A Page -- March 14, 2012


Spartan Baseball Picks up 6-4 Win Versus Rochester to Even UAA Record

SANFORD, Fla. – Freshman righthanded pitcher Edward Abramson (Maitland, Fla./Winter Park) hurled six strong innings on the mound and junior centerfielder Paul Pakan (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) went 3-for-5 at the plate leading the Case Western Reserve University baseball team to a 6-4 victory versus the University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Wednesday at the 2012 University Athletic Association Championship at Sanford Memorial Stadium.

The Spartans improve to 8-4 on the season and even their conference record at 2-2.

Case posted three runs on four hits in the home half of the third and was helped out by a Yellowjacket error. Sophomore outfielder Jordan Dague (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) opened the rally reaching on the error and moved to second on a single from sophomore infielder Andrew Frey (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor).

With both being moved over to second and third via a sacrifice bunt, Dague scored on a single up the middle from Pakan and Frey touched home on an RBI double to right center off the bat of senior outfielder Sam Alexander (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams). Not done yet, Pakan finished the rally coming home on an RBI single from junior infielder Brett Ossola (Potomac, Md./Bullis School).

Rochester cut the Spartan lead to one (3-2) with single runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, but Abramson extinguished both rallies recording a pair of strikeouts to end the fourth and a punchout for the third out in the fifth.

Case quickly extended its lead to two in the home half of the fifth. Pakan reached on an infield single and came all the way around to score when Alexander hit a ball that was misplayed by the Rochester outfield. An inning later, senior second baseman Bobby Marko (Lyndhurst, Ohio/Brush) scored the fifth run on a wild pitch.

The Yellowjackets then scored a pair of runs in the top half of the eighth slicing the lead to one (5-4), but sophomore righthander Josh Suvak (Independence, Ohio/Independence) slammed the door on the rally.

Tacking on a bit of insurance, Marko started off the ninth with a single to left field and eventually scored on a two-out RBI single to left off the bat of junior shortstop Matt Keen (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) giving the Spartans a 6-4 edge.

Senior lefthander A.J. Boshinski (Alpharetta, Ga./St. Pius X) took the ball to start the ninth and retired the Yellowjackets in order for his first career save.

Abramson collects his first collegiate win striking out six and walking just one in his six innings. Senior Cory Smith(Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin), sophomore Ray Kelly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) and Suvak each record two outs before Boshinski posted the save. Stephen Cool (0-1) was tagged with the loss for Rochester.

Case will be back on the field on Thursday, March 15 for two more games beginning with Brandeis University (Mass.) at 2:30 p.m. In the day's second game, CWRU will look to move up in the UAA standings when it battles the Bears of Washington-St. Louis at 6:00 p.m.

Mount's Jimmy Wood makes All Region

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Mount Union's Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) was named to the D3hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region Men's Basketball Team.

Wood, a senior forward, was selected to the all-region third team. He was selected to the first team All-Ohio Athletic Conference in February.

Wood, who started all 26 games, led the OAC in the scoring at 17.9 points per game and three-pointers with 62 makes. He also led the Purple Raiders in rebounding (5.2 per game), steals, (1.3 per game), and minutes (33.0 per game). Wood became the 26th player to score 1,000 career points in Mount Union history and finishes his career at No. 8 on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,287 points.

Raider winning streak at six

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union rallied twice to sweep a pair of non-conference baseball games from Allegheny (Pa.) 8-2, 9-8 Tuesday in the home opener at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders have now won six games in a row and stand at 9-2 on the season, while Allegheny is 0-2 on the season.

An unearned run in the second inning of game one gave Allegheny a 1-0 lead taht held until the fourth.  In the fourth, the Raiders got a two-out, two-RBI double from freshman Derek Frye (Tallmadge/Tallmadge) to go ahead 2-0.

Mount Union extended the lead to 4-1 in the fifth as the Raiders started the frame with three-straight hits -- the last one of those a single from sophomore Connor Mathis (Akron/Firestone) that drove in two runs.

Mathis came up big again in the sixth as the score was 5-1 with the bases loaded he drilled a single to right field to score two more as part of a four-run frame that made it 8-1.

Allegheny scored a run and loaded the bases in the seventh before three-straight outs ended the game at 8-2.

Mathis drove in four runs on two hits and Frye drove in two runs on two hits to headline the Raiders at the plate, while on the mound sophomore Mike Horning (Avon/Avon) allowed only three hits over the first five innings to go to 2-0 on the season.  Cory Douglass (Independence/Garfield Heights) pitched the final two innings for his second save of the season.

Allegheny again got an early lead in game two with three runs in the second inning, but Mount Union answerd in the bottom of the frame with three-straight hits with two outs to score three runs.  Sophomore Kyle Osco(Uniontown/Lake) had an RBI double and fellow sophomore Ricky Olasz (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin) drove in two with another double to tie the game.

The Raiders then scored three in the third on and RBI triple from sophomore Evan Knott (Canton/GlenOak) and RBI singles from both sophomore Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) and Frye.  

Two more runs in the fifth moved the lead to 8-3 on a drive to left field by sophomore C.J. Stotler (Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum).

Allegheny mounted another rally in the sixth and came all the way back taking advantage of a pair of Mount Union errors to plate five runs on just two hits and tie the game at 8-8.

In fact the Gators tried to take the lead in the seventh as they tried to execute a squeeze play with runners at first and third with no outs but the runner was out at the plate and the following hitter hit into a double play to end the threat.

In the bottom of the seventh, Mathis began the inning with a single and after one out, he would advance all the way to third base on a wild pitch.  Carlino then ended the game on a line drive to center field to score the run.

Mathis and Carlino each had three hits to pace an offense that had 12 hits.

Senior hurler Beau Smith (Frederick, Md./Frederick) allowed only two hits over the final 1.2 innings to pick up the win in relief and go to 3-0 on the season.

Mount Union plays Saturday against Westminster (Pa.) in a doubleheader that will be held at Cene Park in Struthers, Ohio. 



 Storm offense clicks too late in a pair of losses

KISSIMMEE, FLA – Lake Erie College (0-5) struggled to generate offense in game one and fell too far behind in game two, as they lost to Indiana (Pa.) University, 8-0, and Edinboro University, 10-4 at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Storm and Crimson Hawks started off in a pitcher's duel as sophomore Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) and Kelly King each held their opponents scoreless through three innings.  Ondercin had allowed baserunners every inning and it caught up to her in the fourth as she walked in a run after a long battle with a 3-2 count.  That opened the gates as IUP scored another run in the fifth, two in the sixth and four in the seven.  Lake Erie was never able to get to King as she completed a perfect game for the Crimson Hawks.

Ondercin went the distance and allowed eight runs (five earned) on 12 hits with five strikeouts. 

The momentum against the Storm continued in game two as senior Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) struggled.  Lake Erie fell behind 10-0 after two innings with three errors hurting the cause.  Lake Erie finally got on the board when freshman second baseman Amber Dowen (New Lyne, Ohio/Pymatuning Valley) got her first career hit on an infield single which drove in redshirt freshman Maddi Klemp (Akron, Ohio/Coventry) in the third inning.  The Storm scored two more in the fifth as sophomore Becca Havrilla (Willowick, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) led the inning off with a single and was brought home on a sacrifice bunt by junior outfielder Chelsea Bleck (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay).  Dowen then struck again with an RBI single to right field to make the score 10-3. 

The Storm loaded the bases in the sixth inning and it was again Dowen doing the damage with an RBI single scoring senior first baseman Lindsey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland) to make the score 10-4.  Lake Erie still had the bases loaded but a groundout down the first base line ended the rally. 

Dowen went 3-for-3 with three runs batted in in just her second collegiate start.  Klemp went 2-for-4  with two runs scored and reached on errors the other two at-bats.  Havrilla also added two hits. 

Ondercin came on in relief in game two and 4.1 scoreless innings, striking out five while allowing just two hits. 

Lake Erie is in action again Thursday with a doubleheader at the Rebel Spring Games. 

Miami, Central Michigan and Bowling Green Begin WNIT Play Thursday

Updated 3/14/2012


Miami (Ohio) at Richmond, 6 p.m. 
Miami finished the regular season 21-9 and 11-5 in the Mid-American Conference. The 21 wins are the most since 2008, when the RedHawks went 23-11 and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Miami is led by junior guard and First Team All-MAC selection Courtney Osborn, who averages a team-high 18.0 points per game and set a school and conference record earlier this year with 48 points in a win against Akron, Jan. 4. Kirsten Olowinski nearly averages a double-double for the Red and White with 11.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Maggie Boyer is third on the team with an 11.0 points per game scoring average. Both of them were named Third Team All-MAC. Richmond finished the regular season 22-8 and 9-5 in the A-10. A young team, the Spiders are led by their only senior, guard Abby Oliver. She averages 16.5 points per game. They shoot the ball extremely well, hitting 43.5 percent of their shots overall and 39 percent of their three-point attempts. Miami has never faced Richmond in women’s basketball.

VCU at Bowling Green, 7:00 PM 
Bowling Green compiled a 24-5 regular season record, including a 14-2 mark in Mid-American Conference play, won its seventh regular season title in the last eight years.  The Falcons earned a triple bye in the MAC Tournament before being upset by Central Michigan in the semifinals, 69-66.  Head Coach Curt Miller was named MAC Coach of the Year for a league-record sixth time, while redshirt sophomore Alexis Rogers (12.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg) was named to the All-MAC First Team, senior Jessica Slagle (11.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg) and junior Chrissy Steffen (13.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg) each received second team recognition, and Jasmine Matthews (6.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg) was chosen to the MAC's All-Freshman squad.  After a 13-game winning streak from Dec. 21-Feb. 4, BGSU is 4-3 in its last seven contests entering postseason play. VCU (17-14) is making its fifth straight postseason appearance.  Last year, the Rams fell to St. Joseph's in the first round of the WNIT after defeating the Hawks in 2009-10, on their way to a third round finish. Senior forward Courtney Hurt, a two-time First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association honoree and All-America candidate, continues to be a force on the national scene for VCU, while rewriting the school's record books.  Hurt, the Rams' all-time leading scorer and rebounder, recently became the first men's or women's player in school history, and just the sixth player in league history, to score 2,000 career points.  She currently leads the nation in rebounding (12.7 rpg), while ranking ninth in scoring (22.0 ppg) and third in double-doubles (20).

Central Michigan at Illinois St., 8:00 PM
For the second consecutive season the Central Michigan women's basketball team will play in college basketball's Women's National Invitational Tournament against Illinois State. The Chippewas (20-15) will face the Redbirds (18-12), who finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference, in the opening round of the WNIT on Thursday. It is the second time in program history that the Maroon and Gold will play in back-to-back postseason tournaments. The Chippewas advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1983 and 1984. CMU advanced to the WNIT for the first time last year, when they fell, 72-59, to  ISU. Five-year head coach Sue Guevara paced CMU to just the fifth 20-win campaign in program history. The Chippewas put together a 4-1 run in the Mid-American Conference Tournament were they fell, 72-71, by a last second Eastern Michigan bucket. Two All-Mid American Conference selections dot the roster in honorable mention Taylor Johnson and Crystal Bradford. Jalisa Olive was named the MAC Sixth Player of the Year while Bradford, Jas'Mine Bracey and Jessica Green were all named to the All-MAC Freshman Team. The Redbirds had four players receive All-Valley honors. Katie Broadway and Jamie Russell were named to the All-Valley First Team while Candace Sykes and Chloe Nelson earned All-Valley Honorable Mention. ISU fell to Drake in its last outing in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, 56-54. Offensively Katie Broadway, who is averaging 16 points per game, is leading the team, while Candace Sykes is the leader on the boards with her 7.9 rebounds per game

Milinkovskyi Finishes 17th In 200 IM At National 


PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Lake Eire Sophomore Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukraine) opened up the 2012 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving National Championship for Lake Erie College with a 17th place finish in the 200 Yard IM. 

Milinkovskyi finished the race in 1:51.34 to earn points for the Storm.  However he did not qualify for tonight's A or B finals.

Milinkovskyi came into the meet seeded third in the 200 Yard IM after winning the GLIAC Championship in the event in February. 

Milinkovskyi and freshman Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia/) will be in action tomorrow for the 400 yard IM.  The duo is seeded 14th and 16th in that race respectively. 

Mount Union sweeps Presidents

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union men's tennis team returned to action Tuesday afternoon for the first time since last week's trip to Hilton Head, S.C. with a 9-0 win over Washington and Jefferson at Whitehill Tennis Courts.

The Purple Raiders (6-4) had earned three previous victories this season by a score of 8-1, but this was their first sweep.

Drew LeGendre (Toledo/Bowsher) defeated Christopher Fadil, 6-4, 5-7, 12-10, as he moved up to No. 4 singles. He also teamed with Zach Nelson (Alliance/Marlington) to earn an 8-4 victory in No. 3 doubles.

Nick Fockler (North Canton/Hoover) added a win at first singles against Samuel Miller, 1-0; Patrick Yackmack(Mantua/Twinsburg) won the No. 2 match over Shihao Liang, 6-1, 7-5; Ben Swope (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) defeated Renato Popovic, 6-1, 4-6, 10-4, at third singles; Jeff Looker (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) bested Bradley Jurik, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 5 singles; and Nelson topped Craig Kornick, 6-0, 6-3, in sixth singles.

In doubles play, Fockler and Swope defeated Miller and Liang, 8-0, in first doubles while Yackmack and Looker beat Popovic and Kornick, 8-3, in No. 2 doubles.

Mount Union will return to action on Saturday, March 24, when it opens Ohio Athletic Conference play against Muskingum at 1 p.m.

Spartan Junior Austin Fowler Named D3Hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Case Western Reserve University men's basketball junior forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice) has been selected to the 2012 D3Hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region Third Team, announced on Wednesday.

Fowler, a two-time All-University Athletic Association selection, led the Spartans in 2011-12 and ranked seventh in the league in scoring at 15.6 points per game.

Fowler also finished second to senior teammate Tom Summers for the UAA lead in rebounding at 7.3 per game and totaled six double-doubles throughout the season. In his second year after transferring in from Division I St. Francis University (Pa.), Fowler was also named an Academic All-UAA honoree.

Through 50 games with 49 starts for the Spartans, Fowler heads into his senior campaign with 810 points and 353 rebounds. During his first season in 2010-11, he was tabbed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District Team.

Players were recommended for the all-region teams by Sports Information Directors from each player's respective institution. This year, a record-high total of 683 players were nominated and voted upon from across the country.

 Spartan Softball Swept by No. 4 Emory and Brandeis on Day Two of UAA Championship

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – A day after upsetting No. 23 nationally-ranked Washington University-St. Louis, the Case Western Reserve University softball team was swept in a pair of games on day two of the 2012 University Athletic Association Championship at Seminole Field. The Spartans fell to No. 4 Emory University (Ga.), 7-2, and Brandeis University (Mass.), 7-5.

The Spartans (4-4, 1-2 UAA) aim to get back on track tomorrow morning versus the University of Rochester (N.Y.) at 10:00 a.m.

In game one, Emory (20-1, 2-1 UAA) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a Case error and a two-run homer by Jessica Boni. The Spartans cut the deficit in half in the second when senior third baseman Kaeleen Boden (Strongsville, Ohio/Holy Name) hit a two-run homer of her own, but the Eagles took advantage of three more errors during their half of the inning and scored three more times to lead 7-2.

For the game, freshman infielder Molly O'Brien (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola) was 2-for-4.

On the mound, freshman Rebecca Taylor (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe) started and took the loss, allowing one earned run over three innings. Four Spartan errors in the game led to six unearned runs, and Taylor came out of the game for the first time all season. She had pitched the first 44 innings of the season.

Classmate Christina Hunger (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora) threw the final three innings and did not allow a run while striking out a pair.

Amanda Kardys (4-0) came on in relief for Emory and threw 5.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts to earn the win.

Versus Brandeis (2-1, 2-1 UAA), the Spartans jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first thanks to an RBI double by sophomore infielder Makenzie Lein (Petersburg, Mich./Ida) and a sacrifice fly by Taylor. The Judges came back with three in the top of the third with a homer by Brittany Grimm and RBI doubles from Marianne Specker and Melissa Nolan. The Spartans then tied the score in their half of the third as Lein walked and came around to score on a passed ball.

However, Brandeis moved back on top in the fifth with four runs on four hits and three Spartan errors. Case had a shot to tie the score in the seventh after Hunger reached on an error that brought home Taylor and subsequently loaded the bases. Sophomore outfielder Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, Utah/Olympus) then walked to force home senior first baseman Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge), but Brandeis' Caroline Miller came in to pitch and slammed the door on the rally with a strikeout.

For the game, Lein was 2-for-3. On the mound, Taylor was roughed up in 4.1 innings before Hunger came on to throw 2.2 scoreless frames.

Grimm was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI for Brandeis.

Following tomorrow's single game with Rochester, the Spartans play a Friday, March 16 doubleheader versus nationally-ranked Washington-St. Louis and Emory at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively.