A Page -- April 29, 2012 -- PM Edition

Bulldogs end skid on Chalfant's game-winner

By, Chip Lemin 

Nick Chalfant singled in his 3rd run of the game for the winning run with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning to bring victory back to field 3 in Olmsted Falls. Jared Kurz threw a solid game scattering 6 six hits and striking out 5 to help the Dawgs end a 4 game losing streak. 

Victory seemed almost certain as Richie Rader stood up to fire the ball around after an apparent strikeout pitch by Jared Kurz with one out in the 7th. The pitch was called a ball and the inning continued until Midpark had grabbed a 5-4 lead going into the bottom of the 7th. The Bulldogs responded with a walk to Laird and a HBP of Rinas to set the table for Richie Rader to single sharply through the box to score Laird and knot the game at 5-5. Wes Allen was walked to load the bases. 
Kurz (L), Chalfant (R)

With two outs Chalfant produced the 4th walk off win of the year for the Bulldogs. The Dawgs used a three run 4th to take a 3-1 lead as Scott Lemin smacked a ball through a drawn in second baseman to score John Roche (BB) and Wes Allen (BB) and Lemin moved up on the throw to set the table for Chalfant. Chalfant bounced a hard grounder through the left side as Allen and Lemin scampered home. 

Brennan Laird hit a two strike single to center and stole third after advancing on a ground out. Laird then timed up the Midpark hurler and raced home for a straight steal of home on a close play at the plate stretch the lead to 4-1 in the 5th. The win brought the Dawgs to 3-6 in SWC play to bring a frustrating season to the mid way point. Coach Largent addressed the players at length at Tuesday's practice to reaffirm the coaching staff's commitment to the players in a thus far disappointing season. He asked the players to dig deep and not give up themselves and continue to work on individual skills outside of practice or games.

 There is still time to produce a better performance and effort in the second half the season. The mid season report from Bulldog Insider finds the lack of a consistent offense and a unpredictable defense as the top two areas hurting the team's opportunity to win more games. 

The pitching staff has turned in some good efforts undermined by untimely errors and not enough offensive support. The coaching staff continues efforts to inspire the players to look forward to the remaining games and work on baseball fundamentals as the best ways to win more games. 

Spartan Women Fall to Rochester, Sweep NYU to Place Seventh at UAA Championship

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team lost a tight decision to the University of Rochester (N.Y.), 5-4, but rebounded to sweep New York University to place seventh at the 2012 University Athletic Association Championship on Saturday Sanlando Park.

The Spartans end one of the best seasons in program history at 18-6 overall and 1-2 in the Association.

Versus Rochester (9-5, 1-1 UAA), the Spartans fell behind 2-1 in doubles action with junior captain Kathleen Evers<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/evers%20kathleen%20ckvv> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and sophomore Bianca Patel<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/patel%20bianca%20wa5r> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) picking up a point at No. 3 with an 8-4 victory versus Cara Genbauffe and Janice Zhao.
Marianne Bonnano at the UAA Championship (photo courtesy of Chicago Sports Information) 

In singles play, positions three through six were decided in straight-sets with the Spartans picking up victories at No. 4 by freshman Alexandra Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20alexandra%20jlxi> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and No. 5 by Patel. Rochester scored points at No. 3 and No. 6 before eventually clinching the match with a three-set win at No. 1.

Case's other point came from freshman Marianne Bonnano<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/bonnano%20marianne%20wdo3> (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 2.

Versus NYU (0-11, 0-3 UAA), the Spartans jumped out to a 3-0 lead in doubles action. Alexandra Lim and junior sister Erika Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20erika%20emv7> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) won 8-5 at No. 1, while Evers and Patel completed a 2-0 day with an 8-1 victory at No. 2. Bonnano and freshman Sitara Koneru<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/koneru%20sitara%20ykm8> (Columbia, Ohio/Wellington School) won by a walk-over at No. 3.

In singles, only four matches were contested, and the Spartans won three in straight-sets with Evers at No. 2, Koneru at No. 3 and freshman Morgan Hertik<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/hertik%20morgan%20gia7> (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) at No. 4. Bonnano went the distance with Ramya Pokala and eventually won 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-4).

Yeowomen Lacrosse Drops Season Finale at Wittenberg

Springfield, Ohio – The outstanding season for the Oberlin College women’s lacrosse team came to an end on Saturday afternoon, as the Yeowomen fell to NCAC-leading Wittenberg by a 9-2 score line.

With the defeat, Oberlin concluded its season with an overall record of 11-5, while finishing 1-5 in the North Coast under first-year Head Coach Jacqueline McDevitt. Despite today’s setback it was still one of the most successful seasons in school history as the Yeowomen won their first conference game since 2007 and their 11 total wins are the most since 1998.

"It was a tough loss today," Coach McDevitt said. "It wasn't the best way to send off our seniors, but overall it still has been a very amazing year for us. Our defense played pretty well today, keeping the conference champs under 10 goals which was one of our goals coming in. During conference play our defense has played great all year."

The Tigers displayed their talent from the on-set, scoring five goals in the first half to lead 5-0 at the break. Wittenberg would add two more scores to start the second session before Oberlin would get on the board courtesy of a Sarah Andrews’ goal with 17:01 left to play.
Lori Sako 

Ilyssa Meyer then followed with her team-leading 44th goal of the season as she cashed in an 8-meter attempt just over a minute after Andrews’ finish.

Unfortunately, the Tigers would short-circuit any threat of an Oberlin comeback attempt by scoring two more times to effectively put the game away for good.

The Tigers out-shot the Yeowomen 31-16, but the ground ball battle was very close with a 30-25 margin in favor of Wittenberg. Freshman Jodi Helsel led the OC ground game by scooping up five. Furthermore, Oberlin won seven of the game’s 13 draw controls. Senior Lori Sako recorded a team-high five draws.

Madeleine O’Mearma played all 60 minutes in goal and turned away 11 shots on the afternoon.

Oberlin will be saying goodbye to Sako and fellow senior Alice Zicht, along with junior Sueng Yun Jee. However, the team’s top five goal scorers from this season will all be back in 2013. 

Erin Riley Sarah Tirrell
Riley (L), Tirrell (R)

Magnificat grad Erin Riley wins 800 at RedHawk Invite

OXFORD, Ohio – A pair of RedHawks on the Miami University women’s track and field team won events Saturday at the RedHawk Invitational, held at Miami’s own George Rider Track, to highlight the team’s third and final home meet of the year. The start of the meet was delayed by an hour and a half due to inclement weather while the meet was run under cool and gloomy skies.

Freshman Adaora Anunike (Galena, Ohio) captured first in the shot put, smashing her personal best with a heave of 13.55m/44-4.5, which ranks her ninth in school history in the event. Competing unattached, redshirt junior Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) took second with a toss of 12.46m/40-10.5. Gable also claimed second in the hammer throw with a heave of 51.39m/168-7 and second in the discus (44.35m/145-6), which would have been a personal best. Anunike placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 42.68m/140-0.

Sophomore Erin Riley (Avon Lake, Ohio) was Miami’s other winner, finishing first in the 800m run in a season-best 2:16.03, winning by over a second in a field of 14.

In the 1500m run, Miami claimed spots two through six, led by freshman Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.) in a personal-best 4:38.29. Classmate Alex Chitwood (Carmel, Ind.) was third in 4:39.12, also a personal best, while senior Maggie Bingham (Carmel, Ind.) captured fourth in 4:42.64.

Sophomore Sarah Tirrell (North Canton, Ohio) took third in the 5000m run in 18:47.98 while senior Caroline Kwateng (Brooklyn, N.Y.) also captured third in the 400m dash in a personal-best 1:00.29.  

Oberlin Tennis Finishes 2nd at NCAC Championships; Lewis Earns Big Individual Win

Gambier, Ohio - In their effort to defeat #12 DePauw University in the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship Match the Oberlin College women's tennis team fell just a bit short in their effort losing 5-1.

"The team played well and it was great for the girls to be in the championship match.  Today we lost to a better team, give credit to DePauw they come up with the big shots when they need them," said head coach Constantine Ananiadis following the match.

DePuaw (19-6) earned a sweep in doubles play getting past solid performances from the Yeowomen pairings.  In the top spot Finley Gates and Grace Porter were bested 8-4 by the central region's #4 ranked doubles team in the Tigers' Kelly Gebert and Maggie MacPhail.  

Oberlin's second and third doubles teams dropped their matches by the same 8-3 score.  Seniors Ariel Lewis and Carolyn Ballfinish the season with a 17-5 dual match record in doubles play this season.  Today, DePauw's Meg Crowley and Claire Marshall had just enough to edge out the OC duo at No. 2.

Preeya Shah and Brenna Sheldon saw their run of good play in the third spot come to a close this afternoon falling to Caroline Emhardt and Julie Wittwer, halting a nine match winning streak.

Marshall's 6-0, 6-3 win in the fourth spot over Porter, a first-year, provided the Tigers with a 4-0 lead in the match.  Lewis pulled a point back for Oberlin when she defeated Gebert in the top spot 6-1, 6-2.  The Yeowomen's ace made a strong case for her inclusion in the NCAA Championships defeating the region's 4th ranked player and avenging her only loss of the spring season finishing the year with a 21-2 record in dual matches.

At No. 2 singles Sheldon dropped the first set 6-0 to MacPhail, who is ranked 12th in the region, and then fell 6-3 in a very tightly contested second set.  The remainder of Oberlin's line up recorded unfinished matches as MacPhail's win clinched DePauw's first NCAC title and the conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championships in their first season of competition as a member of the Conference.

Oberlin (19-6, 3-0 NCAC East) may have performed well enough over the course of the season with a fourteen match winning streak and a solid showing in the NCAC finals match to be considered for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships.  The Yeowomen will await the selection and announcement of participating teams on Monday, May 7th. 

Busy Day for Oberlin Track & Field Is In the Books

Ashland, Ohio – The majority of the Oberlin College track and field team was in action at the Ashland University Alumni Open, while select athletes competed at the NCAC Multi-Event Championships on Saturday.

Competing for the Yeowomen at the NCAC multi-events are Ryan McChesney and Ava Keating. Through four scored events of the heptathlon, Keating rest in seventh place with 1,958 points, while McChesney accumulated 1,908 points to sit in ninth. The best event for of the women was the 200-meter dash as they finished third and fourth, respectively. Keating came across the finish line in 27.85, while McChesney was close behind at 28.24.

Competing in the men’s decathlon, are Sean Dembowski and Vlad Bursac. Bursac turned in person-best efforts in the 100 (12.123), high jump (5-05.75), 400 (54.00) and long jump (19-02.50). He currently sits in seventh with 2,766 points. Demobowski is one spot ahead of Bursac with 2,850 points. He had person-records in the 100 (12.00), 400 (53.65) and high jump (5-04.50).

At Ashland, sophomore Sophia Brancazio continued to impress, finishing second in the 200 at 25.98 and sixth in the 100 at 13.35. Freshman Emma Lehman added a ninth-place showing in the 800 at 2:26.38.

In the men’s long jump, Alex Guo checked in second in the long jump with a mark of 21-06. He also placed sixth in the triple jump at 41-02.50.

Senior Shawn Chrapczynski placed third in the 200 at 22.57 and was fourth in the 100 at 11.42.

Quinn Hull (1:57.77), #Jimmy Taylor (1:58.59) and Gavin Hisner (1:58.72), placed eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively in the 800.

In the 1,500, Leo Harrington clocked in fifth at 4:08.86, while teammate Daniel Johnson was one spot back at 4:08.93.

The NCAC multi-events will wrap up tomorrow afternoon.  

Yeomen play 36

Oberlin, Ohio – Playing on the their home course, the Oberlin College golf team carded in a two-round total of 770 (388-382) on Saturday at the Oberlin Golf Club. The event, which is the second part of the NCAC Championship Series, will conclude tomorrow with an 18-hole round.

Leading the way for the Yeomen was freshman Nathan Gonzales as he signed his card with a total of 173 on the day. He was the most consistent player, posting an 87 in round one before shooting an 86 in round two to rest in 41st place.

Playing in his last conference tournament, senior Jake Panka battled the elements in round one, fighting against rain, wind and light snow to post a 96. He followed with a 98 in round two to finish with a mark of 194 and currently sits in 46th place.

Sean Dowgray, who has been in-and-out of the line-up all year due to conservatory commitments, shaved five strokes off his round-one total of 102 to record a 97 on his second time through the par-72, 6,617-yard course. His total of 199 is good for 47th overall.

Completing the list of Yeomen placers was Christopher Stott, who finished with a score of 204 (103-111).

Wittenberg leads the tournament with a total of 600 (303-297). Through four rounds of the complete NCAC Championship series, the Tigers lead with 1,201 (304-297-303-297) total strokes. Ohio Wesleyan University is in second place with a score of 1,233 (311-303-315-304).

The event will come to an end tomorrow afternoon. The first pairing will tee off at 7:30 a.m.