A Page -- April 22, 2011

B-W softball team sweeps 20-

game winning Heidelberg to 

stay alive in OAC race; old-

time fast-pitch game shift has 

outfielders making plays 

near/in the infield

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BEREA –  Facing a team that became a 20-game winner in Heidelberg even before this year’s national tax deadline date, Baldwin-Wallace’s softball team knew it needed to pull out all gadgets and gimmicks from the softball grab bag to remain a contender for the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament and championship and the Yellow Jackets did just that.

A throwback to the early days of NCAA and high school fastpitch of the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Yellow Jackets pulled out a defensive shift that while it looked risky in some respects worked effectively, and helped the hosts to a 7-1, 8-1 doubleheader sweep Thursday in the Berea Fairgrounds athletic complex.

After having a hot afternoon at the plate the first game, freshman Tabi Murray, one of five freshmen starting the second game, pitched a complete game three-hitter in the nightcap and helped herself by blasting a three-run homer to push across deciding runs in the contest early.

Murray struck out 10 and gave up no earned runs to move the Yellow Jackets to 7-5 in the OAC, leaving the Jackets in the top four in the league. The top four will make it to the tournament.

In the field, the Jackets had a special set-up for Berg lead-off batter Lauren Childs, a traditional fastpitch small-ball, slap and bunt hitter.


Listen to post-game interview after the second game with B-W Student/Athelete Becky Miner conducted by Norm

Right fielder Becky Miner, a Berea High alumna (across the street from the Fairgrounds sports-plex here), came in behind first baseman Katrina Resek, a Strongsville native and Holy Name grad, on the infield dirt, while left fielder center fielder Tanya Davis from Hinckley, who usually is next to the right fielder, was right behind third baseman Kaity Mullen, a freshman from Avon Lake.

Childs popped the ball up to just behind third base and sure enough Davis made the catch at the edge of the grass right behind Mullen, left fielder Ashley Elber and shortstop Lauren Feciuch, a freshman who was a teammate of Murray at Field High.

Feciuch scored drove in a run and stole a base in the fifth inning, when the Jackets broke it open with three runs, turning a two-run lead into a 7-1 advantage.


Listen to post-game interview after the second game with B-W Student/Athlete Kaity Mullen, conducted by Norm

Mullen singled to drive in Murray, who started off the fifth with a double. Mullen was used to a lot of 1-0 and 2-1 games in high school at Avon Lake, where she played on a defense behind one of the area’s premier pitchers in Andy Nicholson, who is now one of Grand Valley State’s top pitchers.

Resek wound up scoring two runs in each game, doing the usual lead-off batter thing by getting on and getting around the bases.


Listen to post-game interview after the second game with B-W Student/Athlete Lauren Feciuch, conducted by Norm

The Jackets scored two runs on wild pitches, one scored by Resek and the other by Vermilion’s Katie Finley.
Berg Stings Baldwin-Wallace in Ninth for OAC Sweep; Canton Central Catholic Alum Willie Brechun Begins Walk-Off Win Rally with Homer in Bottom of Ninth
By Kevin Ruple and Morgan Hawley
Tiffin  – Heidelberg Senior Joe Rourke (Lockport, Ill. / Lockport Township) drew a bases loaded walk in the ninth inning to help lead the Heidelberg University baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Baldwin-Wallace College this afternoon at Peaceful Valley in Tiffin, Ohio. Heidelberg’s ninth inning rally in game two led to a 6-5 victory that followed a 3-1 ’Berg win in the opener.
Joe Rourke (batting)

The sweep improves Heidelberg, ranked seventh in the nation according to D3Baseball.com, to 26-6 overall and 10-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, while the Yellow Jackets fall to 15-15 and 3-9.

Down 5-3, Willie Brechun (Canton, Ohio / Canton Central Catholic) began the sting operation in Heidelberg’s final at bat. Brechun stepped up to the plate and sent one over the left field fence to start a string of five consecutive hits. Jason Lash (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) and Derek Andrzejczak (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania Northview) followed with a double and single, respectively. Knocking in the game-tying run was Zach Colatruglio (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) with a single through the left side. Andrew Buelow (Marysville, Mich. / Marysville) ran out a bunt down the left side to load the bases for Rourke. Andrew Zenczak (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) pinch ran for Andrzejczak and got credit for scoring the game-winning run.
Brunswick's Andrew Zenczak

Heidelberg finished game two with 14 hits. Leading the way with a 4-for-5 outing was Andrzejczak. Alex Monroe (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Kenston) finished 3-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and a RBI. Also finishing with multiple hits was Brechun and Colatruglio. Brechun finished with a team-leading two RBI.
Andy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) came in relief and threw the final 2.2 innings to improve to 3-1 on the year. He gave up two hits, while striking out two and did not allow a run to score. Sylvester Nino (Willard, Ohio / Willard) got the start and went 6.1 innings in the no-decision. He scattered five hits and struck out five. Nino gave up five runs, with just two earned.
Despite the loss for B-W, Anthony Longhitano led the Yellow Jacket hitters by going three-for-four with one RBI and two runs scored. Junior rightfielder Anthony D’Attoma (Copley) and Jay Yost accounted for the other two Yellow Jacket hits with Yost adding a RBI.


On the mound, senior southpaw Nick Flanigan (Wadsworth) started and went six and one-third innings, striking out four and throwing 125 pitches. Bill Bostelman (Marion/ Harding) came in to relieve Flanigan in the middle of the sixth getting out of a jam with the next two batters flying out. Bostelman pitched a hitless and scoreless one and two-thirds innings. Junior Josh Scott (Strongsville) came in relief in the ninth inning and was credited with the loss.

In the opener, a three-run second inning proved to be enough runs for Heidelberg in the 3-1 victory. In the second, with two outs, Andrzejczak, Jordan Martin (Powell, Ohio / Olentangy) and Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo, Ohio / Roy C. Start) had RBI singles to put the Berg on top 3-1.
Baldwin-Wallace erased the shutout in the third inning with a RBI single by Yost.

The Yellow Jackets scored their lone run in the top of the third inning when sophomore leftfielder Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y./ St. Joseph’s Collegiate) doubled with two outs, moved to third following a failed pickoff attempt and error by the Heidelberg pitcher and then scored when Yost singled.

Despite the loss, B-W out hit Heidelberg, 8-6. Toughey and Yost led the Yellow Jacket hitters as Toughey was 2-for-4 with the run scored and double, and Yost was 2-for-3 with the run batted-in.  On the mound, Redovian pitched six innings, allowed six hits, three runs (all earned), struck out a career-high eight and walked just one batter as he fell to 2-4 overall this season.
Nathan James (Rockport, Ind. / South Spencer) improved to 5-1 on the year after getting the start and throwing a six-hitter through six innings of work. He struck out seven in the process and the lone Yellow Jacket run scored was unearned. Lowe finished out the contest and preserved his 11th victory on the year. The NCAA Division III and Heidelberg career saves leader did not allow a hit and struck out two.

At the plate, finishing with a hit apiece was Lizcano, Gar Keen (Sparta, Ohio / Highland), Brechun, Lash, Andrzejczak and Martin. Scoring a run each was Lash, Andrzejczak and Buelow.
Yeomen LAX team scores final nine goals to win
By Mike Mancini
Albion, Mich. – The Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team scored the final nine goals of the game en route to earning a 14-5 win over Albion College.
The Yeomen attack was spearheaded by a career-high four goal performance from junior Dan Fineman. Sophomore Thomas Hake, who has been slowly battling back from injury, added three scores in the win. Junior Dylan Holmes and senior Rob Bond contributed with a pair of goals each, while sophomore Connor Jackson dished out a career-best four assists.
It was really a game of runs throughout as the Yeomen jumped on the Britons early on by scoring the game’s first three goals. However, Albion responded by depositing the next five goals of the game. OC scores by Thomas Cool and Thomas Hake would get things back to even and Holmes would give the Yeomen a 6-5 cushion at the break as he found the back of the cage with just 11 seconds left on the first-half clock.
In the second half the Yeomen completely dominated the run of play – evident by an 18-3 shot advantage. Through the 60 minutes of action, Oberlin was able to rip off 40 attempts, compared to just 16 for Albion.
The Yeomen also had a 24-15 edge in groundballs, due in large part to freshman Kirby Livingston’s career-high six.
OC was 20-of-24 on clear attempts, but continued to struggle on man-up opportunities as they went just 1-for-10 on the power play.
Oberlin returns to action a week from today at Kenyon College. The opening face-off is set for 4:30 p.m.

















Tabi Murray, Tanya Davis, 

Ashley Elber combine for seven 

hits, six RBIs in B-W’s first- 

game win over Heidelberg; 

Huron’s Elber hits the longball 

to charge freshman-laden group; 

Academic All American Davis 

also gets on base four times

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete Cleveland Editor
BEREA – Using a lineup that included six freshmen, Baldwin-Wallace strung together four rallies against a usually heavy-hitting Heidelberg team to forge a 7-1 win in the first game of an OAC softball doubleheader.
Freshmen Tabitha Murray (a Field High alumna from Mogadore) and Ashley Elber (from Huron and Edison High) and senior Tanya Davis (an Academic All American from Hinckley and Highland High) combined for seven hits and six RBIs in the game.
Listen to post-game interview between games with B-W Student/Athlete Ashley Elber, conducted by Norm

All three also figured in hugely in all four rallies.
Elber 0at bat)

Meanwhile, freshman Justina Wise from New London (just a short jaunt down the road from where Elber hails) kept the Berg bats in check, yielding just one run in throwing the complete game victory.

Listen to post-game interview between games with B-W Student/Athlete Justina Wise, conducted by Norm
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Using Murray’s battery-mate from high school, Sami Brown, another freshman in the starting lineup, to call her pitches, Wise kept poised after getting shook the first couple innings, allowing only three hits the final five innings (doubles by Lakewood High alumna Bridget Moran and Lindsay Horwitz and a single to Kelly Martz) and was able to get a game-ending 4-6 double play in which junior Katie Finley from Vermilion earned the putout and an assist.


Watch a few short videos, filmed by Norm, of the B-W/Berg Double headers by clicking link:



The big hit was a two-run homer over the left centerfield wall by Elber in the fourth, breaking up some of the tightness and transferring a 3-1 lead into a 5-1 advantage.
Listen to post-game interview between games with B-W Student/Athlete Tabi Murray, conducted by Norm

Murray, who wound up pitching the second game in which she helped herself with a three-run home run to center field in the first inning, went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the first game.

Like Murray in the first one, Davis reached base all four times, including an RBI in the second inning rally and a double and run scored in the sixth-inning rally.

Listen to post-game interview between games with B-W Student/Athlete Tanya Davis, conducted by Norm

Also, freshman Lauren Feciuch (who came from Field High with Brown and Murray in a package deal) singled and scored a run in the second rally that put the Yellow Jackets ahead for good, and senior Katrina Resek (from Holy Name and Strongsville) scored two runs, doing her job as the lead-off “man.”
Heidelberg’s only run came on a double by Megan Reinhart and singles by Kelly Martz and Strongsville High alumna Erica Huffman in the second inning. 
Malone takes a couple one-run decisions from Mount
By Josh Reilly
ALLIANCE -- Mount Union's softball team dropped a pair of contests to Malone, 1-0 and 8-7, in non-conference play.
In the opener, Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) and Brittany Papp (Uniontown/Green) had doubles, but
those two-baggers were the only two hits for the Purple Raiders.
The Pioneers scored their only run on an RBI double by Megan Lane.
Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) was the tough-luck losing pitcher. In six innings, she allowed one run on six hits while recording six strikeouts and two walks.

Brittany Larch, who ended up being the winning pitcher of both games, spun the two-hit shutout for Malone. She had three strikeouts and three walks.

Lane and Laura Ronk had 2-for-3 games in the first game.
The second contest featured much more offense, culminating with Kristen Atzenhoefer's go-ahead RBI double for Malone in the seventh.
The Pioneers opened the scoring with an RBI single by Lane in the first inning.

Brenna Longo (Moon, Pa./Moon) answered with a two-run Raider homer in the second. With the bomb, she plated pinch-runner Papp. Papp was running for Haley Martinelli (Austintown/Austintown Fitch), who reached with a single.
An RBI single by Elizabeth Sarkissian helped the Pioneers pull even at 2-2 in the fourth before Mount Union took its final lead.

Martinelli drew a one-out walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Longo and then scored on an RBI single by Marissa Earl (Massillon/Massillon Washington), putting the Raiders up 3-2.
The Pioneers struck with back-to-back jacks in the fifth when Ronk and Karre Thompson hit consecutive home runs, enabling the visitors to take a 4-3 advantage.

In the Raider fifth, Gromes and Jasmine Bentley (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) led off the frame with back-to-back singles, setting the stage for an game-tying RBI groundout by Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney). Gromes touched the plate, forging a 4-all tie.

Both teams tacked on three runs each in the sixth.
Atzenhoefer smashed a dinger, giving Malone a 5-4 lead. Ronk added an RBI single and the Pioneers capitalized on a Mount Union error to widen the gap to 7-4.

The Raiders struck back in their sixth. Sarah Woody (Uniontown/Green) hammered a one-out triple and scored on an Earl single. A double by Rachel Jesso (Mount Pleasant, Pa./Mount Pleasant) set the stage for Gromes' two-run single, which provided Mount Union's final runs while tying the game at 7-7.

Earl finished with a 2-for-3 game while Gromes and Bentley went 2-for-4. Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson), who started in the pitcher's circle, had a double at the plate.
Ossola Drives in Seven as Spartan Baseball Team Stays Hot with 19-2 Victory at Denison
By Nick Minerd
GRANVILLE, OH – Sophomore first baseman Brett Ossola (Potomac, MD/Bullis School) doubled twice and drove in seven runs as the Case Western Reserve University baseball team defeated Denison University, 19-2, on Wednesday, April 20 at Big Red Field.

The Spartans (27-12 overall) have now won 13-of-15 heading into a 4:00 p.m. matchup with Otterbein University tomorrow at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians.

Case has scored 75 runs in its last six games and ranks second in the nation in runs scored (355).

Junior Brad Potter (Rochester, NY/Gates-Chili) pitched six innings, allowing one earned run on five hits, and striking out five Denison (15-18) batters to pick up his first victory of the season.

In addition to Ossola’s three-hit, seven-RBI performance, senior third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) continued his storybook season with a hit and three runs batted-in. Mullins leads the nation with 73 hits and 64 RBI – both CWRU single-season records.
Junior centerfielder Matt Richards (San Juan Capistrano, CA/San Clemente) was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a stolen base and three runs scored. Senior catcher Steve Bills (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) hit a pinch hit homerun in his lone appearance at the plate.

The Spartans led 1-0 before blowing the game open with seven in the fifth and five in the sixth. Mullins singled in a pair in the fifth and Ossola followed with a three-run double. After junior rightfielder Sam Alexander (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) walked to score a run in the sixth, Ossola plated three more with a double to left center.  Case added five more in the ninth for good measure as Alexander singled in two.
Tonight’s victory adds to the Spartans’ school-record win total.
Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Tennis Beats Heidelberg University, 9-0, in OAC Match in Tiffin
TIFFIN, OHIO –  The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Heidelberg University, 9-0, at the Heidelberg Tennis Courts in Tiffin. The win was B-W’s third OAC shutout this season.
With its win, B-W improves to 18-3 overall and 4-2 in the OAC.  With its loss, Heidelberg fell to 8-8 overall and 3-3 in the OAC.
The Yellow Jackets gained a 3-0 advantage in doubles.  The number one duo of sophomore number two singles player Joe Horvath (North Royalton) and senior No.4 player Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ Lakewood St. Edward) won 8-3; the No. 2 tandem of junior No. 1 player Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) and freshman No. 6 player Brad Minrovic (Akron/ Ellet) won, 8-5; and the No.3 tandem of No.3 player Alex Kearney (North Olmsted) and junior Taylor Long (Ashland/ Senior) won, 8-2.
After 21 matches, each of the three doubles teams have won 16 matches. At No.3, Kearney and Long are now 16-3, and both the No.1 duo of Horvath and Lachman and the No.2 tandem of Trzeciak and Minrovic are 16-4 overall.
In singles play, B-W again dominated as Trzeciak won at No.1 by the scores of 6-0 and 6-3; Horvath won at No.2 by the scores of 6-1 and 6-0; Kearney won at No.3 by the scores of 6-1 and 6-2; Lachman won at No.4 by the scores of 6-2 and 6-0; senior No.5 player Sam Burris (Wooster/ Senior) won by the scores of 6-3 and 6-4; and Minrovic won at No.6 by the scores of 6-3 and 6-4.
After 21 matches, Burris and Lachman are tied with the most wins at 19 and each holds a 19-4 overall mark. Kearney, Minrovic  and Trzeciak are all next with 18 wins. Trzeciak is 18-5, Kearney is 18-6, and Minrovic is 18-7.  Horvath is now 17-4  overall this season.
In addition, Burris moved into a tie with Mike Wagner (2002-05) for second place all-time in B-W men’s tennis history with 79 career singles wins. Burris sports a 79-18 (.814) career singles mark.
Baldwin-Wallace Beats Heidelberg, 8-1, in Berea in an OAC Women’s Tennis Match
BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Heidelberg University, 8-1, at the “Pop” Collins Tennis Courts in Berea.  The win for the Yellow Jackets was their eighth in the past nine matches.
With its win, B-W is now 12-7 overall and 5-1 in the OAC.  The Yellow Jackets have won 52 of their past 55 OAC matches, including three of the past four OAC titles. B-W has also advanced to three of the last four NCAA Division III National Tournaments.  With its loss, the Student Princes fell to 2-12 overall and 1-4 in the OAC.
The Yellow Jackets jumped out front by winning two of three doubles matches.  The number one duo of senior Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley) and sophomore Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Catholic) won, 8-3,  to improve to 17-8 overall this season. 
The duo of freshman Whitney Yoder (Medina/ Senior) and freshman Morgan Baker (Vermilion/ Elyria Catholic) picked up a win at third doubles by an 8-2 score.
B-W won all six singles matches, four which were via 6-0, 6-0 shutouts.
The four Yellow Jackets who in singles without dropping a game were Pecinovsky at No.1, junior Safaa Hajji (Rabat, MOROCCO/ Ryad Al Maarifa) at No.2, senior Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/Green) at No.5 and senior Katy Marshall (Medina/Senior) at No. 6.
Also winning in singles play for B-W were Mittler at No.3 by scores of 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-2) and junior No.4 player Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) by scores of 6-1, 6-1.