A Page -- March 31, 2012

Yeomen Fall to Warhawks on Final Day of Spring Break

Hilton Head, S.C. - Oberlin's top hitter, Logan Chun, turned in a solid performance earning a win on the final day of competition during spring break against #26 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks.  The Yeomen drop to 7-8 on the season after suffering today's 7-2 setback.

Although Whitewater got the better of all three doubles matches it looked as if any one of the Oberlin pairings might pull out a win.

In the top spot Charlie Marks and Soren Zeliger pushed the Central Region's 11th ranked doubles team of Byron Balkin and Mitch Osborne to an 8-6 score.

The Warhawk's Cameron Laktach and RJ Rademacher defeated seniors Joe Leffler and Sam Towne 8-5 in the third position.

At second doubles Oberlin fell by another 8-6 decision as Ben Turchin and Logan Chun were defeated by Erik Scanlan and Kevin Friend.

"We played a competitive match today against another good team.  The guys were active and enthusiastic throughout the match.  Logan had a great win, he is showing that he can play with the best in the region.  We've had a good week of tennis and are set to return to Oberlin to get ready for a conference match-up with the College of Wooster on Tuesday," said head coach Adam Shoemaker.

The highlight of singles play was Chun's win at No. 1.  After dropping the first set 6-4, he stormed back taking the second set in a tiebreaker 7-6 (7-4) then defeated Balkin, ranked 7th, in a superbreaker 10-3.  Chun is showing his ability to play with the best singles players in the region, earlier in the week he dropped a three set match to the 6th ranked player.

At No. 3 Zeliger evened the match at one all after coming from behind and winning the second set, however, Andy McGlashen turned it up a notch taking the third set 6-0.

Leffler, hitting in the sixth position, got out in front early winning the first set 6-3 but could not sustain the performance and fell by 6-0, 6-3 second and third sets to the Warhawk's Brian Klein.

Oberlin took a second team point at No. 5 where Towne earned the win when his opponent Brady Porter retired from the match.

The Yeomen travel to Wooster, Ohio on Tuesday, April 3rd for a 4:30 p.m. North Coast Athletic Conference match. 

High School Tennis Results

Westlake Varsity Tennis Season Record: 1 and 0
Westlake Varsity SWC Record: 1 and 0
Westlake 5, Amherst 0
1. JT Rapaport d. Szuchs 6-0, 6-1
2. Connor Michelich d. Ferber 6-0, 6-0 (Gold Ball)
3. Krish Shah d. Cory Habecker 6-2, 4-6, 7-3
1. Stephen Fleischer/Kevin Wang d. Bartisa/Strovca 6-0, 6-0 (Gold Ball)
2. Kent Dinchman/Cal Craven d. Szabo/Zappa 6-1, 6-0

Hiram takes two from Thiel

GREENVILLE, PA.  --  The Hiram College softball team won both games of a non-conference doubleheader against Thiel (Pa.) College, 9-6 and 10-5, in Greenville, Pa.

With the victories, the Terriers improve to 8-6 overall and the Tomcats fall to 5-11 overall for the season.

In game one, following a scoreless first inning, Hiram got on the board with three runs in the second that included a RBI triple by sophomore shortstop Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) and a RBI single by freshman designated player/outfielder Miranda Wright (Richfield/Revere).  But the lead wouldn't last long as Thiel scored four times in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead.  The Tomcats added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs to make the score 6-3.  Hiram then rallied and evened the score in the fifth with three runs tying the game at 6-6.  The Terriers kept the scoring going in the sixth with three more runs that included a RBI bunt single by freshman pitcher Taylor Charles (Akron/Ellet) and a RBI double by senior All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) as the Terriers went on to claim a 6-3 come-from-behind win.

Hiram finished the game with 10 hits and were led by Singer who finished three-of-four at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI.  Wright also recorded a mult-hit game going two-of-four with a run scored and two RBI.

On the mound, Charles pitched the entire game and got her fourth win of the season to improve to 4-3 overall.  She allowed six runs on 12 hits and had four strikeouts.

In the second game, Hiram took the early lead with a run in the top of the first inning thanks to a defensive error.  The Tomcats came right back in the bottom of the inning with four runs to move ahead, 4-1.  The Terriers cut the deficit to a run in the third scoring twice that included a RBI-double by senior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas).  But Thiel got a run back in the fourth to increase the margin to 5-3.  The Hiram offense again rallied late in the game with three runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth with two of the three runs in the fifth inning coming on a two-RBI double by Charles with runners on second and third.  Hiram tacked on one more run in the seventh on a RBI single by senior All-Region outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) as the Terriers posted a 10-5 win to complete the two-game sweep.

Hiram had 15 hits in the nightcap with two Terriers recording three hits in the game.  Cooney and sophomore outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph's) both finished three-of-four at the plate.  Cooney also scored three runs and had one RBI, while Loyer scored a run and also had a RBI.  Both Langland and Singer had a pair of hits with Langland scoring two runs and driving in a run and Singer posted two runs scored.

Senior Amethyst Brigham (Middlefield/Ohio State) started the game but would be replaced in the first inning after allowing four runs on three hits.  Charles came on in relief and finished the game holding the Tomcats to a run on four hits and struck out four.  She also got the win and improves to 5-3 overall for the season.

Hiram will return to North Coast Athletic Conference action this weekend when the Terriers travel to Greencastle, Ind. for a doubleheader against No. 6 nationally-ranked DePauw University on Saturday, Mar. 31.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

LEC's Robinson named GLIAC Athlete of the Week

BAY CITY, MICH. -- Lake Erie College graduate senior Andre Robinson (Cleveland, Ohio/Martin Luther King, Jr./Notre Dame) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) "Track Athlete of the Week" by the league office on Friday (March 30).

Robinson placed seventh in the 400-meter dash at the High Point University VertKlasse Meeting on Saturday, March 24.  He ran a personal-best time of 48.39 seconds which is the fastest time to date in the conference during the outdoor season.   

Robinson also ran on two relay teams (4x100 and 4x400) that posted season-best times at High Point. 

Ashland University's Ryan Loughney was named the "Field Athlete of the Week."

Yeowomen outlast Cardinals

Naperville, IL – The Oberlin College women’s lacrosse team remained perfect by outlasting the Cardinals of North Central College, 12-10, on Thursday evening. With the win, the Yeowomen improved to 7-0 on the season.

Junior standout Ilyssa Meyer led the way offensively with five goals, including what proved to be the game-winner. Freshman Kate Hanick was the only other Yeowoman to score more than one time as she netted three on the night to go along with a team-high four draw controls.

The game was nip-and-tuck throughout as no more than three goals separated the two teams. An Alice Zicht 8-meter score at with 2:38 left in the first half gave the Yeowomen a 6-3 cushion, but the Cardinals would cash in the final two scores of the period and add two more to start the second to grab a 7-6 advantage.

Three straight Oberlin goals made it a 9-7 game in and from there the Yeowomen would never trail again. Meyer’s final goal of the game at the 12:56 mark extended the gap out to 11-8, but the Cardinals wouldn’t go quietly as they scored twice more to get within one with 5:20 to play.

In the final minutes of action, the Cardinals had a chance to tie the game but Yeowomen goalie Madeleine O’Meara turned away Caroline Gully’s shot and then record another save on Molly Bahr’s free-position attempt with just 3:15 to go to help preserve the win.

O’Meara finished with 12 saves, while Bronwen Schumacher and Sarah Andrews chipped in with five ground balls.

Oberlin won the ground ball battle 34-27 and won 15 of the game’s 23 draw controls.

The Yeowomen return to action on Saturday afternoon at Concordia-Wisconsin.

Miletti and Brown homers lead Warrior Baseball to big win

Romans has big day at the plate and Pitching Staff also shines

GATES MILLS, MARCH 28: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team stormed to a 6-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back in a 13-0 victory over Gates Mills Gilmour Academy in a game shortened by the run rule. Leading the way for the Warriors was Senior Ohio Wesleyan recruit Drew Miletti who belted a first inning grand slam deep over the left field wall, his first of the year. Miletti was a perfect two for two on the day, also connecting on a gap double. Talented Junior Cassidy brown also contributed a towering home run of his own, and a multi-hit, three RBI day. Also hitting well for the Maroon & Gold was Sophomore Nate Romans, with two deep doubles, while Senior Slippery Rock recruit Graeme Frye, Senior Ohio Northern recruit Zack Leonatti, Junior Joe Mockbee, Sophomore Colton Carney, and Freshman Ryan Feltner also hit well on the day.

Not to be out done, six Warrior hurlers combined on a shutout. Junior RHP Mark Mittiga, Junior LHP Joe Mockbee, Junior RHP Bennet Stuffel, Freshman RHP Ryan Feltner, Sophomore RHP Frankie Cioffi, and Junior RHP Nate McMaster all had scoreless outings for WJ.

With the win, Walsh Jesuit Baseball improves to 2-0 on the young year. The Warriors travel to Toledo Central Catholic for a DH on Saturday to participate in the first high school games to be played on TCC’s new field.

Late Rally in Nightcap Propels Spartans to Twinbill Sweep of Baldwin-Wallace

BEREA, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University softball team swept a doubleheader at cross-town foe Baldwin-Wallace College on a chilly Thursday afternoon at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Field. The Spartans won the opener 7-2 and rallied from three down to take game two by a score of 8-4.

The Spartans (15-8 overall) have won 9-of-10 heading into a eight-game home stand beginning with No. 17 nationally-ranked Trine University (Ind.) on Saturday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m. at Mather Park. With the sweep, B-W falls to 11-9.

Kaeleen Boden is congratulated by Head Coach Josie Henry after hitting her third homer of the season. (photo by Dain McKee) 

In game one, the Spartans got off to a quick start with two in the top of the first thanks to RBI doubles from freshman right fielder Gene Roberts (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity) and sophomore shortstop Makenzie Lien (Petersburg, Mich./Ida). Both sides then went scoreless until Case added three runs in the sixth as senior designated player Ianna Wasser<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/wasser%20ianna%20khk8> (Warwick, R.I./Toll Gate) hit an RBI double and senior third baseman Kaeleen Boden<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/boden%20kaeleen%20oafc> (Strongsville, Ohio/Holy Name) ripped her third homerun of the year – a two-run shot to left.

B-W got those two runs back in their half of the frame with a two-run homer from Tabitha Murray, but Case added an insurance score in the seventh on an RBI single by sophomore catcher Amy Taylor<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/taylor%20amy%2018wv> (Brier, Wash./Inglemoor).

On the mound, freshman Rebecca Taylor<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/taylor%20rebecca%208w8k> (Greensburg, Pa. /Greater Latrobe) tossed her 14th complete game to improve to 10-8. The right-hander allowed six hits in seven innings without walking a batter and striking out six.

For the game, Lien was a career-best 4-for-4 with two runs and two runs batted-in. sophomore left fielder Katherine Seo<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/seo%20katherine%201m62> (Salt Lake City, Utah/Olympus) was 2-for-3 and Wasser was 2-for-4.

In game two, both starting pitchers held the opposition scoreless through three innings. In the fourth, the Yellow Jackets loaded the bases with no outs, and it appeared as if Spartan freshman pitcher Christina Hunger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/hunger%20christina%202qwh> (Aurora, Ill. /West Aurora) would dance out of trouble after inducing a 1-2-3 double play. However, B-W came back with three-straight RBI singles from Katie Finley, Nikki Peskura and Brittany Lightel to move ahead 3-0.

Undaunted, the Spartans came right back in the fifth when senior first baseman/designated player Lauren Wolz<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/wolz%20lauren%20c4fu> (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) just missed a grandslam in what turned out to be a long two-run single off of the wall. Lein then tied the game with a single through the left side of the infield.

In the bottom of the fifth, B-W regained the lead following an RBI single by Mackenzie Brua, but the Spartans once again rallied with five runs in the top of sixth. With the bases loaded, Wolz drew a walk that tied the score at 4-4. Lein then singled home a run before Hunger cleared the bases with a double to left center.

On the mound, Taylor came on in relief and pitched the final three innings to improve to 11-8. Hunger started and threw the first four innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out a pair.

At the plate, freshman second baseman Molly O'Brien<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/o-brien%20molly%20x4y7> (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola) was 4-for-5 in the leadoff spot for Case with two runs scored, while Lein, Hunger and Roberts all posted two-hit performances.

Also noteworthy, Wolz was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and three runs batted in the nightcap making her just two RBI shy of tying the school career record. The All-American already owns the CWRU records for homeruns in a season (10 in 2011) and a career (22).