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Bruin Blitz 2/17-2/23

Men’s Basketball (21-8, 12-2 OVC)

2/20 v. Eastern Illinois

Fans at the Curb Event Center gathered to honor seniors Blake Jenkins, Drew Windler and JJ Mann before the last home game of their college careers, and they graciously thanked the crowd with a Bruin victory over OVC opponent Eastern Illinois, 82-63.

“We just wanted to come out and give the fans the last taste on Senior night; we just wanted to go out on top,” said Jenkins.

Mann led the scoring for the Bruins with 21 points on the night. Craig Bradshaw was close behind with 20, Windler had 16 and Jenkins had 15.

Belmont closes out the regular season on the road against SIU Edwardsville on Wednesday and at Jacksonville State on Saturday. The Bruins also clinched a double bye for the OVC Tournament next week.

Emily Proud contributed to this report.

Women’s Basketball (12-15, 9-5 OVC)

2/22 v. Eastern Illinois

The women’s basketball team saw its five game winning streak snapped with a 54-48 loss to Eastern Illinois at the Curb Event Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Bruins tried to rally late in the game after tying the game at 42 with less than three minutes to go. However, Panthers went on a 10-2 run in the final 90 seconds to seal the victory.

Jordyn Luffman led the team in scoring with 19 points on the afternoon while Frankie Joubran notched an impressive 16 rebounds.

The team will complete the regular season starting tonight on the road against Eastern Kentucky and on Saturday at Jacksonville State. Baseball (4-3)

2/18 v. Western Kentucky

The Belmont baseball team captured a 7-3 victory over Western Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon behind a pair of home runs from junior Drew Ferguson.

After defensive miscues from WKU put Belmont up 2-0, Ferguson hit a solo home run to tack on an extra run for the Bruins.

While the Hilltoppers were able to tie the game in the fourth inning, Ferguson knocked out his second solo shot of the game to put Belmont back up 4-3. The Bruins would pull ahead in the eighth inning with three runs scored to secure the win.

Senior James Buckelew recorded a career-high seven strikeouts in six innings pitched and gave up only two hits. Freshman Christopher Carroll picked up his first collegiate win and struck out five batters he faced on the mound.

2/21 v. Miami (Ohio)

In a close game against the visiting Miami (Ohio) Redhawks, the Bruins were able to secure a 9-8 victory thanks to a bases loaded balk in the bottom of the ninth.

With the win, Coach Dave Jarvis picked up his 800th career victory.

After the Redhawks went up 2-1 in the fourth inning, a pair of home runs from Drew Ferguson and Jamie Ritchie regained the lead for the Bruins.

Belmont eventually put together a 8-4 lead after scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Miami tied the game heading into the bottom of the ninth before Zach Hald scored the game winning run on a balk.

Greg Brody earned the victory for the Bruins as he struck out two in 1.1 innings of relief work.

2/22 v. Indiana State

After the thrilling win on Friday night, the Bruins fell 4-2 to the Indiana State Sycamores on Saturday.

While the Sycamores quickly jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, the Bruins were able to cut the lead in half in the sixth inning.

Ferguson knocked out his fourth homer of the season and a sacrifice fly from Nick Egli brought in Alec Diamond to make it a 4-2 ballgame. However, Indiana State would come away with the victory.

2/23 v. Dayton

For the second day in a row, Belmont was unable to come away with a win as they lost to Dayton 4-1.

In the fifth and sixth innings, Dayton was able to build a 3-0 lead. A RBI single from William Dodd brought in Drake Byrd to cut the lead 3-1. But another run in the top of the ninth would secure the win for the Flyers.

With the loss, the baseball team concluded its seven game homestand. The Bruins will travel to Memphis on Tuesday before hosting former A-Sun rival Mercer this weekend.

Softball (5-6)

2/21-2/22 Hilltopper Spring Fling

In the Hilltopper Spring Fling hosted by Western Kentucky this weekend, the softball team came away with victories over Miami (Ohio) and Canisius.

On Friday, the Bruins defeated the Redhawks 5-3 and scored all their runs on a team combined eight hits. Junior Kat Hollingsworth and sophomore Jessica Wilson combined for six hits and five RBI as both went perfect at the plate for the Bruins.

Senior Brittanie Albright earned her second win of the season while Taylor Moon was credited with the save.

After the team fell 8-7 to Bradley in the first game on Saturday, the Bruins bounced back with a 2-0 shutout over the Canisius Golden Griffins.

Ashley Hammer hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to give Belmont a 1-0 lead. Freshman Shersty Stanton scored off a throwing error to tack on the final run of the game.

Carolyn Snodgress earned her first win of the season after allowing four hits and striking out one in a full game pitched.

Men’s Tennis (2-3)

2/23 v. Cumberland

The men’s tennis team earned its second win of the spring season with a 4-1 victory over Cumberland on Sunday night. The Bruins won a pair of double matches and three single matches.

The Belmont duo of Marko Lovrinovic and Mauricio Antun shutout their opponents 8-0 in the first double match. Cedric Dujacquier and Henrik Clesson went on to defeat their opponents 8-2 in the second double match.

Dujacquier, Antun and Lovrinovic each won their single matches to secure the win for Belmont. Women’s Tennis (2-3)

With a 6-1 victory over Cumberland on Friday, the women’s team secured its second win of the season.

Freshman Laura Van Eeckhoudt and sophomore Kendall Warren clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 win in their match.

The Bruins claimed five of the six single matches on the day behind wins from Abbie Mather, Van Eeckhoudt, Nikki Maciel and Ann Lauren Fiepke. All wins came in straight sets for Belmont.

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