UChicago Athletics Preview: April 10-15

UChicago Athletics Preview: April 10-15

Baseball

The Maroons (12-7 record) have a slate of local games this week. UChicago will take on Illinois Institute of Technology (9-11) on Tuesday evening before hosting Finlandia University (4-12) for a pair of doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday.

Last weekend, UChicago notched two wins on Saturday over Central (Iowa) College by scores of 5-4 and 11-4. The opening contest came to an exciting conclusion as first-year shortstop Brian Lyle laid a bunt down the third-base line that brought the winning run home from third base. The squeeze play is the second time in two years that the Maroons have won on a walk-off bunt: outfielder Connor Hickey did the same to Finlandia on April 9, 2017.

  • DATE/TIME: Tuesday, Apr. 10 @ 6:30 PM – UChicago vs. Illinois Tech (at Chicago State University)
  • LINKS: Live Stats / Live Video

 

Softball

UChicago (11-7 record) will continue its eight-game home stand this week. On Thursday afternoon, the Maroons face Aurora University (12-8) in a make-up doubleheader. Saturday will bring two more contests against University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (9-7).

The team kicked off its first home stand with an offensive explosion against North Park University last Monday. Although the visitors leapt to a four-run lead in the top of the first, UChicago racked up 12 unanswered runs to end the contest after five innings. The home bats stayed hot in the second game of the day, setting up an 8-4 victory. The Maroons' three home runs on the afternoon – from junior Maeve Garvey, sophomore Emma Nelson, and first-year Skye Collins – equaled last year's season total and brought this year's count up to five.

  • DATE/TIME: Friday, Apr. 13 @ 2:00 PM – Wisconsin-Whitewater at UChicago (DH)
  • LINKS: Live Stats (G1) / Live Stats (G2)

 

Men's Tennis

A big set of matches awaits the No. 4-ranked Maroons (11-2 record) this weekend as they take on two top-10 teams: eighth-ranked Gustavus Adolphus College (15-8) on Friday and tenth-ranked Washington University - St. Louis (10-6) on Saturday. UChicago will close out the weekend against University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (13-6) on Sunday.

It will be the Maroon men's first action since their spring break trip to California in March, where they faced a trio of ranked opponents. On that trip, UChicago defeated No. 14 Pomona-Pitzer (6-3) and No. 11 Williams College (5-2), but fell to No. 2 Bowdoin College (7-2). First-year Jeremy Yuan has won 12 of his past 13 singles matches.

  • DATE/TIME: Friday, Apr. 13 @ 4:00 PM – UChicago vs. Gustavus Adolphus (at West Bend, Wis.)
  • DATE/TIME: Saturday, Apr. 14 @ 2:00 PM – UChicago vs. Washington - St. Louis (at Whitewater, Wis.)

  • DATE/TIME: Sunday, Apr. 15 @ 12:00 PM – UChicago at Wisconsin-Whitewater

 

Women's Tennis

Tenth-ranked UChicago (13-3 record) will travel to Whitewater, Wis. this weekend for a pair of matches in a final tune-up before the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship. The Maroons will battle No. 12-ranked Washington-St. Louis (8-4) on Saturday before taking on host Wisconsin-Whitewater (15-4) on Sunday.

It will be the second-straight bout between UChicago and Washington-St. Louis. Last Saturday, the Maroons defeated the Bears 6-3 to capture the Midwest Invitational title for the third-consecutive year. To reach the final, UChicago dispatched Augustana College 9-0 and Gustavus Adolphus College 8-1. First-year Claire Handa was named UAA Athlete of the Week on Monday – she owns a 14-1 singles record in dual matches this season.

  • DATE/TIME: Saturday, Apr. 14 @ 2:00 PM – UChicago vs. Washington - St. Louis (at Whitewater, Wis.)
  • DATE/TIME: Sunday, Apr. 15 @ 12:00 PM – UChicago at Wisconsin-Whitewater

 

Outdoor Track & Field

The outdoor season continues on Friday and Saturday as the men's and women's teams compete at the Benedictine Relays in Lisle, Ill.

UChicago began outdoor competition two weeks ago at the Augustana College Viking Olympics. The men finished second in the team standings, with senior Nathan Downey winning the pole vault and first-year Ryan Cutter finishing first in the 1,500 meters. The women captured four event titles on the way to a fifth-place finish. Senior Khia Kurtenbach outpaced the field in the 5,000 meters, setting a meet record with a time of 17:29.55. Fellow senior Cassidy McPherson won the 1,500 meters while first-year Maddie Devoe did the same in the 800 meters. Senior Ade Ayoola claimed victory in the high jump.

  • DATE/TIME: Friday-Saturday, Apr. 13-14 @ 12:00 PM / 11:00 AM – UChicago at Benedictine Relays