Crim: Pransky’s baseball journey takes him from coach to scout to author

Josh Rabe, a former Quincy University All-American outfielder and currently the school's athletic director, sits next to Jim Pransky, right, during a signing for Pransky's book "Josh and Josh: Small Towns, Big Leagues" about a decade ago. | Submitted photo

QUINCY — Jim Pransky grew up in a secluded, rural area in northwest Pennsylvania near the New York border. The closest town was two miles away and few other kids were around. So, he threw baseballs at a pitch-back, listened to Yankees games on a transistor radio and voraciously read fictional sports series books by…

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Rally enables Hawks to complete first weekend of sweep of season, continue building momentum

Quincy University catcher Cole Erickson smacked a two-run double as part of the four-run seventh inning as the Hawks rallied for a 10-7 victory over Southwest Baptist on Sunday at QU Stadium. | Photo courtesy Stephanie Boynton

QUINCY — A rally. A sweep. And a new perspective. That’s what Sunday brought to the Quincy University baseball program. The Hawks erased a six-run deficit, took the lead with four runs in the seventh inning and finished off a 10-7 victory over Southwest Baptist at QU Stadium. With that, Quincy swept the four-game Great…

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Momentun-seizing home runs from Simpson, Broughton catapult Hawks to sweep

Quincy University first baseman Austin Simpson belted a three-run home run during Saturday's sweep of Southwest Baptist at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Austin Simpson and David Broughton put a charge into the Quincy University baseball team’s pursuit of a conference tournament berth. Simpson, the junior first baseman, jacked a three-run home run in the fifth inning of Saturday’s opener game of a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader against Southwest Baptist, erasing a two-run deficit and…

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Birthday bonanza: Kirn twirls gem, Hawks’ offense comes alive in victory over Bearcats to open series

Quincy University left-hander Griffin Kirn delivers a pitch during Friday's game against Southwest Baptist at QU Stadium. Kirn struck out eight in the Hawks' 13-1 victory. | Shane Hulsey photo

QUINCY — Griffin Kirn would have been satisfied with a victory for his 22nd birthday. His performance on the mound became the icing on the cake. Kirn allowed just one run over six innings and struck out eight in the Quincy University baseball team’s 13-1 victory Friday over Southwest Baptist to open the four-game Great…

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Hawks unable to find strike zone or complete sweep of Flyers

Quincy University baseball coach Matt Schissel, right, gives the ball to relief pitcher Logan Mueller in the second inning of Sunday's game against Lewis at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The chance at the first weekend sweep of the season got swept away, all because the Quincy University baseball team found itself playing chase all day. Five Hawks pitchers combined to walk six and hit six batters while allowing 12 earned runs in Sunday’s 14-2 loss to Lewis in the finale of the…

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Photo gallery: Hawks struggle to finish weekend with another GLVC victory

From left, Quincy University's Austin SImpson and Brock Boynton celebrate with teammate Evan Davis after he hit a solo home run in the second inning of Sunday's game against Lewis at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy University baseball team was unable to string together a third consecutive day of solid pitching and timely hitting, suffering a 14-2 loss to Lewis on Sunday in the finale of their Great Lakes Valley Conference series at QU Stadium. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent the day at the ballpark…

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Photo gallery: JWCC baseball team drops both ends of doubleheader to Parkland

John Wood Community College third baseman Andrew Srebroski and right-hander Tyler Dance fist bump before the start of an inning during the first game of Friday's doubleheader against Parkland. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Field conditions forced the Parkland baseball team to travel to John Wood Community College on Friday, but the Trail Blazers couldn’t take advantage of the home field. The Cobras swept the Mid-West Athletic Conference doubleheader, winning 8-6 and 5-4. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent some time at the ballpark and put…

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QU baseball team excels in all phases to win series finale against Rockhurst

Quincy University right-hander Seth West allowed just one run over five innings in Sunday's 14-2 victory over Rockhurst at QU Stadium. | Photo courtesy Denny Sinnock/QU Athletics

QUINCY — Sunday looked more like the team Quincy University baseball coach Matt Schissel expected to see, not the team that has endured too many ups and downs so far. Seth West allowed one run over five innings, the offense drove the ball into gaps and moved runners, and the defense didn’t commit an error…

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Bullpen narrowly avoids spoiling Kirn’s masterful effort as QU baseball team wins series opener

Quincy University junior right-hander Griffin Kirn throws a pitch during Friday's game against Rockhurst at QU Stadium. Kirn struck out a career-high 15 batters in Quincy's 10-9 victory. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Film study paid off. In the days leading up to Friday’s start against Rockhurst, Quincy University left-handed pitcher Griffin Kirn reviewed as much video as possible of his previous starts this season and past seasons, looking for any mechanical tweak that could give him an edge. Whatever he found worked wonders. The Quincy…

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Photo gallery: QU baseball team opens GLVC series with Rockhurst with victory

Quincy University center fielder Brock Boynton, left, slaps hands with third-base coach Chandler Purcell as he rounds the bases following his second-inning home run Friday against Rockhurst at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Griffin Kirn was nearly unhittable. Brock Boynton put a charge into the offense. And the Quincy University baseball team survived a rain delay and a Rockhurst rally to come up with a 10-9 victory in the first game of the Great Lakes Valley Conference weekend series. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent…

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College notebook: Former QU baseball players D’Alessio, Napleton succeeding at D-I level

Abilene Christian's Gino D'Alessio, a transfer from Quincy University, was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week after hitting .600 over four games with three home runs. | Photo courtesy Abilene Christian baseball

QUINCY — A pair of former Quincy University baseball players are off to sizzling starts after transferring to NCAA Division I programs. Gino D’Alessio, an All-Midwest Region shortstop last spring for the Hawks, was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week after hitting .600 over four games as Abilene Christian went 3-1 with…

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Harbin helps Saints take series from Hawks by slamming door in ninth inning

Maryville closer Noah Harbin, a Quincy High School product, center, gets congratulated after saving the Saints' 8-7 victory over Quincy University on Sunday at Weber Field in St. Louis. | Photo courtesy Maryville athletics/Emmalee Randazzo

ST. LOUIS — Noah Harbin gave the Maryville baseball team a leg up in the Great Lakes Valley Conference title chase by slamming the door on his hometown team. The former Quincy High School right-handed pitcher stranded the tying run at first base in the top of the ninth inning Sunday, striking out Quincy University’s…

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QU baseball team wins GLVC-opening series as Boynton sparks offensive surge

Quincy University center fielder Brock Boynton collected five hits with two home runs over the final two games of the Great Lakes Valley Conference series against William Jewell in Liberty, Mo. | Photo courtesy Stephanie Boynton

LIBERTY, Mo. — The Quincy University baseball team is back on track. Sunday’s 16-10 victory over William Jewell at Talley Stadium punctuated a series victory in the first weekend of Great Lakes Valley Conference play, gave the Hawks back-to-back series wins and put the 0-7 start on the season-opening trip to Georgia completely in the…

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Kirn, Hawks take advantage of coming home to earn first victory of season

Quincy University left-hander Griffin Kirn struck out 11 over 6 1/3 innings Friday to lead the Hawks to a 5-1 victory over Davenport at QU Stadium. | Photo courtesy Olivia Kindt, QU Athletics

QUINCY — Welcome home. After enduring a seven-game losing streak on its season-opening road trip and falling out of the NCBWA Division II Top 25, the Quincy University baseball team used Friday’s home opener as a fresh start and took advantage of the comfortable confines of QU Stadium. Junior left-handed starter Griffin Kirn threw 6…

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‘It’s going to be fun baseball to watch’: Hawks set sights on making another run at trip to Cary

Quincy University center fielder Brock Boynton will be in the Hawks' starting lineup for the fourth straight season and is expected to be a catalyst for the No. 13 team in the NCBWA Division II top 25. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Saturday Morning Breakfast Club is ready to trade its name for something more meaningful and permanent. Something like “World Series champion.” That’s why 20 or more Quincy University baseball players gathered around 9 a.m. each Saturday during the offseason at the QU Health and Fitness Center to lift weights, do cardiovascular exercises…

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Kirn ready to shoulder load of being No. 1 starter in Hawks’ rotation

Quincy University left-hander Griffin Kirn, a Quincy Notre Dame graduate, went 7-2 last season and will be the Hawks' No. 1 starter this spring. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Griffin Kirn understands the expectation and the challenge. “It’s all about giving the guys a chance to win,” he said. The No. 1 starter in the Quincy University baseball team’s rotation has a history of doing just that. Over the past four seasons — the first two with left-hander Riley Martin as the…

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QU baseball team voted by coaches as top choice in GLVC preseason poll

Dustin Dupont, who caught and played third base last season, batted .369 with 11 home runs and 51 runs batted in for the Quincy University baseball team last season. | Matt Schuckman

INDIANAPOLIS – Quincy University was voted in the preseason coaches’ poll as the choice to win the 2024 Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) baseball championship, the league office announced on Monday. The preseason poll is determined by the league’s head coaches, who, per GLVC bylaws, are not permitted to vote for their team. Quincy received nine…

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Schuck on a Truck: Former QU All-American Dayson Croes discusses first season playing professional baseball

QUINCY — It started with the American Association’s longest hitting streak of the season and ended with Rookie of the Year honors. Dayson Croes’ first season as a professional baseball player was an undeniable hit. He capped it with a tournament championship in Mexico. Croes, the former Quincy University All-American infielder, signed with the Winnipeg…

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Hawks’ Kirn earns chance to pitch against college baseball’s best in Cape Cod League

Griffin Kirn, a senior left-handed pitcher for the Quincy University baseball team and a Quincy Notre Dame graduate, will finish the summer pitching in the prestigious Cape Cod League. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Griffin Kirn happened to be enjoying a relaxing midsummer afternoon when Quincy University baseball coach Matt Schissel unexpectedly called. “I figured it was to check in and see how my summer was going,” said Kirn, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior left-handed pitcher. There was a little more to this call. Schissel had been contacted…

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Former QU All-American infielder Croes to play in American Association all-star game

Former Quincy University All-American infielder Dayson Croes is representing the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the American Association All-Star Game with a .342 average, which is the third highest in the league. | Photo courtesy Dave Mahussier/Winnipeg Goldeyes

FRANKLIN, Wis. — Throughout Dayson Croes’ three-year stint as an All-American infielder for the Quincy University baseball team, his coaches continually used a two-word phrase to describe Aruba native. Professional hitter. He’s proving just how accurate that is. The left-handed hitting Croes will represent the Winnipeg Goldeyes in Tuesday’s American Association of Professional Baseball all-star…

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Angels select Hawks right-handed reliever Gockel in ninth round of MLB draft

Right-handed reliever Chase Gockel went 3-0 with four saves in 21 appearances for the Quincy University baseball team in the spring. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Word of Chase Gockel’s electric fastball, the kind that made Quincy University baseball fans anxious to see how high the velocity would register, brought Major League Baseball scouts to the stadium. How he used the fastball in unison with his slider made them take note. Ultimately, the Los Angeles Angels liked the combination…

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Former QU southpaw Martin gets call up to Triple-A Iowa, while Croes, Logsdon get pro careers off to strong starts

Former Quincy University left-hander Riley Martin was called up to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs on Tuesday after an impressive first two months with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies. | Submitted photo

QUINCY — The number of former Quincy University baseball players pursuing professional playing careers more than doubled in the last month. One of the Hawks chasing their big-league dream moved a step closer to that reality Tuesday. Left-handed reliever Riley Martin was promoted to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs after a sterling first two months coming…

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JWCC slugger Mansfield earns NJCAA Division II first-team All-American honors

John Wood Community College freshman outfielder Payton Mansfield was named an NJCAA Division II first-team All-American. | Submitted photo

QUINCY — A record-setting season on the field should end with a worthwhile honor off it. The John Wood Community College baseball program received that Monday. Freshman outfielder Payton Mansfield was named an NJCAA Division II first-team All-American, becoming the first JWCC product to earn All-American honors since 2015 and just the fourth first-team selection…

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Hawks’ Schissel named NCBWA Division II Coach of the Year, Napleton first-team All-American

Quincy University baseball coach Matt Schissel, left, has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II Coach of the Year. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Capping a record-setting season with a first-in-school-history honor is quite special. Quincy University baseball coach Matt Schissel earned that. Hawks catcher Luke Napleton earned his All-American honor, too. Schissel, the second-year skipper who led the Hawks to a 47-11 record while winning both the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular-season and tournament championships, was…

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Napleton, D’Alessio among four QU baseball players to enter transfer portal

Quincy University catcher Luke Napleton follows the flight of one of his 29 home runs this season. The single-season record holder for dingers announced he is entering the NCAA transfer portal. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Two starters from the record-setting Quincy University baseball team are among four Hawks who are entering the NCAA transfer portal. Junior catcher Luke Napleton and junior shortstop Gino D’Alessio are exploring opportunities to move to the NCAA Division I level, while senior infielder Logan Voth is seeking the chance for more at-bats and…

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Dreams of Division II World Series berth dashed as soft-tossing lefties befuddle Hawks in super regional

Quincy University first baseman Lance Logsdon and the Hawks saw their record-breaking season end Saturday with a 5-2 loss to Indianapolis in the NCAA Division II Midwest Super Regional at QU Stadium. | Photo courtesy Olivia Kindt, QU Athletics

QUINCY — That’s just baseball. Those three words were the only way the Quincy University baseball team could make sense of an unlikely finish to an incredible season. The Hawks were ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball. However, they saw their…

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Saturday sweep needed: Top-seeded Hawks face elimination after losing super regional opener

Quincy University shortstop Joe Huffman sizes up a pitch during Friday's opening game of the NCAA Division II Midwest Super Regional against Indianapolis at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The weather hasn’t always been ideal, but Saturdays at QU Stadium throughout the spring have been perfect nonetheless. One more flawless Saturday is needed. The Quincy University baseball team finds itself in a win-twice-or-it’s-over scenario following Friday’s 4-3 loss to Indianapolis in the opening game of the NCAA Division II Midwest Super Regional,…

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Greyhounds’ Donaldson seizes extra opportunity to spoil final home start for Hawks’ Walker

In his final career start at QU Stadium, right-hander Spencer Walker went 7 2/3 innings while allowing four runs and five hits with nine strikeouts. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Spencer Walker never saw exactly where Luke Napleton caught the fastball or where it crossed the plate. He didn’t think he needed to look. With runners on second and third and two outs in the top of the eighth inning Friday at QU Stadium, the Quincy University senior right-hander felt he’d painted the…

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Photo gallery: QU, Indianapolis square off in Midwest Super Regional at QU Stadium

A young fan waves a Quincy University baseball towel during Friday's NCAA Division II Midwest Super Regional game at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The opening game of the NCAA Division II Midwest Super Regional turned into a pitchers’ duel, one the seventh-seeded University of Indianapolis baseball team won with a 4-3 victory over top-seeded Quincy University on Friday at QU Stadium. The Hawks (47-10) must win twice Saturday to advance to the D-II World Series in…

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Super regional primer: Top-seeded Hawks chasing World Series berth against Greyhounds

Two of Quincy University's record-setting hitters — Gino D'Alessio, left, and Luke Napleton — leads the Hawks into the best-of-three Midwest Super Regional against Indianapolis beginning at 3 p.m. Friday at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A Great Lakes Valley Conference baseball program is guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Division II World Series for the third consecutive season and the seventh time in the past nine seasons. Will it be the team of destiny or the ultimate underdog? A best-of-three series taking place at QU Stadium will decide…

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Hawks’ Napleton becomes fourth QU standout to be named Midwest Region Player of the Year

Quincy University catcher Luke Napleton has been named the Midwest Region Player of the Year, become the fourth Hawk in program history to receive the honor. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Luke Napleton’s historic season has him in line for All-American honors. The Quincy University junior catcher was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s Midwest Region Player of the Year and a first-team all-region selection, which makes him eligible for All-American consideration. QU coach Matt Schissel was named the Midwest Region Coach of…

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Super duper: Hawks score six times in first inning to extinguish Timberwolves’ hope, advance to super regional

The Quincy University baseball players celebrate after the final out in Saturday's 9-0 victory over Northwood to advance to the NCAA Division II Midwest super regional. | Photo courtesy Denny Sinnock, QU athletics

QUINCY — Eight innings remained, but any hope Northwood had of stymying the steamroller better known as the Quincy University baseball team evaporated after a single frame. The Hawks weren’t surrendering a six-run lead. Not one game from reaching the super regional. Not with Jay Hammel in control on the mound. And certainly not at…

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Hammel’s first-pitch dominance takes pressure off bullpen, shuts down Timberwolves

Quincy University right-hander Jay Hammel delivers a pitch during Saturday's game against Northwood in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional at QU Stadium. | Photo courtesy Olivia Kindt, QU athletics

QUINCY — A walkie talkie hangs from the netting stretched around the Quincy University baseball team’s dugout and always within Hawks coach Matt Schissel’s reach. It’s how he communicates with the bullpen during a game. Saturday, he hardly touched it. Right-handed starter Jay Hammel alleviated any pressure on Schissel and the bullpen during the final…

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‘Do your job’: Simple premise leads to extraordinary results as Hawks move one victory closer to super regional

QUINCY — It’s a philosophy so basic it comes across as too simple at times. “Everybody does their job,” Luke Napleton said, “and the team wins.” The Quincy University catcher can point to Friday’s performance against Northwood as the perfect example of that. The top-seeded team in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional received a…

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Kirn’s bulldogged performance is further proof nothing can knock Hawks down for good

Quincy University left-hander Griffin Kirn, left, stretches to help alleviate the pain after getting hit just below the rib cage with a line drive during the third inning of Friday's game against Northwood in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Griffin Kirn could have snuck away to the bathroom or a corner of the dugout at any point during the final two innings Friday to see just what kind of mark was left by the line drive that hit him squarely below the rib cage on his left side. He didn’t bother. It…

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Napleton gets back in power groove, breaks GLVC single-season home run record with two dingers

Quincy University catcher Luke Napleton, left, and pitcher Joe Byers celebrate on of Napleton's two home runs during Friday's NCAA Division II Midwest Regional victory over Northwood at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Going 20 at-bats without hitting a home run may not seem like much of a drought, but Luke Napleton knew he had taken several swings since his last blast. None of them felt like the right rhythm. “I’ve been rolling over the past few games, being a little early,” the Quincy University catcher…

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Photo gallery: QU baseball team beats Northwood to move one win from super regional

From left to right, Troy Logsdon, Brad Boynton and Chris Kirn celebrate Quincy University left-hander Griffin Kirn ending the seventh inning of Friday's NCAA Division II Midwest Regional victory over Northwood with a strikeout. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — As each day passes, the Quincy University baseball team moves a step closer to its ultimate goal. Saturday, the Hawks can take a leap forward. They will face Northwood at noon Saturday at QU Stadium, needing to win just once to capture the regional title and advance to the super regional. The top-seeded…

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Marinara muscle: Full-scale Italian meal fuels Hawks’ power surge in Midwest Regional opener

Quincy University leadoff hitter Gino D'Alessio, left, celebrates one of his his three home runs Thursday with third-base coach Chandler Purcell as the Hawks eliminated Wayne State with an 18-8 victory. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Paul D’Alessio decided he needed to fuel the Quincy University baseball team with some Italian power this week. So Tuesday, he assembled the kind of feast a loving nonna would serve to her family at Sunday dinner. Pasta, meatballs, sausage, chicken cacciatore, etc. It was the kind of meal where you wipe the…

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Photo gallery: QU, Northwood win on opening day of NCAA Division II Midwest Regional

Quincy University right-hander Spencer Walker catches a throw back from catcher Luke Napleton during Thursdays game against Wayne State in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Two teams that have gone head-to-head in NCAA Division II regional play twice before with try to eliminate each other once again. The top-seeded Quincy University baseball team and fifth-seeded Northwood both beat Wayne State on Thursday on the opening day of the Midwest Regional at QU Stadium. The Timberwolves scored three times…

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Position of power: Wosman returns to seeing barrel meet ball, crushes pair of homers for Hawks

Quincy University's Nolan Wosman. left, celebrates one of his two home runs Thursday against Wayne State with teammates Austin Simpson, center, and Lance Logsdon during the Hawks' 18-8 victory at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Nolan Wosman has never lost sight of what matters. A frustrating weekend swinging the bat couldn’t change that. A week ago, during the Quincy University baseball team’s four-game march to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament championship, the senior second baseman struggled to marry the barrel to the ball. He went 2 for…

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NCAA Midwest Regional primer: Eight things you need to know about QU baseball team

Quincy University catcher Luke Napleton has hit 19 of his single-season record 27 home runs at QU Stadium this season. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy University baseball team’s pursuit of a trip to Cary, N.C., begins in earnest Thursday with the start of NCAA Division II Midwest Regional play. The top-seeded Hawks, who carry a 44-9 record into the postseason, will face either Northwood or Wayne State at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at QU Stadium. The Timberwolves…

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Nice ring to it: Hawks capture GLVC Tournament championship, earn No. 1 Midwest Regional seed

The Quincy University baseball team celebrates winning the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament championship following Sunday's 13-6 victory over Drury at Mtn Dew Park in Marion, Ill. | Photo courtesy Jared McFarlane, Great Lakes Valley Conference

MARION, Ill. — The first step is always the hardest or so the adage goes. If that rings true, the Quincy University baseball team better ready itself for a prolonged journey. The Hawks followed up their regular-season Great Lakes Valley Conference championship by winning the GLVC Tournament, capping a four-game swath through the tourney field…

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Schuckman: Days like this are reason Hammel returned to Hawks to pitch one more season

Quincy University pitcher Jay Hammel, left, gets congratulated by teammates and coaches as he comes off the field following an inning during Sunday's Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament championship game against Drury at Mtn Dew Park in Marion, Ill. | Photo courtesy Jared McFarlane, Great Lakes Valley Conference

QUINCY — Jay Hammel wrestled with the decision. Should he stay or should he go? Last May, Hammel graduated from Quincy University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies. He also fashioned a 9-2 record as a right-handed starter for the QU baseball team, helping the Hawks get within one victory of a…

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Carpenter shuts down Saints, sends Hawks into GLVC Tournament title game

Quincy University left-hander Tyler Carpenter delivers a pitch during Saturday's game against Maryville in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament in Marion, Ill. | Photo courtesy Stephanie Boynton

MARION, Ill. — Tyler Carpenter got mad. Then he got nasty. That made the Maryville baseball team’s plans to rally obsolete. The Quincy University left-handed reliever entered Saturday’s Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament game in the fifth inning with the Hawks ahead 9-7, two outs and two runners on base. The Saints’ Jed Zebig greeted…

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DuPont hits it where Greyhounds can’t catch it, Hawks play stellar defense to advance

Quincy University third baseman Dustin DuPoint hit a three-run home run Friday night in the Hawks' 7-5 victory over Indianapolis in the second round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. | Matt Schuckman file photo

MARION, Ill. — No matter how hard Dustin DuPont hit the ball in his first two at-bats Friday night — he stung it with authority both times — University of Indianapolis center fielder Brandon DeWitt ran down those line drives for the first out in both the first and third innings. “I got back to…

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QU’s Napleton receives GLVC Player of the Year honor, while Schissel is Coach of the Year

Quincy University junior catcher Luke Napleton, left, was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Not long after Luke Napleton left QU Stadium the day he broke the Quincy University baseball program’s single-season home run record, he received a text message with a video attached. It was from Ryan Snyder, the slugger whose record Napleton broke, who wanted to congratulate the Hawks junior catcher. Snyder may need to…

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Put a ring on it: Hawks head into postseason ready to chase championships, earn some new bling

Quincy University center fielder Brock Boynton, center, and the Hawks look to celebrate a championship this weekend by winning the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament in Marion, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Brock Boynton can envision a championship ring sizable enough to celebrate more than one title. “I was thinking about it last night,” the Quincy University senior center fielder said Wednesday morning before the Hawks boarded a bus headed for Marion, Ill., and the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. “There’s four sides to a…

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QU baseball team ready to roll into postseason after capping ‘nine-game heater’ at Rockhurst

The Quincy University baseball team capped a 40-win regular season and the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular-season championship Sunday with an 11-9 victory over Rockhurst in Kansas City, Mo. | Photo courtesy Stephanie Boynton

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brock Boynton called it. Following a mid-week victory over nationally ranked Central Missouri on April 25, the Quincy University baseball team’s senior center fielder said the Hawks needed to go on a “nine-game heater” to carry the momentum of an historic regular season into the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. Sunday,…

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Hawks continue to batter opposing pitching, slug six home runs in series finale against Panthers

Quincy University pitcher Joe Byers, center, prepares to celebrate a home run with teammates Brock Boynton, right, during Sunday's game against Drury at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The DJ Khaled collaboration “All I Do Is Win” was released in 2010 and remains a ballpark staple more than a decade later. Still, it may be time for some fresh lyrics. The Quincy University baseball team seems to be providing them. It goes a little like, “All we do is crush, crush,…

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Photo gallery: QU baseball team wins regular-season home finale by hammering Drury

Quincy University right-hander Jay Hammel, right, gets congratulated as he heads to the dugout after finishing the fifth inning Sunday in a 16-6 victory over Drury at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy University baseball team doesn’t want Sunday’s 16-6 victory over Drury to complete a Great Lakes Valley Conference sweep to be its final game this season at QU Stadium. The Hawks want to play host to an NCAA Division II regional. Keep hitting the way they are and the Hawks likely will…

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‘You can’t stop it’: Walk-off grand slam keeps Hawks rolling with twinbill sweep of Panthers

The Quincy University baseball players celebrate a three-run home run by Gino D'Alessio, center, during the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Drury at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A rally that began with a record-breaking home run, ended with an epic bat flip and featured some of the most selfless, mature at-bats in between left everyone exiting QU Stadium with the same train of thought. This Quincy University baseball squad may truly be a team of destiny. “I told you three…

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Photo gallery: Walk-off grand slam sets stage for QU baseball team to complete twinbill sweep

Quincy University junior Luke Napleton connects for an extra-base hit during Saturday's doubleheader against Drury at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Brock Boynton knew it immediately. The epic bat flip made it obvious to everyone else. The senior center fielder crushed a walk-off grand slam to give the Quincy University baseball team a 12-8 victory in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Drury at QU Stadium. The eighth-ranked Hawks completed the sweep with…

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Logsdon’s grand slam puts cap on strong start to weekend for QU baseball team

Quincy University first baseman Lance Logsdon connects for a single in the first inning of Friday's game against Drury at QU Stadium. He finished with three hits, including his seventh career grand slam, in the 12-5 victory. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — If the rest of the weekend follows suit, the seniors on the Quincy University baseball team will create a memorable way to say goodbye. Friday’s start set the tone. Senior right-hander Spencer Walker struck out eight over seven innings, the eighth-ranked Hawks opened the game with five consecutive singles and fifth-year first baseman…

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Photo gallery: Hawks open final home weekend of regular season with victory over Panthers

Quincy University assistant coach Chandler Purcell, left, shakes hands with the home plate umpire prior to Friday's Great Lakes Valley Conference game against Drury. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The team that has been virtually unbeatable at home this season continued to show why Friday. The eighth-ranked Quincy University baseball team parlayed a quality start from right-hander Spencer Walker and a 17-hit attack into a 12-5 victory over Drury at QU Stadium. The Hawks are now 23-2 at home this season. Muddy…

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Schuck on a Truck: Logsdon, Norris talk about how QU served as home, family during incredible athletic careers

Quincy University record-setting slugger Lance Logsdon, left, and All-American volleyball player Mattison Norris joined Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman on the tailgate for an episode of "Schuck on a Truck." | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The highs and lows — things both Lance Logsdon and Mattison Norris experienced throughout the Quincy University athletic careers — never sidetracked either, largely because of their competitive nature and dogged determination, but also because they had each other. The record-setting slugger for the QU baseball team and the All-American outside hitter for…

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Standard of success: Logsdon’s legacy with QU baseball program will be defined by drive, determination and doing things right way

Quincy University first baseman Lance Logsdon will leave the program after this season with a bachelor's degree in sports management and a master's degree in business administration, along with his name etched in the record books as one of the most accomplished hitters. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The preferred option isn’t always the right option. Josh Rabe helped Lance Logsdon see that. And by embracing such a notion, the left-handed slugger discovered he was choosing the best option imaginable. Deciding to play baseball at Quincy University and forego the dream of an NCAA Division I scholarship allowed Logsdon to earn…

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Six is a serious number: No. 13 Hawks use six-run rally in seventh inning to upend No. 4 Mules

Quincy University's Gino D'Alessio watches the flight of his go-ahead, three-run home run to left field in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game against Central Missouri at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Brock Boynton never felt the ball leave the bat. “That’s when you know it’s going to be a good one,” he said. Gino D’Allesio didn’t feel the ball explode off his bat either. “I’ve been waiting for one of those,” he said. When the Quincy University center fielder and shortstop barreled up pitches…

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Photo gallery: No. 13 QU baseball team erases four-run deficit to knock off No. 4 Central Missouri

Quincy University second baseman Nolan Wosman tags out Central Missouri's Brennan van Breusegen on a stolen base attempt during Tuesday's game at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A six-run rally in the seventh inning Tuesday — a “Quincy six-spot” as center fielder Brock Boynton called it — pushed the 13th-ranked Quincy University baseball team to an 8-6 victory over No. 4 Central Missouri at QU Stadium in the Hawks’ final non-conference game of the regular season. Muddy River Sports Editor…

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Hawks blend ingredients for victory together to win another GLVC weekend series

Quincy University right-hander Jay Hammel went seven innings Sunday in leading the Hawks to an 11-2 victory over Missouri-St. Louis in Great Lakes Valley Conference play. | Matt Schuckman photo

ST. LOUIS — The Quincy University baseball team’s recipe for success worked well Sunday. The Hawks piled up runs, scoring 11 times and collecting 18 hits. Jay Hammel delivered a strong start as the right-hander allowed just two runs over seven innings. The bullpen finished it off with Chase Gockel and Tyler Carpenter each striking…

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Kirn dials in, mows down Tritons with career-high 13 Ks as No. 13 Hawks reach 30-victory plateau

Quincy University left-hander Griffin Kirn struck out a career-high 13 batters in Saturday's 6-1 victory over Missouri-St. Louis in Great Lakes Valley Conference action in St. Louis. | Matt Schuckman file photo

ST. LOUIS — Maybe Griffin Kirn should have known something special lied ahead. “Typically, it seems the better games a pitcher pitches their catch is bad or their bullpen is bad,” the Quincy University left-handed pitcher said. “For me, my catch was the worst game of catch I’ve had in a long time.” Prior to…

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Doubly grand: Flowerree’s epic series includes two slams in one game, go-ahead three-run homer

Culver-Stockton College first baseman Dax Flowerree hit two grand slams in the same game and delivered a go-ahead three-run home run the next day as the Wildcats took three of four game against Graceland during a series in Lamoni, Iowa.

CANTON, Mo. — Dax Flowerree tried to have a singular focus during his at-bat. “When I got into the box, I wanted to get a pitch to hit hard somewhere,” he said. But the Culver-Stockton College senior first baseman couldn’t ignore everything transpiring around him. With the C-SC baseball team leading Graceland 16-2 in the…

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College notebook: Derry gets NAIA coaching job, Alleyne earns All-MIVA honors, QU grad gets jersey retired at SIU

Southeastern graduate Emma Derry has been named the head women's volleyball coach at Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky. | Photo courtesy Brescia University athletics

AUGUSTA, Ill. — Emma Derry is taking her talents to the college game. The Southeastern graduate spent the past two years as the head volleyball coach at Lincoln High School, guiding the Railers to a 30-win season, a regional championship and a second-place finish in the Apollo Conference last fall. The success earned her the…

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Napleton garners GLVC Player of the Week after crushing McKendree pitching

Quincy University's Luke Napleton, left, celebrates one of his four home runs last weekend against McKendree with teammate Gino D'Alessio. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Luke Napleton’s big weekend earned him another Great Lakes Valley Conference honor. The Quincy University baseball team’s junior catcher was named the GLVC Player of the Week after helping the Hawks go 5-0 last week with a four-game sweep of McKendree to move into sole possession of first place in the league standings.…

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Hawks continue to showcase offensive firepower, finish sweep of Bearcats with big bang

Quincy University catcher Luke Napleton gets ready for an at-bat during the final game of the four-game Great Lakes Valley Conference weekend series against McKendree on Saturday at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Filling out the lineup card isn’t too much of a chore for Quincy University baseball coach Matt Schissel. “It isn’t drawing straws,” he said. Eight starters are hitting .350 or better. Seven starters have each hit six or more home runs. Five have 30 or more RBIs. And every single one of them…

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Photo gallery: QU baseball team completes four-game sweep of McKendree

Quincy University designated hitter Austin Simpson talks to the home plate umpire before stepping into the batter's box during Saturday's game against McKendree at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A four-game sweep of McKendree, coupled with a series split between Illinois-Springfield and Maryville, has the Quincy University baseball team alone in first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference following Saturday’s 13-6 and 15-4 victories at QU Stadium. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman was on hand to capture some of the…

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Kirn, Hawks turn up heat on Bearcats, open weekend series with doubleheader sweep

Quincy University left-hander Griffin Kirn delivers a pitch in the third inning against McKendree during Friday's doubleheader at QU Stadium. Kirn struck out 10 in the 5-2 victory in the nightcap. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Of all the unusual pieces to the puzzle the Quincy University baseball program had to maneuver into place to play its Great Lakes Valley Conference series at home this weekend, dealing with the heat wasn’t on the list of concerns. At least not until gametime. The 84-degree afternoon temperature at QU Stadium was…

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Photo gallery: QU baseball team wins first two games of weekend series with McKendree

Quincy University center fielder Brock Boynton, center, celebrates his home run as he returns to the dugout during the first game of Friday's doubleheader against McKendree at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The logistical challenges of moving a four-game Great Lakes Valley Conference baseball series from the McKendree campus to QU Stadium were unique, but the end result of Friday’s series-opening doubleheader was expected. The 14th-ranked Hawks swept the Bearcats, winning 15-5 and 5-2. Due to weather concerns, the rest of the weekend schedule has…

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Martin confident more complete arsenal of pitches will lead to rise through Cubs organization

Former Quincy University All-American left-hander Riley Martin, shown here throwing a pitch last season for the South Bend Cubs, is beginning this season with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies. | Submitted photo

KODAK, Tenn. — To get to where he sees himself going, Riley Martin understands the importance of having another pitch in his arsenal. More specifically, the left-handed hurler needed a pitch to befuddle left-handed hitters. So this spring, the former Quincy University All-American pitcher and current member of the Chicago Cubs organization took advantage of…

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Hawks erase four-run deficit, win GLVC series against Saints

Quincy University first baseman Lance Logsdon homered and tripled during Saturday's 8-4 victory over Maryville at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Luke Napleton tossed the bat away thinking he’d just drawn a walk, but the home plate umpire called it a strike to force the Quincy University catcher back into the batter’s box to face a full-count payoff pitch. But he only had a few seconds to regroup because the pitch clock was running.…

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Dupont’s blast completes rally as nationally ranked Hawks sweep twinbill from Saints

Quincy University junior catcher Dustin Dupont, center, celebrates his go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday against Maryville at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Dustin Dupont hoped some verbal encouragement would work. The fly ball he hit in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday afternoon seemed to have enough steam behind it to clear QU Stadium’s left field stone wall. Still, as the Quincy University baseball team’s left-handed hitting catcher bounced out of the batter’s box,…

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Photo gallery: Late-inning rally leads to twinbill sweep for QU baseball team

Quincy University left-hander Griffin Kirn follows his pitch during the fourth inning Friday against Maryville at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — In need of something to lift morale and change momentum, the Quincy University baseball team got a quality start from left-hander Griffin Kirn and a three home run day from Dustin Dupont to sweep Maryville 14-6 and 6-5 in Great Lakes Valley Conference action Friday at QU Stadium. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt…

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Ninth-inning collapse costs Hawks opening game of crucial GLVC series with Saints

Quincy University right-hander Spencer Walker delivers a pitch during Thursday's game against Maryville at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Brett Panick’s wildness, Maryville’s patience and an inopportune time for a letdown has the nationally ranked Quincy University baseball team needing to rebound. The ninth-ranked Hawks took a three-run lead to the ninth inning Thursday in the opening game of a four-game Great Lakes Valley Conference series, but Panick was unable to close…

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Photo gallery: QU’s Walker, Palmyra’s Kroeger engage in GLVC pitcher’s duel at QU Stadium

Palmyra native Jacob Kroeger, a junior left-hander for the Maryville baseball team, delivers a pitch during Thursday's game against Quincy University at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Spencer Walker delivered. So did Jacob Kroeger. Once the two starting pitchers exited, it was up to their respective bullpens to determine which team won the opening game of the Great Lakes Valley Conference series. Give the edge to the Maryville baseball team. The Saints rallied for four runs in the top of…

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Hammel, Hawks finish series with dominant effort, earn split with Prairie Stars

Quincy University right-hander Jay Hammel delivers a pitch during Sunday's game against Illinois-Springfield in the nightcap of a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader. | Photo courtesy Max Bennett, QU athletics

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Jay Hammel delivered his best when the Quincy University baseball team needed it most. Having lost the first game of Sunday’s Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader with Illinois-Springfield, the Hawks needed a victory in the nightcap to split the day and the four-game series between two nationally ranked teams. Hammel made certain…

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Living in a hitter’s paradise: Hawks slug seven home runs, sweep GLVC series from Bulldogs

Quincy University's Nolan Wosman rounds third base after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning of Sunday's 20-7 victory over Truman State at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A sun-splashed Sunday afternoon with the wind whipping into the right-center field gap and temperatures rising above the stocking cap barometer turned QU Stadium into a hitter’s paradise. No wonder the Quincy University baseball team’s entire lineup salivated over the possibilities. “I think it’s almost impossible not to, especially when you have 20…

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Schuckman: Unshaken confidence allows Hammel to rejoin QU rotation with bulldogged effort

Quincy University right-hander Jay Hammel delivers a pitch during Sunday's game against Truman State at QU Stadium. Hammel went five innings, striking out five and earning his first victory of the season. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Doubt comes when confidence wanes. Everything Jay Hammel experienced in the first six weeks of the Quincy University baseball team’s season could have created doubt in himself, his ability to contribute on a nationally ranked team, and his decision to return for a final year of eligibility. Never once has he doubted any…

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Photo gallery: Hawks complete sweep of Bulldogs with another booming effort offensively

Quincy University baseball coach Matt Schissel, right, talks with Cole Erickson prior to the freshman going to the on-deck circle during Sunday's game against Truman State at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy University baseball team bookended its weekend sweep of Truman State with offensive outbursts, complementing Friday’s 14-run effort with Sunday’s 20-7 victory at Stadium. The Hawks hit seven home runs with Nolan Wosman going 5 for 5 with two home runs and four runs scored. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent…

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Hawks eliminate any hope Bulldogs created by winning final three innings of series opener

Quincy University catcher Luke Napleton went 5 for 5 with two home runs and five RBIs in Friday's 14-4 victory over Truman State at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — It’s a simple philosophy with proven results. Win the inning. “I don’t know if you can hear me in the dugout, but I’m always saying ‘win the inning,’” Quincy University baseball coach Matt Schissel said. “Whether we give up four or give up two or give up none, go win the inning. If…

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Walker bounces back with complete command, strikes out 10 in Hawks’ victory over Bulldogs

Quincy University right-hander Spencer Walker struck out 10 and walked none over six innings Friday in a 14-4 victory over Truman State at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Spencer Walker paused as he searched for the most apropos way to describe his mindset when he took the mound Friday afternoon. “I can’t find the word,” he frustratedly said. He needed more than one. “I went out there with a little more of a chip on my shoulder,” Walker said. He pitched…

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Photo gallery: QU baseball team opens weekend with 10-run rule victory over Truman State

Quincy University's Cole Erickson, left, rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run that jumpstarted an eight-run sixth inning Friday against Truman State at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Everyone got into the act. The Quincy University baseball team scored 12 runs over the final three innings Friday to post a 14-4, seven-inning victory over Truman State at QU Stadium. All nine of the Hawks in the lineup reached base, seven had hits and eight scored at least one run. Muddy River…

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Wosman’s walk-off single allows Hawks to rebound and split GLVC doubleheader

Quincy University second baseman Nolan Wosman singled in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday to drive in the winning run in a 5-4 walk-off victory against Missouri S&T at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — What’s the best way to respond to a pummeling? Come back and deliver the final blow. The Quincy University baseball team is pretty good at finishing with a punch. After allowing the most runs in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game in at least two decades in a 20-10 loss, the Hawks salvaged…

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Former QU ace Spraker earns victory out of bullpen for Great Britain in World Baseball Classic

Former Quincy University right-hander Graham Spraker is pitching for Great Britain in the World Baseball Classic. Spraker retired eight batters in a row Monday and earned the victory in relief as Great Britain beat Colombia 7-5 at Chase Field in Phoenix. | Photo courtesy Phrake Photography

QUINCY — The Fox Sports 2 broadcast team handling the play-by-play of Monday’s World Baseball Classic matchup between Colombia and Great Britain pointed out multiple times the number of professional scouts in attendance. If any are looking for a right-handed reliever, Graham Spraker may have piqued their interest. The former Quincy University ace came out…

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Hawks’ Napleton picks up GLVC weekly honor after belting five home runs in series sweep

Quincy University catcher Luke Napleton, left, celebrates one of his home runs against Augustana with teammates Lance Logsdon, center, and Gino D'Alessio last Friday at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Luke Napleton’s first at-bat set the tone for quite a weekend that earned him Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week when all was said and done. The Quincy University baseball team’s junior catcher roped a line drive over Augustana center fielder Trevor Winterstein that turned into a triple thanks to his…

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Walking away a winner: Parks’ four-RBI effort powers Hawks to sweep of Vikings

Quincy University's Gino D'Alessio, left, celebrates with teammate Zach Parks, who hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning of Saturday's 10-0 victory over Augustana at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Zach Parks didn’t find himself in an all-or-nothing situation, but the absence of an on-deck hitter behind him suggested it. When the Quincy University left fielder went to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday, two scenarios existed. If he collected a hit…

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Photo gallery: QU baseball team completes three-game sweep of Augustana

Quincy University catcher Dustin Dupont, left, congratulates starting pitcher Kobe Essien after working a 1-2-3 third inning Saturday against Augustana at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Seven combined shutout innings from four pitchers and a four-RBI effort from the No. 9 hitter propelled the Quincy University baseball team to a 10-0 victory over Augustana on Saturday at QU Stadium and a three-game sweep of the Vikings. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman hung out at the windy, cold stadium…

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Shutout innings from starters, gobble-it-up defense carry Hawks to doubleheader sweep

Quincy University pitcher Spencer Walker, left, gets the forceout at first base to complete a double play in the third inning of Friday's game against Augustana (S.D.) at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Quincy University baseball coach Matt Schissel picked up the walkie talkie used to relay messages to the bullpen but hesitated before hitting the call button. “I was like, ‘Do I say it? Do I not say it? Do I say it? Do I not say it?’” he said. “The whole time I’m thinking,…

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QU baseball notebook: Triple in first at-bat gets Napleton close to hitting for cycle

Quincy University catcher Luke Napleton slides safely into third base with a triple in the first inning of Friday's game against Augustana (S.D.) at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Luke Napleton wasn’t stopping for anyone or anything. In the bottom of the first inning in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, the Quincy University baseball team’s junior catcher rifled a ball over the head of Augustana center fielder Trevor Winterstein that reached the warning track. Although third base coach Chandler Purcell threw…

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