College Report: County Duo Help Back Blackburn


Blackburn College used the first six games of April to even up their St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 

They won their first six games of April and Litchfield graduates Tessa Beckham and Abby Frerichs helped them get to 5-5 in the SLIAC and 10-12 overall. 

Beckham was the pitcher of record in two of the wins and earned a save in another of the victories. She was the pitcher of record in the 9-4 triumph over Principia College and in the 7-2 victory over MacMurray College. She also helped herself at the plate. 

In the 9-4 win over Principia College, Beckham worked 7.0 innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits. She fanned 14 and walked two. At the plate, she was 2-for-3, drove home one and scored one. 

The Blackburn junior was also the pitcher of record in the 7-2 triumph over MacMurray College, Beckham allowed one earned run on three hits in seven innings of work. She fanned 11 and walked five. 

Beckham also earned the save in the 7-5 triumph over Harris-Stowe State University, In her two and a third innings of work, she allowed two hits, fanned three and walked one. Beckham smacked a two-run homer and was 2-for-4. She drove home two and walked one. 

Frerichs had a pair of multiple hit games in the six games. In the 7-5 win over Harris-Stowe State University, Frerichs was 2-for-4 and smacked a two-run homer. She drove home a pair and scored one. In the 15-2 triumph over HSSU, Frerichs was 2-for-3 with a double. She crossed the plate once. 

The Beaver player also had hits in the 10-2 win over Principia and in the 7-2 triumph over MacMurray College. She was 1-for-3, drove home two and scored one and 1-for-4 in the 7-2 win over MacMurray College. 

Lexi Law (Litchfield) had a pair of multiple hit games this week for Lindenwood University-Belleville. In the 5-2 win over Stephens College, Law was 2-for-2. She drove home two runs and stole a pair of bases. The junior was 2-for-3 with a double in LU-Belleville's 7-3 win over St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She stole two bases and crossed the plate once. LU-Belleville is 20-18 overall and 10-4 in the American Midwest Conference. 

Kendra Jacob (Hillsboro) was 2-for-3, but it was not enough to power Hannibal-LaGrange University beyond Freed-Hardeman University. Jacob drove home one of the HLG runs. Jacob had hits in three other games. She was 1-for-3 in all three games. In the 4-3 loss to St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Jacob had one RBI and a stolen base. She scored one run in the 5-3 loss to STLCOP. Hannibal-LaGrange is 17-13 overall and 9-5 in the American Midwest Conference. 

Reid Detmers (Chatham-Glenwood) was University of Louisville's pitcher of record as they lost a 5-1 decision to Clemson University. Detmers, who worked six innings, allowed five earned runs on four hits, fanned ten and walked two. With the loss, the Nokomis native slipped to 5-2 on the year. Louisville, who is ranked 12th among NCAA Division I teams, is 25-8 overall and 10-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. 

We are looking for names. The College Report is in its final six to eight weeks of regular reporting. Then during the summer, we plan on doing the career completion articles as usual. If you know of an athlete that is competing during the spring months or an athlete that should be in the upcoming career completion pieces, please email me ( 

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