A Page -- March 27, 2010

West Geauga alumnus Anthony 

Sambula gets third win on the 

mound; Holy Name grad Alex 

Gnezda homers; Akron native Kyle 

Shaffer slams in CSU’s first win in 

The Freight

March 27, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON – Behind the pitching of West Geauga alumnus Anthony Sambula, Cleveland State’s baseball team posted its first victory ever in All-Pro Freight Stadium, its new home field, here today with a 12-1 win over Case Western Reserve.


Sambula raised his record to 3-2 with the win as the Vikings improved to 4-13 overall. Case Reserve fell to 10-8.


The only flaw in Sambula’s pitching day was his control. In 6 1/3 innings, he walked eight batters but struck also out seven. The only run charged to him was unearned.

Anthony Sambula

Anthony Sambula

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The junior lefthander from Novelty flirted with a no-hitter for five innings, but then had it broken up when Brett Ossola singled in the top of the sixth.  It stood as the only hit he was to surrender in his six-plus innings of work. His three wins on the mound is tops for the team, as is his 37 strikeouts. On the flip side, his 25 walks also is the most by a Viking pitcher.


Still, he lowered his ERA significantly, which was 5.20 coming into the game. Joey Gradney earned the save in relief by pitching the final 3 2/3 innings and not allowing a run.


With the hitting support that was missing in Wednesday’s loss to Eastern Michigan, Sambula was well on his way to getting the Vikes back on the winning track heading into another all-Cleveland fest tomorrow here against Division II Lake Erie College.


To get the hitting and run-scoring exhibition started, Ryan Franks hit the first Cleveland State double in All-Pro Freight history and then score the first CSU run in stadium history, coming home on Kyle Shaffer’s first-inning single that gave the Vikes their first lead in the Freight history, 1-0 after one inning.


The Spartans tied it in the top of the second without the benefit of a hit. Ossola walked and then went all the way around to third on a throwing error and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Steve Bills.


The Vikings regained the lead in the second inning on a two-run rally in which they sent eight men to the plate. St. Ignatius alumnus Alex Johnson joined Franks in the Fright doubles club by leading it off with a two bagger. He later scored when Tyler Wynn reached on an error. Bob Suitca drove in the second run of the inning with a base hit.


Sambula got out of a fifth inning jam when the Spartans loaded the bases on walks and errors. Wynn snared a Chad Mullins line drive headed toward right field for the final out of the inning, leaving three Case Reserve runners stranded.

New Spartan Logo


CSU broke it open in the fifth with a three-run rally highlighted by a bases-loaded, bloop double by Chuck Gasti that scored Kyle Shaffer and Wynn. On the same play, Suitca raced home from third base when the Spartans were examining the ball out in left field instead of throwing it back into the infield and then on the delayed throw Gasti scampered to third, where he was left stranded.


However, the Vikings made it 6-1 on the strength of a three-hit inning. Franks and Wynn also singled in the inning.


Holy Name alumnus and Strongsville native Alex Gnezda hit the first Viking home run in the history of the Freight, blasting out a lead-off, solo long ball in the sixth.

Alex Gnezda

Holy Name alum/Strongsville native Alex Gnezda

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Shaffer, an Akron Garfield alumnus, did Gnezda one better by creaming  the first CSU grand slam in The Freight history, drilling one over the wall in left center in the seventh inning, which made it a 12-1 game. Tom Carter doubled in the inning while Johnson and Gnezda also reached safely with hits in the five-run rally.

Kyle Shaffer


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Akron native Kyle Shaffer hits first ever CSU slam at the Freight 

Shaffer reached base safely all five trips to the plate. Wynn reached base four times.  Having multiple-hit days for CSU were Shaffer, Johnson, Franks, Suitca, Gasti, and Gnezda.


Benedictine grad and Strongsville native Cory Pecoraro and Brush High alum Bobby Marko reached base safely three times each for Case Reserve.




A couple local lads did mop-up work for the Spartans in the later innings in Twinsburg High alum Jamie Hora and Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin grad Cory Smith.


Smith loaded the bases in the eighth, but worked his way out of the jam without giving up any runs.
Kevin Kocks

CSU coach Kevin Kocks

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Amherst's Ryan Rua sets Lake 

Erie College career home run 

record with three-HR day in 

Storm's sweep of visiting B-W; 

Mentor's Brandon James also 

plays long ball; CSU next for LEC 

at The Freight

March 27, 2010

By Jason Tirotta

Sophomore Ryan Rua (Amherst) became Lake Erie's career home runs 

leader in Lake Erie's doubleheader sweep of visitng Baldwin-Wallace today. 

Ryan Rua

Rua homered twice and went 4-for-4 with 4 RBI and junior Brandon 

James (Mentor) also homered in a 15-5 win in the opener. 

Brandon James

 Rua added a third home run, his 8th of the season and school-record 

setting 18th of his career, in an 11-9 win in game two.  James had three hits 

in the nightcap and sophomore Matt Toth (Lorain/Admiral King) hit his first 

career home run as the Storm (8-8) moved to .500 on the season.

King alum Matt Toth

Yeomen Run Over Marian; Avon High alum Phil Brua gets save
by Ryan Mouch '11
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- The Oberlin College baseball team continued their stellar start to the season by using a big third inning and 11 stolen bases to jump start their offense in route to a come-from-behind victory over Marian University, 11-10, in their first game at the RussMatt Invitational in Phoenix, Arizona.

After a shaky start by starting pitcher Jason James, which saw him give up four runs in the first inning, the Oberlin College Yeomen (5-2), settled into a rhythm starting in the third inning. After a leadoff single by first-year Zach Jaspers, who was one of five Yeomen with a multi-hit game, the Yeomen bats began to come alive. The Jaspers single was followed by four more hits, three walks for the Yeomen and two costly miscues for the Sabres that led to a six run third inning. From there, the Yeomen would never look back as they added single tallies in the fourth and fifth and a three spot in the sixth. Another single tally was added in the seventh to round out the scoring for OC.  

The Sabres (1-5) would begin to threaten again in the seventh and eighth inning, as they touched up reliever Brandon Cantrill for two and four runs, respectively. Junior Phil Brua would leave his catching position with one out in the eighth and three run ballgame to close the game out for the Yeomen, picking up his second save of the season.
Avon's Phil Brua

The Yeomen were led offensively by Junior outfielder Max Phinney who went 5-for-5 with a double and three RBIs.  OC used a superb running game to wreak havoc on the Sabres as they tallied 11 stolen bases on the day.

The Yeomen will look to stay on a roll as they take on St. Mary's University for a double-dip tomorrow with the first pitch slated for 12 p.m. PST, 3 p.m. EST.

Oberlin Men's Lacrosse Falls at Sewanee
Erik Strand
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Sewanee, Tenn. – The Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team was outlasted by Sewanee University 16-14 on Saturday afternoon in Sewanee, Tennessee. 

Oberlin trailed 10-6 at the half, but used a late run to get within two late in the game but could not get over the hump to steal the win. Oberlin is now 2-2 on the season. 

Forge alumna Brittany Sostre 

blasts home run, Perry grad Pam 

Bykowski throws six scoreless 

innings to lead Lake Erie gals

March 27

By Jason Tirotta
Pam Bykowski (Perry) threw six scoreless innings and Brittany Sostre (Parma/Valley Forge) homered as the Storm snapped its five-game losing streak with a 4-0 win at Urbana in game one of a doubleheader today. 


Bykowski (2-4) scattered five hits over six innings and struck out three in her second straight solid start.  Sostre had a solo blast in the fifth inning, her team-leading fourth of the season.  Urbana came back to take game two, 5-4.

LEC LAX team comes from 

behind to "de-crown" Queens

After falling behind visiting Queens (N.Y.) 4-0 early in the first half, Lake Erie responded for a 25-20 win in its home and East Coast Conference opener Saturday afternoon.  

Freshman Meredith Howe scored a school-record seven goals and finished with 9 points while classmate Julia Kudla scored 6 goals and had 4 assists for her first career 10-pioint game, as the Storm (3-1, 1-0 ECC) won its third straight. 

Brittany Rabuano scored six times and Kim Dang had three goals and two assists.  Heather Rosen scored 8 goals for Queens (1-5, 0-1 ECC).


Yellow Jacket Men’s Tennis Team 

Beats Capital, 8-1, in OAC Opener; 

Avon Lake's Trzeciak, Royalton's 

Horvath win at both singles and 

doubles again for B-W

March 27, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team defeated Capital University, 8-1, in its Ohio Athletic Conference Opener today (Saturday, March 27, 2010) at the “Pop” Collins Tennis Courts in Berea. The Yellow Jackets improve to 11-1 overall for the season.

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

In singles play, the Yellow Jackets won all six matches with Trzeciak winning at No.1,  Lachman at No. 2, senior Andy Redd (Archbold) at No. 3,  Horvath at No.4, junior Sam Burris (Wooster/ Senior) at No.5, and junior Bobby Irwin (Ashland/Senior) at No.6.
Joe Horvath

To date, the Yellow Jackets are led in singles play by Horvath with a 13-1 mark and Irwin at 10-2. In doubles play, Horvath and Beaton are 9-1 at No.3 and the No.1 duo of Lachman and Redd are 11-3 overall.

The Yellow Jackets play their next OAC match at rival Marietta College on Saturday, April 2 at the Beren Tennis Center in Marietta. Action begins at 3:30 p.m.

Tennis Match Results
Mar 27, 2010 at Berea Ohio
Baldwin-Wallace College 8, Capital 1

Singles competition
1. Alex Trzeciak (BW-M) def. Casey Filas (CAP) 7-6 (11-9), 6-4
2. Matt Lachman (BW-M) def. David Albert (CAP) 6-1, 6-1
3. Andy Redd (BW-M) def. Tom Stein (CAP) 6-1, 6-1
4. Joe Horvath (BW-M) def. John Murray (CAP) 6-0, 6-0
5. Sam Burris (BW-M) def. Chris Morris (CAP) 6-1, 6-2
6. Bobby Irwin (BW-M) def. Doug Gugel-Bryant (CAP) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Casey Filas/David Albert (CAP) def. Andy Redd/Matt Lachman (BW-M) 8-5
2. Taylor Long/Alex Trzeciak (BW-M) def. Doug Gugel-Bryant/John Murray (CAP) 8-0
3. Joe Horvath/Tyler Beaton (BW-M) def. Chris Morris/Tom Stein (CAP) 8-0

US alumnus Gauntlett Eldemire 

homers, VASJ's Maddox strokes 

three hits as OU snaps eight-game 

losing streak; CSU on slate for 

Bobcats Tuesday

March 27, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




ATHENS –-- Shaker Heights native and University School product Gauntlett Eldemire is having another great year for Ohio University’s baseball team.


The All-Mid American Conference selection who is a member of the US National team leads the Bobcats with a .420 batting average. He is leads the teams in run scored with 17, in doubles with eight, in RBIs with 19, on base percentage (.518), stolen bases with six, and in slugging percentage with a .696 SA.


Today he had two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs in a 4-2 win over Ball State. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for OU. He also blasted his fourth home run of the season.

Gauntlett Eldemire



Right behind him at OU is Villa Angela-St. Joe alum and Euclid native Robert Maddox III with a .338 average and team-leading four home runs, tying him for the team lead with Eldemire. Maddox had three hits in today’s win.

Robert Maddox III



Freshman Matt Keller from Walsh Jesuit has been getting worked into the Bobcat lineup, seeing action in seven games including five starts. Keller is batting .333 and slugging .400. Keller went 1-for-3 in today’s win.

Matt Keller



Strongsville High alum Ryan Bores has been the top man in the pitching rotation for the Bobcats, starting on the hill in five of OU’s 20 games this season.

 Ryan Bores


Hoban alum Bent Choban is 1-0 on the mound as the top man out of the bullpen.

Brent Choban



Lake Catholic alumnus Mike Sweigert has been injured this season after making eight appearances out of the bullpen last year. Sweigert’s father Joe played college ball at Ohio State and his grandfather Joe athletics and Benedictine. His brother Pat plays football for Dayton.

Mike Sweigert



The Bobcats host Cleveland State Tuesday.

CSU's tennis team returns to 

action with 6-1 win over Green 

Bay at River Oaks; Gibbons, 

Bjerrehus, Lazaris, Bjelan,

Janek win at both singles and 


March 27, 2010

By Greg Murphy

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio - Cleveland State's No. 1 doubles team of Catrine Bjerrehus and Charlotte Gibbons won their eighth straight match, helping the Vikings to a 6-1 victory over Green Bay in Horizon League action this morning at River Oaks Racquet Club.

The win improves CSU to 9-10 overall and 2-0 in league action.

"I was happy with the win and how we played today," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We went out and took care of business in doubles and carried that momentum over to our singles play. We have been playing some very good doubles over the last few weeks and getting that point is always key."

Bjerrehus and Gibbons combined for an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles, picking up their eighth straight victory.

Charlotte Gibbons

Charlotte Gibbons

"I have been really impressed with the way they have been playing during this streak," Etzkin said. "They are a very balanced team and feeding off of each other on the court."

Maria Lazaris and Nicole Janek earned an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles, while Sanda Bjelan and Mengdi Liu won at the No. 3 slot, 8-4.

Sanda Bjelan


The Vikings went on to win five of the six singles matches, including a 6-3, 6-3 win by Bjerrehus at No. 1 singles.

Lazaris won her team-leading 15th match of the season, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 2, while Gibbons moved up a spot in the lineup and picked up a 7-5, 7-5 win at No. 3 singles. 

Maria Lazaris


anek won at No. 4 (6-1, 6-1) and Bjelan won at the No. 5 position (6-3, 6-4).

"This was a big match for us to win and I expect us to come out tomorrow with the same type of intensity," Etzkin said.

The Vikings have two matches on Sunday (March 28), beginning with a 10:00 a.m. match against Milwaukee at River Oaks Racquet Club. CSU will also host Case Western at 2:00 p.m.

Singles competition 
1. Bjerrehus, Catrine (CSU) def. LAWENT, Emily (GB) 6-3, 6-3
2. Lazaris, Maria (CSU) def. BRADFIELD, Jennifer (GB) 6-2, 6-1
3. Gibbons, Charlotte (CSU) def. WEUVE, Morgan (GB) 7-5, 7-5
4. Janek, Nicole (CSU) def. ANDERSON, Maria (GB) 6-1, 6-1
5. Bjelan, Sanda (CSU) def. BARTINGALE, Laura (GB) 6-3, 6-4
6. NELSON, Rebecca (GB) def. LU, Mengdi (CSU) 6-2, 4-6, 10-6

Doubles competition
1. BJERREHUS, Catrine/GIBBONS, Charlotte (CSU) def. BRADFIELD, Jennifer/WEUVE, Morgan (GB) 8-2
2. LAZARIS, Maria/JANEK, Nicole (CSU) def. NELSON, Rebecca/BARTINGALE, Laura (GB) 8-1
3. BJELAN, Sanda/LU, Mengdi (CSU) def. ANDERSON, Maria/LAWENT, Emily (GB) 8-4

Avon Lake a double winner at its own 

invitational; defending state champ 

Bridget Doughty sweeps hurdles 

races for Bay; Southview's Alicia 

Arnold is triple individual winner

March 27, 2010


By Norm Weber


Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




AVON LAKE – Southview’s Alicia Arnold won three individual events, Bay’s Bridget Doughty won both hurdles races to no one’s surprise and Avon Lake dominated the middle and long distance races, which was enough to win the team title  today in the 14th Annual Avon Lake Track and Field Invitational.


Doughty, the defending state champ in the 300-meter hurdles, won the 300 hurdles in 48.1 and the 100 hurdles in 15.79. Her times were significantly slower than the end of last season when she won the state in 43.53 in the 300s and had a 14.65 finish in Columbus to take runner up behind Lake Catholic’s Jerica Sanders in the 100s last June.


In the team race, it was a clean sweep in the top three spots by schools along the West Shore, with Rocky River taking second and Bay third (tied with Southview) behind the Shoregals. It was a double-dip win for the host school as the boys’ team also won the title, with Sandusky Perkins taking second, River third, Bay fourth and Southview fifth.


Arnold won the 100 dash in 12.5, the 200 in 26.24, and the long jump in 16 feet, four inches. Shanique Olgle won the shot put and Sanita Quinn the discus for the Saints as well.


Avon Lake used a committee of runners  and jumpers to rack up with points with Katy Link winning the 1,600, Cheyenne Lukstein the 400, Miranda Weed the 3,200 and . Also Christine Bohen won the high jump and April Andersson the pole vault for the Shoregals.


River gained 10 of its points with Maddy McDonough, Madi Connelly, Maeve Kessler, and Olivia Vitou winning the 1,600 relay.


Allie Mooney won the 800 run for Beaumont, which is still in is rebuilding phase. However, the Blue Streaks do have another Infeld (Lucy), who anchored the winning 3, 2009 relay team that also included Mooney, Kelsey Jones, and Maribeth Teresczak.


John Hay won the 800 relay with Latasha Clark, Akiyana Green, Shawnyce Little and Ogechi Onyeukwa.
Elyria won the 400 relay with Antasia Williams, Shaunte Hopper, Amani Wise, and Justine Cabbil.
In the men’s races, Avon Lake got firsts from Jim Adams in the 800, Pete Lancione in the 110 hurdles, and Logan Crist in the pole vault.
Defending state placer Mike Brajdic won the 1,600 for Bay. He was joined by Shane Williams, Nick Banks and Sam Allen in winning the 3,200 relay.
Tommy Eldridge and Eric Stoddard went 1-2 for River in the 3,200.
Elyria’s Lyndon Johnson won the 100 dash, Southview’s Ricky Earl the 200, Clearview’s Collin Owens the high jump, and Mdiview’s Josiah Holt the long jump. 

Oberlin Track & Field Starts Outdoor Season
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By Mike Mancini

Wooster – The Oberlin College track and field teams kicked off their outdoor season in fine fashion at the Wooster Invitational this afternoon. 

The Yeowomen placed third overall with 89 points, while the Yeomen checked in fourth 88 points. 

Senior Clara Shaw guided the Yeowomen effort by winning two events on the day. She claimed the top spot in the 1,500 meters with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:47.67. The Roseville, Minnesota, native also won the 5,000 meters in 18:20.88. 

Sophomore Melissa Elie finished third in the 200 meters with a mark of 27.05. 

The men’s team got great performances from a wide array of individuals. Senior Seth Wimberly touched the tape first in the 200 meters at 22.62 and teammate Shawn Chrapczynski followed in second at 22.67. The Lorain, Ohio, native also placed second in the 100 meters at 11.43. 

NCAC Cross Country Newcomer of the Year Eric Line ended third in the 1,500 meters in 4:10.47. 

First-year Alex Guo was also victorious in the triple jump as he cleared 42-04.75. 

Junior Josh Gallagher’s toss of 46-09 of the shot was good for first place. 

Oberlin continues its spring break at the Duke Invitational on April 2. 

B-W Women’s Golf Team Fifth 

After Day One of Mount Union 

Invitational; Migalski Sinks 

Hole in One; St. Joe alum Brooke 

Hamilton leads the way for 


By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team ranks fifth of nine teams after day one today (Saturday, March 27) of the 2010 Mount Union College Spring Invitational at Tannenhauf G.C. in Alliance. Highlighting the day was a hole in one by junior Sam Migalski (Manahawkin, N.J./ Southern Regional) on the par-three 15th.

The Yellow Jackets shot 388 as a team on the par-72 course.
Brooke Hamilton

Freshman Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) led B-W with an opening round 91. Freshman Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) was second at 94, freshman Sarah Terrill (Cuyahoga Falls/ Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) was third at 99, and junior Nicole Carlone (Canton/ St. Thomas Aquinas) rounded out the scoring with a 104. Freshman Emily Eighmy (Erie, Pa./ Villa Maria Academy) was fifth for the Yellow Jackets with a 112.


Migalski competed as an individual and shot 101 including her “ace” on the 129-yard 15th.

The Jackets wrap up the weekend at Tannenhauf tomorrow morning with a 10:00 a.m. shotgun start. Following tomorrow’s round, B-W is idle until the Capital University Purple & White Invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, at Foxfire G.C. in Lockbourne.