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TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University softball team will face John Carroll
University on Saturday in the final Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader of
the season at Bracken Field in University Heights, Ohio.  The first game is
slated for 1 p.m.

Live stats for both games will be available at

Heidelberg (16-18, 6-9 OAC) is coming off a split yesterday with Otterbein
University.  Sophomore center fielder Jami Wagner (Alvada/New Riegel) went a
combined 5-for-8 at the plate and senior first baseman Bessie Artino
(Bellevue) hit her seventh home run of the season.  Junior southpaw Ali
Sayre (Sylvania/Northview) hurled a complete game in the opener and struck
out four to earn her sixth win of the season.

The Berg offense is led by Artino (.405, 46 RBI, 7 HR, 26 R), who leads the
OAC in runs batted-in, is tied for third with senior right-handed pitcher
Lexie Pinkelman (Metamora/Evergreen) in home runs, is fourth in slugging
percentage (.686), seventh in hitting, and ninth in on-base percentage
(.429).  She also has a team-high 14 games with two or more RBI.  Wagner
(.398, 10, 0, 35) is tied for third in the league in runs scored, is tied
for fifth in OBP (.444) and tied for 10th in batting average, and leads the
team with 18 multi-hit games.  Sophomore left fielder Julie Okorn (Euclid)
(.369, 12, 0, 24) and sophomore shortstop Erica Huffman (Strongsville)
(.339, 17, 2, 24) are also hitting at a productive pace, and Pinkelman
(.272, 30, 7, 21) is tied for fifth in the conference in RBI.

In the circle, Sayre (3.30 ERA, 55 K, 90.0 IP) is 6-8 in 16 appearances (13
starts) and is tied for seventh in the OAC with eight complete games and is
eighth in innings pitched.  Pinkelman (4.68, 66, 82.2) is 5-6 in 16
appearances (13 starts) and is tied with Sayre in complete games and is tied
for eighth in the OAC in strikeouts.

The Blue Streaks (25-13, 10-6 OAC) have won three of their last four games
following a split Wednesday at Baldwin-Wallace College.  The JCU offense is
paced by Samantha Becker (.362, 24, 5, 29), who is seventh in the OAC in OBP
(.432) and tied for ninth in both home runs and runs scored.  Michelle
Murphy (.349, 19, 4, 25) is eighth in the conference in OBP (.431).  Heather
Hurley (.341, 18, 2, 21) and Olivia Mathews (.339, 22, 3, 15) are also
strong contributors to the Blue Streak attack.

The Blue Streak pitching staff is anchored by Brittany Danilov.  Danilov
(2.50, 163, 148.2) leads the OAC in wins (17-5), strikeouts, innings pitched
and complete games (16).  Trisha Pike (5.07, 47, 89.2) is 8-7 in 16
appearances (14 starts) and is tied for sixth in the league in wins and is
ninth in innings pitched. 

Following Saturday's doubleheader, the Berg will host its season finale
against The College of Wooster on Monday on Senior Night.

Oberlin Baseball Ends Its Season With a Split

Wilmington, OH – The Oberlin College baseball team completed its 2012 season by earning a split against Wilmington College on Wednesday afternoon. The Yeomen dropped game-one 8-7 in walk-off fashion before regrouping to claim a 7-6 victory in game two.

With the win in the season finale, Oberlin snapped a 12-game skid and finished the season with a record of 17-23 overall – tying the mark for the second most wins in a season.

Both games were very nip-and-tuck throughout, as nearly every time Oberlin would score, it seemed as if the Quakers would respond right back.

In the game-two win rookie Ryan Bliss put Oberlin on the board with an RBI single in the second and then Eric Knight would add an RBI-double in third. However, Wilmington also posted a run in each of those two innings to keep the game tied.

Freshman Jeff Schweighoffer gave the Yeomen a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth on a sac fly to center to score Zach Kisley who led off the inning with a bunt single.

The Yeomen appeared to gain control by adding three insurance runs in the top of the seventh, but the Quakers had other ideas. Oberlin plated its first run of the inning on a single to left center by Mattie DeDoes. Knight and Mike McDonald would add two more run-producing hits to make it a 6-2 game with just three outs to get.

Unfortunately, those three outs didn’t come so easily. After getting the first batter of the inning, the next three guys were able to reach base off of Yeomen starter Jason James who was then lifted from the game with the bases loaded. McDonald tried to come in to limit the damage, but two hits, a fielder’s choice and error allowed the Quakers to score four runs to force extra innings.

However, it wouldn’t take long for the Yeomen to respond as Bliss started the eighth inning with a double down the right field line and would then come around to score on a single by Zach Jaspers.

In the eighth, McDonald was able to retire the Quakers side in order – fanning the first two hitters before inducing a fly out to right field. James, pitching in the last game of his Oberlin career, took a no decision after allowing six hits, five runs (three earned) over 6.1 innings of work. He struck out a career-high eight and walked four.

In the lid-lifter things started off great from the Yeomen as they scored three runs in the first and one in the second to lead 4-0. Knight, McDonald, and Steve DiNanno each had RBI’s in the first and Oberlin took advantage of an error in the second to score its other run.

Unfortunately, the Quakers would find their stride in the third inning, using four hits to score three runs off of Knight. They would tack on one more in the fourth to tie the game at four.

The Yeomen would reclaim the lead in the fifth as Schweighoffer got things going with a double and would later score on a single up the middle by McDonald. Rookie Andrew Hutson later sent McDonald across the dish with a single to right center, giving OC a 6-4 lead.

Again the Quakers would answer by getting one run back in the bottom of the sixth before adding two in the sixth to put the Yeomen behind. However, in their final at-bat the Yeomen found a way to tie it. An error to start the inning, set the stage for McDonald to come through with a double to the gap in left center that allowed Bliss – who came in to pinch run – score all the way from first.

Unfortunately, the Yeomen would return the favor in the bottom of the seventh. A leadoff error followed by a sac bunt set the stage for Xavier Jordon to come through with a two-out walk-off single.

McDonald who came in in the seventh took the loss. Knight started the game and lasted just 4.1 innings before giving way to Justin Kidd for 1.2 innings. Knight allowed nine hits, five earned runs and two walks to go along with four punchouts. Kidd gave up three hits and two runs.

Knight, who finished the season one RBI shy of tying the single-season school record (35), had four hits on the day. Kisley, who tied the single-season school record for sacrifice hits with 10, also had four hits in the doubleheader.

The Yeomen will be losing just one player off its roster this season in James, so fans should be excited to see even better things from this young bunch in 2013.

Sean Carr at the UAA Championship (photo courtesy of Chicago Sports Information)

No. 21 Spartan Men Fall to No. 2 Emory in UAA Championship Semifinals

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The No. 21 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team scored a point early in doubles play, but eventually fell by a score of 8-1 to No. 2 Emory University (Ga.) in the semifinal round of the 2012 University Athletic Association Championship on Friday morning at Sanlando Park.

The fourth-seeded Spartans (14-8 overall, 1-1 UAA) now move to the league's third-place match versus second-seeded No. 13 Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) tomorrow (Saturday, April 28) at 9:00 a.m. Top-seeded Emory (18-0, 2-0 UAA) advances to the title match versus third-seeded Washington University-St. Louis.

A win tomorrow would give the Spartans a tie for the best finish in program history (third in 1999). A loss would make this year's team just the third in program history to finish fourth (1996 and 2000).

Emory got off to a 2-1 lead in three tightly-contested doubles matches. The Spartans picked up their point at second position as the tandem of senior co-captain Sean Carr (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) and junior Richard Brunsting (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) defeated Elliot Kahler and Ian Wagnerby a count of 8-4.

The Eagles won the other two doubles matches at No. 1 and No. 3 by respective scores of 8-5 and 8-6, then took all six singles matches in straight-sets.

Tomorrow's match with CMU takes on added importance for the Spartans, as the team looks to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Championship Tournament. It would be the first in program history.

Yeowomen Upset Wittenberg in Double Header 


Springfield, Ohio – The Oberlin College softball team captured two North Coast Athletic Conference contests on the road today traveling to Wittenberg University winning game one 10-4 and taking the nightcap 9-6. With the sweep, the Yeowomen earned their third and fourth NCAC wins of the season, marking the most conference wins in a season in school history.
Wittenberg (22-16, 7-9 NCAC) jumped out in front plating a run in the bottom of the first inning to take the short-lived lead. The Oberlin bats exploded in the top of the second inning during the lid-lifter scoring 9 runs on 8 hits.

Katie Pieplow started the second inning barrage with a single to left field. With one out  Cheryl Lindsly singled scoring Pieplow for the first RBI of the inning.  The next five batters singled to add four runs for the Yeowomen before Pieplow struck again.  This time she doubled to score two teammates going 2-2 with 2 RBI in the inning to give Oberlin the 9-1 advantage. 
Wittenberg regrouped to score two runs off two hits in the bottom of the second frame before pitcher Emily King managed to force two consecutive ground balls to Kristine Kuchta at second for easy put outs at first.
With two outs in the third inning Kelsey Steiner’s triple to center field put the Yeowomen in scoring position again, Kuchta’s second single of the day resulted in her second RBI as Steiner scored to give Oberlin all the runs it would need to upset the home team.
King allowed just one more Wittenberg run in the bottom of the 4th, to notch her eighth victory of the season. 
In the nightcap the Yeowomen combined for 13 hits to seal their second victory over the Wittenberg Tigers.Peiplow started hot once again doubling in the first inning to score King and Kuchta. Katie Baldonieri scored Peiplow to give Oberlin the 3-0 advantage.
In the second inning Steiner singled and stole second before a Kuchta single plated another run for Oberlin.  King singled in Kuchta to for the 5-1 advantage. 
Oberlin scored three more runs in the 4th to make it an 8-3 ball game before Wittenberg rallied with three runs of their own.
Wittenberg wouldn’t get any closer than 8-6 as Oberlin’s  Paris Gravley added an insurance run with her double to left in the top of the fifth to take a 9-6 lead. 
King was 3-4 in the nightcap. Peiplow went 3-4 with 4 RBI. The victory gave Peiplow her sixth win on the season as Oberlin’s pitcher.   
Oberlin (14-24, 4-10 NCAC) concludes the season with an away double header at the College of Wooster, Saturday, April 28 with the first pitch set for 1 p.m.

B-W Men’s Golf Team Stands Sixth After First Day of OAC 


WEST LAFAYETTE, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s golf team carded a round of 317 strokes today (Friday, April 27) and stands in sixth place after the first day of the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Tournament at the River Greens Golf Course.  The teams plays 27 holes each of the first two days and 18 holes on the final day.

B-W totalled 317 strokes on the par-72 and 6,600-yard River Greens G.C. layout and is 15 strokes back of first place and nationally-ranked Otterbein University.

In terms of team play for the Yellow Jackets (five golfers make up a team with the top four scores counting toward the team total), senior Matt Warren (Copley) led the way by carding a 78. He was followed by senior Ricky Jaskolski (North Royalton/ Parma Padua Fransiscan) and sophomore Augie Warde (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) each with 79s, junior Stephen Spalding (Stow/ Walsh Jesuit) with an 81 and freshman Adam Sanders (Fairview Park/ Fairview) with an 88.

The winner of the 2012 OAC Championship Tournament receives the OAC’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

Snode Shoots for Medalist Honors at OAC Golf Championship
ALLIANCE, Ohio—Senior Mary Snode (Alliance/Marlington) hopes to add a first-place finish at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship to her long list of college accomplishments when the Mount Union women's golf team plays at the 2012 OAC Championship this weekend. The three-day, 72-hole event begins on Friday and concludes Sunday. The 36-hole tournament will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Foxfire Golf Course in Lockbourne, Ohio.

Mary Snode

Mount Union's only OAC Championship came in 2002 when Meghann Glass took medalist honors by shooting a 36-hole tournament record 156. Glass is the only Purple Raider to finish first at the conference championship, doing so twice (2001 and 2002). The Raiders finished fourth a year ago.

Tied for the lead after a first round 80, Snode finished one stroke behind Otterbein's Catherine Brunoehler at last year's OAC Championship with a 165 to earn First Team All-OAC honors for the second time.

Snode has won every event she has participated since and enters the weekend having won a school record 10 consecutive tournaments. Her season stroke average of 76.79 ranks third nationally. Snode carded a school record 69 at the Mount Union Spring Invitational, which is tied for the second-lowest round in the nation this season.

If Mount Union does not finish first to receive the OAC's team automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship, Snode could still qualify as an individual. The top six individuals nationally who are not members of a team that has qualified will receive at-large bids to the national tournament at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Indiana.

Senior Megan Zenobi (Novelty/West Geauga) and sophomore Kelly Slutz (Smithville/Orrville) have been contributors for the Raiders throughout the season. Zenobi is second on the team with an 87.8-stroke average and finished tied for 16th at last year's OAC Championship with a 178. Slutz has an average of 90.4 strokes and finished tied for 14th with a 176 a year ago.

Freshmen Amber Bruno (Struthers/Cardinal Mooney) and Lexi Scala (Aliquippa, Pa./Central Valley) will also participated for Mount Union this weekend.

Baldwin-Wallace won the 2011 OAC Championship with a score of 671. Otterbein finished in second place with 674 strokes as they saw their three-year run as conference champions come to an end. The Yellow Jackets return all four scorers from a year ago. Miranda Cunningham and Rebecca Kapusta tied for fourth place a year ago with a score of 167. Emilee Woolf and Brooke Hamilton also return.

The All-OAC teams will be voted on by the conference coaches after the tournament. The teams will consist of 15 members with five on First Team, five on Second Team, and five receiving honorable mention.