JOLIET – The University of St. Francis’ baseball team opened up Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Wednesday with a pair of home victories against Calumet College of St. Joseph. The Saints won, 9-4, in the opener and 5-4 in 10 innings in Game 2.
In the first game, USF (6-11, 2-0) got five runs in the third inning. Leading St. Francis at the plate were Travis Schoonover (3 for 4, two runs), Anthony Faron (2 for 4, two RBIs) and John Peterson (2 for 3, two RBIs, two runs), while pitcher John Riordan allowed four runs on five hits, while striking out eight in seven innings for the win.
In Game 2, Vinny Schroeder scored the game-winning run on a hit by Shawn Harper in the 10th inning to give the Saints the sweep.
Leading the Saints were Enrique Rivero (3 for 5), Diego Quinones (3 for 5), Ivan Miranda (2 for 4), Noah Miller (2 for 5, RBI), Alex Verta (two RBIs) and Antonio Reyes (RBI).
Maryville 6, Lewis 2: Connor Rutherford had two hits and drove in a run.
Lincoln-Way West 3, Willowbrook 2: Zoey Trout (two goals) and Sara Loichinger (three assists) led the Warriors in their season opener.
Lincoln-Way Central 8, Bremen 0: The Knights (1-0) were led by Megan Hutchinson (three goals), Nicolette Gossage (two goals, three assists) and Emma Sauriol (shutout in goal).
Lincoln-Way 16, Naperville Central 5: Caroline Behrens (six goals), Erika Ho (four goals), Hope Durkin (three goals) and Elizabeth Myotte (seven saves) led the co-op team.
IESA GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Three teams in IESA state finals: Coal City, Gardner and Hickory Creek compete on Friday in the Illinois Elementary School Association eighth grade girls volleyball finals. In Class 4A at Mount Zion, Coal City (17-2) plays Champaign Edison at 4:30 p.m. and Hickory Creek (20-0) follows that with a 5:45 game against Flossmoor Parker. In Class 2A at Auburn, Gardner (19-3) meets Kewanee Wethersfield at 8:15 p.m. The other games will be Saturday.
Two Saints honored: After an 8-4 record on its spring trip, the University of St. Francis’ Hannah Vachon and Paige Egan have been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively. Vachon went 5-0 with a save during the Saints first 12 games. She posted a 2.27 ERA on the trip, while striking out 16 in 24.2 innings. Egan hit .575 (23 for 40), while leading the team with five extra-base hits and 12 RBIs.
Lewis falls twice: The Flyers lost, 5-4, to Wayne State and, 4-2, to Shepherd in eight innings, as Cierra Taylor had two hits in each game.
USF qualifies for nationals: For the second straight year, both University of St. Francis bowling teams qualified for the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team National Championships. USF finished fourth at the Addison sectional to earn their bid. The Saints will compete at the championships April 19-20 in Dayton, Ohio
On the men’s side, USF finished with a total pinfall of 12,363, claiming the final qualifying spot by 51 pins. This will be St. Francis’ second appearance on the men’s side after the Saints made their first trip to USBC nationals last season.
USF’s women’s team was sixth heading into Sunday’s action, needing a run to qualify for its fifth-straight USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships. The Saints had seven 200-plus games, including five in a row, to leap into the top four and finished with 12,478 pins,