A Page -- March 11, 2012 -- PM Edition


Spartans Edge Rochester in 2-1 Pitcher's Duel to Open UAA Championship

SANFORD, Fla. – Junior southpaw Jamie Hora<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/hora%20jamie%203vmt> (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) pitched 7.1 innings and allowed just one run in leading the Case Western Reserve University baseball team to a 2-1 victory versus the University of Rochester (N.Y.) in its first game of the 2012 University Athletic Association Championship on Sunday evening at Sanford Memorial Stadium.

The Spartans improve to 7-2 overall, while Rochester falls to 0-2 overall as well as 0-2 in the UAA after losing to Washington University-St. Louis earlier in the day by a narrow 1-0 tally.

On the hill, Hora (3-0) limited the Yellowjackets to just four hits while striking out two and walking just one. Sophomore closer Jose Vega<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/vega%20jose%20lumi> (Strongsville, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) recorded the final five outs for his fourth save of the spring.

Yellowjacket starter Corey King was the tough-luck loser, surrendering two runs (one earned) on three hits while walking five and striking out three in 6.1 innings of work.

Offensively, Case loaded the bases in both the fourth and sixth innings, but was only able to produce a single run in the fourth. Spartan junior centerfielder Paul Pakan<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/pakan%20paul%209rv5> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) laced a single to left in the fourth frame, advanced to second on a fielder's choice and ultimately scored by stealing third and touching home following a wild pitch by King.

Rochester then tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom half of the sixth on a homerun from Alex Caghan, but the Spartans wasted little time responding with the eventual winning run in the seventh. Senior leftfielder Jimmy Abed<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/abed%20jimmy%20tdce> (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) drew a one-out walk, swiped both second and third base, and scored on a throwing error by the Rochester catcher in his attempt to throw the runner out at third.

For the game, Pakan along with senior designated hitter Sam Alexander<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/alexander%20sam%20j11o> (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) and senior second baseman Bobby Marko<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/marko%20bobby%20yb4t> (Lyndhurst, Ohio/Brush) produced Case's three hits.

The Spartans are right back in action tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 p.m. with game two of the UAA Championship versus Emory University (Ga.).

Clutch Hitting and Strong Pitching Lead Yeomen to a Sunday Sweep
Avon, Ohio – Junior Zach Jaspers drove in the game-winning run in the lid-lifter combined with a four-run sixth in the nightcap propelled the Oberlin College baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Concordia (MI) University on Sunday afternoon. The Yeomen took game one 7-6 in eight innings and then followed with an 8-4 win in game two.

Offensively the Yeomen were led by Zach Kisley and Sean Cohen as they each had four hits and three RBI’s on the day. Cohen also played sound defensively up the middle at both shortstop and second base.

“I thought the guys played pretty well today,” Head Coach Adrian Abrahamowicz said. “We battled in both games, but had some key clutch hitting that was really big. Our pitching was strong as Eric and Mattie both threw really well as did the guys out of the pen. We are going to continue to work and get better each day.”

In game one the Yeomen got a second straight strong pitching performance from Eric Knight as he worked the front seven, allowing just four earned runs while fanning seven and walking four. Of his 99 pitches, 65 went for strikes. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the win as Mike McDonald worked a scoreless eighth inning to earn that distinction.

The two teams traded single tallies in the second inning, but then posted crooked numbers in the third. Knight ran into a little trouble in the inning as four hits and one Oberlin error allowed the Cardinals to plate three runs.

However, in the home half of the inning the Yeomen responded with four runs of their own. Robin Witjes got the rally going with an RBI double down the left field line and he would later score on Cohen’s single to right center. Kisley then laid down a squeeze bunt to score Cohen, and rookie Jeff Schweighoffe followed by adding his first-career hit with an RBI single to left that sent Knight across the dish.

In the fourth the Cardinals would get even on an unearned run, but Oberlin would go right back on top in the bottom of the frame thanks to a sac fly from McDonald. Clinging to a 6-5 lead in the fifth, Knight then gave up a triple to Jared Jansen who later scored on a balk to tie the game.

The Yeomen then went down in order in the fifth, sixth and seventh. The Cardinals threatened to take the lead in the seventh as they had two runners on with just one out, but Knight was able to work out of it by getting Jansen to line out before striking out Thomas Perry.

In the eighth, Kisley and Schweighoffe started the inning with back-to-back singles and then Coach Abrahamowicz went to his bench to put Jaspers in to pinch hit. The junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, didn’t disappoint as he belted the ball the right back up the middle to score Kisley for the game-winning run.

In game two the Yeomen benefited from yet another solid pitching performance. Sophomore Mattie DeDoes worked five strong innings as he allowed just two earned runs on six hits. He struck out three and walked three on 85 pitches. However, he suffered the same fate as Knight in not getting the win as the score was tied at four when he left. Drew Karlin worked a scoreless sixth inning to earn his third-career victory.

Concordia plated a run in the top of the first off of DeDoes, but the Yeomen came right back with two thanks to a two-run single through the left side off of the bat of Kisley.

An unearned run in the top of the third from the Cardinals was also answered by the Yeomen in the bottom of the frame. Knight came through with a single to left field to score Witjes who led off the inning with a walk.

Concordia manufactured a pair of runs in the fourth, but the Yeomen got back to even at four all courtesy of Kevin Verne’s two-out RBI double down the right field line to score Jaspers.

The Yeomen would eventually put the game away for good with a four-run sixth that featured six hits. The big hits came from Witjes and Cohen as they each had run-producing singles.

McDonald pitched the final frame and was able to get out of it unscathed that’s to double-play ground that was turned very nicely by Cohen at second base.

The Yeomen return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they host Bluffton University at 4 p.m. at Dill Field.

Two Raiders earn All region honors

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Mount Union head track and field coach Kevin Lucas and junior Mary Mahoney(Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) both earned Great Lakes Region Indoor Track and Field Coach and Track Athlete of the Year honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Lucas in his third year as women's head track and field coach at Mount Union led the Purple Raiders to their second-ever Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field title and highest-ever team finish at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships with a seventh place this past weekend.

Mahoney earned OAC Sprint Athlete of the Meet as she won three OAC individual events in the 60 meter dash (7.81), 200 meters (25.12) and 400 meters (56.73) and also helped the team win the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. Her 400 meter time of 56.73 was a new OAC meet record.  She then went on to the NCAA Championships and finished second in the nation in the 400 meters and was part of the third place 4x400 meter relay to earn two All-American honors.

Yeowomen's Bats Come Alive to Earn Another Split

Danville, Kentucky- The Oberlin College softball team managed another split on Sunday as they wrapped up the Centre College Invitational. They lost the first game 8-0 to Spalding University, but battled back and won the night cap by a score of 10-7 over Rose Hulman.
In the game against Rose-Hulman the bats came alive for Oberlin as they had 17 hits. Leading the way was Emily King who went 3-for-5 with two rbi’s. Jennifer Goldsmith also went 3-for-5. Katie Baldoneri went 2-for-4 with a double and a rbi.

Oberlin had a big inning in the fourth as they scored seven runs. Baldoneri started the inning off with a double. Dix would then be walked, and Cheryl LindslyKristine KuchtaKelsey SteinerParis Gravley, King and Goldsmith would all get hits in the inning to put the Yeowomen up and seal the win. Katie Pieplow got her first career victory inside the circle for Oberlin against Rose Hulman.
The Yeowomen were plagued by errors in the first game and really couldn’t get the bats going. Kristen Dix was a bright spot as she went 2-for-2 with two doubles. Spalding scored two runs in the first inning and then four in the second. They never really looked back and didn’t allow the Yeowomen to be in the game.
The team is back in action on Wednesday, February 14th when they travel to Trine University for a double header. The game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.