B Page -- April 28, 2010

Horizon League

CSU Softball

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PREVIEWING THE VIKINGS:  It didn't take long for fourth year head coach Angie Nicholson to settle on a starting lineup this season.  With a somewhat veteran lineup returning, featuring five returning starters and 11 letterwinners, Nicholson has shaken things up a bit in hopes of securing CSU its second straight leage title and NCAA berth.  Just two players in the starting lineup are playing the same position that they did last season.  The lone similarity is in the battery where senior Amanda Macenko (30-11, 2.38 ERA), the two-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Year, is once again receiving the lion's share of innings in the circle with freshman Tess Sito (3-0, 2.71) getting starts recently  while junior Amy Powell (.272, 5 HR, 14 RBI) handles the catching duties.  The outfield has been shaken up a bit as junior Jessica Burt (.344, 25 RBI, 40 runs, 24-29 SB), who started in left field in 2008 and missed all but eight innings of 2009, shifts to center.  With returners Andrea Nagy and Christina Stoffer out for the year with injuries, senior Mimi Mahon (.282, 2 HR, 13 RBI) has taken over in right field with Alicia Nichols (.294, 19 runs, 13-18 SB) also seeing time and sophomore Megan Bashak (.232, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 22 runs) in left field.  Lia Gordon (.315, 7 HR, 30 RBI, 26 runs) and Katelyn Ciminelli (.310, 24 RBI, 19 runs) have switched positions with Gordon, a first team all-league choice last year, taking over at first base with Ciminelli being tabbed the DP.  The rest of the infield is new with freshmen Gabby Gillilan (.261, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 26 runs) playing third base, Sito (.471, 16 HR, 42 RBI, 44 Runs, 37-45 SB) handling shortstop and Dara Toman (.254, 11 HR, 34 RBI, 30 runs) at second base.  Freshmen Caila Ferro (.211, 4 RBI) and Macall Sheppard (.095, 3 RBI, 5 runs) fill in at second and right field.

Jessica Burt

Keystone alumna Jessica Burt

VIKINGS REPRESENTED IN NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State is ranked in the top 50 nationally in seven of the 11 categories in the most recent NCAA statistics, which were released on April 11.  CSU was 14th in stolen bases (2.17/game), 21st in doubles per game (1.53), 24th in winning percentage (.766) and slugging percentage (.502), 26th in home runs per game (1.09), 31st in triples (0.26), 35th in scoring (5.62) and 54th in batting average (.296). Individually, Amanda Macenko leads the nation in wins (30) and is 75th in strikeouts per game (7.6), while Tess Sito is ranked fifth in stolen bases (0.81), seventh in batting average (.468), 12th in slugging percentage (.878), 10th in home runs (16), 14th in on base percentage (.553) and 18th in home runs.  Jessica Burt is 13th in triples (5) and Lia Gordon is 12th in sacrifice flies (4.0).
Tess Sito
Elyria High alumna Tess Sito

THE CONFERENCE RACE:  With a 16-2 record, the Vikings are closing in on their second Horizon League regular season title in program history (2008 was the other one).  With six league games to go, CSU is ahead of both Wright State (13-7, .650) and Valparaiso (9-5, .643) with WSU having a single game today (April 28) with Valparaiso and a three-game series at UIC next weekend left while  Valpo has seven games left, including a three-game series with Youngstown State before playing CSU next weekend in Cleveland (May 8-9).  The bottom line is that the Vikings need one win to assure itself of finishing ahead of Wright State and two wins to finish ahead of Valpo.

MACENKO MOVES INTO NCAA CAREER WINS LIST:  With five wins last week, senior pitcher Amanda Macenko raised her career wins total to 110, moving her into 25th place on the NCAA career victories list.  She is now one win short of the Horizon League record of 111 held by UIC's Samantha Iuli, who won 111 games from 1997-2000.
Amanda Macenko
Brunswick's Macenko leads nation in wins

. . . AND TAKES OVER NATIONAL LEAD:  The five wins by Amanda Macenko raised her season total to 30 this season, allowing her to move into a first place tie nationally in wins this season.  Macenko shares the honor with Notre Dame's Jody Valvidia and Breanna Wells of Longwood College.  She is only the third pitcher in league history to win 30 games, joing UIC's Samantha Iuli, who won 32 games in 1998 and 39 times in 1999.

. . . AND NEARS 1,000 CAREER STRIKEOUTS:  With 44 strikeouts in her six appearances last week, Amanda Macenko has raised her season total to a career high 277 strikeouts, the second-highest single season total in school history.  She needs 48 strikeouts to break Amy Kyler's record of 325 K's in 1997.  Macenko now has 969 career strikeouts, needing 31 whiffs to become the second pitcher in league history to record 1,000 strikeouts.  Iuli owns the career record with 1,111.

SEASON PITCHING RECORDS ARE NEXT TO FALL. . . AGAIN:  With as many as 12 games left in the regular season, including six this week, Macenko will shortly be approaching her own school single season records.  She owns the top three season totals for wins (record is 28) and innings pitched (275.0), three of the top four efforts in appearances (48), complete games (35) and starts (45) and two of the top three in strikeouts (Kyler holds the record with 325).  Macenko begins the week with a 30-11 record, 44 appearances, 41 starts and 30 complete games in 252.2 innings with a record 277 strikeouts.

HOME RUN MARK FALLS. . . AGAIN:  With 53 home runs this season, the Vikings have broken the season record for home runs for the second straight year.  CSU almost doubled the previous high of 26 long balls when it hit 49 last year.  The Vikings broke the season mark with a school-record four HR effort against Youngstown State last week, breaking the old mark of three accomplished 12 times, including five times this year.  Tess Sito leads the team with a school-record 16 long balls, breaking the old mark of 13 set last year by Lia Gordon, while Dara Toman has hit 10 home runs, Gordon seven and Amy Powell five.
Amy Powell
Streetsboro's Amy Powell

AFTER SIX:  It has been tough coming back on the Vikings late in games this season as CSU is 25-1 when leading or being tied after six innings. CSU has allowed just seven runs in the seventh inning this year. This is nothing new as the Vikings were 29-3 when leading or tied after six inning last year and enter the week with a 47-0 record when leading after six innings in the last two seasons.  Going back even further, CSU is 69-1 over the last three seasons, the lone loss coming to Wright State in the semi-finals of the 2008 Horizon League Championship when CSU couldn't hold a 4-3 lead, falling, 6-4.

SITO NEARS SEASON MARKS: With 65 hits, 42 RBI and 37 stolen bases this year, freshman Tess Sito is closing in on three more season records.  The 65 hits is two shy of the record 67 set by Tiffany Stocker in 2001 and she is four steals short of the record 41 thefts by Stocker that season.  In addition, Sito needs six RBI to topple the record of 48 set by Tenille Whiteside in 1994.  Sito is already ahead of the pace to set season marks for batting average (.471), slugging percentage (.884) and on-base percentage (557) and her 16 HR's are already a CSU best.

DON'T FORGET BURT & TOMAN: The batting accomplishments of Tess Sito this year have over-shadowed the efforts of teammates Jessica Burt and Dara Toman, each of who have posted some interesting offensive numbers.  Although Sito leads the team with 19 multiple hit games, Burt is a close second with 18 multiple hit efforts.  In addition, Burt has also broken the old school record for runs scored with 40, but trails Sito's team-leading 44 runs this year.  With 10 home runs, Toman would be chasing the season HR record, if Sito didn't already have 16 this season, but Toman does lead the team with 11 multiple-RBI games this season.
Dara Toman

NEXT UP:  The Vikings close the regular season with five home games next week, playing a doubleheader against Dayton on Tuesday (May 4) at 3:00 p.m. and a three-game series with Valparaiso over the weekend (May 8-9).

Oberlin LAX

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First-year Connor Jackson led the Yeomen scoring attack with three goals, while classmate Thomas Hake added two. Rob Bond also dished out two assists in the loss. 

The two foes traded two goals each in the opening period with the OC scores coming courtesy of Alex Jacobs and Dylan Holmes. Jackson netted the lone score in the second session to give the Yeomen a 3-2 edge at the break. 

The Lords came out firing in the third period as they triggered 20 shots in frame, scoring the first three goals of the quarter to grab a 5-3 lead. However, Hake would cash in his first goal of the day with 2:46 remaining, cutting the score to 5-4 heading into the fourth. 

Kenyon (6-7, 1-3 NCAC) scored three out of the first five goals of the quarter, but man-up goals by Erik Strand and Hake made the score 8-6 in favor of Kenyon with 5:48 left in the game. 

The Yeomen (4-8, 0-5 NCAC) continued to fight, winning critical face-offs down the stretch that led to two goals in a one-minute-forty-second time span by Jackson to tie the game at the 3:06 mark. 

In the closing moments, Oberlin was able to squeeze off a few more looks at the cage, but could not push one through which led to Pappalardo’s thrilling finish. 

Sophomore netminder Glen Gerbush turned in a career performance with 19 saves. 

Despite being out-shot 44-31, Oberlin won the groundball battle 35-26. 

Oberlin honored its senior class of Joey PopeLuke PolitisAlex JacobsAlex Chapman and Erik Strand prior to the game. 

The Yeomen will conclude their season on Wednesday, May 5 at Otterbein College. The opening face-off is set for 4:30 p.m.

B-W Softball

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In game one, B-W scored once in the first when senior outfielder Chelsea Saunders (Hinckley/Medina Highland) singled, stole second, and scored on a single by senior third baseman Megan Coyne (Valley City/Keystone). The Jackets added a run in the third when junior catcher Tanya Davis (Hinckley/Medina Highland) singled and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice by Baker. B-W picked up another run in the sixth when Coyne reached on an error and came around to score on a Baker single.

Keystone alum Megan Coyne

On the mound, Baker dominated for her 19th complete game and third shutout of the season. She took a no-hitter into the sixth and allowed only two hits and two walks and struck out four.

At the plate, Coyne was 2-for-3 with a run batted-in, Davis was 2-for-3, and Baker was 1-for-3 with two RBI.

In game two, the B-W bats came alive and scored five in the first and four in the second. Sophomore second baseman Katie Finley (Vermilion) was 2-for-3 with a two-run homerun – her first of the season. Baker was 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs. Davis was 1-for-1 with a walk, a hit by pitch and two runs.

Baker started and threw two shutout innings to improve to 18-9. The 18 wins is a B-W single-season record.  Junior Mackenzie Rohrbacher (Sandusky/Senior) pitched the final three innings and struck out three to record her first save of the season.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action tomorrow with a make-up OAC twinbill at Wilmington College at 3:30 p.m. in Wilmington. B-W then closes out the regular season at rival Muskingum University on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in New Concord.

B-W Tennis

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The Yellow Jackets and Cardinals both entered the match as the only two undefeated teams in the league. With its win, B-W improves to 13-7 overall and a perfect 7-0 in the OAC and next plays on Friday, April 30 when it travels to New Concord for a match at Muskingum University (2-12 overall and 0-8 in the OAC) and then ends the OAC regular season with a match at Wilmington College (6-7 overall, 5-2 OAC) on Sunday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m. A pair of wins would give the Yellow Jackets ther third OAC regular season championship in the last four years and the number one seed in next week’s OAC Tournament.  With its loss, Otterbein falls to 17-4 overall and ends its OAC regular season at 8-1.
EC alumna Becky Mittler

The Yellow Jackets took a 2-1 lead in doubles as the number one duo of junior Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley) and freshman Rebecca Mittler (Elyria Catholic) won, 9-7, the No.2 tandem of juniors Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green) and  Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior) won, 8-2.
Green alumna Emily Pelosi

B-W won three of six singles matches to clinch the win. Mittler won at No.3, Pelosi won at No.4 and Marshall won at No.6.  Pelosi tops the team in singles wins with 15 and she is 15-4, Marshall is second with 14 victories and is 14-6 overall and Mittler is 12-9 overall.

The 2010 OAC Championship Tournament begins next Tuesday, May 4 and B-W will host a home match against a yet to be determined opponent at 3:30 p.m. on the Collins Courts.  The OAC Final Four is on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. The winner of the OAC Tournament receives the OAC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

Hiram Baseball

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Westminster regained the lead with a three-run fifth inning and Hiram tallied one run in the sixth on a RBI single by sophomore infielder Steve Dunn (Westlake).  But it would not be enough as the Titans went on to capture game one by the final of 7-5.

Westlake alum Steve Dunn

Hiram was led at the plate by Adkins who finished two-of-three with a run scored and a RBI.  Five other Terriers each recorded a base hit despite the loss.

On the mound, junior Andy Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) started the game and pitched an inning allowing three runs on three hits.  Junior Chris Wilson (Geneva) came on to pitch three-and-a-third innings of relief, but suffered his fourth loss of the season, dropping him to 1-4 overall.  He allowed four runs on four hits and had two strikeouts.  Fellow junior Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brashear) pitched the final two and two-thirds innings giving up just one hit and struck out three batters.

Andy Marsh

In the nightcap, both teams would be tied at 2-2 after the first inning of play with Hiram’s runs coming on a two-run homerun by sophomore infielder Randy Miller (Glenmont/West Holmes), his second of the season.  The Terriers took the lead thanks to a three-run second inning highlighted by a two-RBI single by freshman pitcher/infielder Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local), making the score 5-2.

Westminster answered by scoring six runs in the top of the third, that included a grand slam, and added two more runs in the fourth to lead 10-5.  Hiram got to within 10-8 after scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth that included a two-RBI single by Miller with bases loaded.  The Titans got some breathing room with a run in the sixth, but the Terriers crossed the plate twice in the bottom of the inning thanks to a two-RBI single by Dunn to pull to within a run at 11-10.  Westminster scored two insurance runs in the seventh, that included a lead-off solo homerun, and hung on for a 13-10 victory.

Hiram totaled 10 hits in game two and was led by junior infielder Cody Fincham (Windham) who finished a perfect two-of-two with three runs scored and a RBI.  Miller also ended the game with a pair of hits and went two-of-three overall with one run scored and four RBI.  Travis Richey went one-of-two with three runs scored and two RBI.

South alum Mike LaLonde 

Freshman Mike LaLonde (Willowick/South) started at pitcher in the nightcap and went two-and-third innings, but was given the loss and ends the season with a 1-2 overall record.  He allowed seven runs on six hits and struck out four batters.  Freshman Josh Weber (Lorain/Clearview) came on in the third inning and pitched an inning of relief giving up three runs on four hits.  Travis Richey pitched the final three and two-thirds innings and allowed three runs on four hits and had two strikeouts.

Hiram/Oberlin Softball

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Hiram had 11 hits in the opening game and was led by Langland who went two-of-three with two runs scored and three RBI.  Three other Terriers each recorded a pair of hits.  Singer finished the game two-of-four with two RBI.  Sophomore outfielder Marlene Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) went two-of-three and aadded a run scored.  Freshman shortstop Megan Troxell (New Richmond) finished two-of-three.

Dropsey pitched all seven innings to pick up her 12th win of the season to improve to 12-8 overall.  She also claimed her fourth shutout victory of the season allowing just four hits and striking out nine batters.


In game two, Hiram grabbed an early 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first on a RBI single by Singer.  The Terriers added two more runs in the third thanks to another RBI single by Singer and a RBI single by sophomore third baseman Ashley Pike (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) to lead 3-0. 

Oberlin got on the board with a run in the bottom of the third, but Hiram blew the game open with 10 runs in the fourth resulting in a commanding 13-1 margin.  The Yeowomen scored a run in the fourth, but would not cross home plate again as Hiram went on to cruise to a 13-2 victory in five innings.

Hiram finished game two with 14 hits and was led by senior second baseman Ashley Crowder (North Lewisburg/Triad) and Singer who were two of four Terriers with a pair of hits. Crowder went two-of-three at the plate with two runs scored.  Singer finished two-of-three with a run scored and two RBI.  Pike ended the game two-of-three with a run scored and a RBI.  Troxell rounded out the multi-hit performances going two-of-two with a run scored.

On the hill, Dropsey started the game and went three innings to claim the victory and improve to 13-8 overall.   She allowed just one run on four hits and had two strikeouts.  Junior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) and sophomore Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) each pitched an inning of relief. 

Padilla gave of one run on two hits while striking out one batter.  Gagne allowed no runs and just one hit.

Brittany Dawson

For Oberlin, first-year gal  Brittany Dawson continued her impressive week as she finished 3-for-6 with an RBI. 

Hiram will play a pivotal NCAC doubleheader on Friday, Apr. 30 against Denison University in Granville.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.