A Page -- April 13, 2012 -- PM Edition

Oberlin Softball Sets Wins Record in a Split 

with Ohio Wesleyan

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College softball team earned one of its biggest wins in school history, taking game two from Ohio Wesleyan University by a 10-7 score line to set the single-season wins record for the program. OC dropped game one 4-0.
The triumph also marks the first time Oberlin has beaten Ohio Wesleyan since the year 2000, which was Oberlin’s first year as a program. That game, which was played on April 29, ended with the Yeowomen winning 11-8.
With the victory, Oberlin snapped a 10-game skid as they improved to 9-17 on the season.  The previous school record for wins came in 2009 when the team finished the season 8-26.
“We have been working all season long on how to finish a game and play with the lead,” Head Coach Mimi Mahon said. “Today we were able to do just that by making the smart play at the right time. I am so proud of these players as they have continued to work hard and improve each day. Now we just need to continue to build from here.”
The Yeowomen spotted the Bishops with three runs in the first inning, but were able to bounce back by posting a four-spot of their own in the second. The Yeowomen used four hits and took advantage of two errors to make it happen. Kelsey Steiner started the rally with a two-out two-RBI double down the left field line to score Cheryl Lindsly and Kristen Dix. Freshman Jennifer Goldsmith then followed with another run-producing single before Kristine Kuchta would add the finally tally of the frame on a single to right field that got by the outfielder to allow Goldsmith to score all the way from first.
With Oberlin leading 4-3, OWU wouldn’t go down without a fight as they answered right back with three more runs in the second inning. However, from there Emily King, who came in to pitch in relief to start the second, was able to settle down nicely.
It remained 6-4 in favor of the Bishops until the top of the sixth inning when the Yeowomen exploded for six runs in the inning. They sent 10 batters to plate during the offensive barrage. Katie Pieplow plated the first run with a double to centerfield and would later score on a single by Paris Gravley. Lindsly, Goldsmith and Kuchta also had RBI’s in the inning as the Yeowomen went up 10-6.
OWU scratched out a run in the sixth to make things a little more interesting heading into the final inning. In the seventh, the first Bishops’ batter reached on an error, but King was aided by double play ball that was somewhat unconventional. On the play, Stefanie Rieder hit a grounder to Katie Baldonieri at shortstop who threw across the diamond to get the out at first, but Abby Walsh who previously reached on the error got over-aggressive as she tried to go from first to third on the play; however Pieplow’s throw back across the field to third was there in plenty of time to retire Walsh on a 6-3-5 double play.  King then got Chelsea Denman to lineout to end the game.
Goldsmith, Kuchta and Dix each had two hits in the contest as the Yeowomen had 11 hits as a team.
In the lid-lifter, Kuchta’s single in the first inning proved to be Oberlin’s lone hit of the game as OWU sophomore Dani Hayley threw a gem, striking out eight in the complete-game win.
King also pitched well for Oberlin, scattering seven hits while fanning five. Of the four runs she allowed just two were earned. She struck out three hitters in each game to finish with six punchouts on the day.
Fans should note that the Yeowomen will be back in action tomorrow as they play host to Ursuline College at 3:30 p.m. The games were originally scheduled to be played at Ursuline on Saturday, but due to the threat of weather have since be moved to Oberlin tomorrow.

B-W Women’s Tennis Team Falls to Tiffin, 7-2, in Non-

Conference Play

BEREA, OHIO --  The defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis lost to NCAA Division II Tiffin University, 7-2, today (Thursday, April 12, 2012) at the “Pop” Collins Tennis Courts in Berea.

With its loss, B-W is now 7-11 overall. Tiffin improved to 13-11 overall.

Tiffin gained an early 3-0 lead after the doubles competition and won four of the six singles matches to capture its thirteenth victory.

In singles play, junior No. 2 player Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/Elyria Catholic) won her singles match by the scores of 6-2, 6-1, and sophomore No. 3 player Morgan Baker (Vermillion/Elyria Catholic) won her singles match by the scores of 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 1-0 (10-4).

With her singles victory, Mittler is now 19th all time with a career singles record of 41-32.

Earl's Bat Aids Softball in Split with JCU

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio—The Mount Union softball team split a doubleheader with John Carroll, losing the first game 6-3 before winning the nightcap 8-3, in Ohio Athletic Conference play Thursday afternoon. JuniorMarissa Earl (Massillon/Washington) hit a pair of home runs and had six RBI to lead the way for the Purple Raiders.

A solo home run by Morgan Robinson in the 3rd inning put the Blue Streaks ahead 1-0 in the first game. After a Raider error extended the 4th inning, Colleen Brady hit a bases-clearing double that scored three runs. The Blue Streaks added two more runs in the 5th inning for a 6-0 lead.

The Raiders would rally in the sixth inning as Earl got things started with a two-run homer. Freshman Leigh Siedlak (Westerville/Westerville South) scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to make it 6-3. A single by sophomore Brittany Papp (Uniontown/Green) put runners on the corners with two outs, but John Carroll was able to get out of the inning without allowing any more runs.

Leigh SiedlakBrittany Papp

Siedlak (L), Papp (R)

Senior Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) went the distance in the pitcher's circle for the Raiders. Willis recorded four strikeouts while allowing five hits and just three earned runs.

Brittany Danilov earned the win for John Carroll to improve to 11-5 on the season. She had 10 strikeouts while scattering four hits over seven innings of work.

The Raider bats came alive in the second game, putting three runs on the board in the 1st inning. JuniorKristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) drew a leadoff walk and Earl reached on an error that put both runners in scoring position. Gromes then scored on a sac fly by Siedlak and Papp drove in two more runs with a single a few batters later.

Earl added her second home run of the day, and fourth of the season, with two outs and one runner on base in the 2nd inning to give the Raiders a 5-0 lead. She added a two-run single in the fourth inning and finished the game 2-of-4 from the plate with four RBI and a pair of runs scored.

Mount Union tallied 10 hits in the nightcap as Papp and Gromes also recorded multi-hit games. Papp went 2-for-4 with three RBI while Gromes went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.

Junior Rachel McAninch threw her 12th complete game of the season to pick up win number five. McAninch had six strikeouts and did not walk any batters while allowing three earned runs on eight hits.

Heather Hurley provided all of the scoring for John Carroll, going 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI. Trisha Pike (7-4) took the loss for the Blue Streaks. Pike pitched 5.1 innings and allowed seven runs on seven hits.

Lakewood 4. Brush 1
Singles:Mihas(L) d Adell 6-3,7-5;Matthiesen(L) d Gossett 6-2,6-0;Richardson(L) d Weinstein 6-0,6-3.

Doubles:Mezin/Brinich(L) d Carvin/Schmidt 6-1,6-3;Anglotti/Ronis(B) d Carlson/Satayathum 6-1,6-2.

Walk-off Double Gives Hiram Softball Sweep Against Kenyon

HIRAM, OHIO  --  Freshman outfielder Miranda Wright (Richfield/Revere) hit a walk-off RBI double in bottom of seventh inning of game two of a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Kenyon College that gave the Terriers a two-game sweep by the scores of 11-3 in six innings and 6-5.

Miranda WrightTaylor Petersal

Wright (L), Petersal (R)

With the sweep, the Terriers improve to 11-13 overall and 3-3 in the NCAC.  The Ladies fall to 11-19 overall and 3-5 NCAC.

In game one, Hiram struck first with three runs in the bottom of the second inning that included RBI singles by freshman catcher Taylor Petersal (Warren/Champion), senior All-Region outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) and sophomore outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph's).  But Kenyon came right back to tally three runs of its own in the top half of the third inning to even the game at 3-3.  The two teams remained deadlocked until the bottom of the eighth inning when the Terriers tacked on eight runs, that included a RBI single by Wright to put Hiram up by eight ending the game with a final score of 11-3.

Kristen CooneySarah Loyer

Cooney (L), Loyer (R)

Hiram recorded 16 hits in the game and was led by Cooney who went three-of-four overall with a run scored and a RBI.  Five other Terrier players each finished the game with two hits, including senior All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) who went two-of-three with two runs scored and two RBI.  Wright also posted a two-of-three effort at the plate to go along with a run scored and a RBI.

On the mound, freshman Taylor Charles (Akron/Ellet) went the distance to pick up her sixth win of the season (6-6 overall).  She allowed three runs on five hits and struck out four batters.

In the nightcap, Kenyon scored the game's first run in the top of the second inning to grab an early 1-0 lead.  Hiram answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning thanks to a two-RBI double by Wright making the score 2-1.  The Ladies again rallied with a run in the third to even the contest at 2-2.  The Terriers then scored runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to reclaim the lead with a 5-2 margin.  Kenyon rallied a final time in the top of the seventh with three runs tying the game again by the score of 5-5.  During Hiram's final at-bat in regulation, the Terriers led off with a fly-out, but Petersal followed with a double to put the possible winning run in scoring position.  Wright then recorded her second double of the game scoring Petersal and clinched the 6-5 walk-off victory.

The Hiram bats stayed hot in game two with 12 hits with Wright finishing a perfect four-for-four with a run scored and three RBI.  Loyer and Singer also recorded multi-hit games with a pair of two-for-four efforts.  Loyer also scored and drove in a run, while Singer added a run scored.

Charles started the second game on the mound, but would be replaced to begin the fifth inning.  She came back in the game in the seventh and would end up being the pitcher of record to claim her seventh win of the season and improve to 7-6 overall.  Charles pitched a total of five innings allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and had one strikeout.  Senior Amethyst Brigham (Middlefield/Ohio State), who replaced Charles in the fifth, lasted two innings while giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits and tallied one strikeout.

Hiram will look to keep momentum going when the Terriers host Wittenberg University in a scheduled NCAC doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 14 at Herndon Field.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Oberlin Women's Lacrosse Returns to Winning Ways

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College women’s lacrosse team returned to the win column on Thursday afternoon, dismantling the Lions of Mount Saint Joseph College by a 16-8 count at Fred Shults Field.

The Yeowomen, who were playing at home for the first time since March 20, improved to 9-2 on the season – marking their most wins in a season since 1999 when they finished 10-7.

Kate Hannick 

In today’s triumph, Oberlin had seven different players score at least one goal. Rookie sensation Kate Hanick led the way with five finishes to go along with a game-high four draw controls. Ilyssa Meyer added three goals, while Lori Sako and Molly Bloom each netted a pair. Sarah Andrews also scored two times off of 8-meter attempts.

The Yeowomen jumped on the Lions early as they led 7-1 at the midway point of the first half. Sako’s goal at the 10-minute mark was a thing of beauty as she intercepted a pass deep in Lions’ territory and then drove right through the defense before sending her shot into the back of the cage to make it a 10-2 game. Each team would score twice more in the second half as Oberlin led 12-4 at the break.

To start the second half, Hanick won the opening draw and sprinted right down the middle of the field and then rifled one right into the goal. The whole process from whistle-to-whistle took just 12 seconds. She would another goal just moments later to give the Yeowomen a 14-4 cushion.

Women's Tennis: John Carroll 5, Mount Union 4

SHAKER  HEIGHTS, Ohio—The Mount Union women's tennis came up short in a 5-4 loss to John Carroll Thursday evening at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights. The Purple Raiders are now 9-5 overall and 2-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference this season.

Mount Union took four of the six singles points, but it was not enough to overcome being swept in doubles play.

Mandy Wise (North Canton/Hoover), Megan Czuchra (Mantua/Crestwood), Courtney Adamsky (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia), and MacKenzie Jenkins (North Hampton/Northwestern) earned singles victories for the Raiders.

Wise defeated Cassie Simmelink at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 7-5; Czuchra defeated Erin Davies at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-3; Adamsky defeated Hannah Baumwell at No. 5 singles, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4; and Jenkins defeated Allison Mora at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-0.

Mount Union resumes its OAC schedule with a trip to Ada to take on Ohio Northern on Saturday at 1 pm.

Tennis Match Results
Mount Union vs John Carroll
Apr 12, 2012 at Shaker Heights, OH

John Carroll 5, Mount Union 4

Singles competition:
1. Maria Ciccolini (JCU-W) def. Krissy Hallett (MTU) 6-4, 7-6
2. Mandy Wise (MTU) def. Cassie Simmelink (JCU-W) 6-0, 7-5
3. Joanne Weber (JCU-W) def. Hannah Arvidson (MTU) 6-4, 6-1
4. Megan Czuchra (MTU) def. Erin Davies (JCU-W) 6-2, 6-3
5. Courtney Adamsky (MTU) def. Hannah Baumwell (JCU-W) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
6. MacKenzie Jenkins (MTU) def. Allison Mora (JCU-W) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Maria Ciccolini/Cassie Simmelink (JCU-W) def. Krissy Hallett/Mandy Wise (MTU) 8-4
2. Erin Davies/Hannah Baumwell (JCU-W) def. Megan Czuchra/Hannah Arvidson (MTU) 8-6
3. Joanne Weber/Tracy Gibson (JCU-W) def. MacKenzie Jenkins/Taylor Dowling (MTU) 8-6

John Carroll 7-3, 2-1 OAC
Mount Union 9-5, 2-2 OAC