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Senior southpaw Jack Dunn got the start on the mound and worked five innings to garner his second win of the season. The Lake Havasu native, allowed just five hits and two runs while fanning three Gusties along the way. Junior Phil Brua continues to be lights-out on the bump as he pitched the final two innings to earn his third save. He pitched around three Oberlin errors – including two in the seventh and left five runners on base to preserve the Yeomen’s fourth one-run win of the season.

Brua

Following an RBI groundout in the fourth by Ben Kauder and two-run top of the fifth by the Gusties, the Yeomen put together a three-run spurt in the bottom fifth. After leading off with a double to start the inning, Max Phinney was sacrificed to third and then scored on a squeeze bunt by Brad Hantler. Back-to-back two-out doubles by Jaspers and Jason James led to another OC run, while Puterbuagh capped off the scoring with a run-scoring single to right field.

Due to the Oberlin miscues, the Gustavus were able to add single tallies in the sixth and seventh, but Brua was able to limit the damage.
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In the nightcap the Yeomen did knock out 12 hits, but could not get the timely hit when they needed it – stranding nine base runners in the game.

Freshman Robin Witjes joined Jaspers, Puterbaugh, and Kauder as those with two hits.

Oberlin fell behind 2-0 in the first, but tied the game in the top of the third on an RBI double by Puterbaugh and run-scoring single by Brandon Cantrill.

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Gustavus responded with a single tally in the third and four in the fourth to chase Oberlin starter Eric Knight out of the game while taking a 7-2 lead.

OC (11-4) tried to fight back but left six runners on base over its final four at-bats while scratching out a single run in the seventh.

Oberlin concludes its spring break tomorrow with a single nine-inning game against Williams College.

                                 

Waters Named Recipient of The 

FCA's Barnabas Award

Will Receive The Honor At 

Saturday Luncheon At The 

Final Four In Indianapolis

April 1, 2010    

By Brian McCann

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Fourth-year Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters, who is passionate not only about winning games but also about teaching his athletes lessons with biblical principles, will be presented with the 2010 John Lotz "Barnabas" Award by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  The award presentation will be made Saturday, April 3, during the FCA Coaches Luncheon at the NCAA Men's Final Four in Indianapolis.

Waters has guided Cleveland State to a 75-62 record in his four seasons, including a Horizon League Championship and NCAA tournament appearance in 2009 when CSU won 26 games, the second highest single season total in school's history.  He has a 14-year head coaching record of 246-197 at CSU, Kent State and Rutgers.

"This award represents to me all of the things that should be good about the game of basketball and how you should carry yourself as a Man of God," Waters said.  "One of the facets of coaching that I truly enjoy has nothing to do with winning games, but it allows me to help shape the lives in a good way of the many young men who have played for me over the years.

"I have always been a supporter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes because I believe in its mission and I appreciate being selected to receive this award.  John Lotz represents to me all that is good about basketball.  He coached with the characyer and integrity that each and very coach should live by." Waters added.

In his 35 years as a head and assistant coach, Waters has mentored countless young men from a Christian perspective. His impact has gone beyond the basketball court and into the lives of student-athletes who have strived to model Waters' lifestyle of integrity.

Waters is the eighth winner of the annual award, named after former University of Florida Head Coach John Lotz and presented by FCA to honor a basketball coach who best exhibits a commitment to Christ, integrity, encouragement to others and lives a balanced life. Since its launch by FCA in 2003, the award has honored a stellar lineup of coaches who have made an impact both on and off the basketball court: Homer Drew (2003), John Wooden (2004), Dale Clayton (2005), Steve Alford (2006), Dale Layer (2007), Willis Wilson (2008) andRitchie McKay (2009).

The John Lotz Barnabas Award is awarded annually to a person who is "A committed follower of Christ, a man full of integrity, a true encourager of others and lives a life of balance."

Fellowship of Christian Athletes President and CEO Les Steckel said of Gary Waters in presenting this award, "Coach Waters has said that the key to success is to have 'a vision, a plan and quality people.'  He's had considerable success himself on and off the court as he has followed his own council.  Coach Waters' strong emphasis on developing character and discipline has guided and encouraged his players and makes him truly deserving of this special honor."

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Solid pitching and defense held Chatham scoreless to preserve a 5-0 shutout in game one.

Hiram totaled 10 hits in the game and was led by Singer, senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) and sophomore third baseman Ashley Pike (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) who all recorded a pair of hits at the plate.  Singer finished two-of-three with two RBI.  Dropsey and Pike both went two-of-four with Dropsey also scoring a run.


On the mound, Dropsey pitched six shutout innings to claim her fifth win of the season and is now 5-5 overall.  She allowed just four hits and struck out eight batters.  Freshman Sarah Bogdan (Strongsville) came on to pitch an inning of relief allowing no runs on two hits and tallied one strikeout.

Strongsville's Bogdan

In the nightcap, Hiram scored the game’s first run in the top of the first on a RBI-single by junior first baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas).  The Cougars then took the lead with a two-run third inning, making the score 2-1.


The Terriers then evened the score at 2-2 with a run in the fourth and then regained the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth thanks to a RBI-double by sophomore outfielder Marlene Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) and would later score on a wild pitch.  But the lead would be short lived as Chatham answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning evening the score at 4-4.  Hiram then took control in the final inning, crossing the plate four times en route to the 8-4 final and the two-game sweep.


Hiram posted 15 hits in game two with Dropsey leading the way going four-of-five with three runs scored.  Smith and freshman Kelcie Cuckler (Barberton) both finished three-of-five with a run scored and a RBI.  Langland and senior second baseman Ashley Crowder (North Lewisburg/Triad) also recorded mult-hit games finishing two-of-four.  Crowder also scored a run while Langland had two RBI.


Junior Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) started the game and pitched three and two-thirds innings to claim the victory and improve to 2-2 overall.  She allowed just two runs on five hits and had one strikeout.  Junior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) pitched one and two-thirds innings of relief giving up two runs on two hits and tallied one strikeout.  Dropsey came on to finish the game allowing just a hit and striking out three batters in two and two-thirds innings.


Hiram will host Allegheny (Pa.) College on Wednesday, Apr. 7 in the NCAC opener at Myrtis E. Herndon Field.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.







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After falling behind 3-1 in the first period, the Yeomen came roaring back to take a 6-4 lead at the half, which prompted the cage switch by the Bees. 

Through all that the Yeomen found themselves down by just one with 1:30 left to play and on a man-up situation, but could not find the back of the cage to extend the game. 

Oberlin, which had seven different players score on the night, was led by three goals from senior Alex Chapman

The Yeomen will look to get back on track on Easter Sunday when they battle Guilford College. The opening face-off is set for 1 p.m.

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PREVIEWING THE VIKINGS:  It didn't take long for fourth year head coach Angie Nicholson to settle on a starting lineup this season. With a somewhat veteran lineup returning, featuring five returning starters and 11 letterwinners, Nicholson has shaken things up a bit in hopes of securing CSU its second straight leage title and NCAA berth.  Just two players in the starting lineup are playing the same position that they did last season.  The lone similarity is in the battery where senior Amanda Macenko (15-7, 2.33 ERA), the two-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Year, is once again receiving the lion's share of innings in the circle while junior Amy Powell (.133, 2 RBI) and senior Mimi Mahon (.300, 2 HR, 9 RBI) share the catching duties.  Redshirt freshman Brandy Holmes (3-0, 2.10 ERA) and freshman Tess Sito (1-0, 3.89) have also seen time in the circle.  The outfield has been shaken up a bit as junior Jessica Burt (.302, 16 RBI, 22 runs, 16-16 SB), who started in left field in 2008 and missed all but eight innings of 2009, shifts to center.  With returners Andrea Nagy and Christina Stoffer out for the year with injuries, sophomore Alicia Nichols (.368, 14 runs, 11-15 SB) has taken over in right field with sophomore Megan Bashak (.196, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 9 runs) and freshman Caila Ferro (.313, 3 RBI) sharing left field.  Lia Gordon (.342, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 14 runs) and Katelyn Ciminelli (.268, 11 RBI, 12 runs) have switched positions with Gordon, a first team all-league choice last year, taking over at first base with Ciminelli being tabbed the DP.  The rest of the infield is new with freshmen Gabby Gillilan (.194, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 13 runs) playing third base, Sito (.523, 10 HR, 24 RBI, 25 Runs, 21-27 SB) handling shortstop and Dara Toman (.284, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 20 runs) at second base.
Andrea Nagy
Elyria High alumna Andrea Nagy 

VIKINGS TABBED AS PRESEASON FAVORITE:  Cleveland State, which claimed the 2008 Horizon League Softball regular season crown and the 2009 league tournament title, is the overwhelming favorite to win the 2010 Horizon League title in a preseason poll of the league'shead coaches. The Vikings received seven first place and one second place vote, good for 63 total points.  The complete poll is below:

2010 Horizon League Preseason Poll
School (1st Place Votes)    Votes
1. Cleveland State (7), 63
2. UIC (1), 57
3. Wright State (1), 46
T-4. Butler, 38
T-4. Loyola, 38
6. Valparaiso, 37
7. Green Bay, 22
8. Youngstown State, 15
9. Detroit, 8

VIKINGS REPRESENTED IN NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State is ranked in the top 50 nationally in seven of the 11 categories in the most recent NCAA statistics, which were released on March 30.  CSU was sixth in stolen bases (2.5/game), 16th in doubles (1.65),  26th in slugging percentage (.490), 28th in home runs (1.04), 34th in won-loss percentage (.731), 37th in scoring (5.62) and 43rd in batting average (.299).    Individually, freshman Tess Sito was fourth in batting average (.523), sixth in slugging percentage (.977), seventh in stolen bases (0.81), 15th in home runs/game (0.38) and 19th in total home runs (10).  Jessica Burt was 34th in stolen bases (0.62) and Amanda Macenko was 16th in victories (15).
Jessica Burt
Keystone Alumna Jessica Burt

STREAKING:  When freshman Tess Sito went hitless in three at-bats against Hartford on March 17, it snapped an 18-game hitting streak that dated back to the second game of the year.  Sito came back the next game and started a new streak, which stands at six straight, giving her at least one hit in 24 of the last 25 games.  Sophomore Alicia Nichols also had a good time in Florida, having a hit in nine straight games, including all eight contests at the Rebel Games.  The streak came to an end at Robert Morris last week when she grounded out in her only official at-bat.
Alicia Nichols
Nichols

THE WINS KEEP ON COMING:  The Vikings will put their 10-game win streak on the line when CSU plays UIC on Friday (April 2), the second longest streak in school history.  The only longer stretch came in 2004 when the Vikings won 11 straight.

MACENKO IS CLOSING IN ON 100:  Already the winningest pitcher in Cleveland State history, senior Amanda Macenko is quickly closing in on the 100-win mark for her career.  Macenko, who is 15-7 with a 2.33 ERA this year, has won 95 games during her career.  She recently added the school record for career appearances to her lengthy list of school marks, breaking Grace Luginbuhl's old record of 151 (Macenko now has 159).

STOP THAT THIEF:  The Vikings are stealing bases at a school-record pace this year, ranking sixth nationally averaging 2.50 steals a game.  CSU has stolen 65 bases in 81 attempts (.802).  Freshman Tess Sito leads the league and ranks fifth nationally with 21 stolen bases and despite having half a season to go, she already ranks ninth on the CSU single season steal list.  Junior Jessica Burt has been perfect on the base paths, ranking 34th in the nation with 16 steals in 16 attempts.  Sophomore Alicia Nichols, who led the team with 17 steals last year, is 11-for-15 on the year.

HOLMES RETURN BOLSTERS PITCHING: Lost in the excitement surrounding the Horizon League title and NCAA berth in 2009 was the disappointment that Brandy Holmes felt after suffering a season ending knee injury during the preseason.  Holmes has since recovered from the surgery to open her freshman season with a 3-0 record and a 2.10 ERA.  She has pitched in seven games and 13.1 innings, striking out nine and walking just one.  Her most recent outing was a five-hit complete game in a 6-1 decision at Robert Morris last week.
Brandy Holmes
Holmes

. . . AND BURT HAS COME BACK AS WELL:  Junior centerfielder Jessica Burt is another Viking on the comeback trail after suffering a knee injury in the second game of the 2009 season that cost her the rest of the year.  Now healthy, Burt is one of three Vikings to start every game, hitting .302 from the leadoff position.  She is second on the team with 22 runs scored and fourth with 16 RBI and a .371 on-base percentage.  In addition, she is a perfect 16-for-16 in stolen bases, being one of just five players in the nation with 16 or more stolen bases without being caught stealing.

FRESHMAN FENOMS: Angie Nicholson knew that the freshmen class was going to be counted on to offset the loss of five starters in the field from last year.  So far, they have exceeded her expectations as four of the eight freshman are currently in the starting lineup, including three of the four spots in the infield.  Shortstop Tess Sito  leads the team in most stat categories, ranking in the top 20 nationally in five areas.  Dara Toman (2B) is hitting .284 with six home runs and a team-leading 24 RBI.  Caila Ferro, who has started four games in the outfield, is fourth on the team with a .313 average while Gabby Gillilan (3B) leads the team with 15 walks while driving in 11 and scoring 13 times.
Tess Sito
Sito, nationally ranked in five things

NEXT UP:  The Vikings remain at home next week to play a pair of three-game league series, hosting Detroit (April 6-7) and Wright State (April 10-11) at Viking Field.
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