Sports Digest April 3-6

Here’s the latest in Wildcat sports, courtesy of John Schild and the C-SC Sport Information Department.  For complete information, visit

For the second time in a week the Culver-Stockton College baseball team suffered a non-conference loss to Hannibal-LaGrange University.

Last week, the Trojans outscored the Wildcats 12-8 at Nichols Field in Canton. Today, HLGU recorded an 8-5 victory at Nichols Field in Hannibal to hand C-SC its sixth straight loss, tying the longest winless streak of the season. The Wildcats are 8-23 overall.

The Wildcats fell behind 2-0 after one inning but plated a run in the second inning and a run in the third inning to tie the game.

In the second, Cole Hansel singled with one out and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Caleb Antonacci. In the third inning, Josh Quick walked and moved to second on an error on a ball hit by Alejandro Cardinale. Both runners were bunted to second and third by Cody Dennis, and Quick scored on a sacrifice fly by German Sepulveda.

The Trojans took the lead for good a four-run third inning to make the scored 6-2. C-SC got a three-run homer from Douglas Barker in the sixth to cut the deficit to 6-5, but HLGU added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings to seal the victory.

The Wildcats are scheduled to play its final non-conference game of the season Wednesday, April 7, at home against Missouri Baptist University. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at Nichols Field in Canton.

The Culver-Stockton College softball team ended a five-game losing streak with a doubleheader split against Benedictine College Monday afternoon at Himsl Field.

The Wildcats broke the losing skid with a 6-3 victory in the opener behind the pitching McKenzie Hall. The Ravens outlasted the Wildcats 13-9 in the nightcap to drop C-SC’s record to 10-20 overall and 7-11 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

Hall allowed six hits, walked five and had to pitch around three errors to earn the victory in the opening game. She was able to record 11 strikeouts in the game to help her maneuver through the Benedictine lineup.

Hall also helped herself offensively, providing the game-winning runs in the first inning. After Alle Thompson got the Wildcats started with a 3-run homer to give the Wildcats the lead, Hall drilled a three-run home run of her own to put the Wildcats out in front 6-0 after one inning.

The Ravens tried to mount a comeback, but Hall was there every time to keep the lead at a safe distance. Benedictine left 11 runners on base in the game.

In the nightcap, Benedictine jumped out to leads of 2-0, 7-2 and 12-7 before settling on the final score of 13-9.

Trailing 2-0 in the first, C-SC got back-to-back-to-back doubles from Sydney Williams, Thompson and Baylee Schneider to tie the game at two after one inning.

The Ravens plated five runs in the third inning to take a 7-2 lead, but the Wildcats fought back to tie the game by scoring two runs in the third and three more in the fourth inning.

A sacrifice foul out by Schneider and a RBI single by Taryn Brown produced the runs in the third inning, and a bases loaded hit-by-pitch to Thompson and a two-run single by Schneider contributed to tie the game in the fourth.

However, Benedictine answered with five more runs in the fifth inning to take a 12-7 lead. C-SC responded by plating two runs in the sixth inning with an error contributing to the scores to make it 12-9.

The Ravens added a solo home run in the seventh inning and the Wildcats tried to rally with two outs, but Thompson, representing the tying run, checked her swing on the first pitch she saw and grounded out to first to end the game.

The Wildcats collected 12 hits in the nightcap with Williams going 4-for-4 with two doubles and four runs scored to lead the way. Schneider had two hits and four runs batted in, while Brown had two hits and Katelyn Felt recorded two hits and scored three times.

Having played eight games in six days, the Wildcats are now off until Saturday, April 10, when they play a doubleheader at seventh-ranked Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. The first game is slated to begin at 1 p.m.

It was déjà vu all over again for the Culver-Stockton College baseball team Saturday afternoon as they closed out the four-game series at Clarke University in Peosta, Iowa.

The Wildcats, who was leading or tied in the fifth inning or later in both games Friday only to see the Pride come away with victories each time, had the same thing happened to them Saturday as Clarke completed the sweep of the four-game series by scores of 6-4 and 7-6 at AJ Spiegel Park.

In the first game, the Wildcats trailed 3-1 in the fifth inning when C-SC struck for three runs in the inning. A two-run double by Casey Downs and a base-loaded walk to Ronald Applewhiteprovided the offense.

But like Friday, the Pride didn’t go away and the hosts plated three runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to steal away the victory.

In game two, the Wildcats found themselves trailing 6-4 after three innings. However, C-SC plated a run in the fifth inning on a RBI single by Cole Hansel, and a run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Cody Dennis to tie the game.

But the elation didn’t last long as Clarke notched the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the bottom of the frame.

The Wildcats were held to 12 hits in the twinbill with seven of those hits coming in the nightcap. Josh Quick gave the Wildcats a 4-3 lead in the second inning of game two with a 3-run homer, his third of the season. Hansel also drove in a second run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning.

The Wildcats are scheduled to play a pair of non-conference games during the week beginning Tuesday, April 6, at Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Mo. C-SC will is slated to host Missouri Baptist on Wednesday, April 7, at Nichols Field. Game time is set for 3 p.m.