A Page -- May 13, 2012 --- AM Edition


Colton Buffington wins fourth consecutive sectional singles title

OBERLIN -- Colton Buffington of Westlake High won his fourth consecutive sectional tennis title Saturday with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Nathan Griffin of St. Ignatius in the championship match here at The College.

Buffington defeated St. Edward’s Jeffrey Williams in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-0. Griffin was the 6-2, 6-0 winner over Connor Michelich of Westlake.

Williams nabbed third place with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Michelich.

Chad Burton and Yaw Boakye of St. Ignatius won the doubles championship with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win over Avon Lake’s James Darkow and Greg Miller.

Westlake’s Kent Dinchman and Cal Craven defeated Demons teammates Steve Fleischer and Kevin Wang for third place 7-5, 6-3. 

Ninth-Inning Comeback Falls Short for ‘Berg 

Baseball in OAC Championship


MARIETTA, Ohio—Junior right-handed pitcher Tyler Fruhwirth (Beavercreek) threw a strong 7.2 innings on the mound and the No. 3 seed Heidelberg University baseball team mounted a two-run rally in the ninth inning, but No. 1 seed Marietta Collegehung on for a 4-3 victory in the championship game of the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament at Don Schaly Stadium in Marietta, Ohio.


Trailing 4-3 in the top of the ninth inning, sophomore shortstop Andrew Zenczak (Brunswick) was hit by a pitch with two outs and back-to-back RBI doubles by sophomore second baseman Joe Staab (Bellville/Clearfork) and freshman pinch hitter Alex Grove (Canal Fulton/Canton Central Catholic) pulled the Student Princes to within one run, but Marietta closer Kyle Lindquist hung on for his sixth save of the season.


The win captured the second straight OAC tournament championship for the Pioneers (37-6, 16-2), who earned the league’s automatic qualifying bid to next week’s NCAA Division III Mideast Regional.  The championship game appearance was the fifth consecutive for Heidelberg (27-17, 11-7 OAC).


Heidelberg loaded the bases in the top of the second inning with singles to center field by freshman first baseman Eric Monroe (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) and senior center fielder Elvin Williams (Euclid) and a bunt single by freshman third baseman Steve Kisan (Lakewood/St. Edward), but Marietta starter Mike Mulvey struck out a pair to work out of the jam.


A sacrifice bunt by Josh Ungerbuehler and a steal of third base by Evan Brockmeier set up a run batted-in single by Bryan Gregorich in the Marietta second, and Alex Toth followed with a RBI double as the Pioneers assumed a 2-0 lead.


Marietta struck again in the third when Tim Saunders scored on a passed ball.


Monroe lead off the fourth inning with a double and later scored on a RBI fielder’s choice by Zenczak, cutting the deficit to 3-1.


A RBI triple by Aaron Hopper plated another Pioneer run in the seventh.


Monroe was 2-for-4 to lead the Berg at the plate and was named to the all-tournament team.  StaabKisanWilliams and sophomore righty Chris Thomas (Canton/Perry) also garnered All-Tournament honors.


Fruhwirth allowed all four Pioneer runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking two, but suffered the loss to fall to 4-4, in his longest outing since March 31.  Junior righty Teddy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) induced a flyout in just a third of an inning of relief.


Tim Saunders was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs for Marietta and was named tournament MVP.  Aaron Hopper was 2-for-4.


Mulvey allowed one ‘Berg run on five hits and fanned eight batters over 6.0 innings and earned the win to improve to 5-0.  Logan Lewis worked the seventh inning and Lindquist closed the final two frames.


The NCAA will announce the 56-team field for the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament on Sunday night or Monday morning.

B-W Men’s Tennis Team Defeats Ends Record 

Setting Season With Loss to Kenyon in NCAA 

Tournament Second Round

GAMBIER, OHIO -- The Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team ended its historic season today (Saturday, May 12, 2012) with a 5-0 loss to number four-ranked Kenyon College (ITA national poll) in a second round match of the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Tournament at the David W. Jasper Tennis Center on the campus of Kenyon College.   This was the just the second NCAA Tournament match in school history for the Yellow Jackets.

In the NCAA Tournament, all matches are ended when the winning team reaches five team points regardless of the current progress of other matches still on court.   Each match will start with the three doubles matches and will continue with singles action until the winning five points are obtained.

With the loss, B-W ends its school-record setting season with a mark of 29-1 overall.  In addition to 29 wins being the school record, it also marked seventh time the Yellow Jackets have won 20 or more matches in a season.
“Making the national tournament was a new experience,” said Head Coach Brian Rector.  “We now expect to win the OAC each season and move farther into the NCAA tournament for many years to come.
“I did not know what to expect at the beginning of the season,” added Rector. “This team exceeded any of my expectations and had the best chemistry of any team I have ever coached.  The 29 wins is an impressive feat but it is not the standard we need to accomplish in the future.”
The Lords improved to 21-4 on the season and advance to regional final to face the winner of the match between Kalamazoo (Mich.) College and No.21-ranked University of Mary Washington (Va.) on Sunday at 12:00 noon. The winner of the regional championship will advance to the elite eight on Monday, May 21 at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, North Carolina.
“The seniors (Bourdiaux, Long and Trzeciak) kept everyone focused and together,” commented Rector.  “A coach can only do so much motivating and without their leadership and drive we would not have made it this far.
Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) ends the season with a record of 26-6 and a career-mark of 87-22 .  The 26 wins ties him for third all-time in wins in a season and his 87 career victories ranks second all-time.  Taylor Long (Ashland) finished the season with a 22-8 record and 24-9 in his career in doubles action while Alexandre Bourdiaux (Paris, France/Lycee Saint Dominique) ended the season with a record of 24-1 which ranks tied for fifth all-time for wins in a season.