College Insider: Lebanon’s Lay part of World Series team at Marian

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College Insider: Lebanon’s Lay part of World Series team at Marian

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Lebanon second baseman Vanessa Lay (22) hangs onto the ball for the out despite a midair collision with Colerain’s Morgan Hoehn (8) during a Division I regional semifinal May 29, 2013, at Northmont. COX MEDIA FILE PHOTO

Vanessa Lay helped the Marian University softball team post a 47-6 record and advance to the NAIA World Series this season.

The senior shortstop and Lebanon High School graduate started 49 games and hit .292 for the Indianapolis-based Knights, collecting eight doubles, 22 RBIs and 18 runs.

Marian, the Crossroads League regular-season and tournament champion, went 0-2 at the World Series in Clermont, Fla.

Baseball: Mount St. Joseph (24-20) placed a pair of players, senior outfielder Nick Browning (Badin) and senior pitcher Jacob Gunnell (Fairfield), on the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference second team.

Browning hit .275 with four doubles, a triple, four homers, 23 RBIs, 26 runs and five stolen bases. Gunnell was 4-2 with a save and a 1.09 earned run average in 22 relief appearances, totaling 39 strikeouts in 33 innings.

Sophomore pitcher Alex Wagner (Lakota West) was an honorable-mention selection after going 1-5 with a 2.63 ERA in 11 starts, striking out 57 batters in 61.2 innings.

Senior pitcher/utility player Zak Farmer (Lakota West) was named to the HCAC’s Sportsmanship Team. At the plate, he hit .270 with six doubles, two homers, 18 RBIs and 15 runs. On the mound, he was 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 36.1 innings.

Freshman utility player Roman Rothwell (Monroe) paced the Lions in hitting (.348) and notched 11 doubles, one triple, three home runs, 28 RBIs, 32 runs and four steals.

Freshman infielder Garrett Hogan (Badin) had a .309 batting average in 29 games. He doubled twice, homered and drove in six runs.

• Senior first baseman Austin Rieman (Badin) started 49 games and hit .277 for Missouri Baptist (45-16), which made it to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.

Rieman collected 10 doubles, five homers, 38 RBIs, 38 runs and nine stolen bases for the Spartans, who were 1-2 at the World Series.

Women’s tennis: Junior Brooke Broda (Lakota West) was part of 38 victories this season for Notre Dame, going 18-11 in singles play and 20-15 with three different partners in doubles.

Broda went 12-8 at No. 2 singles, 0-1 at No. 1 and 6-2 in tournaments. In doubles, she was 11-8 with senior Monica Robinson (4-6 at No. 1, 7-2 in tourneys), 8-7 with junior Allison Miller (7-6 at No. 2, 1-1 in tourneys) and 1-0 with freshman Zoe Spence in tournament action.

The Fighting Irish advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they defeated Kansas 4-3 and lost to Ohio State 4-0.

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