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

Men's Tennis Captains

Yeomen Win Twice on First Day of NCAC-MIAA Challenge

Oberlin, Ohio - The Oberlin College men's tennis team earned two wins during the first day of competition of the North Coast Athletic Conference - Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Challenge defeating Albion College 8-1 and Alma College 7-2.

Oberlin took a commanding lead and all the momentum in the first match sweeping doubles.  The Yeomen's No.1 pairing of Charlie Marks and Soren Zeliger were perfectly synced as they breezed past Tucker Blake and David Richter 8-2.

The second doubles partnership of Ben Turchin and Logan Chun worked a bit harder for their win but came away 8-6 winners of Albion's Billy Sessions and Danny Frank.

The highlight of play came at third doubles were senior co-captins Joe Leffler and Sam Towne found themselves staring at defeat with the score 7-4 in favor of the Britons.  The Yeomen duo rattled off three games to even the match at seven each, they again had to rally to even the score at eight all then they crushed Steven Nawrocki and Brandon Kosinski 7-2 in the tiebreaker to keep Oberlin perfect through doubles action.

In singles play Oberlin continued their fine play and looked confident up and down the line up.  Chun picked up another win in the top spot defeating Frank 6-2, 6-3.

In the fifth and sixth spots Towne and Leffler grabbed wins defeating their Briton opponents 6-2, 6-2 and 6-2, 6-4, respectively.

At No. 4 Turchin turned in a fine performance winning 6-4, 6-2.  In the third position Zeliger found himself down a set after dropping a tighly contested first set losing 7-5.  He responded with a 7-5 win in the second set and then went extra games in the superbreaker winning 11-9 securing the match.

The Britons lone win came in the second spot, Richter was  6-2 first set winner of the Marks, a solid comback effort in the second set fell just short as never quite got a hold of the match dropping a 7-5 decision.

Oberlin earned their tenth win of the season in their afternoon match, marking double digit wins for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

The Yeomen jumped out in front early sweeping double action again.  Marks and Zeliger were 8-2 winners in the top spot defeating Alma's Logan Beard and Trent Pontious.

Alma put up more resistance in at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles but the Yeomen pairings prevailed each winning 8-6.

Zeliger started things off right for Oberlin in singles action as he defeated Pontious 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3.  The Scots picked up a win at No. 4 just before Towne and Leffler concluded their matches at five and six.  Leffler was a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Mark Stuart and Towne defeated Gordon Rumschlaug 6-1, 6-3.

In the top spot Chun earned a 6-1 first set win then had to grind out the second set 7-6 (7-2) defeating Josh Gove in straight sets.

Marks, Oberlin's No. 2, again found himself in a really even match.  He led 5-2 in the first set but could not sustain the effort as Beard came roaring back to take the set 7-5.  In the second set there was a bit more back and forth between the two but with the score at 5-5 the Scots' second hitter put away the final two games earning another 7-5 win.

Oberlin (10-9, 2-1 NCAC East) is back in action tomorrow as the NCAC-MIAA Challenge continues.  The Yeomen square off against Calvin College at 9 a.m.  The NCAC won seven of the eight matches contested today.

Zenobi Three Shots Off Lead After Career-Low Round at Malone Spring Tournament
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union sophomore Kyle Zenobi (Novelty/West Geagua) had a career-low round of 74 in round one of the Malone Spring Tournament at Tannenhauf Golf Course in Alliance.

Zenobi is tied for eighth place and three shots back of first round leader Jay Hollifield of Malone, who had a 70.

Zenobi is one of six Purple Raiders entered in the tournament as individuals.

Freshmen Matt Dunning (Brunswick/Brunswick) and Josh Heckathorn (North Canton/Hoover) also had season-low scores with 79 and are tied for 16th place.

The tournament concludes with 18 holes on Saturday.

Malone Spring Tournament
Tannenhauf Golf Club - Alliance, Ohio
Par 72 - 6,694 yards

Round 1 of 2

Team Scores
1. Malone 288, 2. Huntington (Ind.) 291, 3. Notre Dame 316, 4. Grove City (Pa.) and Mercyhurst (Pa.) 321, 6. Northwestern Ohio 332, 7. Mt. Vernon Nazarene 334.

Top 5 Individuals
1. Jay Hollifield (MAL) 70, 2. Mickey Belt (HUNT) 71, 3. Nathan Tarter (MAL) 72, 4. Jordan Dawes (HUNT) and Devin Dale (HUNT) 73.

Mount Union - NO TEAM SCORE
T8. Kyle Zenobi 74, T16. Matt Dunning and Josh Heckathorn 79, T44. Chad Sanders 87, 47. Brandon Giaimo88, T48. Brian Weals 89

Lake Erie Falls In Pair Of GLIAC Matches

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College men's tennis team fell in a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) matches this weekend. The Storm dropped home tilts with Lake Superior State University Friday and Michigan Tech University Saturday, each by counts of 9-0.

The losses drops the Storms record to 0-12 overall and 0-9 in the GLIAC. Lake Superior State picked up its first conference victory going to 4-11 overall and 1-6 GLIAC while Michigan Tech improves to 6-11 overall and 2-6 GLIAC.

The best individual effort for the Storm came from junior No. 4 player Jacob Marsinick (Vermilion, Ohio/St. Mary Central Catholic). Against the Lakers, Marsinick picked up the Storm's lone set win, falling in a heartbreaker, 6-1, 6-7, (10-7). Against the Huskies, Marsinick pushed his opponent before falling 6-3, 7-5. He also teamed with junior Cory Meek (Madison, Ohio/Madison/Notre Dame College) as Lake Erie best doubles team at No. 2, taking a combined five games in the two matches. 

Lake Erie's season closes Sunday as it hosts Edinboro University at the Mentor Heisley Racquet Club at 3:00 p.m.
Sam Dudzynski

Oberlin Runs Well Against Wooster

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College track and field teams won nearly every event against the College of Wooster Fighting Scots on Friday night at the Bob Kahn Track and Field Complex.

First-year Ashley Parish was a double winner, taking first place in both the 100-meter dash (13.23) and 200-meter dash (26.92).

Sam Dudzinski also added a pair of wins for the Yeowomen as her toss of 31-08 in the shot put and her javelin launch of 85-07 were both good for first place.

Sophomore Michelle Gonzales added a win in the 3K (11:11.53), while Melissa Elie claimed the long jump with a mark of 15-11.75.

On the men’s end, senior Peter Morris swept both the 100-and 200-meter dashes. In the shorter of the two races he clocked in at 11.71 before following with a 23.67 in the 200.

Sophomore Tim Woods was victorious in the 400-meter dash (53.06), while junior Alex Krichels touched the tape first in the 1,500 (4:21.05).  Rookie Matthew Jefferis took the top spot in the 3K at 9:38.10.

In the field events, junior Vlad Bursuc shattered the competition in the pole vault, clearing 11-01. Dominic Babb was a double winner in the shot put (39-11.25) and hammer throw (134-02).  Freshman Conor Narovec edged out Babb to win the discus 109-10 to 107-03.

The majority of the Oberlin track and field team will be back in action tomorrow at the All-Ohio Championship Meet.

Storm Softball Drops Pair at Hillsdale

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College softball team (5-34, 2-20 GLIAC) competed but was unable to get a positive result, falling to Hillsdale College, 9-1 in five innings and 4-2 at Williams Field in Hillsdale, Mich.

In game one, Lake Erie struck first with a solo run in the first inning. Freshman Maddi Klemp (Akron, Ohio/Coventry) led off with a bunt single, was sacrificed to second on a bunt by junior Chelsey Bleck(Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay), moved to third on a hit to left-center by senior Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by sophomore Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison).  It was that top four in the order which did all of the Storm's damage in game one with all five hits as each player had at least one with Foley going 2-for-2 with a double. 

Maddi KlempChelsey Bleck

Klemp (L), Bleck (R)

The Lake Erie lead was short-lived as sophomore starter Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) gave up runs in every inning.  The Chargers but up two runs in each of the first four innings and ended the game on a Kristi Gordon single to end the game.  Ondercin allowed nine runs on 11 hits and four walks. 

In game two, Hillsdale kept their offense going, getting to Lake Erie senior Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) for three runs in the first inning.  The Chargers Jessica Guertin hit a solo home run to left center to extend their lead to 4-0 in the third inning.  In the bottom of the third, Lake Erie got on the board Klemp and Brotzman singled and Foley brought in Klemp with a sacrifice fly. 

The score stayed that way until the sixth when Foley hit a solo home run to lead off the inning.  The Storm got a pair of runners in scoring position with two outs in the inning but a line out ended the rally and Lake Erie went down in order in the seventh.

Brotzman had a pair of hits in game two.

Lake Erie closes out its GLIAC road weekend tomorrow when they faced Grand Valley State University with a noon start. 

Storm Pick Up Second ECC Win At Dominican

Bouncing back from a loss to the top ranked team in the country in convincing fashion, Lake Erie College (4-5, 2-4 ECC) led the entire way in a 13-6 victory over Dominican (N.Y.) College in Orangeburg, N.Y.

The 13 goals for the Storm matched its season-high set in a 13-5 win at Coker College on Mar. 17.

Seven players got in the scoring column for Lake Erie, led by sophomore Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, SK/Bishop Jones Mahoney) and junior JoeyJohn French (Tully, N.Y/Tully). Netting a pair of goals were juniorJosh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y/Salamanca) and sophomore Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ontario/Kiski Prep). Junior Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C/Centennial Secondary) had a team-high three assists while Harding and sophomore MacGregor Johnston (Nanaimo, BC/Dover Bay) each added a pair.
Reagan Harding  Trevor Tarte 
Harding (L), Tarte (R)

The Storm defense held Chargers scoreless for the first 23 minutes of the contest. Lake Erie scored two first quarter goals and led 3-0 at the 7:15 mark of the second quarter when Johnston hit Harding who converted the score. Leading 4-2, the Storm got two key goals in the final two minutes of the first half, as Harding and French each found the back of the net to take a 6-2 advantage to intermission.

Lake Erie scored two goals in a 10 second span in the opening minutes of the first half with junior Bill Desiderio (Lancaster, N.Y/Iroquois) making the score 8-2. Trailing 9-3, Dominican scored two goals in the final 18 seconds of the third period to stay within striking distance going to the final quarter.

The Chargers hopes were quickly demoralized as Harding's third goal of the game came just 42 seconds into the fourth quarter and started a four-goal run which but Lake Erie up for good and on its way to a second ECC victory in three games.

In net for Lake Erie, sophomore Andrew Wisner (Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Northview) earned the win, making five saves in the first three periods.
Megan Zenobi

Snode Takes Medalist Honors at Malone Spring Invite; Ninth 

Straight Tournament Win For Snode

MASSILLON, Ohio -- Mount Union senior Mary Snode (Alliance/Marlington) carded a 77 to take Medalist honors at the Malone Spring Invitational Friday at The Legends in Massillon.

It was the ninth straight tourament win this season and 17th in her career and she led the Purple Raiders to a second place team finish as they finished nine strokes behind Walsh for the team title.

Senior Megan Zenobi (Novelty/West Geagua) and sophomore Kelly Slutz (Smithville/Orrville) each fired 88 to finish in a tie for seventh place while freshman Lexi Scala (Aliquippa, Pa./Central Valley) had a 93 to finish tied for 14th.

Mount Union stays on the road this weekend playing at the Ohio Wesleyan Invite at Mill Creek Golf Course in Ostrander, Ohio.

Malone Spring Invite
The Legends - Massillon, Ohio
Par 72 - 5,868 yards

Team Scores
1. Walsh 337, 2. Mount Union 446, 3. Malone 381, 4. Mt. Vernon Nazarene 506.

Top Five Individuals
1. Mary Snode (MTU) 77, 2. Katie Kohut (Walsh) 80, 3. Abbey Kilmar (Walsh) 81, 4. Jenny Tsangeos (Walsh) 82, 5. Kim Smith (Walsh) 85.

Mount Union
1. Mary Snode 77, 7. Megan Zenobi and Kelly Slutz 88, 14. Lexi Scala 93

Yeowomen Take Two from the Arrows 

Oberlin, Ohio  - The Oberlin College softball team took both ends a doubleheader from the visiting Ursuline College Arrows, winning game one 12-3 in six innings before taking them down 7-4 in the nightcap.

Freshman Katie Pieplow was simply sensational as she went 7-for-7 with a double, grand slam, four runs and eight RBI’s in the twinbill. Additionally, she earned her fourth win of the season inside the circle as she pitched a complete-game in game two, striking out three along the way.

In the lid-lifter, the Arrows scratched out a run in the top of the first inning, but Oberlin responded by scoring three of its own in the home half. An infield single by Kristen Dix plated the first OC run and then Pieplow followed with a two-run double to left field to score Dix and Katie Baldonieri.

The Arrows would tack on single tallies in the third and fourth innings to even things up at 3-3, but the Yeowmen bats would once again come alive in the fifth and sixth inning – combining to score nine runs to earn the run-rule victory.

In the five-run fifth, Baldonieri was inches away from her second home run of the season as she blasted a would-be three-run home run down the left line that hooked just foul at the last second. However, on the next pitch she got her revenge as she singled off the wall in right center to score Emily King and Kristine Kutchta. Pieplow and Cheryl Lindsly would later follow with RBI singles beforeKelsey Steiner would send in the final run of the frame on a fielder’s choice ground out.

In the sixth the Yeowomen loaded the bases on singles by King, Baldonieri and Dix, setting the stage for Pieplow’s game-ending grand slam that sailed over the center field wall. 

King, who went three 3-for-4 with three runs score, got the win on the mound as she improved her school record wins total to seven on the season.


In game two, Oberlin was the designated visiting team and wasted no time in scoring a run in the first inning thanks to Pieplow’s single through the left side.

The Arrows would answer with one of their own in the bottom of the first, but in the third Paris Gravley put the Yewomen back out in front with a double to right center to score Pieplow.

It was tied at 2-2 after Usrsuline would again answer in the third, but Oberlin was able to bust things open with a five-run sixth that saw them send 11 hitters to the plate. Gravley provided the initial fireworks as she belted her first-career home run over the wall in left field for three-run shot. King would then add two more runs as her opposite field double to right sent both Jennifer Goldsmith and Steiner across the dish.

The Arrows fought back by added two in the sixth, and then brought the tying run to the plate with two outs in the seventh, but Pieplow was able to pitch out of it to preserve the win.

Gravley went 2-for-4 with four RBI’s, while Goldsmith finished 3-for-5 with a run scored. Pieplow was 4-for-4 with two runs and one RBI.

Oberlin returns to action on Sunday afternoon when it plays host to Thiel College at 1 p.m.

No. 1 Marietta Sweeps Heidelberg Baseball

MARIETTA, Ohio-No. 1 Marietta College swept the Heidelberg University
baseball team today in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader at Don
Schaly Stadium in Marietta, Ohio.  The Pioneers won the first game, 5-3, and
took the nightcap by a 13-9 count.

A ground out by senior left fielder Ross Pruitt (Elletsville, Ind./Edgewood)
in the top of the first inning scored sophomore second baseman Joe Chiarappa
(Clinton/St. Vincent-St. Mary's), who led the game off with a triple, giving
the Student Princes (16-13, 5-5 OAC) an early lead.

Marietta (22-4, 9-1 OAC) plated single runs in the first and second innings
to move to a 2-1 lead.

Chiarappa scored his second run of the game in the third to tie the score,
2-2, on a sacrifice fly by freshman first baseman Eric Monroe (Chagrin

In the fourth, junior right hander Tyler Fruhwirth (Beavercreek) retired two
of the first three Pioneer hitters, but Marietta rallied for three runs and
extended its lead to 5-2.

Senior shortstop Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo/Start) lined a run batted-in double
in the fifth to cut the deficit to two, and freshman righty Ryan Minteer
(Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) relieved Fruhwirth with one out in the fifth
and worked out of a jam to prevent the Pioneers from extending their lead,
but Heidelberg could not muster a rally in the late innings to take game

Fruhwirth allowed all five runs (two earned) on nine hits and struck out a
pair over 4.1 innings, but was tagged with the loss to fall to 4-3.  Minteer
surrendered two hits in 1.2 innings of relief.

Jordan Grilliot paced the Pioneer attack with a 3-for-3 performance,
including a double, and scored two runs.

Brian Gasser allowed all three Student Prince runs on just three hits and
earned the win to improve to 6-1.  Kyle Lindquist pitched the final 2.0
innings, earning his fourth save.

In the second game, Marietta batted around in the first inning and jumped
out to a 7-0 lead before junior righty Teddy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll)
relieved sophomore starter Chris Thomas (Canton/Perry).  Lowe retired two
hitters without allowing any more runs to cross the plate and freshman
righty Travis Gray (Markle, Ind./Norwell) took over mound duties to start
the second.

Heidelberg scored in the fourth on a RBI double by Lizcano and again in the
seventh as Pruitt grounded out, scoring junior catcher Jordan Martin
(Powell/Olentangy Liberty) from third.

Marietta plated two runs in the fourth and rallied for four more in the
fifth off sophomore righty Zach O'Driscoll (Hudson/Walsh Jesuit), who was
making his season debut.

Chiarappa and Martin each had two hits in the nightcap, including a double
by Chiarappa, his team-high 10th of the season.

Thomas lasted just 0.1 innings and suffered the loss to fall to 2-4.  Gray
and senior right hander Sly Nino (Willard) each pitched 3.0 innings of

Four Pioneers had multi-hit outings in game two, led by Kirby Becker, who
was 2-for-4 with three runs.  Bryan Gregorich drove in three runs and scored
another in a 1-for-4 performance.

Mike Mulvey allowed both Heidelberg runs, allowed seven hits and struck out
three over 7.0 innings and earned the win to improve to 3-0.  Luke Langdon
worked the eighth and ninth for Marietta.

Heidelberg will return to Tiffin to host its first home contest in nearly
two weeks Tuesday when it takes on OAC foe Baldwin-Wallace College in a
doubleheader at Peaceful Valley.