A Page -- April 26, 2012 -- AM Edition

Matt Toth  Brayan Cacique 
Toth (L), Cacique (R)
Lake Erie Sets Record Wins Mark With Split At Ashland

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (22-18, 18-8 GLIAC) set a new school record with its 22nd win, earning a split in a key Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Ashland University (24-18, 16-12 GLIAC) in Ashland, Ohio

Ashland took game one, 5-1, but Lake Erie jumped all over the home squad in the nightcap en route to a 9-0 victory.

The Storm surpassed the mark set during their 21-win season in 2011.

Lake Erie scored a solo run in the top of the first of game two when senior outfielder Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) doubled and was brought in by a single to center from senior second baseman Brayan Cacique (Caracas, Venezuela/John I. Leonard (Fla.)/Lakeland CC).  The Storm put another  run on the board in the second as freshman Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) led off with a triple and was driven home on a sacrifice fly by junior third baseman Cody Blood (Conneaut, Ohio/Conneaut). 

In the third inning, Lake Erie broke the game wide open putting up five runs for the 7-0 advantage and knocking Ashland's Aaron Hilt from the contest.  The inning started off with small ball as sophomore Reid Rizzo (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) was hit with a pitch and Toth reached on a bunt single.  The runners advanced on a double steal and junior Pat Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) drove in Rizzo with a double.  Senior first baseman Jee Leeworthy (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) reached to load the bases and Lindgren came through with a single to center which cleared the bases after a throwing error on the play.  Blood singled in Lindgren to cap the rally.

The big inning proved to be plenty of run support for freshman Russ Hogue (Belle Center, Ohio/Indian Lake) who bounced back from a tough start in his first meeting with the Eagles this year to throw a complete-game shutout. Houge (1-2) scattered eight hits but only walked one batter to earn his first college win.

Lake Erie added a pair of unearned runs in the sixth for the final 9-0 margin as Toth and Cacique both singled in runs.

Toth went 4-for-4 in game two, with three runs scored and an RBI.  He went 6-for-7 between the two games.  Lindgren and Cacique each had a pair of hits and two RBIs in the nightcap.

Game one was scoreless through two and a half innings, as an Ashland single in the first was the only base runner for either side.  In the bottom of the third, the Eagles got to junior Jimmie Shaw (Holland, Ohio/Toledo St. John) for two runs after a single and walk started off the inning. 

A one-out double in the fourth by Toth accounted for Lake Erie's first base runner and he was brought in on a two-out single to left by Kilway.

Ashland responded back with an unearned run in the bottom of the frame a 3-1 advantage after four innings and opened things up in the fifth inning off the Lake Erie bullpen on a two-run homer by Waide Kaido. 

Toth and Kilway threatened to rally again in the sixth as Toth reached on a bunt single and Kilway reached on a two-out error but Ashland's Zach Botjer worked out of the jam.  Lake Erie got a scoreless inning from junior reliever Tyler Minnich (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone) in the sixth but were unable plate any runs after getting two on in the seventh.

Shaw (0-1) suffered the loss allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and walk while striking out a pair.

Lake Erie returns home for a six-game stretch of GLIAC contests starting Saturday vs. GLIAC contender Saginaw Valley State University at Braggs Field in a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader.

B-W Women’s Tennis Team Loses to John Carroll; Hosts 

Marietta This Saturday

BEREA, OHIO -- The defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team lost to Ohio Athletic Conference and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University, 8-1, today, (Wednesday, April 25, 2012) at the “Pop” Collins Courts.

With its loss, B-W is now 8-13 overall and 3-4 in the OAC and ends its regular season this Saturday, April 28 with a home Seniors’ Day match againstMarietta College at 11:00 a.m. The 2012 OAC Tournament begins next Tuesday, May 1 against an opponent to be determined. With its win, JCU is 10-3 overall and 5-1 in the OAC.

JCU gained a 3-0 lead after the doubles competition and won five of six singles matches to claim the win.

In singles play, junior number four player Danielle Rueger (Ashland/ Senior) was the lone victor for the Yellow Jackets as she defeated Erin Davies of the Blue Streaks by the scores of 7-6 (7-3), 4-6 and 1-0 (10-6)

B-W Baseball Team Wins 13-3 at Traditional 

Rival Hiram to Extend Win Record

HIRAM, OHIO --  The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team defeated traditional rival Hiram College, 13-3, today (Wednesday, April 25, 2012) at Robert O. Fishel Field.  The victory extended B-W’s school single-season record win total to 27.

With the victory, the Yellow Jackets improved to a school-record 27-9 overall, including three straight wins. The Terriers fell to 8-24 overall, including 20 straight losses.

B-W jumped out to an early, 7-0 lead as it scored seven runs in the top of the first inning. the Terriers came back with a pair of their own in the bottom of the first to cut the deficit to 7-2. The Yellow Jackets made it a 9-2 game with two runs in the second and Hiram got as close as 9-3 when it scored in the bottom of the fourth frame. B-W added its final four runs with one each in the fifth and sixth innings and a pair in the ninth.

The Yellow Jackets outhit the Terriers, 14-9.  The hitting attack was led by freshman rightfielder Kyle Chontos (Pickerington/ North) with three hits, including a pair of doubles, two runs scored and three runs batted-in. In addition, freshman third baseman Eric Murphy (Brook Park/ Middleburg Heights Midpark) had two hits, scored a run and had two RBI, and freshman designated hitter Alex Green (Pickerington/ North) and sophomore middle infielder Brad Gugliotta (Twinsburg) each had a pair of RBI.

On the mound, senior Brent Edmonds (Olmsted Falls) started and pitched the first three innings, allowed a pair of runs and gained the victory to improve to 2-2 this season. He was followed to the mound by Chuck Jones (Kettering/ Fairmont) in the fourth, and he gave up the final Terrier run. Senior Josh Stobinski (Ottawa Hills) pitched the fifth, sophomore Dylan Fodor (Twinsburg) the sixth, freshman Luke Ackerman (Sheffield Village/ Brookside) the seventh, junior Will Pantages (Akron/ Firestone) the eighth and sophomore Cory Waite (Willoughby/ South) the ninth and all five tossed a scoreless frame.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action 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. B-W ends the regular season on Saturday, May 5 by hosting Otterbein University in an OAC twinbill at 1:00 p.m.

B-W Softball Team Split  Final Home OAC 

Doubleheader with John Carroll

BEREA, OHIO --  The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team split an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader today (Wednesday, April 25, 2012) with cross-town rival John Carroll University. John Carroll won the first game by a final score of 5-0 and the Yellow Jackets won the second game, 9-8.

With the split, B-W is now 18-18 overall and 6-8 in the OAC. The Blue Streaks are now 25-13 overall and 8-6 in the OAC.

In the first game, the Yellow Jacket offense produced no runs on four hits and was led by freshman shortstop Brittany Lightel (Tallmadge), junior rightfielder Alyssa Brown (Hudson) and sophomores Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/Field) and Ashley Elber (Huron/Edison) as all went 1-for-3,

On the mound, senior Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic) suffered the loss in four innings of work as she allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits.  She recorded one strikeout with no walks. Murray came in for three innings of relief and allowed no runs with two hits. She also recorded four strikeouts and walked one Blue Streak batter.

In the second game, B-W opened the scoring when it plated four runs on four hits in the bottom of the first inning.  Sophomore third baseman Lauren Feciuch (Kent/Field) led off the inning with a homerun to left field.  Lightel doubled to left field and Murray was hit by a pitch. Lightel advanced to third and Murray to second on the sacrifice bunt by sophomore first baseman Kaity Mullen (Avon Lake).   Alyssa Brown cleared the bases with her first homerun as a Yellow Jacket.

John Carroll would cut the lead down to one, 4-3, in the top of the second as it scored three runs on one hit.

The Yellow Jackets pushed their lead back up to two runs, 5-3, as they scored one run on one hit.  Sophomore catcher Sami Brown (Kent/Field) led off the inning with a walk and would advanced to second on the sacrifice bunt by sophomore pitcher Justina Wise (New London). Sami Brown advanced to third on the single to right field by Feciuch.  Feciuch stole second base and Sami Brown scored on a throwing error by the catcher.

The Blue Streaks tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the third inning as they plated two runs on three hits in the top of the third inning.

B-W would regain the lead, 7-5, in the bottom half of the inning as it scored two runs on two hits.  Baker led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on the walk by senior second baseman Katie Finley (Vermilion).  Baker and Finley each advanced a base on the sacrifice bunt by Sami Brown.  Baker and Finely scored on the RBI double down the left field line by Feciuch.

John Carroll cut back into the lead, 7-6, when it scored one run on one hit in the top of the fourth inning.

The Yellow Jackets scored their final runs of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning as they scored two runs on three hits.  Feciuch led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on the sacrifice bunt by Lightel.  Feciuch scored on the RBI double to center field by Murray.  Murray advanced to third on a ground out and scored on the RBI single through the right side by Alyssa Brown.

The Blue Streaks tried to make things interesting as they came as close as one run in the top of the seventh inning when they plated two runs on three hits.

The B-W offense scored nine runs on 10 hits and was led by Feciuch who went 4-for-4 with a homerun, double, stolen base and three RBI.  Lightel went 2-for-2 with a double and run scored.  Alyssa Brown went 2-for-3 with a homerun and four RBI.

On the mound, Wise got the no decision as she pitched two and one third innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks.  Murray picked up the win as she pitched the final four and two thirds innings for her seventh victory of the season.   She allowed three runs on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

B-W is back in action on Thursday, April 19 when it plays host to NCAA Division II Ursuline College in a non-conference twinbill at 3:30 p.m. The Yellow Jackets also travel to Ada, Ohio this Saturday, April 21 for an OAC doubleheader versus first place Ohio Northern University at 1:00 p.m.