A Page -- April 5, 2012 -- AM Edition

Wadsworth’s Bobby Over, Mentor’s Francine Murzynski, Perry Township’s Nicole Waers named Student/Athletes of the Week in the NCAC

Allegheny junior Bobby Over (Wadsworth, OH/Wadsworth) paced Allegheny at the W&J Invitational by smashing the meet record and posting the third-fastest time to date in the steeplechase with a clocking of 9:23.39.

Over was named distance runner of the week in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

WITTENBERG and OHIO WESLEYAN were both in action on Saturday at the Cedarville Invitational. In the men’s standings, Ohio Wesleyan was second and Wittenberg was third, while the OWU women finished second and the Wittenberg women placed seventh. Ohio Wesleyan senior Anna Henry (Chagrin Falls, OH/Kenston) paced the women’s team by finishing first in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:24.00.

NCAC Weekly Roundup

DENISON, KENYON and WOOSTER all competed at the Wooster Invitational on Friday evening.

The DU men were led by senior Dee Salukombo (Lakewood,OH/Lakewood) who finished second on the 10,000-meter run (30:02.25) with a personal-best time and the second-fastest time in program history


Wittenberg freshman Nicole Waers (Canton, OH/Perry) broke the 36-hole round school record with 152 strokes to finish 10th at the Washington (MO) Spring Invite, including a 73 on day two, which was two strokes better than the previous single-round school record. The Tigers shot a program best, 36-hole round score of 622 to finish in fourth overall, including a 307 on Sunday, which set the program benchmark for 18 holes.

For this she was named golfer of the week in the NCAC.


Wittenberg sophomore Francine Murzynski (Mentor, OH/Lake Catholic) led the Tigers to their first win over league-rival Wooster, 10-8, since 2003 and only their second since 1992 with two goals and one assist. She also racked up nine draw controls, four ground balls and one caused turnover in the victory. For this she was named the Student/Athlete of the week in the NCAC.

WOOSTER posted a 10-8 come-from-behind victory over Saint Vincent in its only action last week. Freshman midfielder Mike Perrino (Solon, OH/Solon) recorded the second hat trick of his young career and assisted on the game-winning goal with 1:54 remaining in the game to launch the Fighting Scots to the victory.


HIRAM fell to Mount Union, 11-6, before dropping a four-game series against Oberlin. Senior Torrey Stimson (Hudson, OH/Walled Lake, MI) led the Terriers by hitting .389 (7-for-18) with a double and an RBI


KENYON played just one non-conference match last week, falling to Ohio Northern University, 6-3. Junior Amy Schlessman (Sandusky, OH/Perkins) was a double-winner for the Ladies. She paired

with teammate Amanda Polser (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.) to record an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles, and then went on to win at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-1. .

John Carroll sweeps Hiram

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO  --  The Hiram College softball team lost both games of a non-conference doubleheader against John Carroll University in University Heights.  The Terriers lost the first game, 9-0 in five innings, and 10-3 in game two.

With the losses, the Terriers are now 9-11 overall and the Blue Streaks improve to 15-9 overall for the season.

Both teams remained scoreless in game one until the bottom of the third inning when John Carroll scored five runs, including a two-run homerun, to take a sizeable 5-0 lead.  The Blue Streaks tallied four more runs in the fourth to go up by a commanding 9-0 advantage.  Hiram failed to score any runs in the top of the fifth as the Terriers had just one hit in the game and JCU went on to claim a 9-0 shutout.

Freshman catcher Taylor Petersal (Warren/Champion) was the lone Terrier to record a hit in the game finishing one-for-two.

Senior Amethyst Brigham (Middlefield/Ohio State) started the game and pitched three innings allowing five runs on six hits and struck out two batters.  She also suffered the loss and is now 3-4 overall on the year.  Junior Ashley Hinkle (Parma) came on to pitch an inning of relief giving up four runs, one earned, on three hits and had two strikeouts.

In game two, JCU grabbed the early lead with a run in the bottom of the second inning on a solo homerun, but Hiram tallied two runs in the top of the third on a pair of RBI doubles by freshman pitcher Taylor Charles(Akron/Ellet) and senior All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) to take a 2-1 lead.  Both teams traded runs in the fifth keeping the lead one run in favor of Hiram, but the Blue Streaks took control in the bottom of the sixth scoring eight runs, including a two-run homer, en route to the 10-3 victory.

Hiram had six hits in the game with six different Terriers reaching base safely.  Charles finished the game one-of-three with a run scored and two RBI.  Singer went one-of-three with a RBI.

Charles pitched the entire game, but would be given the loss, dropping her to 5-6 overall.  She allowed 10 runs, four earned, on nine hits and struck out two batters.

Hiram will host The College of Wooster in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader on Friday, Apr. 6 at Myrtis E. Herndon Field.  The first game is schedule

Oberlin Women's Lacrosse Dealt First Blemish of the Season 

Granville, Ohio – The Oberlin College women’s lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season, falling to the Denison University Big Red 18-7 on Wednesday afternoon in Granville, Ohio.

The Yeowomen trio Bronwen SchumacherSarah Andrews and Ilyssa Meyer each scored two goals, while rookie Kate Hanickadded the other Oberlin tally to go along with one assist.
Bronwen Schumacher 

The Big Red jumped on the Yeowomen early by scoring the game’s first seven goals until Andrews put Oberlin on the board with 15:24 left in the half. Schumacher quickly followed with her first score of the day to make it 7-2, but Denison regained control en route to taking a 14-3 lead at the break. Meyer added the other Oberlin goal of the half at the 3:44 mark on an acrobatic play as she wrapped around the backside of the cage and quickly triggered a shot into the lower right side of the goal.

The second half was much more closely contested and both teams scored four goals apiece over the final 30 minutes of play. Meyer netted the first goal of the stanza with an assist coming from Hanick, who would later add her lone score of the contest on an 8-meter attempt at the 20:41 mark.

Andrews and Schumacher added the other Yeowomen goals of the half, but unfortunately every Oberlin score was answered by one from Denison.

“I thought our second half effort was very good today, but we need to show up from the opening whistle,” Head Coach Jacqueline McDevitt said. “There is a lot we can learn from this as we move forward into the rest of conference play. We can build off the second half and take that confidence into our next game.”

Goalie Madeleine O’Meara made 10 saves and tied for a team-high with two ground balls and one caused turnover in 60 minutes of work.

Denison won the ground ball battle by a 13-9 count and out-shot Oberlin 37-13.

The Yeowomen will look to get back on track on April 10 when they cap off their six-game road trip at The College of Wooster.

Case Reserve tops B-W in All-Cleveland battle

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team lost a non-conference nine inning game to  Cleveland cross-town rival Case Western Reserve University today (Wednesday, April 4) by final score of 18-9 at Heritage Field.

With the loss, the Yellow Jackets dropped their record to 17-5 overall while Case Western Reserve improves to 17-10.

Case jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the first inning on four hits. B-W answered back, 2-1, in the bottom of the second when freshman first baseman Kyle Chontos (Pickerington/North) led off the inning with a single. Later in the second, sophomore catcher Joe Hiller (Twinsburg) had RBI double to the right field scoring Chontos.

The Spartans would add on one run in the top of the fourth and three more in the fifth to push the lead to 6-1.

The Yellow Jackets then added one run in the bottom of the fifth off a RBI single by senior shortstop Anthony Longhitano (Cuyahoga Falls) cutting Case lead down to 6-2.

In the bottom of the sixth, B-W would cut the lead down to one run, 6-5, as it would score three runs on four hits.
Chontos led off the inning with single and would advance to second on a stolen base.  Hiller then doubled to right field scoring Chontos.  Freshman rightfielder Alex Green (Pickerington/North) walked and junior centerfielder Nolan Neuschaefer (Elyria) had a pinch hit single.  Junior leftfielder Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y. /St. Joseph’s Collegiate Inst.) hit a two out double to score both Green and Neuschaefer.

In the top of the eighth Case Western would add eight insurance runs on seven hits extending the lead to 14-5.   The Yellow Jackets would rally to score four runs in the bottom of the inning on four hits to cut the lead down to 14-9.  Green reached on an error and advanced to second on the single by Neuschaefer.  Toughey had a bunt single to advance Green and Neuschaefer up a base.  Freshman third baseman Eric Murphy (Brook Park/Midpark) reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Green and advanced Neuschaefer and Toughey.  Chontos would score Neuschaefer and Toughey and on two RBI single.  Murphy would score on the fielder’s choice by sophomore Brad Gugliotta (Twinsburg).

The Spartans added four runs on two hits to close out the scoring at 18-9.

The B-W offense scored nine runs on 15 hits and was led by Chontos who went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI,  two runs scored and a stolen base. In addition to Chontos, Toughey went 3-for-5, with a double , an RBI and two runs scored and Hiller went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI.

On the mound, seven Yellow Jacket pitchers combined to allow 18 runs on 17 hits.

B-W is back in action this Friday, April 6 when it will host the University of Mount Union in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader at Heritage Field at 1:00 p.m.

Spartan Softball Splits Home Twinbill with Heidelberg

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University softball team split a doubleheader with visiting Heidelberg University on Wednesday afternoon at Mather Park. The Spartans won the opener in walk-off fashion, 3-2 in eight innings, but dropped the second game, 9-1 in five innings.

With the split, the Spartans (18-11 overall) have won 12-of-16 games and will close out a season-long eight-game home stand on Friday, April 6 versus Oberlin College at 3:30 p.m. Case also moves to within one victory of tying the team's total from all of last season.
Rebecca Taylor (photo by Ryan Baker) 

Heidelberg moves to 11-9 overall.

In the opener, the Spartans struck early in the first inning as freshman second baseman Molly O'Brien<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/o-brien%20molly%20x4y7> (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola) led off with a single and advanced to third on a two-base fielding error by the Heidelberg rightfielder. Reigning University Athletic Association Hitter of the Week Gena Roberts<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/roberts%20gena%20ndjd> (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity) then stepped to the plate and ripped a two-run homer to left center, the fourth of the year for the freshman rightfielder.

Freshman pitcher Rebecca Taylor<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/taylor%20rebecca%208w8k> (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe) held Heidelberg without a hit until a bunt single with two outs in the top of the fifth, but the Student Princes would eventually break through on the scoreboard with two runs in the sixth thanks to a two-run double from Bessie Artino.

Both sides then went scoreless until extra innings when Case sophomore shortstop Makenzie Lein<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/lein%20mackenzie%20x40l> (Petersburg, Mich./Ida) ripped a clutch, two-out RBI single up the middle to score Roberts ending the game.

On the mound, Taylor improved to 13-9 for the season with her 16th complete game. The rookie right-hander allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks with nine strikeouts. Ali Sayre (4-4) was effective on the mound for "The Berg," allowing just two earned runs and eight hits in 7.2 innings of work.

Offensively, Roberts and senior first baseman/designated player Lauren Wolz<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/wolz%20lauren%20c4fu> (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) were each 2-for-4.

In game two, Heidelberg jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first following an Artino RBI single. The wheels then fell off for the Spartans in the top of the second as Heidelberg scored six runs, including five with two out, on four hits and two errors. Jami Wagner provided a two-run double and Megan Reinhart hit a two-run single.

The Spartans got on the board in the fourth when Lein and junior outfielder Chelsea Lasky<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/lasky%20chelsea%2009al> (Erie, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) executed a double-steal, with Lasky coming home from third. However, Heidelberg invoked the eight-run rule in the fifth when a sacrifice bunt attempt turned into two runs on a three-base throwing error for the Spartans.

Freshman pitcher Christina Hunger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/hunger%20christina%202qwh> (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora) started for Case, but lasted only 1.2 innings en route to falling to 4-2. Two Spartan errors led to five unearned runs of the seven surrendered by Hunger.

Taylor came on in relief and threw the next 2.1 innings, allowing one earned run. Freshman Hillary Bunnelle<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/bunnelle%20hillary%20ickr> (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) recorded the final three outs.

For the game, Wolz and Roberts were each 1-for-2 with a double.