A Page -- April 6, 2012 -- PM Edition

 
Havens (L),  Longhitano (R)

Baldwin-Wallace Baseball Team Splits 

Twinbill With Mount Union

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team split an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader against rival the University of Mount Union today (Friday, April 6, 2012) at Heritage Field.  The Yellow Jackets won the first game, 4-0, and the Purple Raiders won the nightcap, 7-3.

With its split, B-W improved its record to 18-6 overall and 3-3 in the OAC and has split its first three conference doubleheaders. Mount Union is 17-8 overall and 3-3 in the OAC and also has split its first three league twinbills.

In the first game, B-W senior righthander Pat Havens (Twinsburg) improved his record to 6-1 overall as he tossed a three-hit gem at the Purple Raiders. Havens struck out two and allowed a pair of bases on balls and did not allow a Mt. Union baserunner to reach third base.

B-W gained a 3-0 lead in the first inning by virtue of five base hits. After a line out to open the game, senior shortstop Anthony Longhitano (Cuyahoga Falls) singled and moved to third when freshman Kyle Chontos (Pickerington/ North) doubled to the right center gap. Junior second baseman Jay Yost (Bascom/ Hopewell-Loudon) singled to score Longhitano and moved Chontos to third base, and when the Purple Raider leftfielder misplayed the ball, he advanced to second with some heads-up baserunning. Following a flyout, freshman Zach Ferster (Olmsted Falls) singled to right center and that scored Chontos and Yost. The Yellow Jackets scored their final run in threw sixth as Yost singled to left field, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored via a double by senior catcher Ryan Nordquist (Alliance/ Senior).

At the plate, Yost led the way with a pair of base hits, two runs scored and a run batted-in.

In the second game, Mt. Union gained a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first, but B-W grabbed a 2-1 advantage with a pair of runs in the fourth. The Purple Raiders responded with a five-run outburst in the sixth and added another in the seventh for a 7-2 bulge. B-W scored its final run in the eighth when junior LF Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y./ St. Joseph’s Collegiate) doubled and scored via a pair of groundouts.

At the plate, B-W had just four hits.  On the mound, junior righthander David Redovian Fairlawn/ Copley) started and took the loss to fall to 4-2 this season. He was followed to the mound by sophomore Cory Waite (Willoughby/ South), senior Bill Bostelman (Marion/ Harding) and junior Jon Tenley (Wadsworth). The quartet allowed just seven hits, struck out nine and walked five.

B-W is back in action on Tuesday, April 10 when they travel to Oberlin, Ohio to play traditional non-league rival Oberlin College in a single, nine-inning game at 4:00 p.m. The Yellow Jackets then host an OAC twinbill against Capital University on Wednesday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Heritage Field.

Baldwin-Wallace Softball Team Sweeps Mount Union in 

Alliance

ALLIANCE, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team swept an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader against rival the University of Mount Union today (Friday, April 6, 2012) at the 23rd Street Field.  The Yellow Jackets won the first game, 8-6, and captured the nightcap, 5-3. B-W has won four straight games and swept OAC foes Muskingum University and Mt. Union.

With its sweep, B-W improved its record to 15-9 overall and 4-2 in the OAC. Mount Union is 10-16 overall and 2-6 in the OAC.

In the first game, the Yellow Jackets scored four times in each the fourth and sixth innings to build an 8-0 lead. Mount Union scored three times in the sixth and three more in the seventh to get as close as 8-6.

In the fourth inning, fresman shortstop Brittany Lightel (Tallmadge) was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a single by freshman centerfielder Mackenzie Brua (Avon/ Senior). Both runners then scored when the Mt. Union leftfielder misplayed a ball hit by sophomore pitcher Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/ Field). After Murray advanced to third via a sacrifice bunt, she scored when third baseman Lauren Fecuich (Kent/ Field) doubled. She would score the fourth run when junior RF Alyssa Brown singled.

In the four-run sixth, senior leftfielder/ pitcher Sarah Baker (Mentor/ Lake Catholic) singled, advanced to third on a single by Alyssa Brown and scored on an RBI single by senior 2B Katie Finley (Vermilion). Sophomore OF Kate Carabin (Norwalk/ St. Paul), who ran for Alyssa Brown, advanced to second during Finley’s at-bat and to third when she singled and then scored when freshman Nikki Peskura (Strongsville) singled. After two outs were made, Murray singled and both she and Pescura moved up a base on a passed ball and both scored when sophomore 1B Kaity Mullen (Avon Lake) singled.

At the plate, Lightel and Alyssa Brown led the 11-hit attack with two each.  On the mound, Murray started and earned the victory to even her record at 5-5. She received relief help in the seventh as Baker came from the outfielder to the mound to record her first save of the campaign.

In the second game, Baker was the hero on the mound. She relieved starter Justina Wise (New London) in the second and tossed six scoreless innings, allowed three hits, struck out one and walked two to improve to 7-1 overall. The win was a school-record 44th for her.  At the plate, Mullen, Elber and Lightel led the way with two hits each.

B-W gained a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Mt. Union scored three times in the bottom of the frame to grab a 3-2 lead. The Yellow Jackets tied the game at 3-3 with a pair of runs in the fourth, took a 4-3 lead with another in the sixth and extended it to 5-3 with a tally in the top of the seventh.

In the first inning for B-W, Murray reached third base via a error and scored on a single by Mullen.  In the third with one out, Mullen walked and scored on a double by Alyssa Brown. Brown then scored when sophomore LF Ashley Elber (Huron/ Edison) doubled. In the sixth,  Mullen singled, moved to second after a long flyout and to third on a groundout and scored when Finley singled her home. In the seventh, Lightel opened the frame with a single, advanced to second on a groundout and scored when Mt. Union made an error with two outs.

B-W is back in action on Wednesday, April 11 when it travels to Columbus, Ohio to play OAC rival Capital University in a doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. The home twinbill is on Saturday, April 14 versus Wilmington College at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Field at 1:00 p.m.

Dogs Fall in SWC Opener

By Chip Lemin         

 

The Olmsted Falls Bulldogs fell 7-1 on a sunny, but rather cold blustery day at North Olmsted Park in the SWC 

opener for the Dogs. Brennan Laird went the distance showing grit and determination where most other pitchers 

pack it in.

 

The North Olmsted starter, Rodriguez fired a complete game issuing only one walk and used a sneaky curve ball that 

kept anxious Bulldogs hitters guessing all game. Rodriguez improved to 2-0 after beating St. Ed's last week. 


The Eagles are now 5-0. The North Olmsted defense made all the needed plays, including sparkling stab of a 

Nick Chalfant line drive up the middle.       

 

The Bulldogs grabbed the early lead on a two out single by Laird and an hard single in the hole by Wes Allen. 


The Bulldogs could not send another runner to the dish although they contiuned to put the ball in play all game. 

The overall defensive effort was acceptable except for a couple miscues leading to extra outs and then runs for the 

Eagles.  


Jared Kurz handled all 5 put outs from short and Sophomore Scott Lemin made a nice grab in center. Eric Riha started 

a double play by snaring a liner at second base late in the game as well. The team practices Wed and Thursday. 


Coach Largent intends to address hitting focus and pitch selection as the meat and potatoes of the work outs.        

 

B-W Women’s Tennis Team Loses at Mount Union, 5-4


ALLIANCE, OHIO -- The defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis 

lost at host the University of Mount Union, 5-4, today (Friday, April 2, 2012) at the Mount Union Courts. The 

Yellow Jacket loss ended a two-match winning streak.

With its loss, B-W is now 6-10 overall and 1-2 in the OAC. Mt. Union is 9-4 overall and 2-0 in the OAC.

B-W gained an early 2-1 lead after the doubles competition, but Mt. Union won four of the six singles matches. 

The match came down to fifth singles. With the match score tied at 4-4, Mt. Union’s Courtney Adamsky bested 

Yellow Jacket sophomore Whitney Yoder (Medina/ Senior) by the scores of 7-5 and 7-6 with a 10-8 tie-breaker 

to give the Purple Raiders the victory.

  
Brown (L), Yoder (R)


In doubles action for B-W, the number two tandem of senior Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) 

and junior Danielle Rueger (Ashland/ Senior) won by an 8-3 score and the No.3 duo of Yoder and senior 

Emily Brown (Vermilion) won by an 8-4 count. In singles play for the Yellow Jackets, Greene won at No.1 by 

the scores of 6-4 and 6-4 and Rueger won at No.4 by the scores of 6-4 and 7-5.

The Yellow Jackets return to action on Tuesday, April 10 when they travel to Columbus, Ohio to play Capital 

University at 3:30 p.m. The next home match is Wednesday, April 11 when B-W hosts NCAA Division II Tiffin 

University at the “Pop” Collins Courts in Berea at 3:30 p.m.


PAC Members Set to Celebrate Inaugural "NCAA Division III Week" on April 9-15, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and its member institutions will be active in numerous events and programs to celebrate the inaugural "NCAA Division III Week" on April 9-15, 2012.

Division III Week is a time to observe and celebrate the accomplishments of student-athletes including their academic accomplishments, athletic achievement and campus leadership and community service. In many cases, student-athletes themselves are planning the activities, led by conference and campus student-athlete advisory committees (SAAC).

"After our conference SAAC meetings, it was evident that there was a tremendous amount of interest from our student-athletes to participate in Division III Week," said Shannon O'Brien, PAC Associate Director and advisor to the PAC SAAC. "Our student-athletes are excited about this celebration and look to have everyone on their campuses just as excited as they are."

Every member institution and conference has been asked to schedule and publicize at least one activity during the week and acknowledge the event as part of the nationwide Division III Week celebration. The events generally showcase Division III's philosophy, which equally values academics, athletics, and student-athlete involvement in co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

There have been several events planned that will include the Division III partnership with the Special Olympics. Saint Vincent College will be hosting a "Sports Friendship Day" where Special Olympics student-athletes will participate in athletic activities and contests with Saint Vincent student-athletes, as well as sharing a meal with the student-athletes. Geneva College is working with a local Special Olympics group and their student-athletes to create activities and to set up special events.

PAC schools also are scheduling other types of events, in several cases some schools are scheduling a busy slate of activities for the week. Several schools will be hosting banquets to honor student-athlete achievements in the classroom, on campus, and on the athletic field.

Some PAC schools will be actively involved with local elementary schools, as both Chatham University and Thiel College student-athletes will travel to local schools, where they will read and interact with preschoolers and elementary students. Westminster College will be hosting a "Field Day" where over 100 fourth grade students from an area elementary school will spend the day at the college receiving instruction and participating with student-athletes in a variety of sports activities. Bethany College will be hosting a variety of "movie nights" on campus to bring the entire campus community together.

The conference SAAC has expressed the importance of involving faculty members in events and hopes that faculty will be invited to practices or contests during the week or to invite coaches to class.

The NCAA national office also will be focusing attention on the Special Olympics partnership during the week. Division III will donate $1 (up to $5,000) to Special Olympics for every new "Like" April 9-15 on the division's Facebook page, and also plans events for staff members to celebrate the week in Indianapolis. It also will monitor conferences’ and schools’ use of social media (including Facebook and Twitter), watching for opportunities to link to or "retweet" Division III Week messaging.

Founded in 1955, the Presidents' Athletic Conference continues its mission of promoting intercollegiate athletics and the pursuit of academic excellence. Consisting of 10 select private institutions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky, the PAC remains a unique organization in this day of high pressure intercollegiate athletics. With academics at the center of each member's philosophy, the PAC is built on the principle that an athletic program is a part of college life, but not an entity in itself. The PAC annually crowns champions in 19 sports (10 men, nine women) as a member of NCAA Division III.   

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