The Gustavus baseball team Wednesday dropped its season opening doubleheader against Mayville State by 6-5 and 11-3 scores to start the season 0-2. The Gusties battled back from a five-run deficit in game one to send it to extras, but were unable to hold off the Comets in the eighth frame. And in game two, Mayville State used a balanced attack of power hitting and efficient pitching for the convincing win.
The 5-1 Gustavus softball team is headed south to participate in its annual spring trip, which this year is in Kissimmee, Fla. at the Central Florida Rebel Spring Games. The Gusties will compete in 10 games at the Osceola County Softball Complex throughout the five-day trip.
Brad Baker’s first year coaching baseball at Gustavus in over three decades (his first in 1981) proved to be fruitful last season as the Gusties posted their first winning record since 2008 and moved up three spots in the conference standings. But now it’s time to turn to page to the 2017 campaign and see what improvements can be made as Baker and his staff continue to rebuild the program into a contender in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. This season’s journey begins tomorrow with a non-conference doubleheader against Mayville State at US Bank Stadium.
The No. 23-ranked Gustavus Adolphus College men's tennis team won a pair of big matches Saturday behind a perfect 4-0 day from Mohanad Alhouni (Jr., Tripoli, Libya). The Gusties are now winners of 11-straight matches, and 11-2 overall and 3-0 in conference play. First, Gustavus took down No. 17-ranked UW-Whitewater 8-1, with Alhouni winning 6-3, 6-4, at No. 1 singles and 8-4 at No. 1 doubles. Then, the team earned a 9-0 MIAC sweep of Macalester, with Alhouni contributing a No. 1 singles win by the score of 8-3, and he avenged a 2016 singles loss against the Scot's Josh Doyle at No. 1 singles (6-2, retired).
Gustavus gymnastics specialist Sam Ardy (So., Thousand Oaks, Calif.) had a career performance on at the Blugold Invitational on March 3. She led the Golden Gusties on both vault and uneven bars and was the second-highest score on the balance beam. Ardy tied for first on bars with a score of 9.475. She had a career high on vault after throwing a new skill and placing second with a season-high 9.55. On the balance beam, Ardy placed sixth with a 9.425. She helped lead the Gusties to the second-highest team score of the season and third-highest team score in program history.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Monday morning announced the eight-team field for its Division III Women’s Hockey Championship and Gustavus (17-6-3) is selected as an at-large bid to face the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (26-2-0) in the first round at 7 p.m. Friday, March 10. The first round game will be hosted by the Falcons’ Hunt Arena in River Falls, Wis., while the final four teams will compete March 17-18 at a location to be determined.
The No. 23 ranked Gustavus men’s tennis team picked up its 10th and 11th straight victories Saturday at Swanson Tennis Center, defeating the No. 17-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 8-1 and Macalester College 9-0.
The Gustavus softball team closed out the weekend with a non-conference doubleheader sweep over the University of Dubuque and Grinnell College. The Gusties earned two shutouts, defeating Dubuque 6-0 and Grinnell 7-0 to improve their overall record to 5-1.
The No. 35 ranked Gustavus women’s tennis team shut out Macalester College 9-0 Saturday in a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match. The win keeps the Gusties unbeaten at 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the MIAC, while Macalester falls to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the league.
The Gustavus gymnastics team took third at the Blugold Invite Friday, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Gusties posted a team score of 184.750, which is third best in school history, while host UW-Eau Claire won the meet at 186.300 – UW-Stout took second at 185.175.