A Page -- April 4, 2012 -- AM Edition

Olmsted Falls' Mat Jurcak

Top-Five National Time Earns Jurcak Second-Straight UAA Weekly Honor

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – After sprinting to the finish line with one of the nation's fastest times in the 110-meter hurdles, Case Western Reserve University senior All-American Matthew Jurcak (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) picked up his second-straight University Athletic Association Men's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week laurel, announced the league office Tuesday.

The second-consecutive weekly award marks the fourth time in Jurcak's career he has earned the honor. He has continued to post outstanding performances since his fifth-place All-American finish in the 60m hurdles at the 2012 NCAA Division III Indoor Championship in early March.

During this past weekend's Emory Track & Field Classic, Jurcak bested the field with a time of 14.61 seconds, the fourth-quickest time in Division III this spring.

Two weeks ago while competing in the VMI/Washington & Lee Carnival, Jurcak earned his initial UAA award after setting a stadium record with a first-place time of 14.94 in the 110 hurdles.

Jurack and the rest of the Spartans are back in action on Saturday, April 7 on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University for the annual Marv Frye Invitational at George Gauthier Track. Events are scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. in Delaware.

Alliance's Mary Snode named golfer of week in OAC

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—In what has become a weekly routine during the 2011-12 golf season, Mount Union senior Mary Snode (Alliance/Marlington) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Week on Monday.

Snode claimed medalist honors at this weekend's Capital Purple & White Invitational at Foxfire Golf Club in Lockbourne. After shooting a 72 in the opening round to take a six-stroke lead into Saturday, she carded a 74 in the second round to post a 36-hole score of two-over-par (144). Snode finished seven strokes of Jessica Layman (Bethel, Ind.), who was in second place.

This was the eighth straight event that Snode has won this academic year dating back to the fall. She has won 16 different events throughout her four-year collegiate career.

Snode has now won the award six times this season, including the past two weeks. Entering the week, her season average was 76.9, which was just over eight strokes fewer than the next closest golfer in the OAC.

Mount Union will hit the links next when they play in the Westminster Invitational at New Castle Country Club in New Castle, Pa. on April 9th.

Hartville's Eick Nabs MAC Track Athlete of the Week

Junior from Hartville, Ohio wins award for third time in career


CLEVELAND - Miami University junior distance runner Jarrod Eick has earned Mid-American Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. He is the second RedHawk on the men’s track and field team to win a MAC weekly award this year as senior Jordan Goffena won MAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week March 21 after opening weekend.

Eick (Hartville, Ohio) had a spectacular race in the 5000m for Miami Saturday at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, hosted by the University of Cincinnati. He clocked a personal-best time of 14:19.85, knocking over 20 seconds off his previous best time, while his time ranks 23rd in the country and tops in the MAC, nine seconds better than anyone else. He finished second in the race in a field of 32 but was less than half a second behind the race’s winner, Cincinnati All-American Eric Finan (14:19.46). Eick was then nearly 10 seconds ahead of the third-place finisher from Marquette. He earned eight points for Miami by taking second, which helped the ‘Hawks finish second at the meet.

The award is the third of Eick’s track career as he also won MAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week twice last year as a sophomore. He now has five MAC weekly awards to his name however, also winning MAC Runner of the Week for cross country twice, once this past fall and once as a sophomore in 2010.


Eick and the RedHawks return to the track this weekend, hosting its own Miami Invitational Friday and Saturday at George Rider Track in the first of three home meets this year.

Storm Scoring Silenced At Cedarville

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College (5-22) softball team was held scoreless in a doubleheader at Cedarville University (22-11), 8-0 in five innings and 4-0 at Lady Jacket Field in Cedarville, Ohio. 

The Storm was able to plate a run in game two despite 10 hits.  In game one, Lake Erie had just a lone hit by sophomore outfielder Jeniffer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union) in the fifth inning. 

In game two, eight of Lake Erie's nine starters got hits with Gratz and senior centerfielder Haley Rathge (Edon, Ohio/Napoleon) each accounting for a pair.  Rathge also had a double accounting for the Storm's lone extra base hit.  The Storm also drew three hit by pitches, a walk and a reached on error but stranded all 15 baserunners. 

Lake Erie left one runner on base in every inning including the bases loaded in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.  The Storm went 10-for-18 with no one out or a lone runner on first base but 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Senior Sam Ronde (Akron, Ohio/Coventry) went the distance for Lake Erie, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts.

In game one, the Yellow Jackets scored in every innings with solo runs in the first two frames and two runs in each of the final three. Sophomore Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 14 hits. 

Lake Erie will be back in action tomorrow as it hosts its "Taking Breast Cancer By Storm" games against GLIAC-leading Ashland University with first pitch at 3:30 p.m.

Spartan Freshman Gena Roberts Named UAA Hitter of the Week

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Another "red-hot" seven days at the plate has landed Case Western Reserve University freshman rightfielder Gena Roberts (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity) University Athletic Association Hitter of the Week honors, announced the league office on Tuesday.

Gena Roberts (photo by Matt Napfel)

Roberts, who earns the UAA honor for the first time in her young career, batted a whopping .581 (18-for-31) during a 5-3 week for the Spartans. In eight games, Roberts homered, walked twice and totaled five doubles, 10 runs and 10 runs batted-in.

During this past Sunday's doubleheader sweep of Bethany College (W. Va.), Roberts was a combined 7-for-8 with her third homer of the season and seven RBI. In 14 games since returning from the team's spring break trip in Florida, Roberts has batted .574 with three homers and 15 RBI as the Spartans have won of 11-of-14.

For the season, the rookie outfielder is batting a team-best .415 and ranks second on the squad with 34 base-hits.

The Spartans (17-10 overall) are only two wins shy of equaling the team's total from all of last season. Next up on the schedule is a home doubleheader with Heidelberg University on Wednesday, April 4 at 3:30 p.m. at Mather Park.

Spartan Junior Jarrett Gish Tabbed UAA Pitcher of the Week

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – A 2-0 record and 16 scoreless innings have netted Case Western Reserve University junior left-handerJarrett Gish (Jupiter, Fla./Suncoast) University Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week honors, announced the league office on Tuesday.

Jarrett Gish has thrown 24.2 consecutive scoreless innings.

Gish (4-1 overall) threw a pair of eight-inning scoreless gems last week to defeat Otterbein University on Tuesday and Allegheny College (Pa.) on Sunday. In 16 innings, the "southpaw" allowed just 10 hits and struck out 13 batters without issuing a walk. Versus Otterbein, Gish struck out a career-high nine batters as the Spartans cruised to a 5-0 victory.

In his last four outings dating back to March 15, Gish has not surrendered a run in 24.2 consecutive innings. During that stretch, he has lowered his season earned run average from 5.93 to 2.56.

The team leader in ERA, Gish has 34 strikeouts compared to only five walks in 38.2 innings of work this spring.

The Spartans (16-10 overall) have won 4-of-6 heading into a single, nine-inning game versus Denison University later this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at Nobby's Ballpark.

Amateur Bowling Notes

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 4/2/12


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

George Kasidosis, Cleveland, 3/28, Buckeye Lanes;

Daniel Block, Parma, 4/1, Brookgate Lanes;

John Popovich Jr., Berea, 4/2, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Thomas Domzalski Jr., Maple Heights, 4/2, Maple Heights Lanes;



    299 Games

Dale Rush, Garfield Heights, 3/31, Cloverleaf Lanes;



    298 Games



    800 Series


B-W Baseball Team Splits OAC Doubleheader With Cross-

Town Rival John Carroll

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO --  The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team split an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader with cross-town rival John Carroll University today (Tuesday, April  3, 2012) at Schweickert Field.  The Yellow Jackets won the first game by final score of 5-2 in seven innings but fell in the nightcap by a score of 11-7 in nine innings.

With the split, B-W is now 18-4 overall and 2-2 in the OAC while John Carroll is now 9-10 overall and 2-2 in the OAC.

In game one, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when junior leftfielder Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y./St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute) led off the game with a single to center field.  Toughey stole second and would score on the RBI single by freshman first baseman Kyle Chontos (Pickerington/North).

B-W added to its lead, 3-0, in the top of the third inning as it scored two runs on two hits.  Senior shortstop Anthony Longhitano (Cuyahoga Falls) led off the inning with a base knock through the left side and then stole second.  Longhitano would score on the two-run homerun to right field by Chontos.  The Blue Steaks cut into the lead, 3-2, in the bottom half of the inning as they scored two runs on three hits.

The Yellow Jackets would add another run on three hits in the top of the fifth inning to push their lead to 4-2.  Longhitano had a one-out single to center field advanced to second on the single to right center by Chontos.  Junior second baseman Jay Yost (Bascom/Hopewll-Loudon) would single to right field to score Longhitano and Chontos would advance to second.

B-W would tack on another run on two hits in the top of the sixth to extend the lead to 5-2.  Junior centerfielder Nolan Neuschaefer (Elyria) led off the inning  with a single through the right side and then stole second base.  Senior catcher Ryan Nordquist (Alliance) walked. Neuschaefer advanced to third a wild pitch on ball four to Nordquist and would score on the sacrifice fly by Toughey.

The Yellow Jacket offense had 11 hits and was led by Chontos and Longhitano who each went 3-for-4.  Chontos had a homerun and three RBI while Longhitano had a stolen base and two runs scored.  Freshman designated hitter Zach Ferster (Olmsted Falls) went 2-for-4.

On the mound, senior Josh Scott (Strongsville) pitched six innings to improve to 5-0 on the season. Scott allowed two runs with four strikeouts and two walks. Junior reliever Jon Tenley (Wadsworth) came into pitch a scoreless seventh inning to record his fifth save of the season and his all-time leading ninth career save.

In game two, B-W would take an early lead 1-0 when Toughey led off the game with a walk and then would advance to second on a stolen base.  Toughey advanced to third on the ground out by Longhitano and Chontos would walk.   Freshman third baseman Eric Murphy ( Brook Park/Midpark) grounded out to second but Toughey would score on the play.  John Carroll would take the lead in the bottom half of the inning as it would score four runs on four hits.

The Yellow Jackets cut into the lead, 4-2, as they would score one run on two hits in the top of the second inning.  Ferster led off the inning with an infield base hit that he was initially called out but after an appeal by Head Coach Brian Harrison he was called safe.   Ferster then stole second base and would score on the RBI base hit by Nordquist.

The Blue Streaks would push six more runs across the plate on seven hits to extend the lead to 10-2 after three complete innings.

B-W would come back with four  runs on two hits in the top of the fourth to cut the lead down to 10-6.  Yost was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Ferster walked and Yost went to second base.  Yost would go to third on the fielder’s choice by Neuschaefer and Ferster was forced out on the play.  Neuschaefer stole second base and would score along with Yost on the RBI single to right field by freshman rightfielder Alex Green (Pickerington/North).  Toughey would reach on an error and Green moved up to second base.  Toughey and Green would each move up a base on a wild pitch and would both score on the two RBI base knock by Longhitano.

John Carroll would add to its lead in the bottom of the sixth as it scored one run on three hits to extend the lead to 11-6.

The Yellow Jackets scored  one run on two hits in the top of the eighth inning to close out the scoring at 11-7.   Neuschaefer had a one-out triple to right center and would score on the RBI single to right center by Nordquist.

The B-W offense scored seven runs on nine hits and was led by Nordquist and Green who each went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

On the mound, four B-W pitchers allowed 11 runs (10 earned) on 19 hits.

B-W is back in action tomorrow (Wednesday, April 4)  when they host Case Western Reserve University in a non-conference nine inning game at Heritage Field.  First pitch for the home opener is slated for 4:00 p.m.   The Yellow Jackets will close out the week with an n OAC doubleheader with the University of Mount Union at Heritage Field on Friday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m.