A Page -- April 8, 2012 -- PM Edition

Grace Porter

Oberlin Women's Tennis Downs Albion

Oberlin, Ohio - After battling through several thrilling doubles matches, the women’s tennis team slammed the door on Albion College’s four-match winning streak by dominating singles play en route to earning a 6-3 win on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Don Hunsinger Courts.

Junior Preeya Shah paired with senior captain Rebecca Brown at the number three spot for Oberlin’s lone doubles victory, a tightly contested affair that culminated in an 8-6 victory for the home team. Meanwhile, the adjacent court was also hosting some exciting doubles action as senior Ariel Lewis and junior Carolyn Ball battled to a tiebreak in the second doubles slot against Albion’s Katie Blumberg and Sarah Towler. Neither side seemed able to string together consecutive points until the Brits grabbed the momentum en route to a 9-8 (10-8) win.

Senior Finley Gates and first-year Grace Porter continued the morning’s impressive doubles display by playing tough at number one doubles, but ultimately fell to Albion’s Marissa Cloutier and Irene Chen 8-6.

With their six-game home winning streak on the line, the Yeowomen used their strength in singles play to overwhelm the visitors by winning five out of six courts.

Ball shellacked Saurman in the six spot, seizing control at the opening serve and never letting go on her way to a 6-0, 6-0 triumph. Playing one place ahead of Ball, Shah quite similarly dispatched Messenger, dropping just one game for a 6-1, 6-0 win. At number four, Porter continued her impressive rookie campaign by sending Towler packing for another 6-0, 6-1 effort.

Playing number one, the ace Lewis took down Cloutier with ease, running her winning streak to seven in a 6-2, 6-1 win that wasn’t as close as the score indicates. Meanwhile, Sheldon kept her own winning streak going by earning her fifth straight in a 6-0, 6-2 triumph. 

With the match decided, Gates fought with Chen like it wasn’t, but dropped the first set 6-2 and the ensuing super breaker 10-5.

The win against Albion, just the third match it’s dropped this spring, propels Oberlin’s record to 12-5, including an 11-3 mark at home. Moreover, it furthers the momentum gained in yesterday’s impressive wins over Hope and Kalamazoo.

The Yeowomen return to action this Wednesday in another home contest against the College of Wooster (3-12). 

Jurcak's 110m Hurdle Victory Leads Spartans to Fourth Place at Marv Frye Invitational

DELAWARE, Ohio – All-American senior Matthew Jurcak<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mtrack/2011-12/bios/jurcak%20matthew%20a088> (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) won the 110-meter hurdles to lead the Case Western Reserve University men's track & field team to a fourth-place finish at the 2012 Marv Frye Invitational on Saturday, April 7 at Selby Field.

The Spartans totaled 100 points as a team, finishing behind host and team champion Ohio Wesleyan University (139), Heidelberg University (112) in second and Baldwin-Wallace College (107) in third. Muskingum University rounded out the top-five with 76.50 points.
Matt Jurcak won the 110m hurdles at the Marv Frye Invitational on Saturday. (photo courtesy of Sara Tincher) 

Jurcak, the reigning University Athletic Association Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week, placed first of 18 sprinters in the 110 hurdle event with a time of 14.73 seconds. The 2012 indoor All-American was the only competitor in the event to cross the line in under 15 seconds. Jurcak also placed third in the 400m hurdles with a mark of 54.44.

In the 800m run, junior Michael Perisa<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mtrack/2011-12/bios/perisa%20michael%20q5ty> (Cortland, Ohio/Warren JFK) and senior Phil Yeung<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mtrack/2011-12/bios/yeung%20phil%200i7s> (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) placed third and fourth, respectively, with times of 1:57.38 and 1:58.69. Yeung then followed up with a runner-up performance in the 1,500m run in 4:02.01.

Junior Chris Kelly<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mtrack/2011-12/bios/kelly%20chris%20wqht> (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) also turned in a runner-up finish with a mark of 9:42.53 in the 3,000m steeplechase.

In field events, freshman Mark Kulinski<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mtrack/2011-12/bios/kulinski%20mark%20ng5p> (Oil City, Pa./Venango Catholic) and junior Nick Errico<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mtrack/2011-12/bios/errico%20nick%20i43q> (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) went three-four in the pole vault with respective heights of 14 feet, five and one-half inches and 13'11.75."

The Spartans return to Selby Field next Saturday, April 14 for the annual All-Ohio Championship. Case's second-straight trip to Delaware will be the squad's final tune-up before the UAA Outdoor Championship on April 28-29 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Spartans Earn a Pair of Key Regional Wins in Chillicothe

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University baseball team picked up a pair of key regional wins on Saturday at VA Memorial Stadium. The Spartans defeated Wabash College (Ind.) in the day's first game by a 10-5 score, and came back in the afternoon to edge The College of Wooster, 3-2.

(L-R): Jarrett Gish and Sam Alexander 

The Spartans (19-10-1 overall) are unbeaten in five-straight games with three-consecutive wins.

In game one, Wabash (13-15) scored once with an out in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by John Holm. The Little Giants' tally ended Spartan junior left-hander Jarrett Gish<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/gish%20jarrett%20tdhq> (Jupiter, Fla./Suncoast) and his scoreless inning streak at 25. From there, it was all Spartans with two runs in the second and six more in the third. Sophomore infielder Andrew Frey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/frey%20andrew%20t9id> (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) provided a two-run single in inning number two, while six different Spartans drove in runs in the third. Junior centerfielder Paul Pakan<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/pakan%20paul%209rv5> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge), senior catcher Peter Zak<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/zak%20peter%2068e6> (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) and senior designated hitter Bobby Marko<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/marko%20bobby%20yb4t> (Lyndhurst, Ohio/Brush) all recorded RBI doubles in the frame.

Wabash closed the gap to 8-4 in the fourth with three runs on four hits, but Gish would settle in from there and not allow another run until the ninth. Case added two more to its tally with single runs in the sixth and seventh thanks to an RBI single from senior outfielder Sam Alexander<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/alexander%20sam%20j11o> (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) and a solo homer by freshman utility player Andrew Gronski<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/gronski%20andrew%20x01d> (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson).

Gish threw all nine innings for his first complete game of the season. The reigning University Athletic Association and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division III Pitcher of the Week allowed five earned runs on 10 hits with a career-high 11 strikeouts.

At the plate, Frey tied career-bests with four hits and three runs batted-in during five at-bats. Gronski was 2-for-5 with his second homerun and two RBI, while Marko, junior shortstop Matt Keen<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/keen%20matt%20hlye> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge), Zak and sophomore outfielder Jordan Dague<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/dague%20jordan%208kld> (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) each collected two hits.

Versus Wooster (11-10), Case got off to a quick start as Alexander knocked a single up the middle to plate Pakan and Keen. Both sides then scored single runs in the third with Wooster picking up a solo homer from Michael DeBord, and the Spartans scoring when Alexander doubled, moved to third on an error and scored on a balk. That run would prove to be crucial as Wooster would score once more in the fourth.

On the mound, freshman Edward Abramson<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/abramson%20edward%20y7n8> (Maitland, Fla./Winter Park) threw the first 6.2 innings, allowing just two earned runs on 10 hits with one strikeout to earn the win. Sophomore Josh Suvak<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/suvak%20josh%2081mk> (Independence, Ohio/Independence) recorded the final 2.1 innings without allowing a run for his first save.

For the game, Pakan was 3-for-4, while Alexander was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

The Spartans return home for another single game this Tuesday, April 10 versus Wooster at 4:00 p.m. at Nobby's Ballpark in Cleveland

B-W Men and Women Each Finish Third at the 

OWU Marv Frye Meet

DELAWARE, OHIO --  Both the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams placed third today (Saturday, April 7, 2012) at the annual Ohio Wesleyan University Marv Frye Meet.  This was the fourth outdoor meet this spring and the second up north.

The Yellow Jacket men were led by its sprinters and throwers, had two individual champions and captured one relay title en route to scoring 107 total points. The women were also led by its sprinters and throwers, had three individual champs and a winning relay team and scored 119 points. Host OWU won both the men’s and women’s titles.

The Yellow Jacket men won three of the four throwing events. Junior Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) led the way as he won the shot put with a throw of 53-feet and three-quarter inches (53’0.75”), placed second in the discus at 157’2” and second in the hammer with a season-best throw of 159’7”. Junior Division III All-American Mitch Suppan (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) won the hammer with a throw of 169’7”, placed third in the discus at 155’10” and fourth in the shot at 47’7.75”. Senior Miles Moore (Gettysburg, Pa./ Delone Catholic) was third in the shot at 50’6”, fifth in the discus with a season-best of 134’0” and seventh in the hammer at 130’1”.

The sprinting corps were led by the winning 4 x 100- meter relay team of sophomore Shawn Cordes (Litchfield/ Medina Buckeye), senior Mike Smith (Wintersvillle/ Indian Creek), sophomore Josiah Holt (Elyria/ Grafton Midview) and sophomore Kevin Johnson (Maple Heights/ Cleveland St. Ignatius) in a season-best time of 41.86 seconds.

In addition, Cordes, Smith, Johnson and sophomore Cory Lanterman (Streetsboro) scored points in the 100 through 400-meter dashes. In the 100, Johnson was sixth in a season-best of 11.15 seconds and Cordes was eighth in 11.16 seconds. In the 200, Lanterman was third in a season-best of 22.23 seconds, Smith was fifth in 22.53 seconds, Cordes sixth in a season-best of 22.57 seconds and Johnson was 11th in a season-best of 22.76 seconds. In the 400, Lanterman was fifth in a season-best of 49.54 seconds and anchored the fourth place 4 x 400-meter relay squad in a season-best of 3:29.65.

The women’s throwers were led by senior Leslie Purnell (Springfield/ Catholic Central) who won the shot put with a season-best throw of 40’11.5” and the hammer with another best throw of 162’0”. She also placed 10th in the discus at 107’1”. Junior Cristina Perrine (Middleburg Heights/ Midpark) won the discus with a season-best throw of 144’2”, placed second in the shot at 40’3.25” and was fourth in the hammer with another best of 144’5”.

The sprint corps were led by the winning 4 x 100-meter relay team of juniors Brittany Sterling (Lima/ Senior) and Kaylan Lemon (Canton /Massillon Perry), senior Lauren Nanni (Parma/ Padua Franciscan) and sophomore Shaquella Greeno (Lima/ Senior) in a season-best time of 49.13 seconds. In addition, Lemon was second in the 100-meter dash in a season-best of 12.63 seconds and in the 200 meters in 25.94 seconds and ran the lead leg of the third place 4 x 400-meter relay in a season-best of 4:06.43. She was joined on that relay squad by sophomore Jamie Clapacs (Willoughby/ South), sophomore Brooke Hradisky (Aurora) and sophomore Nicole Smith (Geneva). Hradisky also placed fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:20.18.

The Yellow Jacket men and women are back in action next Saturday, April 14 when they travel back to Delaware, Ohio to participate in the 2012 All-Ohio Championship Meet at Ohio Wesleyan University. Field events begin at 10:00 a.m. and running events start at 12:30 p.m.

Oberlin Track Concludes Bob Kahn Invite

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College track and field teams played host to the Bob Kahn Invite on Saturday afternoon and turned in some outstanding performances on their home track.

Both the Yeomen and Yeowomen finished in first place. The ladies bested a four-team field with 208 points, while the men topped both Wooster and Edinboro with 263 points.  Prior to the start of the running events, Oberlin also paid special tribute to its senior class.

The Yeomen dominated the morning field events to set the tone right from the start. Alex Guo took the top spot in the long jump with a mark of 21-01.50 and then added another first-place finish in the triple jump as he covered 45-01.75.

Junior Dominic Babb was victorious in all three throwing events, winning the shot put (41-04.25), discus (112-00) and hammer (125-02). Rookie teammate Conor Narovec also checked in second in the shot put with a toss of 34-07.50, while fellow first-year Jack Redell won the javelin with a launch of 153-11.

Senior Shawn Chrapczynski added a win in the 100-meters with a timestamp of 11.11 and later took first in the 200 at 22.32.  Sean Dembowski was first in the 400-meter hurdles at 58.98.
Sophomore Quinn Hull added 10 team points by winning the 800 meters in 1:57.33.

The Oberlin women also fared well in the field events. Junior Courtney Konow placed second in the discus (108-04), while teammate Jasmine Owens added another second-place effort in the long jump (17-00.75).  Rookie Elizabeth Wilson was also second in the hammer with a throw of 124-05.

In the 400-meter dash the Yeowomen claimed the top two spots. Marissa Clardy touched the tape first in 59.23 and Amanda Graciafollowed in at 1:01.76.

OC also went 1-2 in the 5K as Carey Lyons completed the course in first at 18:37.13 while fellow first-year Erica Morelli was right behind her at 18:47.53. Freshman Emma Lehman added 10 more points to the Yeowomen total by winning the 1,500-meters in 4:50.97

Sophomore Ava Keating added a first-place showing in the 400-meter hurdles as she flew through the course in 1:06.19. Keating was also third in the 100-meter hurdles at 16:37.

Oberlin returns to action next Friday when it host Wooster in a dual meet starting at 4 p.m.

Walter and Tran Each Win Events as Spartan Women Finish Runner-Up at Marv Frye Invitational

DELAWARE, Ohio – Freshman Keri Walter<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wtrack/2011-12/bios/walter%20keri%203o9p> (Cairo, Egypt/Cairo American) won the triple jump and placed runner-up in the high jump as the Case Western Reserve University women's track & field team finished second at the 2012 Marv Frye Invitational on Saturday, April 7 at Selby Field.
Keri Walter 
Keri Walter

The Spartans totaled 128.83 team points to finish behind host Ohio Wesleyan University at 154.83.

Walter outlasted 13 competitors in the triple jump with a mark of 35 feet, one inch. In the high jump, Walter hit a height of 5'0.25" to finish second of 11 participants.

In track events, senior Leslie Stanard<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wtrack/2011-12/bios/stanard%20leslie%20yrge> (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) sprinted to a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash in 12.87 seconds. Sophomore Gavriella Pora<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wtrack/2011-12/bios/pora%20gavriella%2042r8> (Nampa, Idaho/Liberty Charter) was fifth in the event in 12.95. Stanard also placed fifth in the 200m dash in 26.76.

Senior Nataija Brown<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wtrack/2011-12/bios/brown%20nataija%20gqnx> (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) and senior Erin Hollinger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wtrack/2011-12/bios/hollinger%20erin%207jfo> (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) claimed third and fourth in the 100m hurdles with respective times of 15.29 and 15.48.

Junior Alyssa Harker<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wtrack/2011-12/bios/harker%20alyssa%20umf7> (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) was runner-up in the 400m hurdles in 1:08.82.

In field events, freshman Sophia Herzog<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wtrack/2011-12/bios/herzog%20sophia%20rdj0> (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) tied for second in the pole vault at 10'8," while Hollinger finished fifth at 10'2."

In the long jump, Brown was fourth with a mark of 16'9.25," while junior Jenna Pansky<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wtrack/2011-12/bios/pansky%20jenna%206k0s> (Parma, Ohio/Beaumont) was third in the triple jump at 34'1.25."

In throwing competition, senior Amanda Kline<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wtrack/2011-12/bios/kline%20amanda%20lb8v> (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) finished third in the shot put (39'7"), fourth in the discus (131'2") and seventh in the hammer throw (143'4").

Junior Emily Tran<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wtrack/2011-12/bios/tran%20emily%20ts4d> (Beaverton, Ore./Southridge) won the javelin throw with a length of 107'10," while Pansky was runner-up at 104'8."

The Spartans return to Selby Field next Saturday, April 14 for the annual All-Ohio Championship. Case's second-straight trip to Delaware will be the squad's final tune-up before the UAA Outdoor Championship on April 28-29 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Spartan Women Cruise to Pair of 9-0 Victories During Final Day of Central Region Shootout

OBERLIN, Ohio – Coming off a 6-3 team victory Friday, the No. 10-regionally ranked Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team posted a pair of 9-0 victories versus No. 21 regionally-ranked Kalamazoo College (Mich.) and Albion College (Mich.) at the Don Hunsinger Courts. The two matches were part of the final day of the two-day Central Region Shootout at Oberlin College.

With the victories, the Spartans improve to 16-2 overall in dual matches including 10-straight dual match wins.

Against regionally-ranked Kalamazoo (2-11), Case jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead during doubles play. The No. 1 tandem of junior Erika Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20erika%20emv7> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and freshman sister Alexandra Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20alexandra%20jlxi> won 8-3; the No. 2 team of junior Emily Pham<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/pham%20emily%20a3ca> (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) and freshman Marianne Bonnano<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/bonnano%20marianne%20wdo3> (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) and the No. 3 duo of junior Kathleen Evers<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/evers%20kathleen%20ckvv> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and sophomore Bianca Patel<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/patel%20bianca%20wa5r> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) each won by identical 8-0 scores, respectively.

In singles play, the Spartans picked up six straight-set wins surrendering a total of 10 games with No. 9 regionally-ranked Erika Lim at No. 1 (6-1, 6-2), Bonnano at No. 2 (6-0, 6-0), Pham at No. 3 (6-0, 6-0), Alexandra Lim at No. 4 (6-3, 6-2), while Evers and Patel won by similar 6-1, 6-0 tallies at No. 5 and No. 6.

Versus Albion (8-4), the Spartans once again didn't lose a set. Erica Lim was victorious at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-2), while Bonnano cruised during her opening set before having to win an extra game during her final set, 7-5, to claim the team point. Pham won at No. 3 (6-2, 6-0), while Alexandra Lim claimed her point at No. 4 by set scores of 6-4 and 6-2. Evers had little trouble at No. 5 (6-0, 6-0) and Patel completed the sweep at No. 6 (6-0, 6-2).

In doubles, the tandems of the Lim sisters at No. 1 (8-0), Bonanno and Pham at No. 2 (8-4) and Evers and Patel at No. 3 (9-7) completed the perfect day.

Case has a week off from action before they travel to University Athletic Association foe the University of Chicago (Ill.) on Saturday, April 14 to compete in a tri-match featuring three regionally-ranked teams. The Spartans will square off with Washington University-St. Louis, ranked No. 3 regionally, at 11:00 a.m. before turning around to play host Chicago, the Central region's top-ranked team, at 4:00 p.m.