The Horizon

Members of the IU Southeast Baseball team embrace in hugs following their season-ending loss to #11 Faulkner in the NAIA World Series. The #15 Grenadiers finished the 2021 campaign at 50-16 and went 2-2 in their first ever trip to the World Series.

Baseball advances to final five in NAIA World Series before falling to Faulkner

In their first-ever trip to Lewiston for the Avista NAIA World Series, #15 Grenadiers make it to final five before falling to #11 Faulkner 14-10 to conclude historic campaign
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor June 18, 2021

43 Years in the Making The Avista NAIA World Series felt like a fairy tale for the IU Southeast Baseball program since it began in 1979. Starting when current skipper Ben Reel became head coach in 2009,...

IU Southeast Baseball skipper Ben Reel looks up at the pennants showing every team that has won the NAIA World Series since it began in 1957. Reel hopes that his #15 Grenadiers can add their name to that list as they will participate in the event in Lewiston, ID., for the first time in school history.

Baseball shocks #1 Tennessee Wesleyan in back-to-back contests, marches to Lewiston for first time

After overcoming 6-0 first-inning hole against Warner, #15 Grenadiers defeat defending champs on back-to-back days to earn first-ever NAIA World Series berth
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor May 28, 2021

After clinching the River States Conference Regular-Season title on April 23, the IU Southeast Baseball team was bound to return to the NAIA Opening Round for the fifth consecutive season. Before they...

The IU Southeast Softball team huddles up after defeating #9 Marian 4-0. The Grenadiers defeated two top 10 teams in the NAIA Opening Round, their second coming on a 1-0 walk-off victory against #7 Columbia College.

Softball’s historic season comes to an end in NAIA Opening Round final against Mount Mercy

Grenadiers knock off two top 10 programs, but fall just short of NAIA World Series in Opening Round finale
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor May 27, 2021

As the IU Southeast Softball team transitioned into postseason play, every game felt as if they were fighting to extend their season as long as possible. After falling to Rio Grande in the winner's bracket...

The junior pitcher-catcher battery of Brenden Bube and Brody Tanksley embrace as the IU Southeast Baseball team storms the field after defeating Point Park 8-2 in the River States Conference title game. The #18 Grenadiers had to survive three consecutive elimination games to force a winner-takes-all finale and win their first RSC Tournament title since 2011.

Baseball fends off Asbury, Point Park to win RSC Championship

#18 Grenadiers survive three straight elimination games to win first RSC Tournament title since 2011. Now they travel to Kingsport, Tenn. for daunting NAIA Opening Round challenge
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor May 16, 2021

A morning chill filled the air on Monday, May 10, at two different locations within the Midwest. The first was at IU Southeast as almost 900 college seniors prepared to complete a long academic odyssey...

Freshman catcher Erin Templeman squares up against a fastball shooting down the middle of the strike zone against West Virginia Tech on May 15. Templeman went 3-for-10 with five RBI in the RSC Tournament, three of which came on a mammoth game-tying three-run home run against Rio Grande in the RSC title game.

Softball heads for NAIA Opening Round despite falling to Rio Grande in RSC Championship

Despite losing winner-take-all title game against top-seeded RedStorm, Grenadiers punch ticket to NAIA Opening Round on Probus walk-off against West Virginia Tech
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor May 16, 2021

After battling Rio Grande for the River States Conference Regular-Season title for much of the year, the IU Southeast Softball team was dealt a bad hand after splitting their final doubleheader of the...

Head coach Joe Epkey gives his Grenadier women's tennis squad a pep talk prior to the singles portion of their RSC Semifinal matchup against IU East on April 23.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis both fall in RSC Semifinals

Both Men's and Women's Tennis get through RSC Quarterfinals before falling to IU East in RSC Semifinals
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor May 6, 2021

After finishing the regular season with losses to rival IU East, the IU Southeast Tennis squads traveled down to Nicholasville, KY. to prepare to take part in the River States Conference Tournament, which...

Freshman outfielder Brooklyn Gibbs gets tagged at home plate after a perfect throw from Carlow centerfielder Morgan Nedley, preventing the Grenadiers from scoring in the second inning of the nightcap of a doubleheader against the Celtics on May 3.

Softball concludes regular season with split against Carlow, prepare for RSC Tournament

Grenadiers drop close day game before using late comeback to take nightcap in home finale
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor May 6, 2021

When the 2021 softball season began, the River States Conference picked IU Southeast and Rio Grande to finish the regular season atop the conference standings, with the Grenadiers edging the RedStorm by...

The IU Southeast Baseball team dogpiles in front of the pitcher's mound after sophomore right-hander Drew Hensley finishes off a complete-game against Midway on April 23. The 6-2 victory, which came in the nightcap of a doubleheader, clinched the Grenadiers' third consecutive RSC Regular-Season title and their fifth-straight trip to the NAIA Opening Round.

Baseball preps for RSC Tournament despite key loss

#18 Grenadiers prepare to kick off RSC Tournament after clinching the Regular-Season title, but will have to compete without a key bat in their lineup
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor May 6, 2021

End of Season Recap When the IU Southeast Baseball team walked away from Koetter Sports Complex on the eve of Feb. 27, they had just finished one of their lowest points of the season after being swept...

Sophomore outfielder Derek Wagner follows through on his swing as he watches a ball soar out of the park for a two-run blast during the Grenadiers' 14-3 victory over Georgetown College on April 6.

Baseball blows by Georgetown for 17th straight win

Wagner goes 3-for-4 in home debut with a homer, Tanksley smacks two dingers as Grenadiers rout Tigers 14-3
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor April 8, 2021

A key theme with the IU Southeast Baseball team in 2021 was the myriad injuries the Grenadiers suffered throughout the season. As the calendar turned to April, however, the Grenadiers began to return...

Freshman right-hander Brooklyn Gibbs fires a fastball to Oakland City's McKendree Ward, resulting in a groundout to second base to end the first inning of the nightcap of a doubleheader on April 6. The start for Gibbs was her first since March 3 against #5 Marian after recovering from a torn UCL in her left thumb.

Softball sweeps Oakland City to remain undefeated in RSC play

Gibbs makes highly anticipated return from injury, combines with Ogg for no-hitter to cap off four-game season sweep of Oaks
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor April 8, 2021

After sweeping Brescia to begin River States Conference play, the IU Southeast Softball team felt confident as they began a key portion of their schedule. Fueled in part by the recent return of junior...

Junior catcher Brody Tanksley (#27) taps helmets with teammates Matt Monahan (center) and Clay Woeste after smashing a three-run home run against Oakland City in the nightcap of a doubleheader on April 3. The homer was Tanksley's second big fly on the day after hitting a two-run shot in the day game of the twin billing.

Baseball maintains winning streak and perfect RSC record with sweep of Oakland City

Grenadiers sweep Oaks to win their 15th straight contest, move to 15-0 in conference play
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor April 5, 2021

The IU Southeast Baseball team had to feel confident in themselves a week after sweeping a crucial three-game series against River States Conference rival Asbury. The sweep of the Eagles helped the...

Brescia's Brooklyn Ray (#31) tries to make contact on an off-speed pitch from Grenadier freshman pitcher Gabby Mahoney, resulting in a weak groundball back to the pitcher's circle in the nightcap of a doubleheader on March 29. Mahoney went 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits and earning her fifth win as the Grenadiers took the game 11-4 and swept the four-game season series against the Bearcats.

Softball sweeps Brescia to begin RSC slate

Grenadiers sweep doubleheaders against Bearcats in consecutive days to begin RSC play
Brandon Miniard, Sports Editor March 31, 2021

The last time that the IU Southeast Softball team confronted a River States Conference rival, they endured a 13-0 loss against Rio Grande in the 2019 RSC Tournament before winning the loser's bracket to...

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