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“We are very excited about the players we have coming into camp this year,” said Massarelli. “We have filled some holes in the middle of our line-up and beefed up our pitching staff. We are obviously in a better position than we were a year ago at this time. We look for spring training to be very competitive with a good group of core guys returning from last season and a new crop of talent challenging for roster spots.”

In addition to the three new position players, Massarelli has also signed six pitchers to the Crushers spring training roster. Dustin Nielson, who played four seasons in Italy will compete for a spot in the starting rotation, while Jesse OroscoMatt Smith, and Jeff Cinadr will vie for roles in the bullpen. Orosco played two seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization and part of last season with the San Diego Padres. Smith, a college teammate of Crusher reliever Ronnie Morales, played two seasons in Dodgers farm system. Cinadr joins the Crushers after time spent in the Tampa Bay Rays farm system. Combined, this talented group brings more than 14 years of professional experience to the pitching staff.

Canton Central Catholic alum John Massarelli

In other transactions, RHP Cristobal Mata has re-signed with the Crushers. Mata earned a contract and roster spot last year at the Crushers 2009 Tryout Camp and was a solid middle reliever for the team last season. Pitcher Chris Rigo has also announced his retirement to pursue other career options.

To date, Massarelli has signed 27 players, including 13 returning players from last season’s championship squad. All players will report to Avon on May 5 for the first day of spring training.  The Crushers open the season at home on Friday, May 21 at 7:05 p.m. against the Traverse City Beach Bums.

Yeomen Tie School Record With a Split
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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4/14/2010 10:01:37 PM

Lorain – The Oberlin College baseball team tied a school record for wins in a season by salvaging a doubleheader split with Case Western Reserve University on Wednesday night at The Pipeyard. After dropping game one 14-2, the Yeomen bounced back with a 5-3 win in the nightcap. 

The 2010 version of the Yeomen, which is now 17-10 overall, matched the win total of the 2007 squad that finished the year at 17-23. 

In the win the tandem of Ben Puterbaugh and Brandon Cantrill did the damage at the plate, combining for four hits and three RBI’s. Rookie Eric Knight (1-1) also recorded his first career win on the mound as he worked four innings and allowed just two hits and one run while racking up three punchouts. Phil Bruatossed the final three innings to earn his sixth save of the year. 

In the bottom of the third Cantrill’s double off the wall in left center scored Puterbaugh to mark the first run of the game. 

Case Reserve (17-16) would tie the game in the top of the fourth as Matt Keen led off the inning with a walk and would later score on a two-out single by Sam Alexander. 

Oberlin would answer back with a three-spot in the home-half of the fourth on a sac fly by Ben Kauder and a two-out two-run double to left center by Puterbaugh. 

The Spartans fought back with two runs in the fifth, but Brua settled down and benefited from a beautiful 1-4-3 double play that featured a snow-cone scoop on the backend from Jack Dunn

In the seventh, Steven Bills led off the inning with a double, but Brua responded with a strikeout of Clay Hurley and induced a pop out and ground out of the next two hitters to preserve the win. 

In game one, every ball the Spartans put in play seemed to find a hole as they finished with 14 hits and scored eight of their runs in the final two innings. 

The Yeomen had six hits in the game, unfortunately one of those was not by Puterbaugh as his hitting streak was halted at 19 games. 

It was 2-2 after the first inning and Oberlin trailed just 6-2 after five complete, but the Yeomen bats went silent down stretch - going hitless in the final three innings.

Hiram Baseball

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Following today’s doubleheader, Hiram is now 5-22 overall, while the Spartans are 5-17 overall for the season.

In game one, Hiram took control early scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning and added four more runs in the second, highlighted by a pair of two-RBI doubles by senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference catcher Justin Street (Warren/Howland) and sophomore infielder Randy Miller (Glenmont/West Holmes), giving the Terriers a 6-0 advantage. 

 D’Youville cut into the lead with two runs in the fourth, but an 11-run fifth by Hiram put the game out of reach and increased the lead to 17-2.  The Spartans went on to add runs the fifth and seventh innings, while the Terriers crossed the plate once in the sixth for the 18-4 victory.

Hiram totaled 16 hits in the game and was led offensively by Miller who finished three-of-five with two runs scored and four RBI.  Five other Terriers tallied a pair of hits in the win.

On the mound, junior Andy Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) picked up his third win of the season to improve to 3-3 overall.  He pitched four innings allwoing two runs on three hits, while striking out four batters.  Junior Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brashear) came on to pitch three innings of relief giving up two runs on four hits and had two strikeouts.

In the second game, Hiram struck early scoring three runs in the first that included a two-RBI double by Street, and added another run in the second to lead 4-0.  D’Youville cut the deficit in half with a pair of runs in the third and then tied the game at 4-4 with two more runs in the sixth.  The game remained tied heading into the bottom of the seventh until a Spartan single allowed a run to score for the 5-4 win.

South grad Mike LaLonde

Despite the loss, Hiram won the battle at the plate outhitting D’Youville, 8-6.  Individually, the Terriers were led by junior infielder Cody Fincham (Windham) who had three hits in four attempts, including scoring a run and recording a RBI. 

Freshman pitcher Mike LaLonde (Willowick/South) got the start in game two and pitched five innings allowing three runs on three hits and struck out five batters. 

 Junior Chris Wilson (Geneva) recorded an inning of relief, but would be credited with the loss, after giving up two runs on two hits and had one strikeout. 

 Junior Eric Schaffer (Kent/Roosevelt) came on to pitch a third of an inning and allowed one hit.

Roosevelt alum Eric Schaffer

Hiram is scheduled to host the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg on Saturday (Apr. 17) in a non-conference doubleheader at Cene Park in Struthers, Ohio.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.



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Reed exits CSU for Georgetown

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Proof of the academic accomplishments of the Vikings came last week when 141 student-athletes - or 54 percent - were honored for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher at the annual John Konstantinos Academic Honors Luncheon.

Viking student-athletes have combined to maintain a 3.00 GPA in seven of Reed's eight years at CSU

"It is with mixed emotions that I say goodbye to my Cleveland State family.  CSU has helped to shape who I am personally and  professionally and I owe much to the wonderful people that have been apart of my life as an undergraduate and certainly professionally over the last eight years," Reed said.

"When I arrived in Cleveland in 2002 my goal was to provide our student athletes, coaches and staff with the best possible opportunities to achieve the success that they all deserved.  As I depart eight years later I think that we have accomplished most of those goals and laid the foundation for future success.

"I enthusiastically acknowledge that without the support and determination of our student athletes, coaches, staff and university leadership, this next chapter in my professional career would not be possible.  For they are truly the heart and soul of CSU and Cleveland

"My wife Katafa and I would also like to personally thank Dr. Michael Schwartz and his wife Joanne for their wonderful vision and leadership and for giving my family the opportunity to return home to CSU. I would also like to thank President Ronald Berkman for his support of intercollegiate athletics. The future is definitely in good hands," Reed added.

A basketball standout with the Vikings from 1980-83, Reed returned to Cleveland State in the summer of 2002 as the fourth athletic director in the history of CSU athletics.

Over the last three years, Reed has overseen a department that has captured 11 Horizon League Championships, as well as six runner-up finishes. In addition, CSU student-athletes have competed at the NCAA Championship 15 times over that span.

Reed's plan and vision culminated during the 2007-08 season when the Vikings claimed the James J. McCafferty Trophy, which is presented annually by the Horizon League in recognition of the league's all-sport champion. It was the first time that CSU captured the award.

In addition, CSU won the league's Men's All-Sports Award, while the Vikings finished third in the Women's All-Sports Award. 

The Vikings, who had never finished higher than fifth place in the McCafferty standings, became just the fourth current Horizon League member to win the award and vaulted all the way from seventh place (out of nine schools) in the standings from 2006-07.

Reed is well-respected nationally, having represented the Horizon League on the NCAA Management Council and as the president of the NCAA I-AAA Athletic Director's Association in 2007-08. He is also a member of the NCAA Basketball Academic Enhancement Group, a working group composed of presidents, chancellors, head coaches, commissioners,athletic directors and faculty athletic representatives, which was established to develop strategies to enhance the academic performance and graduation rates of NCAA Division I men's basketball.

Reed has served  as chairman of the John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards committee, which is operated through NACDA.

A search for Reed's successor will begin immediately.

Great Team Effort by Oberlin Falls Short at Wooster
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Wooster, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team pushed The College of Wooster to the brink, but the home Scots were able to outlast the Yeomen 12-7 on Wednesday evening. 

“This was one of the best team games we have ever played,” Head CoachKevin Walz said. “I am proud of the guys for the way they played and fought tonight.”

Oberlin (2-7, 0-4 NCAC) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on back-to-back goals by Erik Strand and a third tally by Dylan Holmes. The Scots would claw their way back and eventually lead 6-5 at the break. 

Strand would cash in his team-leading third goal of the game just before the third quarter horn would sound to make it a 9-7 Scots’ advantage heading into the final frame. 

Two early Wooster scores in the period forced the Yeomen to push up and pull their goalie as they continued to fight for possession. Unfortunately, multiple attempts at the cage hit off of the post or flew just wide. 

“They did a good job of playing keep away down the stretch,” Walz added. “However, we put the pressure on them and shown we have come a long way in the last few years.”

Thomas HakeConnor Jackson and Alex Jacobs each added a goal for the Yeomen in the loss. 

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n game one, Hiram jumped out early with four runs in the top of the first inning on a series of run-scoring defensive errors and a RBI single by freshman shortstop Megan Troxell (New Richmond).  

The Terriers would not cross the plate again in the game as PSU-Behrend would score two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth for the 5-4 victory.

Hiram tallied nine hits in the game and was led by senior two-time All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) who batted three-of-four with a run scored.  Six other Terriers would reach base safely via a base hit.

Junior pitcher Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) started the game and pitched four-and-a-third innings allowing four runs on three hits.  She would also be credited with the loss and is now 1-3 overall.

Fellow junior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) pitched the final inning and two-thirds giving up one run on three hits and struck out one batter.

In the nightcap, it would be Behrend who would grab the early lead with a four-run second inning.  But Hiram later evened the game at 4-4 with four runs in the fourth inning thanks to a two-RBI single by freshman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) and a two-RBI double by junior outfielder Marlene Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity). 

 Both teams added a pair of runs in the fifth with Hiram’s runs coming on a two-RBI single by sophomore third baseman Ashley Pike (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo), making the score 6-6. 

The Terriers tallied the game-winning runs in the top of the seventh with two scores on a RBI single by junior outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) and a defensive error en route to the 8-6 win.

At the plate, two Terriers finished the game with two hits, led by senior second baseman Ashley Crowder (North Lewisburg/Triad) who finished two-of-two with a run scored.  Dropsey ended the game two-of-four with a run scored and a RBI.

Strongsville alumna Sarah Bogdan

On the hill, freshman Sarah Bogdan (Strongsville) would get the start and pitched five innings allowing six runs on nine hits and had one strikeout.  Dropsey came on in the sixth and finished the game to claim her 10th win of the season and improve to 10-5 overall.  Dropsey pitched two perfect innings allowing no runs, hits or walks and struck out three batters.

Hiram is scheduled to host Kenyon College on Saturday, Apr. 17 in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Myrtis E. Herndon Field.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.