Bates softball drops two games in Florida

SOFTBALL

HAMLINE 7, BATES 6: Megan Rubbelke, Kira Krueger and Raelyn Costley each had an RBI single, and Theresa Klinnert struck out five runs over four innings as the Pipers (8-4) scored five unanswered runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to comeback from behind and edge out the Bobcats (0-3) in Clermont, Florida.

Hamline took advantage of three consecutive bunts from Gabby Tuhy, Lydia Lecher and Raelyn Costley for a seventh inning three-run.

Lindsey Kim had three hits and an RBI for Bates. Maggie Hillwig added two hits and an RBI. Amanda Taylor hit a single, a triple and scored a run.

CARLETON 13, BATES 6: Bryanna Schaffer had two hits and three RBIs, and Cassie Cunniff added two solo home runs as the Knights (9-1) took a 7-0 lead and passed the Bobcats (0-4) in Clermont , in Florida.

Cameron Jones-McNally and Janell Sato each hit a two-run single for Bates.

COLBY 7, WELLESLEY 3: Logan Luebbe hit a grand slam in the top of the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie and lift the Mules (3-2) against the Blues (0-4) in Clermont, Fla.

Chloe Wilcox scored an RBI double. Abby Orso allowed one hit and struck out five in four innings for the win.

THE COLLEGE OF WOOSTER 5, COLBY 3: Clara Herbert, Stephanie Griffin-Sanchez and Destany Blake each had an RBI single as the Fighting Scots (7-5) edged past the Mules (3-3) in Clermont, Fla.

Logan Luebbe and Grace Goulin each had an RBI single for Colby. Payton Crowley scored a brace and scored a point.

BOWDOIN 6, CENTER 2: Kiera Dent allowed four hits and two strikeouts over six innings, and the Polar Bears (2-5) scored on three pitch errors to pass the Colonels (4-18) in Leesburg, Fla.

Kyla Gary had two hits and an RBI. Zoe Stilphen assisted with a hit, an RBI and scored a run.

BASEBALL

COLBY 12, JOHNS HOPKINS 27: Ethan Hillenberg had three hits and two RBIs as Colby beat Johns Hopkins in Winter Haven, Fla.

Cabot Maher added a two-run single for the Mules (6-0). Jack Pletter allowed no hits and struck out six in three innings for the win.

Clint Flippo added three hits, an RBI and scored two goals against the Blue Jays (8-7).

MEN’S LACROSSE

WILLIAMS 19, COLBY 10: Jake Haase, Calvin Caputo and Pearse Glavin scored four goals apiece as the Ephs (2-2, 2-1 NESCAC) took a 10-3 halftime lead over the Mules (2-2, 1- 2) in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Jack Rickards had a hat trick for Colby. Noah Froio scored two goals and an assist. Matt Suffredini made 16 saves.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

KANSAS STATE: Kansas State has hired Jerome Tang to be its next basketball coach, entrusting a program that has had great success recently but has fallen on hard times to one of the architects of Baylor’s rise to power. national notoriety.

The Wildcats hired Tang to replace Bruce Weber two days after the top-seeded Bears were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by North Carolina in overtime. Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor flew to Texas to meet with Tang on Sunday and the two sides finalized a six-year deal that will net more than $14 million the next morning.

Tang was on Scott Drew’s initial staff at Baylor in 2003, when the program was reeling from crippling NCAA penalties that included an inability to play a non-conference schedule. Together the two have built a juggernaut in Waco, an unprecedented rise that culminated last season with Baylor beating Gonzaga 86-70 in the national title game.

The Bears also won their first Big 12 title last season — their first championship in a conference in 71 years — and shared the prize with Kansas this season ahead of an early exit from the league tournament.

USL: LSU is filling its vacancy as men’s basketball coach with Murray State’s Matt McMahon, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

The hiring comes two days after Murray State ended its season with a loss to Saint Peter’s in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

McMahon, 43, coached Murray State for seven seasons, during which the Ohio Valley Conference school in Murray, Ky., earned two first-round NCAA tournament wins.

This season, Murray State went 31-3 and won its fourth regular-season conference title in five years. It was a No. 7 seed in the East Region at this year’s NCAA Tournament and beat 10th-seeded San Francisco in overtime in the first round.

THE ROOM: La Salle fired coach Ashley Howard after four seasons without a winning record.

Howard, once one of Jay Wright’s top assistants at Villanova, went 45-71 in four seasons and finished 11-19 this season. The Explorers have appeared in only one NCAA tournament since 1992 and have had little success in the Atlantic 10.

Associate Head Coach Kyle Griffin will serve as interim head coach.

NEBRASKA: Freshman Bryce McGowens has announced he is declaring himself for the NBA Draft and will sign with an agent.

The Associated Press Big Ten Newcomer of the Year averaged 16.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as the highest-ranked rookie in program history.

MARYLAND: Kevin Willard takes over as Maryland’s basketball coach after a dozen seasons at Seton Hall.

The Terrapins announced the hire three days after Seton Hall’s season ended with a loss to TCU in the NCAA Tournament. Willard has taken the Pirates to five of the last six NCAA tournaments.

Maryland has been looking for a new coach since Mark Turgeon left in early December. Assistant Danny Manning took over as interim coach and the Terrapins went 15-17 for their first losing season since 1993, when Gary Williams began his tenure as coach.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

ILLINOIS: Illinois has hired Shauna Green as a women’s basketball coach, hoping she can lift a struggling program after a winning tenure at Dayton.

Green was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year three times while leading Dayton to five conference regular-season championships and a six-year 127-50 record. The Flyers went 26-6 this season, finishing first in the league in the regular season and beating DePaul in the NCAA Tournament before losing to Georgia.

VIRGINIA: Virginia named Amaka “Mox” Agugua-Hamilton, Missouri State’s women’s coach for the past three seasons, as their basketball coach.

Agugua-Hamilton replaces Tina Thompson, who was fired March 3 after her fourth season.

Agugua-Hamilton compiled a 74-15 record with the Lady Bears, who won Missouri Valley Conference regular-season titles in 2020 and 2021 and appeared in the last two NCAA tournaments. Missouri State was 26-4 in Agugua-Hamilton’s first year as a coach when the NCAA tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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