A Page -- April 27, 2012 -- PM Edition

Spisak (L), Trzeciak (R)

Baldwin-Wallace College Announces its 2011-

2012 Major Athletics Award Winners

BEREA, OHIO - Baldwin-Wallace College has selected its all-time leading scorer in men’s soccer in Carlin Vandendriessche (Medina/ Senior) and its all-time wins leader in women’s softball in Sarah Baker (Mentor/ Lake Catholic) as its 2011-2012 Outstanding Senior Male and Female Athlete, respectively. The College also has tabbed senior standout men’s tennis Scholar/Athlete Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) and senior women’s basketball Student/Athlete Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/ St. Mary Central Catholic) as its Clyde Lamb Award winners to the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Vandendriessche is the recipient of the Kenneth Steingass Award and Baker is the Most Outstanding Female Athlete. Trzeciak and Spisak earn the Clyde Lamb awards, which are symbolic of the school’s top senior Student/Athletes. Each of the ten (10) OAC schools select a Lamb Award winner who is recognized at the league’s spring awards dinner.

“All four Student/Athletes had outstanding careers and have represented Baldwin-Wallace College with distinction both on and off the field of competition,” said Director of Athletics Kris A. Diaz. “We are extremely proud of them and their accomplishments, and the awards that they are receiving are well-deserved.”

Vandendriessche will graduate as arguably the best soccer player in school history. He owns school-records in matches played (84), shots taken (250), shots on goal (134), goals (46) and points scored (102). Vandendriessche holds single-season records for shots taken (76 in 2010), shots on-goal (42 in 2011), goals scored (16 in 2011) points scored (37 in 2011) and is tied for matches played (22 in both 2010 and 2011). As a senior in 2011-12, he led the team and the OAC in goals with 16 and points with 37 and had a team-best seven game-winning goals. Vandendriessche helped the Yellow Jackets earn their first-ever NCAA Division III National Tournament berth. He was named as the OAC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week on three occassions. Vandendriessche is a 4-time All-OAC, 3-time All-Great Lakes Region and 2-time Ohio Soccer Coaches Association Division III All-Ohio selection. The international business and finance major hopes to pursue a business career.

Baker currently has 44 career victories and is the winningest pitcher in school history entering a season-ending OAC doubleheader tomorrow (Saturday, April 28) at Marietta College. In terms of career numbers, she is first in wins, needs to pitch five innings at Marietta to be first in innings pitched (currently at 454), third in strikeouts (210), third in complete games (49) and tied for eighth in earned run average (2.37). In terms of season marks, Baker has the most wins (19 in 2010), second in complete games (21 in 2010) and tied for eighth in whiffs (88 in 2010). In addition to being one of the best pitchers ever to wear the Brown & Gold, she is a .267 career hitter (112-for-419) with 52 runs scored, 21 doubles, two triples, three homeruns, 60 runs batted-in and two stolen bases. She also is a two-time recipient of the OAC Softball Pitcher of the Week award. Academically, the early childhood education major carries a 3.35 grade point average and was a member of the Dean’s List.

Trzeciak, who carries a 3.8 grade point average in mathematics and economics and plans to attend graduate school next fall at Washington (Mo.) University, is second all-time in wins in men’s tennis and has an 85-20 career singles and 78-25 career doubles mark prior to hosting Marietta and Fransiscan University in a doubleheader tomorrow in Berea.  His 163 career combination wins also are second all-time.  This season, Trzeciak has led B-W to a perfect 23-0 overall and 8-0 OAC record, including 13 shutouts, and has helped B-W to compile an amazing four-year slate of 82-13.  He is a three-time All-OAC first-team choice, twice named Academic All-OAC, was tabbed CAPITAL ONE Academic All-District as a sophomore and recognized the past two springs by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as a Scholar-Athlete. He is a Dean’s List student, a member of five separate academic honor societies and the recipient of a number of academic scholarships.

Spisak, who carries a 3.5 grade average in public relations and sport management, helped the Yellow Jackets to compile a 76-34 record with an OAC title and a berth in the 2009 NCAA Division III National Tournament.  The 2012 Academic All-OAC choice scored 451 career points and ended her career ninth on the school’s all-time rebounding list with 620. This season, Spisak averaged 4.0 points and a team-leading 8.4 rebounds per game. Her 226 rebounds ranked seventh for a single season. As a sophomore in 2009-10, she was B-W’s Most Improved Player Award winner. Spisak was extremely involved both on and off campus. For the past three years, she was heavily involved in the leadership of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), including serving as its President in 2011-12. Spisak also worked with the Student-Athlete Services Office (2010-12), was an Event Management Coordinator (2008-11) and was a Varsity Game Day Staff member (2008-12). At the 2011-12 Student-Athlete Awards Banquet, she received both the Leadership and the Jerry Zemelka Yellow Jacket awards. She also She also was a member of  the Dean’s List, the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society and a public relations honor society.

Marsinek sharp in Walsh win

Nemer, Brown, Leonatti provide key offense as Warriors advance in NCL play

CUYAHOGA FALLS, April 24: Senior LHP Michael Marsinek was on his game again on Tuesday, leading the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team to a 5-2 victory over visiting Parma Padua and helping WJ improve to 7-1 in North Coast League action with two games to go. 

The lefty allowed only a single unearned run, striking out nine in six innings pitched. Freshman RHP Ryan Feltner came on to pitch a solid seventh, also allowing only an unearned run, striking out two.

 Leading the way offensively for the Warriors were Seniors Anthony Nemer with a key RBI double, and Zack Leonatti, Juniors Cassidy Brown and Rory Ziegler, and Sophomores Konner Klein, Kyle Holdsworth, and Trevor Ray.

With the win the Warriors improve to 14-2 overall.

(L-R): Lauren Wolz, Gena Roberts and Rebecca Taylor

Roberts, Taylor and Wolz Tabbed to 2012 All-UAA Softball Team

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Three student-athletes from the Case Western Reserve University softball squad have been selected to the 2012 All-University Athletic Association team. Highlighting the Spartan selections were first-team nods for rookie rightfielder Gena Roberts (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity) and pitcher Rebecca Taylor (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe).

Along with Roberts and Taylor, school record-breaking senior first baseman/designated player Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) garnered second-team honors.

Roberts has started all 39 games as a freshman and leads the team with a .431 batting average and a school record-tying 53 base-hits to go along with seven homeruns, 29 runs batted-in, 31 runs scored and nine doubles. Overall, she ranks second in the UAA in average and tied for first in homers along with Wolz. Since returning from the team's annual spring break trip in Florida in early March, Roberts has batted an unbelievable .523 in 26 games with all of her season's homers and RBI. She also earned UAA Hitter of the Week honors earlier this month.

Taylor has carried the Spartan pitching staff with a 19-10 record and 3.11 earned run average with UAA-bests of 184.1 innings pitched and 175 strikeouts. She already holds the program's single-season records for strikeouts and wins and is one shutout shy of tying another school mark (5). A three-time UAA Pitcher of the Week as a freshman, Taylor has four double-digit strikeout efforts this season and is a .301 hitter at the plate with 11 RBI.

Wolz wraps up her career as a two-time All-UAA honoree with first-team honors last season. Also a 2011 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American, Wolz is batting .372 with seven homers and team-highs of 25 walks and 36 RBI. Earlier this season, she was tabbed to the UAA Championship All-Tournament team for the second time in her career.

Overall, Wolz is CWRU's all-time leader in homers (27), hits (170) and RBI (125) with single-season records of 10 HRs and 49 RBI last season.

The Spartans improved to 25-14 overall with a sweep of Penn State University-Altoona yesterday, tying the 1999 squad (25-9) for the second-most wins in program history.

The team closes out the regular season this Sunday, April 29 with a doubleheader versus Wittenberg University at 2:00 p.m. at Mather Park. The event is designated as Spartan Softball Alumni Day, and the program will dedicate its brand new scoreboard made possible through the generosity of the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association.