A Page -- March 27, 2012

Case Reserve Freshman Rebecca Taylor Named UAA Pitcher of the Week for Third Time

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – For the third time in just one month as a collegian, Case Western Reserve University freshman Rebecca Taylor<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/taylor%20rebecca%208w8k> (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe) has been named the University Athletic Association Softball Pitcher of the Week, announced the league office on Monday.

The award comes as no surprise as Taylor threw 21 shutout innings during a perfect 6-0 week for the Spartans. Overall, the rookie hurler was 3-0 with a save, a 0.00 earned run average and 19 strikeouts in 21 innings of work. Taylor threw three shutouts during the week, including a six-inning effort with 10 strikeouts in the team's home-opener versus Westminster College (Pa.) on Wednesday.

For the season, Taylor (9-7) has a 2.49 ERA, 91 strikeouts and four shutouts in 92.2 innings pitched. She leads the UAA in both innings and strikeouts, and was named UAA Pitcher of the Week on February 27 and March 13.

The Spartans (12-7) have won six games in a row with five shutouts since returning from their spring break trip in Florida. The team is right back in action tomorrow afternoon with a doubleheader versus Otterbein University at 3:30 p.m. at Mather Park.
Mount Union's Mary Snode Named OAC Women's Golfer of the Week
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union senior Mary Snode (Alliance/Marlington) has picked up right where she left off in the fall as she was named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Week.

Snode won the award four times this past fall and has carried her strong play into the spring season as she won the Mount Union Spring Invitational this past weekend in record fashion.

After an opening round 75, she carded a career-low and school record round of 69 Sunday to post a 36-hole score of even par (144) to claim medalist honors at Tannenhauf Golf Club in Alliance.

The 69 is tied for the second lowest score this season in all of NCAA Division III.

Baseball: LEC's Adam Beach Named GLIAC Pitcher of the Week
It was the seventh straight event she has won this academic year going back through the fall. She has won 15 different events over the last four seasons.

BAY CITY, MICH. -- Lake Erie College junior righthanded pitcher Adam Beach (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Pitcher of the Week by the league office on Monday (March 26).

Beach tossed his first career shutout in Lake Erie's conference-opening 1-0 road win at 10th-ranked Grand Valley State University on Saturday (March 24). It was his second straight win and second start in a row without allowing a run, extending his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 14.

In his seven innings of work, he held the Lakers to just five hits and two walks, while striking out five. On the season, Beach is 2-2 with a 1.01 ERA in four starts (26.2 IP). He has struck out 27 and walked just 10.

This is the second time in his career that Beach has received the weekly conference honor. He earned Pitcher of the Week accolades for the first time last season following a 2-hitter against Wayne State University.

Saginaw Valley State University catcher Chet LaFave was named the GLIAC Player of the Week.

Mount Union's Leigh Siedlak Named OAC Hitter of the Week

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Mount Union freshman first baseman Leigh Siedlak (Westerville/Westerville South) has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week.

Siedlak had a hit in all six games last week while going 7-for-17 at the plate with two home runs, three doubles, and six RBI as the Purple Raiders went 3-3. She also scored three runs and had a stolen base. Both of her home runs during the week came on the road, at Malone on Tuesday and at Muskingum on Sunday.

On the season, Siedlak is hitting .361 with eight RBI. She leads the team with three home runs and is tied for the team lead with four doubles. Her current six-game hitting streak is the longest on the team so far this season.

Mount Union is 10-12 overall and tied for third in the OAC with a 2-2 conference record this season. The Raiders will resume play on Saturday when they host Otterbein in an OAC doubleheader on Saturday at 1 pm at 23rd Street Field.

Mount Union's Wise Named OAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Mount Union freshman Mandy Wise (North Canton/Hoover) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week.

Wise was 4-0 overall on the week, going 2-0 at No. 2 singles and 2-0 at No. 2 doubles with partner Hannah Arvidson (North Canton/GlenOak) as the Purple Raiders split their matches with Ohio Wesleyan and Muskingum last week.

Wise defeated Ohio Wesleyan's Emily Kiourtsis, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, and Muskingum's Karin Mueller, 6-1, 6-0 at second singles. In doubles, she teamed with Arvidson to top Mackenzie Conway/Emily Kiourtsis of Ohio Wesleyan, 8-6, and defeated Allison Thomas/Cassandra Sarver of Muskingum, 8-0.

Storm Down Dragons 18-11 in Lax-4-Life Game

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – A big run early in the first half put the Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team well on its way to an 18-11 nonconference victory Monday night (March 26) over Tiffin University at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.

The game was the annual Lax-4-Life game with the teams raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention.

Tiffin's Alexandria Quast scored the game's first goal less than two minutes in, but then Lake Erie (4-2) took control by scoring eight of the next nine goals, including three by junior Meredith Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) and two each from junior Julia Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) and freshman Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) to take an 8-2 lead midway through the first half.

The lead grew to as big as 11-3 with 7:40 to play in the half before Tiffin (1-7) scored two late goals and had the Storm taking an 11-5 lead into the locker room.

Lake Erie extend the lead to 12-5 on junior Kim Dang's (Atlanta, Ga./Jackson) first goal of the season early in the second. The Dragons scored twice to close within five, but Abu-Kwiek scored two times and sophomoreMichaela Schock (Dover, Del./Casear Rodney) scored to make it a 15-7 game.

The Storm's biggest advantage was nine points at 17-8 following goals by Howe and Kudla. The Dragons scored three goals in less than a minute to close within six at 17-11, but the Storm ran off the final minute before sophomore Ashriel West (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) put in the final tally with five seconds to go.

Four players scored multiple goals to lead a balanced attack for the Storm. Howe, Kudla and Abu-Kwiek each scored four times while West had three goals and three assists. Dang finished with three points (1 goal, 3 assists) and junior Brittany Rabuano (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) led all players with three assists.

Sophomore Marie Millard (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) made her first start in goal and earned the win with one save in 30 minutes. Classmate Emily Rock (Hamilton, Ohio/Lakota West) played the second half and made three saves.

Quast scored five goals for the Dragons while Kalie Weinheimer and Alexis MacMillan each had two. Jessica Bombard made six saves in net for Tiffin.

With the win, Lake Erie eclipsed its season victories total from last year.

The Storm opens East Coast Conference (ECC) play this weekend with a pair of games starting Saturday, March 31, at St. Thomas Aquinas College.

Sarah Baker Becomes All-Time Wins Leader As B-W Softball 

Sweeps Chatham (Pa.)

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA--  Senior pitcher Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic) became the all-time wins leader in school history with 41 victories as the  Baldwin-Wallace College softball team swept a non-conference doubleheader today (Monday, March 26, 2012) against Chatham University.  The Yellow Jackets, who played their fourth of 10 games this week, won by scores of 10-0 in five innings and 3-2 in seven innings.

With the sweep, B-W improved to 10-6 overall while Chatham fell to 8-8 overall.
Baker, who won the second game of the doubleheader, now has a career mark of 41-24 and is now 4-1 on the season. She also ranks fourth all-time in innings pitched with 399 and complete games with 45 and is sixth in career strikeouts with 186.
“I feel lucky to achieve this honor,” said Baker.  “I could not have achieved this record without all of my great teammates over the years.   Without their excellent defense behind me as well as the offense they provided I would not be here today.”
“I am happy and excited for Sarah to become the all-time wins leader,” said Head Coach Tom Spencer.  “She is and has been an important part of the turnaround in the softball program at B-W.”
In game one, the Yellow Jacket offense exploded for 10 runs on 15 hits as10 different B-W batters recorded at least one base hit.  Sophomore pitcher Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/Field) led the offensive attack as she went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs batted-in.  Freshman right fielder Mackenzie Brua (Avon) went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.  Freshman shortstop Brittany Lightel (Tallmadge) went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Baker was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI.  Senior second baseman Katie Finley (Vermilion) went 1-for-3 with two RBI and sophomores Lauren Feciuch (Kent/Field) and Kaity Mullen (Avon Lake) each went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
On the mound, Murray picked up her fourth win of the season and second career shutout.  She pitched five innings and allowed just one hit with six strikeouts and no walks.

In game two, the Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead on two doubles. The Yellow Jackets cut the lead down to 2-1 in the top of the third inning on walks by Lightel and junior right fielder Alyssa Brown (Hudson).  Murray drove in Lightel on a two out base hit to left field
B-W took the lead, 3-2, in the top of the fifth inning when Baker hit the game-winning a two-run homerun.  Lightel, who led the inning off with a double, scored on Baker’s first homer of the season. The homerun marked Baker’s 100 career hit as well as her third career long ball.
Offensively, the Yellow Jackets were led by Baker, who collected two of the five Yellow Jacket hits, went 2-for-4 with a homerun and two RBI.   Finley, Lightel and Murray collected one bask knock each and Murray accounted for the other RBI in the game.
On the mound, Baker pitched seven innings to record her fourth win of the season.  She allowed two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and one walk.

Kidd's Complete Game Highlights a Yeomen Split

Mesa, Az. – In his first-career start, freshman Justin Kidd tossed a complete game to guide the Oberlin College baseball team to a 7-3 win in game one, but in game two the Yeomen were upended 12-10 in a see-saw battle against Williams College on Monday afternoon.

In his masterpiece performance, Kidd allowed just five hits and three runs. He struck out four and walked just two. He threw 92 pitches, 57 of which went for strikes.

Robin Witjes, who made his first appearance of the trip, led the way offensively by going 4-for-4 with two runs scored.

After scratching out a run in the top of the first, the Yeomen offense exploded with five runs in the second. The big hits in the frame came courtesy of Zach Jaspers and Mike McDonald. Jaspers’ two-run double to the gap in right center scored Steve DiNanno andBen Whitener and McDonald later followed with a triple that sent Sean Cohen across the dish.

The Ephs were able to crawl back into the game with three runs in the top of the third, but from there Kidd sat down the next eight Williams’ hitters in order.

The game’s scoring came to an end in the fourth inning, when Oberlin added a single tally on a single by Cohen to score Witjes.

In game two the Yeomen were plagued by four errors that resulted in just five of the Ephs 12 runs being earned.

Trailing 12-9 going into the top of the seventh, the Yeomen threatened to tie it as they brought the go-ahead run to the plate. A double by freshman Jeff Schweighoffer got the inning going and with one out in the books, classmate Mitch Novak drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Witjes then came through with a double to the gap to score one, but Ephs closer Jimmy Ray was able to retire the next two hitters to get out of the jam and preserve the win.

Williams scored one run in the first, but the Yeomen responded with four in the second and two in the third to go up 6-1. The Yeomen had five hits in the second inning, with Whitnener, DiNanno, Jaspers, Novak and McDonald all earning RBI’s in the frame. In the third inning, Schweighoffer and DiNanno hit back-to-back two-out triples and Novak followed with his second of four hits in the game with a single back up the middle.

However, the Ephs would answer back with six runs of their own in the bottom of the third to reclaim the lead at 7-6. They used five hits and a critical Oberlin error that extended the inning. In the inning they scored all of their runs with two outs and sent 10 batters to the plate.

The Ephs would add a single tally in the fourth, but then Oberlin bounced back with three runs in the top of the fifth to go up 9-8. The Yeomen scored on a two-run single off the bat of Novak and he later scored on a double by Witjes.

However things unraveled for the Yeomen in the home half of the inning as two hit batters, two errors, a balk and two hits all added up to result in four runs for the Ephs.

The Yeomen, who are now 3-3 on the trip and 9-6 on the season, take on Thomas College tomorrow at 11 a.m. MST/2 p.m. EST. 


St. Edward alumnus Zach Turk named NCAA Division III Swimmer of the Meet at Nationals

AT THE NCAA Division III National Swimming and Diving Championships, KENYON was paced at the meet by senior Zach Turk (Strongsville, OH/St. Edward) who was named the 2012 NCAA Div. III Swimmer of the Meet after finishing first in two individual events and swimming key legs on two national championship relay squads. 

Turk opened the meet on Wednesday evening with a first-place showing in the 50 free (19.52), and then broke his own national record after touching first in the 100 free with a time of 43.16.

Turk and Vereshchagin

In addition, Turk’s preliminary swim of 19.38 in the 50 free set the national time standard in the event.


In women’s swimming, KENYON was fourth in the team standings with 360 points, led by senior Alisa Vershchagin (Solon, OH/Solon) who captured the NCAC’s lone individual event championship at

the meet after touching first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.43. Vereshchagin also earned individual All-American accolades with a fourth-place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.62) and a 10th-place finish in the 200 IM (2:04.22).


Wittenberg senior Anna Henry (Chagrin Falls, OH/Kenston) led the Tigers to an eighth-place finish at the Emory Invitational after winning the 10,000-meter run with a personal-best time of 38:47.21 and thus was named distance runner of the week in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Henry and Over

ALLEGHENY and DENISON competed last week at the VMI-W&L Track & Field Carnival in Virginia. Allegheny was paced by junior Bobby Over (Wadsworth, OH/Wadsworth) who won the 1,500-meter

run in a time of 3:56.89


Earning pitcher of the week honors in the league, Oberlin sophomore Emily King (Cleveland Hts., OH/Cleveland Hts.) threw the first perfect game in school history as the Yeowomen blanked Franciscan, 9-0, striking out four along the way. 

King and Stimson

King also added her second complete game shutout of the week in a 6-0 victory against Thomas where she fanned a career-high six.


HIRAM fell to 8-9 on the young season after dropping thee games last week. Senior Torrey Stimson (Hudson, OH/Walled Lake, MI) led the way for the Terriers as he batted .444 with three walks and one run scored.

Perry alum Chris Thomas Named OAC 

Pitcher of the Week

TIFFIN, Ohio-Heidelberg University sophomore right handed pitcher Chris
Thomas (Canton/Perry) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference baseball
pitcher of the week, announced today by the league office.  Thomas made two
appearances as the Berg finished the week 3-2.

Thomas allowed one hit in his lone inning of relief as Ohio Wesleyan
University outslugged the Student Princes Wednesday, 13-11, in the Berg's
home opener.  Thomas came back to start the second game of Saturday's
doubleheader against Case Western Reserve University, allowing one run
(unearned) on five hits and striking out four over 6.0 innings earn the win.

In five appearances, including four starts, this season, Thomas is 1-2 with
15 strikeouts and has pitched to a 5.33 earned run average over 27.0

B-W Baseball Team Defeats Walsh, 15-14, in Non-Conference 


CANTON, OHIO --- The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team defeats host and NCAA Division II Walsh University, 15-14, in a non-conference game today (Monday, March 26, 2012) in North Canton. The Yellow Jackets have now won 10 of its last 11 games.

With the victory, B-W improves to 14-2 overall. Walsh falls to 11-11.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a nine-run lead through the first four and a half innings. The Cavaliers then answered with eight of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the B-W lead to one run. In the top of the fifth inning, B-W would score four runs on four hits to extend their lead to five runs (13-8). The Yellow Jackets would score two more runs in the top of the seventh inning to make the score 15-8. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Walsh answered back with six runs on six hits to close within one run to B-W, but both teams would end the game scoreless for the Yellow Jacket win.

At the plate, Baldwin-Wallace was led by junior outfielder Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y. /St. Joseph’s Collegiate Inst.), freshman outfielder Alex Green (Pickerington/North), and junior centerfielder Nolan Neuschaefer (Elyria). Toughey went 5-for-6 with two runs scored and two runs-batted-in. Green would go 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and three RBI. Neuschaefer went 1-for-4 at the plate with one run scored, a walk, and three runs-batted-in.

On the mound, junior Dave Redovian (Fairlawn/Copley) would pitch three and one third innings allowing six runs (all earned) on eight hits and striking out two Cavalier batters. Junior right-hander Pat Havens (Twinsburg) would come in to relieve Redovian in the fourth inning. Havens pitched three and one third innings giving up eight runs (all earned) on 10 hits. Sophomore Cory Waite (Willoughby/South) pitched two and one third innings allowing no runs on two hits while striking out two batters. Havens would pick up his fifth win of the year (5-0) while Waite earned his first save of the season.

The Yellow Jackets return to action on Wednesday, March 28 when they travel to Wooster, Ohio to play perennial NCAA Division III national powerhouse The College of Wooster in a single game at 4:00 p.m. B-W then opens its Ohio Athletic Conference schedule next Saturday, March 31 with a twinbill at Muskingum University at 1:00 p.m.

Oberlin's Kate Hanick Named Player of Week

Westlake, Ohio- The North Coast Athletic Conference announced on Monday that freshman Kate Hanick was named player of the week last week.
Kate Hannick 
Kate Hanick (Kennett Square, PA/Kennett) scored seven goals in victories over Waynesburg, 13-3, and St. Vincent, 12-8, to lead the Yeowomen to their best start in school history at 6-0. In addition, Hanick totaled seven ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers in the two victories combined.
Hanick and the rest of the Yeowomen are 2-0 so far this spring break with wins over Waynesburg and St. Vincent. They head west later this week to face North Central (Illinois) and Concordia-Wisconson. 

Oberlin Softball Splits on Monday

Claremont, Florida- The Oberlin College softball team ended their third day of spring break with a split on Monday. They defeated Thomas College by a score of 10-5, and fell to Williams College by a score of 2-3.
In the lid-lifter, the Yeowomen were led by Kristen Dix who went 3-for-3 with three doubles and a RBI. Cheryl LindslyKelsey Steinerand Katie Pieplow all went 2-for-3 in the game, and combined for 7 RBI’s. Steiner would add a homerun while Pieplow would hit a triple.
The Yeowomen fell behind by a score of 5-0 in the first inning against Thomas. Head Coach Mimi Mahon, wasted no time by going to the bullpen and brining in sophomore Emily King. King, who earned Pitcher of the week in the NCAC last week, was sensational for the Yeowomen as she threw six perfect innings. She kept the Yeowomen in the game, and allowed for a comeback.
Oberlin scored two in the bottom of the second to cut the Thomas lead to three, before opening the flood gates in the bottom of the third. They would plate seven, taking the lead for good. Jennifer Goldsmith started the inning off with a leadoff double, and afterKristine Kuchta would be hit by a pitch, King would knock in the first run of the inning as she smacked a double to the left center gap. After a groundout, Dix would hit her second double of the day and plate King. Pieplow would then hit a triple, and score Dix. After a Lindsly RBI single, Steiner would step into the box and hit her first career homefun.
Oberlin would add an insurance run in the fifth, as Dix would score after her third double of the day.
The game against Williams was a tough fought battle, that had a ton of close calls that could have gone either way. Oberlin was led by Dix and Paris Gravely who both went 2-3 in the game.
Oberlin scored quick in the first inning as Goldsmith would walk, and after a sac bunt and King single, Steiner would hit her in with a RBI single. They would get on the scoreboard again in the fourth when Lindsly scored off a fielder’s choice.
Williams would not go away as they scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth, off of four hits. Pieplow would come out of the pen in the bottom of the sixth, relieving King, and keep Williams off the board to give Oberlin a chance in the seventh. However, Oberlin would go 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh and the game would end with a score of 3-2.
The Yeowomen have the day off tomorrow and will be back in action on Wednesday when they take on Southern Maine and Middlebury. The first game will start at 11:30 a.m.