Frank Podkul loves the long ball.
The Andrean product and Franklin College senior blasted three home runs and drove in 10, setting new single-season and program records for homers in an 18-6 victory over Defiance.
Podkul, a Schererville native, is the nation’s home run leader in NCAA Division III with 16 round-trippers on the year. He’s got 29 for his career and has helped the team set a combined home run record this season with 62.
On Saturday, Podkul led the Grizzlies (38-3) to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. He is batting .340 with 10 doubles and a team-high 57 RBIs.
Alex Mis (Munster) is hitting .391 with 20 RBIs, while Christian Sullivan (Lake Central) is 6-0 on the hill.
• Case Western Reserve’s Corey Brown (Crown Point) picked up his second save of the season in a 6-5 victory over John Carroll. The junior lefty got out of a base-loaded jam with a pop out to end the threat and retired the side in the eighth inning. Brown closed the door on John Carroll in the ninth after giving up back-to-back hits by getting a strikeout to end the game.
The Spartans are 26-10 on the season.
Men’s track and field
Marquette’s Daniel Armstrong (Michigan City) repeated in the high jump to lead the team to the Big East Championship title over the weekend.
The sophomore standout, who had the event won at 2.01 meters before all his jumps were completed, cleared three more heights to win the high jump with a season-best leap of 2.16 meters (7 feet, 1 inch).
• Indiana State’s Scott Schreiber (LaPorte) won the Missouri Valley Conference Championship title in the long jump with a season-best leap of 24 feet, 3.5 inches.
Women’s track and field
Indiana State’s Taylor Austin (Griffith) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase for a third straight time at the MVC Championships.
The senior put on a dominant show with a time of 10:20.01, which was 13 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. She is ranked fifth nationally and first in the NCAA East Region field in the event.
Notre Dame’s Alexis Holloway (Crown Point) was selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference's Second Team and also named to the ACC All-Freshman Team.
Holloway went 8-6 in league play with a 2.23 ERA in 18 appearances (15 starts). She tied for the conference lead with two saves, was fourth among all ACC hurlers with eight victories and pitched 91 innings. Holloway tossed the first no-hitter of her collegiate career against N.C. State on March 10.
• Millikin University’s Cathy Lebryk (Munster) finished the season with a 10-6 record. The senior had a 2.92 ERA and 12 complete games. She pitched 108 innings for the team, which finished 22-14.
• Illinois-Chicago’s Marley Hanlon (Hanover Central) was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team.
Hanlon finished her first year with a 3.05 ERA in the circle, which was good for fourth overall in league play. She had four wins on the season in 64 innings pitched. She had one complete game and three partial shutouts this year with 22 strikeouts.
Hanlon also picked up the win on Saturday in the championship game of the Horizon League Championship in a 3-1 victory over Oakland. She held the Grizzlies to just four hits and one run in her second career complete game. Her performance earned her a spot on the league's all-tournament team.
• Loyola’s Kiley Jones (Portage) went 17-12 with a 1.86 ERA. The junior ace had a team-high 188 innings pitched with 107 strikeouts and 24 complete games.
• Concordia Chicago’s Melissa Balkema (Hanover Central) led the team in just about everything. The junior shortstop was first in batting average (.477), doubles (16), homers (13), and runs (51). She also added 37 RBIs, and led the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference in batting average and home runs.
• Saint Xavier’s Tori Keilman (Bishop Noll) helped the team to a berth in the NAIA Softball Championship.
The St. Joseph’s transfer is third on the team with a .346 average in 41 starts. She’s also first with four triples and has driven in 27.
Katie Gloff (Munster) is also a member of the team.
The Cougars (27-15) will play Vanguard (California) Monday in the opening round of the Columbia, Kentucky, bracket.
Indiana Tech, with Crown Point products Joe Dosen and Brandon Phipps on the roster, fell to defending NAIA champion Reinhardt 11-7 in the semifinals of the NAIA National Invitational on Friday.
The Warriors finished the season 13-3.