A Page -- March 7, 2011

Sarah Baker

Baldwin-Wallace Softball Team Opens 

2011 Season With Pair of Victories At 

Rebel Spring Games; Lake Catholic 

alumna Sarah Baker moves into sixth on 

all-time win list at B-W

By Kevin Ruple

KISSIMMEE, FLA. – The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team opened the 2011 season today (Sunday, March 6) by posting victories over Albion (Mich.) College and Beloit (Wis.) College at the annual Rebel Spring Games.

Baldwin-Wallace defeated the Britons 6-2 in the opening game then came back to defeat the Buccaneers 9-1 in the night cap.  The Yellow Jackets will play eight more games in four days.

In the game versus Albion, junior pitcher Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic) earned the complete game victory and moved into a sixth place tie on the all-time wins list with 32.  Baker also went 2-for-4 with two RBI.  In addition, senior outfielder Tanya Davis (Hinckley/Medina Highland) went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored senior first baseman Katrina Resek (Strongsville) also picked up two hits as she went 2-for-4 with a run scored.


In the second game against Beloit, freshman pitcher Justina Wise (New London) recorded her first collegiate win as she pitched four innings and allowed just one hit while striking out four batters and only walking one.  The B-W offense was led by freshman right fielder Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/Field) as she went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Baker as she went 1-for-4 with two RBI.

Mount splits in season opener; Green 

alumna Sarah Woody gets first win as a 

Raider; Fairless alum Bre Willis throws 

complete game, allowing no earned runs 

in a loss

 By Lenny Reich

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Mount Union softball team opened its season with a split, dropping a 2-0 decision to Coast Guard (Conn.) before claiming a 10-2 victory over Wesley (Del.), on Sunday at the Osceola CountyComplex.

Pitcher Sarah Woody (Uniontown/Green) recorded her first collegiate win as the Purple Raider offense backed her with a 13-hit attack against Wesley.

Woody (L) and Willis (R)

Woody worked four innings, recording six strikeouts and no walks in relief. She helped her cause at the plate with a triple and run scored in the seventh inning.

Mount Union (1-1) took command with a seven-run second inning. Amanda Pool (Bergholz/Edison), Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney), Marissa Earl (Massillon/Massillon Washington) and Brenna Longo(Moon, Pa./Pa) had RBI singles during the frame.

Pool, Palombaro and Shelby Carmichael (Dalton/Dalton) had two hits apiece against Wesley (0-2). Earl and Carmichael scored twice.

Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) started in the circle for Mount Union and did not allow an earned run over three innings of work. She had two strikeouts and one walk.

Alex Lucak (Maple Heights/Trinity) provided the only hit -- a triple -- in the loss to Coast Guard (2-0).

Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) fired a complete game, allowing three hits and no earned runs. She finished with two strikeouts and two walks

Branson’s Walk-Off HR Gives Spartan 

Softball Team Season-Opening Split

CLERMONT, FL -- Freshman Courtney Branson (Orient, OH/Teays Valley) hit a walk-off homerun to give the Case Western Reserve University softball team a 12-11 victory versus Lesley University (MA) in the second game of the Spartans' season-opening doubleheader at the National Training Center Games. 

The win gave first-year head coach Josie Henry her first career victory after the Spartans opened with a 9-1 loss to Simmons College (MA) in game one.

The Spartans, now 1-1 for the season, are right back in action with a pair of games tomorrow afternoon. Case opens versus Penn State Behrend University at 11:30 a.m. then follows versus Thiel College (PA) at 1:30 p.m.

In the opener, senior Mary Kruszka (Lakeview, NY/Immaculata Academy) started on the mound and suffered the loss as the game was stopped after six innings due to the eight-run rule. At the plate, freshman outfielder Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, UT/Olympus) was 2-for-3 with a run batted-in. Senior Anneliese Fetterman (Cupertino, CA/Monte Vista) doubled and scored a run, while freshman Mackenzie Lein (Petersburg, MI/Ida) hit a triple.

In game two, Lein started and pitched the first 6.1 innings. Lesley scored seven runs in the first inning before the Spartans rallied to tie the score heading into the final frame. Branson then led off the bottom of the seventh with her first career homerun to complete the comeback victory.

In addition, junior catcher Ianna Wasser (Warwick, RI/Toll Gate) hit a pair of doubles and Seo drove in three. Fetterman and junior Kaeleen Boden (Strongsville, OH/Holy Name) each drove in a pair.

#1 Heidelberg Opens 2011 Victorious

By Morgan Hawley

Port Charlotte, Fla. – March 6, 2011 – The nationally ranked Heidelberg University baseball team opened up its 2011 season with 20 hits en route to a 14-0 victory over College of Mount St. Joseph (2-2) at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Heidelberg ranks first in the nation according to D3Baseball.com and the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. In its season opening victory, 10 different players stepped up to the plate and everyone recorded at least one hit on the day.

Complimenting Heidelberg’s offense was a solid defense that played behind the right-arm of sophomore Ethan Holt (Galion, Ohio / West Holmes). Holt started the game down 0-2, but came back to strike out the leadoff batter looking and went on to throw a five-hitter through seven innings to pick up the win. Holt finished the game striking out five. In the field, the Berg turned two double plays and was flawless in the error column.

Walsh Jesuit alum Zach O'Driscoll

Heidelberg made a statement early with two first inning runs. Elvin Williams Jr. (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid), Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo, Ohio / Roy C. Start) and Gar Keen (Sparta, Ohio / Highland) led things off with three consecutive singles. Keen’s single through the right side knocked in Williams, while Willie Brechun (Canton, Ohio / Canton Central Catholic) followed with an RBI ground out to give the Berg the early 2-0 advantage.

After a scoreless second, Heidelberg plated seven runs over the next two innings to extend its lead to 9-0. Leading the charge was a five-run, three-hit fourth inning, to go along with three MSJ miscues. Brechun highlighted the scoring in the inning with a two-run home run to deep left field.

Heidelberg added a run in the sixth before closing out its scoring with four runs in the eighth. In the eighth, Heidelberg scored its five runs off of four hits and a MSJ error.

Leading the offense was Lizcano going 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Derek Andrzejczak (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania Northview) went 3-for-5 with three RBI, a double and a run scored, while Keen finished 3-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored. Also recording multiple hits was Wiliams, Brechun and Jason Lash (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville).

Providing support for Holt on the mound over the final two innings was Mitch Jones (Dayton, Ohio / Oakwood) and Zach O’Driscoll (Hudson, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit). Jones threw the eighth inning and did not give up a hit, while O’Driscoll closed out the game and struck out one and gave up one hit.

Yellow Jacket Women’s Tennis Team 

Opens Spring Trip With 7-2 Loss to 

Brevard (N.C.)

By Jeff Miller

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team opened its annual Spring Break trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina today (Sunday, March 7) with a 7-2 loss to NCAA Division II Brevard (N.C.) College.

With the loss, B-W drops to 4-4 overall. Brevard improves to 3-3 overall.

The Yellow Jackets, who play six matches in four days in Hilton Head, are seeking to win their fourth Ohio Athletic Conference title and earn their fourth NCAA Division III National Tournament berth in the last five seasons.

B-W fell behind 2-1 after doubles play as juniors Saffa Hajji (Rabat, MOROCCO/ Ryad Al Maarifa) and Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) earned the lone win, 8-6, at the second position. Senior No. 5 Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green) picked up the only Yellow Jacket singles win with a 6-0 and 6-2 victory over Jennifer Nyman.

Vikings' Shawnita Garland earns All 

Horizon League First Team

By Greg Murphy

CLEVELAND - Cleveland State senior guard Shawnita Garland (Charleston, W. Va.) has been selected to the All-Horizon League first team and was also tabbed as the co-Defensive Player of the Year in voting by the league's 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media.

It is Garland's third straight selection to the all-league team after she was a second team pick as a sophomore and junior. It is also the third straight year that Garland has been voted to the league's all-defensive team and the second time that she has been named co-Defensive Player of the Year, also earning the honor in 2008-09 as a sophomore when she shared the award with teammate Dominique Butler.

Shawnita Garland

The league office made the official announcement on Sunday afternoon.

"These are well deserved honors for Shawnita," head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "She has grown and matured as a player during her four years at Cleveland State and this is a great way for her to cap her career with the selection to the all-league first team and being named co-Defensive Player of the Year. We have asked her to do so much this year as the only senior on the roster and she has responded to every challenge and has really elevated her play of late."

Garland finished the regular season ranked fifth in the Horizon League in scoring at 16.1 points per game. She saved her best for last, averaging 21.7 per game to help the Vikings win their final seven games en route to a program best second place finish in the league. She had eight 20-point games this year, including five in a row to conclude the season.

In addition, Garland led the league in minutes played (38.3), playing 40 minutes in 20 games, while also topping the league in steals (2.9) and ranking seventh in assists (3.5). 



Garland, who also added 5.2 rebounds per game and 17 blocked shots, was the catalyst for CSU's defense, guarding the opposing point guard and putting ball pressure at the top of the defense. She made multiple steals in 22 games, including a season-high six three times and her 84 steals were tops in the league.

With Garland leading the CSU defense, the Vikings ranked second in the league in scoring defense (62.5) and third in field goal defense (.379), holding 28 of 29 teams under 50-percent shooting from the field.

She enters the Horizon League Championship ranked sixth all-time in CSU history in scoring (1,383) and third in steals with 303. Garland is the only player in CSU history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 250 steals in a career, while her 76 career wins are the most by a senior in program history.

CSU finished the regular season with a 19-10 overall mark and tied Butler for second place in the league at 12-6. The Vikings earned the third seed in the Horizon League Championship and will host sixth-seeded UIC for a quarterfinal game on Wednesday (March 9) at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center





By Nick Minerd

Chief Information Minister-CWRU

ATLANTA, GA – Senior third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) hit a grand slam – his team-leading fourth homer of the season – and drove in a total of seven runs to become the school's all-time RBI leader as the Case Western Reserve University baseball team defeated Emory University (GA) by a score of 22-9 on Sunday, March 6 at Chappell Park.

The Spartans improved to 6-3 overall with the offensive outburst in their final tune-up before the University Athletic Association Championships, which will kick off on Wednesday, March 9 in Sanford, Florida. Case will face off with the University of Rochesterin the tournament’s first tilt. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

The bats came out in force for the Spartans, beginning in the top of the second inning as the team faced a 2-1 deficit. Mullins punctuated the six run frame with his four-run shot to left center and put Case up for good, 8-1.


Case pushed across four more runs in the fifth and ninth innings as they raced away with the game. Sophomore shortstop Matt Keen (Tallmadge, OH/Tallmadge) and senior infielder Corey Pecoraro (Strongsville, OH/Benedictine) each recorded RBI singles in the fifth and Mullins drove in two more in the ninth with a double to right center field.


Junior southpaw A.J. Boshinski (Alpharetta, GA/St. Pius X) hurled two frames, striking out four for the Spartans to pick up his second win of the season. Freshman Ray Kelly (Rochester, NY/Aquinas Institute), another lefty, also chipped in with three innings of one-hit ball to help Case put the game away.

Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Tennis Beats Lebanon Valley (Pa.) and Trine (Ind.) on the First Day of Spring Trip to Remain 


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. –  The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team defeated Lebanon Valley (Pa.) College, 9-0 and Trine (Ind.) University, 7-2, today (Sunday, March 6, 2011) at the Port Royal Racquet Club on its first day of its annual spring break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina.

With their wins, B-W improves to 10-0 overall.  The Jackets dominated their match versus Lebanon Valley by winning 96 of 110 total games, including 72 of 78 singles games and 24 of 32 doubles games.  With its loss, Lebanon Valley is now 2-4 overall.

B-W gained a 3-0 advantage in doubles against LVC as the number one duo of sophomore number two player Joe Horvath (North Royalton) and senior No.4 player Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ Lakewood St. Edward), won 8-0; the duo of junior No.1 singles player Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) and freshman No. 6 player Brad Minrovic (Akron/ Ellet) won, 8-4; the No.3 duo of junior No.3 player Alex Kearney (North Olmsted) and junior Taylor Long (Ashland/ Senior) also won, 8-4.

Alex Kearney (L) and Taylor Long (R)

In singles play, B-W swept all six matches as Trzeciak won at No.1 by the scores of 6-0 and 6-1, Horvath won at No.2 by the scores of 6-0 and 6-2, Kearney won at No.3 by the scores of 6-0 and 6-0, Lachman won at No.4 by the scores of 6-0 and 6-0, senior No.5 player Sam Burris (Wooster/ Senior) won by the scores of 6-1 and 6-2 and Minrovic won at No.6 by the scores of 6-0 and 6-0.

Against Trine, who is now 2-2 overall, B-W earned doubles wins at No.2 from Burris and Lachman by a score of 8-1 and at third doubles as Kearney teamed with Long to win 8-2. The Yellow Jackets won five-of-six singles matches all via straight sets as Horvath won at No. 2, Kearney at No. 3, Lachman at No.4, Burris at No.5 and Minrovic at No.6.

Massillon's Cody Colly shines in 

Mount loss

LEESBURG, Fla. -- Mount Union's baseball team opened the 2011 season with a split against Trine (Ind.) Sunday in Leesburg, Fla.  The Purple Raiders fell 1-0 in eight innings in the opener before coming back with a 5-1 win in game two.

Trine's Josh Rivera opened the bottom of the eighth inning by striking out but reached first base on a past ball.  After the Raiders failed to get an out on two-straight bunt attempts, the bases were loaded and Rivera scored on an RBI single from Steve Cornett.

Mount Union had a runner on base in every inning and spoiled a superb pitching performance by senior Cody Colly (Massillon/Massillon Washington).

Cody Colly

Colly hurled a complete game four-hitter and struck out seven in his first start of the season.

The Raiders got another solid pitching performance in game two as junior Beau Smith (Fredrick, Md./Fredrick) scattered six hits over seven innings and did not allow an earned run in a 5-1 Mount Union win.

A three-run first inning was sparked by a lead-off triple from freshman Ricky Olasz (West Mifflin, Pa/West Mifflin) who scored on a RBI groundout from sophomore Trent Vallinger (Poland/Poland Seminary).

Junior Craig Knott (Canton/GlenOak) then kept the inning alive with a two-out double and came around to score on an RBI single from senior Britt Williams (Canton/Massillon Jackson).  Williams would finish the scoring as he scored on an RBI double from freshman Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic).

A Mount Union throwing error gave Trine a run in the top of the second inning but the Raiders came right back with a run in the bottom of the frame on an RBI ground-out from Mike Griffith (Louisville/East Canton).

The Raiders tacked on another run in third on a Carlino sacrifice fly RBI which was more than enough cushion for Smith