Carson hits four homeruns


Week of Feb. 25


Indiana Wesleyan (8-1) defeated Rochester (MI) 11-0 and 14-3.  Kaisey Carson had six hits (including four home runs), nine RBIs, and six runs scored in seven at bats in the two wins . In two wins against St. Joseph’s for which statistics were not available last week, the senior was four for seven. She is now batting .688 (22 for 32), fourth best among players from the 177 NAIA schools playing Division One softball.  The transfer from Southern University is first among these 177 schools in RBI’s per game (2.56) and fourth in home runs per game (.44) among players who have played five or more games. Carson was the winning pitcher in the 11-0 defeat of Rochester, giving up two hits and one walk in four innings and striking out two. She has a 4-1 record with a 2.00 ERA.

Jessica Britt has played in three games for Taylor (5-2) and has one hit in five at bats (.200).

Eastern Illinois (8-6) defeated Southern Illinois 7-0 and North Florida 4-3; and lost 4-1 to Mississippi State, 4-2 to North Florida, and 7-5 t o Southern Illinois.  Kayla Bear hit safely in each of the five games, going six for 18 with one home run, one double,  three RBIs, four runs scored, and two stolen bases. She is batting .462 (24 for 52).


Indiana State’s Marcus Neely won the 60 meter hurdles event in a field of 17 competitors at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships (7.82). The Sycamores finished fifth in the eight team championships.

Indianapolis’ Jordan Boyd was fourth of 18 in the weight throw (53-1 ½) at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships.

Illinois State’s Jordan Wilkerson finished seventh of 13 in the Heptathlon at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships. He was first in the 60 meter dash (6.98), sixth in the long jump (22-3), seventh in the shot put (37-8), third in the high jump (6-2 ¾), ninth in the 60 meter hurdles (8.78), ninth in the pole vault (11-5 ¾), and eighth in the 1000 meters (3:02.63).

Franklin’s Nate Adams was sixth of 34 in the weight throw (45-6 ½) at the Fred Wilt Invitational in Anderson.

Illinois’ Luke Brahm was a member of the eighth place distance medley relay team and finished 20th in the 800 meters (1:55.81) at the Big Ten Championships.

Charleston Southern’s Josiah Edwards was 11th of 13 in the high jump (6-0 ½) at the Big South Conference Championships.


Indiana State’s Alethia Marrero won the 800 meters (2:09.17) in a field of 20 runners at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships.


Texas State defeated South Alabama 55-39 and Troy State 74-72. Amber Jones had eight points (4 for 8, 0 for 0, 0 for 0), two rebounds, one blocked shot and one assist in 21 minutes against South Alabama; and two points (1 for 3, 0 for 0, 0 for 0) and two turnovers in 11 minutes before fouling out against Troy State.

Jessie Kee had five points ( 2 for 11, 0 for 1, 1 for 2), nine rebounds, four assists, one blocked shot, and six turnovers before fouling out in  12-13 Kaskaskia’s 82-70 loss to Wabash Valley. In a 54-44 loss to Southwestern Illinois, she had eight points (2 for 8, 2 for 4, 2 for 8), seven rebounds, four steals, one blocked shot, and two turnovers before again fouling out.

Ancilla (15-11) defeated Lansing 70-56. Shae Daniels had 12 points (5 for 6, 0 for 0, 2 for 5), eight rebounds, one assist, and three turnovers; and Shelle Daniels had 17 points (6 for14, 0 for 1, 5 for 8), 11 rebounds, two assists, five steals, one blocked shot, and seven turnovers.


Vermont (26-5, 16-0) defeated Albany 62-50 and Stony Brook 66-51. Harry “Dre” Wills had eight points (4 for 4, 0 for 0, 0 for 1), three rebounds, and one blocked shot in 12 minutes while fighting foul trouble against Albany; and six points (3 for 4, 0 for 0, 0 for 0), four rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one turnover in 22 minutes against Stony Brook.

Ohio State (16-13, 6-10) defeated  Wisconsin 83-73. Trevor Thompson had three points (1 for 2, 0 for 0, 1 for 2), four rebounds, one blocked shot, and two turnovers in 11 minutes while battling foul trouble.

Northern Kentucky (20-10, 11-6) defeated Wright State 83-76 and Illinois-Chicago 90-82. Brennan Gillisplayed a total of 19 minutes in the two wins and had four points (2 for 5, 0 for 1, 0 for 1), six rebounds, three assists, and one turnover.

Naeem Freeman had two points (1 for 1, 0 for 0, 0 for 0) and one rebound for Southwestern Illinois (13-15) in a 70-67 loss to Rend Lake.

Illinois State (25-5, 17-1) defeated Southern Illinois 50-46 and Northern Iowa 63-42. Tony Wills had 16 points (6 for 11, 4 for 9, 0 for 2),five rebounds, five steals, one blocked shot, two assists, and two turnoversin 32 minutes against SIU; and five points (2 for 6, 1 for 5, 0 for 0), one rebound, three assists, and three steals in 30 minutes against Northern Iowa.