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Chalfant (L), Allen (R)

Dawgs Split with Toledo St. Francis

By, Chip Lemin

Zach Yako tossed 4 solid innings striking out 3 batters and working around a temperamental defense to give the Dawgs a chance to grab the lead in the 4th and prevent a sweep by Toledo Desales. 

Brennan Laird used his arm to hold off Toledo hitters in 3 innings of work, his feet to steal bases and draw a crucial balk that scored him from 3rd base,and bat to help forge a 2 run lead in the 4th with a line drive to center to score Eric Riha. 

Asadorian knocked in Richie Radar (BB) with his line drive double down the left field line. Radar, a frequent visitor to Coach Odon at first during both games, reached safely 7 times on Sat 4-14-12 Chalfant smacked in two runs with a line drive single, plating Cody Rinas (2B) and Wes Allen(BB) to get the scoring started for Olmsted Falls in the home half of inning number 2. 

Chalfant started a beautiful around the horn double play in the 5th with Toledo knocking on the door in the top of the 5th. The bang-bang play ended a rally for the visitors. Kenny Hanna cut down an aggressive base running move in the 4th inning with a diving tag at the plate on a wild pitch to end the 4th inning. 

His great play started a amusing verbal barrage from Toledo's head coach whose angle of sight prevented him from seeing the runner was clearly out by 18 inches. 

Great defensive plays have a way of increasing the odds of winning later in the game. Kenny and Hecker both take a beating back there without complaint and keep playing hard. 

The morning game featured a driving rain that turned a competitive game into a 8-0 lead for Toledo in the home half of the 6th. The Dawgs started a 6 run uprising in the rain knocking out two pitchers and forcing errors by the opposing team cutting the lead to 8-6. The weather turned on the Dawgs in the 7th as Toledo returned the favor and surged ahead 12-6, the final in the first game. 

The Bulldogs start a baseball filled week in their traveling greys with a trip to Avon Lake on Monday 4-16. They host Berea and Westlake respectively, on Wed. and Thurs.

A Career Day For Higgins Leads Oberlin to a Rout of La Roche

Pittsburgh, PA – Rookie Sean Higgins scored a career-high six goals to guide the Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team to a 17-7 win over the La Roche College Redhawks on Saturday afternoon.

All in all eight different Yeomen scored at least one goal in the win. Behind Higgins, Dan Fineman checked in with three, whileMickey Fiorillo and Thomas Cool each added two. Thomas Hake chipped in with three assist, while Cool and Ted Palis dished out a pair of helpers as well.
Sean Higgins 

The Yeomen jumped on the RedHawks early and never really let up throughout the 60-minute contest. Oberlin scored the first eight goals of the game, before LaRoche scored two times in the final 15 seconds of the half to make it an 8-2 game at the break.

However, the Yeomen would score the game’s next nine goals to put the game out of reach for good. The run of goals featured the first collegiate score for rookie Brain Schupack as well the first-career goal for sophomore Kirby Livingston.  Livingston also matched Cool with a team-high five ground balls.

The Redhawks did fight all the way to the end, scoring five times in the final five minutes of action.

Erickson Andrews played all but the final nine minutes of the game in the cage as he made 12 saves on the day.

Oberlin returns home to host Kenyon College on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Johnstone, Gronski Lift Spartans to Sweep Versus No. 11 DePauw

GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Freshman third baseman Andrew Gronski<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/gronski%20andrew%20x01d> (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) went 5-for-8 at the plate for the day, including a career-high three hits in game two, and freshman righthander Kevin Johnstone<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/johnstone%20kevin%20q7i1> tossed a career-best 8.2 innings on the mound in the nightcap leading the Case Western Reserve University baseball team to a doubleheader sweep versus No.11-nationally ranked DePauw University (Ind.) on Saturday, April 21 at Walker Field. The Spartans won the seven-inning opener, 4-3, before completing the sweep via a come-from-behind nine-inning 8-5 victory in the nightcap.

The Spartans improve to 25-12-1 overall with the wins. The Tigers, ranked No. 11 in the latest D3baseball.com/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) national poll, dip to 27-7

In game one, Case got on the board with a pair of runs in the first all with two outs. Junior centerfielder Paul Pakan<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/pakan%20paul%209rv5> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) started the rally with a single to right and moved to second base on a walk by senior leftfielder Sam Alexander<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/alexander%20sam%20j11o> (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams). The next two batters, junior first baseman Brett Ossola<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/ossola%20brett%20oej3> (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) and Gronski, each recorded run-scoring singles off DePauw starting pitcher Elliott Ross bringing home Pakan and Alexander.

The Tigers responded in the bottom of the frame with a single tally cutting the Spartan advantage in half (2-1) on a leadoff double down the leftfield line from Zach Starr scoring later in the inning via a sacrifice fly.

Case added a single run increasing its lead to 3-1 in the third. Junior shortstop Matt Keen<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/keen%20matt%20hlye> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) started the inning with a line-drive triple over the head of the DePauw centerfielder. The third-year Spartan scored on an infield single off the bat of Ossola.

However, DePauw answered with a run of its own in both the third and fourth innings on an RBI single by Zach Galyean and a balk to tie the game at 3-3.

The Spartans moved back on top with the eventual winning run in the top of the sixth when Gronski laced a single to center, moved to second a sacrifice fly and to third on a groundout. With two outs, sophomore rightfielder Jordan Dague<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/dague%20jordan%208kld> (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) singled to right on a full count plating Gronski.

On the mound, junior lefthander Jamie Hora<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/hora%20jamie%203vmt> (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) moved his record this spring to a perfect 8-0 in the complete-game victory. He allowed three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks in his first complete game this spring and 10th of his career.

Ross went the first five innings for the Tigers surrendering three runs on six hits striking out five and walking a pair. Alex Sroka went the final two innings taking the loss (2-2) allowing one run on three hits with a punchout.

In the nightcap, the Spartan offense came out swinging posting four runs on five hits highlighted by a two-run triple to center off the bat of Gronski, the second three-base hit of his career.

DePauw answered in the home half of the inning with five runs on five hits, the big blow being a three-run homerun to right centerfield off the bat of Robbie Stein.

The score remained that way at 5-4 in favor of the Tigers until the top of the sixth. Senior catcher Peter Zak<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/zak%20peter%2068e6> (Brookline, Mass./Brookline), the reigning University Athletic Association Hitter of the Week, led off with a single to center. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on an infield single off the bat of senior designated hitter Bobby Marko<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/marko%20bobby%20yb4t> (Lyndhurst, Ohio/Brush) and came home on another errant pitch knotting the game, 5-5.

Looking to continue the Spartan offensive momentum, Pakan took the first pitch he saw in the top of the seventh and deposited it over the left field wall giving Case a 6-5 advantage. The visitors tacked another run on in the eighth. Sophomore infielder Andrew Frey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/frey%20andrew%20t9id> (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) led off with a double to left, eventually coming to touch home on another Tiger wild pitch.

At the plate, Gronski was 3-for 5 with a run scored and two RBI, while Alexander was also 3-for-5 scoring a pair of runs. As a team, the Spartans collectively pounded out 16 hits collectively with six players having multi-hit performances in the nightcap.

On the hill, Johnstone went a career-high 8.2 innings notching his first collegiate victory. In the win, he didn't allow a run and scattered just six hits striking out a career-best five and walking four. DePauw's Michael Chiaro (3-2) was saddled with the loss giving up six runs on 12 hits in 6.2 innings of work.

Offensively for the Tigers, Starr was 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Jason Cohen went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.

The Spartans return to Walker Field on Sunday to conclude the weekend four-game series with the Tigers slated for another seven-inning and nine-inning day. First pitch of the twinbill is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

Patel Becomes Program’s Career Wins Leader as Spartans Cruise Past Wittenberg, 9-0

GAMBIER, Ohio – Senior co-captain Rohan Patel<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/patel%20rohan%20hyx1> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) became the Case Western Reserve University men's program all-time career wins leader at 89 with a pair of victories Saturday helping the No. 21 nationally-ranked Spartans to a 9-0 sweep of Wittenberg University. The match was moved to a neutral location in Kenyon College due to inclement weather.
Rohan Patel 

The Spartans, also ranked No. 3 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central region, finish their regular season schedule at 13-7 overall, while the Tigers fall to 16-7.

Patel tied the record of 88, previously established by Ameet Karambelkar, as he paired with junior Alex Solove<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/solove%20alex%208e9n> (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) for an 8-3 victory at No. 3 doubles versus Wittenberg's Sam Wilke and Alexey Topolyanskiy. He later established the career victories' mark with a straight-set 7-5, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles versus Sergio Fishkin.

In other singles play, Case didn't drop a set to Wittenberg. Freshman Will Drougas<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/drougas%20will%201loa> (Roanoke, Va./Salem), ranked No. 6 in the Central region, started things off at first singles with a victory versus Ian Streicker by a score of 6-3, 6-4. At No. 2 singles, senior co-captain Sean Carr<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/carr%20sean%201zfu> (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) bested Topolyanskiy by a 6-1, 6-2 tally.

Junior Kyle Gerber<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/gerber%20kyle%20tl2z> (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) was a winner at third singles against Wilke with a 6-2, 6-1 decision. In the fifth slot, sophomore Eric Klawitter<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/klawitter%20eric%20g9jk> (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) took down Tyler Strong in a pro-set final 8-0, while sophomore John Healey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/healey%20john%20d4pz> (Columbia, Md./Atholton) completed the sweep at sixth singles, 8-1, versus Jonathan Mueller.

The Spartans also picked up the other two doubles points. The tandems of Carr and Brunsting at No. 1 along with Gerber and junior Nicolas Howe<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/howe%20nicolas%20q4su> (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) at No. 2 each secured points by matching 8-1 decisions.

With the regular season complete, the Spartans will now set their sights on the University Athletic Association Championship. It will take place from Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28 in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Oberlin olf Completes First Round of NCAC Championship Series

Meadville, PA – The Oberlin College golf team battled through cold, wet and windy conditions at the opening round of the NCAC Championship Series in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  The Yeomen rest in 10th place with a total of 412.

Senior Jake Panka led the Yeomen with an opening-round 91. He played pretty consistent throughout, posting a 46 on the front nine and then followed with a 45 on the back to rest in 42nd place.

Rookie Nathan Gonzales was the Yeomen’s next best finisher as carded in a 102 on the par-72, 6808-yard course. After fighting through the conditions on the front nine that saw he post a 54, Gonzales regrouped to shoot a 48 on the back-half of the course.

Christopher Stott was two strokes of back Gonzales with a mark of 104, using 53 swings to great through the front and 51 on the back.

Rounding out the Yeomen lineup was Zachary Boozer with a total of 115 (62-53).

Wittenberg leads the tournament 304 total strokes

Yeomen track competes at Adams Invite

Berea, Ohio – The Oberlin College track and field teams were in action on Friday at the non-team scored Sparky Adams Invitational on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College.

Headlining the day for the Yeowomen was sophomore sensation Sophia Brancazio as she won the 200-meter dash in 26.39 and finished seventh in the 100-meter dash at 12.98. She also placed sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.26.

Following behind Brancazio in 200 was Margaret Miller as she stopped the clock in 27.10 to place second in the event. In the 400, teammate Katrina Gelwick tied Brancazio with a timestamp of 1:01.26.

Ryann McChesney was second in the 400-meter hurdles with a mark of 1:06.93, while Michelle Gonzales added a fourth-place showing in the 5,000 as she completed the course in 18:54.57.

On the men’s side, senior Shawn Chrapczynski was fifth in the 400 as he flew the course in 50.77.

Sean Dembowski clocked in seventh in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:00.37 and he was eighth in the long jump with a mark of 19-05.50.

The Yeomen’s 4x100 relay team of Jesse NeugartenAlex Guo and Peter Morris and Chrapczynski combined to finish in 45.60 to finish second overall.

The Oberlin track and field teams will be back in action next weekend at Hillsdale College.

Spartan Women Conclude Regular Season on a Positive Note Cruising Past Wittenberg, 8-1

GAMBIER, Ohio – In a match-up of regionally-ranked programs that was moved to a neutral location due to inclement weather, the Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team got back on the winning path during the final match of its regular season picking up an 8-1 victory versus Wittenberg University on Saturday inside the KAC Indoor Courts on the campus of Kenyon College.

(L-R): Kat Evers and Bianca Patel 
(L-R): Kat Evers and Bianca Patel

The Spartans, ranked 10th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region poll, concludes one of the best regular seasons in program history with a 17-4 overall. Wittenberg, 25th in the region, falls to 11-10.

Opening with doubles action, Case raced out to a 3-0 lead as the No. 1 duo of junior Erika Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20erika%20emv7> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and freshman sister Alexandra Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20alexandra%20jlxi> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union), ranked as the No. 5 tandem regionally, earned an 8-2 victory versus Leah Ann Miller and Georgia Bennett. At No. 2, junior Emily Pham<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/pham%20emily%20a3ca> (Mason, Ohio / William Mason) and freshman Marianne Bonnano<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/bonnano%20marianne%20wdo3> (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) were victorious by an identical 8-2 score versus Wittenberg's Kristin Wright and Anne Beauch, while the No. 3 team of junior Kathleen Evers<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/evers%20kathleen%20ckvv> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and sophomore Bianca Patel<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/patel%20bianca%20wa5r> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) edged past Maggie Stewart and Jackie Stevens, 8-6.

During singles play, Case won five-of-six singles matches all in straight sets. Erika Lim, the region's No. 5-ranked player, bested Miller by a 6-3, 6-0 count, while Bonnano took the point easily at No. 2 by a 6-0, 6-0 tally over Alex Cummins.

Alexandra Lim, playing No. 3 for the first time in her career, won by a 6-2, 6-1 count, Patel came out with a victory at No. 4 (6-0, 6-3) and Evers collected the fifth singles' point for the Spartans at No. 5 in a pro-set victory (8-0).