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Softball team struggles during weekend; golf teams finish second in tourneys

April 24, 2001

It was not a weekend to brag about for the MSU softball team, as it dropped two games each to Ohio State and Penn State, according to MSU sports information.

The latest setback was a 9-2 loss to the Nittany Lions on Sunday in State College, Pa.

MSU now stands 17-34 overall and 4-10 in the Big Ten.

Senior Shealee Dunavan was the offensive star for the Spartans, going 3-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Junior pitcher Becky Gray took the loss for the Spartans, allowing five runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings pitched.

The Spartans also lost to the Nittany Lions 1-0 on Saturday, and were swept in a doubleheader at Ohio State on Friday by scores of 4-2 and 6-1.

MSU plays at 4 p.m. today at Western Michigan.

Women’s golf

The Spartans finished second out of 15 teams at the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, which ended Sunday.

MSU’s team score of 900 was one shot behind host Ohio State, which finished with a score of 899.

The Spartans placed four golfers in the top 10, led by junior Stacy Snider’s third-place finish. Snider shot a 69 in the final round to finish three shots behind Ohio State’s Natalie Aber, who won the event with a score of 220.

Senior Kasey Gant finished in a tie for fourth, a stroke behind Snider. Sophomore Allison Fouch finished sixth, while junior Emily Bastel rounded out the Spartan quartet in the top 10 by tying for eighth.

MSU will next compete in the Big Ten Championships this weekend in Minneapolis.

Men’s golf

The MSU men’s golf team also garnered a second-place finish during the weekend at the FirstEnergy Intercollegiate on Saturday in Ravenna, Ohio.

The Spartans finished 10 shots behind winner Kent State at the two-day tournament.

Senior co-captain Brent Goik was MSU’s top individual finisher, tying for fifth place with a two-day score of 143.

The team will have its only home invitational of the season this weekend when it hosts the Bruce Fossum/ Invitational at Forest Akers West Golf Course.

The tournament will begin Saturday morning.

Men’s track

The Spartans were in Walnut, Calif., this weekend competing in the Mount Sac Relays and had a record-breaking performance turned in by senior Paul Terek.

Terek finished third in the decathlon and in the process, broke his own school record with a score of 7,441 points. The previous record held by Terek was 7,225 points.

MSU will next compete at the Hillsdale “Gina” Relays on Saturday and Sunday in Hillsdale.

Women’s track

The absence of five top competitors was noticeable last weekend for the MSU women’s track team, as it lost a tri-meet in Kalamazoo.

Western Michigan won the meet with 156 points, 36 points ahead of second place Bowling Green, which finished with 120 points. MSU was third with 78 points.

Freshman Sarah Adelaine highlighted the Spartans’ performance with three first-place finishes.

Adelaine finished first in the shot put with a toss of 44 feet, 1.5 inches, first in the javelin with a throw of 106 feet, 11 inches, and first in the discus with a throw of 13 feet, 7 inches.

Like its male counterparts, the team’s next action will also be this weekend at the Hillsdale “Gina” Relays in Hillsdale.


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