Athletics

Southwestern Prepares to Host Spring Sports Festival

Ryan Bellomy, shown here in action against the University of Dallas in February, earned All-SCAC honors for the third year in a row. The team finished the season fourth in the SCAC.

Southwestern University hosted the SCAC Spring Sports Festival April 27-29. Southwestern’s Rockwell Field served as the home of the baseball championship, while men’s and women’s golf played at White Wing Golf Club in Georgetown. Men’s and women’s tennis was held at the Waco Regional Tennis Center, and softball and track and field were held on the campus of Trinity University in San Antonio.

The Pirate baseball team finished fourth in the baseball tournament as they lost their first two games in the double-elimination tournament. Rhodes College defeated the Pirates 8-6 in the first game while SU lost a tough 12-10 game to Millsaps College the next day. The men’s golf team took sixth place in the conference with senior Chris Paiz shooting a 157 (78-79) for a 16th place tie. He was the top finisher for the Pirates.

The Southwestern track and field teams had an impressive championship meet as the men’s 4x400 relay team took first place, winning the race by more than three seconds, and set a new school record in the event. The Pirates set seven school records in all at the 2007 SCAC Championship. The women’s tennis team picked up a fifth place finish in the conference with a 2-1 record at the SCAC Championship. The Pirate women defeated Colorado College 7-2 and Millsaps 9-0 while losing to Rhodes 7-2. The men’s tennis team took sixth place, going 2-2 at the tournament. They downed Hendrix College 6-3 before falling to Trinity 9-0. The next day, Southwestern edged Millsaps 5-4 and then lost to Centre College 5-4 in the fifth place match.

Southwestern Receives NCAA Grant to Start Softball Program

The Southwestern athletic department has received a NCAA Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant. The purpose of the grant is to hire a coach to head the newly announced intercollegiate softball program. The first year of the grant, the new head coach will be recruiting, updating facilities and building a varsity schedule in preparation for the inaugural season in the spring of 2009. In addition to the duties of head softball coach, additional administrative responsibilities will include the coordination of the athletic department work-study program.

Southwestern was one of only seven institutions awarded this grant. The grant will fund the softball coach/coordinator position in graduated amounts for the first through third years with SU fully funding the position by the fourth year.

Angela Frosboese has been hired to fill the position beginning Aug. 1.

Women’s Golf Team Records Best Finish in Program History

Coach Dan Ruyle stands with members of the SCAC Champion women’s golf team. From left to right are Delilah Dominguez, Marisa Maudlin, Cody Wallace, Brittni Pine and Kristen Davenport.

The Southwestern women’s golf team won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship for the first time since 1999 and then proceeded to take fourth place overall at the NCAA Division III National Championship held in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

At the SCAC Championship April 30, the Pirates finished the tournament 16 strokes ahead of second place DePauw University. Sophomore Marisa Mauldin won SCAC Golfer of the Year honors as she was the individual champion with a two-round tally of 157 (80-77). Delilah Dominguez, Kristen Davenport and Brittni Pine all finished in the top 10 for All-SCAC laurels while first-year player Cody Wallace finished one spot away from being All-Conference in 11th place.

At the NCAA Championship, Southwestern was in second place through two days before falling one place each of the final rounds. The Pirates finished in fourth place, four strokes behind third place Gustavus Adolphus College. The team brought home the school’s first trophy from a NCAA Championship in any sport. During the 2006 season, the Southwestern women finished 10th at the NCAA Championship after receiving an at-large bid.

Mauldin was named to the National Golf Coaches Association Division III All-America Team as a Second Team selection. She was the Pirates’ top finisher in four tournaments this season. Mauldin also earned All-Region honors in the Great Lakes Region, and was joined by first-year player Davenport on the All-Region team.