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Baldwin-Wallace Softball Team Splits OAC 

Doubleheader at Mount Union

By Kevin Ruple

ALLIANCE, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team split an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader with the University of Mount Union today (Thursday, April 14) at the 23rd Street Softball Field. B-W won the opener, 5-3, while Mount Union came back to take the nightcap, 4-3. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 12 but was postponed due to rain.

With the split, the Yellow Jackets move to 16-7 overall and 4-4 in the OAC while Mount Union is now 15-9 overall and 7-3 in the OAC.

In game one, B-W struck first in the top of the second inning as junior second baseman Katie Finley (Vermilion) delivered a two out single to bring home freshman right fielder Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/Field).

After Mount Union came back with three runs in the third, B-W tied the game with two runs in the fifth as freshman shortstop Lauren Feciuch (Kent/Field) and freshman LF Ashley Elber (Huron/Edison) each had RBI hits.

B-W would complete the comeback in the top of the sixth inning as freshman 3B Kaity Mullen (Avon Lake) drove in Murray with a double to left center. Later that inning, B-W added an unearned insurance run to make the final score 5-3.
Former Shoregal Kaity Mullen

At the plate, B-W out hit the Purple Raiders, 11-6. Murray led the way as she had three hits in four plate appearances and two runs scored. Elber and Finley each contributed two hits, a double and a RBI. On the mound, freshman right-hander Justina Wise (New London) went all seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits. Wise struck out six batters while only walking two as she improved her overall record to 9-3.

In game two, Mount Union jumped out to a 4-0 lead with one run in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth. B-W battled back in the sixth, taking advantage of two Mount Union errors and a wild pitch to cut the Purple Raider lead in half at 4-2.

The Yellow Jackets rallied again in the seventh as freshman catcher Meghan Kossow (Tonawanda, N.Y./Tonawanda) doubled with one out. Junior Kim Parkinson (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) was brought in as a pinch runner and was driven home on a double to left center by Feciuch. However, with runners on first and third, B-W was unable to bring home the tying run.

At the plate, Feciuch was 1-for-3 with the RBI double. Senior CF Tanya Davis (Hinckley/Medina Highland) was 1-for-4 with a run scored. On the mound, junior Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic) started and pitched the first five innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits. Baker walked one while striking out two. Senior Mackenzie Rohrbacher (Sandusky) came on in relief to pitch  a scoreless sixth inning.

Kent State gears up in Thursday practice 

session in the 'Stein; Golden Flashes, led 

by two Broadview Heights gals, set to 

take on the likes of UCLA, Georgia, 

'Bama, Florida, Michigan for more 

"shock" value 

April 14, 2011

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

CLEVELAND (THEATRE DISTRICT) -- Kent State’s gymnastics team will attempt to do their Howard Stern (as “Shock-Jocks” of a different kind) imitation for a second weekend this month starting later today when the Golden Flashes will attempt to shock the nation at the NCAA Division-I Nationals this weekend here in the Wolstein Center.

The Flashes, heavy underdogs two weeks ago at the Ann Arbor Regional, came through with stellar scores and leapt ahead of at least four teams favored ahead of them to shock the region and take runners-up laurels and earn the school’s first spot at a National in gymnastics.

As the host school of the tourney, Kent would bring more “shock” value to the NCAA but also it would be quite a storybook ending for a Golden Flashes team led by two Student/Athletes who, in addition to their club teams, competed for the most dominant high school program in the state – Brecksville-Broadview. The Bees have now won eight straight team state high school titles.
Here and below Broadview's Christine Abou-Mitri practices floor exercise

Christine Abou-Mitri and Christina Lenny, who both hail from the Broadview section of the B-BH School District, are both senior co-captains for the Golden Flashes.
Both were instrumental in last week’s “shock” of the region and both are anticipating the same shock value this week and are greatly delighted to be the host team and have the event both close to home and the campus of their university.

Listen short audio of Kent Student/Athlete Christina Lenny interview, as prompted by Norm Weber

“It’s nice that this event is so close to home and that we have such a strong support system,” said Lenny in the after-practice press conference in the ‘Stein Thursday.  “A lot of friends and family will be here for all of us.

 “It is also nice that we could compete against some of the best teams in the country. We could not ask for anything more.”
The Flashes warm up before practice

As the favored team, defending national champ UCLA is looking to repeat as the best in the nation again, which would be the school’s 107th NCAA national title for all sports and 128th national titles NCAA-sanctioned and otherwise (19 of those came in men’s volleyball).

Now in her 29th year at UCLA, Bruins coach Valorie Kondos Field (that surname truly is without a hyphen, thank you) said they Pauley Pavilion pack came here to win but admitted they will be challenged, particularly by Georgia, which had quite a run of national titles going prior to the Women Wonders of Westwood stopping them last year.

Most notable, however, was that Kondos Field was perhaps the most gracious of all visitors and genuinely excited about having the Golden Flashes on the national floor with her group from West L.A.

Listen to Bruins coach Kondos Field cordially accept CSU’s hosting the event and her elatedness over Kent being here

“We were all pulling for Kent State to get in here with the rest of us,” Kondos Field said. “Cleveland is a very nice place to have this, and we couldn’t be more excited for Kent to be able to join us here this weekend.”

Kent is one of only two schools in the entire 12-team national field that is represented by Student/Athletes from northeastern Ohio. Alabama has Warren’s Hannah Toussaint, a freshman who graduated from Howland High and competed in the club division for Olympic Dreams Gymnastics.
"Crimson-haired" Hannah Toussaint from "Tuscaloosa's Tide" and NE Ohio

An interesting note about Toussaint is that she competes for Alabama, which goes by the nickname the Crimson Tide, crimson of course being a shade of red, yet she is the only redhead on the team.
‘Bama has nine brunettes, four dishwater blondes, three flaxen blondes and redhead Toussaint, who in a way could be considered a good luck charm for the team if colors and home towns really have anything to do it and for that matter if superstition and trivia have anything to do with it either.


Demons stay perfect after win over BBHHS

Westlake’s tennis team remains perfect after Thursday’s 5-0 blanking of Brecksville/Broadview Hts., the program that his given the Demons their biggest challenge the past couple years when the Demons won the Southwestern Conference championship, which included an State Elite Eight appearance last year.

This moves Westlake’s season record to 5 and 0 and its SWC record to 4 and 0.

In SINGLES, Colton Buffington won 6-0, 6-0, while at No 2. Jason Wissman was 6-2, 6-3 winner and at No, 3. Abhi Ramachandran a 6-2, 6-2 victor.

In DOUBLES, it was JT Rapaport and Kevin Wang winning 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 ,and Stephen Fleischer and Aroh Pandit winning 6-3, 6-2 at second doubles.

Spartan Softball Splits Doubleheader

with Musky; Win Streak Ends at Nine

By Nick Minerd 

CLEVELAND (U DISTRICT) – The Case Western Reserve University softball team split a lengthy doubleheader with visiting Muskingum University on Thursday, April 14 at Mather Park. The Spartans stretched their win streak to a season-high nine games with an 8-3 victory in the opener, but the Muskies came back to take the nightcap, 11-4.
The Spartans (15-21 overall) belted three homeruns on the day to bring their total to 22 during the past 11 games.

In game one, Muskingum (9-18) took advantage of two walks and a hit batter en route to scoring a pair of runs in the first inning, but the Spartans came right back with four in their half of the frame. Freshman leftfielder Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, UT/Olympus) led off with a homer to left center before RBI singles from senior shortstop Beth Andrasik (Sagamore Hills, OH/Nordonia), junior first baseman Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, VA/Stone Bridge) and freshman catcher Amy Taylor (Brier, WA/Inglemoor).
Nordonia's Beth Andrasic (L) and Amy Taylor

Freshman second baseman Courtney Branson (Orient, OH/Teays Valley) accounted for the next two Spartan runs with an RBI single in the second and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Junior designated player Ianna Wasser (Warwick, RI/Toll Gate) then brought home two more in the fourth on a double to right center.

Freshman pitcher Makenzie Lein (Petersburg, MI/Ida) settled in after a shaky first to improve to 10-6 for the season. In her 11th complete game, she allowed three earned runs with a strikeout.
At the plate, Branson was 2-for-2 with two runs batted-in, while Seo and Andrasik were each 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Branson (L) and Lein

In game two, Muskingum got on the board with three runs in the third inning when Mary Margaret Boda singled home two and Kristyn Heagen scored on one of three Spartan errors in the frame. Case got one in its half of the third following an RBI single by Lein then picked up three more in the fourth as Wolz led off with an opposite field homer and Branson followed with a long ball to center. The fourth run in the inning scored on a Muskie error.

The visitors were quick to answer in the fifth inning as Heagen led off with a homer to spark a four-run inning that benefitted from another Spartan error. Muskingum added to its lead with two more in the sixth and seventh.

On the mound, Seo started and threw the first four innings and allowed four earned runs to fall to 5-8. Lein tossed the final three innings and allowed two earned runs.
At the plate, Wasser was 2-for-2 and Wolz was 2-for-3.