A Page -- April 7, 2012 -- AM Edition

(L-R):  Erika and Alexandra Lim 
Spartan Women Defeat Hope 6-3 in Battle of Regionally-Ranked Teams

OBERLIN, Ohio – The No. 10-regionally ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team won its eighth-consecutive dual match and improved its record to 14-2 overall via a 6-3 victory versus No. 15 regionally-ranked Hope College (Mich.) on Friday at the Don Hunsinger Courts. The match was the Spartans' first in nearly a month on the first of the two-day Central Region Shootout at Oberlin College.

The Spartans return to the courts tomorrow with a pair of matches during the final day of the Shootout. Case will do battle with No. 21 regionally-ranked Kalamazoo College (Mich.) on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. before taking on the Albion College (Mich.) Britons at 1:00 p.m.

In doubles, Hope jumped out to a 2-1 advantage. The Spartans gained their lone point from the No. 5 regionally-ranked sister duo of junior Erika Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20erika%20emv7> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and freshman Alexandra Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20alexandra%20jlxi> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) in the No. 1 flight, as the sisters were victorious by an 8-1 count over Carli Capestany and Leah LaBarge.

Undaunted, Case won five-of-six singles matches all in straight sets en route to the victory. In a matchup of regionally-ranked singles players, No. 9 Erika Lim defeated No. 13 Capestany by a 6-3, 6-3 count, while freshman Marianne Bonnano<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/bonnano_marianne_wdo3> (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) took the point at No. 2 by a 6-3, 6-2 tally over LaBarge.

Junior Emily Pham<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/pham%20emily%20a3ca> (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) won at No. 3 (6-1, 6-0), Alexandra Lim came out with a victory at No. 4 (7-5, 6-3) and sophomore Bianca Patel<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/patel%20bianca%20wa5r> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) collected the fifth singles' point for the Spartans at No. 6 (6-3, 6-2).

Mount Union's men's outdoor track and field team wins five 


ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's outdoor track and field team won five events at the John Homon Open Friday at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance, Ohio.

The unscored meet is named after retired Mount Union head coach John Homon, who coached the Purple Raiders for 31 seasons winning a combined 51 Ohio Athletic Conference titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field.

Senior Sean Denard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) won the discus (162-4) and placed second in the shot put (53-3.75).

The Purple Raiders went 1-2-3 in the pole vault with senior Chase Clark (Belmont/Union Local) winning the event with a career-best mark of 15-1, followed by Gerardo Vargas (Painesville/Harvey) at 13-7.25 and freshman Clay Densmore (Madison/Madison) third at 13-1.

Sophomore Sam Ludgood (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) won the triple jump (46-8) with fellow sophomore Alex Woodard (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) right behind him in second (42-8.25).

The Raiders also finished first and second in the javelin as freshman Brandon Campbell (Stahlstown, Pa./Ligonier Valley) tossed 163-4 followed by sophomore Alex Kovalik (Aurora/Aurora) at 158-11.

The other event win came in the 4x100 meter relay as the team of junior Charles Pratt (Canton/GlenOak), sophomores Kadeem Johnson (Brooklyn, N.Y./Hudson Catholic) and Chase Swisher (Lewis Center/Olentangy Orange) and freshman Dustin Matak (Salem/Salem) came across first in a time of 42.32.

Other top performances came from freshman Sean Donnelly (Willoughby/Willoughby South), who was second in the hammer throw with a school-record of 171-10 and also was third in the shot put (52-3.75).

Sophomore Joshua Clemence (Akron/Firestone) placed second in the 5000 meters (15:37.03) while Swisher was third in the 200 meters (22.17).

Mount Union competes next Saturday at the All-Ohio Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.

Errors Plague Storm In Pair Of Losses
PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Eight errors in a doubleheader against the University of Findlay (16-13, 7-7 GLIAC) were too much for Lake Erie College (5-26, 2-12 GLIAC) to overcome as it fell, 8-0 in six innings and 10-4 at Anderson Field in Findlay, Ohio.

Errors particularly did in game one starter, sophomore Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside). Ondercin allowed seven runs over 4.1 innings but just one was earned. Findlay plated two runs in the second inning then five more in the fourth inning. A sixth inning run against junior Lyndsie Delprato (McDonald, Pa./Fort Cherry) ended the game early.

Sophomore catcher Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison) accounted for both of Lake Erie's hits in the game.

In game two, Brotzman continued slugging with two more hits including a double and two runs batted in. She was joined in the middle of the order by senior Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick), who went four-for-four in the game with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI. Freshman Maddi Klemp (McDonald, Pa./Fort Cherry) had Lake Erie's other hit, bringing in sophomore Becca Havrilla (Willowick, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin). She also scored in the contest.

Findlay opened the scoring with a run in the first of senior Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) but Klemp's single knotted the score in the bottom of the second. The Oilers ran away with the game with three runs in the fourth and four in the fifth.

Lake Erie's four-game set at Findlay wraps up tomorrow with a pair of contests beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Scots sweep Terriers

HIRAM, OHIO  --  The Hiram College softball team lost a pair of games against The College of Wooster, 10-6 in nine innings and 2-1, in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Myrtis E. Herndon Field.

Following the doubleheader, the Terriers fall to 9-13 overall and 1-3 in the NCAC.  The Fighting Scots improve to 15-7 overall and 2-2 NCAC.

In game one, Hiram grabbed the early lead with two scores in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI single by freshman catcher/designated player Taylor Petersal (Warren/Champion) and a wild pitch.  The Terriers later added a run in the third with a RBI single by senior third baseman Ashley Pike (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) to increase the lead to 3-0.  Wooster ended the possible shutout with a run in the fourth and then evened the game at 3-3 with two runs in the fifth.  The score remained deadlocked at three runs apiece after seven innings of play, sending the game into extras.  The Scots finally broke the stalemate in the top of the ninth inning scoring seven runs that included two triples by Demi Hart in the inning.  Hiram tallied three runs in the bottom of the frame on a RBI triple by freshman pitcher Taylor Charles (Akron/Ellet), a RBI double by senior All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) and a RBI single by Pike to narrow the gap to 10-6.  But the three runs would be all the Terriers would get in the inning as Wooster went on to the 10-6 final.

Hiram put up 13 hits in the game and was led by the duo of Pike and Charles who both finished the game with three hits.  Pike went three-for-four with a pair of RBI and Charles also posted a three-for-four effort with three runs scored and a RBI.

On the mound, Charles started the game and pitched seven innings, but would get a no decision.  She allowed three runs, none earned, on 10 hits and struck out two batters.  Senior Amethyst Brigham(Middlefield/Ohio State) came on to pitch the final two innings and would be charged with the loss, dropping her to 4-4 overall on the year.  In two innings, she gave up seven runs on three hits and had three strikeouts.

In the nightcap, the two teams remained scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when the Scots scored two runs for a 2-0 advantage.  The deficit remained two for Hiram heading into the bottom of the seventh, but the Terriers would make things interesting scoring a run on a RBI single by senior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas).  Hiram would have runners on second and third, but with two outs, following the RBI single and the Terrier rally fell short as Wooster got Hiram to hit into the game-ending groundout to hang on for a 2-1 victory.

Hiram had five players each record a hit in the game.  Langland finished the game one-for-three with a RBI. 

Junior Ashley Hinkle (Parma) started game two and pitched four innings, but would get the loss after allowing two runs on two hits and had one strikeout.  Hinkle falls to 1-2 overall with the loss.  Charles came on to finish the game, pitching three no-hit innings with no runs given up and two strikeouts.

Hiram will host Kenyon College on Thursday, Apr. 12 in a NCAC twinbill at Herndon Field.  The first game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

B-W tennis tops Raiders

BEREA, Ohio -- Mount Union suffered a 9-0 loss to unbeaten Baldwin-Wallace in an Ohio Athletic Conference match Friday at the "Pop" Collins Courts in Berea.

The Purple Raiders are now 8-6 overall and 1-2 in OAC play on the season while Baldwin-Wallace improved to 17-0 overall and 3-0 in the OAC.

The No. 1 doubles team of brothers Nate Fockler and Nick Fockler (North Canton/Hoover) came the closest to scoring a point for Mount Union. They dropped an 8-6 decision to Alex Trzeciak and Alexandre Bourdiaux.

Mount Union returns to the courts on Tuesday when they host John Carroll in Alliance.

Tennis Match Results
Mount Union vs Baldwin-Wallace
Apr 06, 2012 at Berea, Ohio

Baldwin-Wallace 9, Mount Union 0

Singles competition:
1. Alex Trzeciak (BW-M) def. Nate Fockler (MTU) 6-2, 6-4
2. Joe Horvath (BW-M) def. Nick Fockler (MTU) 6-4, 6-0
3. Kyle Patterson (BW-M) def. Patrick Yackmack (MTU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Alexandre Bourdiaux (BW-M) def. Ben Swope (MTU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Alexander Kearney (BW-M) def. Drew LeGendre (MTU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Tyler Beaton (BW-M) def. Jeff Looker (MTU) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Alex Trzeciak/Alexandre Bourdiaux (BW-M) def. Nate Fockler/Nick Fockler (MTU) 8-6
2. Joe Horvath/Tyler Beaton (BW-M) def. Patrick Yackmack/Ben Swope (MTU) 8-4
3. Kyle Patterson/Taylor Long (BW-M) def. Zach Nelson/Drew LeGendre (MTU) 8-1

Baldwin-Wallace 17-0, 3-0 OAC
Mount Union 8-6, 1-2 OAC
T-2:20  A-50 

Pitching Staff led by Cioffi and McMaster leads WJ Baseball to shutout win

Stuffel, Feltner, and Mittiga also extremely sharp on mound

BURTON, April 5: The depth of the Warrior pitching staff was on display again yesterday as the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team earned a 5-0 victory over Berkshire with five hurlers combining on the two-hit shutout.

 Leading the way on the mound was Sophomore RHP Frankie Cioffi who earned his first varsity win, allowing no hits in his two innings of work, striking out two. Also striking out two in his two innings of work was Junior RHP Nate McMaster, while Junior RHP Mark Mittiga, fellow Junior RHP Bennet Stuffel, and Freshman RHP Ryan Feltner also posted zeroes. 

The offense was team-wide, led by talented Junior C Cassidy Brown and Senior Ohio Wesleyan recruit Drew Miletti, both of which ripped doubles off the left field wall. Freshman Blake Jenkins had a pair of hits on the day, while Sophomore Nate Romans, Senior Ohio Northern recruit Zack Leonatti, Sophomore Gino Sassano, and Sophomore Trevor Ray all also contributed solid offense.

With the win, the Maroon & Gold improve to 6-1 on the year.

Spartan Softball Wraps Up Home Stand with Sweep of Oberlin

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Freshman pitcher Rebecca Taylor<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/taylor%20rebecca%208w8k> (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe) threw a one-hitter in the opener, then saved the nightcap as the Case Western Reserve University softball team concluded a season-long eight-game home stand with a doubleheader sweep of Oberlin College on Friday afternoon at Mather Park. The Spartans won a pitcher's duel in game one, 3-1, then took game two, 6-5.

The Spartans (20-11) have won 14-of-18 and have already surpassed the team's win total from all of last season (19-25 overall). The 20 victories also mark just the fifth time in program history that the team team has reached at least 20 wins.

In a low-scoring game one, Oberlin grabbed a brief 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Emily King and Kristine Kuchta executed a double-steal, scoring Kuchta. The Spartans quickly tied the game in their half of the fourth when sophomore catcher Amy Taylor<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/taylor%20amy%2018wv> (Brier, Wash./Inglemoor) laced an RBI double to right center to drive home freshman pinch runner Lizzy Kolar<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/kolar%20lizzy%20dbgt> (Morgantown, W. Va./University).

Two innings later in the sixth, the Spartans scored the eventual winning runs with RBI singles courtesy of senior third baseman Kaeleen Boden<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/boden%20kaeleen%20oafc> (Strongsville, Ohio/Holy Name) and senior designated player Ianna Wasser<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/wasser%20ianna%20khk8> (Warwick, R.I./Toll Gate).

Rebecca Taylor did the rest for the Spartans, tossing a complete-game one-hitter. In Taylor's (14-9) 17th complete game of the season, she allowed just one earned run with a walk and five strikeouts.

At the plate, Amy Taylor was 2-for-3.

In game two, the Spartans struck first in the first when 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 an infield single, stole second, and came around to score on an RBI single by freshman rightfielder Gena Roberts<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/roberts%20gena%20ndjd> (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity).

Case tacked on another score in the second as O'Brien hit an RBI single to plate freshman pitcher Hillary Bunnelle<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/bunnelle%20hillary%20ickr> (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein). Then in the third, the Spartans scored twice more following a two-run single through the middle of the infield by Boden, plating Amy and Rebecca Taylor. Case kept the pressure on in the fourth when sophomore shortstop Makenzie Lein<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/lein%20mackenzie%20x40l> (Petersburg, Mich./Ida) and Roberts ripped back-to-back homeruns – Lein's to dead center and Roberts' to the opposite field in right.

Oberlin got its first run in the top of the fifth via an RBI double off the left field wall by Emily King. The Yeowomen picked up four more in the sixth thanks to a two-run homer by Katie Pieplow and a two-run single by King.

Rebecca Taylor then entered the game and recorded the final five outs with three strikeouts to pick up her second save of 2012.

Making her first career start on the mound, Bunnelle threw the first 5.1 innings and allowed five earned runs with two strikeouts to earn her first collegiate victory.

For the game, Roberts was 3-for-4.

The Spartans return to action this Monday, April 9 at the University of Mount Union. First pitch from 23rd Street Field in Alliance is set for 3:30 p.m.

Allegheny sweeps Hiram nine

MEADVILLE, PA.  --  The Hiram College baseball team fell twice to Allegheny (Pa.) College, 2-0 and 14-4 in seven innings, in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader in Meadville, Pa.

With the losses, the Terriers fall to 8-16 overall and 0-8 in the NCAC.  The Gators improve to 8-15 overall and 2-0 NCAC.

The first game featured only two runs, but both runs were scored by the Gators with a run in the bottom of the third and fifth innings.  Hiram recorded five hits in the game, but would leave six men on base as the Gators went on to post the 2-0 shutout.

All of the Terriers' five hits came from five different players.  Senior catcher/infielder Randy Miller(Glenmont/West Holmes) finished one-for-two at the plate, with the four other players ending up one-for-three.

On the mound, junior Mike Lalonde (Willowick/South) pitched a solid game allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits, but suffered the loss and is now 1-4 overall on the year.  Lalonde also tallied five strikeouts.

The second game featured a lot more scoring as Allegheny led 3-2 after the first inning.  The Gators got some breathing room in the third with four runs and tacked on another run in the fourth to lead 8-2.  Hiram crossed the plate on two occassions in the fifth thanks to a RBI double by junior infielder Lee Cancilla (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) and a RBI single by Miller narrowing the gap to 8-4.  But that would be as close as Hiram would get as Allegheny scored a run in the sixth and ended the game with five runs in the bottom of the seventh to put the 10-run mercy rule in effect for a 14-4 victory.

Hiram was led by Miller who finished two-of-three at the plate, including a run scored and a RBI.  Four other Terriers each recorded a base hit in the game.

Freshman pitcher Nate Weiss (Warren, Mich./University Liggett) got the start and would pitch six complete innings allowing nine runs, six earned, on nine hits and struck out three batters.  He was also credited with the loss and drops to 1-4 overall for the season.  Fellow freshman Tre Carpenter (Akron/Kenmore) pitched the final third of an inning giving up five runs on three hits.

Hiram will take on Allegheny again tomorrow (Saturday, Apr. 7) in a second NCAC doubleheader in Meadville, Pa.  The first game is scheduled to begin at noon.

Mount women win 20 events at Harmon Open

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- The No. 20 ranked Mount Union women's outdoor track and field team won seven events at the John Homon Open at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

The unscored meet is named after retired Mount Union head coach John Homon, who coached the Purple Raiders for 31 seasons winning a combined 51 Ohio Athletic Conference titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field.

Mount Union won seven different events on the day headlined by senior thrower Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) who won the discus with a mark of 144-1 -- the fourth-best mark in the nation so far this season -- and also the javelin with a throw of 124-6.

Sophomore Taylor Kring (Salem/West Branch) continued her dominance of the hurdles winning the 100 meter (14.30) and 400 meter (1:05.38) events, but an over 4.0 tailwind will nullify those marks in the national rankings.

Kring then teamed with fellow sophomore Taylor Ruffing (Attica/Seneca East), freshman Taylor Goghlan (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) and junior Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) to win the 4x100 meter relay (48.84).

Ruffing also won the 100 meter dash (12.62) and junior Daryn Herman (Fairview Park/Fairview) won the 200 meters (26.86).

Mahoney also claimed a win in the 400 meters (56.45) and was followed in the event by sophomore Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak) (58.73) and Herman (1:00.56) as the Raiders went 1-2-3 in the event.

The last win came from freshman Julianne Liberati (Pittsburgh, Pa./Trinity Christian) who won the triple jump (33-8).

Other top performances came from senior Alyssa Flitcraft (Alliance/Marlington), who went second and third in the high jump (4-9.75) and long jump (15-9.75) respectively and sophomore Caitlin Goggin(Mantua/Crestwood), who was third in the 5000 meters (18:12.05).

Mount Union competes next Saturday at the All-Ohio Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.