A Page -- March 20, 2010

Alex Trzeciak

Yellow Jacket Men’s Tennis Team 

Beats Oberlin, 8-1, in Northern 

Opener; Avon Lake alumnus Alex 

Trzeciak, Royalton grad Joe 

Horvath winners at both singles 

and doubles for Jackets

By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team defeated Oberlin College, 8-1, in its 2010 northern opener today (Saturday, March 20) at John W. Heisman Fieldhouse in Oberlin. The Yellow Jackets improve to 10-1 overall for the season.

B-W jumped out to a 3-0 lead in doubles competition as the No.1 team of senior Andy Redd (Archbold) and junior Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ Lakewood St. Edward) won 8-3, the No. 2 duo of sophomores Taylor Long (Ashland/ Senior) and Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) won 8-3, and the No. 3 team of freshmen Joe Horvath (North Royalton) and Tyler Beaton (Bemus Point, N.Y./ Maple Grove) won 8-2.

In singles play, the Yellow Jackets won five of the six matches with Trzeciak winning at No.1,  Lachman at No. 3, Horvath at No.4, junior Sam Burris (Wooster/ Senior) at No.5, and Beaton at No.6.

North Royalton guy Joe Horvath

To date, the Yellow Jackets are led in singles play by Horvath with a 12-1 mark and junior Bobby Irwin (Ashland/ Senior) at 9-2. In doubles play, Horvath and Beaton are 8-1 at No.3 and the No.1 duo of Redd and Lachman are 11-2 overall.

The Yellow Jackets’ next open their Ohio Athletic Conference schedule versus rival Capital University on Saturday, March 27 at the “Pop” Collins Tennis Courts in Berea. Action begins at 1:00 p.m.

Oberlin's only win came from Norwalk High alumnus Joe Leffler, who came back after losing the first set at second singles and winning the second set and tie breaker. 

Norwalk alum Joe Leffler

Hiram College Softball Splits a Pair of Games Against Geneva (Pa.) College

March 20, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM, OHIO  — The Hiram College softball team earned a two-game split against Geneva (Pa.) College today (Saturday, Mar. 20) in a non-conference doubleheader and home opener at Myrtis E. Herndon Field.  The Terriers shut out Geneva, 2-0, in game one, but lost, 10-3, in the second game.

With the split, the Terriers are now 5-9 overall.  The Golden Tornadoes are also now 5-9 overall for the season.

In game one, the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning when sophomore third baseman Ashley Pike (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) connected on a two-RBI double that gave the Terriers a 2-0 advantage.  A groundout to start the seventh inning for Geneva and two straight strikeouts by Hiram senior All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) ended the game and preserved the 2-0 shutout.

Hiram finished the game with five hits with five different players each reaching base safely. 

Dropsey pitched a complete game shutout allowing just four hits and struck out a season-high 11 batters.

In the nightcap, the Hiram defense struggled as the Terriers committed seven errors in the game.  Hiram looked to be headed to another victory with three runs in the fourth that included a three-run homerun by junior catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield), her first of the season.  But the Tornadoes would score seven runs in the top of the sixth and then added three more runs in the seventh en route to the 10-3 victory and the split.

In similar fashion to the first game, five different Hiram players each recorded hits despite the loss, led by Ervin who went one-of-three with the three RBI.

On the mound, Dropsey would again get the start before being replaced by junior Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham).  Dropsey later returned and pitched a total of five innings giving up three runs on seven hits and had five strikeouts.  Gagne would end up with the loss and is now 0-2 for the season after allowing six runs on three hits in one-and-third innings.  Junior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) also saw playing time, pitching two-thirds of an inning giving up a run on two hits and tallied one strikeout.

Hiram will travel to Grove City, Pa. for a non-conference doubleheader against Grove City College on Wednesday, Mar. 24.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Aheron Concludes Championships With a Season-Best Time
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By Mike Mancini
Minneapolis, Minn. – Despite battling a stomach virus, freshman Grace Aheronstill displayed the fortitude to record a season-best time of 2:08.02 in the 200-yard backstroke during the prelims of the NCAA Championships. 

Unfortunately, her time was good for 25th overall meaning her first-career trip nationals has come to an end. However, the mark is still good for second-best all-time in school history. 

“This was a great experience for Grace and for us as a coaching staff, getting a chance to experience to what is hopefully many more visits to nationals for her and our program,” Head Coach Mark Fino said. “For her to compete the way she did while trying to fight through being sick shows what a special competitor she truly is.”

Aheron and the rest of the swimmers will now prepare themselves throughout the spring and summer to get ready for the 2010-11 season. 

B-W Track and Field Teams 

Compete on Day Two of UNCC 49er 

Classic; Patrick Set Shot Put 


By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams competed on day two today (Saturday, March 20) of the 2010 University of North Carolina-Charlotte 49er Classic at the Irwin Belk Track & Field Center in Charlotte.

On the men’s side, All-American senior thrower Greg Patrick (Collins/ Western Reserve) set a new school- record in the shot put with a mark of 54 feet, 10 inches.  The previous school record was set by Jim Tillotson in 1975 with a throw of 54’4.5”.  Patrick placed second overall in a field consisting heavily of Division I competitors and hit a high provisional qualifying mark for theNCAA Championship meet in late May.

Also in the shot put, freshman Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) finished seventh overall with a throw of 47’9.75”.  Senior Kevin Phipps (Pataskala/Watkins Memorial) took first place in the discus event with a throw of 166’9” to hit a high provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships.

Freshman thrower Mitch Suppan (Medina/Walsh Jesuit) took fourth place in the discus with a throw of 157’5” and also hiit a provisional qualifying mark. Patrick finished seventh in the discus event as well with a throw of 147’4”.  Senior Steve Price (North Olmsted) placed fifth in the pole vault with a height of 13’7.25” and freshman Jeremy Harris (Beachwood) placed seventh in the event with a height of 13’1.5” Senior James Eberts (North Canton/Hoover) finished ninth overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:13.05.

On the women’s side, freshman Lynne Fahy (Ontario, N.Y./Wayne Central) placed 10th overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:48.58.  Junior thrower Rachel Marinucci (Brunswick) placed ninth overall in the shot put with a toss of 39’8.75”

Lynne Fahy

The Yellow Jackets are now idle until the Ohio Athletic Conference Split Meet on Saturday, April 3 at Muskingum University in New Concord.

Broadview's Julie Pinter 

Becomes Second Multiple Time 

All-American in B-W Swimming & 

Diving History

BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College freshman diver Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Heights) became the second athlete in program history to earn multiple All-American awards with a fifth-place finish on the three-meter board at the 2010 NCAA Division III National Championship meet on Saturday, March 20 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center inMinneapolis, Minnesota.
Julie Pinter

Pinter ranked fifth after the prelims with 451.75 points and scored 435.30 points in the finals to remain fifth.

Pinter joins junior diver Todd Richert (North Royalton) as the only athletes in B-W swimming & diving history to become multiple-time All-Americans. Richert earned the fifth and sixth awards of his career earlier this week.

Oberlin Falls to Heidelberg Twice in Home Opener
Sophie Schacht
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Game One Box l Game Two Box 

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College softball team played at Culhane Field for the first time this spring, but was unable to come away with a win as it fell to Heidelberg University 12-1 and 12-4 on Saturday afternoon. 

“We are continuing to progress and have shown some promise at times, we just need to work on playing consistent for the entire game to eliminate the big inning,” Head Coach Adrienne Davis said. 

In the nightcap, Oberlin (0-8) pounded out a season-high 12 hits with Kristine Kuchta and Sophie Schacht leading way as they each went 3-for-4 with an RBI. 

The Yeowomen got on the board in the first inning as Kristen Dix came around to score after leading-off the inning with a double. The Berg would answer with a single tally in the second, but Oberlin would regain the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of third on Julia Chauvin’s second two-run home run of the season that chased starting pitcher Briana Hinz out of the game. 

Unfortunately, the Berg bats would come to life over the next four innings as they scored three runs with two outs in the fourth – taking advantage of an OC error in the process. They added two more runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to put the game out of reach. 

Despite three hits in the fifth and three more in the sixth, Oberlin would muster just one run the rest of the way which came on Schacht’s single to right center to score Lauren Luther

In the first game, the Berg (12-2) came out swinging from the first pitch on and never looked back as they posted nine runs in the first inning. Oberlin’s lone tally came in the home-half of the first as Chauvin sent Dix plateward with a single to centerfield. 

The Yeowomen return to action on Tuesday afternoon at Franciscan University. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.
Baseball - Mount Union Comes

From Behind For Pair of Wins at 

Home Opener; Mayfield's Mark 

Sabatino throws six hitter

Mount Union 4-11, Westminster (PA) 2-9

March 20, 2010

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE)--Mount Union opened the home portion of the 2010 baseball schedule with a pair of comeback wins against Westminster (PA), 4-3 and 11-9, today at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders have now won three straight games and move to 7-2 overall, while Westminster falls to 3-8.

Senior hurler Mark Sabatino (Mayfield Hts./Mayfield) scattered six hits over seven innings to get the win in a 4-2 Mount Union win in game one.
Mark Sabatino

The Titans took a 1-0 lead in the second inning and junior Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) knocked in the tying run with a double down the right field line in the fourth.

In the sixth, back to back RBI singles through the left side from senior Connor Nell (Powell/Olentangy) and junior Britt Williams (Massillon/Massillon Jackson) broke the game open and Nell would later score on a wild pitch to make it 4-1.
Steve Welich
Jackson grad Britt Williams

Westminster would tack a run in the seventh but Sabatino slammed the door shut there for the win.

In the second game, Westminster scored a run in the first and two in the second before Mount Union tied the game with three in the second.  The Titans seemed to blow the game wide open with a five-run fourth to take an 8-3 lead, but again the Raiders would rally this time with a five-spot of their own in the bottom half of the frame to tie the game at eight.

Again, Westminster would take the lead with a run in the fifth, but also again Mount Union would match them then put a two more on the board in the sixth for the 11-9 win.

Sophomore Matt Tracy (Pittsburgh, PA/Central Catholic), who had four hits over both games, drove in two, Ferrell along with senior Alan Krontz (Kent/Field) also each drove in a par.

The Raiders play Sunday at home at 1 pm against Thiel (PA).

Hiram College Baseball Swept By Oberlin College; Iggy alum Ian Sewolich, Garfield Heights grad Kyle Kovach hit back-to-back RBI doubles

March 20, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College baseball team was swept by Oberlin College, 14-7 and 8-4, this afternoon (Saturday, Mar. 20) in the North Coast Athletic Conference and home opener at Robert O. Fishel Field. 

With the losses, the Terriers drop to 3-10 overall and 0-2 in the NCAC.  The Yeomen improve to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the NCAC.

In game one, Oberlin took the early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning.  Hiram answered with four runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning that was highlighted by back-to-back RBI doubles by senior All-NCAC infielder Kyle Kovach (Garfield Heights) and freshman outfielder Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius).  The Yeomen cut the lead to a run in the third, before the Terriers added three more scores in the bottom of the third to extend their lead to 7-3.  Oberlin then tallied 11 unanswered runs, including a five-run sixth, en route to the 14-7 come-from-behind win.

At the plate, Hiram was led by Kovach who finished two-of-four with two RBI.  Six other Terriers recorded a base hit in the loss.

On the mound, junior Andy Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) got the start and pitched five innings giving up six runs on 10 hits in the no decision.  Sophomore Chris Wilson (Geneva) came on to pitch a third of an inning of relief allowing three runs and was given the loss, dropping him to 0-1 for the season.  Freshman Mike LaLonde (Willowick/South) pitched two-thirds of an inning giving up two runs on three hits and junior Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brashear) pitched the final inning allowing three runs on two hits.

In the nightcap, the Yeomen scored a run in the top of the second to take the early 1-0 lead.  Hiram evened the score thanks to a RBI groundout by junior infielder Andy Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) in the bottom of the inning.  Oberlin regained control and scored runs in the next four innings with three in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth.  Hiram tallied a run in fourth, one in the fifth and one in the seventh to round out the scoring, but would fall short in game two, 8-4.

Hiram outhit Oberlin, 12-11, and was led by sophomore Lance Townsend (Garrettsville) who went three-of-four with two RBI.  Kovach, junior Cody Fincham (Windham) and junior Doug Adkins (Frazeysburg/Riverview) each recorded a pair of hits.

Sophomore pitcher John Colla (Austintown/Ursuline) started the game and went five innings, but suffered his second loss of the season, making him 0-2 overall.  In five innings, he allowed seven runs on nine hits.  Junior Eric Schaffer (Kent/Roosevelt) pitched two innings of relief, giving up a run and struck out two batters.

Hiram is scheduled to host Oberlin College again tomorrow (Sunday, Mar. 21) in another NCAC doubleheader at Fishel Field.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Turner Honored by Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities
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By Mike Mancini

Berea, Ohio – Oberlin College junior Solomon Turner was named as one of the eight local John Payton Most Valuable Players by the Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities Incorporation (CTCC), the organization announced on Saturday evening at its annual banquet on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College. 

The CTCC, which is in its 72nd year of existence, honors outstanding student-athletes and coaches from high schools and colleges from the greater Cleveland area.

Joining Turner as Payton Most Valuable players are Baldwin-Wallace College and former St. Edward High School quarterback Anthony Gardner, Case Western Reserve University and former Willoughby South High School QB Dan Whalen, Hiram College and Brush High School linebacker Humphrey Caswell, John Carroll University and Canfield High School WR Frank Ross, Lake Erie College and Brunswick High School QB Sean Bedevlsky, Mt. Union and Lake Catholic High School WR Vince Petruziello, Notre Dame College and Midpark High School defensive end Bob Hansen. 

Turner was recommended for the award by the Oberlin coaching staff for his outstanding play on the gridiron and service to the team this past fall. 

Turner led the Yeomen with 78 tackles while starting nine of the 10 games he played in during the 2009 season. The Greensboro, North Carolina, native added four pass break-ups, one interception, one sack and one forced fumble. He recorded double-digit tackles in two contests, including a career-high 14 against national power Wabash on October 31. He is also a standout sprinter on the Oberlin College track and field team where he is a member of three school-recording setting relay teams.

For more information about the CTCC, visit their website athttp://www.clevelandtouchdownclub.org/

Softball – Mount Union Salvages 

Split With Trine and Homestand; 

Fairless alumna Bre Willis 

throws complete game 


Game 1: Trine (IN) 6,  Mount Union 1
Game 2: Mount Union 4, Trine 3

March 20

(ALLIANCE, OH)--Mount Union's softball team finished a six-game homestand with a 3-3 record after salvaging a split today against Trine (IN) with a 4-3 win in game two.  The Thunder won the opener 6-1 at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.


Meghan Simmnons

With the score tied 1-1 in the game two, senior Megan Simons (Minerva/Minerva) and sophomore Ashley Henriques (Canton/GlenOak) led off the bottom of the fifth inning with back-to-back homers to give Mount Union a 3-1 lead.


GlenOak alumna Ashley Henriques

Trine got one of those runs back in the top of the sixth, before Alex Lucak answered with a home run to make it 4-2.


Rachel McAninch

In the top of the seventh, the Thunder scored a run and had the tying run at third before Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) got a strikeout to end the game.  The strikeout would be one of six on the day for McAninch, who got the complete game victory to improve to 5-0 on the season. 


Bre Willis

n game one,  Mount Union was held to a season-low three hits, while sophomore pitcher Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) went the distance but gave up six runs on nine hits.  Willis did try to help her own cause as she hit a double then would later come around to score that tied the game at 1-1, but five unanwsred runs in the fifth put the game away, 6-1.

The Raiders go on the road playing at Ohio Wesleyan next Wedensday March 24th at 3:30pm in Delaware.

Women's Tennis Freezes the Polar Bears
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Final Results

Oberlin, Ohio
 – The Oberlin College women’s tennis team enjoyed back-to-back days of good weather and back-to-back wins as they defeated Ohio Northern University this afternoon 6-3 on Don Hunsinger Courts in non-conference action.

In a lengthy match, which saw doubles action last nearly two hours, Oberlin would have to overcome a 2-1 deficit after the three matches in order to defeat the Polar Bears.

The Yeowomen’s No. 3 duo of Preeya Shah and Brie White-Dzuro were easy winners over Jenna Bittner and Jenny Provost, earning an impressive 8-0 decision for their second straight win.

OC’s Ariel Lewis and Finley Gates could not escape Ashley Bonamer and Christie Gales. The No. 1 doubles match needed a tiebreak in order to determine a winner. ONU’s top pairing would win 9-8 (7-5).

Julie Christensen and Carolyn Ball found themselves tied at seven games apiece, but would drop the final two as Kristen Timpermann and Mami Ito gave the Polar Bears their 2-1 lead heading into singles action.

However, it was the Yeowomen’s day during singles action. Lewis would continue her domination as Oberlin’s top hitter. She would down a talented first-year - defeating Bonamer 6-2, 6-0.

Shah and Liz Saltzman would earn identical wins in the No. 2 and 3 positions, respectively, as they defeated Gales and Bittner in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. Oberlin would quickly gain a 4-2 advantage after these matches.

Ball is no stranger to clinching the match for the Yeowomen and today was no different. Hitting in the No. 3 singles spot she won the first set 6-2 then dropped the second to Timpermann 6-4 before finally using a 6-1 third set to win her match and give Oberlin its fifth team point.

Emily Thebaut would provide the most exciting match of the afternoon. She dropped a tight first set 7-5 to ONU’s Provost and trailed 4-1 in the second before winning five straight games to take the second set 6-4. In the super tiebreaker she would cruise victory - racing to a 10-2 margin.

“This was a good win today," Head Coach Constantine Ananiadis said. "A year ago we lost to this team 8-1. We are playing really well through our singles lineup, they are competing from top to bottom. The girls are really learning to be competitors even if they aren’t playing great tennis, they are figuring out how to win.” 

Oberlin (6-5) is back in action March 25th when they host Tiffin University in a match scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.