The Beville Cup

Beville Cup Sponsored By ARAMARK

 In order to promote and enhance the rivalry between Anderson University and Erskine College, the Anderson-Erskine Cup Sponsored By ARAMARK was established in the fall of 2003.

 Each academic year, each sport will be worth one point, while baseball and softball will be worth one-half point per contest. Additionally, 1.5 points will be awarded to the school with the highest graduation rate and 1.0 point will be awarded the school with the highest percentage of its student-athletes (in the 13 selected sports) named Conference All-Academic.
 
 Within each sport, the team winning the most head-to-head meetings during the season will win the point. In cross country the finish in the Regional Championship will determine the points. Both men’s and women’s golf will be determined by a dual tournament. If head-to-head meetings are tied, each school divide the points evenly.

There will be a total of 15.5 points available, so the team that claims at least eight points will win the Cup.

 In the past, tie scores were broken by:
  ... the school winning the most head-to-head regular-season games with the Regional Championship used for cross country; if tie remains then
 ... the school winning the most head-to-head post-season games; if the tie remains then
 ... a cook off between the ARAMARK staffs at Anderson and Erskine

 In the spring of 2007, the name of the Cup was changed from the Anderson-Erskine Cup to the Susie and Bobby Beville Cup, in honor of Anderson’s former athletic director and his late wife, who both attended Anderson and Erskine.
 
 In 2008, the Beville family announced the school that wins the Cup will receive a $1,000 donation and an additional donation has been committed by the Cobb Oxford family.
 
 The Beville Cup Sponsored By ARAMARK will be awarded to the winning school during the school’s spring athletic banquet and will remain with the winning school for one year.

2015-2016 Beville Cup Sponsored By ARAMARK

Academic No. 1AUECScore
2014 Academic Success Rate (1.5 points) 62 72 EC 1.5, AU 0
Fall Results
Women's Soccer (1.0 point)AUECOverall Score
Sept. 9 at Erskine90EC 1.5, AU 1.0
Volleyball (1.0 point)AUECOverall Score
Oct. 7 at Erskine03EC 2.5, AU 1.0 
Men's Soccer (1.0 point)AUECOverall Score
Oct. 13 at Erskine12EC 3.5, AU 1.0
Men's Cross Country (1.0 point)AUECOverall Score
Nov. 7 NCAA Southeast Regionals -- Wingate, N.C.7thDNQ EC 3.5, AU 2.0 
Women's Cross Country (1.0 point)AUECOverall Score
Nov. 7 NCAA Southeast Regionals -- Wingate, N.C.9thDNQEC 3.5, AU 3.0
Winter Results
Women's Basketball (1.0 point)AUECOverall Score
Nov. 21 at Erskine8169 AU 4.0, EC 3.5
Men's Basketball (1.0 point)AUECOverall Score
Nov. 21 at Erskine6268 EC 4.5, AU 4.0
Academic No. 2AUECOverall Score
Percentage of Student-Athletes Named Conference All-Academic (1.0 point) 51.14 42.31 AU 5.0, EC 4.5
Spring Results
Baseball (0.5 point)AUECOverall Score
March 22 at Erskine 12 9 AU 5.5, EC 4.5
Baseball (0.5 point)AUECOverall Score
April 25 at AU 7 2 AU 6.0, EC 4.5
Men's Golf (1.0 point)AUECOverall Score
April 23 at Greenwood   W AU 6.0, EC 5.5
Women's Golf (1.0 point)AUECOverall Score
April 23 at Greenwood W  AU 7.0, EC 5.5
Softball (0.5 point)AUECOverall Score
March 14 at Erskine 4 3 AU 7.5, EC 5.5
Softball (0.5 point)AUECOverall Score
March 14 at Erskine 1 5AU 7.5, EC 6
Men's Tennis (1.0 point)AUECOverall Score
April 11 at Erskine 8 1 AU 8.5, EC 6
Women's Tennis (1.0 point)AUECOverall Score
April 6 at AU 4 5 AU 8.5, EC 7

 For the fourth consecutive year and seventh time in the last nine, Anderson University claimed possession of the coveted Beville Cup in the passionate rivalry between Anderson and Erskine, by an 8.5-7.0 point margin in 2015-16. 

The prestigious Beville Cup, originally known as the Anderson/Erskine Cup, is a competition between Erskine and Anderson’s athletics programs that was established in the fall of 2003 and is sponsored by ARAMARK in order to promote and enhance the rivalry between the Trojans and Flying Fleet, whose campuses are separated only by 20 miles.

The winner of the Beville Cup each year has the award presented each spring to its student-athletes and coaches by the losing athletics director, traditionally at their postseason banquet/awards night.

In the narrowest margin since 2012 and the third-closest decision in the 13-year history of the competition, the women’s golf team captured the clinching point in a head-to-head battle with the Flying Fleet last Saturday at Cobb’s Glen in Anderson.  

The Fleet last claimed the Cup in 2012 has held it in back-to-back years just once (2005-06), with Anderson holding it for nine years.

Erskine garnered an early lead in 2015-16 by claiming the Academic Success Rate point and captured wins in volleyball and men’s soccer, while the Trojan women’s soccer team got AU on the board with a dominating 9-0 win in Due West.  

The Anderson cross country teams narrowed the deficit by sweeping those two points, with Erskine maintaining the advantage by edging the Trojan men’s basketball team while women’s hoops kept AU within striking distance by knocking off the Fleet.

The Trojans claimed a lead they would not relinquish by posting a higher percentage of student-athletes achieving academic all-conference honors and built the lead to a full point on the strength of the baseball’s 12-9 win at Grier Field.

With the tennis and softball teams each splitting decisions, the future of the Cup came down to the final weekend of the season, with Erskine taking the men’s golf point and the AU women’s golf team answering for the Black and Gold.        

Not all of the teams were in a position to square off in 2014-15, but it was a year of sweeps, as both the Trojan men’s and women’s soccer teams propelled Anderson to an early lead, as both claimed wins at Trojan Stadium. Another sweep by the men’s and women’s basketball teams boosted the Black and Gold advantage, with softball claiming two wins and men’s tennis also taking a victory over the Flying Fleet.

The 2013-14 margin of victory for the Trojans was the largest in the competition’s 11-year history, surpassing AU’s back-to-back eight-point triumphs in 2007 and 2008. For the second consecutive year, Anderson led wire-to-wire in the competition en route to claiming its second straight title.

The Trojans actually clinched the 2013-14 Cup decision in mid-November, when the AU women’s basketball team cruised to a 78-63 win over the Flying Fleet, while the men’s basketball squad edged EC, 60-55, in Due West, but the final point was determined late in the academic year. 

Anderson blanked the Flying Fleet through the fall and winter seasons of 2013-14, as the Trojans raced out to an insurmountable 8.5-0 lead following the hoops’ victories. AU got off on the right foot by sweeping the Fleet in soccer by a combined 11-2 score in Due West, while the volleyball team collected a point by shutting out EC, 3-0. After the Trojan men’s and women’s cross country teams each earned points with higher finishes at the NCAA Regionals, the basketball teams combined to collect two additional points prior to Thanksgiving.

The Flying Fleet garnered its first half-point by earning a split of a baseball doubleheader, while adding a pair of points in men’s and women’s golf. AU’s softball team slowed Erskine’s momentum with a sweep, while the Flying Fleet picked up the remainder of their points by splitting in men’s and women’s tennis.   

AU never trailed during the 2012-13 campaign either, garnering a two-point lead during the fall seasons on the strength of wins by the women’s soccer squad and higher finishes at both the men’s and women’s cross country regionals.

The Flying Fleet crept within 5.25-4.25 following the winter campaigns, but Anderson closed the spring with strong outings and claimed four of the final six points on the strength of a sweep by the baseball team, and with the women’s golf squad also posting a higher finish at Tusculum’s Agnes McAmis Memorial Tournament.   

The Trojan softball and men’s tennis teams secured the return of the Cup to the Abney Athletic Center with dramatic wins on the final day of their respective regular seasons, with the tennis squad recording a 6-3 win and the softball team decisively sweeping the Fleet, 6-3 and 10-0, at Smethers Field.

The 2011-12 year saw the Trojans gain an early 6.5 to 2.5 lead by posting higher finishes at the regional men’s and women’s cross country meets and sweeping all three basketball matchups. AU also took wins in both women’s soccer and volleyball to build the advantage. Erskine rallied in late February and March to climb within 1 ½ points, then overtook the Trojans with strong outings in April.     

Anderson also raced out to a commanding 7.5-2.5 point lead during the 2010-11 campaign on the strength of sweeps by the men’s and women’s soccer squads and the men’s and women’s basketball teams, while volleyball split their home and away matches. A late surge by Erskine gave the Flying Fleet a brief one-point edge going into the final week of competition, but it was too little, too late, as the Trojan golf teams swept the Fleet to provide the winning margin.

Anderson University won the inaugural Cup in 2004 by a comfortable margin before Erskine captured the Cup back-to-back years in 2005 and 2006. The Cup returned to Anderson in 2007 and 2008, but Erskine returned it to Due West in 2009 with a narrow 16.5-15.5 win. The 2009-10 competition also went down to the wire, with Anderson claiming a 20-18 victory after the AU women’s golf team posted a fourth-place finish at the Conference Carolinas’ Championship, two spots ahead of Erskine to provide the winning margin.

The Anderson-Erskine Cup was changed to the ‘Beville Cup” in the spring of 2007 in honor of Bobby and Susie Beville. Susie Beville was a graduate of Anderson College and Erskine College, where she played softball. Susie Beville passed away in the summer of 2004. Her husband Bobby played baseball both at AU and Erskine and went on to serve as baseball coach at Anderson before becoming the athletics director for 10 years. He left AU in 2007 to work for the Anderson City Parks and Recreation Department.
 

Results
 2003-04: Anderson 19, Erskine 13
 2004-05: Erskine 19.5, Anderson 12.5
 2005-06: Erskine 18.5, Anderson 13.5
 2006-07: Anderson 20, Erskine 12
 2007-08: Anderson 20, Erskine 12
 2008-09: Erskine 16.5, Anderson 15.5
 2009-10: Anderson 20, Erskine 18
 2010-11: Anderson 10.5, Erskine 9.5
 2011-12: Erskine 9.5, Anderson 9.0
 2012-13: Anderson 9.25, Erskine 6.25
 2013-14: Anderson 12, Erskine 3.5
  2014-15: Anderson 9, Erskine 3.5
 2015-16: Anderson 8.5, Erskine 7.0

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