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Viking Report

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Action in the tournament begins on Thursday (May 13) at 10:00 a.m. with the first of four games.  Game times on both Thursday and Friday are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Saturday's schedule includes the final of the back draw at 10:00 a.m. and the championship game at 12:00 noon with a second game being played at 2:00 p.m. if necessary.

The baseball team will take to the road for a pair of league doubleheaders, playing at Wright State on Saturday (May 15) and at UIC on Sunday (May 16).

Softball Ends Regular Season With A Record 42 Wins
Vikings Out To Defend Horizon League Tourney Title

The CSU softball team will attempt to win its second straight Horizon League Tournament championship when the Vikings play host to the league tourney from Thurs.-Sat., May 13-15 at Viking Field.  CSU enters the tourney as the No. 1 seed after setting a conference record with 22 league wins this year and will open tourney play on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. against the winner of the No. 4 Valparaiso vs. No. 5 Green Bay game.

The championship game is scheduled for Saturday (May 15) at 12:00 noon.

"This is a big week for us," CSU head coach Angie Nicholson said.  "We've worked very hard this year to put ourselves in the best position to earn an NCAA bid and I think that we have done that.  Now, we need to go out and continue to play hard and smart and try to achieve our next team goal."

The Vikings closed the regular season on a high note, sweeping a three-game series from second place Valparaiso to set the school record for wins in a season with 42 and claim the regular season league title with a conference record 22 wins.
Katelyn Ciminelli

Junior Katelyn Ciminelli was the primary offensive weapon for the week, going seven-for-10 at the plate (.700) with a double, a home run, three runs scored and five RBI.  Senior Amanda Macenko was 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA in the circle to earn her 15th Horizon League Pitcher of the Week award.  Macenko struck out 30 batters in the series to break the CSU single season strikeout record with 336 this year, allowing her to become the second pitcher in league history to record 1,000 strikeouts in a career (she has 1,028).

Baseball Travels To Butler & UIC
Vikings Need A Strong Week To Zero In On Horizon League Championship Berth

Following a doubleheader sweep of Youngstown State last weekend, the Viking baseball team will travel to Wright State and UIC for a set of crucial Horizon League contests this weekend. Cleveland State will face the Raiders on Saturday (May 15) with game one starting at 1:00 p.m. and will then travel to UIC for a 2:05 p.m. EST doubleheader on Sunday (May 16).

CSU is now 5-13 in the league and 12-35 overall after a pair of victories over the Penguins last Saturday. The Vikings marked a 16-11 win in game one and a 12-6 victory in the series finale.

"We had outstanding pitching over the weekend, which allowed us to focus on our offense and that is something that needs to continue in order for us to record some more wins this weekend," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "We really need to stay focused and bring home some victories from Wright State and UIC this weekend to stay in the league race."

The Viking offense recorded eight home runs over the week, with Bob Suitca recording three, including his team-high 11th of the season, while Kyle Shaffer and Tom Carter each added two and Tyler Wynn posted one.
Bob Suitca

Suitca led CSU at the plate, going seven-for-19 (.368) with six runs, nine RBI, two doubles and three home runs, and continues to lead the team with 51 RBI.

Jimmy Cowhy and Brandon Cooper recorded the wins over the weekend, Cowhy pitching five innings of relief with three strikeouts in game one, and Cooper working 8.1 innings with five strikeouts in game two.

Men's Tennis Set For NCAA Rematch In Lexington
Vikings To Make Their Third Straight NCAA Appearance

The men's tennis team will be making its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament when Cleveland State travels to 11th-ranked Kentucky for an opening round match on Saturday (May 15) at 1:00 p.m. It will be the second straight year that CSU will play at Kentucky in the first round with the Wildcats earning a 4-0 win last season.

"We are excited to go back and have a chance to play against a very good Kentucky team in the first round of the NCAA tournament," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "I feel like we competed with them last year, but we know that we will need everyone playing at a high level to get a win. The doubles point is going to be very crucial and if we can somehow win that, I think that will give us the momentum and put the pressure on them."

The winner of the CSU-Kentucky match will advance to the second round and play a 1:00 p.m. match on Sunday (May 16) against the winner of Friday's other first round match between Georgia Tech and Binghamton.

The Vikings enter the tournament with a 20-6 overall record, including a 7-0 league mark. CSU defeated UIC, 4-0, on April 25 to capture its third straight Horizon League title. Kentucky, seeded 12th in the tournament, enters the tournament with a 23-8 record.
Phil Orno

The Vikings had three players earn postseason awards, highlighted by Phil Orno and Yannick Goossens being named to the All-Horizon League first team. In addition, Ryan Hamning was named to the all-league second team, while Etzkin earned his second straight Horizon League Coach of the Year award and his third in the last four years.

Viking High Fives

Lee Reed:  He ended his eight years as athletic director over the weekend.  During his tenure, CSU teams won three Horizon League regular season titles, made 12 NCAA appearances as a team, won the 2007-08 McCaferty Cup and oh yeah, graduated at a record rate. 

Brandon Cooper: Freshman pitcher marked his first win as a Viking, working 8 1/3 innings with a season-high five strikeouts against YSU on Saturday.
Brandon Cooper
Eastlake native Brandon Cooper

CSU Softball:  It has truly been a team effort this season to set the school record with 42 wins and blow away the league record for wins in a season with 22, bettering the Vikings' 17 wins last year.  Keep it going CSU.

The Schedule Ahead For The Vikings

May 13 (Thursday)
Softball Hosts Horizon League Championship
Viking Field, 2:30 p.m.

May 14 (Friday)
Softball Hosts Horizon League Championship
Viking Field, 10:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m.

Baseball at Wright State (DH)
Fairborn, OH, 1:00 p.m.

Men's Tennis at Kentucky (NCAA Champ.)
Lexington, KY, 1:00 p.m.

May 15 (Saturday)
Softball Hosts Horizon League Championship
Viking Field     12:00 noon

May 16 (Sunday)
Baseball at UIC (DH)
Chicago, IL, 12:00 p.m.

Men's Tennis vs. Georgia Tech or Binghamton
Lexinton, KY, 1:00 p.m.

NCAC All-Sports Trophy

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Wittenberg's championship campaign was highlighted by six NCAC titles. The Tigers also picked up two second-place finishes throughout the year to cement their All-Sports win. They improve their position in the final standings from last year by two spots, jumping from third to first. Earlham improved one spot to ninth, in its final year of NCAC membership.
The All-Sports champion earns the Dennis M. Collins Award, given annually to the school that performs the best across the NCAC's 22 sports. Ten points are awarded for a first-place finish, nine for a second, eight for a third, and so on. Men's and women's performances are combined, exemplifying the North Coast's commitment to equity and balance among programs.

Wooster won three of the first four All-Sports championships, interrupted only by Denison in year two. Ohio Wesleyan followed with a six-year run leading to titles by Wooster (twice), Wittenberg (once), Denison (nine), OWU (twice) and finally the tie between
Ohio Wesleyan and Denison last spring. Ohio Wesleyan leads the way with 125 team championships during the NCAC's 26 playing seasons. Denison is next with 109
titles, followed by Allegheny (104), Kenyon (95), Wooster (70) and Wittenberg (68).

Yeomen Place Four on All-NCAC Teams
Baseball All-NCAC 2010

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By Mike Mancini

Westlake – Four Oberlin College baseball players were honored by the North Coast Athletic Conference, the league office announced on Tuesday morning. Highlighting the honorees were All-NCAC First-Team selections Ben Puterbaugh and Phil Brua. Senior Jack Dunn and junior Brandon Cantrillgarnered honorable-mention accolades. 

Puterbaugh, a native of Canton, Ohio, put together one of the best seasons in school history, finishing fourth in the league in hitting (.459) while setting the school record for hits in a season (61). 

A two-time NCAC Player of the Week selection, Puterbaugh also led the Yeomen in doubles (13), slugging (.602), RBI (31) and total bases (80). Moreover, the smooth fielding third baseman put together a school-record 19-game hitting steak, had 21 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI performances. 

While helping Oberlin set the school record for wins in a season (18), he was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd segment, named to the College Baseball Foundation's All-Star Line-up Team of the Week (April 6) and led the nation in hitting through April 11. His batting average was over .500 until the final four games of the season. 

Brua, a product of nearby Avon, Ohio, was simply dominant on the mound this season as he set the school record for saves in a season (6) and tied the Oberlin mark for wins with a record of 6-3. His 2.78 ERA was third best in the league, while his opposition batting average of .227 tied for tops in the NCAC. The sidearm specialist recorded 8.18 strikeouts per nine innings. He totaled a team-high 55 innings, while making a school-record 22 appearances and racking up 50 punchouts along the way. 

Cantrill was the main backstop for the Yeomen and finished second on the team with a .328 batting average. The Collins, Ohio, native led the team with four home runs and joined Puterbaugh as the only players to start all 37 games. He finished second on the team in hits (38) and slugging (.543). Furthermore, the fleet-footed catcher was also 7-for-8 on stolen base attempts.

Dunn, who finished his career as the school’s all-time wins leader with 16, ended the season with a record of 2-3. He led the Yeomen in starts (10) and was second on the staff in strikeouts (25) and innings pitched (40.2). 

The core of Puterbaugh, Brua and Cantrill will lead the Yeomen into what could be a promising 2011 season.