A Page -- March 26, 2012

Gilmour track and field high on numbers

With a decent number of Student/Athletes out for track this season, Gilmour’s boys’ team should have internal competition in all the events, but is still hoping to build depth with the numbers and overcome a lack of experience.

The Lancers were 1-3 last year in dual meets in a limited schedule due to  no conference affiliation.

"We have very large numbers this year," said head coach Jim Chappelle, "We have one runner with state meet experience in senior sprinter Justyn Greene."

Greene  is joined by Harrison Hunt  (SR, Sprints), David Hasler  (JR, Field Events),  Charles Hoge  (JR, Hurdles), Tom Hollis  (JR, Distance), Benoit Mapango (JR, Sprints), Alec Smith   (JR, Sprints), James Tominc (JR, Sprints), Mike Vala  (JR, Throws), Joe Amargno (SO,    Distance), Andy Badertscher (SO, Hurdles),  John Brett  (SO, Distance), Joe Catanese (SO, Sprints),  Alex Clapacs  (SO, Hurdles), Brendan Coyne (SO, Distance), Tom DeSilvio  (SO, Distance), Charlie Gallo  (SO, Sprints),  Max Gubanc  (SO, Throws),  Mike Palumbo      (SO, Distance), Matt Ray  (SO, Hurdles), Alex Ulatowski  (SO, Distance), AJ Wright  (SO, Throws), Colin Driggs (FR, Distance), Brandon Phillips (FR, Distance),  Kevin Pryatel  (FR, Sprints), Ryan Seibert  (FR, Distance) and Noah Seibert   (FR, Sprints).

Matt Ray

The Lancers are training hard and are putting in the time to develop during the preseason in an effort to surprise some teams throughout the season.  Coach Chappelle is quite pleased with the work ethic of team members thus far and is looking for several of his Student/Athletes to represent Gilmour in the state meet. 

The Lancers will host the 18th Annual Miele Invitational on Saturday, April 14 at 9 a.m. at Gilmour Academy which will showcase the talents of many of the area's top programs.

Storm Slug Their Way To Second Win In As Many Days

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – It took Lake Erie College (5-14, 2-4 GLIAC) just one weekend to match its conference win total from a season ago as it defeated Northwood University (5-13, 2-4 GLIAC), 8-7, in the second game of a doubleheader to earn a split on the day at Kiwanis Recreation Park in Painesville, Ohio.

The Storm dropped game one, 8-0, in six innings. 

As the "visiting" team in game two, Lake Erie struck first as senior catcher Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) got a two-out double and was brought home when sophomore Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison) singled to right.  Brotzman moved to second when sophomore Jeniffer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union) walked and was driven in on a line drive base hit to center by sophomore third basemanKrista Haley (Holland, Ohio/Springfield Holland). 

Senior Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) retired the Timberwolves in order in the first with a pair of strikeouts but gave up a solo home run to shortstop Stacey Klonowski. 

Lake Erie got that run back in the top of the third with the first career home run by Haley.  In the bottom of the inning however, a two-out error brought in one run and opened the door for the next batter, Klonowski, to hit her second home run in as many as at-bats to give Northwood a 4-3 advantage. 

The Storm grabbed the advantage back with three runs in the top of the fifth.  Junior outfielder Chelsea Bleck (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) led off the inning with a double to right center.  Foley brought her in with a double to left center and came over when Brotzman doubled to left center.  After a Haley sacrifice bunt, senior center fielder Haley Rathge (Edon, Ohio/Napoleon) brought in Brotzman with a single to right. 

Northwood closed the gap to 6-5 in the bottom of the fifth with a solo run and threatened to add more before Ronde worked out of second and third, one out jam. 

Senior pinch hitter Ali Heming (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) sparked the sixth with a single off the wall in right center.  After a reached on an error and a failed bunt attempted, Foley again came through with an RBI single and Brotzman again followed suit with another RBI single to give the Storm an 8-5 lead.   

Northwood's first four hitters reached base in the sixth, as Ronde was knocked from the game with the Storm clinging to an 8-7 advantage with two runners on and no outs.  Sophomore Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside), fresh off a game one complete game, came on and got out of the jam with a foul out, strikeout and groundout. 

In the top of the seventh, Lake Erie loaded the bases but was unable to add an insurance run.  It would not matter as the only Timberwolves run to reach in the bottom of the seventh was via a two-out out error.  Ondercin got the strikeout to pick up her first career save. 

Each team had 15 hits in the contest.  Foley and Brotzman each had three for Lake Erie while Haley, Rathge and freshman shortstop Maddi Klemp (Akron, Ohio/Coventry) all had a pair.  Ronde worked 5+ innings for her second win of the season. 

In game one, the Timberwolves got off to a fast start with a double and RBI single from the first two batters and then a two out two-run homer to right center for a 3-0 advantage.  The Lake Erie offense started slowly with a lone base runner in the first three innings while Northwood added to its lead with two runs in the third.  The score remained 5-0 until the sixth inning when the Timberwolves added three more runs without a hit as they benefited from three Storm errors. 

Lake Erie had four hits in the game as Foley, Brotzman, Haley and junior outfielder Chelsea Bleck (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) all singled.   Ondercin (3-6) took the loss for the Storm.

Lake Erie wraps up a five doubleheader home stand Wednesday with a non-conference doubleheader vs. Cedarville University at 3:00 p.m.

 Baldwin-Wallace Softball Team Drops OAC 

Opener To Otterbein

WESTERVILLE, OHIO --  The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team drops its Ohio Athletic Conference opening doubleheader against Otterbein Universitytoday (Sunday, March 25, 2012) by final scores of 10-2 in five innings  and 4-3 in seven innings.   This marked the OAC opener for both teams.

With the losses, the Yellow Jackets fell to 8-6 overall and 0-2 in the OAC.   The Cardinals improved to 10-4 overall and 2-0 in the OAC.

In game one, B-W jumped out to an early lead when  sophomore first baseman Kaity Mullen (Avon Lake) hit a two-run home run over the left field fence in the top of the second inning.  Sophomore third baseman Lauren Feciuch (Kent/Field) scored on the homerun after she reached on a double to left field.  The homerun was the first of the season and the fifth career shot for Mullen.

Otterbein would score four runs in the bottom of the third and five in the bottom of the fourth as Casey Clarridge hit a homerun in each inning and had six runs batted-in.  The Cardinals would close out the game in the bottom of the fifth inning as they would plate the decisive 10th run on a wild pitch.

Offensively, the Yellow Jackets were led by Feciuch, freshman shortstop Brittany Lightel (Tallmadge) and Mullen as each recorded one of the three B-W hits.
On the mound, two Yellow Jacket pitchers combined to allow 10 runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and just one walk.
In game two, B-W took a 1-0 lead when sophomore outfielder Ashley Elber (Huron/Edison) led off the top of the third inning with a base hit to right center field.  Elber would advanced to second as she beat out the throw on the fielder’s choice by second baseman Katie Finley (Vermilion).  Elber and Finley would move up to third and second base respectively on the infield single bunt by sophomore catcher Meghan Kossow (Tonawanda, N.Y.).  Elber would score the run on a fielder’s choice and RBI by senior pitcher Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic).
Otterbein would take the lead, 3-1, in the bottom of the fourth inning as it plated three runs on five hits.
The Yellow Jackets would tie the game, 3-3, in the top of the fourth inning.   Finley reached first on a throwing error and would advance to second on sacrifice bunt by Kossow.  Lightel would have a base knock to right field and Finley advanced to third.  Finley would score and Lightel advanced to second on the base hit by Baker.  Sophomore designate player Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/Field) would load the bases as she reached on an error.  Feciuch would get an RBI single to score Lightel.
The Cardinals would win the game, 4-3, on a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Offensively, B-W had seven hits from seven players as Baker, junior outfielder Alyssa Brown (Hudson)  , Elber, Feciuch, Finley, Kossow and Lightel all recorded a hit.
On the mound, Baker would suffer her first loss of the season as she pitched six innings and allowed four runs.  She recorded two strikeouts, including a key one with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning, and surrendered just one walk.
The Yellow Jackets return to action on Monday, March 26 when they will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to take on Chatham University in a non-conference doubleheader at 3:30 p.m.  B-W will play its home opener on Wednesday, March 28 when it will host Geneva (Pa.) College in a non-conference doubleheader on the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Field in at 3:30 p.m. The Yellow Jackets remain at home and play doubleheaders against Cleveland cross-town rival Case Western Reserve University on Thursday, March 31 at 3:30 p.m. and then an OAC twinbill versus Muskingum University on Saturday, March 31 at 1:00 p.m.

 B-W Women’s Golf Team Finishes 3rd Mount Union Tournament

ALLIANCE, OHIO -- The defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team finished third today (Sunday, March 25, 2012) on the final day of the University of Mount Union Spring Invitational Tournament at the Tannenhauf Golf Course.  This was B-W’s first spring tourney up north.

B-W had 676 total strokes on the par-72 and 6,189-yard Tannenhauf G.C. layout, including 334 in today’s final round, to place third.  The Yellow Jackets had 342 strokes on the first day of the tournament.

For the Yellow Jacket five-player starting lineup, sophomore Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/ Christian) led the way with a two day total of 165, with a first round of 82 and a second round of 83. This places Cunningham tied for fifth individually.  Junior Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) and sophomore Sarah Allred (Akron/ Green) finished with two day totals of 170, sophomore Rebecca Jones (Hillard/ Darby) and junior Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) both fired 173.

Playing as an individual, sophomore Emilee Woolf (Ravenna) carded rounds of 81 and 77 today for a 158-stroke total to place second individually. Her round of 77 tied her career best for a round.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Friday and Saturday, March 30-31 when they travel to Lockbourne, Ohio to compete at the Capital University Purple & White Invitational Tournament at the Foxfire Golf Club.

A year ago, the B-W women’s golf team fashioned an 83-18 overall record, won five tournament titles, including the 2011 OAC title, and placed 15th at the NCAA Division III National Tournament.  The Yellow Jackets have advanced to the Division III National Tournament three times during its 12-year existence.

Women's Lacrosse Continues Winning Ways

Latrobe, Pa. – The Oberlin College women’s lacrosse team turned in a great all-around effort en route to knocking off the St. Vincent College Bearcats, 12-8, on Saturday afternoon.

The Yeowomen caused 16 turnovers on the defensive end and was led offensively by rookie Kat Hanick and junior Molly Bloom as they each scored four goals in the contest. Hanick has deposited a team-best 22 goals during this six-game winning streak to start the season, while Bloom is close behind with 18 finishes of her own.

At 6-0 on the season, Oberlin has already surpassed its win total from last year by two games and is off to its best start in school history.
Kate Hannick 

“This was a dog fight here today,” Head Coach Jacqueline McDevitt said. “It was so awesome though as we battled so hard and were able to earn this win.”

The Yeowomen fell behind in the early going, but Bloom tied it at three all at the 8:33 mark. It started a run of four straight Oberlin scores, with one more coming from Bloom and two from Illyssa Meyer to make it a 7-3 Oberlin advantage at the break.

The Bearcats battled back in the early part of the second session to get within one, 7-6, but Oberlin responded with four goals in a row to secure the win. Hanick cashed in two of them, while Lori Sako, who had a team-high four draw controls, and Alice Zicht added the others.

The Yeowomen out-shot the Bearcats 21-19 and won the ground ball battle 20-16. OC also had a slight 12-10 edge in draw controls.

Oberlin returns to action on March 29 at North Central College.

Taylor Records Another Shutout, Hunger Solid in Game Two as Spartans Sweep Sunday Doubleheader at Kenyon

GAMBIER, Ohio – Freshman 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) continued their dominant pitching run as the Case Western Reserve University softball team stretched its win streak to six games with a doubleheader sweep at Kenyon College on Sunday afternoon at KC Softball Complex. The Spartans won the opener, 8-0 in five innings, and took the nightcap, 6-1.

The Spartans improve to 12-7 overall and return to action with a home doubleheader on Tuesday, March 27 versus Otterbein University at 3:30 p.m. at Mather Park in Cleveland. With the losses, Kenyon drops to 8-10.

Taylor (9-7) shut the Ladies out for five innings in game one as the Spartan evoked the eight-run rule, while Hunger (3-0) held the hosts to just one run over seven frames in game two. During the team's six-game win streak, Taylor (21 innings) and Hunger (17 innings) have combined for an unbelievable 0.18 earned run average, 30 strikeouts and five shutouts while allowing only 31 hits and seven walks.

In game one, the Spartans struck early with three runs in the first. Sophomore catcher Amy Taylor<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/taylor%20amy%2018wv> (Brier, Wash./Inglemoor) hit a sacrifice fly to score sophomore shortstop Makenzie Lein<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/lein%20mackenzie%20x40l> (Petersburg, Mich./Ida) and senior designated player Ianna Wasser<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/wasser%20ianna%20khk8> (Warwick, R.I./Toll Gate) hit a two-run double to left. Case added three more in the third with a two-run double by freshman outfielder Ashley Parello<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/parello%20ashley%20gwxn> (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) and an RBI double from freshman outfielder Gena Roberts<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/roberts%20gena%20ndjd> (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity). The Spartans also scored single runs in the fourth and fifth with Roberts hitting her second homer of the season to close the scoring.

On the mound, Rebecca Taylor surrendered just five hits and one walk while striking out five for her fourth shutout of the year.

At the plate, Roberts was 3-for-3 with three runs batted-in. Rebecca Taylor was 2-for-4 and senior third baseman Kaeleen Boden<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/boden%20kaeleen%20oafc> (Strongsville, Ohio/Holy Name) was 2-for-3.

In game two, Parello opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second. The Spartans added two in the second thanks to a Kenyon error and a Hunger sacrifice fly before scoring two more in the sixth on an error and another Parello RBI double. Another run scored in the seventh on a Kenyon error before the Ladies scored their lone run of the day in the bottom of the inning.

Hunger shut the Ladies out for the first six innings and allowed just one earned run overall on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

Following Tuesday's twinbill with Otterbein, the Spartans take the short drive across town to play Baldwin-Wallace College on Thursday. Case then opens an eight-game home stand.

Purple Raider Softball Splits with Muskies

NEW CONCORD, Ohio—The Mount Union softball team earned a split in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader on Sunday, taking an 8-0 five-inning decision before dropping a 9-3 contest at Muskingum. The Purple Raiders are now 10-12 overall on the season and 2-2 in OAC play.

Winning pitcher Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) was flawless in her second shutout of the season. Willis worked all five innings, allowing just two hits to go along with two strikeouts to improve to 4-5 on the season.

The Raider offense provided Willis with plenty of run support early, scoring six runs in the first two innings. A single by sophomore Shelby Carmichael (Dalton/Dalton) scored junior Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless), who doubled to lead0ff the game, for a 1-0 lead after one inning.

A walk and back-to-back singles were sandwiched in between a pair of strikeouts to load the bases in the second inning. Gromes singled to score Brittany Papp (Uniontown/Green). Junior Marissa Earl(Massillon/Washington) then delivered the grand slam to go ahead 6-0, which is all the offense that Willis would need.

Freshman Amy Brown (Uniontown/Green) added a two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning.

Courtney Allen and Chelsea Kaunert recorded hits for the Muskies. Brittany Folk went 3.2 innings for Muskingum, allowing eight runs on hits eights while recording five strikeouts.

The Fighting Muskies (8-10, 1-1) proved true to their naming, fighting back for a 9-3 victory in the second game. Courtney Moyer homered in the bottom of the third inning to break a scoreless tie and put the hosts ahead 3-0.

A single by Earl Mount Union started a rally in the top of the fourth. After advancing to second base on a sac bunt, Earl scored on a fielding error by the Muskingum shortstop. Freshman Leigh Siedlak(Westerville/Westerville South) followed with her third home run of the season to tie the game.

Muskingum responded with a six-run bottom of the fourth, highlighted by Ashley Price's three-run double. The Raiders failed to put together another rally and were held scoreless over the final three innings.

Price went four innings to earn her third win of the season. Ashley Gilbert allowed just one hit over the final three innings to record her first save of the season.

Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) suffered the loss. She pitched 3.2 innings, giving up nine earned runs on eight hits. Willis scattered four hits over 2.1 scoreless inning of relief duty while recording three strikeouts.



Ziegler, Nemer and Miletti lead Warriors to win on Opening Day 
Marsinek and Brown pitch well in soggy opener

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO - The Walsh Jesuit baseball team earned its first win of the 2012 campaign yesterday in a hard fought victory 7-5 victory over visiting Medina Highland.

Leading the way was Junior RF Rory Ziegler with two hits, including a key  two-out, two-RBI double in the first, while senior Ohio Wesleyan recruit Drew Miletti provided a three hit day including a double of his own and an RBI. Also having a big day at the plate was Senior Rollins College recruit SS Anthony Nemer, chipping in two hits including a double and an RBI along with some sparkling defense. Also providing impactful offense was Sophomore Nate Romans with a deep double, and Junior Joe Mockbee who reached base in all four plate appearances, including two walks and a hit of his own. 

Senior LHP Eastern Michigan recruit Michael Marsinek earned the victory on the mound and threw well, while Junior C/CloserCassidy Brown came on and also threw well and earn the two-inning save.

With the win, the Warriors now stand at 1-0 on the year.

Mary Snode's Record Round Leads Women's Golf to Victory at Mount Union Spring Invite

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union senior Mary Snode (Alliance/Marlington) post a career-best and school record round of 69 to card a two-day total of even par (144) to claim medalist honors and lead the Purple Raiders to the team title at the Mount Union Spring Invite Sunday at Tannenhauf Golf Club in Alliance.

After a three-over 75 on Saturday, she closed out her Sunday round with a 32 on back nine to finish with the record round of 69 and her seventh straight medalist honor dating back through the fall season.

The Purple Raiders had a team score of 331 on Sunday and along with their 326 on Saturday gave them a two-day total of 657 which was 12 strokes better than Otterbein (339-330=669).

Baldwin-Wallace was in third place with a 676 (342-334) while Mercyhurst (Pa.) (343-360=703) and Capital (351-358=709) rounded out the top five spots.

Mount Union will compete next weekend at the Capital Purple & White Invite with Friday's round at Westchester Golf Course in Canal Winchester, Ohio then Saturday's round at The Players Club at Foxfire Golf Club in Lockbourne, Ohio.

Mount Union Spring Invite
Tannenhauf Golf Club - Alliance, Ohio - Par 72, 6,089 yds.

Team Standings

1. Mount Union 326-331=657, 2. Otterbein 339-330=669, 3. Baldwin-Wallace 342-334=676, 4. Mercyhurst 343-360=703, 5. Capital 351-358=709, 6. John Carroll 351-361=712, 7. Wooster 389-389=778, 8. Notre Dame 449-453=902.

Top 5 Individual Scores

1. Mary Snode (Mount Union) 75-69=144, 2. Emilee Woolf (B-W)* 81-77=158, 3. Andrea Novoa (Mercyhurst, Pa.), 80-80=160, 4. Christine Foppe (Otterbein), 82-81=163, T5. Miranda Cunningham (B-W), 82-83=165, T5. Rainey Sullivan (Wooster) 82-83=165

Mount Union

1. Mary Snode 75-69=144, 7. Amber Bruno 81-85=166, T18. Megan Zenobi 86-88=174, T23. Kelly Slutz 84-93=177, Lexi Scala 89-89=178.

*Denotes individual scores, not included in team totals

Keen Homers, Hora Solid on the Mound as Spartans Upend Heidelberg, 9-4

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Junior shortstop Matt Keen<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/keen%20matt%20hlye> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) was 2-for-4 with a homerun and the Case Western Reserve University baseball team scored at least once in each of the first five innings in a 9-4 victory versus Heidelberg University on Sunday afternoon at Nobby's Ballpark.

The Spartans improve to 13-8 overall heading into a Tuesday, March 27 home contest versus Otterbein University at 4:00 p.m. Heidelberg drops to 10-8 for the season.

Jamie Hora (photo by Matt Napfel) 

Heidelberg got on the board in the top of the first inning when Elvin Williams Jr. laced a two-out, two-run single to right center. Trevor Oldham then hit a dribbler down the third base line for an RBI infield hit, making the score 3-0.

The Spartans cut into the deficit in their half of the inning with two runs courtesy of an RBI double from Keen and an RBI single from senior outfielder Sam Alexander<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/alexander%20sam%20j11o> (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams).

In the second, Case moved ahead for the first time when sophomore outfielder Jordan Dague<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/dague%20jordan%208kld> (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) ripped a two-run double to left field that made the score 4-3. The Spartans added to their lead in the third as sophomore infielder Andrew Frey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/frey%20andrew%20t9id> (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) dropped a two-run double down the right field line.

In the fourth, the Spartans built the lead to 6-3 as Keen knocked his second homerun of the season, a solo shot, off the left field foul pole. Case picked up another single run in the fifth when senior catcher Peter Zak<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/zak%20peter%2068e6> (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) hit an RBI double to left center.

In the seventh, the Spartans executed a hit-and-run when Frey singled to the right side of the infield to plate Alexander. Then after a double-steal, Zak hit a sacrifice fly to deep left to bring home freshman infielder Andrew Gronski<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/gronski%20andrew%20x01d> (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard) to make the score 9-4.

On the mound, junior Jamie Hora<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/hora%20jamie%203vmt> (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) threw the first eight innings to improve to 5-0 for the season. The left-handed ace allowed four earned runs on six hits with one walk and a career-high nine strikeouts.

Sophomore closer Jose Vega<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/vega%20jose%20lumi> (Strongsville, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) threw final inning and struck out the side.

At the plate, Keen was 2-for-4 with a homer, a double, two runs batted-in and two runs scored. Gronski was 2-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and three runs scored. Frey was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a steal, while Zak was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run.

Lindsly's Clutch Double Gives the Yeowomen Two Wins on the Day

Claremont, Florida- The Oberlin College women’s softball team bounced back after a rough day yesterday, and won both games today. The first game was a 6-0 win over Thomas College, while the second was an exciting 2-0 win over MIT, with clutch hitting and solid defense proving to be the difference maker.
The second game of the day was the most exciting win of first year head coach Mimi Mahon’s young career. She noted that she is very happy with the development of their defensive game, and it will allow them to stay in many of the close games that they anticipate over the rest of the season. Oberlin and MIT were in a defensive battle that stranded 17 runners on the game. Pieplow was brilliant on the day as she scattered seven hits, without allowing a run.
The score was tied at 0-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Starting Pitcher Katie Pieplow had a one out double to get the inning going. Cheryl Lindsly would then step up to the plate and cash in on a RBI double which would prove to be the game winner. Oberlin would add an insurance run as Lindsly would score on a Kelsey Steiner single.
In the lid-lifter against Thomas College, Jennifer Goldsmith led the way with two hits, including a double, and three RBI’s. Kristine Kuchta and Pieplow both added two hits a piece.
Oberlin got the bats going in the third inning as Steiner would reach first on a single. After stealing second, she was brought home by a Kuchta double. In the fourth inning, Oberlin would add four more runs, sealing the victory. The first four Yeowomen would reach base safely in the inning, before the first out would be recorded. After two fielder’s choices, Goldsmith stepped into the batters box and delivered with a clutch two out, three RBI double.
Sophomore Emily King was sensational as she threw all seven innings, allowing only four hits. She would add six strikeouts, keeping Thomas’ hitters quiet on the day.
The Yeowomen will look to continue their success as they take on Thomas and Williams College tomorrow. The first game against Thomas is scheduled to start at 11 a.m., and the first pitch in the Williams game will be at 1 p.m.

Walk-Off Win Part of a Yeomen Split

Chandler, AZ – The Oberlin College baseball team earned its second split in as many days, winning game two in walk-off fashion, 4-3, to bounce back from a heart-breaking 5-3 setback in game one against Williams College on Sunday afternoon.

In the game two victory, the Yeomen were led by first-years Ben Whitener and Jeff Schweighoffer along with sophomore Steve DiNanno as they each came through in clutch situations.

Sophomore Mattie DeDoes got the start on the bump and battled his way through 6.2 innings. The Michigan, native provided a gutsy performance for the Yeomen, throwing 125 pitches. He struck out four and scattered 10 hits along the way. However, he left with the score tied and gave way to Mike McDonald who recorded the final out in the top of the seventh to earn his second win of the season.
Jeff Schweighoffer 

DeDoes ran into some early trouble as Williams had five hits and two runs in after two innings of play, but from there he settled down nicely. The Ephs did scratch their way to another run in the top of the fourth before the Yeomen finally broke through.

A two-out ground-rule double in the home-half of the fourth from Schweighoffer got things going and then Whitener followed with a double down the left line to plate the Yeomen’s first run of the game. DiNanno, who had two hits in the game, wouldn’t leave Whitener stranded as he came through with a single to right field to cut the Ephs’ lead down to 3-2.

In sixth inning, the Yeomen would even the score at three apiece thanks to DiNanno’s second run-producing single of the game. However, in the top of the frame Oberlin caught a big break when Daren Hartwell roped a ball down the right field line that would have easily gone for a triple had it not went through an open gate in the outfield to make it just a ground-rule double. The next Williams player then hit a fly ball to left field that would have scored Hartwell on a sac fly, but it was all for not.

The heroics in the seventh were started with a Zach Jaspers single. Rookie Mitch Novak later followed with an infield single and sophomore Kevin Verne worked a walk to load the bases. Schweighoffer then came up and saw three straight balls before being hit by the pitch to score the game-winning run.

In game one, junior Eric Knight was simply dominant on the mound, but fell victim to some bad luck. The hard-throwing right-hander, who threw a no-hitter exactly one week ago, was making a bid for yet another one as he got through 5.2 innings before the Ephs were finally able to find a hole.

Oberlin was clinging to a 3-1 lead in the sixth until things took a drastic turn for the worse. With two outs in the inning, Cameron Susk busted up-the no-hitter with a seeing-eye single through the right side. What followed was an Oberlin error, three more hits and a walk that allowed the Ephs to score four unearned runs in the inning.

Knight, who had a streak of 12.2 innings of no-hit ball come to an end in the disastrous inning, struck out nine batters in the game. He threw 104 pitches, 67 of which went for strikes.

Hiram Baseball Loses a Pair to Kenyon in Home and 

Conference Opener

HIRAM, OHIO  --  The Hiram College baseball team dropped both games against Kenyon College, 8-1 and 17-1, in the North Coast Athletic Conference and home opener at Robert O. Fishel Field.

With the losses, the Terriers fall to 8-9 overall and 0-2 in the NCAC.  The Lords improve to 13-5 overall and 2-0 NCAC.

In game one, Kenyon took an early 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the second inning on a RBI single.  The Lords later blew the game open with a five-run fourth inning that included a two-RBI single and a three-run homerun to make the score 6-0.  Hiram got one of the runs back in the bottom half of the fourth on a RBI single by freshman outfielder Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) with two outs.  The Terriers would also have bases loaded later in the inning, but could not score any additional runs to trail 6-1 after four innings of play.  The Kenyon lead remained five runs until the top of the seventh when the Lords padded the lead with a pair of scores to go on to the 8-1 final.

Both teams recorded eight hits in the game, but Hiram would finish the game with four errors defensively.  Sophomore infielder Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington) and sophomore outfielder/catcher George Blake(Parma) both went two-of-four at the plate to lead the Terriers.  Blake also added a run scored.

On the mound, junior Mike Lalonde (Willowick/South) started the game and went six innings allowing six runs, none earned, on six hits and had seven strikeouts.  He would also get the loss and is now 1-2 overall for the season.  Freshman Tre Carpenter (Akron/Kenmore) came on to pitch the final inning giving up two runs on two hits and posted a strikeout.

In the second game, the Lords struck first again with two runs in the top of the second to take the 2-0 lead.  Hiram crossed the plate once in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly by senior catcher Paul Yoculan (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep) to cut the deficit in half with the score of 2-1.  Kenyon went to add two runs in the third and three in the fourth to increase the margin to 7-1.  The score remained the same until the top of the ninth inning when Kenyon scored 10 runs on its way to a 17-1 victory.

Hiram recorded 10 hits in the game, but it would be the defense that would struggle again with six errors.  Two Terriers posted a pair of hits with senior All-NCAC infielder Torrey Stimson (Hudson/Walled Lake, Mich.) going two-of-three and freshman infielder Mark Leone (Boardman) recorded a two-for-four effort.

On the mound, senior John Colla (Austintown/Ursuline) started the game and pitched two innings giving up four runs on two hits.  He also suffered the loss, dropping him to 1-2 on the season.  Three other Hiram pitchers saw action with freshmen J.T. Taylor (Niles) and Nate Weiss (Warren, Mich./University Liggett) both lasting three innings.  Taylor allowed three runs on six hits while Weiss gave up seven runs, two earned, on eight hits.  Both also had one strikeout.  Junior Eric Cameron (Akron/Green) finished the game allowing three runs, none earned, on three hits and had one strikeout.

Hiram is scheduled to host non-conference opponent the University of Mount Union on Wednesday, Mar. 28 in a single nine-inning game at Fishel Field.  The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Mount Women's Tennis Impressive in OAC Opener

NEW CONCORD, Ohio—The Mount Union's women's tennis team won every set on its way to an impressive 9-0 victory over Muskingum in its Ohio Athletic Conference opener Sunday afternoon.

Krissy Hallett (Willoughby Hills/Willoughby South), Mandy Wise (North Canton/Hoover), Hannah Arvidson (North Canton/GlenOak), Megan Czuchra (Mantua/Crestwood), and MacKenzie Jenkins (North Hampton/Northwestern) all earned victories in both singles and doubles play for the Purple Raiders.

Arvidson and Czuchra did not lose a single point during their singles matches. Arvidson defeated Hollie Harrison in No. 3 singles while Czuchra beat Cassandra Sarver in No.4 singles action.

Courtney Adamsky (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) had the final Raider victory, 6-2, 6-0, in fifth singles over Renee Staudt.

Hallett and Czuchra took first doubles, 8-1, Arvidson and Wise teamed for an 8-0 victory in second doubles, and Jenkins was joined by Taylor Dowling (Canton/Massillon Jackson) for an 8-2 win in No. 3 doubles.

Mount Union (7-3, 1-0 OAC) will return to action on Tuesday with a 3:30 p.m. match at Malone in Canton.


Baseball: Storm Takes Two in Extra Innings From #10 Lakers 

Sunday for Series Win

ALLENDALE, MICH. – The Lake Erie College baseball team put in overtime on Sunday with a pair of extra inning games, but the work proved to be worth it as the Storm swept a doubleheader Sunday (March 25) from 10th-ranked Grand Valley State University to take the opening four-game Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) weekend series, 3-1, at the GVSU Baseball Field in Allendale. Lake Erie scored two unearned runs in the eighth for a 4-2 win in game one and then overcame a game-tying homer to outlast the Lakers 8-6 in nine innings in the finale.

In the opener, sophomore Brian Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) threw six innings of one-run ball but the teams were deadlocked at 2-2 heading into extra innings. In the eighth, senior Jae Leeworthy (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) struck out on a ball in the dirt, but the throw from catcher Jared Cowan sailed down the right field line, allowing senior Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King), who had singled to start the inning, to score from second base and Leeworthy to advance all the way to third. Senior Kyle Kemp (Fredericksburg, Va./James Monroe) followed with an RBI single to score Leeworthy.

The Lakers (11-7, 1-3 GLIAC) got a single and walk to put two runners on in the bottom of the eighth, but junior reliever Doug Fox (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge) worked out of the jam in his second inning of work to earn his first win of the season (1-0).

Kilway allowed just one earned run (two total) on three hits and worked around five walks with four strikeouts in his six innings. Junior Pat Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) had two hits at the plate to lead the LEC offense while Kemp and freshman Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/South) each had a hit and RBI.

Cowan had two hits and drove in a run for the Lakers in game one. Cory Baker allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in 5 2/3 innings to match Kilway. Brad Zambron (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound, giving up those two unearned runs in 2 1/3 innings of work, with two hits allowed and three strikeouts.

The nightcap was a while affair that saw the Storm jump out to a 6-1 lead heading into the late innings. JuniorCody Blood (Conneaut, Ohio/Conneaut) singled in a run in both the second and fourth innings and Lindgren drove in another with a double in the fourth as LEC jumped out 3-0.

After a Giancarlo Brugnoni solo home run in the fifth made it 3-1, Lindgren hit his first collegiate homerun, a two-run shot that made it 5-1. It was also the first home run by a Lake Erie player this season. Blood scored on a throwing error later in the inning to make it a 5-run game.

The Lakers scored twice in the sixth to cut it to 6-3 heading into the final inning. Fox came in to try to close it out for the second time on the day, but Stephen Calypool blasted a game-tying, three-run home run to right field to tie the game at 6-6.

After a scoreless eighth, Leeworthy, who had entered the game as a defensive replacement in the sixth, singled off Zambron to score a pair and put the Storm back on top.

After a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning, freshman Heath Kelley (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) came on to get three straight outs and his first collegiate save.

Blood led the offensive attack in game two by going 3-for-4 with two RBI while Lindgren had two hits, scored twice and drove in three runs.

Sophomore Brad Raley (Hickley, Ohio/Highland) bounced back from a poor first start and threw 5-plus innings, allowing just two runs.  He scattered seven hits and walked three while striking out three.  Senior Mike Morgan (Russells Point, Ohio/Indian Lake) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win (1-1).

Claypool went 3-for-5 with his big blast doing most of the damage for GV.  Two other Lakers had two hits in the game.  Brett Gwaltney (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits in 2 1/3 innings.  Starter Anthony Campanella gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits in five innings.

In the two games, Grand Valley made seven errors and stranded 23 runners, including 14 in game two.

Winners of four of their last six games, the Storm plays its home opener on Wednesday, March 28, against traditional nonconference rival Notre Dame College.  The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Braggs Field.