A Page -- April 24, 2012 -- AM Edition

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Oberlin Golf Shows Drastic Improvement on 

Day Two

Meadville, PA – Despite temperatures in the mid-30’s, winds in the upper 20’s and periods of rain, the Oberlin College golf team was still able shave off 19 strokes from its first round total as they posted a 393 on the day to finish the first event of the NCAC Championship Series in 10th place with 805 (412-393) total swings.

The 19-stroke improvement was the most of any team in the event. Senior Jake Panka was the only team member to not lower his total on Sunday, but was still the team’s top finisher. After carding in a 91 on Saturday, he finished four shots back of that total today, posting a 95 to finish with a two-round total of 186.

Freshman Nathan Gonzales reduced his opening-round 102 by seven as he matched Panka with a team-best round of 95 to finish the event with a mark of 197.

Christopher Stott completed the par-72, 6,808 yard course with 103 swings on Sunday. He checked in with a 104 on Saturday to end with a total of 207.

Showing the biggest improvement as the day was Zach Boozer as he took 15 strokes off of his day one total, signing his Sunday scorecard with an even 100.

Wittenberg University won the event with a total of 601 (304-297). The Tigers’ Craig Osterbrock took home medalist honors as he carded in a 144 (73-71).

Oberlin will play host to the second part of the NCAC Championship Series next weekend on at the Oberlin Golf Club.

Yeowomen Softball Nearly Upsets No. 12 DePauw

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College softball team gave the nation’s 12th-ranked team all they could handle in game two, but fell just short to the DePauw University Tigers by a 6-4 score line. In game two, the Tigers topped the Yeowomen 11-1.

In the game-two thriller, the Yeowomen spotted the Tigers five runs in the first two innings. An OC miscue in the first resulted in two unearned runs and then Jen Kosinski belted a three-run home run in the second.

However, the Yeowomen would make it a game in the fifth inning, scoring four runs in the frame to get within one. Back-to-back doubles by Kristine Kuchta and Emily King resulted in Oberlin’s first run and then senior Kristen Dix - playing in her last game at Culhane Field – came through with a clutch three-run home run.

Another round-tripper by Kosinski in the sixth gave the Tigers a little extra breathing room. 

In the big four-run inning, the Yeowomen still stranded two on base as the next two hitters got about aboard following the home run. In the sixth, the Yeowomen had two on again as Jennifer Goldsmith singled and King walked, but they were left out there when the inning came to an end.

Pieplow, who had three hits in the game, had a single and the seventh, but that was it for the Yeowomen who left a total of 10 on base in the game.

In game one, the Tigers came out hot despite the frigged temperatures at Culhane Field as they scored five runs in the first two innings. They added five more in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Oberlin’s lone run of the game came in the fifth on a solo home run by Pieplow.

The Yeowomen return to action on Wednesday afternoon at Wittenberg University. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.

Bishops edge Yeowomen

Oberlin, Ohio - The Oberlin College women’s lacrosse team honored its seniors on Senior Day by leaving it all on the field against visiting Ohio Wesleyan, falling just short in the game’s closing minutes by the score of 8-7.

Senior midfielders Alice ZichtLori Sako and Seung Yun Jee were each recognized before the start of Sunday’s home conference tilt against the Battling Bishops for their hard work and commitment over the years, as well as the leadership that has helped pushed this team to unexpected heights this season.

Ohio Wesleyan got on the board first, setting the tempo with an assisted goal at the 25:55 mark for a 1-0 lead. Both teams struggled to find an offensive groove in the subsequent minutes, but the Battling Bishops managed to sneak through the Oberlin defense for another score and 2-0 advantage.

Junior attacker Ilyssa Meyer had seen enough after 10 minutes of play, dropping in her 38th goal of the season to crack open the goose egg with 20:38 left in the first half. Not to be outdone, first-year phenom Katie Hanick pushed through the OWU defense for her first goal of the game to lock up the score at 2-2 just a few minutes later.

First-year midfielder Jodi Helsel gave the hosts a 3-2 lead on an unassisted goal at the 14:46 mark, but the Battling Bishops answered with under 10 minutes to play in the half to once again even the score.

Not content to enter the half with a tie, Hanick dropped in her second unassisted goal of the afternoon just minutes before the horn sounded to give Oberlin a slim 4-3 advantage.

The second half saw a noticeably faster pace as players warmed up in the face of shivering winds, and not even four minutes passed before OWU jumped out to a one goal advantage. Oberlin wasted little time in reacting, however, cashing in an eight-meter goal from Meyer to give her two on the day to tie the game at 5-5. Another free-position goal - this time from hometown hero and sophomore midfielder Sarah Andrews at the 22:39 mark - put the Yeowomen on top once again.

A full ten minutes of hard-nosed battling from both sides kept the goals empty for the ensuing ten minutes of play, but OWU took a four-minute hot streak in which they scored three times to pull ahead for the 8-6 lead.

Andrews converted another eight-meter goal with 7:31 remaining to cut the lead in half, and the Yeowomen controlled possession throughout the final minutes. A series of very close misses, including a shot from Sako that appeared to be just inches off target, gave the Battling Bishops a chance to run out the clock in the closing moments to seal the win.

Oberlin (11-3) will look to rebound when it hosts the Kenyon College Ladies (6-7) at Fred Shults Field for another conference contest this Wednesday. The opening draw is set for 4:30 p.m.

Scots Complete Series Sweep of the Yeomen

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin baseball team concluded North Coast Athletic Conference play for the 2012 season, falling to the College of Wooster Scots 3-2 and 9-3 on Sunday afternoon at a cold and windy Dill Field.

With the losses, the Yeomen fell to 16-22 overall and finished up NCAC play with a 5-11 record.

In game one, rookie Justin Kidd turned in a dynamite pitching performance, but the Yeomen couldn’t provide him enough run support despite out-hitting the Scots 9-6.

Kidd went the complete game and allowed just three walks to go along with the six hits. He struck out three and 51 of his 93 pitches went for strikes.

The Scots scratched out a run in the second, but the Yeomen would respond by evening the score in the bottom of the inning on an RBI-single off of the bat of Steve DiNanno.

In the third, the Scots would again push one across to make it a 2-1 game. Oberlin got two runners on with two outs in the bottom of the inning, but would leave them both stranded – marking the second straight inning they left two on base.

The Yeomen threatened again in the fourth as back-to-back singles to start the inning by DiNanno and freshman Andrew Hutsonchased Wooster starter Kennan White from the game. However, reliever Zach Klein was able to get out of the jam on just two pitches as he induced a ground-ball double play and a ground out to second.

A leadoff homer in the sixth by Zac Mathie gave the Scots a 3-1 cushion and at the time little did anyone know how big that insurance run would be because in the seventh, sophomore Zach Kisley belted his first-career home run over the wall in left field to shrink the lead down to just one. Eric Knight then followed with a high chopper that bounced over the third basemen with two men down. Rookie Jeff Schweighoffer tried to keep the rally alive as he sent a hard line drive towards right center, but it stayed up just long enough for the Scots’ center fielder to track it down to end the game.

DiNanno, Hutson, Schweighoffer and Knight each had two hits in the game, but the Yeomen still stranded eight on base.

In the nightcap, things started off great for the Yeomen as they scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning. An infield single by Zach Jaspers plated Hutson, who started the inning with a single of his own. Kisley would follow with a sac fly and then Mattie DeDoes came through with a clutch two-out single to left that sent Jaspers across the dish.

Oberlin starter Kevin Swanson got through the first two innings unblemished as he was aided by two double plays from his defense.

In the third inning, Wooster would push one across, but the Yeomen still had a 3-1 advantage. However, in the fourth inning everything took a drastic turn for the worse for the Yeomen as the Scots batted around – scoring six runs on five hits. Sophomore Billy Farrow delivered the first big blow with a three-run homer to left field. Three more singles ensued coupled with some run-producing outs, resulted in three more runs to come home.  Swanson left the game after recording out in the inning.

The Yeomen continued to battle, but couldn’t quite come through with a big hit when they needed it as they stranded the bases loaded in the seventh. Oberlin left at least one runner on in every inning other then the fifth and stranded a total of 12 for the game.

Drew Karlin didn’t allow a hit in his two innings of relief before he turned it over to Mike McDonald for the final 3.2 innings. McDonald looked sharp as he allowed just three hits and one run. Both he and Karlin had two strikeouts each.

DeDoes, Knight, Schweighoffer, Hutson and Jaspers all had two hits in the game. Oberlin finished with 12 total hits, compared to 13 for Wooster.

The Yeomen will conclude their season on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Wilmington College for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

Klein, Leonatti & Holdsworth lead Warrior offense to chilly win

Stuffel and Freshman Regan pitch well on cold day for Game One of Cuyahoga Falls City Championship Tournament

APRIL 21, Cuyahoga Falls: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team came out victorious in game one of the 2012 Cuyahoga Falls City Championship Tournament by a score of 18-12 over Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy on a cold and windy Saturday. 

The offensive charge was led by Konner Klein’s debut, as the Sophomore knocked in four runs, scored three times, and was on base four times including a deep double off the fence in his first Varsity action of the year. 

Senior Ohio Northern recruit Zack Leonatti was a perfect four for four on the day, with a double and two RBI of his own, while Sophomore Kyle Holdsworth also had a two run double, two hits, and a total of three RBI on the day. 

The Warrior offense did not end there, as Junior Cassidy Brown had three RBI, while Seniors Graeme Frye and Anthony Nemer, and Freshman Dominic Mittiga also hit well on the day. Pitching well for the Maroon & Gold was Junior Bennet Stuffel, and Freshman Connor Regan.


With the win, the Warriors improve to 12-2 on the year.

'Berg Baseball to Host Wooster & Wittenberg in Non-

Conference Games

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University baseball team will take a break from
Ohio Athletic Conference action and host a pair of non-conference games
against North Coast Athletic Conference foes The College of Wooster on
Tuesday and Wittenberg University on Wednesday at Peaceful Valley in Tiffin,
Ohio.  Both games are slated for 4 p.m.

Live stats for both games will be available at
http://www.heidelberg.edu/statcrew/bb/xlive.htm.  Tuesday's game against
Wooster will also be broadcast live on the 'Berg Athletics Network
<http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/heidelberg.portal> ).  Jeff Garvin
will have the call.  Two more live broadcasts remain on the 2012 schedule:
Saturday's OAC doubleheader against John Carroll University and a May 5 OAC
doubleheader against Capital University.

Heidelberg (18-15, 7-7 OAC) is coming off a doubleheader split Sunday at OAC
foe the University of Mount Union.  The Student Princes rallied for three
runs in the seventh inning of game one and fell short, 8-6, but rebounded in
game two to etch a 5-4 win in 10 innings.  Senior righty Daniel Brannum
(Jamestown/Greeneview) pitched 3.2 innings of relief in the second game and
earned the win, while senior shortstop Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo/Start) drew
his 100th career walk, tying Jeremy Wentworth's (2006-09) school record.

Senior left fielder Ross Pruitt (Elletsville, Ind./Edgewood) (.375, 30 RBI,
0 HR, 28 R) leads the Student Princes at the plate and has team-highs in
runs scored and hits (42), and has recorded 16 multi-hit games, including
five with three or more.  Freshman first baseman Eric Monroe (Chagrin
Falls/Kenston) (.371, 22, 2, 15) and freshman designated hitter Trevor
Oldham (Akron/Archbishop Hoban) (.343, 11, 0, 19) are also tearing at a
productive pace.  Oldham leads the team in on-base percentage (.465).
Lizcano (.325, 37, 6, 25) leads the team in RBI, home runs, extra-base hits
(20), slugging percentage (.633) and walks (20).

Lizcano, who previously broke the school record with his 32nd career home
run earlier this season, is currently tied for school career records with 16
triples and 100 walks, and is 10 total bases shy of breaking Jason Lash's
(2008-11) record of 419.  Lizcano is also a career .393 hitter, just 21
points shy of Frank Balogh's (1998-2002) .414 clip, and is currently
slugging 19 points higher (.686) than Aaron Fischer's (1996-2000) career
record of .667.

On the mound, sophomore righty Chris Thomas (Canton/Perry) (6.69 ERA, 22 K,
40.1 IP) is 2-4 in nine appearances (seven starts).  Senior right hander Sly
Nino (Willard) (9.95, 5, 12.2) is 1-0 in six appearances (three starts).
Junior righty Tyler Fruhwirth (Beavercreek) (4.00, 32, 54.0) is 4-3 in 10
appearances (eight starts) with two complete games (one shutout) and leads
the team in innings pitched.  Freshman right hander Ryan Minteer (Venetia,
Pa./Peters Township) (3.64, 25, 42.0) is 2-2 in nine appearances (six
starts) with one complete game.

Brannum and junior righty Teddy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) anchor the
bullpen with a combined 36 appearances.  Brannum (3.92, 36, 39.0) is 6-0
with one save in 18 appearances and leads the team in wins and strikeouts.
Lowe (5.96, 13, 25.2) is 3-2 in 18 outings.

Head coach Matt Palm, in his 13th season at Heidelberg, is 399-174 (.696) in
573 games and is looking for one more victory to become just the fifth coach
in OAC history with 400 career wins, behind only the legendary Don Schaly of
Marietta College, Bob Fisher of Baldwin-Wallace College, Dick Fishbaugh of
Otterbein University, and Herb Strayer of Ohio Northern University.  Palm is
a 1995 graduate of Wooster and played his collegiate ball under current
Wooster head coach Tim Pettorini.

Wooster (21-11, 9-3 NCAC) has won 10 straight games following a four-game
sweep of Oberlin College.  The Fighting Scots are led at the plate by
Johnathan Ray (.400, 28, 6, 32), who leads the team in RBI, runs and
slugging (.638), and is tied with Eddie Reese for the team lead in homers.
Reese (.377, 27, 6, 27) has a team-high 43 hits and leads with 16 extra-base
knocks.  Jarrod Mancine (.368, 10, 0, 19) and Zac Mathie (.353, 25, 2, 24)
are also hitting above the .350 clip.  Mathie has a team-high 11 doubles.

Seven different Fighting Scot pitchers have made a start during Wooster's
10-game winning streak.  Josh Stidham (2.44, 42, 48.0) is 4-2 in eight
starts with one complete game and leads the staff in strikeouts.  Kyle
Cunningham-Rhoads (3.38, 26, 50.2) is 4-2 in 10 appearances (seven starts)
with one complete game (shutout) and leads the team in innings pitched.  Ben
Cerami, Zach Klein and Colin Meinzer anchor the bullpen with 10, 9 and 8
appearances, respectively.  Cerami (4.15, 12, 8.2) is 0-0 with one save,
Klein (2.51, 9, 14.1) is 2-0 with two saves, and Meinzer (7.36, 15, 14.2) is

Wittenberg (19-18, 5-11 NCAC) comes into Wednesday's match-up after dropping
three of four games to conference foe Ohio Wesleyan University over the
weekend.  The Tigers are led offensively by Matt Hampp (.380, 33, 3, 32),
who leads the team in all three triple crown categories, as well as slugging
(.504) and OBP (.439).  Grant Goodwin (.374, 24, 0, 22) is tied with Hampp
in OBP and tied with Brandon Reamon for a team-high 10 doubles.  Reaman
(.362, 18, 1, 38) leads the team in runs scored and stolen bases (nine).

On the mound, Matt Rupert (5.44, 32, 44.2) is 6-2 in 10 appearances (seven
starts) with four complete games.  Touby Bender (6.08, 12, 23.2) is 0-1 in
seven appearances (five starts).  Brad Prewitt and Ted Skalla have combined
for 25 appearances out of the bullpen.  Prewitt (2.70, 6, 13.1) is 1-0 in 13
appearances with two saves and owns the Tigers' best ERA.  Skalla (6.94, 10,
11.2) is 1-2 in 12 appearances.