A Page -- March 9, 2012 -- AM Edition

Martorella Gears up for Nationals

Grinnell, Iowa-
 Sophomore Molly Martorella will be the only member of the Oberlin College track and field team to make the trip to the national meet this weekend.

Martorella will compete in the one mile. She enters the meet as ninth seed in her race. Martorella will run in the preliminary race on Friday at 5:15. There will be two heats consisting of 15 runners (8 in the first heat, 7 in the second). The top three finishers from each heat will advance, along with the four next best times.

The top ten will compete on Saturday again and the top eight finishers will receive All-America honors. Martorella will look for her second such honor this scholastic year, as she was an All-American at the 2011 cross country meet.

Doubles make a difference in Mount Union win

HITLON HEAD, S.C.—Mount Union's men's tennis team improved to 5-4 on the season after defeating St. John Fisher (N.Y.) on Thursday, 5-4.

After winning two of the three doubles matches, the Purple Raiders got the necessary split in singles play to earn the victory. Nick Fockler (North Canton/Hoover), Patrick Yackmack (Mantua/Twinsburg), and Ben Swope(North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) won both of their matches for the Raiders on the day.

Fockler teamed with his older brother, Nate Fockler (North Canton/Hoover) for an 8-4 first doubles win. He then defeated Greg Duffy, 6-0, 6-2, in No. 2 singles.

Yackmack and Swope won a close match in second doubles, 9-8 (7-4). Yackmack was also victorious in third singles over Joseph Aquino, 6-3, 6-1 while Swope defeated Daniel Parshall, 6-3, 6-3, in No. 4 singles.

Mount Union wraps up its week in South Carolina when they take on Trine (Ind.) Friday at noon.

Mount gals top St. John Fisher

HILTON HEAD, S.C.—Mount Union's women's tennis team earned a 7-2 victory over St. John Fisher (N.Y.) on Thursday in Hilton Head, S.C.

After winning sweeping through doubles, the Purple Raiders took four of six singles matches. Mandy Wise(North Canton/Hoover), Hannah Arvidson (North Canton/GlenOak), Courtney Adamsky (New Philadelphia/New Philadelhpia) won both of their matches for the Raiders on the day.

Wise and Arvidson teamed for an 8-4 second double victory. Wise then defeated Kathryn Pasier, 6-1, 6-2, in No. 2 singles and 

Arvidson topped Marissa Rotondo, 6-1, 6-1, in third singles.

Adamsky teamed with Taylor Dowling (Canton/Jackson) for an 8-2 victory in third doubles before defeating Kimberly Phimsipaso, 6-2, 6-2, in No. 4 singles.

MacKenzie Jenkins (North Hampton/Northwestern) also earned a singles victory for the Raiders, defeating Lauren Burke, 6-0, 6-2.

The No. 1 doubles duo of Krissy Hallett (Willoughby Hills/Willoughby South) and Megan Czuchra(Mantua/Crestwood) also picked up a win, 8-4 over Elena Vahl and Marissa Rotondo.

Mount Union wraps up its week in South Carolina when they take on Trine (Ind.) Friday at noon.


Baldwin-Wallace Softball Finishes 6-4 With 

Split on Final Day of Rebel Spring Games

KISSIMMEE, FLA. -- The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team earned a split today (Thursday, March 8, 2012) against Sage (N.Y.) College and Thomas More (Ky.) College on the fourth and final day of the annual Rebel Spring Games at Oren Brown Park.
With the split, the Yellow Jackets finished their Spring Break trip with a record of 6-4 overall and a 3-2 mark against Central Region opponents. B-W shutout Sage by a final score of 6-0 and then fell to Thomas More 6-3 in the final game of the trip.

In game one, the Yellow Jackets offense produced six runs on 10 hits led by sophomore third baseman Lauren Feciuch (Kent/Field) as she went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs batted in.  Senior pitcher Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic) went 2-for-4 and senior Katie Finley (Vermilion) went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs batted in.

On the mound, Baker pitched a complete game two-hit shutout and had four strikeouts.   Baker now has 39 career victories and now needs just two wins to become the all-time leader in victories in school history.  Rounding out the battery, freshman catcher Erica Dickman (Sandusky /Margaretta) made her first collegiate start behind the plate.

In game two, the B-W offense scored three runs on eight hits and was led by junior right fielder Alyssa Brown (Hudson) and sophomore pitcher Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/Field) with two hits each. Brown went 2-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI while Murray was also 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

On the mound, Murray recorded seven strikeouts and allowed one earned run in the loss.

The Yellow Jackets return to action on Tuesday, March 20 when they travel to Bethany, West Virginia to take on Bethany College in a non-conference doubleheader at 3:30 p.m.   B-W will open Ohio Athletic Conference play when it will travel to Westerville to take on the Cardinals of Otterbein University.  The doubleheader is schedule to begin at 1:00 p.m.

Yeomen fall at Adrian

Adrian, MI – Playing in their final match of a three-game road trip to start the season, the Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team was upended by the Adrian College Bulldogs, 10-3, on Thursday night.

Most of the damage came in the first half as the Yeomen defense was able to buckle down and limit the Bulldogs to just one goal over the final 30 minutes of play.

Connor JacksonDaniel Fineman and Eli Fisher scored the three Yeomen goals in the defeat. Rookie Sean Higgins assisted on Fisher’s goal in the fourth period.

The Bulldogs posted five tallies in the first period and added three more before Oberlin finally got on the board midway through the second quarter on Jackson’s team-leading seventh goal of the season. However, Adrian would still lead 9-1 at the break.

After just one goal in the third period from the Bulldogs, Oberlin would score twice in the fourth period, but it was too little too late.

While the score may not indicate it, all of the stats were fairly close. Oberlin out-shot Adrian 25-21, including a 10-0 advantage in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs had a slight 23-22 edge in ground balls, while the Yeomen won nine of the game’s 17 face-offs.

Oberlin welcomes Albion to town on Wednesday night for its home opener of the 2012 season. The opening face-off is set for 6 p.m.