Saluki junior guard Armon Fletcher was named First-Team All-District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Tuesday. Team members are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division I. The Edwardsville, Illinois native led SIU in scoring at 14.1 points per game and was second in rebounding with 5.1 rebounds per contest.

Simmons out at Evansville: Marty Simmons is out as as men’s basketball head coach at the University of Evansville after 11 seasons. An official announcement will be made this morning. The Aces were 17-15 this past season. Simmons was the third-longest tenured and compiled the third most wins in program history. Under Simmons, the Aces played in the postseason five times and won the Tournament in 2015. Evansville native and former Indiana University star Calbert Cheaney has been mentioned as a front-runner for the job.

Bears to sign Burton, Robinson: The Chicago Bears wasted no time ahead of the first day of NFL free agency. The Bears are expected to sign tight end and Super Bowl hero Trey Burton from the Eagles. Burton threw a TD pass to Nick Foles at the end of the first half of Philly’s Super Bowl win over New England. The Bears will also sign wide receiver Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars. The 2015 Pro Bowl selection said he intends to sign a three-year, $42 million contract. Robinson missed virtually all of last year after tearing his left ACL on Jacksonville’s third play of the season.

Clippers 112, Bulls 106: DeAndre Jordan scored 29 points to go with 18 rebounds as the Clippers sunk Chicago Tuesday night. Kris Dunn led Chicago with 18, who lost for the 8th time in 11 games.
Up next: The Bulls are at Memphis Thursday night.

Spring training baseball:
San Diego 7, Cubs 5
Cardinals 11, Miami 4

SIU baseball looks to stay hot at Arkansas State, Bartley named academic All-American, Marion plays in 3A super tonight in Springfield: The FAN Headlines 3/13/18

SIU baseball looks to stay hot at Arkansas State: The 8-8 Salukis send midweek ace Brad Harrison back to the hill to keep their 5-game winning streak alive. Harrison comes into the game with an active 18-inning scoreless streak. He has earned MVC Pitcher of the Week in each of the last two weeks. First pitch from Jonesboro is at 6pm. Outfielder Alex Lyon is the reigning MVC Player of the Week. Lyon hit .625 with two doubles, a triple, four stolen bases at 10 RBIs last week.

Jones named MVC player of the week: For the eighth time of her career, SIU softball junior pitcher Brianna Jones was named as the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, this time for her performance at the USF Under Armour Showcase in Clearwater, Florida. Jones was 3-0 with 23 strikeouts and only 4 walks. Two of her wins were shutouts and all three of her starts were complete games. SIU softball is at UT-Martin on Wednesday before opening up MVC play at home this weekend with Loyola.

Women’s postseason hoops brackets announced: The NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket was announced, and Missouri Valley Conference champion Drake draws a #13 seed in the Spokane regional. The Bulldogs will play Texas A&M on Friday. MVC runner-up Northern Iowa and Missouri State are both in the WNIT bracket. After receiving a WBI bid last season, it appears the SIU women will not be in a postseason tournament.

Bartley named academic All-American: SIU basketball junior guard Marcus Bartley was named a CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-American on Monday. A sport administration major with a 4.00 GPA, Bartley led Southern Illinois with 90 assists, despite missing the first six games of the season with a broken wrist. He returned in December and played in 26 games, including 22 starts. Bartley is the program’s first Academic All-America team pick since Bryan Mullins won first-team honors in 2009.

Marion battles Springfield Southeast tonight in 3A Super: It’s a neutral site game in name only. The juggernaut Marion Wildcats will be a road underdog when they face Springfield Southeast tonight in the Class 3A Springfield supersectional. The 22-11 Wildcats beat East St. Louis at the buzzer in Friday’s Centralia sectional final. The 24-3 Spartans knocked off Springfield Lamphier in the Decatur sectional final.

Phillies officially sign Arietta to 3-year deal: Former Cubs ace Jake Arietta is officially a Phillie, agreeing to a 3-year deal worth $75 million. The 32-year-old can opt out after the 2019 season, but the Phillies can void that opt-out by triggering an automatic two-year extension that could raise the deal’s value to $135 million.

Spring training baseball:
White Sox 4, Seattle 2

Blues 4, Anaheim 2: The St. Louis Blues won their second in a row over a team they’re chasing for a playoff spot last night in Anaheim. Ivan Barbashev assisted on two of the four goals, as the Blues climbed just one point out of a playoff spot.
Up next: The Blues host Colorado Thursday night.


The brackets are set: Loyola draws Miami, no postseason for SIU: The FAN Headlines 3/12/18

No postseason for SIU: The brackets are set for the NCAA Tournament, NIT, CIT and CBI, and SIU men’s basketball will be watching at home for another season. After losing in the MVC Tournament semifinals, the Dawgs did not receive an NIT bid, and are not in the brackets for either the CIT or CBI. They wrap up their season at 20-13.

MVC champ Loyola earned an 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s South Region, they will play 6th seeded Miami in Dallas on Thursday. Drake accepted a CIT bid, they’re playing Abilene Christian this afternoon at 1pm in Des Moines.  Neither Illinois State or Bradley accepted a postseason tournament bid.

SIU women bow out in MVC semis: The Saluki women gave top-seed Drake all they could handle, but lost to the Bulldogs 68-59 in the semifinals of the MVC Tournament in Moline. Drake went on to win the tourney with a 75-63 win over Northern Iowa yesterday to earn their second straight NCAA tournament bid. Maddy Dean was named the tournament’s MVP.

Bulls 129, Atlanta 122: Bobby Portis and Zach LaVine scored 21 apiece as the Bulls scored a win in Atlanta over the short-handed Hawks. The Bulls shot 49 percent in the win.
Up next: The Bulls host the Clippers on Tuesday.

Blackhawks 3, Boston 1: The Chicago Blackhawks cooled off the red-hot Bruins, ending their six-game winning streak, and stopping their own 2-game slide. Patrick Kane’s power play goal with 3:16 left in the third period broke a 2-2 tie.
Up next: The Hawks are at Winnipeg on Thursday.

Spring training baseball:
Oakland 7, Cubs 2
Cardinals 4, Washington 3
White Sox 6, Arizona 5

SIU women begin MVC quest, Brockmeyer named freshman of the year, Goreville and Pinckneyville in state semis: The FAN Headlines 3/9/18

SIU women begin MVC quest: Saluki women’s basketball is seeded 4th at the Missouri Vallet Conference Tournament in Moline this weekend. SIU takes on 5th seed Indiana State this afternoon at 2:30.  Connor Onion has the pregame at 2:15 on 105.1 VZA. The winner will play either top-seeded Drake or Valparaiso in the semifinals on Saturday, with the title game on Sunday.

Brockmeyer named MVC freshman of the year: Saluki forward Abby Brockmeyer was tabbed as the league’s top freshman yesterday. Brockmeyer is the third Saluki to earn the honor, joining Cari Hassell in 1995 and Cartaesha Macklin in 2012. Brockmeyer and Makenzie Silvey make it four Salukis that have earned All-Freshman Team honors under fifth-year head coach Cindy Stein.

Goreville and Pinckneyville in state semis: In the Class 1A boys basketball semifinals today in Peoria, the Goreville Black Cats face Okawville at 12:45. The winner takes on either Newman Central Catholic or Annawan in the 1A title game tomorrow. In Class 2A, Pinckneyville battles Winnebago at 5:30 tonight, with the winner facing either Chicago Orr or Bloomington Central Catholic in tomorrow’s 2A championship at Carver Arena.

Marion vs East St. Louis in sectional final: The Wildcats and Flyers face off in the Class 3A Centralia boys sectional final tonight.  Marion took down Columbia on Tuesday, while ESL beat the host Orphans on Wednesday to advance to tonight’s title game at 7pm.

SIU baseball hosts NIU: The 5-8 Salukis are coming off a 23-5 drubbing of Murray State on Tuesday. Northern Ilinois is 4-7 on the season. Michael Baird gets the start in today’s series opener at 3pm at Itchy Jones Stadium. Saturday’s first pitch is at 2, Sunday’s tilt begins at 1.

SIU softball at South Florida Showcase: The 9-8 Salukis are coming off a third-place finish in their Coach B Classic. They will play Delaware and Quinnipiac today, Rider and UCF tomorrow and Maine on Sunday in Tampa, Florida.

Spring training baseball:
Cubs 10, San Diego 4
Cardinals 5, Miami 4
Texas 5, White Sox (ss) 4
Kansas City 12, White Sox (ss) 0

San Jose 2, Blues 0: The St. Louis Blues dropped the opener of a big 3-game road swing last night in San Jose. After two scoreless periods, the Sharks scored on the power play with 8 minutes left and added an empty-net tally to secure the win.
Up next: The Blues are at Los Angeles on Saturday

Carolina 3, Blackhawks 2: Sebastian Aho snapped a 2-2 tie with a third-period power play goal. The Hawks had won 2 out of 3.
Up next: Chicago visits Boston Saturday afternoon.

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