Oregon’s Miranda Elish was simply perfect.
The Crown Point product tossed her first career perfect game Tuesday night as the Ducks beat Portland State 3-0.
Elish, who suffered her first collegiate loss against Oregon State on March 30, rebounded in the best way possible with a career-high 16 strikeouts.
For the season, Elish is 12-1 with a 0.85 earned run average. The ace has pitched 82 2/3 innings with 121 strikeouts and just 17 walks.
• Manchester University’s Laurren Ladwig (Lake Central) was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week for the second straight week.
The senior slugger hit .571 with a .700 on-base percentage and 1.143 slugging percentage for the Spartans. She also blasted two home runs, two doubles, drove in four and scored six times, while also setting a new single-season school mark for homers (13).
Additionally, Alexis Mokos (Hanover Central) is third on the team with a .340 average. The freshman has started 17 games and driven in 14 runs with four doubles. Haley Perez (Portage) is hitting .278 and has two wins in the circle, while Kendal Torrence (Lowell) has one win for the Spartans.
• Concordia University Chicago’s Melissa Balkema (Hanover Central) continues to swing a hot bat. The junior tops the team with a .465 batting average to go with three homers, seven doubles, 13 runs and 15 RBIs.
• Butler’s Kaitlin Doud (Portage) is first on the team in wins (five) and homers (three), while also driving in 15 runs.
NAIA third-ranked Indiana Tech remains unbeaten after a 14-11 victory over No. 7 Lourdes on Saturday in Sylvania, Ohio. The win was the ninth straight for the Warriors (9-0). It also moved the team to 4-0 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
Brandon Phipps (Crown Point) had three goals for Tech, which has knocked off four straight teams ranked in the top 10. The freshman has 17 goals on the season. Joe Dosen (Crown Point) is a goalkeeper for the squad.
Arizona State’s Jason Tsirtsis (Crown Point) was named FloWrestling’s Comeback Wrestler of the Year.
Tsirtsis, an NCAA champion at Northwestern in 2014, transferred to Arizona State after a horrific 2015 when he lost both his sister and best friend in tragic accidents. He finished seventh at 149 pounds at this year’s NCAA finals — for yet another All-American finish in his final season of eligibility.
Women’s track and field
Indiana State’s Taylor Austin (Griffith) was named the Missouri Valley Conference Athlete of the Week.
Austin, a senior, ran the best race of her career at the Stanford Invitational in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9 minutes, 54.01 seconds. Her previous best effort was 10:02.89. Austin was fourth in the event against the nation’s top competition. She currently holds the top time in the MVC, is first in the NCAA East Region and fourth in the nation.
Saint Leo (Fla.) University sophomore Amir Wright (Griffith) is first on the team with 32 runs scored, while ranking third in batting average (.347). He has started all 31 games for the NCAA Division II No. 24-ranked squad, which is 26-6 on the season.
• Nebraska’s Jesse Wilkening (Hanover Central) is third on the team in batting average (.299) and RBIs (25), while ranking second in homers (three).
• Franklin College’s Frank Podkul (Andrean) homered in an 11-10 extra-inning victory over Hanover College to add to the team’s eight-game winning streak. The Grizzlies (19-1) haven’t lost since March 18. Podkul leads the team in both homers (seven) and RBIs (31) to go with a .303 average and .632 slugging percentage. Alex Mis (Munster) is hitting .484, while Christian Sullivan (Lake Central) is 4-0 on the mound. Logan Demkovich (Munster) has also seen action.
Men’s track and field
Chicago State’s DiJon Smith (West Side) shattered his own school record in the 5,000-meter run at Rice’s Victor Lopez Classic.
Smith’s time of 15:19.33 helped him finish fifth in the race, while shaving 41 seconds off his previous best.