Small College Sports

College roundup: Cornell softball wins Midwest Conference tournament title

The Cornell softball team poses after winning the Midwest Conference tournament Saturday in Lake Forest, Ill. (Submitted photo)
The Cornell softball team poses after winning the Midwest Conference tournament Saturday in Lake Forest, Ill. (Submitted photo)

Cornell roared back from the consolation side of the Midwest Conference Tournament bracket Saturday and beat Illinois College, 10-0 in five innings and then again, 4-0, in Lake Forest, Ill., to earn the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournament.

The Rams started the day by beating Grinnell in an elimination game, 4-0. Junior pitcher Haley Harmon limited Grinnell to two hits and two walks over seven innings, striking out seven.

In the first game against Illinois College, Harmon recorded a no-hitter and Jana Foehle hit the first home run of the tournmanet, her third of the season.

In the second game, Harmon gave up just five hits and zero walks to win her 17th game. Cailynn Wichman had a two-run single to cap a four-run second inning for the Rams.

Cornell advances to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013.

KIRKWOOD 8, IOWA CENTRAL 5

The Kirkwood Eagles won Saturday in the semifinals of the Region XI-B Tournament in Cedar Rapids.

Miranda Kaste hit two home runs for Kirkwood.

Kirkwood now faces the winner of the consolation bracket, Iowa Central, at noon Sunday. If the Eagles lose for the first time in the tournament, they play another game at 2 p.m.

PURDUE 9, IOWA 0 (5)

The Boilermakers crept closer to a spot in the Big Ten Tournament with a second win over the Hawkeyes in a three-game weekend set at Pearl Field.

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Purdue (15-39, 6-15 Big Ten) only outhit Iowa (20-30, 6-15 Big Ten) eight to seven, but the Hawkeyes couldn’t get them home.

“We had what we needed with runners on and chances to score, but unfortunately we didn’t execute,” Iowa Coach Marla Looper said.

Iowa heads into its regular-season finale tied for 11th in the Big Ten. The top 12 teams advance to play in the Big Ten Tournament.

IOWA STATE 4, KANSAS 3 (8)

The Cyclones won Saturday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark in Lawrence, Kan., and secured a spot in the Big 12 Tournament.

Iowa State (23-29, 4-13 Big 12) lost Friday to the Jayhawks, but the win Saturday secured the sixth and final spot in the league tournament.

The game was tied 3-3 until the top of the eighth inning, when Skyler Ramos hit a one-out triple and scored with two outs on a wild pitch.

Nychole Antillon and Kaylee Bosworth both hit home runs for ISU.

The Cyclones have one more game against Kansas (26-25, 1-16) Sunday to close the regular season.

The Big 12 Tournament is May 11 and 12 at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.

BASEBALL: IOWA 16, OKLAHOMA STATE 14

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The Hawkeyes won a wild one over the 12th-ranked Cowboys on Saturday in front of 1,552 fans at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City.

Iowa (27-16) trailed 12-9 after six innings, then scored four in the seventh and three in the eighth.

Matt Hoeg had two hits and six RBIs and Robert Neustrom had three hits and five RBIs to lead the attack. Kyle Crowl was 4-for-4 at the plate.

“We just have to find a way offensively to keep scoring, keep going after them if we get behind,” Iowa Coach Rick Heller said. “We talked about that before the game, and the guys just responded.”

The two teams play the rubber game at 11:35 a.m. Sunday.

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