A Page -- March 21, 2010

Kailey Klein had 31 points and eight rebounds against Notre Dame.
Kailey Klein

Cleveland State eliminated in the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament at Notre Dame

March 21, 2010

By Greg Murphy

NOTRE DAME, Ind, -- The postseason run for the Cleveland State Vikings seniors Kailey KleinStephaine Crosley and Jessica and Angel Roque came to an end this afternoon as No. 2 Notre Dame used its size advantage inside to post an 86-58 win over the 15th-seeded Vikings.

"I would like to say that I am very proud of my team. Tonight was a tough matchup for us. Notre Dame is very good and played very well," head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "We came into this tournament winning the Horizon Tournament by hitting a lot of shots. Tonight, Kailey carried us in the first half, and we were just not able to connect from an outside range or get to the basket to cut Notre Dame's defense, and we turned the ball over way too many times. The game got away from us in the second half, but the girls did not quit fighting."

The loss ends CSU's season at 19-14 while Notre Dame, who improves to 28-5, advances to meet 10th-seeded Vermont on Tuesday (March 23).

Klein led all scorers with 31 points, her ninth career 30-point game. The Vikings' all-time scoring leader, she finishes her storied CSU career with 2,140 points.

The senior class leaves with something to be proud of. Crosley finished with seven points and seven rebounds,Angel Roque handed out a game-high eight assists.

The Irish, who finished with 48 points in the paint, overcame 40-percent first half shooting to go 21-for-34 in the second half (.618), most coming on shots within five feet of the basket. 


UND shot .516 for the game (33-64) while CSU could manage just .373 (22-59).

Becca Bruszewski came off the bench to lead the balanced Notre Dame attack with 14 points while Ashley Barrow added 13 points and Devereaux Peters chipped in with 12.

The game was decided in an eight-minute period around the intermission when Notre Dame forced the ball inside during a 21-6 run that turned a four-point game (29-25) into a 50-31 Notre Dame lead.

"I thought that we saw what we thought that we would see from Notre Dame. They put the ball inside that was very difficult for us, as small as we are, Peterson Abiad said. "It was a tough matchup for us, and they took advantage of it. Again, I am very proud of these girls and the name they have made for Cleveland State."

After making 17 of 31 three-pointers (.548) in Horizon League tourney wins over Green Bay and Butler, CSU cooled from the outside, going just two-for-15 (.133).

The Vikings turned the ball over 24 times, forcing 14, but the Irish used those turnovers to score 21 points.

Klein was solely responsible for keeping the Vikings close in the first half, letting loose a scoring barrage in the open stanza that the State of Indiana hadn't seen since Jimmy Chitwood played for Hickory.

Senior Stephaine Crosley had the first and last basket of the first half for CSU but Klein had all 21 points in between, going nine-for-14 from the field as the Vikings trailed, 34-25 at the intermission.

Playing against a bigger and more physical Fighting Irish squad, the Vikings held their ground. CSU held an 8-7 rebounding advantage early to open up an 8-4 lead.

Turnovers proved costly as CSU turned the ball over seven times during an 18-2 Notre Dame run that put the Irish ahead, 22-10 with 7:29 left. Notre Dame pulled down nine straight rebounds, including five off the offensive glass to key the run.

The Vikings composed themselves however as Klein went to work using a myriad of baseline drives and pull up jumpers, running off nine straight points as the Vikings closed to within 22-19 (4:56).

With Notre Dame leading 29-25 with 1:13 left, The Irish scored the final five points of the half, three on a three-point play by Diggins and a put-back hoop inside from Becca Bruszewski to send UND to the locker room ahead, 34-25.

The ensuing Irish burst to start the second half putting Notre Dame in control for the rest of the game, as they outscored CSU 52-33 in the second half shooting 61-percent from the field (21-for-34).

Lake Erie Baseball Recap - Sunday March 21, 2010

Storm Seeps Urbana; Mentor's

Nick Lovick drives in five runs

By Jason Tirotta

Mentor Alum Nick Lovick

* Junior captain Nick Lovick (Mentor) homered and drove in five runs to back freshman Adam Beach's (Vermillion)  in game one.

Vermilion's Adam Beach

Sophomore Mike Morgan (Indian Lake/Russells Point) drove in the winning run and earned the save in the nightcap as the Storm baseball team (6-8) snapped its five-game losing streak with a doubleheader sweep at Urbana on Sunday.  Lovick finished 5-for-8 with 7 RBI in the doubleheader.  Beach (2-0) struck out seven and walked just one in the opener while Morgan hit a sac fly in the seventh and then finished off the game with a perfect inning for his second save.
Yeomen Complete Series Sweep of Hiram
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By Mike Mancini

Hiram, Ohio – It was a tale of two drastically different games, but in the end the result was the same – an Oberlin College victory. The Yeomen baseball team completed the four-game NCAC series sweep of Hiram by winning 6-1 and 10-9 this afternoon. 

Oberlin is off to one of its best starts in school history with a record of 4-1 and sits alone atop the NCAC East at 4-0. Furthermore, OC has now swept the conference series against Hiram for the second straight season. 

In the lid-lifter, Oberlin got a dominate performance on the mound from senior southpaw Jack Dunn. The Lake Havasu, Arizona, native, shutdown the Terriers’ bats, working six innings of scoreless ball that saw him allow just two hits while fanning five along the way. 

It didn’t long for the Yeomen to provide Dunn with the run support he needed as freshman Zach Jaspers led off the game with a double and sophomoreJason James followed behind in the two-hole with his first-career home run. 

In the second inning, rookie Matt Fish would give Oberlin a 4-0 lead with a two-run round-tripper of his own. 

Oberlin’s scoring came to end in the fifth when sophomore Brandon Cantrillwould join the long-ball barrage with yet another two-run blast for his second dinger of the season. 

Cantrill, Fish and Jaspers each had two hits in the game. 

In the nightcap, the Yeomen had to come-from-behind to get the win as rookie starter Eric Knight got touched up for six runs in the first three innings. However, thanks to a four-run second inning by the Yeomen, they trailed just 6-4 with four innings left to play. 

In the fourth inning, the stream home runs continued for the Yeomen as James came through with his second two-run shot of the day and Dunn, who garnered the win in game one, belted a two-run bomb of his own. 

Oberlin added another pair of runs in the fifth on Ben Puterbaugh’s second two-RBI single of the game to take a 10-6 lead heading into the home-half of the fifth. 

However, the Terriers (3-12, 0-4 NCAC) wouldn’t go down without a fight – scoring two runs in the fifth to make it a 10-8 OC advantage. Following a lead-off home run for Hiram in the seventh, Phil Brua was able to bare down to retire next three hitters in order to earn his first save of the season.

The Yeomen are scheduled to host Notre Dame College for a single nine-inning game on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. 

Baseball – Mount Union Can't Find Its Way Home in Loss To Thiel; Thiel (PA) 7, Mount Union 3

March 21

By Lenny Reich


Connor Nell has seven hits in his last 15 at bats (.467 batting average).

(ALLIANCE, OH)--Mount Union's baseball team was held to a season-low three runs in a 7-3 non-conference loss to Thiel (PA) today at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

James Teyssier held the Purple Raiders to just three hits and did not allow an earned run over the first seven innings on the mound and Jake Thomas drove in five runs on a pair of hits to lead Thiel to the victory.  The Tomcats have now won four in a row and are 7-5 overall.

Mount Union saw a win streak end at three games and is now 7-3 overall.

Thiel pushed across a run on a pair of hits in the first, while the Raiders missed some opportunities early as the Tomcats had a pair of errors in both the first and second innings, but Mount Union managed just one run.

The first three Thiel hitters reached in the third and two would score on a Thomas single to make it 3-1.

The score would stay that way until Thomas came up again with bases loaded in the seventh and drove in two more runs to highlight a four-run inning that pushed the lead to 7-1.

Mount Union tried to rally in the ninth with a pair of runs but got no closer.  The Raiders got a pair of hits from Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) and Connor Nell (Powell/Olentangy).

The Raiders hit the road against Notre Dame (OH) Wednesday at 4 pm at Paul Serra Field in Euclid then open Ohio Athletic Conference play Saturday at 1 pm at Marietta.