A Page -- April 23, 2012 -- PM Edition


Kapusta and Patterson Named OAC Athletes of 

the Week

BEREA, OHIO -- Junior women’s golfer Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) and freshman men’s tennis player Kyle Patterson (Wooster/Triway) today (Monday, April 23, 2012) have been named as Ohio Athletic Conference Athletes-of-the-Week. Kapusta, who is the Co-Women’s Golfer-of-the-Week, earns her second weekly honor and Patterson earns his first.

Kapusta earned her weekly honor after capturing Medalist honors at last Friday’s  Trine (Ind.) University Spring Invitational in which the Yellow Jackets also captured the team title.  She fired round a career-low round of 77 and finish five strokes ahead of teammate and sophomore Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/Dayton Christian).  In five tournaments this spring, Kapusta is third on the team with a 85.75 stoker average and has team-low tying round of 77.

Patterson took home his first honor after going 3-0 at number three singles and 3-0 at number three doubles in three of matches last week.  He won two OAC matches against Heidelberg University and Ohio Northern in straight sets.  He beat Heidelberg 6-1 and 6-1 and then finished the week with scores of 6-2 and 6-2 against Ohio Northern.  He also posted a straight set victory against The College Wooster set scores of 6-0 and 6-2.  In doubles action, Patterson teamed up with sophomore Brad Minrovic (Akron/Ellet) to shutout Heidelberg 8-0 and then teamed up with senior Taylor Long (Ashland) won both their matches against Wooster and Ohio Northern by scores of 8-6 and 8-4.  For the season, he has an overall record of 22-3 and is 13-5 in doubles action.

The women’s golf team is back in action on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29 when it travels to Lockburne to compete in the two-day OAC Championships hosted by Capital University at the Foxfire Golf Course.

The men’s tennis team will travel to University Heights for an OAC match with cross-town rival John Carroll University tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday, April 24) at 3:30 p.m.   The team will conclude the regular season on Saturday, April 28 when it will welcome Marietta College in an OAC match at 1:00 p.m. and then a non-conference match with Franciscan University at 4:30 p.m.

Mount diamond gals sweep The Berg

TIFFIN, Ohio—The Mount Union softball team swept Heidelberg in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader Sunday at Hedges Boyer Park in Tiffin. The Purple Raiders won the first game, 3-0, before rallying for a 7-6 win in the nightcap.

Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) recorded her fourth shutout of the season in the opener while the Raiders needed some late-inning heroics to rally for the win in the nightcap.

Willis had her best outing of the season. She was nearly unhittable, allowing just two hits for while recording a season-high 10 strikeouts. Willis earned her ninth win of the season.

The Raider lineup made sure Willis pitched with the lead throughout, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning.Marissa Earl (Massillon/Massillon Washington) singled and advanced to second base on a passed ball before scoring on a single by Leigh Siedlak (Westerville/Westerville South). Shelby Carmichael(Dalton/Dalton) followed with an RBI groundout that scored Amy Brown (Uniontown/Lake).

Earl singled to start the 5th and advanced to third base on a pair of groundouts before scoring on an error by the pitcher for the Raiders' final run.

Lexie Pinkelman (5-5) took the loss for Heidelberg. Pinkelman pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs on nine hits. She also recorded six strikeouts.

Trailing 5-4 with only three outs remaining, the Raiders rallied for three runs in the top of the 7th inning of game 2. Earl reached on an error, advancing to second on a groundout and to third on a wild pitch. Siedlak then singled for her third RBI of the series, advancing to second on the throw. After a single by Carmichael,Krista Leighty (Wooster/Triway), who pinch ran for Siedlak, scampered home to take the lead. An RBI single by Brenna Logo (Moon, Pa./Moon) gave the Raiders a two-run lead.

Mount Union again found success in the 1st inning. With two outs, the Raiders got three consecutive singles. Carmichael delivered the final hit, which plated Keilah Capriola (Akron/Coventry)

The Heidelberg bats got going in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs on four hits. Pinkelman helped her own cause and got the Student Prince on the board with an RBI single. After loading the bases, Kelly Martz drove in a pair of runs with a single.

The Raiders took advantage of a few Berg miscues for a 3rd inning rally to tie the game. Kristen Gromes(Navarre/Fairless) led-off with a single. Gromes advanced to second on a passed ball and moved to third on a single by Capriola. Another passed ball allowed Gromes to score and Capriola to advance to third. She scored on a wild pitch.

Earl singled to start the 5th and scored on a single by Siedlak to take a 4-3 lead. Siedlak finished the day with five hits and three RBI.

A single by Bridget Moran was followed by a Raider error to start the bottom of the 6th. Following a flyout and groundout, Bessie Artino drove in both runners with a double to retake the lead heading into the final inning. Moran added an RBI single in the 7th.

Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) went the distance and to get the victory for the Raiders. McAninch (7-10) had six strikeouts and allowed four earned runs on 11 hits. Pinkleman started again for Heidelberg and allowed two earned runs in four inning of action. Christine Foster (3-2) allowed three runs on five hits in three innings of relief duty.

Mount Union (18-18, 8-8 OAC) will travel to Wilmington next Saturday for its regular season finale. A third consecutive sweep would greatly help the Raiders' chance of qualifying for the OAC Tournamnet.

Mentor's Guarino Shoots In Top 15 At Ashland Invite

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Junior Mike Guarino (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) placed tied for 15th to lead Lake Erie College's efforts at the Ashland University Invitational at the Country Club of Ashland. 

Mike Guarino

The Storm finished with a total of 327-327-654 at the two-day event to finish 12th of 13 teams, eight strokes ahead of Notre Dame College.  The University of Findlay won the event with a score of 598 on the par 72 course. 

Guarino shot 75-78-153 to lead Lake Erie.  The round of 75 on day one placed Guarino tied for fourth and included a blistering 34 (-2) on the front nine.

Placing behind Guarino in tied for 32nd place was senior Frank Whites III (Wickliffe, Ohio/Wickliffe) who shot 77-81-158.  His 77 placed him tied for 14th after the first round.

Others in action for Lake Erie were senior Matt Hennessey (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon), junior Troy Hunter(Aurora, Ohio/Crestwood) and sophomore Tyler Walters (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal).  Hennessey and Walters shot identical rounds of 88-84-172 while Hunter carded 87-89-176. 

Lake Erie's final tournament of the season comes Saturday (April 28) at the GLIAC Preview hosted at Elyria Country Club.

Mount Union's Tyler Mettille and Levi Simmons Sweep OAC Weekly Track & Field Awards

Mount Union freshman Tyler Mettille (Canfield/Canfield) and sophomore Levi Simmons (Uniontown/Lake) were named  Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Track & Field Athletes of the Week.

Mettille took OAC Track Athlete of the Week honors as he posted a season-best time of 53.63 to sit 10th in the nation in winning the 400 hurdles at the Marietta Twilight Meet this past Friday.

Simmons was the OAC Field Athlete of the Week as he won the long jump with a mark of 23-4 which is 15th best in the nation at the same event.

Both athletes will lead the Purple Raiders as they try to defend their OAC team title this week at the 2012 OAC Track & Field Championships at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.

Aubree Jones named OAC field athlete of week

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union senior Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Field Athlete of the Week.

Jones took titles in the discus (139-3), shot put (40-7) and javelin (128-8) at the Marietta Twilight Meet this past Friday in Marietta, Ohio.

She is currently third in the nation in the discus throw with a mark of 148-10.

It is the third time this spring that she has won the award.

She was an All-American with a second place finish in the javelin a year ago at the NCAA Championships.  Two years ago she competed in the discus at the NCAA Championships.

She and the rest of the Purple Raiders will look to win their third-straight team women's title at the 2012 OAC Track & Field Championships this Friday at Saturday at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.\

Starters Stellar Again, Bats Wake Up as Storm Sweeps Northwood to Tie Wins Record

MIDLAND, MICH. – The Lake Erie College baseball team continued to get fantastic pitching, but on Sunday (April 22) the Storm bats awoke for a doubleheader sweep of host Northwood University, 4-2 and 10-0, to take the series and tie last years's school record win total.

Junior Adam Beach (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion) and freshman Cory Fox (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion), did not allow an earned run and wrapped up a dominant weekend for the Storm (21-17, 17-7 GLIAC) starting staff.   Lake Erie hurlers threw three complete games in the four-game set and posted an ERA of 0.67 in 27 innings.

And after being held to just two runs and 10 hits in a split the day before, the Storm offense got going early in the opener.  The first three hitters reached base, including an RBI double from senior Brayan Cacique(Caracas, Venezuela/John I. Leonard/Lakeland) for a 1-0 lead.  Junior Pat Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) and senior Jae Leeworthy (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) added run-scoring ground outs to put LEC ahead 3-0.

The Timberwolves (18-18, 8-16 GLIAC) took advantage of two Lake Erie errors in the bottom of the first to score twice and cut the margin to one.  But after that, they were stonewalled by the Storm's veteran righthander.

Beach (5-2) scattered five hits the rest of the way and was never in trouble until the sixth when the Timberwolves put two on with one out. But Beach battled back and got a ground out and struck out Jason Fracassa to end the threat.

An RBI single by senior Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) gave the Storm a 4-2 lead.  Toth went 3-for-4 in the game and also scored a run.  Cacique and junior Cody Blood each had two hits to back Beach, who allowed just eight hits in seven innings while walking one and striking out six. 

Alex Madous (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.  Austin Rinard had three hits and an RBI for the Timberwolves.

It was Beach's fellow Vermilion High School grad's turn in the nightcap.  Making his first collegiate start, lefty Fox (2-1) held the home team to just four hits in five shutout innings.  He worked around three walks and struck out five in a dominating effort.

'Berg Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio-Freshman third baseman Trevor Oldham (Akron/Archbishop Hoban)
hit what would prove to be the game-winning run batted-in single in the top
of the 10th inning to give the Heidelberg University baseball team a split
in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader against the University of Mount
Union today at 23rd Street Field in Alliance, Ohio.  Mount Union took the
first game, 8-6, but Heidelberg rebounded in game two for a 5-4 win in 10
innings.  The game-two win was the 399th career win for 13th-year head coach
Matt Palm.

Freshman first baseman Eric Monroe (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) singled in a run
in the top of the first inning to give Heidelberg (18-15, 7-7 OAC) an early
lead, but Mount Union (24-10, 10-4 OAC) strung four singles together in the
second and took a 3-1 lead.

The Purple Raiders rallied for four more runs in the fourth to jump out to a
7-1 lead.

Undaunted, the Berg scored single runs in the fifth and sixth on run
batted-in singles by freshman designated hitter Alex Grove (Canal
Fulton/Canton Central Catholic) and senior left fielder Ross Pruitt
(Elletsville, Ind./Edgewood) before rallying for three more in the seventh,
keyed by a two-run double by Pruitt, but could not overcome the Purple
Raider lead.

Mount Union added an insurance run in the sixth.

Pruitt finished the first game 2-for-4 at the plate and scored a run.
Monroe was 2-for-3 with a double and a run and sophomore right fielder Ben
Blystone (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) was 2-for-3 with a double and a run.

Minteer allowed three runs on four hits while striking out two and walking a
pair over 3.0 innings, but suffered the loss to fall to 2-2.  Freshman
righty Travis Gray (Markle, Ind./Norwell) allowed four runs in one-third of
an inning and junior righty Teddy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) allowed
one run on four hits in 2.2 innings of relief.

Jimmy Dobran led Mount Union at the plate by going 2-for-4 with two RBI and
one run and Connor Mathis was 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Zach Carlino worked 6.2 innings, allowing all six 'Berg runs on seven hits
while striking out three and walking five, and earned the win to improve to
4-1.  Matt Murzynski recorded the final out in the seventh to earn his first
save of the season.

In the second game, RBI singles by senior right fielder Ricardo Lizcano
(Toledo/Start) in the first and sophomore shortstop Andrew Zenczak
(Brunswick) in the fourth gave the Student Princes a 2-1 lead.

A RBI triple by Blystone and another run-scoring single by Zenczak in the
sixth increased the 'Berg advantage to 4-1.

A pair of unearned runs in the Mount Union seventh cut the Student Princes'
lead to 4-3 and a RBI double by Ricky Olasz in the bottom of the ninth sent
the game into extra innings.

Oldham's hit in the 10th scored Monroe for what would prove to be the 5-4

Zenczak was 3-for-5 with two RBI in game two.  Monroe was 2-for-4 with a run
scored and Blystone was 2-for-5 with a RBI and two runs.  Senior shortstop
Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo/Start) was 1-for-4 with a RBI and drew his 100th
career walk, tying Jeremy Wentworth's (2006-09) career record.

Junior righty Tyler Fruhwirth (Beavercreek) scattered seven hits over 6.1
innings and allowed three runs (one earned) while striking out three, but
worked to a no decision.  Senior righty Daniel Brannum
(Jamestown/Greeneview) pitched 3.2 innings of relief, surrendering one run
on one hit and striking out four and improved to 6-0.

Olasz went 2-for-4 with one RBI, Anthony Morino was 2-for-4 with two runs,
and Sean Mohney went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

Tom Bekelsky gave up four runs (one earned) on seven hits and struck out
four over 6.0 innings.  Beau Smith allowed one run on three hits in 4.0
innings and was tagged with the loss to fall to 4-4.