The OVC baseball tournament field is set, and here’s hoping for no rain this week in Jackson, Tennessee. (The 10-day forecast is nice and sunny, with the largest chance of rain at 20%)
There are a few interesting storylines entering this week’s tournament: Southeast Missouri, picked sixth in the preseason poll, finished the season one conference win short of the all-time OVC record. Tennessee Tech gets the second bye thanks to a series win over Jacksonville State earlier in the season. And then there’s SIUE. In just their second year in the OVC, every SIUE sports team qualified for their conference tournament. Rounding out the field of six is Morehead State, the only Ohio Valley Conference team to win their series against the top-seeded Redhawks, and the curious case of Eastern Illinois; The Panthers finished just 15-14-1 in conference play, but are 10-2-1 over their last 13 OVC matchups.
Huge congratulations are in order for Austin Peay’s Marco Iten. The senior became the first OVC player to win an NCAA Regional over the weekend, shooting an -8 par. Iten will be the third OVC player to play in the NCAA Golf Championships under the current format. Iten was just -3 heading into the final day, before a five-under 67 sealed a four-shot victory.
“I never thought it would be good enough to win the regional,” Iten said. “I thought if I put forth my best effort I thought I could contend for the individual spot, but not in a million years did I dream I would beat Alabama, Auburn, Texas and everyone else that was here. It feels awesome. I think once it sets in I will be able to appreciate it.”
It only took two games for UT Martin alum Heather Butler to log her first minute, and points, in a WNBA. On Saturday, With :57 seconds to play in the first half on Saturday, Butler checked in for the first time in a regular season contest for the San Antonio Stars. On her first offensive possession, Butler was fouled, and would make both of here free-throw attempts, helping the Stars to a four-point win. That’s the only action she saw in two games over the weekend, but it’s a start for the WNBA rookie.