By Megan Hessil, Correspondent
ERAU 1 of 5
Eagles played another great tournament with the women’s golf team beating the field by at least 75 strokes. The ERAU Spring Invite at Antelope Hills Golf Course – South proved difficult considering the conditions: the first two days were windy with 15-25 mph gusts and temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to mid-50s.. The third day was the worst yet with cold rain, but the Eagles showed dominance at their home course, improving their final round scores. The Eagles took first of five with team scores of 306-319-297. Sophomore Kendall McBean (Mesa, AZ) had the most birdies in the field (8) to help her take home the individual title with scores of 74-79-73. Senior Jessica Williams (Tucson, AZ) took second place, showing distance off the tee as she led the field in par four scoring 78-76-75. Senior Megan Hessil (Franklin, WI) tied for third place with freshman teammate Hannah Spiller (Thatcher, AZ). Hessil led the field with the most pars (34) to shoot 77-78-76. Spiller played her best tournament this year as she held onto her day one lead, shooting 73-80-78. Senior Tana House (Columbus, MT) placed seventh in her last home tournament of her collegiate athletic career.
ERAU 4 of 9
The Eagles started off strong but slowly slipped away from the lead as they hosted the ERAU Spring Invite at Antelope Hills Golf Course – South. The weather all three days was unpleasant but the third day consisting of infrequent drizzling and downpour was the worst. The Eagles led the field after day one with a team score of 289 but slipped as day two and three brought team scores of 297 and 299 to finish eight places back of the runner up and 12 back of the lead. Junior Joseph Allen (Gig Harbor, WA) tied for 8th place after finishing the tournament at two over par, shooting 71-73-74. Allen tied for the lead in the field with 36 pars. Seniors Lewis Breslin (Glasgow, Scotland) and Kyle Peterson (Peoria, AZ) tied at nine over par for 22nd place.
ERAU 4-3, 7-1
The Eagles (9-7) won both games to start the Tucson Invitational Games against Olivet Nazarene (ranked Top-25) and Jarvis Christian. The early batters in the lineup created all the damage against their opponents as junior Mikendra Kramar (Livermore, CA) finished 1-3 with three RBIs (runs-back-in). Freshman Kate Delaney (Fort Collins, CO) went 2-3 with two bases and two RBIs while sophomore Mikaeli Davidson (Tempe, AZ) led the defense with eight strikeouts and only two earned runs in game one. Game two showed senior Carly Carlsen (Littleton, CO) starting at the mound with help from Davidson and Delaney. Junior Haley Basye (Tucson, AZ) added another home run to her season total in the second inning to help lead the Eagles to victory. Senior Elyssa Bramer (Lancaster, CA) also hit a homerun in the third inning to increase the Eagle’s score and help win.
ERAU 5-2, 3-4
The second day of the Tucson Invitational Games brought the Eagles against Aquinas College in game one and won by three runs. Sophomore Mikaeli Davidson (Tempe, AZ) and junior Haley Basye (Tucson, AZ) led the offense for the Eagles with a homerun for each lady. Basye lept on home plate after she sent one over the field for the fifth time of the and brought in another run. Davidson followed next with another homerun to bring the Eagles’ lead up to three. Davidson was on fire on the mound as well, throwing the complete game with only four hits and eight strikeouts. The second game showed a good performance of the Eagles against Dakota State University but not good enough to win as the Eagles lost by one run. Dakota State started off early on the board with one run-in. Freshman Kate Delaney (Fort Collins, CO) and Basye scored to get ahead in the first inning and another in the second to lead by two, but Dakota State scored two in the fifth and the winning run in the sixth.
ERAU 7-3, 15-1
The last day in the Tucson Invitational Games saw the Eagles beat the University of Jamestown. The Eagles came in hard on offense in the fifth inning with six runs scored. Every Eagle played consistently and put the bat on the ball to help the team to victory. Freshman Diana Miranda Montano (Tucson, AZ) brought in the second run of the game just before junior Haley Basye (Tucson, AZ) hit a double to score two more runs. Senior Carly Carlsen (Littleton, CO) smashed a double to bring in the last three runs of the game. Game two showed the Eagles on fire against Dakota Wesleyan University. Senior Elyssa Bramer (Lancaster, CA) hit a homer out of the park with bases loaded to bring the Eagles up to lead by four in the first inning. Freshman Kate Delany (Fort Collins, CO) threw five innings with one hit. Two more runs in the second inning with nine more coming in the fifth inning ended the game at 15-1, Eagles favor.
NAIA National Championship
where he won three matches to take home the Eagle’s second All-American title of 2020. Sophomore Beau Blackham (Vernal, UT) was also thrown into the consolation bracket after losing his first match but won three straight matches before he was taken down and earned his All-American title. Freshmen Oliver Myers (Yamhill, OR), Sheldon Cole (Anthem, AZ), sophomore Josh Nira (Greeley, CO), and junior TJ Hall (Meridian, ID) made appearances at the NAIA Championships but did not fare as well as their teammates.