The Elmhurst men’s baseball team has had their best start in season play since 2013 with a 7-2 win over Northland College on Mar. 12. The Bluejays current record stands at 5 and 1. Elmhurst had a big fourth inning by sending 11 batters to the plate, which included three hits, four walks, and two passed balls. Senior Greg Struck started the inning with a hit, but was forced out at second. As junior A.J. Compton sat on first, freshman Matt Wilson and freshman Trey Compton had back-to-back hits, which eventually ended in Compton sending his brother A.J. to score. Wilson and Trey Compton also scored on passed balls. Senior Brett Bayer, sophomore Reagan McReynolds, junior Travis Pickard, and junior Brandon Kressner all walked and scored an additional run for the Bluejays. Junior Ben Havel scored Pickard on a sacrifice fly. Havel pitched 6.2 innings for the Bluejays, struck out nine, and allowed four hits. Senior Chris Eberhart allowed no hits for 2.1 innings to clinch the Bluejay victory. The Bluejays scored five runs in the fourth inning and one more run in the seventh inning off of an RBI double by Kressner. For the offense, Kressner led the Bluejays with the pair of RBIs. Struck, Compton, and Wilson had two hits each. The Bluejays played their next game against Loras College on Mar. 13. Men’s Lacrosse
The Elmhurst men’s lacrosse team scored a major win against Beloit College with an 11-10 victory on Mar. 16. Currently the Bluejays are 2-4 for the season. Freshman Mac Harden scored four times, including the winning goal with 6:32 left in the game. Senior Tyler Daily scored the first goal of the game and junior Jackson Mandli scored the second goal. At the end of the half, junior Nick Bonastia made a save and tossed the ball the length of the field to freshman Dan O’Connell to score another goal. At the end of the second quarter the score was 9-5, in favor of Beloit. During the second half, the Bluejays scored the first six goals to take the lead. Besides three goals by Harden, Senior Mal Euson, junior Matt Westhaver, and Freshman David Fracassa scored the additional three goals. With 2:09 left in the game, the score was 11-9 as Beloit scored again to move within one, 11-10.The Bluejays were able to maintain the ball to kill the remaining minutes. Harden led the Bluejays with four goals and Mandli had two goals. Beloit outshot Elmhurst 45-35, but the Bluejays were on top in the second half with a strong 24-13 command. Bonastia was credited with the win with 19 saves. The Bluejays traveled to John Carroll University on Saturday, Mar. 19.
In the NTC Spring games in Clermont, Florida, the Elmhurst women’s softball team split their season opener with an 11-9 win over Stockton University and a 12-1 loss to McDaniel College. Game One – Elmhurst 11, Stockton 9 The lady Bluejays rallied in the seventh inning to come back from an eight-run deficit and win the game. Stockton was able to open up the second inning by sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring eight runs. Elmhurst took advantage in the fifth inning as the bases were loaded with one out. Freshman Morganne Evans scored the first run on a wild pitch. Junior Mikayla Melone singled home a run to make the score 8-3. Senior Stephanie Hintz kept the bases loaded on a run, scoring fielders choice and cut Stockton’s lead to four. An error on Stockton with the bases allowed Elmhurst to move within one and bring the score to 8-7. Once again, Stockton scored in the sixth inning but senior Brianna Thompson led off with a single and Melone followed with a RBI to move the Bluejays within one. With a single, sophomore Faith Thompson was able to move Melone to third while Hintz gave Elmhurst the lead with a two-run triple down the left line. Melone had a pair of hits, scored twice, and drove in two runs. Hintz had two hits and drove in three RBIs. Junior Bri Getzloff had three hits to clinch the victory. Sophomore Stephanie Sturino started the game and then re-entered to earn the save in relief. Freshman Val Perrelli picked up the win in the relief, worked two innings while allowing one hit, and earned one run. She walked two and struck out one. Game Two - McDaniel 12, Elmhurst 1 In the five-inning win, McDaniel Coleege scored seven runs in the fourth inning to hand over a 12-1 loss to the Bluejays in the second game. Elmhurst scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth on freshman Bekah Ondracek’s RBI double. The Bluejays were only able to get four hits off of the McDaniel’s starting pitcher. Junior Stefanie Sanidas started for the Bluejays and took the loss. She had 10 hits and eight earned runs during the five-inning contest. On Mar. 19, the lady Bluejays played against Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Wisconsin-Platteville.