A Page -- March 5, 2012

Mount Union opens with sweep of Bridgewater

AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Mount Union's baseball team opened the 2012 season with a pair of 4-3 wins against Bridgewater (Va.) College Sunday in Auburndale, Fla.

Solid pitching was the theme of the day for the Purple Raiders (2-0) as four pitchers combined to hold Bridgewater (9-3) to 10 hits over the two games.  It was a Bridgewater team that had already played 10 games and came in on a seven-game winning streak.

Senior hurler Beau Smith (Frederick, Md./Frederick) did the job for Mount Union in the first game as he tossed a complete game two-hitter, did not allow an earned run and struck out seven for his first win of the season.

Mount Union got on the board early as junior Josh West (Medina/Buckeye) and Evan Knott (Canton/GlenOak) each had RBI singles in the first inning to make it 2-0.

The Eagles would score an unearned run in the second to cut the lead in half.

The Raiders got back on the board in the fifth as they started the inning with three-straight singles before sophomore Lee Grosscup (Green/Green) earned a bases loaded walk and another run would score on an error to extend the lead to 4-1.

Bridgewater plated two more runs in the sixth but Smith pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to lock down the win.

In the second game, sophomore Matt Murzynski (Mentor/Lake Catholic) scattered eight hits over the first six innings and struck out three for the win, while freshman Josh Pryor (Cortland/Lakeview) came on with two runners on in the bottom of the seventh and got out of it for a save in his first collegiate appearance.

Mount Union started the scoring with a run in the third on a Connor Mathis (Akron/Firestone) RBI single.   Mathis would also post RBI singles in the fifth and seventh as he finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBI.

Grosscup also drove in a run on two hits while fellow sophomores Jimmy Dobran (Poland/Poland Seminary) and Ricky Olasz (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin) each had two hits.

Mount Union will take on Clark (Mass.) in a doubleheader tomorrow in Florida.

Evers (L), Patel (R)

Spartans Breeze Past Allegheny, 9-0

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team recorded its fifth 9-0 dual match victory of the season by sweeping Allegheny College (Pa.) late Saturday evening in a non-conference affair at the Cleveland Skating Club.

The Spartans move to 8-2 overall and will have a week off from competition before its annual Spring Break Trip that opens against Agnes Scott College (Ga.) on Saturday, March 10 at 9:00 a.m. and Birmingham Southern College later that day at 3:00 p.m.

Against the Gators, Case quickly gained a 3-0 lead during doubles action. The No. 1 tandem of junior Erika Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20erika%20emv7> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and freshman sister Alexandra Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20alexandra%20jlxi> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) were pushed to the limit but edged out a 9-7 victory; the No. 2 team of junior Kathleen Evers<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/evers%20kathleen%20ckvv> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and sophomore Bianca Patel<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/patel%20bianca%20wa5r> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) were victorious by an 8-2 tally; and the No. 3 duo of freshman Marianne Bonnano<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/bonnano%20marianne%20wdo3> (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) and junior Emily Pham<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/pham%20emily%20a3ca> (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) picked up an 8-4 win.

In singles play, the Spartans picked up six straight-set wins. Erika Lim led off at No. 1 (6-3, 6-3), Bonnano followed at No. 2 (6-1, 6-2) and Pham cruised at No. 3 (6-0, 6-0). Additionally, Alexandra Lim was tested but came out victorious at No. 4 (7-6 (3), 6-4), Evers won at No. 5 (6-1, 6-2) and Patel sealed the sweep at No. 6 (6-3, 6-0).

Mount Union swept in split twinbill

KISSIMMEE, Fla.—The Mount Union softball team dropped a pair of games, 11-3 to No. 6 Cortland State (N.Y.) and 4-0 to St. Benedict (Minn.), on Sunday at the Osceola County Complex.

Cortland State scored four runs in the first inning, but the Purple Raiders used a fourth inning rally to make it 4-3.

Freshman Amy Brown (Uniontown/Green) singled with a pair of runners in scoring position to get the Raiders on the scoreboard. Sophomores Keilah Capriola (Akron/Coventry) and Brittany Papp (Uniontown/Green) scored on the play. Capriola was pinch-running for freshman Leigh Siedlak (Westerville/Westerville South), who had singled earlier in the inning.

Following a sac bunt by junior Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) that advanced Brown to third base, junior Marissa Earl (Massillon/Massillon Washington) brought her home with a single.

The Red Dragons responded with five runs in the fourth inning, followed by two more runs in the fifth inning.

McAninch worked all five innings for the Raiders and recorded three strikeouts.

Abby Martin earned the win for Cortland State.

Mount Union was held to just one hit—a single by Brown—in the loss to St. Benedict.

Senior Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) fired a complete game and finished with four strikeouts.

St. Benedict (2-1) totaled nine hits and used a three-run third inning to pick up the victory. Rachel Nelson improved to 2-0 for the Blazers.

Mount Union (0-2) will return to the diamond on Monday with games against Aurora (Ill.) and Albion (Mich.) at 11 am and 3 pm, respectively.


No. 17 Spartan Men Post Perfect Saturday versus Hope and Oberlin

OBERLIN, Ohio -- The No. 17 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team stretched its win streak to five matches with 9-0 sweeps of both Hope College (Mich.) and Oberlin College on Saturday at John W. Heisman Fieldhouse.

The Spartans (7-4 overall) wrap up the weekend tomorrow afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. match versus Division I Cleveland State University at Paramount Tennis Club in Westlake.

Senior Sean Carr<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/carr%20sean%201zfu> (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) was 2-0 for the day in singles play with a 6-0, 6-2 victory versus Hope's Gabe Casher at No. 3 and a 6-2, 6-0 win versus Oberlin's Logan Chun at No. 1. Carr also teamed with junior Richard Brunsting<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/brunsting%20richard%20odi2> (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) to defeat Hope's No. 2 doubles team, 8-6.

Senior captain Rohan Patel<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/patel%20rohan%20hyx1> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) and sophomoresEric Klawitter<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/klawitter%20eric%20g9jk> (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) and Derek Reinbold<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/reinbold%20derek%20ivna>(Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor) also posted 2-0 singles marks for the day.

Junior Kyle Gerber<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/gerber%20kyle%20tl2z> (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) and sophomore John Healey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/healey%20john%20d4pz> (Columbia, Md./Atholton) were Case's No. 1 doubles tandem, posting an 8-3 win versus Hope and an 8-1 victory at Oberlin.

Baldwin-Wallace Softball Opens the 2012 Season by Splitting a 

Pair of Games on Day One of Rebel Spring Games

KISSIMMEE, FLA. -- The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team opened the 2012 season by splitting a pair of games today (Sunday, March 4, 2012) against Aurora (Ill.) University and Beloit (Wis.) College on the first day of the annual Rebel Spring Games at the Osceola County Softball Complex.

B-W fell to Aurora by a final score of 1-0 in an eight inning extra affair  while the Yellow Jackets offense came to life in a 12-0 shutout of Beloit in six innings.   B-W will play eight more games in four days.

In game one, the Yellow Jackets and the Spartans combined for four hits in seven scoreless innings.  The game went to international tiebreaker rules, in which a runner was automatically placed at second base to start the each extra inning played.  Aurora scored the game’s lone run on a base hit down the left field line.  B-W was unable to advance its runner home in the bottom of the eighth.

Despite the loss, sophomore pitcher Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/Field) allowed one unearned run on three hits with a career-high 11 strikeouts in a career-best eight innings pitched. The Yellow Jackets got their two hits from senior second baseman Katie Finley (Vermilion) and sophomore third baseman Lauren Feciuch (Kent/Field).

In game two, the B-W offense exploded for 12 runs on 18 hits against the Buccaneers. The Yellow Jacket offense was led by Murray and sophomore left fielder Ashley Elber (Milan/Edison) as each recorded three hits, including a triple and two runs batted in.

On the mound, senior pitcher Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic) shut down the Beloit offense as she allowed just four singles in six innings.  With the victory, Baker moved into sole possession of second place on the all-time wins list with 38.   She now needs just three victories to become the all-time leader in victories in school history.

Mount Union tennis opens season with win

Hilton Head, S.C.—The Mount Union women's tennis team opened its spring season with an impressive 8-1 win over Catholic (D.C.) Sunday in Hilton Head, S.C.

The Purple Raiders (3-1) came away with a victory in the first five singles and swept doubles competition.

Krissy Hallett (Willoughby Hills/Willoughby South) won first singles in convincing fashion with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Margie Selinger.

In second singles, Mandy Wise (North Canton/Hoover) defeated Ritmarie Holden 6-2, 6-2. Hannah Arvidson (North Canton/GlenOak) top Andie Ingram, 6-2, 6-4, in No. 3 singles. 

Megan Czuchra (Mantua/Crestwood) picked up a victory in No. 4 singles over Caitlin Porter 6-4, 6-2. In fifth singles,Courtney Adamsky (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) won 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 10-7 over Elaina Sceusa.

Hallett and Czuchra teamed up to take first doubles 8-3 over Selinger and Sceusa. Wise and Arvidson were victorious in second doubles while Adamsky and Taylor Dowling (Canton/Jackson) won in No. 3 doubles for the Raiders.