C Page -- April 20, 2010




Tennis & Golf Take Center Stage as Spring Championship Season Begins. . .

Men's Tennis & Men's Golf Set Out To Defend League Titles; Baseball & Softball Play at Home This Weekend

April 20

By Brian McCann

    The spring championship season begins this weekend for Cleveland State when men's and women's tennis and golf each take part in their respective league championships. In addition, the baseball and softball teams will be home for a combined seven games this weekend after mid-week road games.
    Both tennis teams will be in Indianapolis, Ind., for the tournament and will open play on Saturday (April 24) with semifinal matches. The men's team, which has won the last two titles, will enter play as the No. 1 seed after going undefeated in the league this season (7-0), while the women's squad went 7-1 to finish a program best second in the league standings. Both teams will play winners of first round matches from Friday (April 24).
    The golf championships will be played at Kearney Hills G.C. in Lexington, Ky., for the second straight year. The event kicks off with the 54 hole women's tournament on Saturday and Sunday (April 24-25) with the men following with 54 holes on Monday and Tuesday (April 26-27). The men have captured the last two league titles.
    The first place softball team will be in action six times this week, putting their 11 game Horizon League winning streak on the line with three games at Youngstown State and three games at home against Butler. CSU will play a doubleheader at YSU on Tuesday (April 20) beginning at 4:00 p.m. and a single game on Wednesday (April 21) at 6:00 p.m. The Vikings then return home for a twinbill with Butler on Saturday (April 24) at 1:00 p.m. and a single game at 12:00 noon on Sunday (April 25).
    The baseball team will also be busy, playing six games over a six-day span, including four key Horizon League contests this weekend. The week gets started with a 3:00 p.m. contest at Eastern Michigan on Tuesday (April 20) and a 3:00 p.m. game at Toledo on Wednesday (April 21). CSU then returns home to host twinbills with Butler and Milwaukee on Saturday and Sunday (April 24-25), respectively. Both doubleheaders will begin at 12:00 p.m. at All Pro Freight Stadium.

First Place Softball Plays at Youngstown State & Hosts Butler in Key League Games
Vikings Have Won 11 Straight League Games and are 31-10 Overall

    The Viking softball squad continues its busy stretch of games with six Horizon League contests this week, beginning with a three-game series at Youngstown State on Tuesday and Wednesday (April 20-21). The teams will play a doubleheader at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and a single game at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. CSU then returns home to host a twinbill with Butler on Saturday (April 24) at 1:00 p.m. and a single game on Sunday (April 25) at 12:00 p.m. at Viking Field.
    "We have put ourselves in a good position in that we can control our own destiny in the league standings, but to do so, we have to continue to go out and execute," head coach Angie Nicholson said. "We have been getting good pitching lately and some solid defense that has helped. Our bats are also starting to catch fire and hopefully we can put everything together and get it working at the same time this week."
    The Vikings went 4-2 last week to improve to 31-10 overall and maintained their hold on first place in the Horizon League at 11-1 with a three-game sweep at Green Bay (April 17-18). The Vikings also split a doubleheader at Eastern Michigan on Tuesday (April 13) and dropped an 8-0 contest at No. 24 Notre Dame on Thursday (April 15).
Jessica Burt
Keystone grad Jessica Burt

    Junior Jessica Burt hit .455 (10-22) at the plate in the six games with four runs, a triple, one homer and five RBI to lead the Viking offense. She went a combined 6-for-8 with two runs, two doubles and two RBI in Saturday's sweep of Green Bay. Senior Amanda Macenko won all three games at Green Bay to improve to 25-10 this season and became just the 11th player in Division I history to win at least 25 games in four different seasons. She also broke the CSU career strikeout mark at EMU and now has 931 for her career.

    CSU has now won 30 games in five consecutive seasons.

Baseball Hosts Butler And Milwaukee In League Action This Weekend
CSU Travels To Eastern Michigan And Toledo For Mid-Week Games

    The Vikings will open a nine-game homestand this weekend, by hosting Butler and Milwaukee in Horizon League action at All Pro Freight Stadium. CSU will face Butler in a doubleheader on Saturday (April 24) and Milwaukee in a doubleheader on Sunday (April 25) with action beginning at 12:00 noon on both days. The Vikings will play a pair of 3:00 p.m. mid-week contests at Eastern Michigan on Tuesday (April 20) and at Toledo on Wednesday (April 21) prior to returning home.
    CSU struggled on the field last week, going 0-5 with losses at Bowling Green, 6-5 in 10 innings (April 13), against Kent State, 6-3 (April 14) and at Valparaiso, 9-2 (April 16), 10-2 (April 17 game 1) and 14-8 (April 17 game 2).
    "We couldn't get anything working for us last week and we continued to make little errors that added up to runs for our opponents," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "We need to play hard in our mid-week games this week to prepare for the league games this weekend and get some wins to move up in the standings."
    Tyler Wynn led the Vikings offensively over the week, going five-for-16 (.313) at the plate with three runs and three RBI. Wynn recorded a double, triple and homer in the final game at Valparaiso going three-for-five with two runs and two RBI.
Tyler Wynn
Tyler Wynn

Men's Tennis Sets Out To Defend Last Two League Titles
Vikings Receive Bye to Semifinals as No. 1 Seed

    The two-time defending Horizon League Champion men's tennis team sets out to defend its league title as the No. 1 seed in the Horizon League Championship this weekend (April 24-25) in Indianapolis, Ind. The Vikings will open play with a semifinal match at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, against the winner of Friday's first round match between No. 4 Butler and No. 5 Green Bay.
    The Vikings concluded the regular season with an 18-6 overall record, including a 7-0 mark in league matches.
    "This is what we have worked hard all season for," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We have put ourselves in good position as the No. 1 seed, but we know it will not be an easy road to the championship because there are a lot of good, quality teams in the league. We have to continue to have good doubles play because that point could be the difference in a match this weekend."
    CSU concluded the regular season with a pair of wins last weekend, including a 5-2 win at Detroit on Saturday (April 17) that extended the Vikings streak of consecutive wins over league opponents to 23 straight. The Vikings closed the regular season with a 4-3 win over Buffalo on Sunday (April 18) at River Oaks Racquet Club.
John Haley
Tyler Haley

    The Vikings won the doubles point in both matches before winning four of the six singles matches against Detroit and three of the six vs. Buffalo. Yannick Goossens (No. 2), Rob Fox (No. 4) and John Haley (No. 6) won both of their singles matches. Goossens' win on Sunday at River Oaks Racquet Club kept him undefeated at CSU's indoor home in singles matches during his first two seasons (16-0).
    Fox's two wins allowed him to tie Phil Orno for most singles wins this season with 27, while Goossens is close behind with 24 victories. Orno and Ryan Hamning have combined to go 22-8 to lead CSU's doubles charge.

Women's Tennis Enters Horizon League Tournament as No. 2 Seed
Vikings Post Best League Finish in Program History

    The second-seeded women's tennis team will begin play in the Horizon League Championship with a semifinal match on Saturday (April 24) at 2:30 p.m. in Indianapolis, Ind. The Vikings, who received a bye to the semifinals by virtue of finishing in the top two, will play the winner of Friday's opening round match between No. 3 Detroit and No. 6 Green Bay.
    "We set a goal at the beginning of the season to finish in the top-three of the league and to be able to achieve that is an unbelieveable feeling," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "It is the best finish for the program and it's because of the work that each and every player has put in. We are excited to be able to get a bye into the semifinals of the league tournament, but we know that we will have a tough match and will have to maintain our intensity and focus to advance."
    The Vikings finished the regular season with a 15-11 overall record, including a 7-1 mark in league matches, following Saturday's 4-3 win at Detroit in the season finale.
    CSU won the doubles point by winning two of the three matches and that proved to be the difference as each team won three singles matches. Freshmen Maria Lazaris (No. 2),  Nicole Janek (No. 4) and Mengdi Liu (No. 6) were all victorious in singles play.
Charlotte Gibbons
Charlotte Gibbons

    Lazaris' win was her team-leading 21st of the season as she and Janek finished the league slate with 7-1 records in singles play. The No. 1 doubles team of Charlotte Gibbons and Catrine Bjerrehus have led the Vikings doubles play all season, going 18-8 overall, including a 7-1 mark in league matches.

Horizon League Championship Next For Women's Golf

    The Cleveland State women's golf team returns to action on Saturday and Sunday (April 24-25) when the Vikings compete at the Horizon League Championship at the par-72, 5,367-yard Kearney Hills G.C. in Lexington, Ky. CSU finished a program best second at last year's event.
    "We have used the last couple of weeks to work on some things and improve as a team," head coach Steve Weir said. "This is what we have been working toward all season and hopefully the work we have done all season will come through this weekend."
    The Vikings placed ninth of 11 teams over the weekend at the BGSU Falcon Invitational (April 17-18) at the par-72, 5,983-yard Stone Ridge G.C. After struggling to a 359 in the first round, CSU knocked 40 shots off in round two for a 319, making it the fourth lowest round in school history.
    Senior Katie Broere tied for 19th place with rounds of 88-77 (165) and continues to lead the team in scoring at 80.5. She has six top-20 finishes this season in 10 events.

Men's Golf Sets Out to Defend Last Two League Titles

    The men's golf squad, which has captured the last two Horizon League titles, will set out to defend them when Cleveland State takes part in the league championship on April 26-27. The 54 hole event will take place at the par-72, 7,031-yard Kearney Hills G.C.
    "We are excited to have the opportunity to go out and defend our league title," head coach Steve Weir said. "We know it will not be an easy task as there are several quality teams in the league. We have been building toward this all season and hopefully we can get off to a hot start and maintain that momentum. We have to continue to make smart decisions, manage the course and stay mentally strong."
    The Vikings placed 10th of 14 teams in their final tune-up before the league tournament at the 54 hole Detroit Titan Invitational on Friday and Saturday (April 16-17). The event was played at the par-72, 7,142-yard Prestwick Village G.C.
 Kyle Cobb
Strongsville alum Kyle Cobb

   Senior Kyle Cobb led the Vikings, tying for 23rd place with rounds of 75-73-80 (228), while freshman Michael Klaric was three shots back in a tie for 38th place (71-79-81 - 231). His opening round 71 was the first time he has been under par for CSU this season.
    Cobb leads the team with a 74.8 scoring average.

The Schedule Ahead For The Vikings

April 20    Tuesday
Baseball at Eastern Michigan    Ypsilanti, Mich.        3:00 p.m.
Softball at Youngstown State (DH)    Youngstown, Ohio    4:00 p.m.

April 21    Wednesday
Baseball at Toledo        Toledo, Ohio        3:00 p.m.
Softball at Youngstown State    Youngstown, Ohio    6:00 p.m.

April 24    Saturday
Women's Golf at Horizon League Championship    Lexington, Ky.    8:00 a.m.
Men's Tennis at Horizon League Championship    Indianapolis, Ind.10:30 a.m.
Baseball hosts Butler (DH)    Avon, Ohio            12:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Butler (DH)    Cleveland, Ohio            1:00 p.m.
Women's Tennis at Horizon League Championship    Indianapolis, Ind.     2:30 p.m.

April 25    Sunday
Women's Golf at Horizon League Championship    Lexington, Ky.    8:00 a.m.
Men's Tennis at Horizon League Championship    Indianapolis, Ind.     9:00 a.m.
Women's Tennis at Horizon League Championship    Indianapolis, Ind.    TBA
Baseball hosts Milwaukee (DH)    Avon, Ohio            12:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Butler    Cleveland, Ohio                12:00 p.m.

Viking High Fives

Amanda Macenko:  By winning all three games at Green Bay over the weekend, the senior became just the ninth player in Division I history to win 25 games in four different seasons.

Women's Tennis:  The team capped the best league finish in program history with a 4-3 win at Detroit on Saturday, securing the No. 2 seed in the league tournament with a 7-1 mark.

Yannick Goossens:  The men's tennis sophomore continued his dominant play at River Oaks Racquet Club with a victory at No. 2 singles on Sunday. He has won all 16 of his singles matches at CSU's indoor home in Rocky River.

Michael Klaric:  The men's golf freshman carded a one-under-par 71 in the opening round of the Detroit Titan Invitational for his first subpar round as a Viking.

Tess Sito:  The softball freshman broke the CSU single season home run record with her league-leading 14th blast of the season on Sunday at Green Bay.

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In game one, freshman centerfielder Marissa Earl (Massillon/Massillon Washington) snapped a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-out RBI single.  Junior Alex Lucak (Maple Heights/Trinity) then hit an RBI single to bring Earl around for an insurance run and a 6-4 lead.
Trinity's Alex Lucak

Sophomore hurler Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) then did the rest in the seventh inning as she shut down the Blue Streaks in order to finish off a complete game victory for her eighth win of the season.

Aside from her heroics in the sixth, Earl scored three runs and her other hit on the day was her first collegiate home run.

Senior Meghan Simons (Minerva/Minerva) also went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs with two coming on her team-leading seventh home run of the season.

Simons also got things going in the nightcap as she drove in a run in the first inning and fellow senior Anna Horning (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge) tripled to lead off the second then scored on a wild pitch to give the Raiders a 2-0 lead.

Horning then blew the game open in the fifth as she hit a three-run home run and Mount Union tacked on two more in the sixth to make it 7-0.

All of this was more than enough for freshman pitcher Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) who did not allow a John Carroll player to get past second base in the first six innings as she went the distance to improve to 12-1 for the year.

John Carroll avoided the shutout in the top of the seventh as Brittany Danilov hit a two-run home run.

Mount Union plays a pair of OAC doubleheaders this weekend traveling Saturday to Columbus to play Capital before returning home to face Marietta on Sunday.  First pitch each day is slated for 1 pm.

More Conference Awards For Oberlin Harriers
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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4/20/2010 2:41:23 PM
Westlake – After a successful weekend at the All-Ohio Championships, multiple Oberlin track and field athletes were honored by the North Coast Athletic Conference on Monday evening. 

The record-setting 4x400 meter relay unit consisting of Madeline Schultz,Marissa ClardyAmanda Miller and Laura Vernon was tabbed as the NCAC Sprints/Hurdles Runners of the Week as they set a new Oberlin school record of 3:58.53 in the event. 

Vernon was a double winner this week, also being named as the NCAC Field Athlete of the Week for clearing 10 feet even in the pole vault at the All-Ohio meet. 

Oberlin has a busy weekend ahead as it host the Bob Kahn Invite on Friday. Select members of the team will also be competing at the Hillsdale Invitational or in the NCAC Combined Event Championships.

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HOME AWAY FROM HOME:  NDC hosted Miami-Hamilton in a special game played All Pro Freight Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility owned by the City of Avon that opened in 2009. NDC lost the game, 4-2, with the Harriers plating a pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning.  The Falcons will host a second game at the home of the Frontier League’s Lake Erie Crushers on Wednesday, April 21, at 5 p.m. when they play Lake Erie.  (Admission for Wednesday’s game at All Pro Freight Stadium is $5.)


FEW AND FAR BETWEEN: NDC’s two runs scored in the Avon tilt marked the least they’ve scored in a game since plating only one run at Walsh on April 1.  In between, Notre Dame played 11 games and averaged 9.7 runs per contest. … The loss to the Harriers marked the Falcons’ second this season when leading after six innings; NDC is now 21-2 in such games.

 Pat Ross

Pat Ross

EXTRA BASES:  Pat Ross now has 17 multi-hit games this season. That’s a team-high. Ross is batting .424/.515/.554 for the season.  With his two steals at All Pro Freight Stadium on Sunday, he has swiped 14 bags in 16 attempts in his freshman campaign. … Chris Willoughby (Massillon, Ohio) tossed six shutout innings against Miami-Hamilton on Sunday, lowering his season ERA to 4.70. … The Blue & White posted a .514 on-base percentage when leading off an inning last week.  For the season, the Falcons’ OBP when leading off is .457.  Among regulars, Ross leads the team, having reached 39 times in 69 opportunities -- a .565 OBP. … With two ninth-inning runs yielded to MUH on Sunday, NDC has now been outscored, 16-1, in the ninth frame this season.  The Falcons’ best inning is the sixth in which they have outscored foes, 52-34.


SPLITS-VILLE:  NDC is - 11-5 at home … 8-7 on the road … 7-2 in neutral-site games … 21-11 vs. right-handed starting pitchers… 5-3 vs. left-handed starting pitchers … 10-0 in one-run games … 11-5 in games decided by five or more runs … 19-2 when opponent scores five runs or less … 21-6 when scoring first … 8-1 in errorless games.





FALCONS SOAR IN AMC STANDINGS:  Notre Dame (16-19, 7-3) is on a six-game winning streak, having gone 6-0 in conference play as part of a 6-2 run last week.  NDC dropped a pair of one-run games to John Carroll early in the week before rattling off six straight wins in AMC games on Thursday through Sunday.  The six consecutive victories vaulted the Falcons from eighth place to second in the conference standings in a matter of 72 hours.  After the JCU losses, the Blue & White swept doubleheaders from Ursuline, Carlow (Pa.) and Mount Vernon Nazarene, picking up four shutout victories along the way.  During the week, NDC outscored their opponents, 48-17, in the eight games. … 

Ashley Harbarger

Akron native Ashley Harbarger

Freshman hurler Ashley Harbarger (Akron, Ohio) tossed 22-2/3 scoreless innings in three starts and one relief appearance during the week.  She fanned 21 batters in her 22-plus innings and paced an NDC pitching corps that had an ERA of 2.02 for the week.  Offensively, the Falcons were led by Mallory Harder (Uniontown, Ohio), who hit .500 (14-for-28), with three doubles, two home runs and five RBIs.
Christine Kasidonis

Brunswick High Alumna Christine Kasidonis


“IT IS HIGH … IT IS FAR”:  The Falcons hit six home runs last week and now have 17 round-trippers on the season. … Freshman Christine Kasidonis (Brunswick, Ohio) hit her first collegiate home run during the week.  The Notre Dame second baseman hit .333, with two doubles, a homer and seven RBIs over the eight games.


FOUL TIPS:  Notre Dame’s six-game winning streak is their longest this season. … Melissa Dykes (Youngstown, Ohio) garnered seven hits with runners in scoring position last week.  For the season, the freshman third baseman is batting an even .500 (23-for-46) with runners on second and/or third base. … NDC went 1-2 in one-run games last week.  The Falcons are 2-11 in such games this season. … Sophomore catcher Nicole Spehar (Mogadore, Ohio) has hit safely in 13 consecutive games.  That marks the longest hitting streak for a Falcon player this season.

Nicole Spehar

Marlington alumna Nicole Spehar with 13-game hit streak





SUCCESSFUL SENIOR SEND-OFF:  The Blue & White closed out the home portion of their 2010 season on Saturday with an impressive 17-3 victory on what was senior day for the program.  The Falcons defeated St. Vincent (Pa.) in the game to finish with an unblemished 7-0 mark at Korb Field this season.  The win was Notre Dame’s third of the week; the Falcons (10-4) have won eight games in a row overall and have three games remaining in the 2010 season.  … Sophomore attacker Katie Christensen (Sandy, Utah) led the Falcons with 10 goals in NDC’s three games last week. Senior attacker Jenn Morse (Brampton, Ont.) had eight goals; she now has 43 on the year, and that marks the second-highest single-season goal total in program history (Gena McPherson, 57 goals in 2008).  As a team, NDC has already notched a program-best in goals scored, with 221.

Jennifer Morse

Jenn Morse


HOME, SWEET HOME: With their 7-0 season at Korb Field, Notre Dame has now won 18 straight games at home, dating back to the 2007 season. … NDC’s 10 wins spell a fourth consecutive season of double-digit win totals for the program.  Since its inception in 2005, NDC Women’s Lacrosse has a record of 51-35 (.593).


SENIOR SALUTE:  The graduating class of the 2010 Falcons owns a sparkling four-year won-loss record of 45-15 (.750). In those four seasons, Notre Dame has outscored opponents by a whopping 355 goals (795 to 440).  The class includes seven players, all of whom were honored prior to Saturday’s (April 17) game as part of senior day festivities.  The seven senior players on the 2010 roster are Sarah Hutchison (Powell, Ohio), Emily Knutson (Bloomington, Minn.), Marissa Lundgren (Uniontown, Ohio), Emily Moore (Akron, Ohio), Morse, Staci Myrup (Murray, Utah) and Marisa Rainieri (Uniontown, Ohio).





TRIPPED UP AT TANNENHAUF:  The Falcons placed eighth and last in the April 16-17 Malone University Spring Invitational, which was won by host Malone (297-304--601). Brooks Steputis (Tustin, Calif.) was NDC’s only player to break 80 over the two rounds at Tannenhauf GC in Alliance, Ohio. Steputis carded dual 79’s en route to posting a 26th-place finish with a final score of 158. No other Falcon placed in the Top-30 in the 54-man field. … With the eighth-place finish, NDC sees its 2009-10 record fall under .500. The Falcons are now 19-24 on the season and 2-14 in two spring tournaments.


FAMILIAR SITE: The NDC men’s golf squad has competed numerous times at Tannenhauf over recent years. Tannenhauf Golf Club is a family owned golf course built in 1959 by James G. Harrison and Fred Garbin. The course has played host to two Ohio Public Links Championships. The course is home to two frequent NDC foes, Malone and Mount Union. … NDC placed fourth (of nine) at last year’s Malone Spring Invitational at Tannenhauf.


BACK TO THE 70’s: With his pair of 79’s at the tournament, Brooks Steputis has now carded sub-80 rounds seven times this season; that’s a team-high. Steputis’ 2009-10 stroke average is 77.5. The Tustin, Calif., native led NDC in 2008-09 with a nearly identical average (77.6). … Notre Dame’s current team average stands at 80.1 strokes per round.





TURNING THINGS AROUND:  The Falcons went 2-1 last week, scoring victories over Lake Erie and Defiance.  Notre Dame is 3-1 in April, after going 3-5 in the month of March.  Senior Jonathan Morris (Huddersfield, England) went 3-0 last week, and took the game winning match in Notre Dame’s 5-4 victory over Defiance on Thursday, April 15.

Morris is now riding a four game winning streak, and he leads the Falcons with 10 victories on the season.  Junior Jimmy Goodwin (Willoughby, Ohio) went 2-1 last week, and he has won five out of his last six matches in singles play.  Goodwin in 9-7 on the season. 





TRACKING THE AMC CHAMPIONSHIP: The Notre Dame men finished third and the women finished fourth last week at the AMC Championship meet.  The Falcons were very impressive, as they tallied 10 first place finishes, 52 Top-8 finishes, three national qualifiers, and broke two school records, as well as one AMC Championship meet record. In order to be considered an All-AMC performer, athletes had to finish in first or second in their event, and the Falcons had 27 All-AMC performances.


FIELD MVP: Jim Boals (North Benton, Ohio) became a national qualifier in the Discus throw with a 50.08 meter toss to win the event. Boals also finished second in the Hammer Throw, with a 42.50-meter toss and was named MVP of the meet in field events.

Noelle Johnson

Warrensville alum Noelle Johnson

THE FIRST NOELLE: Noelle Johnson (Warrensville Heights) had a huge weekend for NDC, as she set a program record, an AMC Championship meet record, and became a national qualifier in the Long Jump, with a leap of 5.72 meters. The 5-foot-8 freshmen also finished first in the Triple Jump, with a 10.98-meter performance.


MANNOZZI MAKES HEADLINES: Notre Dame senior race walker Michael Mannozzi (Youngstown, Ohio) competed among the best of the best at the United States Track & Field World Cup Trials this past weekend, and placed fourth in a field of 20 in the 20-K race walk.  

The event is the equivalent of a 12.4 mile walk, and took place in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., which is on Long Island. All competitors had a chance to qualify for a chance to represent the US in international competition.  In order to qualify, competitors had to finish in the top five, and finish under 1:36:00. Mannozzi met the first requirement by finishing fourth, but just missed qualifying, with a time of 1:41:28. By finishing fourth, Mannozzi became the first Notre Dame Track & Field athlete to both compete and place at the World Cup Trials.


Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 4/19/10


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Bob Driscoll Jr., Parma, 3/10, Fairview Lanes;

Elvis Matkovic, Brunswick, 3/31, Brookgate Lanes;

Richard Salobecke, Cleveland, 4/3, Dickey’s Lanes;

Martin Valentin, Cleveland, 4/12, Yorktown Lanes;

Alan Cephus, Maple Heights, 4/13, Maple Heights Lanes;

Gregory Bentkowski, Parma Heights, 4/13, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Jason Chornak, Brook Park, 4/14, Brookgate Lanes;

Jeff Kasunic, Chagrin Falls, 4/15, Freeway Lanes of Solon;

David Keeton Jr., Cleveland,, 4/16, Buckeye Lanes;

Robert Magee, Berea, 4/17, Roseland Lanes;

Mike Dudas, Parma, 4/17, Roseland Lanes;

Phillip Moore, Cleveland, 4/17, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Brandon White, Cleveland, 4/18, Roseland Lanes;

Thomas Shardock, Parma, 4/18, Brookgate Lanes;

Michelle Leonard, Parma, 4/18, Brookgate Lanes;

Tim Jones Jr., Cleveland, 4/19, Freeway Lanes of Parma;



    299 Games

Keith Mixter, Parma, 4/7, Brookgate Lanes;

Mark Usner, Brunswick, 4/13, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Gregory Cox, Cleveland, 4/15, Ambassador Superior;

John Boyd, Cleveland, 4/15, Brookgate Lanes;

Ed Dobias, North Olmsted, 4/16, Fairview Lanes;

Ray Dabbieri, Bedford Heights, 4/16, Pawnee Lanes;



    298 Games

Steve Hout, Fairview Park, 4/12, Mahall’s Lanes;

Roy Coffey Sr., Cleveland, 4/13, Cloverleaf Lanes;



    800 Series

Keith Mixter, Parma, 4/7, Brookgate Lanes (826);

Mark Pordash, Garfield Heights, 4/7, Brookgate Lanes (826);

Jeff Kasunic, Chagrin Falls, 4/15, Freeway Lanes of Solon (845);

Brandon White, Cleveland, 4/18, Roseland Lanes (836);

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In game one, Allegheny (10-17, 3-5 NCAC) led 7-0 until the Yeowomen posted two runs in the top of the fifth courtesy of Sophie Schacht’s two-run double that sent Kate Phillips and Lauren Luther across the dish. 

Oberlin (4-26, 1-7 NCAC) added three more runs in the sixth an RBI-double to left-center by Luther and two-RBI double to the right-center-field gap by Phillips. Unfortunately, it was too little too late for OC to complete the comeback. 

It was sophomore Kristine Kuchta who spearheaded the offense in the nightcap as she went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. 

Once again the Yeowomen found themselves down early in the game with the Gators leading 6-0 before they were able to get on the board. 

Brittany Dawson

Kuchta led off the sixth with a single but advanced all the way to third on an error by the Gators’ centerfielder and would later score on a single to right field by first-year Brittany Dawson. Chauvin would add another run-producing hit to make it a 6-2 game going into the seventh. 

In their final at-bat, Dix came through again with a two-base hit to left field to score Kuchta, but the rest of the line-up couldn’t extend the inning, which allowed the Gators to complete the sweep.

Oberlin returns to action on Saturday afternoon with an NCAC doubleheader at Ohio Wesleyan University. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

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Freshman Molly Bloom scored the lone Yeowomen goal as she cashed in an 8-meter attempt with 5:12 remaining in the first half. 


Rookie netminder Madeleine O’Meara made 14 saves.

The Scots, who are now 10-2 overall and a perfect 5-0 in the NCAC, had 10 different players score at least one goal in the contest.

Oberlin returns to action when it plays host to Allegheny College on Friday at 5 p.m.

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With its split, the Yellow Jackets are now 19-14 overall and 5-7 in the OAC and next play on Saturday, April 24 when they travel to Wilmington, Ohio for an OAC twinbill against the Wilmington College Quakers at 3:30 p.m.  With its split, Heidelberg is now 20-10 overall and 6-6 in the OAC.

In the first game, Baker stymied the Student Princes on three hits while striking out five batters and walking two as she improved to 16-7 this season and moved within one win of the B-W single-season record of 17. 

The Yellow Jackets scored the game’s only run in the fifth inning when senior rightfielder Lauren Sabolik (Strongsville) walked, moved to second on a single by senior shortstop Mallory Kobak (Independence), to third on a single by junior LF Chelsea Saunders (Medina/ Highland) and scored via a sacrifice fly by All-OAC  and All-Central Region catcher Tanya Davis (Hinckley/ Medina Highland).


Former Mustang Lauren Sabolik

Heidelberg threatened in the bottom of the seventh, getting a runner as far as second base before Baker struck out the final two batters to record her 16th win this season against seven losses. The hitting attack was led by Kobak and Saunders as each had a pair of singles.

Lakewood High alumna Bridget Moran had two of the four Heidelberg hits.


Bridget Moran

In the nightcap, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Kobak had an infield single, stole second for her 33rd stolen base of the season, moved to third on a groundout and scored via a Davis sacrifice fly.  After the Student Princes tied the game at 1-1 with a run in the bottom of the first, B-W regained the lead at 2-1 in the third when Kobak reached base via an error with two outs. She then stole second for her 34th steal of the campaign to tie her own school single-season record of 34 and increased her B-W record for career steals to 68 in two seasons and scored via a Saunders single. 

Heidelberg came back to take the lead at 4-2 with three runs in the bottom of the third and added two more in the fourth. B-W answered with two runs in the fifth on a two-run homer by Davis, her team-leading seventh of the season. She is now third all-time on the B-W career homeruns list with 16. However, B-W could not manage another run in the final two frames and came away with a split on the day.

Lakewood twins Bridget and Carrie Moran combined for three of Heidelberg's 10 hits and three of the six Student Prince runs.

Carrie Moran

On the mound, Baker started and pitched the first three and one third innings, allowing five runs (all earned) on seven hits to take the loss. Junior Mackenzie Rohrbacher (Sandusky/Senior) came on in relief the pitch the final two and two thirds and allowed one run while striking out five.

At the plate, Davis led B-W with three hits in four at-bats and had three RBI, while Kobak had two steals and three runs scored.

Following its trip to Wilmington on April 24, the B-W women return home and face OAC rival Otterbein College in a Seniors’ Day doubleheader on Wednesday, April 28 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Field at 3:30 p.m.