A Page -- March 22, 2012

Baker (L), Elber (R)

Baldwin-Wallace College Softball Team 

Sweeps Bethany (W.Va.) With Two Comeback 


BETHANY, WEST VIRGINIA --  The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team swept a non-conference doubleheader today (Tuesday, March 20, 2012) at Bethany College by scores of 3-2 in eight innings and 7-3.
With the pair of wins, the Yellow Jackets improve to 8-4 overall. The Bison record now falls to 3-8 on the season.

In game two of the doubleheader, senior pitcher Sarah Baker (Mentor/ Lake Catholic) picked up her 40th career win on the mound. With the win, Baker is now currently tied for first all-time in wins in school history with Donna Wheeler (1989-92).

In game one, the B-W offense got out to an early one run in the first inning when sophomore pitcher Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/Field) doubled to center field to score sophomore outfielder Ashley Elber (Huron/ Edison). In the bottom half of the first, Bethany answered by scoring two runs of their on a home run. The game would remind a 2 to 1 ball game until, the Yellow Jacket offense struck in the top of the seventh when freshman designated hitter Mackenzie Brua (Avon) reached first base on a fielders choice to start the inning. After two outs, Brua would move up to third for junior outfielder Alyssa Brown (Hudson). Brown would single to center for the game-tying RBI to send the game into extra innings. In the top of the eighth inning, sophomore third baseman Lauren Feciuch (Kent/Field) would end up scoring what proved to be the game winning run on a fielding error by the Bison third baseman.

The B-W offense was led by sophomores Murray, Feciuch, and junior Brown. Murray went 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles, one run batted in, and a walk. Feciuch was 2-for-4 with the game winning run scored. Brown went 1-for-4 with the game-tying RBI for the Yellow Jackets.

On the mound, Murray would go the distance to pick up the win in eight innings. She allowed 2 runs (both earned) on three hits, two batters, and striking out six. This was Murray’s fifth complete game of the season and her third victory.

In game two, the B-W offense came back from a 3 to 1 deficit after five innings. The Yellow Jackets would score one run in the sixth inning and five runs on five hits in the top of the seventh to pick up the victory over Bethany.

The offense was led by sophomore first baseman Kaity Mullen (Avon Lake), freshman shortstop Brittany Lightel (Tallmadge), and Brown. Mullen went a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs batted in. Lightel was 2-for-4 at the plate with a stolen base. Brown would go 1-for-4 with three RBI.

On the mound, Baker recorded her third win of the season by walking only Bison batter and striking out two.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday, March 24 when they travel to Westerville to open up Ohio Athletic Conference action with a doubleheader against Otterbein University at 1:00 p.m.   B-W will play its home opener on Wednesday, March 28 when it will welcome Geneva (Pa.) College to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Field for a non-conference doubleheader at 3:30 p.m.

Medina's Kelsey Shewbridge to study and play 

lacrosse at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Medina High School senior Kelsey Shewbridge has committed to attend the University of Mount Union this fall and be part of the women's lacrosse team.
Shewbridge, a 5-5 defender, is a four-time letterwinner that has been part of two state championship teams for coach Amanda Wilson at Medina High School.  

She plans to study Middle Childhood Education and is the daughter of Richard and Sally Shewbridge.

Mount Union, an NCAA Division III institution in Alliance, Ohio, is starting men's and women's lacrosse in 2012-13 academic year.  The Purple Raiders head women's lacrosse coach is former Hudson (Ohio) High School head coach Emily Fisher.  Mount Union will play its home games in Mount Union Stadium starting in the Spring of 2013.


Mount Union splits with Malone

CANTON, Ohio.—The Mount Union softball team split a pair of games with Malone, winning the first game 2-0 before dropping the nightcap 7-2, Tuesday afternoon at Pioneer Field in Canton.

Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) led the way with a masterful pitching performance for the Purple Raiders in the 2-0 win. The junior was able to keep the Pioneer hitters off-balance in throwing her second shutout of the season. McAninch (4-5) struck out seven batters while allowing just four hits in seven innings of work.

Mount Union scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, which is all McAninch needed. With one out and runners on the corners, Amy Brown (Uniontown/Green) and Marissa Earl (Massillon/Washington) executed a double-steal that plated Earl for a 1-0 lead. Following a single by Leigh Siedlak(Westerville/South) that advanced Brown to third, she was able to score on a passed ball.

Stephanie Byrne (1-3) took the loss for Malone. Byrne allowed two runs on six hits while recording six strikeouts.

A six-run third inning proved too much for the Raiders to overcome in the second game. Seven players recorded at least one hit for Malone, who totaled nine for the game. Kristen Atzenhoefer led the way with three RBI, all coming on a bases loaded triple in the third inning.

Siedlak scored both runs for the Raiders. After reaching on an error in the fourth inning, she scored on a single by Keilah Capriola (Akron/Coventry) later in the inning. Siedlak added her second home run of the season to lead off the sixth inning.

Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) started the game for the Raiders. Willis (2-5) allowed six earned runs in two-plus innings of work. Michelle Stiltner (White Lake, Mich./Lakeland) threw four innings in relief, finishing with two strikeouts and one earned run. Shelby Snyder (1-5) struck out eight batters in six innings of work to get the win for Malone.

The Raiders are back in action on Wednesday afternoon when they host Marietta in their Ohio Athletic Conference opener at 23rd Street Field. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm.


Hiram baseball stumbles at Thiel

GREENVILLE, PA.  --  The Hiram College baseball team fell to Thiel (Pa.) College, 20-6, in a non-conference single nine-inning game in Greenville, Pa. 

With the loss, the Terriers fall to 8-7 overall, while the Tomcats improve to 6-6 overall for the season.

Hiram looked to make an early move scoring three runs in the top of the first inning on a base-clearing double by freshman outfielder Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) with bases loaded to give the Terriers a 3-0 advantage.  But the lead would be short lived as Thiel answered with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to go up by two runs, 5-3.  Both teams traded a pair of runs in the second with Hiram's scores coming on RBI singles by sophomore outfielder/catcher George Blake (Parma) and senior catcher/infielderRandy Miller (Glenmont/West Holmes).  The Tomcat offense then caught fire with a run in the third and four runs in the bottom of the fourth to lead 12-5.  The Terriers tallied a run in the fifth on a defensive error, but Thiel took control of the game with seven runs in their half of the frame to take a commanding 19-6 lead.  Thiel tacked on one more run in the sixth and cruised to the 20-6 final.

Miller was the lone Hiram player to record multiple hits finishing two-of-four with a run scored and a RBI.  Four other Terriers each posted a base hit, including Segal who finished one-of-three overall with the three RBI.

On the mound, freshman Pat Rhodes (Girard) started the game, but suffered the loss going three innings while giving up 10 runs on 12 hits and had three strikeouts.  Freshman Logan Schaefer(Columbiana/Crestview) came on in the fourth and pitched two innings allowing nine runs on nine hits.  JuniorEric Cameron (Akron/Green) pitched one inning of relief giving up a run and tallied a strikeout.  Freshman J.T. Taylor (Niles) finished the game allowing no runs and just one hit while striking out one batter.

Hiram will look to get back on track when it hosts Kenyon College in a pair of twinbills on Saturday (Mar. 24) and Sunday (Mar. 25) to kick off North Coast Athletic Conference play.  The first game on both days are scheduled to begin at noon.


Yeowomen Continue Run of Good Play Defeating Tiffin University

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College women’s tennis squad notched their fourth win in a row tonight sweeping the visiting Tiffin University Dragons, 9-0.

To take advantage of decent weather and daylight the match started outdoors with singles action then continued indoors concluding with doubles play.  Oberlin jumped out to a commanding 6-0 lead at the conclusion of singles.

Brenna Sheldon finished off her Tiffin opponent first dropping Taylor Cooper in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 at the second postion.

Grace Porter and Carolyn Ball each earned decisive wins, neither allowed their Dragon counterpart to win more than one game in either set.  Porter hitting at No. 4 was a 6-1, 6-1 winner and Ball defeated Cassie Dye in the sixth slot 6-0, 6-1.

At No. 5 Preeya Shah downed Nicole Ardner 6-1, 6-2 for her sixth win in a row in the fifth spot.

Finley Gates won at No. 3 after getting past TU’s Anna Scherting 6-3. 6-3.

The closest match between Oberlin and Tiffin came in the top spot.  Ariel Lewis raced out to a 6-0 first set win then dropped the second set 6-3.  In the super-tiebreaker Lewis saved a match point and defeated Malaika Messi 12-10 for her 10 dual match win.

“This was a good match for us heading into break.   We handled the various midweek distractions well and tonight we had some girls step up and fill line up spots,” said head coach Constantine Ananiadis.

The Yeowomen continued to dominate when they moved indoors for doubles play. 
Oberlin’s top pairing of Gates and Porter really played a strong match defeating Messi and Taylor Cooper, 8-0.

Lewis and Ball were off the courts only moments later after they soundly beat the Dragons second duo of Scherting and Chelsea Beck, 8-1.

The Yeowomen’s third doubles partnership of Emily Thebaut and Emily Fuller stepped into the line up and played well together.  OC won the match 8-3.  Fuller won her first collegiate match in dual match action tonight. 

Oberlin (9-5) is next in action April 6-7 when they are hosting the East-West Challenge.  The Yeowomen host Hope College Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m. then return to the courts later in the day to face Kalamazoo College at 5 p.m.  On Saturday, April 7 they will square off against Albion College at 10 a.m.

Spartan Offense Highlights Home-Opening Sweep of Grove City

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University baseball team opened the home portion of its 2012 schedule by sweeping visiting Grove City College (Pa.) on Wednesday at Nobby's Ballpark. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines in the opener, 8-7, before completing the sweep in convincing fashion with 10 runs in the opening inning of a 12-3 victory in the nightcap.

The Spartans improve to 12-6 overall with the wins, while the Wolverines dip to 2-10 overall.

In game one, Grove City got on the board with a run in the first as Kyle Shock led off with a double and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Cameron Jones. The Wolverines added to their advantage in the third with an RBI single off the bat of Evan Hoskinson.

The Spartans responded in the bottom of the third with four runs on three hits and two errors.

Senior left fielder Jimmy Abed<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/abed%20jimmy%20tdce> (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) reached on an error, moved to third on a double by senior second baseman Bobby Marko<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/marko%20bobby%20yb4t> (Lyndhurst, Ohio/Brush), and scored on a fielder's choice by junior shortstop Matt Keen<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/keen%20matt%20hlye> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge). Junior first baseman Brett Ossola<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/ossola%20brett%20oej3> (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) then brought home Marko with a sacrifice fly before freshman designated hitter Andrew Gronski<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/gronski%20andrew%20x01d> (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) drove home a pair with an opposite-field double.

Case added three more in the fourth with an RBI triple by Marko, an RBI single by Keen and a sacrifice fly by Pakan, but Grove City answered with five in the top of the fifth thanks to three Spartan errors. Mason McFeaters, Josh Sacks and Zach Struharik each drove in runs during the rally.

The Spartans moved back on top with the eventual winning run in their half of the fifth when senior outfielder Sam Alexander<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/alexander%20sam%20j11o> (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) pinch hit and drove an RBI single down the left field line to plate senior catcher Peter Zak<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/zak%20peter%2068e6> (Brookline, Mass./Brookline).

On the mound, freshman Robert Winemiller<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/winemiller%20robert%205zcg> (Twinsburg, Ohio/University School) threw one inning of perfect relief with two strikeouts to earn his first collegiate win. Sophomore closer Jose Vega<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/vega%20jose%20lumi> (Strongsville, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) recorded his sixth save of the spring striking out one and walking one in the ninth.

Junior left-hander Jamie Hora<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/hora%20jamie%203vmt> (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) started and left with a five-run lead, but got the no decision, allowing two earned runs in four innings with five strikeouts.

In the nightcap, the Spartans offense came out swinging providing all of the offense that junior starting pitcher Jarrett Gish<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/gish%20jarrett%20tdhq> (Jupiter, Fla./Suncoast) would need in the first inning. After Gish retired the Wolverines in order, Case posted a season-high run total for an inning with 10 on six hits and a Grove City error highlighted by a two-run double to left field off the bat of sophomore outfielder Jordan Dague<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/dague%20jordan%208kld> (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton).

Case tacked on a single run in the third on an RBI single from Alexander that plated Keen, who was hit by a pitch. The Spartan scoring was capped off by a pinch-hit sacrifice fly from sophomore infielder Eric Mann<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/mann%20eric%207r0y> (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick).

The Wolverines got on the scoreboard with three runs in the top of the sixth inning.

At the plate for the Spartans, Winemiller, the catcher in game two, was 2-for 2 with a run scored and an RBI, while Keen was 1-for-2 with three runs scored.

On the hill, Gish notched up his second win of the season, allowing just one hit while striking out six in four innings of work.

The Spartans have a few days off before returning to the field on Saturday, March 24 in Tiffin, Ohio to battle regional-rival Heidelberg University. First pitch of the non-conference twinbill is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Storm sweeps Ursuline

PEPPER PIKE, OHIO - Lake Erie College (3-8) swept area rival Ursuline College, 3-2 and 4-1 at the UC Softball Field in Pepper Pike, Ohio. 

The Storm has now won three straight games, their longest winning streak in four years as a member of NCAA Division II.  Lake Erie last swept a doubleheader April 10, 2010 vs. West Liberty University.

In game one, Lake Erie jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.  Junior outfielder Chelsea Bleck (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) and freshman outfielder Amber Dowen (New Lyne, Ohio/Pymatuning Valley) set the table and senior designated hitter Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Sophomore Julian Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison) moved Dowen along with a single to right and sophomore second baseman Krista Haley (Holland, Ohio/Springfield Holland) followed suit to bring in the second run. 

The Storm extended their lead to 3-0 in the third inning as Foley led off with a single and Haley again did the damage with an RBI double.  The Arrows scored to runs in the bottom of the third to cut their deficit to 3-2 and threatened to take the lead before sophomore pitcher Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) escaped a one out, bases loaded jam. 

The next three innings turned into a pitcher's duel as lone Ursuline single was the only player to reach base on either side.  Ondercin struck out the side in order in the sixth inning but a led to walk led to the Arrows putting the tying run on third base with just one out. 

 The key play came as sophomore catcher Fayth Atkins(Holland, Ohio/Springfield) was able to tag out Ursuline's attempt to steal home and following a catcher's interference, Ondercin forced a pop out to end the game. 

Ondercin worked a complete game for her second straight victory, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out six.

In game two, Ursuline struck first in the third inning as three base hits gave the home team a 1-0 lead.  However in the fourth, Lake Erie evened the score as Foley led off the inning with a double and was brought in by a single from Brotzman.  Foley proved key again an inning later as she brought in two runs with a two-out two run double.   Senior Ali Heming (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) then drove in Foley with a single to right field for a 4-1 lead. 

It proved to be all the support senior starter Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) needed as Ursuline did not seriously threaten again until the seventh inning.  The Arrows brought the tying run to the plate with no outs before Ronde put three straight batters away, with a pair of strike outs.

Ronde worked a complete game to pick up her first win of the season, allowing seven hits and no walks while striking out six.  

The heart of Lake Erie's order had six of its eight hits as Foley, Heming and Brotzman each accounted for a pair.

Lake Erie will look to extend its winning streak tomorrow with its home opener in a doubleheader vs. Walsh University at 2:30 p.m.

Storm settles for split at Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Lake Erie College baseball team came within two outs of a doubleheader sweep, but had to settle for a split in a pair of nonconference games at the University of Charleston (W. Va.) on Tuesday (March 20).  The Storm won game one, 10-2, and led 4-1 going into the last inning of game two before the host rallied for a 5-4 win. 

The Kilway brothers played a big role in helping Lake Erie (3-8) to a win in game one.  Junior Pat Kilway(Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs while sophomore Brian Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) earned his second win on the mound with a strong 4 1/3 innings.

The Storm struck early, getting a pair of runs in the first inning.  Senior Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) scored on a wild throw by catcher Igor Molina on a double-steal attempt.  Kilway then singled in senior Brayan Cacique (Caracas, Venezuela/John I. Leonard/Lakeland C.C.) for a 2-0 lead.  Senior Kyle Kemp(Fredericksburg, Va./James Monroe) singled in a run in the fourth and classmate Jae Leeworthy (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) followed with a two-run hit for a 5-0 lead.

Kilway again drove in Cacique with a hit in the fourth and Toth had a two-run single in the fifth to push the margin in 8-1.

The younger Kilway (2-1), meanwhile, limited the Golden Eagles (12-9) to just three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked walk but allowed just one earned run (two total) but left with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth.

Junior all-conference reliever Doug Fox (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge) came out of the pen and got out of the jam, striking out Corey Hill and Ryan Foster to end the threat.  He followed that up with two scoreless innings to close out the game while the Storm offense added two more runs in the sixth. 

Fox has not allowed a run in his five appearances this season, totaling 8 1/3 innings.  He allowed two hits and struck out three in game one.

Cacique and junior Cody Blood (Conneaut, Ohio/Conneaut) each had two hits in the opener, with the former scoring three times in the game and extending his hitting streak to eight games. Sophomore Reid Rizzo(Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) went 0-for-4, snapping his seven-game hitting streak.   Andrew Stichter had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for Charleston.  Travis Zimmerman gave up two runs in two innings and took the loss.

The 10 runs scored were a season high for LEC.

In game two, freshman Russ Hogue (Belle Center, Ohio/Indian Lake) held the Eagles to just one run through the first six innings in his first start and had a 4-1 lead, thanks in large part to a three-run sixth inning by the Storm.

Trailing 1-0, freshman Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/South) delivered a pinch-hit triple to right field to bring in two runs and give the Storm the lead. He then scored on a squeeze bunt by Rizzo to make it a 3-1 game.  Kemp brought Kilway in an inning later and Lake Erie had a 4-1 lead. 

Hogue, who had scattered seven hits and walked just one through the first six innings, gave up back-to-back singles to start the seventh.  Senior Mike Morgan (Russells Point, Ohio/Indian Lake) relieved him and got Robert Collin to fly out. 

However he ran into trouble after that, walking Jordan Kirk to load the bases and then uncorking a wild pitch that brought in a run.  Foster followed with a two-run single, his fourth hit of the game, to tie it at 4-4 and then Nick Barnes singled to right to score Foster, who had taken second on the throw home the previous play, to cap the comeback.

Hogue was charged with three runs in six innings with four strikeouts but did not earn a decision. Morgan (0-1) was charged with the loss after allowing two runs on two hits in 1/3 of an inning.

Kemp had a big game two at the plate, going 3-for-4 and an RBI to finish with four hits on the day. Cacique did not get a hit in three at-bats, ending his hit streak. Two other players had two hits for the Eagles.

Corey Lakatos earned the win with 2/3 of an inning in relief.  Charleston starter Patrick Chiaramonte allowed three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out six.

This was the third straight doubleheader split for the Storm.  

Tuesday's games marked the final nonconference games before the start of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play.  The Storm opens GLIAC action this weekend with a four-game set against defending league champion and 18th-ranked Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. beginning Saturday, March 24, at 1 p.m.

Mount sweeps OAC T&F athletes of the week

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union swept the Ohio Athletic Conference weekly women's track and field awards this week as junior Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) was named OAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week and senior Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) was named OAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week.

Mahoney bested her own school-record in winning the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.37.  It is also the top time in NCAA Division III nationally so far this year.

Mahoney also teamed with sophomores Taylor Kring (Salem/West Branch),Taylor Ruffing (Attica/Seneca East), Lisa Brasdovich (Columbia Station/Columbia) to win the 4x100 meter relay (48.82).

Jones claimed wins and posted provisional qualifying marks to the NCAA Championships in both the javelin (124-3) and shot put (41-3.25).

The duo helped lead Mount Union to the team title at the Stark County Championships this past weekend.

The Purple Raiders will next compete on March 31 at John Carroll University in the OAC Gold Meet.

Mount Union nine gains split against Marietta

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union literally got some timely hitting and a strong pitching performance to beat Marietta 3-1 in five innings in the nightcap and get a split of an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader Wednesday in Alliance.

The second game of the doubleheader did not start until 6:30 pm after Marietta (7-5, 1-1 OAC) scored four runs in the top of the 10th to outlast Mount Union (9-11, 1-1 OAC) opener 8-4.

In the first game, the Purple Raiders were down 3-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning when a three-run rally tied the game.  

Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) was hit to open the frame, Marissa Earl (Massillon/Washington) reached on a fielders' choice then a pair of throwing errors would bring both around to score.  Amy Brown(Uniontown/Green) then came up and tripled and was brought home on an RBI ground out from Shelby Carmichael (Dalton/Dalton) to tie the game.

The game was tied until the 10th when Marietta loaded the bases and the go-ahead run when Trayla Liles put a ball in play and was dropped at home plate.   

The Pioneers drove in three more runs on RBI singles from Katie Swejk, Sarah Mayo, Michelle Sayre to take an 8-4 lead.

After a leadoff double in the bottom of the 10th, Alexis O'Hair put down the Raiders in order for the win.

Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) pitched a complete game in the defeat.

In game two, both teams scored a run in the first inning and Mount Union took the lead in the third inning on a two-out, two-RBI double from Leigh Siedlak (Westerville/Westerville South).

Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) did the rest as she did not allow a hit over the next two innings before the game was called due to darkness.  Willis allowed only three hits and struck out four to get the win.

Mount Union continues OAC play Saturday (Mar. 24) with a doubleheader at Muskingum at 1 pm.

Mount Union tennis win streak snapped
DELAWARE, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's tennis team saw its three-match win streak snapped with a narrow 5-4 loss at Ohio Wesleyan Wednesday in Delaware, Ohio.
After taking two of the three doubles matches, Ohio Wesleyan (6-3) rallied to take four of the six singles matches including a close 6-4, 7-6 victory by Lydia Tritschler over Hannah Arvidson (North Canton/GlenOak) at No. 3 singles while Alex Webb rallied with a 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 win over MacKenzie Jenkins (North Hampton/Northwestern) at No. 6 singles.
Mandy Wise (North Canton/Hoover) got wins at No. 2 singles with Arvidson and at No. 2 doubles to lead Mount Union (6-3).
The Purple Raiders open Ohio Athletic Conference play Saturday at Muskingum at 1 pm.

Tennis Match Results

Mount Union vs Ohio Wesleyan

Mar 21, 2012 at Delaware, Ohio, USA

(Luttinger Family Tennis Center) 

Ohio Wesleyan 5, Mount Union 4

Singles competition

1. Jordan Leslie (OWUW) def. Krissy Hallett (MTU) 7-5, 7-5

2. Mandy Wise (MTU) def. Emily Kiourtsis (OWUW) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2

3. Lydia Tritschler (OWUW) def. Hannah Arvidson (MTU) 6-4, 7-6

4. Megan Czuchra (MTU) def. Becky Simon (OWUW) 6-1, 7-5

5. Abby Killorin (OWUW) def. Courtney Adamsky (MTU) 6-1, 6-4

6. Alex Webb (OWUW) def. MacKenzie Jenkins (MTU) 1-6, 7-5, 7-5

Doubles competition

1. Jordan Leslie/Alex Webb (OWUW) def. Megan Czuchra/Krissy Hallett (MTU) 8-3

2. Hannah Arvidson/Mandy Wise (MTU) def. Mackenzie Conway/Emily Kiourtsis (OWUW) 8-6

3. Courtney Adamsky/Taylor Dowling (MTU) def. Abby Killorin/Whitney Lonnemann (OWUW) 8-6

Match Notes:

Mount Union 6-3

Ohio Wesleyan 6-3

T-4:10  A-41  

Knight Named to D3Baseball.Com Team of the Week

Oberlin, Ohio – Fresh off being named as the North Coast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, junior Eric Knight received some national praise as he was named to the d3baseball.com Team of the Week, the website announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Eric Knight 

Knight, a native of Scottsdale, Arizona, threw a no-hitter on Sunday as the Yeomen blanked D’Youville 3-0. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out a career-high 10 and induced 10 ground ball outs in the victory. Of his 82 pitches, 57 went for strikes.

So far this season, Knight has made four appearances and has a record of 1-2 while posting an ERA of just 2.66. He leads the team with 21 strikeouts and 23.2 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting just a paltry .225 against him.

He has also done some major damage at the plate as he is second on the team with a .400 batting average.  Furthermore, he leads the Yeomen in hits (12), doubles (4), RBI’s (12), total bases (21) and slugging percentage (.700).

Knight will be looking to add to his win total this week when he and the rest of the Yeomen head to his home state of Arizona for their annual spring break trip. The Yeomen will play 12 games over six days starting on March 24.

Taylor and Hunger Fire Dual Shutouts as Spartans Sweep Westminster in Home-Opener

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Freshmen pitchers Rebecca Taylor<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/taylor%20rebecca%208w8k> (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe) and Christina Hunger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/hunger%20christina%202qwh> (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora) each threw shutouts as the Case Western Reserve University softball opened the home portion of its 2012 schedule with a pair of 8-0 victories on Wednesday at Mather Park.

The Spartans improve to 8-7 overall heading into a pair of road doubleheaders this weekend. Westminster drops to 3-9.

Taylor (7-7) threw six shutout innings in game one and allowed only five hits while striking out 10 as the game was called due to the varsity run rule. Hunger also allowed five hits in six innings in game two and struck out a pair to earn her first collegiate victory.

In the opener, the Spartans scored twice in the third inning as freshman right fielder Gena Roberts<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/roberts%20gena%20ndjd> (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity) drilled her first career homerun to center field and Taylor hit an RBI double to left. Senior third baseman Kaeleen Boden<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/boden%20kaeleen%20oafc> (Strongsville, Ohio/Holy Name) added a solo homer in the second before Case put the game away with five runs in the sixth. Boden and Taylor each provided RBI in the final frame.

For the game, Taylor was also 3-for-4 at the plate.

In game two, Case opened with two runs in the first via an RBI single by Rebecca Taylor and an RBI double by sophomore catcher Amy Taylor<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/taylor%20amy%2018wv> (Brier, Wash./Inglemoor). The Spartans then added three more in the second with a two-run homer from senior first baseman/designated player Lauren Wolz<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/wolz%20lauren%20c4fu> (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge).

Case ended the game with three runs in the sixth as Wolz drove home the final run.

For the game, freshman second baseman Molly O'Brien<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/o-brien%20molly%20x4y7> (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola) was a perfect 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

The Spartans open play this weekend with a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader at Denison University on Saturday,
March 24 in Granville, Ohio.