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Club rivalry week brings intensity joey hatton special contributor The Intramural basketball regular season ended this week with some nail-bitting games. Rivalry week brought in huge crowds of students excited to see their peers fight for playoff spots. In the Men’s Champ Division, the game to watch was Gamma Sigma Phi vs. Galaxy. GSP led the whole game and beat Galaxy 48-45, closing out the season in 2nd place with a 4-0-2 record.


“It was big,” said GSP captain Travis Stevens. “This win boosts our confidence heading into playoffs because of the rivalry between us.” Schubert’s Best, Gamma Sigs, Illuminati, The Fellowship of the Ring, and Who’s Next will all start the playoffs with a bye. Galaxy will face the Fightin’ Peacocks to start the first round of the playoffs, while Triple R looks to stay alive when they face the Trojans. The all freshmen team, Hickory High, looks to

move on to the second round when they play Milk Men to finish out the opening round. In the Women’s Champ division the highlight game was Ko Jo Kai’s last minute comeback against Sigma Theta Chi to win 33-32. The Kojies’ ability to draw fouls and get to the free throw line kept them in the game and eventually led to a big run to close out the win. In the other game, LEGIT defeated Alpha Kai Omega 75-35 to finish the season 4-2.

Kojies will face Alpha Kai Omega in the first round of the playoffs. The Kaios will be looking for their first win of the season and a big upset to move past the 5-1 Kojies who are favorites to win the championship. Siggies will play against LEGIT with the winner battling either the Kojies or Alpha Kai for the championship. “It’s the little details that can really make a difference in a game,” said KJK captain Katie Cupit. “That’s free throws, rebounds and







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hustle plays. Doing the little things but playing our game is important. Execution and defense will get us to the championship and think we have a good chance of that.” Playoffs begin this week and will continue the week softball after Spring break. Stay up to date with brackets and Team final scores by visiting ASU TWU TSU ACU MSU UIW contact hatton at ENMU WTAMU Cameron TAMU-K

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briefings Junior pitcher Caitlyn Crain was named the Louisville Slugger DII National Pitcher of the Week by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She struck out 13 at the Best Western Premier Spring Fling. Nick Jones, Dennis Bain, Amanda Ouedraogo, Parker Petty, Levance Williams, Karolyn Palmer, Shennae Steele, Ayesha Rumble and Karla Hope have all advanced to the NCAA DII Indoor Championships in Mankato, Minn. The meet will be March 9-10. Austin Palmer (1-0) was named the Lone Star Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday. On Sunday versus the Texans, Palmer worked through 8.0 innings giving up three hits and striking out five in the Wildcats 6-1 win. Six of ACU’s spring sports teams are nationally ranked. Men’s and women’s tennis are both sixth and golf is seventh. Men’s track and field is 11th and women’s is 16th. Softball sits at 25th.

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Junior Caitlyn Crain has been a force on the mound and a pest for opposing hitters this season. She is currently 7-0 with a 1.53 ERA which ranks among the LSC and national leaders. In Crain’s most recent outing at Incarnate Word, she retired the first 11 batters and didn’t allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth. She ended up pitching the entire game (7.0 innings) with two unearned runs.

Wildcats take series against UIW


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Sophomore Madelyn Walker smacks a backhand against Incarnate Word on Friday at the Eager Tennis Pavilion. The women’s team blanked UIW 9-0, then went on to beat Tarleton State, 8-1 and No. 10 Rollins College, 9-0. The men also defeated UIW, 7-2, but lost to Texas A&M at College Station, 1-6. Both teams will play here on Saturday versus St. Edward’s.

natalie goin sports editor The No. 6 ranked women’s tennis team remains unbeaten in conference, starting the spring season off with a 3-0 record at the Eager Tennis Center. This weekend the Wildcats swept No. 20 Tarleton State, Incarnate Word, and forced a 9-0 win over No. 10 Rollins College. “We had a great week-

bryson shake sports reporter The No. 25 ACU softball team won its first series in Lone Star Conference play Saturday in San Antonio against Incarnate Word. The Wildcats (14-3, 2-1) won the final game 4-2 Saturday against the Cardinals (10-6, 1-2), and in the process, took thewhole series 2-1. Junior ace Caitlyn Crain improved to 7-0 after allowing a mere two hits in the 4-2 win Saturday. Crain is among the nation’s best, sporting a 1.53 earned run

end of tennis, No. 3 ranked Julia Mongin said. “We knew we were going to play good teams, so we went out there and gave 100 percent on every point.” After three matches, the ‘Cats remained undefeated in doubles. No. 21 Micah Hermsdorf and and Hannah Kelley beat Lisa Loft and Kayli Ragsdale 9-8, maintaining their win streak, and keeping Rollins out of the singles play. In singles, Mongin was

average. Crain retired the first 11 batters she faced and did not allow her first hit – an infield single – until the sixth inning. She allowed a second hit in the seventh, but that runner was left stranded following two consecutive outs that ended the game. “Caitlyn is a great pitcher and she threw very well against Incarnate Word,” head coach Bobby Reeves said. “She loves to compete and loves a challenge, and she excelled last weekend.” The Cardinals’ two runs were unearned in the sixth inning as two

easily in first place after a 6-0 and 6-1 win over Loft. Micah Hermsdorf defeated Stefania Tkach 6-1, 6-1. Laura Mongin, Brittney Reed, and Kelley also took over the singles competition, continually winning in straight sets. “We stayed tough and competitive until the end, and it showed up in the final score,” Mongin said. “We have a great team this year. I’m very happy to be a part of ACU tennis. We

Caitlyn is a great pitcher, and she threw very well against Incarnate Word.” Bobby Reeves head coach acu softball

Incarnate Word batters reached on errors. Kim Hanson advanced to second on an error, and then a two-base throwing error allowed Hanson to score and Ashley Freeman to advance to third base. Lea Padilla aided the team by scoring Freeman on a sacrifice fly to centerfield that cut the score

have such good teammates and coaches.” The men’s team got off to a good start in conference as well, taking No. 28 Incarnate Word 7-2. The Wildcats won two out of three doubles matches. Top ranked duo Hans Hach and Guilherme Gesser beat Aiden DeLeon and Carlos Overa 8-4, No. 3 Nick and Kyle Plum devastated Chris Lawson Leory Arias with an 8-1 set. In singles, six ‘Cats had

down to 4-2. The ACU offense got the ball rolling early, scoring its four runs in the first couple of innings. Junior Sara Vaughn hit a double, scoring Keanna Winkfield from second base for the game’s first run. Vaughn then scored on a wild pitch. In the second, Winkfield smoked a two-RBI single that scored Sarah Martinez and Courtney Flanary. “With the help of my coaches they talked to me about the different adjustments I could make at the plate just simply going back to the basics and

success on the court. After winning his first set 6-1, Hach fell 4-6 against Overa. But he was able to come back in the final set 6-4. Hach is now 9-2 in singles. “Playing at home is a privilege, Hach said. The scoreboard said we beat UIW 7-2, but it was tougher than it looked.” Plum was also successful against Arias. After losing the first set 2-6, he see Dominance page 7

doing the little things,” Winkfield said. “Those adjustments really helped me and my approach at the plate.” Winkfield added to an already impressive game with another hit in the fifth, finishing 3 for 4 with a run, stolen base and two RBI’s. “Keanna is such a versatile player,” Reeves said. “She has so many abilities that she shows on the field. She had a great series against Incarnate Word.” The Wildcats began LSC play Friday against the Cardinals and got

Softball plays LSC foe Texas Women’s at Poly Wells Field on Friday and Saturday. The series begins at 5 p.m. The baseball team will travel to Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss for a two-game series on Saturday and Sunday. Both games start at 1 p.m.

Golf will travel to Hawks Creeks Golf Course in Fort Worth for the UST Mamiya see series page 7 Texas Intercollegiate on Sunday and Monday.

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