Spring sports ready for final stretch

By Matt Dahlberg

With only about a month to go in the 2011-2012 school year, the spring sports are looking to end the semester on a winning note.

Junior Ben Heller pitches March 24. Photo by Ethan Barse.

The varsity baseball team is currently 14-8-1 on the season, with 15 games remaining before the CCAC tournament. All of the remaining games are conference games. ONU is undefeated in the CCAC (5-0). Following the conference tournament, the Tigers will have the chance to qualify for the NCCAA or NAIA national tournaments in May.

The varsity softball team is dominating its opponents with a record of 22-5. They were ranked No. 14 in Mar. 20’s NAIA poll. Leading the team in several offensive categories including batting average (.510) and total bases (74) is senior Jordan Reynolds. Reynolds and the rest of the Lady Tigers are looking to win the CCAC and qualify for the NAIAtournament for the third consecutive year.

Junior Taylor Stephens returns a hit during a march in Florida over spring break. Photo by Cassie Brainard.

Men’s and women’s tennis coach Andy Gibbs is on a mission in his first year. As a team, men’s tennis is currently 6-4 while the women sit at 4-4 overall. Both teams will look to return to the NAIA tournament in May in Mobile, Ala.

Both track teams took the month of March off to prepare for their outdoor season. Their first outdoor meet will be April 6 and 7 at the University of Chicago.

The men’s golf team took 13th of 14 at the Trevecca Invite in Tennessee Mar. 26-27. The women have not competed since spring break.

Freshman Alexandria Ortiz competes in the 4x400 relay at NAIA Nationals March 3. Photo by Janet McDowell.

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