A Page -- April 25, 2012 -- AM Edition

Horvath (L) Trzeciak (R)
B-W Sets School Record For Wins in a Season 

With 8-1 Defeat of John Carroll

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS--  The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team set the school record for wins in a season with 23 and defeated Ohio Athletic Conference and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University, 8-1, today (Tuesday, April 24, 2012) in an OAC showdown on the John Carroll tennis courts in University Heights.

With its victory, the Yellow Jackets improved to 23-0 overall and 8-0 in the OAC while JCU dropped to 5-11 overall and 3-4 in the OAC. The 23 wins breaks the record for wins in a season when B-W finished 22-0 in 2004. The victory also was the 408th for Yellow Jacket veteran Head Coach Brian Rector.

B-W gained an early 2-1 lead after the doubles competition and won six of the six singles matches to stretch its winning ways.

In singles play, senior 3-time All-OAC and 2-time Acadmic All-OAC standout Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) won 5-7, 6-3 and 1-0 (10-6) at No.1, junior All-OAC standout Joe Horvath (North Royalton) won 6-1 and 6-0 at No.2, freshman Kyle Patterson (Wooster/ Triway) won 6-1 and 6-1 at No.3, senior Alexandre Bourdiaux (Paris, FRANCE) won 6-3 and 6-2 at No.4, junior Alex Kearney (North Olmsted) won 6-1 and 6-1, junior No.6 player Tyler Beaton (Bemus Point, N.Y./ Maple Grove) won 6-2 and 3-1 (retired).

In doubles action, No. 2 tandem  Horvath and Beaton won by the score of 8-2 and the No.3 team of Patterson and senior Taylor Long (Ashland/ Senior) won by an 8-6 score.

B-W ends the regular season this Saturday, April 28 at home versus OAC-rival Marietta College in the second match of a women’s and men’s doubleheader on the Collins Courts at 1:00 p.m. and then again at 4:30 against Franciscan University.  The Yellow Jacket women play Marietta at 11:00 a.m.

The 2012 OAC Tournament begins with a men’s first round match in Berea against a yet to be determined opponent at 3:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, May 2, prior to B-W’s first round OAC Tournament match in Berea, the College is going to recognize Coach Rector for his 400th career victory. He is the winningest men’s tennis coach in OAC and Ohio collegiate history.

B-W Baseball Team Shuts Out Lourdes to Set School Record 

for Wins in a Season

BEREA, OHIO --  The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team shutout NAIA Lourdes University today (Tuesday, April 24, 2012) to set the school-record for wins in a season at 26. The Yellow Jackets cruised to the non-conference victory by a final score of 20-0.

With the victory, the Yellow Jackets improved to 26-9 overall while the Gray Wolves fell 8-41 overall.

B-W jumped out to the early lead as it scored two runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning.  Junior centerfielder Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y./St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute) led off the game with a single to right field and would advance to second on a one out stolen base.  Toughey scored on the RBI single to right field by junior first baseman Jay Yost (Bascom/Hopewell-Loudon).  Freshman rightfielder Kyle Chontos (Pickerington/North) reached on an error by the leftfielder and Yost advanced to second.  Chontos stole second base but Yost was throw out at third on the double steal.   Chontos scored on the RBI triple to left center by freshman third baseman Eric Murphy (Brook Park/Midpark).

The Yellow Jackets  would extend their lead as they plated on run on two hits in the bottom of the third inning. Toughey led off the inning with a single.  Toughey advanced to second on a passed ball and then stole third.  Toughey scored on a fielding error by the catcher.

B-W would exploded for seven runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth inning.   Freshman rightfielder Zach Ferster (Olmsted Falls) reached on a fielding error by the first baseman and advanced to second to led off the inning. Ferster advanced to third on a passed ball.  Sophomore designated hitter Joe Hiller (Twinsburg) walked.  Ferster scored and Hiller advanced to third on the RBI ground rule double by senior catcher Ryan Nordquist (Alliance).  Hiller scored and Nordquist advanced to third on the RBI single through the left side by Toughey.  Toughey stole second.  Senior shortstop Anthony Longhitano (Cuyahoga Falls) walked to load the bases.  Nordquist and Toughey scored and Longhitano advanced to third on the RBI double to right center by Yost.  Chontos walked to put runners at the corner. Longhitano and Yost scored and Chontos advanced to third on the RBI single up the middle by Murphy.  Chontos scored on the sacrifice fly to right field by Ferster. Murphy went to second on the throwing error by the rightfielder.

The Yellow Jackets kept the offensive attack going when they scored three runs on two hits in the bottom of the sixth inning.
With one out, Chontos reached on an error by leftfielder and advanced to second.  Chontos scored on the RBI triple by Murphy. Senior leftfielder Matt Halata (Olmsted Falls) walked.  With two outs, senior catcher Jordan Barnett (Williard) walked to load the bases.  Murphy and Halata scored and Barnett advanced to third on the RBI single up the middle by sophomore second baseman Brad Gugliotta (Twinsburg).

B-W added to the lead in the bottom of seventh inning when it plated five runs on six hits.   Freshman second baseman Cody Kirk (Warren/Howland) led off the inning with a double to left center.  Kirk scored on the RBI double to left field by junior first baseman Matt Kulick (Wilmot/Fairless).   Freshman rightfielder Ethan Briggs (Sarasota, Fla./Riverview) walked.  Briggs and Kulick scored on the RBI double to right center by freshman third baseman Michael Fabri (Lorain/Amherst).  Fabri scored on the RBI triple by sophomore designated hitter Drew Mahler (Wooster).  Mahler scored on the RBI single up the middle by Gugliotta.

The Yellow Jackets tacked on two runs on one hit in the bottom of the eighth inning. Kulick singled to left field to lead off the inning. Kulick advanced to second and Briggs reached first on the fielding error by the centerfielder.   Kulick and Briggs advanced to second and third on a passed ball.  Kulick scored and Briggs advanced to third on the RBI ground out by Fabri.
Briggs scored the final run on the RBI ground out by Halata.

The B-W offense erupted for 20 runs on 18 hits and was led by Murphy who went 3-for-4 with two triples and three RBI. Toughey also went 3-for-4 with a RBI, three runs scored and three stolen bases. Yost went 2-for-3 with a double,  three RBI and a run scored.  Fabri also added three RBI as he went 1-for-2 with a double. Ferster, Halata, Kulick, Mahler and Nordquist all contributed a RBI.

On the mound, senior Josh Scott (Strongsville) picked up the win to improve to 8-0 on the season as he pitched two innings  with two strikeouts and no walks.   Junior David Redovian (Fairlawn/Copley) came in to relieve Scott and he pitched two innings.  Freshman Anthony Alioto Jr. (Mayfield Heights/Mayfield) would pitch the final five innings and recorded five strikeouts with one walk.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday, April 25) when they travel to Hiram for a non-conference nine inning game with Hiram College at 4:00 p.m.   B-W returns home on Saturday, April 28 for an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader with defending NCAA Division III  National Champion and top-ranked Marietta College at 1:00 p.m.

Lake Erie Upset Bid Ends In Walkoff Defeat

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (5-44, 2-30 GLIAC) nearly pulled off a road upset of GLIAC Tournament bound Ohio Dominican University (26-26, 20-12 GLIAC) in the final games of the season for the Storm.

Lake Erie fell 4-3 in game one and dropped game two 10-0 in five innings in Columbus, Ohio.

In game one, the Storm got a strong start from sophomore Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside), holding the Panthers scoreless in the first three innings. Lake Erie had a great chance to strike in the top of the first when freshman Maddi Klemp (Akron, Ohio/Coventry), sophomore Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison) and senior Ali Heming (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) all singled but the frame ended on a double play.

The Storm did strike first in the game, in the top of the fourth as sophomore Krista Haley (Holland, Ohio/Springfield Holland) brought in senior Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) with a sacrifice fly. The Panthers counted with three runs on four hits in the fourth but the Storm came right back in the fifth inning to tie the game with a pair of runs. Brotzman drove in freshman Amber Dowen (New Lyne, Ohio/Pymatuning Valley), who led off the inning with a single, and Foley singled home Klemp with two outs.
Amber Dowen  Ali Heming 
Dowen (L), Heming (R)

Neither team had more than one hit the rest of the way with Ohio Dominican winning in the bottom of the seventh when Ondercin lost control, walking three batters before allowing the winning run on a hit by pitch with one out.

Each team had eight hits in the contest as Klemp had three and Foley a pair for Lake Erie.

Lake Erie was unable to recover in game two, as it was outhit 18-3 in the loss. Senior Sam Ronde(Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) went the distance and suffered the loss. Brotzman had a pair of hits for Lake Erie with junior Chelsey Beck (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) slugging the other.

The Storm has completed their 2012 season.

Brancazio Named NCAC Sprints/Hurdles 

Runner of the Week

Westlake, Ohio – On Monday afternoon, the North Coast Athletic Conference named Oberlin College sophomore Sophia Brancazioas its Sprints/Hurdles Runner of the Week.

Brancazio, a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, earned the honor for her performance this past Saturday at the Baldwin-Wallace College Sparky Adams Invite.
Sophia Brancazio 

Despite the cold and windy conditions at the meet, Brancazio led the Oberlin effort by winning the 200-meter dash (26.39), finishing sixth in the 400-meter dash (1:01.26) and seventh in the 100-meter dash (12.98).

She and the rest of the Oberlin track and field team will be back in action this weekend at the Ashland University Alumni meet.

Oberlin College to Host Level 5 Event

Oberlin, Ohio – Oberlin College Head Women’s Tennis Coach Constantine Ananiadis will serve as the Tournament Director for the USTA Girls 16's & 18's Level 5 Tournament that will be held at Oberlin College May 5-6.

For complete tournament information, please visit the Official Tournament homepage.

Blasko In Contention Entering Final Round At GLIAC Championship

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Fighting through tough conditions throughout the day, Lake Erie College seniorAmanda Blasko (Concord, Ohio/Mentor) played her way into contention at the 2012 GLIAC Championship in Midland, Mich. Blasko is in 11th place through 36 holes of the 54-hole event.
Amanda Blasko  Megan Lundblad 
Blasko (L), Lunblad (R)

Despite the first round being delayed over an hour due to frost, Blasko came out on fire with an opening 79 which placed fourth overall after the first 18 holes. The senior backed that up with an 85 in the afternoon round, dropping into 11th place.

Blasko is 12 strokes off the lead entering the final round but just five shots back of third place and a single stroke away from seventh. The Lake Erie no. 1 has done her best work on the par 3s and par 5s. Blasko has played the par 3s at +1, tied for second of all participants and the par 5s in +2, tied for sixth overall.

Lake Erie junior Megan Lundblad (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) is in 38th after rounds of 98-98-196. Rounding out the Storm's effort is junior Stephanie Recktenwald (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Monroe Falls) at 121-105-226.

Berg Baseball Defeats Wooster, 9-4; Palm Earns Win #400

TIFFIN, Ohio—The Heidelberg University baseball team defeated The College of Wooster, 9-4, today in a non-conference game at Peaceful Valley in Tiffin, Ohio.  The victory was the 400th in head coach Matt Palm’s 13-year career.  He needed just 574 games to reach the milestone.


Palm is a 1995 graduate of Wooster and played his collegiate ball for current Wooster head coach Tim Pettorini.


In the fourth inning, senior right fielder Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo/Start) drew his 101st career walk, breaking the school record.  He also walked in the seventh.


Four straight Wooster (21-12, 9-3 North Coast Athletic Conference) batters reached base with two outs in the top of the first inning and the Fighting Scots moved a run across the plate on a run batted-in single by Billy Farrow, but senior left fielder Ross Pruitt (Elletsville, Ind./Edgewood) threw out Johnathan Ray trying to score from second base on Cal Thomay’s single to end the inning.


Heidelberg (19-15, 7-7 Ohio Athletic Conference) put together a two-out rally in the second and took a 3-1 lead with RBI singles by sophomore designated hitter Ben Blystone (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) and sophomore shortstop Andrew Zenczak (Brunswick) sandwiched around a run-scoring double by freshman third baseman Steve Kisan (Lakewood/St. Edward).


Another RBI single by Farrow keyed a two-run inning in the third and the Scots tied the score, 3-3.


The Student Princes plated four runs in the bottom half of the fourth with back-to-back bases-loaded walks by senior center fielder Elvin Williams (Euclid) and Blystone and a two-run single by Kisan and jumped out to a 7-3 advantage.


A two-run triple by Williams in the fourth extended the Berg’s lead to 9-3.


Wooster added a run in the eighth for what would prove to be the 9-4 final.


Nine different Student Princes recorded hits, led by Kisan who was 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored.  Williams also finished the day with three RBI.


Sophomore righty Chris Thomas (Canton/Perry) pitched 7.0 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out two and earned the win to improve to 3-4.  Junior righty Teddy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) allowed just one run over the eighth and ninth to close out the game.


Farrow led the Scots at the plate by going 2-for-4 with two RBI.


Zac Sessa started for Wooster and pitched just 2.1 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and took the loss to fall to 0-1.  Zach Washinski pitched 1.2 innings of relief and allowed two runs, Jon Huisel hurled 3.0 innings and Brett DeWester pitched an inning.


Heidelberg hosts Wittenberg University tomorrow at 4 p.m. before wrapping up the week’s play with a home OAC doubleheader against John Carroll University.


Spartans Open Final Week of the Regular Season with a 7-5 Win at JCU

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – Opening the final week of the 2012 regular season, the Case Western Reserve University baseball team rode a fifth-inning grandslam from junior centerfielder Paul Pakan<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/pakan%20paul%209rv5> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) on its way to a key 7-5 victory at local-rival John Carroll University on Tuesday afternoon at Schweickert Field.
Paul Pakan 

The Spartans improve to 26-14-1 overall with only a Sunday, April 29 home doubleheader with JCU remaining on the schedule. Case's 26 victories equal the second-highest single-season total in program history. With the loss, the Blue Streaks drop to 16-15.

Case jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning as senior designated hitter Bobby Marko<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/marko%20bobby%20yb4t> (Lyndhurst, Ohio/Brush) led off with a ground-rule double, then came around to score on a single to left by junior shortstop Matt Keen<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/keen%20matt%20hlye> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge). Keen would score later in the frame on a Blue Streak error.

In the fifth, the Spartans loaded the bases with a single by sophomore second baseman Andrew Frey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/frey%20andrew%20t9id> (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and walks by Marko and Keen. Pakan then stepped to the plate and bombed his team-best seventh homerun of the spring to left field, making the score 6-0.

The Blue Streaks cut into the lead with three in their half of the inning as Joe Veltri hit an RBI double to cap the scoring, but Spartan sophomore Jose Vega<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/vega%20jose%20lumi> (Strongsville, Ohio) came out of the bullpen with a clutch save appearance to preserve the victory.

Freshman Edward Abramson<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/abramson%20edward%20y7n8> (Maitland, Fla./Winter Park) picked up the win on the mound to improve to 4-2 in his rookie campaign. The right-hander started and threw five-plus innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits with one strikeout. Vega tossed a career-high 3.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts for his team-high ninth save.

At the plate, freshman utility player Andrew Gronski<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/gronski%20andrew%20x01d> (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) was 2-for-3 with a walk, while senior outfielder Sam Alexander<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/alexander%20sam%20j11o> (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) was 2-for-4 with a run batted-in.

For John Carroll, Ryan Konsler and Mark Huddle each collected two hits and an RBI. Patrick O'Brien took the loss on the mound, surrendering five earned runs in six innings.

The Spartans and Blue Streaks meet again this Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader at Nobby's Ballpark as Case looks to improve its NCAA Tournament resume.