SEMO ROUNDUP: Southeast's Brawner wins all-around title at gymnastics conference meet

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Southeast Missouri State gymnastics ended the season Saturday with a fifth-place finish at the six-team Midwest Independent Conference championship. The Redhawks scored a 192.500.

SEMO's Alexis Brawner won the all-around title, equaling her career-high score with a 39.225. Brawner also was named first-team all-conference on the vault and bars and earned second-team all-conference on the beam.

Courteney Taylor had a stellar day as well, setting a career-high all-around score with a 38.750.

Southeast opened the meet on the bars with a 47.725. Brawner scored a 9.825, and Taylor earned a 9.650.

On the beam, Brawner again lead the Redhawks with a score of 9.700. Taylor was right behind with a 9.625. Southeast finished with a score of 47.925.

SEMO's best score came on the floor, as the Redhawks garnered a 48.850 with five gymnasts scoring 9.725 or better. Brawner had a team-high 9.800, her ninth straight meet with a 9.800 or better on the floor. Taylor, Ashley Thomas and McKinzie Jones each had a score of 9.775. Mackenzie Slee rounded out the scoring with a 9.725.

In the last rotaiton, SEMO scored a 48.450 on the vault, the team's second-highest score in the event all year. Brawner won the individual title with a 9.900.

Lindenwood won the conference title for the third straight season with a 194.675.

Softball

The Redhawks dropped a pair of games at the Rock Chalk Challenge on Saturday in Lawrence, Kansas.

Southeast (15-9) dropped a 7-3 decision against No. 12 LSU in its first game of the day before Omaha edged out a 6-5 win in SEMO's second contest.

In their first game, the Redhawks held a 3-2 lead against the Tigers but were undone by giving up five runs in the final two innings.

Mykaela Arellanes hit a solo home run, and Abby Tillotson provided an RBI double to give Southeast a one-run lead in the top of the third inning.

LSU (23-7) answered when Allie Walljasper launched a two-run shot to take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth.

In the sixth, Taylor Satchell led off with a solo homer to ignite a three-run rally for the Tigers.

Walljasper (9-1) earned the win in the circle, allowing one hit and striking out three batters in 4 1/3 innings of work. She didn't give up a run and didn't issue a walk in coming out of the bullpen to face 14 hitters.

Alexis Estes (5-1) was handed her first pitching loss of the season, yielding five runs on six hits in three innings of relief. She struck out three batters and walked one.

Rachel Anderson and Tillotson each finished 2-for-3 to lead the Redhawks at the play. Southeast combined for six hits.

In their second game, the Redhawks watched a four-run lead disappear in the final innings.

Omaha (9-15) loaded the bases and scored three times in the top of the sixth to pull within a run.

In the final frame, Lia Mancuso scored the tying run on an error before Nicole Warren plated the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Emily Klosterman.

Mackenzie Hoelting (0-3) was tagged with the loss in the circle after scattering two hits and allowing two runs in two innings of work.

Abbie Clanton (4-8) earned the pitching win for Omaha, giving up one run on two hits. She walked three batters and struck out one.

Brooke Rheinecker, Arellanes and Anderson each finished with two hits to lead the way for SEMO's offense.

Warren went 3-for-4 to pace Omaha, while Emma Dargy added three RBIs.

Southeast wraps up the Rock Chalk Challenge with a matchup against host Kansas at 11:30 a.m. today.

Track and field

Southeast's Christian Locke won the men's pole vault with a vault of 5.10 meters, as Southeast wrapped up competition at the Rhodes College Invitational, its first outdoor meet of the season.

Sierra Maddox finished fourth in the women's pole vault with a vault of 3.50 meters. Kayla Gutierrez was third in discus with a throw of 45.79 meters.

The Redhawks return to action Friday and Saturday at the Joe Walker Invitational in Oxford, Mississippi.

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