Baseball 3-1 over Tigers, fall to Jets
The 22-ranked Emporia State baseball team took on Fort Hays State on March 30 and 31 and April 1. Winning the first three games, the Hornets could not pull away with the fourth win. They held a 3-1 record over the Tigers after winning 13-8, 17-5, 6-5, and taking a loss at 2-5. Senior infielder/outfielder Joe Vaskas hit his sixth home run of the season and drove in four runs. The team had a hot hitting weekend against the Tigers.
The Hornets fell short on Tuesday to the Jets of Newman State University, 2-1. Junior infielder Eric Dawson was the only Hornet with multiple hits and drove in the game’s only run.
ESU will face the Bronchos of Central Oklahoma University at home on April 5, 6 and 7. Thursday and Friday’s games are both scheduled for 6 p.m., while Saturday’s will start at 1 p.m.
Lady Hornet tennis takes control
Last Wednesday the Lady Hornets tennis team destructed the Griffons of Missouri Western, 9-0. Sophomore Nicole Jara moved to 13-0 on the season.
When the tennis teams faced Nebraska-Kearney on March 30, the women pulled off a win 5-4. Jara moved to 14-0, defeating the #1 singles Vanessa Gunawan. This was Jara’s third victory over a regionally ranked opponent.
On Saturday, the women’s tennis team won, 7-2, and improved to 13-3 on the season, 3-1 in MIAA after playing the Truman State Bulldogs. Jara moved to 15-0 in singles and teamed with freshman Taylor Smith to win #1 doubles. Junior Alex Crowe and freshman Jennifer Gerhardt won #2 doubles.
ESU will face the University of Nebraska at Omaha at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at home.
Men’s tennis come up short
Emporia State men’s tennis took on Nebraska-Kearney on Friday. The Hornets fell short, 8-1, against the Lopers. Freshman Christian Lollar won #6 singles and had the only win for the men.
Against the Bulldogs of Truman State on Saturday, the men fell, 7-2, and watched their record drop to 6-5. Junior Mitch Kibbe achieved both wins for the Hornets, wining #3 singles and teamed with senior Matt VanHorn to win #2 doubles.
Dunkin breaks javelin record
Emporia State track and field handled their business on Saturday in the ESU Spring Open, presented by Papa John’s. The Hornets had multiple provisional qualifiers as well as a new school record.
The record for the javelin throw was set in 2009 by current javelin coach Connie Philips with a throw of 148-00 feet. Freshman javelin thrower Sara Dunkin broke this record, throwing 149-00 feet. Five of Dunkin’s six throws hit the provisional mark as she fouled on the other attempt.
The defending national champion sophomore hurdler/sprinter Andrew Etheridge ran a provisional in the prelims and finals of the 110-meter hurdles. Receiving a time of 14.22, he is ranked third in the nation this year.
The Hornets will go at it again on Saturday as they host the State Farm/ESU Relays.