B Page -- April 27, 2010

NDC Weekly Roundup

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61*:  Right fielder Pat Ross (Gahanna, Ohio) collected his 61st base hit of the season on Sunday, tying NDC’s single-season record for hits.  Ross is batting .412 (61-for-148) on the year and has already set a program record for runs scored; he has 50 on the season.

Pat Ross



AMC UPDATE:  Notre Dame comes into this week in second place in the AMC, 1-1/2 games behind Shawnee State.  Malone is in third place in the league, a half-game behind the Falcons.  SSU has only played 15 of their 24 AMC games to date; they are scheduled to play nine more circuit games, including a four-game set against Notre Dame this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, May 1-2).


LATE LIFE:  Notre Dame has been outscored, 154-151, over the first four innings of games this season.  In innings five through seven, the Falcons have outscored foes, 130-93.


SPLITS-VILLE:  Through 43 games, NDC is -- 11-6 at home, 9-8 on the road and 7-2 in neutral-site games … 5-4 vs. LHSP; 22-12 vs. RHSP … 10-2 in one-run games … 8-12 when scoring five runs or less; 19-4 when scoring six runs or more … 22-7 when scoring first … 13-6 when making one error or less; 14-10 when making two or more errors … 20-4 when out-hitting opponent … 12-4 when hitting a home run.





THREE UP, THREE DOWN:  Notre Dame went 3-3 in six games last week.  The Falcons went 3-1 in AMC play to raise their conference record to 10-4.  That league mark has NDC in second place in the AMC standings, 1-1/3 games behind Shawnee State (11-2).  The Falcons are 19-22 overall. … Freshman third baseman Melissa Dykes (Youngstown, Ohio) turned in three multi-hit games last week and reached base in all six contests. In the circle, Christina Hutchison (Ashtabula, Ohio) won a trio of games and turned in a pair of complete games.  Hutchison had an ERA of 2.38 for the week.

Melissa Dykes



THE LONELIEST NUMBER:  The Blue & White went winless in three one-run games last week.  The Falcons have struggled mightily in close games this season -- they are now 2-14 in games decided by one run.


END OF THE LINE: Sophomore catcher Nicole Spehar (Mogadore, Ohio) saw a 15-game hitting streak come to an end with an 0-for-3 performance in game one of a twin bill at Ohio Dominican on Thursday.  (She then went 1-for-3 in the nightcap.)  Spehar is batting .322 on the season; her 15-game streak marks the Falcons’ longest of the season.

Nicole Spehar



HARBARER TABBED AS AMC PITCHER OF THE WEEK:  The AMC announced on Tuesday, April 21, that Ashley Harbarger (Akron, Ohio) had been name the league's Pitcher of the Week for games the week of April 12.  Harbarger, a freshman from Akron, Ohio, tossed 22-2/3 scoreless innings in three starts and one relief appearance during the week. She fanned 21 batters in her 22-plus innings and paced an NDC pitching corps that had an ERA of 2.02 for the week.

Ashley Harbarger



A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: The Falcons are 42-12 in conference play, dating back to the 2008 season.  They’ve won 10 out of their last 12 AMC games this season.  Notre Dame is hitting .362 (149-for-412) in conference tilts during the 2010 season, with a 2.53 team ERA.  … Junior shortstop Felisha Jones (Alliance, Ohio) is hitting .449 (22-for-49) in 14 conference games this season, which is tops on the team.  Jones, along with Melissa Dykes and Mallory Harder (Uniontown, Ohio) are all hitting over .400 against AMC pitching.  Dykes is batting .447 (21-for-47) against conference opponents with 12 runs scored while Harder his hitting .420 (21-for-50) against the AMC with 10 RBIs. 

Mallory Harder



HITTING HOME:  The Falcons have won six in a row at Campus Field.  They are 7-1 in conference home games this season.  Notre Dame is hitting .368 (138-for-375) on College Road, and they’ve outscored their opponents, 96-49, in 14 home tilts in the 2010 campaign. 


CRUSHING CONFERENCE PITCHING: Junior shortstop Felisha Jones (Alliance, Ohio) is hitting .449 (22-for-49) in 14 conference games this season, which is tops on the team.  Jones, along with Melissa Dykes (Youngstown, Ohio) and Mallory Harder (Uniontown, Ohio) are all hitting over .400 against AMC pitching.  Dykes is batting .447 (21-for-47) against conference opponents with 12 runs scored while Harder his hitting .420 (21-for-50) against the AMC with 10 RBIs. 





BEST WEEK OF NDC’S BEST SEASON:  The most successful season in the history of NDC Men’s Golf was cemented this past week, with Notre Dame competing in three tournaments, winning one, beating 12 teams in another and posting a combined mark of 20-5 on the week.   The Falcons’ performances at their own NDC Spring Invitational (second of three), the Nye Intercollegiate (fifth of 17) and the Grove City Invitational (first of nine) run their 2009-10 season record to 40-29.  Prior to this season, NDC’s best record had been a 16-38 mark (2008-09).  NDC has one event remaining in the season, the 2010 AMC Championship at the Apple Valley GC in Howard, Ohio, on April 29-30.

Notre Dame Falcons Golf Pinzone



THE TRIUMVERATE:  Freshman John Angelo (Mayfield Heights, Ohio) and seniors Tony Pinzone (Parma, Ohio) and Brooks Steputis (Tustin, Calif.) have been the Falcons’ top players all season, and all three stepped up during NDC’s big week.  Angelo averaged 74.0 strokes per round over his four; he carded two Top-5 finishes including a runner-up finish at Wednesday’s NDC Spring Invitational.  The freshman talent posted two 71’s during the week.  Pinzone was the Falcons’ low man in their Monday, April 26 victory at Grove City (Pa.), with a 73.  Steputis fired a 75 in the Monday win. … The NDC version of “The Big Three” have remarkably close numbers heading into this week’s season finale -- Angelo carries a 2009-10 stroke average of 77.4; Pinzone and Steputis are averaging 78.  All three have played 15 rounds.


CHIP-INS:  Steputis’ 75 on Monday marked his lowest round of the spring. … Dan Elber (Willoughby Hills, Ohio) fired a 79 on Monday, his lowest round of the 2009-10 season. … John Angelo has carded four straight rounds in the 70’s (71-77-71-77).  The longest such streak for the Falcons this season is five straight rounds (Pinzone and Steputis).


NOTABLE:  NDC is 2-for-2 this season at Grove City CC, the venue for Monday’s Grove City Invitational.  The Falcons also won a fall invitational at GCC.  In their two wins in Grove City, the Falcons bested a combined 12 squads.


QUOTABLE:  “This has been a good stretch of tournaments for us,” said Head Coach Nick Formica.  “I’m proud of the guys, and we’re on the right track heading into the AMC tournament.”





MANNOZZI STRIKES AGAIN: Notre Dame senior race walker Michael Mannozzi (Youngstown, Ohio) competed in the 116th running of the Penn Relays this past weekend, and finished third in the 10-K Race Walk.  Mannozzi’s time of 46:34 was not only enough to place him third in the Olympic Development 10-K Race Walk, but it also set a new Notre Dame record in the event. 





STREAK SNAPPED:  Notre Dame went 0-1 last week, losing to Adrian (Mich.) on Friday (April 23).   Notre Dame (10-6) and Adrian came into their game on extended winning streaks -- the Falcons had won eight consecutive games and the Bulldogs had won nine straight. After losing to AC by a final score of 16-8, NDC found itself putting a game in the loss column for the first time since March 20. …  Katie Christensen (Sandy, Utah) scored three points, on two goals and one assist, to lead the NDC offense in the loss at Adrian.  Jen Hrobuchak (Lewis Center, Ohio) and Jenn Morse (Brampton, Ont.) each scored two goals in what was the Falcons’ lowest goal output since losing at Gannon (Pa.) on March 13 by a score of 14-4.


AWESOME TWOSOME: Katie Christensen (42 goals) and Jen Morse (45) have now combined to score 87 goals this season. The Falcons’ record for a one-two punch is held by Gena McPherson and Ashley Rutz, who combined to score 91 goals in 2008.

Sarah Hutchinson



DURABLE DUO: Sarah Hutchison (Powell, Ohio) started Friday’s game, marking her 61st career start, an NDC record. Hutchison has never missed a game while at Notre Dame, a feat she shares with fellow senior Emily Moore (Akron, Ohio), who has played in 61 games, starting 60.





WRAPPING UP THE REGULAR SEASON: The Falcons ended their regular season last week with a 9-0 loss to Northwestern Ohio on Friday, April 23.   Notre Dame fell to 8-9 on the season and 0-5 in conference play with the loss.  Jonathan Morris (Huddersfield, England) had his four game winning streak snapped, as he went down in two sets, 6-0, 6-0, to Evan Carr.  Despite the loss, Morris still finished with a 10-7 record on the season.  Jimmy Goodwin (Willoughby, Ohio) (9-8) lost for the first time in over two weeks, as he fell 7-5, 6-1, in the second singles match played.  Cory Meek (Madison, Ohio) (0-3) participated in his first singles match since February 28, and lost 7-5, 6-3. 


Klein/Connecticut Sun 

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"When I received the call on Monday that Connecticut had a spot for her, I felt a rush of excitement and couldn't wait to tell her. The first thing I asked was how fast she could pack.

"My initial thoughts were what this meant for Kailey, but her first thoughts were what it meant for Cleveland State. She has shown that players in this program and other mid-majors can earn opportunities like this."

Klein will be in training camp for at least the next 10 days, including exhibition games on Tuesday (May 4) and Friday (May 7).

The regular season begins on May 15th at 3:30 p.m., when the Sun hosts the Chicago Sky.

Klein recently concluded her career at CSU as arguabley the top player in program history, finishing her senior year ranked first in theHorizon League in scoring (19.0) and sixth in rebounding (7.3).

She saved her best for last, scoring 80 points in three Horizon League tournament games, earning MVP honors and helping the Vikings win the league title and automatic berth to the NCAA tournament for the second time in the last three years.

Klein's 80 points were a league tournament record, helping her become just the second player in league history to earn tournament MVP honors more than once (2008 & 2010).

She finished her career as the all-time leading scorer in CSU history with 2,140 points, ranking second all-time in the Horizon League. She is one of just three players in league history to score 2,000 career points.

In addition, Klein ranks first in school history free throws made (605), free throws attempted (762) and minutes played (4,097), third in field goals made (686), field goals attempted (1,591), three-pointers made (163) and offensive rebounds (279), fifth in three-pointers attempted (490) and eighth in assists (311) and rebounds (733).

A three-time first team All-Horizon League selection, Klein was also the 2008-09 Horizon League co-Player of the Year and became just the second player in school history to lead the team in scoring in each of her four seasons.

She earned nine Horizon League Player of the Week awards during her career, tying her for the second most all-time, and averaged 20.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in eight career games against BCS schools.

B-W Tennis 

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B-W gained an early 3-0 advantage after doubles play as the number one duo of senior No.4 singles player Andy Redd (Archbold) and junior No.2 player Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ Lakewood St. Edward) won, 8-3; the No.2 tandem of sophomore No.1 player Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) and sophomore Taylor Long (Ashland/ Senior) won, 8-6; and the No.3 duo of freshman No.3 player Joe Horvath (North Royalton) and classmate Ty Beaton (Bemus Point, N.Y./ Maplegrove) won, 8-4.

Royalton alum Joe Horvath

After this match, Horvath and Beaton are now 15-2 this season, Redd and Lachman have the most wins with 16 and a 16-5 mark and Trzeciak and Long are 14-5 overall.


In singles play, the Yellow Jackets won all six matches to secure the victory. Trzeciak won, 6-3 and 6-0; Lachman won, 6-0 and 6-1; Horvath won, 6-3 and 6-1; Redd won, 6-2 and 6-0; junior No.5 player Sam Burris (Wooster/ Senior) won, 6-1 and 6-2; and junior No.6 player Bobby Irwin (Ashland/ Senior) won, 6-0 and 6-2.

With his win at No.4 singles, Horvath is now 20-1 overall. In addition, Trzeciak is now 15-6, Lachman is 13-6, Redd is 12-9, Burris is 16-5 and Irwin is 14-4 overall.

The 2010 OAC Tournament for men begins on Wednesday, May 5 and B-W will host a first round match at 3:30 p.m.  The OAC Final Fouris on May 7-8 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

Mount Softball 

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In game one, Marietta pitcher Chelsea Chaffin held Mount Union to a season-low two hits in getting acomplete game 6-0 victory and halting the Raiders win streak at 11 games.

The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Marietta plated five runs on five-straight hits to take a commanding 5-0 lead.  The Pioneers tacked on another run in the seventh for the 6-0 final.

In game two, Anna Horning (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge) drove in two runs and Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) pitched a complete-game five-hit shutout in a 3-0 Mount Union win.

Horning's first RBI came on the first at-bat of the game as she hit her third home of the season and gave the Purple Raiders an early 1-0 lead. 

Mount Union would load the bases later in the first and went up 2-0 on a ground-out from Jill Rader (Ashland/Ashland).

The Raiders loaded the bases again in the fourth and Horning hit a ball that was misplayed by the shortstop and brought a run home to make it 3-0.

Marietta did not get a runner past second base until the fifth inning and McAninch responded by retiring the next eight Pioneers in order as she finished with seven strikeouts and improved to 14-1 on the season.

Mount Union closes out the regular season hosting No. 3 in the nation Ohio Northern Saturday at 1 pm at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

B-W Baseball 

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In the first game, the Cardinals built a 3-0 lead after one inning, 4-1 after two and 6-2 after three. In the fourth inning, the Yellow Jackets took a 7-6 lead with a five-run frame. B-W then gained a convincing, 14-6 lead with a seven-run fifth. The Yellow Jackets scored their final run in the top of the seventh, and Otterbein countered with three in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn't enough as Fisher and B-W claimed their 699th win.

Ted Cowling

At the plate, B-W banged out 16 hits with senior rightfielder Ted Cowling (Streetsboro) leading the way with three, including a double and two runs batted-in. In addition, freshman CF Nolan Neuschaefer (Elyria/ Senior), senior second baseman Matt Rollins (Walbridge/ Millbury Lake), senior 3B Jim Martin (Euclid), senior 1B Chris Nealon (Avon Lake), senior designated hitter Scott Nealon (Avon Lake) and freshman LF Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y./ St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute) each had two hits. Toughey scored four runs to lead the team and Neuschaefer, Rollins and Chris Nealon each scored a pair. Martin had the most RBI with three.

On the mound, senior righthander Justin Novak (Strongsville) started and pitched the entire seven innings to gain the win and improve to 4-3 overall. He allowed 13 hits and nine runs (seven earned) and struck out four Otterbein batters and did not allow a walk. The complete game was his fifth of the season.


In the second game, the Yellow Jackets opened the scoring in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead before Otterbein tied the game at 1-1 with a run of its own in the third. B-W regained the lead at 3-1 with two runs in the sixth and the Cardinals countered with a run in the bottom of that frame to cut the lead to 3-2. Otterbein then gained an 8-3 lead with a six-run seventh. A pair of tallies by the Jackets in the eighth cut the lead to 8-5, but B-W could get no closer as Otterbein earned the split of the twinbill.

Zach McGrain, an Olmsted Falls alumnus, earned the win on the mound  for Otterbein to raise his season record to 2-0 and four-year career record in Westerville to 13-0.


McGrain went 7.2 innings, striking out seven and walking two.

At the plate, B-W again outhit Otterbein, 11-9, with Martin getting three, Chris Nealon two, including his third homerun of the season, and senior catcher Matt Bush (Grafton/ Midview) had two.  On the mound, freshman righthander Pat Havens (Twinsburg) started and pitched the first six and two-third innings and took the loss to fall to 1-3 overall. He allowed seven hits and six runs (four earned) and struck out two Cardinal batters and walked five. Havens was followed to the mound by freshman David Redovian (Fairlawn/ Copley) who pitched the rest of the seventh inning and the entire eighth frame.

Grafton native Matt Bush

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Tuesday, April 27 when they travel to Westerville, Ohio to play an OAC doubleheader against OAC rival Otterbein College at 1:00 p.m. B-W next plays at home on Thursday, April 29 when it hosts non-league foe Notre Dame College (of Ohio) in a varsity and junior varsity doubleheader at 2:00 p.m.

Next Saturday, May 1, B-W will host Muskingum College at 1:00 p.m. in an OAC twinbill that is both B-W Baseball Alumni Day and Bob Fisher Recognition Day. If you would like to attend B-W Baseball Alumni Day, please e-mail either Mark Masey atmassey0713@sbcglobal.net or Guy Fisher at guyfisher@yahoo.com. You also are invited to the B-W Baseball Web site on-line atwww.bwbaseball.com. It is designed and operated by Guy Fisher.