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Men’s Field - Chad Wertman, Earlham

Earlham junior Chad Wertman (Holland, IN/Southridge) placed second in the shot put at the Indiana Little State Championships. His throw went 53 feet, 6.5 inches (16.32 meters), and broke a 43 year old school record.

Women’s Distance - Mia Symoniak, Allegheny
Allegheny senior Mia Symoniak (East Snyder, NY/Amherst) placed third of 31 runners in the 10,000 meters at the Bucknell Outdoor Classic. Her time of 36:14.62 was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

Men’s Distance - Jake Waterman, Wabash
Wabash freshman Jake Waterman  (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) won the 800 meters at the Indiana Little State Championships with a time of 1:52.79. He was also part of the second-place 4x400-meter relay that finished in 3:16.62.



OBERLIN junior Josh Gallagher (West Harrison, NY/West Harrison) set a school record in the men’s hammer (139-4) at the Marv Frye Invitational. The Yeowomen’s 4x400-meter relay team won the event in 4:03.64.

OHIO WESLEYAN Sharon Rymut (Broadview Hts., OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) won the discus (131-9) and hammer (151-5) to lead the OWU women to fifth place in the 15-team Marv Frye Invitational. Rymut broke her own school mark in the hammer.

[ Sharon Rymut ]



WITTENBERG Tiger basketball standout Carrie Dyer (Copley, OH/Copley) made her collegiate debut for the Tiger women’s track & field team. She finished second in the high jump after clearing 1.61 meters (5-3.25).

Copley alumna Carrie Dyer


EARLHAM junior Ramona Hemmings (Cleveland Hts., OH/Shaw) took second in the women’s triple jump (35-10.5)at the Indiana Little State Championships.


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Game 26 - CSU 8, Wright State 7 (April 10):  A six-run, six-hit ninth inning propelled the Vikings past Wright State, 8-7 as CSU recorded their first back-to-back wins this season. Chuck Gasti belted two home runs, driving in four runs to lead the Vikings, while Pat Shedlock picked up his first win of the season on the mound.

Game 27 - Wright State 21, CSU 11 (April 10):  After taking an 11-10 lead going into the seventh inning, the Vikings only managed one hit the rest of the game as the Raiders scored 11 runs over the seventh and eighth innings to take a commanding 21-11 victory in the series finale.

GASTI FINDS HIS SWEET SPOT:  Following a five-homer showing last week, freshman Chuck Gasti is now tied for the team lead with six this season. Gasti belted two homers against both Baldwin-Wallace (April 6) and Wright State (April 10, game 1) and hit one in Friday's (April 9) contest. His first homer of the season came at UT-Martin (March 20, game 2) and his six long balls have combined for eight RBI.

…AND LEADS VIKINGS AGAINST WSU:  After moving into the leadoff position for the Wright State series, Chuck Gasti led the Vikings with a .500 batting average (six-for-12), with seven runs, one double, one triple, three homers and five RBI.

VIKINGS POST BACK-TO-BACK WINS:  CSU's wins over Wright State last Friday and Saturday marked the first time this season that the Vikings have posted back-to-back wins. The previous six times the Vikings posted a win, they came back to lose the following game by an average of 7.2 runs.

…AND PICK UP FIRST LEAGUE WINS:  The victories over Wright State also marked the first Horizon League wins for the Vikings, who are now 2-4 in the league. The Raiders were undefeated in league play entering the contest on Friday and were on a six-game win streak which was broken with the Vikings' 3-1 win on Friday (April 9).

SUITCA TAKES OVER:  For the first time this season Bob Suitca has taken over the team lead in RBI with 32 after recording six against Wright State on Saturday (April 10). In the final game of the series, Suitca posted five RBI, including a three run homer in the first inning and a two run single in the fourth. In league games only, Suitca leads the team with eight RBI while Chuck Gasti is close behind with seven.

Anthony Sambula

West G. Alum Anthony Sambula

SAMBULA HOT ON THE MOUND:  Junior Anthony Sambula (4-3) pitched his second complete game of the season against Wright State (April 9), picking up his team-high fourth victory. Sambula allowed just one run on nine hits and recorded eight strikeouts for the second time this year. His eight strikeouts allowed him to move into third place in the Horizon League with 49 batters struck out this season, nine behind the leader, Bryce Shafer from Valparaiso.

SHAFFER CONTINUES TO LEAD CSU:  For the seventh week in a row, senior Kyle Shaffer leads the Vikings with a .369 batting average. Over the past seven weeks Shaffer has posted a cumulative batting average of no lower then .333, and had a season high of .423 (11-for-26) following games at UNC Greensboro and Tennessee Tech. Shaffer currently ranks 10th in the league in batting average and third in hits with 41.

Kyle Shaffer

Akron Garfield alum Kyle Shaffer

HOMER AFTER HOMER:  The back-to-back home runs by Tyler Wynn and Chuck Gasti in the 7-6 victory over Baldwin-Wallace (April 6) marked the first time the Vikings posted back-to-back homers this season. The last time this happened was on May 9, 2009 against Wright State with Alex Johnson and Tyler Wynn. The Vikings have posted multiple homers in just five games this season (at UNCG 2/21, at Belmont 3/17, at Tennessee-Martin 3/20 gm 2, vs. Case Western 3/27 & vs. Baldwin Wallace 4/6).

MAC ON THE ROAD:  CSU has a perfect 2-0 record against Mid American Conference opponents on the road, winning at Kent State, 7-5 (March 23) and at Ohio, 12-10 (March 30). Over the two games the Vikings had a team batting average of .321 (25-for-78), with four doubles, one triple and two home runs. On the mound, the Vikings had a combined 6.75 ERA, with 10 strikeouts, including five from Nate Blankemeyer (1-1) who was the starting pitcher for both games.

NEXT UP:  The Vikings will split time on the road and at home next week, traveling to Eastern Michigan (Tuesday, April 20) and Toledo (Wednesday, April 21) for mid-week contests, before returning home to host Butler on Saturday (April 24) and Milwaukee on Sunday (April 25) in two twinbills, both beginning at 12:00 noon at All Pro Freight Stadium.

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For the spring season, he has a team-best 78.33 average in three tournaments and six rounds of play. Bryan also averaged a team-best 76.25 during four fall tournaments.


For his career, Bryan owns the top two seasonal stroke averages in school history. He averaged 74.00 during the fall of 2007 and 74.55 during the fall of 2008.

Bryan and the rest of the Yellow Jackets are back in action at the Ohio Athletic Conference Spring Invitational at River Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ohio on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18.

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B-W, 9-7 overall and 3-0 in the OAC, plays a key match versus rival Mount Union College on Wednesday, April 14 at the "Pop" Collins Courts in Berea at 3:30 p.m. The Jackets, winners of two of the last three OAC Titles, also host defending champion Ohio Northern University on Saturday, April 17 on Women's Tennis Alumni Day in Berea.


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Junior Mackenzie Rohrbacher (Sandusky/Senior) started and had her best outing of the season. She logged the seven-inning complete game, allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks, and struck out three to drop to 2-4 overall.

Junior first baseman Katrina Resek (Strongsville) led the Jackets at the plate going 2-for-3.

In game two, the Yellow Jacket bats awoke to score three times in the first inning. Davis and Baker highlighted the frame with back-to-back homeruns. B-W picked up two more in the third when Davis hit another homer for her team-leading sixth of the season. Resek added a long ball of her own in the bottom of the fourth and senior shortstop Mallory Kobak (Independence) tripled home sophomore second baseman Katie Finley (Vermilion). In the fifth, Kenyon scored twice and the Jackets scored once on a Baker sacrifice fly. B-W then added their final two runs with RBI singles from senior outfielder Chelsea Saunders (Medina/Highland) and senior third baseman Megan Coyne (Valley City/Keystone).

Baker started and tossed the six-inning complete game to improve to 12-4 overall. She allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks and struck out two.

At the plate, Davis was 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Kobak was 1-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs.


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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 (21-8, 2.39 ERA), the two-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Year, is once again receiving the lion's share of innings in the circle with freshman Tess Sito (3-0, 2.41) getting starts recently  while junior Amy Powell (.231, 3 HR, 9 RBI) and senior Mimi Mahon (.281, 2 HR, 10 RBI) share the catching duties.  The outfield has been shaken up a bit as junior Jessica Burt (.322, 19 RBI, 31 runs, 22-25 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 (.325, 15 runs, 12-16 SB) has taken over in right field with sophomore Megan Bashak (.273, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 16 runs) in left field.  Lia Gordon (.340, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 21 runs) and Katelyn Ciminelli (.305, 17 RBI, 16 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 (.239, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 18 runs) playing third base, Sito (.495, 13 HR, 31 RBI, 34 Runs, 28-34 SB) handling shortstop and Dara Toman (.245, 9 HR, 29 RBI, 25 runs) at second base.  Freshmen Caila Ferro (,192, 3 RBI) and Macall Sheppard (.111, 3 RBI, 5 runs) fill in at second and right field.
Macall Sheppard

VIKINGS REPRESENTED IN NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State is ranked in the top 60 nationally in seven of the 11 categories in the most recent NCAA statistics, which were released on April 5.  CSU was fourth in stolen bases (2.48/game), 26th in home runs (1.07), 29th in slugging percentage (.483), 36th in doubles (1.48),  37th in won-loss percentage (.724), 45th in scoring (5.38) and 58th in batting average (.292).    Individually, freshman Tess Sito was fourth in batting average (.511), sixth in stolen bases (0.79), eighth in slugging percentage (.957), ninth in on-base percentage (.566), 14th in home runs/game (0.39) and 17th in total home runs (11).  Jessica Burt was 17th in stolen bases (0.66) and Amanda Macenko was 20th in victories (16).

MACENKO WINS 100TH GAME, ACHIEVES LEAGUE MILESTONE:  Senior pitcher Amanda Macenko went 5-0 last week to become just the second pitcher in Horizon League history to win 100 games in a career.  In addition, with a 21-8 record this season, she is the only league hurler to win 20 games or more in four seasons.  Macenko enters the week with a 101-46 career record.

. . . AND MACENKO EYES STRIKEOUT MARK:  With 48 strikeouts in 35 innings of work last week, Macenko raised her career strikeout total to 902, leaving her just seven K's short of Amy Kyler's career record of 909 set from 1994-97.

SEASON RECORDS ARE NEXT TO FALL. . . AGAIN:  With as many as 20 games left in the regular season, including six this week, Macenko will shortly be approaching her own school single season records.  She owns the top three season totals for wins (record is 28) and innings pitched (275.0), three of the top four efforts in appearances (48), complete games (35) and starts (45) and two of the top three in strikeouts (Kyler holds the record with 325).  Macenko begins the week with a 21-8 record, 32 appearances, 29 starts and 20 complete games in 187.2 innings with 208 strikeouts.

GORDON BREAKS HR RECORD:  Lia Gordon couldn't have picked a better time to break the CSU career home run record.  Gordon, who tied the mark on April 3, blasted a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to complete a dramatic comeback from five runs down to give CSU an 8-7 win against Wright State on April 10.  Gordon's 22nd career home run broke the old mark of 21 set by Amy Jauert (1995-98).
Lia Gordon

. . . BUT SITO IS READY TO TAKE A RECORD AWAY:  A two-run home run by Tess Sito on Saturday against Wright State allowed the freshman to tie Gordon's school record with 13 home runs this season.  Gordon needed 53 games to set the record last year but Sito is coming on fast, recording her 13 long balls in just 35 games.

WALKING OFF:  The current eight game Viking win streak, all of which has come at home, has included more than its fair share of drama as three of the games ended with walk-off home runs.  Amy Powell got the run started with a solo home run with two outs in the seventh in a 4-3 win over UIC on April 2.  After sweeping a three-game series by a combined 35-6 scored from Detroit, CSU used a first inning two-run HR by Sito to defeat Wright State, 2-0.  The dramatics appeared in the next two games as CSU rallied from a 7-3 deficit to defeat the Raiders, 8-7, in the nightcap as Powell hit a grand slam to tie the game in the sixth and Gordon won the game with a leadoff HR in the seventh.  In the final game of the series on Sunday, Megan Bashak helped CSU rally from a 2-0 deficit to force extra innings with a solo HR in the seventh and Dara Toman won it with a two-out blast in the 12th.

Megan BashakBashak

BASHAK'S BAT COMES ALIVE:  The managerial move of the year by Angie Nicholson came more out of frustration than logic.  After being beaten 12-0 by UIC on April 2, Nicholson, in her quest to find a hitter for the No. 2 spot between Jessica Burt and Tess Sito, inserted sophomore Megan Bashak into the lineup for the second game of the doubleheader.  Bashak, who hit .340 (35-103) with three HR, 19 RBI and 19 runs before breaking her wrist late in her freshman season, was struggling, batting just .196 (10-51) through the first 27 games of the year.  The move has paid off as Bashak has caught fire, leading CSU with a .423 average in the eight games since (11-27) with four extra base hits, seven runs scored and eight RBI.
Jessica Burt

CIMINELLI ZEROES IN AT THE PLATE: Junior Katelyn Ciminelli may be the hottest Viking offensively right now, hitting .529 (9-17) with four doubles, a home run, four runs scored and six RBI in the five games that she played in last week.  She has a five-game hitting streak going with multiple hits in four of those contests.  She had her first home run of the year, a grand slam, in the 10-0 win over Detroit.  In the 8-7 win over WSU, she started the come back from being down 5-0 with an RBI single and then singled again to start the four-run sixth inning.  Her effort last week allowed her to raise her batting average to .305.
Katelyn Ciminelli

30 WINS: With 27 wins in 35 games this season, the Vikings are just three wins away from reaching the 30-win mark for the fifth straight season and for the seventh time in program history.

SITO APPROACHES SEASON OFFENSIVE MARKS: Although it is still relatively early in the season, freshman Tess Sito is already breaking into the CSU single season record books.  Sito, who is ahead of the pace to set records for batting average (.495), slugging percentage (.944) and on-base percentage (.570), enters the week ranking third in school history in runs scored (34, needs three to tie the record), fourth in stolen bases (28, needs 13), ninth in RBI (31, 17), 10th in hits (53, 14) and 11th in walks (18, 16).

NEXT UP:  The Vikings close the current nine-game road trip with a three-game series at Youngstown State from April 20-21.