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PNW Top 15 Moments of 2018-19 | #9: Baseball Makes First Ever GLIAC Tournament

PNW Top 15 Moments of 2018-19 | #9: Baseball Makes First Ever GLIAC Tournament
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
PNW Top 15 Moments of 2018-19 | #9: Baseball Makes First Ever GLIAC Tournament

#9: Baseball Makes First Ever GLIAC Tournament

HAMMOND, Ind. & WESTVILLE, Ind. — The Purdue University Northwest baseball team heads north for their first ever Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament appearance in their second year competing in the conference as the Pride take on Wayne State Thursday.


Thursday, May 9

GAME 2: (5) Purdue Northwest vs. (2) Wayne State — 9:30 a.m. CT

GAME 1: (6) Saginaw Valley State vs. (1) Ashland — 1:30 p.m. CT

GAME 3: (4) Davenport vs. (3) Northwood — 5 p.m. CT

Friday, May 10

GAME 4: Loser of Game 2 vs. Loser of Game 1 — 9:30 a.m. CT

GAME 5: Loser of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 1 — 1:30 p.m. CT

GAME 6: Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 3 — 5 p.m. CT

Saturday, May 11

GAME 7: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 — 9:30 a.m. CT

GAME 8: Winner of Game 4 vs. Loser of Game 6 — 1:30 p.m. CT

GAME 9: Winner of Game 8 vs. Loser of Game 7 — 5:00 p.m. CT

Sunday, May 12 

GAME 10: Championship 

Winner of Game 9 vs. Winner of Game 8: 9:30 a.m. CT

PNW is coming off their regular season finale when the Pride defeated Ashland, 7-3, at Dowling Park. Alex Batistatos (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) went 7.1 innings, allowing only one earned run, walking three and striking out nine. 

Wayne State went 33-13 this season and 17-10 in the conference in 2019. The Warriors are led this season by Justin Kelly, who is hitting .338, 53 hits, 41 runs scored, 13 doubles, 10 home runs and 49 RBI. On the mound, Wayne State is led by ace, Hunter Brown, who owns a 9-0 record with a 1.82 ERA in 74 innings pitched and recording 100 punchouts on the season.

PNW went 21-25 and 16-12 in the GLIAC this season. The Pride are led at the plate by Ray Hilbrich (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central), who is hitting .355 with 55 hits, 26 runs scored, three triples, two home runs and 25 RBI. Chad Patrick (Hebron, Ind./Hebron) led the pitching staff for the Pride, as the sophomore owned four wins this season with a 3.27 ERA in 55 innings pitched and recording 60 strikeouts.

PNW vs Wayne State This Season
PNW won three out of four in the series this season at Wayne State from April 5-7.

#10: Women's Soccer Makes GLIAC Tournament and Only Team to Score on GVSU In Tournament

Allendale, Mich. -- The Purdue University Northwest women's soccer team (4-14, 2-7 GLIAC) was defeated in a GLIAC Quarterfinal match Tuesday, 6-1, by the #1 Grand Valley State Lakers (18-0-1, 9-0-0 GLIAC) at GVSU Soccer Field.

The Lakers came out on the attack, as they scored three goals in the first half, including a goal and assist from Darline Radamaker before the first intermission.

The Pride got on the board late as Sydney Hanson (Alma, Mich./Alma Senior) chipped it in the goal off the assist from Haneen Abdulla (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) in the 59th minute.

Riko Sagara and Ava Cook built the lead late as they both scored in the 71st and 72nd minute respectively, connecting on the final two goals of the match as the Lakers earned the 6-1 victory. 

Senior Kelley Sharp (Seymour, Ind./Seymour) got the start in goal and made six saves in 45 minutes of action. Freshmen Halle Stork (Stanwood, Mich./Big Rapids) finished the second half off with three saves in 45 minutes of play. 

The Pride earned a trip to the GLIAC Postseason Tournament for the first time in program history and look to build off this for next season. 

#11: Jacob Plummer Finishes in 7th Place at GLIAC Championships

Battle Creek, Mich. – The Purdue University Northwest men’s golf team finished in fifth place at the GLIAC Championships on Saturday at Bedford Valley Country Club. The team had a total of 607 strokes after both rounds, shooting for a score of 300 on Saturday. 

Senior Jacob Plummer (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria Community) led the way for the Pride as he found himself in a tie for 7th place after finishing with a second-round score of 74.

Junior Chase Picken (Manito, Ill./Midwest Central) bounced back in round two, finishing the day tied for 20th place after ending the first round tied for 32nd.

Ryan Wells (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) was not far behind as he ended the day tied for 23rd place with a total score of 154, finishing only one stroke behind his teammate.

Junior Brian Brzycki (Griffith, Ind./Griffith) had a strong second round as he found himself in a tie for 25th place after being in 38th place at the end of round one.

GLIAC Championship
Bedford Valley Golf Club (Battle Creek, Mich.)

TEAM RESULTS -- 1. Ashland 295-295; 2. Grand Valley St. 302-298; 3. Ferris St. 298-301; 4. Wayne St. 307-298; 5. Purdue Northwest 307-300; 6. Northern Mich. 303-305; T7. Northwood 310-306; T7. Saginaw Valley St. 312-304; 9. Davenport 308-323; 10. Wisconsin Parkside 312-323; 11. Lake Superior 326-326.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS -- T7. Jacob Plummer 74-74; T20. Chase Picken 79-74; T23. Ryan Wells 77-77; T25. Brian Brzycki 80-75; T33 Alex Bishop 77-81.  

#12: Pride Softball Makes 2nd Straight GLIAC Tournament

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Making its second consecutive appearance in the GLIAC Tournament, the Purdue Northwest softball team rallied to get a win after losing to start the day at Sports Force Park. Davenport took the win over PNW 4-1 in the Pride’s first game of the day, before they avenged it with a 6-4 win over Ashland.


The Pride had the odds stacked against them as Davenport was the second-best team in the conference, and Panther pitcher Mallory Teunissen was dialed in.

The Pride were only able to muster a single hit as Teunissen struck out eight, although she did walk five Pride batters. Heather O’Kelly struck the only hit of the game for the Pride in the top of the third inning. After a strikeout to start the inning, O’Kelly smacked a triple down the right-field line.

The lone run of the first game for the Pride came in the sixth inning, as senior Tessa Steffens was able to come around on a fielding error after a ball in play from O’Kelly.

A bases-clearing double in the fourth provided the knockout punch as DU got the 4-1 victory and pushed the Pride to the consolation bracket.


The Pride needed a win to stay alive in the GLIAC tournament, and Amanda Noblett did her part to make sure exactly that happened. The Lake Central graduate made The Region proud as she blasted a solo home run to get PNW on the board first against the Eagles of Ashland.

After adding two more runs in the inning, Ashland responded with a pair of runs to cut the lead to one. In the fourth, PNW struck again. A fielders’ choice allowed Sabryna Stanley to get a run, which was followed up by a Zoee Anderson RBI single to score fellow senior Olivia Sardella. 1B Kalyn Learnard laid down a sacrifice bunt which allowed Shailen Johnson to score.

The Pride hung on and got the 6-4 win, as Courtney Blackwell got her 13th win of the season in relief. The Pride will live on to fight another day, as they will face Saginaw Valley State at 9:00 a.m. CT to kick off the second day of the conference tournament. PNW is now one loss away from elimination as they take on the Cardinals, as the Black and Gold lost the season series 3-1.

Each weekday for the next 15 days we will add a new moment to our top 15 countdown to showcase some of the greatest moments throughout the past year.

#13: Men's Basketball Defeats GLIAC Tournament Champion GVSU on Road

ALLENDALE, Mich. -- The Purdue University Northwest men's basketball team (7-15) connected on 50% of its shots from downtown (18-36) and answered a late Grand Valley State run to defeat the Grand Valley State Lakers (12-10) 78-74, Thursday Night. 

Senior Chandler Spring (Covington, Ind./Covington) came off the bench with a strong 15-point performance while freshman Dean Tate (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) added 14 points including a quartet of three-point field goals. 

Franklin Nunn (Anderson, Ind./Liberty Christian) added a pair of clutch trifectas down the stretch and finished with 13 points while Tim Gilmore (Lancaster, Calif./Palmdale) notched 12 points in the victory. ‚Äč

The Pride, who played in their second contest this season on ESPN 3, came out of the gates swinging, as they connected on three consecutive three-pointers to take a 18-13 lead. The Lakers continued to trade twos for threes with PNW as they hit just 25% of their attempts from downtown. The Pride took a 13-point lead into the break.

A continuing trend for the Black and Gold has been points off turnovers, as the Pride absolutely dominated the category in the opening frame with an advantage of 15-2. The Pride also outrebounded the Lakers 17-16, something that has been their downfall this season. 

GVSU played lights out to start the second half, trimming a lead that increased to 19 with a Tim Gilmore three-pointer at the 18:31 mark of the second half. The Lakers found their shooting stroke in the second half and were able to tie the game on a Hunter Hale jumper with 11:25 remaining. GVSU even pushed the lead out to six after free throws from Hale with 5:36 left. 

Frank Nunn, who has been up and down this season with playing time, provided 22 crucial minutes off the bench and hit the lead-taking three off the kick-out from Dean Tate with just over three and a half minutes to play. Spring then provided the dagger with 2:48 to play, fading away and burying one with a defender in his face. 

Nunn ended up leading the team with six rebounds as he and Spring led the Pride with veteran leadership down the stretch. The Pride also had one of their most efficient games of the season offensively, as they committed just ten turnovers on the day. 

"How about our guys and the toughness they showed tonight?" siad Head Coach Boomer Roberts. "They were locked in mentally, and we needed all of it. We have a lot of respect for the firepower Grand Valley has, by our guys weren’t intimidated by the moment. We controlled the first half by guarding well, but they made a big run in the second half to take the lead. We talked a lot this week about handling adversity, and our guys learned from the past, choosing to respond instead of react. Dean was fantastic, Chandler, Timmy, and Lukas banged some big threes, and Frank played his best game of the year as he moved further into the rotation with Palmer unable to play. It was a testament to our culture that we’re building - we were all about love, joy, and toughness tonight. The fellas are happy, but not satisfied, so we’ll prepare and give a great Davenport team our best shot on Saturday."

Up next, PNW will stay in Grand Rapids as they take on the Davenport Panthers Saturday afternoon. That game will tip-off at 2 p.m. CT from the Student Center. 

#14: Jenna Pasko Named to GLIAC Honorable Mention Team
HAMMOND, Ind. – Purdue University Northwest volleyball senior Jenna Pasko was named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honorable mention team.

Pasko ranked first on the team with a 2.49 kills/set average and second on the squad with 229 total kills. 

“Jenna is so deserving of this award and she is the perfect example of perseverance pays off,” head coach Julie Wiejak said.

“She was invaluable to our line up this year and I am so proud of her.”

Pasko also recorded 206 total digs and 47 block assists to headline the leaders for the Black and Gold this season.

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#15: Women's Basketball Hits Record High 18 Threes In Victory Over Davenport Saturday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Purdue University Northwest women's basketball team was on fire from behind the arc as they hit a season-high 18 three-pointers and their highest since 2016 as the Pride defeated Davenport, 80-63, at DU Student Center, Saturday.

The Pride (3-18, 1-14 GLIAC) were led by freshman Kelli Damman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll)who scored 23 points, which was a career high, including five threes. Junior Bayley Goodman (Fowler, Ind./Benton Central) had a season-high 21 points and a career best seven trifectas. Sophomore Tayler Vauters (Rockville, Ind./Riverton Parke) added 16 points in the victory.

Davenport led 13-9 midway through the first period then sophomore Danielle Nennig (Wrightstown, Wis./Wrightstown) nailed a three-pointer and freshman Brittany Barnard (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) hit a running layup which helped PNW to go on a 13-6 run to end the quarter PNW leading 21-19.

PNW caught fire from three-point land early in the second quarter, after Vauters and Goodman hit back-to-back treys to give the Pride a 27-21 lead with 8:50 left in the first half. Damman and Nennig hit back-to-back buckets to put PNW ahead 35-27 with 3:45 left in the second quarter. PNW went into the halftime break leading 39-33.

After a jumper by Vauters to make it 41-33 in favor of the Pride to start the second half, DU made a 7-0 run to cut it to 1 with 7:44 left in the third quarter. PNW responded right back with a 8-0 run in the next two minutes to make it 49-40. Vauters scored the last seven points of the third quarter for either team with her three-pointer and back-to-back layups to give the Pride a 62-51 lead going into the final period.

Damman sealed the game for the Pride making consecutive three-pointers to give PNW a 68-54 lead with 8:23 in the game. Goodman hit her sixth three-pointer of the game which gave PNW a 80-63 lead under a minute left, their biggest lead of the night and the score would stand.

The Panthers (5-17, 3-12 GLIAC) were led by Jenna Falkenberg, who scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.

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