A Page -- April 14, 2012 -- AM Edition

Head Coach Matt Englander (left) congratulates Peter Zak (right) following his game one homer. (photo by Matt Dilyard) 
Spartans Split Doubleheader at Wooster, Win Season Series

WOOSTER, Ohio – Senior catcher Peter Zak<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/zak%20peter%2068e6> (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) was a combined 4-for-6 with a homer and three runs batted-in as the Case Western Reserve University baseball team split a doubleheader at The College of Wooster on Friday afternoon at Art Murray Field. The Spartans won the opener, 8-4, but the Fighting Scots rallied from two runs down late in the nightcap to win in walk-off fashion, 5-4.

The Spartans move to 20-11-1 overall and take two out of three versus Wooster this season. The Fighting Scots stay above the .500 mark at 12-11.

In game one, Wooster got on the board twice in the first following an RBI double by Billy Farrow and a sacrifice fly from Johnathan Ray. The Scots increased their advantage to 3-0 in the third with an RBI double from Zac Mathie, but the Spartans quickly answered as junior centerfielder Paul Pakan<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/pakan%20paul%209rv5> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) led off the fourth inning with a homerun to dead center. Later in the frame, Zak followed Pakan's lead and bombed a two-run homer to left center, tying the score at three.

Wooster briefly regained the lead with a solo homer off the bat of Farrow in the fifth, but Case once again responded when freshman utility player Andrew Gronski<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/gronski%20andrew%20x01d> (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) connected on the opening pitch of the sixth and pulled the ball over the right field wall for his third homer of the spring.

Case then grabbed the lead for the first time in the seventh with the eventual winning run when senior outfielder Sam Alexander<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/alexander%20sam%20j11o> (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) drove an opposite-field double to right, plating junior shortstop Matt Keen<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/keen%20matt%20hlye> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge), who reached on a single. The Spartans added three insurance scores later in the inning as junior first baseman Brett Ossola<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/ossola%20brett%20oej3> (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) singled home Alexander then came around to score on an error. Zak provided an RBI double to close the scoring.

On the mound, senior right-hander Zach Fry<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/fry%20zach%202umj> (Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Academy) pitched the final four innings in relief, allowing one run with four strikeouts to improve to 2-0 for the season. Junior "southpaw" Jamie Hora<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/hora%20jamie%203vmt> (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) started and allowed one earned run in three innings with three strikeouts.

For the game, Zak was 3-for-3 with a homer, two doubles and three RBI. Alexander and Gronski were each 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Kyle Koski took the loss on the hill for Wooster, while Farrow was 2-for-4 at the plate with the homer and two RBI.

In game two, the Case offense picked up right where it left off as Pakan hit another solo homer to center in the top of the first – his fifth of the year. In the second, the Spartans tacked on two more with RBI singles from Gronski and Keen, but Wooster was able to get two back with a solo homer from Ray and an RBI single from Ryan Miner in the bottom of the inning. The Spartans added another score in the fourth thanks to an RBI double from Keen, but Wooster rallied with two in the sixth on a single by Mathie.

After Case went scoreless in the seventh, Wooster generated some two-out magic with a single, a hit batter, and the game-winning single by Cal Thomay.

Sophomore closer Jose Vega<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/vega%20jose%20lumi> (Strongsville, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing one earned run in 1.1 innings. Junior lefty Jarrett Gish<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/gish%20jarrett%20tdhq> (Jupiter, Fla./Suncoast) started and surrendered four earned runs in 5.1 innings with four strikeouts.

Zach Klein earned the win for Wooster with two shutout innings out of the bullpen.

For the game, Keen was 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Spartans. Craig Day and Ray each collected two hits for the hosts.

Despite ominous weather reports, the Spartans are scheduled to return to action tomorrow afternoon with a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader versus Bethany College (W. Va.) at Nobby's Ballpark in Cleveland.
Late First Half Run Spurs #12 Dowling Over Lake Erie
PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (6-6, 0-4 ECC) was tied 5-5 with #12 Dowling College (7-4, 3-0 ECC) with under six minutes to play in the first half but the Golden Lions closed the half with seven straight goals en route to a 24-13 win at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville, Ohio.

The Storm is still in search of their first win over a ranked program.

Sophomore Annie Mendoza (Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic) led Lake Erie's efforts with four goals and an assist. Junior Julia Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) had three goals and added a pair of assists while sophomore Ashriel West (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) scored two goals. Junior Brittany Rabuano(Auburn, N.Y/Auburn) added a goal and an assist.

Lake Erie scored the game's first goal on a Kudla free position attempt and took a 2-1 lead at 23:00 when freshman Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) scored from Rabuano. Dowling scored two straight goals before Lake Erie tied the game at 3-3 when a full field pass set up a goal by West on a dish from classmate Mendoza. Dowling moved ahead 5-3 before goals by Mendoza and Rabuano tied the score with 8:44 in the half. The score stayed that way until the Golden Lions scored with 5:13 to play in the half, the first of seven straight goals over a 4:48 span to give the visitors a 12-5 advantage at the break.

Mendoza opened the second half scoring at 26:35 to end the Dowling run and got on the board again at 25:36 to make the score 12-7. The Golden Lions stalled the Storm threat with three straight goals before juniorMeredith Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewilt) scored from Kudla to get the score to 15-8 at 21:13. It was as close the Lake Erie as Dowling took its first double digit lead at 9:55, 21-11.

In goal for the Storm, sophomore Emily Rock (Hamilton, Ohio/Lakota West) made 11 saves.

Draw controls were nearly even in the contest, with Lake Erie holding a slight 20-19 edge but turnovers were the difference as the Storm committed 19 while the Golden Lions had just eight.

Lake Erie will be in action at Britt Stadium Sunday at noon as it looks for its first conference win against the University of Bridgeport.

Storm Slide Continues In Twinbill At Ferris State
PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The start of a three GLIAC doubleheaders in three days road trip did not go Lake Erie College's (5-32, 2-18 GLIAC) way as it fell to Ferris State University (20-18, 11-9 GLIAC), 4-1 and 10-0 in five innings at FSU Softball Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

In game one, Lake Erie got a solid complete game pitching effort from sophomore Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) but was unable to capitalize. After allowing two runs in the first inning, Ondercin settle in, allowing four runs total on six hits.

Down 2-0 after one, the score stayed that way until the top of the fourth when senior Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) got the Storm's first hit, went to second on a passed ball, advanced to third on a base hit to center by sophomore Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison and was brought in on a RBI groundout by sophomore Jeniffer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union ). 

Jeniffer Gratz  Haley Rathge 
Gratz (L), Rathge (R)


Ferris State added two runs in the bottom of the sixth off a tiring Ondercin for the final 4-1 margin. Lake Erie got runners on base in each of the last three innings but was unable to move them along.

In addition to Foley and Brotzman, senor Haley Rathge (Edon, Ohio/Napoleon) doubled and sophomore Krista Haley (Holland, Ohio/Springfield Holland) had at hit in game one.

In game two, Lake Erie's only hit was a singled to left in the second inning by Rathge. The Storm fell behind early as the Bulldogs plated one in the first inning, three in the second and another in the third. Ferris State scored five in the fifth inning for the final dagger. 

Krista Haley  Sam Ronde 
Haley and Ronde


Senior Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) suffered the loss allowing four runs in one-plus innings of work.

Weather permitting, Lake Erie will be in action again tomorrow as it travels to face Hillsdale College at 1:00 p.m.

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