A Page -- March 24, 2012

Brad Gazdag and Danny Urban to lead young Gilmour baseball team

Led by .300 hitter Brad Gazdag and shortstop Danny Urban, Gilmour baseball could be one of the more formidable small-school non-conference teams in the area.

Gazdag, a senior, will play third base. He batted .346 in 2011. Urban was a .286 hitter. However, the Lancers will be short on experience after graduating a host of starters last spring.

"Our biggest strength this year is defense and base running," said head coach Jay Fowler, now in his third season. "We have a team with very good hands and very good foot speed. We also have a very strong baseball IQ amongst the players. They really understand the game. We also have a great understanding of the team concept and the notion of playing for one another rather than for individual accolades."


Other regulars returning are Zach Schlotter  (JR ,LF , .118), Benny Clark  (SO, RF,n/a), Peter Dolan  (SO, DH/3B  n/a), Oliver Flesher (SR., C, .250,) Rob Catanese (SR,CF,.214), Matt Botek (SO,1B,n/a) , Joe Regalbuto   (JR,2B,n/a ) and Joey Galloway  (JR , P, 2.29 ERA) .


Newcomers to the varsity who will play key reserve rolls if not win starting spots are Eric Anderson  (SR, OF), Matt Barry ( JR, DH), Conner Hurley (JR, P), Brandon Jaces (SO,  P), Jack Hyland ( SO, OF/C), Patrick Mohorcic (SO , C/1B), Doug Weisman (SO, 2B, P.J. Volpe (SO, OF), and Ethan Pawlak (FR, SS/3B).

"Our biggest weakness is experience,” Fowler said. “We graduated nine seniors from last year's team and could have as many as eight sophomores and a freshman on this year's squad."

Orlando Predators sign former Case Reserve quarterback Dan Whalen

Updated: Friday, 23 Mar 2012, 1:15 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 22 Mar 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The Orlando Predators have signed former Cleveland Gladiators quarterback Dan Whalen.

    Whalen was signed to the AFL’s Cleveland Gladiators on Feb. 2, 2011. He appeared in six games for the Gladiators in the 2011 season, leading two come from behind wins and scoring nine total touchdowns before being released from the Gladiators in June 2011.

    Whalen played college football at Case Western Reserve University. The 6’0, 200lb quarterback was a four-year starter at Case throwing for 9,720 yards and 87 touchdowns. Whalen had 742 completions from 1,229 attempts. Dan graduated in 2009 as the school's all-time leader in pass attempts, completions, yards and touchdown passes. While the starting quarterback at Case, he led the team to 31 consecutive regular-season wins, three straight perfect regular seasons, three straight UAA titles, and three straight NCAA postseasons.

    Whalen was a candidate for several division three awards in his college career. He was named a first team All-American his senior season by the American Football Coaches Association and d3football.com. He was also a two-time finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy and named University Athletic Association’s Offensive Player of the Year three times.

    Orlando’s Arena Football League franchise since 1991, the Orlando Predators are entering their 21st year in the AFL. In that time, the Predators have advanced to the AFL Playoffs a league-leading 19 consecutive seasons and appeared in the Arena Bowl seven times, winning AFL Championships in 1998 and 2000.

    Terriers fall to Geneva

    HIRAM, OHIO  --  The Hiram College softball team lost both games of non-conference doubleheader against Geneva (Pa.) College, 6-2 and 1-0, in the home opener at the Myrtis E. Herndon Field.

    Following today's games, the Terriers fall to 6-6 overall and the Golden Tornadoes improve to 11-9 overall for the season.

    In the opening game, the contest remained 0-0 until the bottom of the third inning when Hiram scored a pair of runs on a defensive error with two runners on base to grab a 2-0 lead.  The advantage remained two runs for the Terriers until the top of the sixth inning when Geneva took the lead crossing the plate six times to go up by four, 6-2.  Hiram recorded seven hits in the game, but would only get two following the Geneva six-run inning as the Golden Tornadoes went on to claim the 6-2 victory.

    Offensively, sophomore outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph's) led the way with two hits in four

    Brigham (L), Loyer (R)

    attempts and also scored a run.  Five other Terrier players each recorded a base hit in the loss.

    On the mound, senior Amethyst Brigham (Middlefield/Ohio State) started the game and pitched four and two-thirds innings allowing five runs on six hits and struck out five batters.  She would also get the loss and is now 2-2 overall for the year.  Freshman Taylor Charles (Akron/Ellet) pitched the final two-and-a-third innings giving up one run on three hits and tallied three strikeouts.

    In the nightcap, Hiram outhit Geneva, 7-3, but could not get any runs across home plate despite having bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning and had a runner thrown out at the plate on a double by sophomore shortstop Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) in the sixth that would have tied the game.  The only run of the contest came in the top of the sixth when Geneva scored on a RBI single.  The Terriers would make one final push in the seventh with runners on first and second, but with two outs.  Geneva recorded the final out on a pop-fly to the outfield to hang on for a 1-0 victory.

    Hiram was led at the plate in game two by senior All-Region outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) who finished three-of-four.  Four others recorded a base hit in the game.

    Charles started the second game on the mound and pitched the entire game, suffering her third loss of the season to fall to 3-3 overall.  She gave up the lone run on three hits and had five strikeouts.

    Hiram is scheduled to travel to Greenville, Pa. tomorrow (Saturday, Mar. 24) for a non-conference doubleheader against Thiel College.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. 




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    Mount Union picked to win OAC track title

    AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union was picked to win the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field title in the OAC Coaches Poll released today.

    The Purple Raiders earned 84 points with five first place votes in this year's poll.

    Ohio Northern had the other five first place votes and is second in the poll with 76 points, while Heidelberg (58), Baldwin-Wallace (56) and Marietta (42) round out the top five.

    A year ago, Mount Union won its OAC record 28th conference title under first-year men's head coach Kevin Lucas.  Returning all-conference performers are seniors Sean Denard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) andTim Kelly (Lakewood).  Denard was the OAC champion in the shot put, while Kelly was second in the 1500 meters and third in the 800 meters.

    The Raiders run next Saturday, Mar. 31, at the OAC Gold Meet at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.

    OAC Track Coaches Preseason Men's Poll

    1. Mount Union (5) 84

    2. Ohio Northern (5) 76

    3. Heidelberg 58

    4. Baldwin-Wallace 57

    5. Marietta 42

    6. Otterbein 41

    7. John Carroll 38

    8. Wilmington 24

    9. Muskingum 18

    10. Capital 12


    Mount gals picked to three-peat in OAC

    AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's track and field team has been tabbed as the favorites to repeat as Ohio Athletic Conference champions in the OAC Coaches Preseason Poll released today.

    The Purple Raiders claimed nine of 10 first place votes and 81 points in the top spot in the poll.

    Baldwin-Wallace claimed the other first place vote and is in second place with 69 points, Marietta is in third with 64 points while Ohio Northern (60 points) and Capital (46 points) make up the rest of the top five.

    A year ago the Purple Raiders claimed their third overall and second-straight OAC title under second year women's head coach Kevin Lucas.

    Junior Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St John-St. Paul) was OAC Sprint Athlete of the Meet for winning 400-meter dash in an OAC-record time of 56.10 and the 200-meter dash in 25.52.

    Other returning all-conference performers are seniors Kelsey Shonk (Columbus/Bishop Hartley)and Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer).  Shonk won the discus title while Jones was third in both the shot put and javelin.

    Mount Union runs next Saturday (Mar. 31) at the OAC Gold Meet at John Carroll University in University Heights.

    OAC Coaches Preseason Women's Track & Field Poll.

    1. Mount Union (9) 81

    2. Baldwin-Wallace (1) 69

    3. Marietta 64

    4. Ohio Northern 60

    5. Capital 46

    6. Otterbein 43

    7. John Carroll 35

    8. Heidelberg 30

    9. Muskingum and Wilmington 11

    Berg Baseball Set for Three-Game Series with 

    Case Western Reserve

    TIFFIN, Ohio—The Heidelberg University baseball team will play Case Western Reserve University in a split-site three-game series on Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25.  Saturday’s doubleheader at Peaceful Valley in Tiffin is slated for 1 p.m., and Sunday’s game at Nobby’s Ballpark in University Circle is also schedule for 1 p.m.


    Live stats for Saturday’s doubleheader will be available at http://www.heidelberg.edu/statcrew/bs/xlive.htm.  Live stats for Sunday’s game will be available at http://livestats.prestosports.com/casewesternreserve/.


    All three games will be broadcast on the ‘Berg Athletics Network (http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/heidelberg.portal#).  Jeff Garvin will have the call on Saturday and John Gerstenberger will join Garvin in the booth for Sunday’s game.


    The Student Princes (8-7) are coming off a 13-11 defeat Tuesday against Ohio Wesleyan University in their home opener.  Despite the loss, the Berg rapped out 18 hits and sophomore Arneal Squibb (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) and seniors Ross Pruitt (Elletsville, Ind./Edgewood) andRicardo Lizcano (Toledo/Start) each went 4-for-6 at the plate.


    Through 15 games, the ‘Berg offense is paced by Pruitt, who is hitting .460 (23-for-50) with 13 runs batted-in, 10 runs scored and a .560 slugging percentage.  Lizcano is batting .328 (19-for-58), has hit a team-high two home runs and driven in 13, and owns a .552 slugging percentage. Freshman third baseman Steve Kisan (Lakewood/St. Edward) is pacing at .316 (18-for-57) with one home run, nine RBI and 11 runs scored.  Sophomore second baseman Joe Chiarappa (Clinton/St. Vincent-St. Mary’s) his batting .303 (10-for-33) and Squibb is hitting .300 (15-for-50).


    Despite suffering Tuesday’s loss, junior right hander Teddy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) has anchored the pitching staff out of the bullpen, going 3-2 in a team-high 10 appearances with a 5.28 earned run average and eight strikeouts over 15.1 innings.  Senior righty Daniel Brannum (Jamestown/Greenview) is 2-0 in eight outings with a 3.94 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 16.0 innings.  Both have earned saves.   Junior righty Tyler Fruhwirth (Beavercreek) has guided the starting rotation with a 2-1 record in four appearances, including three starts with a 4.63 ERA and 15 strikeouts over 23.1 innings.


    Case Western Reserve (12-6) is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Grove City (Pa.) College, in which they posted 10 runs in the first inning in a 12-3 win in the second game.  Four Spartans are hitting near or above a .350 clip and slugging better than .500.  Paul Pakan is tearing at a .424 (28-for-66) and ties team-highs of two home runs and 14 RBI, has scored 17 runs and boasts a 1.087 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.  Brett Ossola is batting .391 (25-for-64) with one home run, 13 RBI, 10 runs scores and a .516 slugging percentage.  Sam Alexander is hitting .369 (24-for-65) and matches Pakan with two homers and 14 RBI, has scored 11 runs and is slugging .523.  Bobby Marko is batting .347 (17-for-49) with five RBI, nine runs and is slugging .510.


    Jamie Hora has proved to be the staff ace, going 4-0 in five starts with a 3.18 ERA and 20 strikeouts against just six walks over 28.1 innings.  Bradley Potter is 2-1 in four starts with a 1.35 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 26.2 innings and has recorded a complete game.  Closer Jose Vega has a team-high six saves in seven appearances with a 4.26 ERA.


    Heidelberg swept the season series from the Spartans a season ago, winning all five games, including two in the Mideast Regional of the NCAA Tournament.  The Tri-Color outscored CWRU by a 55-21 margin in 2011.


    Following this weekend’s series, the Student Princes host Adrian (Mich.) College on Tuesday, March 27 at Peaceful Valley in Tiffin at 4 p.m.

    B-W Women’s Tennis Team Loses to Kenyon, 9-0, in 


    GAMBIER, OHIO -- The defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team lost to Division III national powerhouseKenyon College, 9-0, today (Friday, March 23, 2012). This was the first of two matches in the Greater Columbus area as the Yellow Jackets open OAC play tomorrow by facing Otterbein University in Westerville at 1:00 p.m.

    With its loss, B-W is now 4-8 overall. Kenyon improved to 6-5 overall.

    Kenyon gained a 3-0 lead in doubles and then won all six singles matches to claim its sixth victory of the season.

    Heading into tomorrow’s match at Otterbein, B-W senior No.2 singles standout Jenny Greene (Columbus/ Thomas Worthington) will seek her 100th career combination victory. She currently owns a 99-83 career mark, stands tied for 12th all-time in school history with 47 singles wins and has a 47-41 career mark. In doubles play, she is tied for eighth all-time with 52 wins and a 52-42 career slate.  In addition, junior No.1 singles standout Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Catholic) is 23rd all-time in singles play with 33 wins and a 33-29 career mark. She is 21st all-time in doubles wins with 38 and is 38-29 all-time in doubles matches.

    Following its two matches in Greater Columbus, the Yellow Jackets return to Berea and play their first home match on Saturday, March 31 when they host Muskingum University on the “Pop” Collins Courts at 1:00 p.m.

    Tonight in the MAC

    Saturday, March 24

    Syracuse at Toledo, 2 p.m.                                    

    Toledo (24-9) will square off against Big East member Syracuse (21-14) in the ‘Elite Eight’ of the WNIT on Saturday, March 23 for a second consecutive season. The opening tip is slated for 2:00 p.m. in Savage Arena. The Rockets defeated the Orange, 71-68 in overtime, on March 27, 2011 at home, en route to capturing the WNIT title. The Midnight Blue & Gold, who is looking to become the first school to successfully defend its postseason championship, is in the midst of a nine-game home win streak and sports a 15-3 (.833) mark in Savage Arena this season. In three-plus years under Head Coach Tricia Cullop, UT is 57-7 (.890) on its home court, including 27-5 (.844) against non-league opponents. The reigning WNIT champions are also a perfect 10-0 at home in the postseason under Coach Cullop. Toledo advanced to the quarterfinals of the postseason tourney with home victories against Detroit, 59-49, on March 16, Cincinnati, 72-51, on March 19 and VCU, 81-64, on Thursday. UT closed out the Rams’ game with a 30-13 run and coasted to the 17-point win. Ingersoll equalled her career high with 24 points in consecutive games to pace three Rockets in double figures, to go along with a collegiate-best eight assists. Joining Ingersoll in double figures were sophomore Andola Dortch with 20 points and junior Yolanda Richardson with 17 points. The Rockets shot a postseason high 52.4 percent (33-of-63) from the floor to equal their most productive scoring output of the season. The 2011-12 Mid-American Conference West Division co-champions also totaled a season-high 46 points in the paint, finished with a 39-35 edge on the glass, dished out 21 assists and committed a season-low nine turnovers. Ingersoll, Dortch and Richardson lead Toledo offensively in the postseason, scoring 16.0, 14.8 and 11.0 points per game, respectively.


    Mount Union softball postponed

    NEW CONCORD, Ohio -- Mount Union's Ohio Athletic Conference softball doubleheader at Muskingum University in New Concord has been postponed due to wet field conditions to Sunday at 1 pm.

    Muskingum will be providing LIVE AUDIO and LIVE STATS of the doubleheader.

    It will be the OAC opener for both teams as Mount Union is 9-11 overall and Muskingum is 7-9.

    Mount tennis postponed

    March 24, 2012

    NEW CONCORD, Ohio -- Mount Union's Ohio Athletic Conference women's tennis opener at Muskingum University in New Concord scheduled for Saturday has been postponed to Sunday at 1 pm.