Athletics News: Baseball Reaches New High at #2; Four Athletes Named Players of Week

| April 16, 2014

It’s been another fantastic week for Webster University Athletics teams, with one squad reaching a new all-time high national ranking, and four teams having students named as Players of the Week.

Baseball: One Spot Away From the Top

The Webster University baseball team took one more step towards the top spot in both national polls, landing at #2 in this week’s American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and rankings last week.  The Gorloks moved up from #3 in both polls after posting a 5-1 record on the week, with their only loss coming to NCAA I member Illinois State University.

The Gorloks received 451 points in the ABCA poll, trailing Linfield College (OR), who had 480 points and received all 16 first place votes.  In the poll, Webster received 577 points, with Linfield at 625 points and receiving all 25 first place votes.  Linfield won the NCAA III National Championship in 2013.

Webster saw a 16-game win streak end with the 3-1 loss at Illinois State. The Gorloks and Redbirds were tied, 1-1, in the top of the 8th, but Illinois State scored two in the bottom of the eighth to post the win.

To read more about the Gorlok’s journey to #2 or view complete poll details, visit the Webster Athletics website.

Webster Tennis, Softball, Track, Baseball Produce SLIAC Players of the Week

Four Webster University student-athletes were selected as St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Players of the Week for their respective sports, for the week of April 7-13.  For three of the honorees, it was a multiple selection for them. Congratulations Marissa Lewis, Rachel Franck, Taylor Stoulp, Jenny Howard on their honors!

Lewis Named Tennis Player of the Week

Lewis, a junior from Owasso, Okla., is the SLIAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week. Lewis went 4-2 on the week, winning all three of her singles matches. She won 7-6 and 6-3 against Principia, marking the first time in nearly two years Principia has suffered a loss in singles during conference play. Lewis added a 6-0, 6-0 win over Fontbonne and a 6-3 and 6-1 win over Lindenwood-Belleville.  This was Lewis’ second selection of the spring.

Franck Named Softball Hitter of the Week

Franck, a sophomore from Florissant, Mo., hit .524 on the week while helping her team to a 4-1 record. Franck recorded four multi-hit games with her standout game coming in a win over Blackburn. In that game Franck was 5-for-6 with four runs scored and five runs batted in. On the week Franck went 11-for-21 at the plate with 10 runs scored and 11 RBI while adding two stolen bases.

Stoulp Named Baseball Hitter of the Week

Stoulp, a senior infielder from St. Louis, Mo., is the Diamond Sports Hitter of the Week for the third time this season. Stoulp hit .667 on the week with four runs batted in. Stoulp hit safely in all six games on the week and recorded five multi-hit games including a 4-for-4 performance in game one of a double header against Principia. On the week he was 14-of-21 at the plate with six runs scored and was perfect in the field.  This was Stoulp’s third selection this spring for POW

Howard Named Women’s Track Player of the Week

Howard, a junior from Florissant, Mo., placed second in two events at the SLU Invite last weekend. She set a personal best in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.10 seconds, ranking 15th in the nation. She then ran a season best 12.38 seconds in the 100-meter dash, good for 26th in the nation. Both times are tops in the conference this season.  Ths was Howard’s second selection of the spring for POW.

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