A Page -- July 19, 2012


Storm Women's Basketball Ranked Third in WBCA Academic Top 25

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – A successful season on the court by the Lake Erie College women's basketball team in 2011-12 was surpassed off the court as the Storm was recognized on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll on Tuesday (July 17) by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Lake Erie was ranked third in NCAA Division II with a cumulative team grade point average of 3.684.

"This is a tremendous accomplishment for the young women in our program," said head coach Bob Booher. "Our student-athletes realize the importance of education and strive to reach their full potential in both basketball and in the classroom. This serves as a great reminder of the quality student-athletes we are attracting to the College and the successes we are having athletically and academically."

The Storm's team GPA was not only the third highest in Division II, but the fourth best overall, trailing just Drury University (II), King College (II), and Northland College (III). Lake Erie is the highest ranked team in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), which had a total of four schools make the Honor Roll.

In 2011-12, the Storm posted a 16-11 overall record and finished fifth in the GLIAC with a 10-9 league mark, qualifying for the conference tournament for the first time.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women's basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade point averages (GPAs) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2011-12 season is the 17th in which the WBCA has produced the honor rolls.
Last year, the Storm ranked 21st in the Academic Top 25.

Eaton Named Second-Team Preseason All-

American

Oberlin, Ohio – Oberlin College senior Clay Eaton was recently named as a Second-Team Preseason All-American by the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) website.

Eaton, who led the North Coast Athletic Conference with 11 sacks in 2011, enters this season as one of the most feared defensive ends in the NCAC. The Findlay, Ohio, native earned All-NCAC First-Team honors last season after recording 57 tackles, including 17 tackles for a loss.

Highly praised for this effort on the gridiron, Eaton was also named as a Second-Team All-Region and All-Ohio selection last fall in addition to earning BSN Second-Team All-America accolades.

With 19.5 career sacks to his credit, the 6-foot-1, 233-pound Eaton needs just three more sacks this season to pass Chris Pisani (22) as the school’s all-time sack leader.

All Star Man Fagan on the mound to open series for Crushers tonight

Written and Researched by Evan Meyer – Sports Vault

 

FIRST ‘UPS’-They say revenge is a dish that people have tasted prefer to eat cold.The Lake Erie Crushers got that taste earlier this week as they traveled to the western suburbs of Chicago and took two of three from the Western Division leaders the Schaumburg Boomers

 

After losing their last two games before the All-Star break,the Men of Crush went on the road and took two of three from the defending Western Division Champion River City Rascals then headed up Interstate 55 lost the first game to the Boomers before winning the final two to finish the road trip at 4-2 their fourth winning road trip out of five so far this season

 

The Red Black and White have won 17 of their last 22 games to move into third place in the Eastern Division,and just three games out of a playoff spot.Tonight they look to go five games over the .500 mark for the first time this season as they open a quick three-gfame series with the Evansville Otters at All Pro Freight Stadium.LHP PAUL FAGAN takes to the hill in search of his sixth win of the season and fourth straight without a loss.He will be opposed by RHP WYNN PELZER who is making just his third start since joining the Otters from the Atlantic League

 

LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS ALL TIME NUMBERS

Season

Record

Home

Road

Vs East

Vs West

Attendance

2009-11

158-128

94-59

64-69

94-82

64-49

441,862

2012

  29-25

12-15

17-10

17-10

12-15

  60,837

 

CRUSHERS-OTTERS LIFETIME:Tonight’s game is the fourth of six regular-season meetings between the two clubs…even though they are division rivals this is Evansville’s lone visit to Avon in 2012…They met on June 5-7 at Bosse Field on the banks of the Ohio River with the Crushers taking two-of-three last season the Crushers swept the season series from the Otters and IN THEIR HISTORY have a 14-5 record against them

 

CRUSHERS-EVANSVILLE 2012

DATE

PLACE

SCORE

WINNER

LOSER

SAVE

Jun 5

Bosse Field

LEC 4 – EVN 2

Gonz-Diaz

Blewett

Kountis

Jun 6

Evansville

LEC 1 – EVN 0

Rickards

Crim

Kountis

Jun 7

Evansville

EVN 5 – LEC 1

Champion

Gilmore

 

 

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR SERIES vs EVANSVILLE

FRI RHP Eric Gonzalez-Diaz vs ZIelinski

SAT RHP Alex Loftin vs Morrow

All games on www.lakeeriecrushers.com with Sunday home games on WEOL-AM 930

 

WHERE THE CRUSHERS ARE IN 2012:Lake Erie is in third place in the Eastern Division with a 29-25 record…4-2 in the second half…They are eight games behind division leading Traverse City and three games behind second place Southern Illinois… Are 20-11 in their last 31 games after being seven games below .500 (7-14) the lowest record so far this season and have won 17 of their last 24 games and 11-3 in their last fourteen games at All Pro Freight Stadium

 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON-The Crushers won the rubber game of their series with the Schaumburg Boomers 10-7 finishing the road trip with a 4-2 mark.Lake Erie scored seven runs in the first four inning building a 7-2 lead then hung on for dear life as the Western Division leaders scored a run in the eighth and two in the ninth to make the game close.RHP TREVOR LONGFELLOW pitched six innings allowing four runs on five hits in picking up his sixth win of the season (6-2).His fourth straight without a loss. Offensively,the Crushers banged out 11 hits with LF KELLEN KULBACKI leading the hit parade with three safeties.In addition the Crushers hit three homers in the contest giving them nine for the trip with DH JASON TAYLOR hitting two the first Crusher with a multi-homer game in almost two years.RF DANIEL BOWMAN continued his hot streak with the club with his second of the season.

 

KINGS OF THE ROAD-The series wins over River City & Schaumburg are the Crushers seventh in eight so far in 2012 (the lone loss came at Traverse City). In addition,they have won 10 of their last 11 road series dating back to last season

 

TO THE TENTH POWER-The ten runs scored by the Crushers Wednesday afternoon marked the fifth time this season they have scored 10 or more runs in a game (their record in those games is a perfect 5-0)

 

MUCH MORE LIKE IT-After starting the season 1-11 at All Pro Freight Stadium,the Crushers have won 11 of their last 14 home tilts going into today’s tilt with the Otters

 

BASHING THE BASEBALL-On the road trip the Crushers batted .274 in the six games scoring 39 runs (6.5 per game) with nine homers

 

WHAT A ROAD TRIP-JASON TAYLOR hit an even .500 on the six-game trip (9x18) with four homers and nine RBI raising his average 37 points (from .309 to .336)

 

IT HAS BEEN A WHILE-TAYLOR’s two-homer game Wednesday afternoon was the first by a Crusher since ARDEN MCWILLIAMS did it back on June 9.2010 against Windy City

 

RARE COMPANY-The two homers on Wednesday gives TAYLOR ten on the season becoming the fifth Crusher to have ten or more homers in a season.ANDREW DAVIS has done it on three occasions (2009,10,11),GORDON GRONKOWSKI,ARDEN MC WILLIAMS,and LUKE HETHRIDGE each have done it once all three in 2009

 

STILL PERFECT-RHP JONATHAN KOUNTIS picked up his 12th save in as many opportunities Tuesday night in the 3-2 win over the Boomers.The All-Star has allowed just two earned runs since June 10th

 

 CRUSHERS STARTING PITCHER

LHP PAUL FAGAN (5-3 2.73 ERA)…Paul will be thirteenth his third start of 2012…His 57th lifetime appearance and 55th lifetime start as a Crusher

HIS LAST START was Saturday night in River City defeating the Rascals 11-2 (7IP-5H-2R-2ER-3BB-6SO) his fourth straight victory…has not lost since June 8th to Gateway at APFS 3-2

AGAINST EVANSVILLE…This is Paul’s first start this season against the Otters…he faced them twice last season going 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA (9IP-12H-7R-6ER-4BB-2SO)

2012 FRONTIER LEAGUE ALL-STAR- Paul was named to his second All-Star Game and will participate on Wednesday night at the Corn Crib in Normal.He pitched for the Crushers in the 2009 ASG at Rockford..He started the game for the East a perfect 1-2-3 frame to pick up the victory

IN 2011...Paul was 7-11 with a 4.30 ERA in 20 starts (127.2IP-117H-71R-61ER-41BB-89SO).The seven wins was second on the club to Josh Roberts’ 10…IN THE POST-SEASON Paul pitched game one of the series in Joliet losing to the Jammers 5-2 (42IP-7H-4R-4ER-1BB-3SO)

AT HOME…Paul is 3-3 with a 3.44 ERA (55IP-49H-26R-21ER-15BB-31SO)

PRIOR TO HIS RETURN TO THE CRUSHERS…Paul pitched for three teams in 2010.After he was traded by the Crushers to the South Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League,he did not make the team and started the campaign with the New Jersey Jackals in the Canadian-American Association where he was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (3ST-16IP-29H-18R-16ER-6BB-6SO). From there he went to the Joliet Jackhammers of the Northern League where he was 1-0 with a 5.19 ERA (6GP-4ST-26IP-30H-15R-15ER-15BB-13SO) and then finished 2010 with the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League going 3-8 with a 5.38 ERA (17GP-13ST-85.1IP-109H-65R-51ER-13BB-42SO)

IN THE 2009 POST SEASON…Paul was 2-1 with a 4.34 ERA (4APP-3ST-18.2 IP-22H-10R-9ER-6BB-7SO-5HR) the two wins coming against River City in the Championship Series

HOW PAUL CAME BACK TO THE CRUSHERS…Paul signed and made the Windy City Thunderbirds and was supposed to pitch against the Crushers on May 20,2011 (against Travis Risser) at Standard Bank Stadium but that did not happen

WITH THE CRUSHERS IN 2009…Paul came from Sioux City in the American Association and had a brilliant season going 14-3 with a 2.70 ERA (22GP-20ST-140IP-114H-50R-42ER-33BB-83SO)…Paul also went 2-1 in the 2009 Frontier League Playoffs as the Crushers defeated River City in five games to win the FL Championship and for Paul he was named the winner of the 2009 Brian Tollberg Award as the league’s top pitcher

SOME QUICK NOTES ON PAUL…He is 27 years old…native of Jacksonville,Fla…was a fourth round selection of Seattle in the 2003 June draft.,..played in the Mariners system with Everett Silvertips (A-Northwest League) and High Desert Mavericks (A-California League) from 2005-07

 FAGAN 2012 MONTH-BY-MONTH

 

Record

ERA

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

May

1-1

1.50

18

11

5

3

6

16

June

2-2

3.40

37

37

17

14

10

21

July

2-0

2.70

20

13

7

6

5

15

 

 2012 CRUSHERS INNINGS PITCHED BY STARTER (RECORD)

Pitcher

0.0-4.2

5.0-5.2

6.0-6.2

7.0-7.2

8.0-8.2

9.0

FAGAN

1 (0-1)

2 (1-1)

3 (1-2)

5 (3-2)

 

2 (1-1)

GONZ-DIAZ

3 (0-3)

2 (1-1)

2 (1-1)

2 (1-1)

 

1 (1-0)

JANNIS

3 (1-2)

 

 

 

 

 

STURGILL

1 (1-0)

 

 

 

 

 

STRICKLAND

 

1 (0-1)

 

1 (0-1)

 

 

LONGFELLOW

2 (1-1)

5 (4-1)

2 (2-0)

 

 

 

RICKARDS

2 (1-1)

3 (2-1)

1 (1-0)

 

1 (1-0)

 

INSELMANN

1 (0-1)

 

 

 

 

 

LOFTIN

1 (0-1)

1 (1-0)

3 (3-0)

 

 

 

DUFFY

1 (0-1)

1 (1-0)

 

 

 

 

ARNOLD

1 (1-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRUSHERS STARTERS IN 2012

PITCHER

LAST START

DEC

ST-QUA

RUN SUP (AVG)

FAGAN

7/13 at RC  (7-5-2-2-4-6)

W

 12-8

 53 (4.42)

GONZ-DIAZ

7/15 at RC (4.1-10-7-6-2-0)

L

 11-6

 44 (4.0)

JANNIS

6/2   vs WC (3—4-4-4-0-2)

L

 3

13 (4.33)

STURGILL

5/22 at NOR (6-6-2-2-2-4)

ND

 1

4 (4.0)

STRICKLAND

5/31 vs JOL (7-5-0-0-3-4)

ND

 2-1

 4 (2.0)

LONGFELLOW

7/18 at SCH (6-5-4-4-2-3)

W

 10-2

68 (6.8)

RICKARDS

7/7 vs SIL (3-2-1-0-3-2)

W

 6-1

 29 (4.83)

INSELMANN

6/9 vs GAT (1.2-8-7-7-1-1)

L

1

 -0-

LOFTIN

7/16 at SCH (2.1-8-7-5-1-1)

L

6-3

 27 (4.5)

DUFFY

7/1 at FLO (5-2-0-0-3-2)

ND

1

5 (5.0)

ARNOLD

7/17 at SCH (4-4-2-2-2-2)

ND

1

3 (3)

 

CRUSHERS STARTERS STATS IN THE LAST THREE SERIES

OPP

W-L-S

ERA

IP

H

R-ER

BB

SO

SIL

1-1

2.81

16

11

6-5

5

12

RC

2-1

5.82

17

22

12-11

6

10

SCH

1-1

8.02

12.1

17

13-11

5

6

 

CRUSHERS BULLPEN STATS

Pitcher

Last App

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

STURGILL

7/16 at SCH

2.2

1

0

0

0

0

GILMORE

7/4 vs LON

0

0

0

0

1

0

KOUNTIS

7/17 at SCH (S)

1

1

1

1

1

2

KLAFCZYNSKI

7/18 at SCH

2

2

1

1

1

1

JANNIS

7/17 at SCH

2

3

0

0

1

2

RISSER

7/18 at SCH

1

2

2

2

1

1

DUFFY

7/17 at SCH (W)

2

2

0

0

1

3

RICKARDS

7/15 at RC

1

6

3

3

0

0

 

CRUSHERS BULLPEN NOTES

#5 RHP BRAD DUFFY-Picked up the victory (his first as a professional) Tuesday night in SCH with two scoreless innings of relief… came to the Crushers from Mercyhurst University (Lakers-Division II) where he was 7-1 with a 3.34 ERA (13APP-12ST-72.2IP-6#H-35R-27ER-27BB-92SO)…pitched two years there after transferring from Duquesne University (Dukes-Atlantic 10) where as a freshman was 0-1 with a 7.54 ERA (15APP-5ST-45.1IP-52H-4R-38ER-30BB-32SO)

 

#20 RHP MICKEY JANNIS-Pitched two scoreless innings last night (his sixth scoreless appearance in the last seven) has allowed just one earned run since June 28th

 

#28 RHP RANDY STURGILL-Pitched 2.1 scoreless innings Monday night his third scoreless appearance in his last four

 

#32 RHP BEN KLAFCZYNSKI-Allowed a run and two hits Wednesay afternoon his first runs allowed since June 18th vs FLO

 

#35 RHP TRAVIS RISSER-Pitched the ninth inning Wednesday allowing two runs..have allowed four runs over his last four appearances

 

#38 RHP JONATHAN KOUNTIS-Picked up his 12th save in as many opportunities Tuesday night although he allowed a run (just his third earned run of the season)…Pitched the ninth inning in the All-Star game

 

#3 RHP CHANCE GILMORE-Has not pitched since 7/4 vs LON when he pitched to one batter last night and walked him

 

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