A Page -- April 29, 2011

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Tennis Team 

Defeats Otterbein, 7-2, In OAC Match

WESTERVILLE, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team defeated Otterbein University, 7-2,  in an Ohio Athletic Conference Match.  The victory was the 10th in the last 11 matches for the Yellow Jackets.

With its win, B-W is now 14-7 overall and 7-1 in the OAC.  The Yellow Jackets have won 54 of their past 57 OAC matches, including three of the past four OAC titles. B-W has also advanced to three of the last four NCAA Division III National Tournaments.  With its loss, the Student Princes fell to 2-12 overall and 1-4 in the OAC.
Mittler (L), Pecinovsky (R)

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 3-0 lead by winning all three doubles matches.  The number one duo of senior Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley) and sophomore Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Catholic) won, 8-6, to improve to 19-8 overall this season. The No.2 duo of junior Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) and senior Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/Green) won, 8-4, to improve to 15-5 this season. The No.3 tandem of senior Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior) and freshman Morgan Baker (Vermilion/ Elyria Catholic) won, 8-5, to improve to 10-8 this season.
Baker (L), Pelosi (R)

B-W won four of six singles matches, as three of the of the four winners won in straight sets. The Yellow Jackets were led by Greene at No. 4 who won 6-0 and 6-3 to capture her team leading 19th overall victory. Junior Safaa Hajji (Rabat, MOROCCO) at No.2 won by scores of 6-3, 6-3. Pelosi at No.5 and Marshall at No. 6 won by scores of 6-2, 5-7, 10-3 and 6-2, 6-2, respectively.
Hajji, Greene 

After 21 matches this season, Greene leads the team in singles with 17 wins and is 17-6 overall. Pecinovsky is 17-9, Pelosi is 18-8, Marshall is 16-9, Mittler is 15-13 and Hajji is 11-2.

Demons fall for only the second time this season

Westlake’s tennis team lost for only the second time this season, dropping a tight 3-2 decision to New Albany. The Demons, 6-0 in the SWC, have an overall dual match season record of 9 and 2.

Westlake’s wins came at first singles and first doubles.

Defending state runner up Colton Buffington defeated Steven Miller at No. 1 singles 2, 6-0. 

At first doubles it was J.T. Rapaport/Kevin Wang winning the bookends in split sets over John Hendrix/Ameen Farwama 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

Third singles was also a tight one, but the Demons came up short. It was Oliver Sybert (NA) d. Abhi Ramachandran (W) 7-6, 2-6, 10-4.

New Albany’s Sean Yun topped Jason Wissman 6-2, 6-1, at second singles and the NA second doubles team of Jordan Rabe/Ryan McDonald clipped  Stephen Fleischer/Aroh Pandit  6-3, 6-2.

Led by three Gold Ball Awards, Demons 

bounce back with win over Midpark to 

close SWC dual season undefeated 

Westlake’s tennis team bounced back from its non-league loss to New Albany by closing out the Southwest Conference dual season with a 5-0 win over Midpark. The Demons are well on their way to defending their SWC title with only the conference tourney left to play.

Westlake’s dual match season record is 10-2 and SWC record 7 and 0
1. Colton Buffington d. Kalnasy 6-0, 6-0 - gold ball award
2. Jason Wissman d. Postel 6-2, 6-0
3. Abhi Ramachandran d. Poschner 6-0, 6-0 - gold ball award
1. JT Rapaport/Kevin Wang d. Baldwin/Junkers 6-0, 6-0 - gold ball award
2. Aroh Pandit/Stephen Flesicher d. Motoc/Nakon 6-0, 6-2

B-W Men’s Tennis Team Falls to Otterbein, 5-4, 

Inside the Lou Higgins Center

BEREA, OHIO –  The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team fell to Otterbein University, 5-4, today (Wednesday, April 27) inside the Lou Higgins Center. The match was moved indoors due to inclement weather outside.

With its loss, the Yellow Jackets fall to to 19-4 overall and 5-3 in the OAC and Otterbein improves to 10-10 overall and 6-2 in the OAC.

Otterbein gained a 2-1 advantage as the number-three tandem of juniors Alex Kearney (North Olmsted) and Taylor Long (Ashland/ Senior)  won the only doubles match for the Yellow Jackets, 8-3. The win improves there overall record to 19-3.

B-W won three of the six singles matches, all in straight sets. The Yellow Jackets were led by junior number one player Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) as he won by scores of 6-4, 6-3. Sophomore No.2 player Joe Horvath (North Royalton) won by scores of 6-1 and 6-4 to improve his overall record on the season to 20-4. Senior No.4 player Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ Lakewood St. Edward) improved his overall record to  22-7 as he won by dominating his opponent in both sets 6-1, 6-1. Lachman’s victory gave him the overall team lead in victories at 22.

Spartan Baseball Ends Regular Season 

with 11-6 Loss versus JCU

CLEVELAND, OH – The Case Western Reserve University baseball team ended the 2011 regular season with an 11-6 loss versus local-rival John Carroll University on Wednesday, April 27 at Nobby’s Ballpark. Despite the setback, the Spartans finish the regular season at 30-13 overall with 17 victories in their last 20 games.

The Spartans will now play the waiting game, hoping to obtain a Pool B or Pool C bid to the NCAA Division IIII Championship. The official field announcement is not expected until mid-May with regionals slated to begin on May 18.\

The Blue Streaks (14-15 overall) got on the board with a single run in the first inning before junior pitcher Brad Potter (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) induced an inning-ending double play. The Spartans tied the game in the third when senior catcher Steve Bills (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) ripped a solo homer down the left field line. 

JCU went back on top in the fourth with a solo homerun from John Hastings then added two in the fifth with a sacrifice fly and a hit batter.

CWRU cut into the deficit during its half of the fifth when sophomore shortstop Matt Keen (Tallmadge, OH/Tallmadge) laced an RBI double to left center then came around to score on a single by junior rightfielder Sam Alexander (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams). 

However, JCU tacked on two more scores in the seventh, three more in the eighth and two more in the ninth. The Spartans could only manage one in the eighth and two in the ninth.
For the game, Keen was 1-for-3 with two walks.

Bowling Honor Roll

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 4/25/11
Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center
    300 Games
Tony Anzalone, Parma, 4/19, Buckeye Lanes;
Dan Lightner, Macedonia, 4/21, Roseland Lanes;
Tony Ribic, Fairview Park, 4/22, Fairview Lanes;
Tim Carey, Elyria, 4/22, Buckeye Lanes;
    299 Games
James Willis, Cleveland, 4/20, Ambassador Superior;
    298 Games
Matt Weber, North Royalton, 4/22, Fairview Lanes;
    800 Series
Scott Januszeuski, North Royalton, 4/22, Seven Hills Lanes (847);
Matt Weber, North Royalton, 4/22, Fairview Lanes (831);
Tony Ribic, Fairview Park, 4/22, Fairview Lanes (818);
Bill Senyitko, Olmsted Township, 4/23, Freeway Lanes of Parma (822);


Euclid's Mike Preston joins ever growing 

list of Division III Student/Athletes 

flirting with extended playing careers 

beyond 20-year S/A life 

Cleveland – April 28, 2011 – Every year the NFL allows its 32 teams to hold a work out for draft eligible athletes within the team’s metropolitan area. Earlier this month seniorMike Preston (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) of the Heidelberg University football team was one of three Ohio Athletic Conference players that worked out with the Cleveland Browns.

Joining Preston at wide receiver was Frank Ross of John Carroll University and Keith Darbut, a defensive lineman from Baldwin-Wallace. A total of 16 players were put through combine-like workouts earlier this month at its training facility in Berea, Ohio. Preston had an opportunity to work out in front of the teams’ scouts, coaches and front office personnel.

“Just to be in the mix is a blessing,” said Preston. “It is a very humbling experience. I am very blessed to be brought to the Browns facility for a work out. At this point I want to stand out and give someone a reason to pick me up and put their time into me.”
Preston (L) Ross (R)

And his accolades in his final season on the gridiron at Heidelberg give a reason to be looked at.
Preston led the Berg with 1,213 receiving yards on 76 receptions. He started all 10 games and hauled in 15 touchdown passes to lead the team as well. For the year he finished with 90 points to sit atop the team. Within the OAC, Preston led the way with 7.60 receptions per game and an average of 121.3 yards an outing. He was second in receiving touchdowns.
He earned three All-American honors on the year, and was tabbed the OAC’s Ed Sherman Most Outstanding Receiver, as well as earning a nod on the OAC First Team, the OhioCollegeFootball.com First Team and the D3Football.Com North Region Second Team.
Preston left his name scattered throughout the Heidelberg annuals after his four-year career. He will leave the Berg as the all-time receiving yards leader with 2,748 and receiving touchdowns with 27. In 2010, he topped the Heidelberg single season record book for receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
Heidelberg is not a stranger to the current ranks of the NFL. Gene Smith, the general manager for the Jacksonville Jaguars was a 1987 ’Berg graduate and Browns scouting assistant Donovan Beidelschies was a 2000 graduate.

Oberlin Lacrosse Falls Short in 

Conference Finale

Gambier, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team used a late rally to make things interesting down the stretch, but it was too little too late as the Kenyon College Lords were able to hold on for the 12-9 victory against Yeomen on Wednesday afternoon. 

The Yeomen offense was spearheaded by Thomas Hake’s three-goal effort. Dan Fineman and Connor Jackson also added a pair of scores each in the setback. 

Oberlin battled Kenyon toe-to-toe in the early going as the two teams were essentially trading goals for the first 20 minutes of play. However, after Hake’s first goal of the game to make it a 5-4 Kenyon advantage, the Lords would score six out the next seven goals of the game to take an 11-5 lead with just 9:39 left in the contest.

The Yeomen wouldn’t go down without a fight. After goals by both teams to make it 12-6, Oberlin closed out the game with three straight scores by Hake, Fineman and Jackson, but the final horn sounded before they could get any closer. 

Senior Rob Bond won a season-high 15 face-offs and led the team with five groundballs. 

The Yeomen, who out-shot the Lords 32-27, were successful on 13-of-16 clear attempts. They were edged slightly on groundballs, 29-24. 

Mentor’s Brandon James blasts walk-off 

deep ball to lead Lake Erie College to 


Lake Erie 5-4, Ashland 4-2

PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- Senior all-region OF and two-sport star Brandon James (Mentor) hit a walk-off two-run home run in extra innings for the Lake Erie College baseball team to cap a doubleheader sweep of visiting Ashland University on Thursday. 
Rua (L), James (R)

Junior all-region SS Ryan Rua (Amherst) hit what proved to be the game-winning home run, a solo shot, in the opener in the Storm's 5-4 victory.  Rua also picked up the save in that game while Matt Toth (Lorain/Admiral King) had three hits, including a home run to lead off the game, for LEC. 

Sophomore LHP Doug Fox (Parma/Valley Forge) threw 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief in the two games  The wins improved Lake Erie's record to 19-18 overall and 12-12 in the GLIAC, good for sole possession of fourth place. 

The 19 wins are the most in a single season since the program began in 2002. The Storm opens an important four-game series Saturday at Saginaw Valley. The Storm leads the Cardinals by two games for the fourth and final GLIAC playoff spot with just 10 games remaining in the regular season.

Yeowomen Win in Extra Innings in Game One

Gambier, Ohio - Cheryl Lindsly belted a three-run home run in the top of the eighth and rookie hurler Melanie Budney was locked in inside the circle as the Oberlin College softball team took down Kenyon College 6-3 in eight innings in game one, but the Ladies got revenge in game two with a 13-5 win. 

The game-one victory snapped a 14-game losing streak for the Yeowomen and marked their first NCAC win of the season. It is also the first win in school history for the Yeowomen against the Ladies. 

Oberlin matched a season-high with 16 hits in the victory as every person in the lineup other than leadoff batter Kelsey Steiner had a hit in the game. Kristen Dix and Brittany Dawson led the attack with three hits each. 

Budney scattered nine hits and did not issue a walk in the win. She fanned three and all three of the runs she allowed were unearned. 

Oberlin took advantage of a Kenyon error to score in the top of the first, but it responded by using two hits and one Oberlin error to take a 2-1 lead after one inning of play. 

It would remain that way until the top of the fifth as a critical Kenyon error in the outfield allowed the Yeowomen to regain the lead as they plated a pair of runs. Unfortunately, two OC miscues in the bottom of the frame resulted in the Ladies posting a single tally to tie the game at three.

After leaving two runners stranded in the top of the seventh, the Yeowomen were able to break through in the eighth. Megan Widmer got the inning started with a single through the left side and Dix followed with a double to the gap in left center. With the table set, Lindsly came through in the clutch with her team-leading third home run of the season, which proved to be the difference in the end. Budney then sat down the Ladies in order in the home half of the frame to secure her third win of the season. 

Game two was a little different story as the Ladies jumped on the Yeowomen early by posting a three-spot in the first inning. OC responded with two runs of its own in the top of the second. Lindsly picked up right where she left off with a run-producing double.

Unfortunately, Kenyon would tack on three more in the bottom of the second and add two in the third to make it an 8-2 game. The Yeowomen got back into it by scoring three runs of their own in the top of the fourth. Dawson plated the first two runs on a double and Katie Baldonieri later followed with an RBI double of her own. 

Once again the Ladies would answer with three runs in the bottom of the fourth before adding two more in the sixth. 

After pounding out 16 hits in game one, Oberlin had just six hits in the nightcap.