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

Yeomen Defeat College of Wooster

Wooster, Ohio - The Oberlin College men's tennis squad won four of six singles matches to remain unbeaten in North Coast Athletic Conference play after defeating the College of Wooster 6-3.

"Wooster came to play today and they made it difficult for the guys at times.  I thought we did well to fight through and preserve a couple of matches that did not look like they would go our way.  The guys played some pretty good doubles matches and then did a nice job of stepping up their play in singles.  Joe and Sam each had good performances in singles, said head coach Adam Shoemaker.

Oberlin took a 2-1 lead following doubles action winning the top two spots.  Charlie Marks and Soren Zeliger were first off the courts handing Wooster's Landon Moore and Jake Pine an 8-4 defeat earning their 5th win together in the top spot.

Hitting in the second spot, Logan Chun and Ben Turchin secured their tenth win of the season as a pairing after they upended the Fighting Scots' Paul Thomas and Zach Rotter 8-5.

Wooster was an 8-5 winner in the third spot as John Schulz and David Greetham defeated Sam Towne and Joe Leffler.

The College of Wooster pressed forward in singles play and looked to have the upperhand in several of the matches in the early stages.  The Yeomen regrouped picking up an easy win in the top spot.  Chun earned his 10th dual match win at No. 1 defeating Moore in straight set 6-2, 6-1.

In the sixth position Leffler recovered after trailing in the first set and from his doubles loss to down Schulz 6-4, 6-1.

Towne, the Yeomen's other senior, also found success in singles play over Nick Biniker.  A 6-3 first set win had things looking good then Biniker raced out to a 4-1 lead in the second set before Towne rolled to wins in six of the next seven games for the 7-5 comeback victory to take the match in straight sets.

Oberlin's No. 4, Turchin, evened the match with Pine after winning the second set 6-3, however, unable to maintain the momentum he dropped the third set 7-5.

Oberlin's final win came at the No. 3 spot as Zeliger, Oberlin's lone first-year in the line up, recovered from a first set tiebreak loss to easily win the second and third sets defeating Rotter 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-4.

Oberlin (8-8, 2-0 NCAC) travels to Denison University for another conference tilt on Saturday, April 7 with the match set to get underway at 1 p.m.

Mount Baseball Knocks Off No. 2 Marietta; Raiders Get a Split With Defending National Champions in OAC Series

MARIETTA, Ohio -- Mount Union sophomore Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) did not allow an earned run in six innings pitched and his RBI single in the top half of the seventh inning proved to be the difference in a 6-5 game one Ohio Athletic Conference victory over No. 2 ranked Marietta at Don Schaly Stadium in Marietta.

The Pioneers came back and won and game two, 8-1 to salvage a split and they are now 15-4 overall and tied for first place in the OAC at 3-1.

Mount Union moves to 16-7 overall and 2-2 in the OAC.

The loss in the opener, which was delayed an hour with rain, was the first home loss for the defending national champions since 2010 -- a span of 22 games.

The Purple Raiders scored four runs in the third inning to take an early lead the big hit coming on a three RBI double from sophomore right fielder Connor Mathis (Akron/Firestone)

Mathis finished the game 2-for-3.

Mount Union let the Pioneers back in the game as the Raiders committed four errors that led to three unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth. Marietta got two runs in the seventh and had the tying run on third base when Tom Bekelesky (Akron/Firestone) came on and faced one batter to get his first save of the season.

In the nightcap, Marietta scored three runs in the first inning and tacked on two more in the third to take a 5-0 lead.

Mount Union pushed a run across in the sixth on an RBI single by C.J. Stotler (Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum) but the Pioneers got that run back in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the eighth for the 8-1 final.

Mike Mulvey scattered six hits and did allow an earned run over 6.0 innings to get the win while Mitch Gears and Tim Saunders had three hits for Marietta.

The Raiders got two hits from Mathis while Mike Horning (Avon/Avon) took his first loss of the season.

Mount Union finishes a six-game road swing to open OAC play Friday at 1 pm at Baldwin-Wallace in Berea.

Oberlin Softball Drops Home Opener to Denison

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College softball team gave Denison University all it could handle in game one, but in the end the visiting Big Red were able to pull away for a 10-7 win before taking game two of the doubleheader 5-0 in what was the home opener for the Yeowomen on Tuesday afternoon.

In the lid-lifter, the Yeowomen were leading 5-0 heading into the fifth inning. Oberlin got things going right from the start, plating three runs in the bottom of the first inning before adding single tallies in the third and fourth innings.


The first-inning firepower all happened with two outs. Kristen Dix provided the big hit of the frame with a two-run double that hit off of the wall in center field to score both Kelsey Steiner and Katie Baldonieri who each hit singles earlier in the inning.  Rookie Katie Pieplow then would trade places with Dix as her double to the gap in right center allowed Dix to score.

In the third inning it was Dix who came through once again as she lifted her second home run of the season over the wall in left center to make it a 4-0 Yeowomen advantage. Oberlin’s run in the fourth came courtesy of Emily King as she hustled to beat out a ground ball to second for infield single that allowed Paris Gravley to come home.

After pitching out of a jam in the fourth to leave two Denison runners stranded on second and third, King ran into some trouble in the fifth as the Big Red found a way to score four runs on just two hits to make it a 5-4 game.

Following a scoreless bottom of the fifth for Oberlin, Denison would tack on three more runs in the sixth to go up 7-5. However, Oberlin’s never-say-die attitude shined through in the home-half of the frame as it answered right back with two runs of its own to tie the game at seven going into the seventh. Jennifer Goldsmith doubled to score Gravley and then King came through with a sac fly to left that sent Kristine Kuchta across the dish.

Unfortunately, the Oberlin momentum was short-lived as Denison used five hits in the top of the seventh to score three times en route to the win.

Dix finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI’s and two runs scored to go along with that long ball. Pieplow also had a pair of hits in the game.

After pounding out 10 hits in game one, the Oberlin bats quieted down in the nightcap as the team had just four hits.

It was scoreless through three as King did her job inside the circle in shutting down the Big Red as well. However, in the fourth the Big Red finally broke through with two runs and then would add one in the fifth and two more in the sixth.

Baldonieri and Pieplow were the only Yeowomen to register a hit in the game as they each went 2-for-3.

The Yeowomen return to action on Friday afternoon when they make the short trek over the Case Western Reserve University. First pitch of the twinbill is set for 3:30 p.m.
Spartans and Big Red Tie in 11 Innings; Game Called Due to Darkness

CLEVELAND, Ohio – After three and a half hours and 11 innings of action, a winner could not be declared on Tuesday as the Case Western Reserve University baseball tied Denison University by a 6-6 count at Nobby's Ballpark. The game was called early due to darkness.

The Spartans move to 16-10-1 overall, while Denison sits at 5-18-1. Tuesday's tie was the first for the program since game two of a doubleheader with Penn State-Behrend University on April 10, 2006. Case returns to action tomorrow afternoon at cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace College at 4:00 p.m. in Berea.
A.J. Boshinski struck out five and did not allow an earned run in three innings out of the bullpen. (photo by Matt Napfel) 

Denison got on the board in the top of the second inning when Danny Kraus hit an RBI ground out to plate Tim Duxbury. Case answered in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs when senior outfielder Sam Alexander<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/alexander%20sam%20j11o> (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) and freshman outfielder Andrew Gronski<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/gronski%20andrew%20x01d> (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) came around to score on a single up the middle by sophomore infielder Andrew Frey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/frey%20andrew%20t9id> (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor).

In the top of the third, the Big Red regained the lead at 3-2 with a pair of tallies on a two-out double from Justin Vaske. That lead was short-lived as Case moved back ahead when junior shortstop Matt Keen<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/keen%20matt%20hlye> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) hit an RBI triple to left center, then came around to score on a balk.

The Big Red then knotted the game at 4-4 with an unearned run in the top half of the fifth. The Spartans looked to regain the advantage in the sixth, but Denison shortstop Kyle Clemmenson climbed the ladder and robbed Keen of a potential extra-base hit with the bases loaded.

In the top of the eighth, Denison took the lead once again on a double down the right field line off the bat of David Baskin.

Not done yet, the Spartans recorded a run in the home half of the frame as freshman pinch hitter Kerrigan Cain<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/cain%20kerrigan%204l9x> (Hartville, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) singled through the right side to plate sophomore pinch runner Jordan Dague<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/dague%20jordan%208kld> (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton). However, another fine defensive play up the middle by the Big Red middle infielders robbed Keen once again of an RBI hit.

After shutting down the Big Red in the top half of the ninth, the hosts would tie the game in the bottom of the inning. Junior centerfielder Paul Pakan<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/pakan%20paul%209rv5> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) hit a towering fly ball to left that just missed a homer and wound up being a double. Pakan then advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single through the right side from Alexander. However, the Big Red threw out the potential winning run at home plate when Spartan senior outfielder Jimmy Abed<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/abed%20jimmy%20tdce> (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) attempted to tag up on a fly out to left field.

In the 10th, the Big Red loaded the bases with only one out, but Case sophomore righty Josh Suvak<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/suvak%20josh%2081mk> (Independence, Ohio/Independence) worked out the jam inducing a flyout and a groundout. Following three Spartans' at-bat in the 11th, the Case was called due to darkness.

At the plate, Fry and Alexander were each 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Record Half Propels Lake Erie Over Urbana

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (5-4) netted a school record for goals in a half with 17 in the first half en route to a 20-7 victory over visiting Urbana University (1-10) at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville, Ohio. 

Lake Erie was led by sophomore Annie Mendoza (Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic) who set a new career-high with five goals, all coming in the first half.  Sophomore Ashriel West (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) scored four goals and set career-highs with six assists and 10 points.  Junior midfielder Brittany Rabuano(Auburn, N.Y/Auburn) came into the game as the Storm's primary distributor with 10 assists but just three goals on the season before surpassing that total in just one game with four goals.  Junior Julia Kudla(Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) added three goals and season-highs five assists and eight points.

Lake Erie led wire-to-wire as Mendoza score Lake Erie first three goals and the first two goals of the game.  The Storm pushed ahead 7-1 at 17:46 when West scored on a free position shot. Urbana was able to keep Lake Erie off the board for a 6:15 stretch, making up one goal in the process, but Lake Erie went on a scoring flurry, with 10 goals in the last 11:31 of the first half, including seven in under six minutes.  Lake Erie led 17-4 at the halftime. 

Rabauno scored from West to open the second half at 28:00. The second half moved along quickly with a running clock throughout.  Lake Erie would not for another 21 minutes as the Blue Knights scored three straight goals to close the score to 18-7.  Junior Kim Dang (Atlanta, Ga./Jackson) and freshman Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) each score in the final eight minutes as Lake Erie successfully ran the clock out.

In goal, sophomore Emily Rock (Hamilton, Ohio/Lakota West) made seven saves for the Storm. 

Lake Erie dominated the battle for draw controls, 24-6.

The Storm play at home again Friday with a home contest against Grand Valley State University at 1:00 p.m. as part of Lake Erie's "Taking Breast Cancer By Storm" initiative.

No. 8 Denison downs Oberlin

Granville, Ohio – The Denison University Big Red scored early and often as they downed the Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team, 17-3, on Tuesday night.

The Big Red, who are ranked eighth in the country, scored the game’s first 13 goals before Oberlin was finally able to break through.

Dan Fineman deposited his eighth goal of the season at the 9:37 mark of the third quarter to put Oberlin on the board. Paul Paschkeand Austin Little added the other OC scores in the fourth.

Goalie Erickson Andrews made a career-high 21 saves in the setback. Noel Myers led the defense with five ground balls.

Oberlin triggered just 13 shots compared to Denison’s 54.

The Yeomen will look to put this one behind them when they return to action on Saturday afternoon against Wittenberg. The opening face-off from Savage Stadium is set for 1 p.m.